A President’s Roundtable in Washington DC

Last week I met with twenty-three veterinarians in Washington DC to discuss issues of importance to our federally employed colleagues.  These veterinarians all work in high level positions in public service for our country.  Represented at the luncheon were veterinarians from the:

  • Department of Homeland Security,
  • USDA/APHIS/International Services,
  • National Institute of Health,
  • Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC),
  • United States Public Health Services,
  • USDA/APHIS/Veterinary Services,
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency,
  • Food and Drug Administration,
  • National Association of Federal Veterinarians,
  • Department of Defense,
  • USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture,
  • Center for Disease Control,
  • USDA/APHIS/Animal Control,
  • House and Senate Committees, and
  • a former Congressional Fellow.

Talk about broad career opportunities for veterinarians!  Interestingly enough, they are also concerned about the same thing we practitioners are concerned about > the challenging Economic issues of the high cost of a very high quality and diverse veterinary medical education vs. the disproportionate compensation received for that education.  They, too, felt we need to work on communicating the value of our services to the public and to allied health care professionals.   And Education is part of the equation.  How do we recruit differently and educate more effectively for a graduate that is confident and competent to collaborate with other health care professionals, and take on these leadership roles in society, in addition to being the caring health care providers for so many species of animals?  We all need to work together to increase the value of our DVM degree and knowledge in the eyes of the public.  What would suffer if veterinarians were not there to provide their services?  Maybe it time we start making that list.

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  1. Dear Rene,
    I am speaking at the Potomac Veterinary Conference this Saturday in more detail about vet workforce needs. I would like permission to use some of your AVMA slides on the elephants in the room. I am using it to demonstrate some of the key issues that I can’t yet talk directly about. If you say ok, there is one slide that has a map with flags. What does that represent? Best wishes, Bonnie