Survey Says: Summary of Member Needs Assessment Available Online

The AVMA conducts a member needs survey every five years so that we can gauge your expectations of us, determine your overall satisfaction with the association, and improve our programs, products and services. We completed the last study in November and would like to share with you some of what we’ve learned through the responses of nearly 3,000 of our members. We want to thank those members who responded to the survey. Your input is invaluable as we strive to meet the needs of an evolving profession.

5 thoughts on “Survey Says: Summary of Member Needs Assessment Available Online

  1. I think Dr. McCauley articulates accurately the concerns of the number of people who have seen the use of raw food diets, or at least the addition of some raw food to a commercial diet and how it has improved well-being of our patients. Dr. McCauley is well-known within the rehabilitation circles and has spoken at all major meetings (including AVMA), and while I’m sure she doesn’t speak for that group, I suspect many others have found the utilization of some raw food to be useful.

  2. Give it a rest Laurie. Ever hear of salmonella? E. Coli?
    Anyway, the avma (caps in small on purpose) has been, IMO, a wasted, neglectful resource in the 40 years I have been in the profession. While I am okay with our health insurance, it offers no dental or eye care of any savings or value, offers no viable insurance option for the staff, which make hiring of staff harder. It also could have developed a retirement fund over the years for doctors and lay staff, but again it failed.
    Anything it would have done to better the perception and value of veterinary medicine would have been better than what they did…nothing. I was so proud for years to be in the profession, but I always wondered why the top organization wasn’t proud. Dues should have been triple to give us a platform for reform, advertising and development of programs such I mentioned above. Instead, they preferred to stay under radar, and let the public dictate policy rather than the other way around.
    avma made it harder for me to do my job, make money, and hire people. I spent tons of money developing staff and promo material that should have been done by avma. Bad job; bad. I almost think I should ask for my dues back.
    In the dental profession, they get free health exams/blood work at some annual meeting; we get our picture taken alongside a stand-in for Lassie. Occasionally we get pens from the vendors at meetings that actually write. Having had time in my later years, after having owned and sold 4 practices, I have come to the conclusion that avma retarded, not helped my progress. Other professions and businesses I have talked to are light years ahead of the profession, one where new grads think of saving the client money, but have no qualms holding up their employer for more money and more time off.
    I went out on top, but not because of avma.
    And Laurie, feed whatever you want, but I would recommend routine cultures, especially if you have any babies in the house. Not doggie babies, real babies.

  3. I agree with Dr. McCauley. I am very disappointed with the AVMA’s stance on raw foods. I read the policy and really it just sounds like Hill’s and Purina and Royal Canin and the rest must have great lobbyists. The AVMA has lost a lot of credibility with me and other open-minded veterinarians over this.

  4. I’m really disappointed that the AVMA is trying to negate our education in nutrition by supporting canine kibble over a well balanced raw food diet. The AMA does not tell me how to feed my children, or even recommend that they eat restaurant or otherwise processed foods instead of a home cooked diet.