Participate in the AVMA Workforce Study

In April, we told you about the AVMA Executive Board’s decision to move forward with a comprehensive study that examines the factors and trends related to veterinary workforce supply and demand. 

Our partner in this project, IHS Global Insight, will be conducting a survey in early September to aid in understanding veterinarians’ retirement rates and trends, as well as practice productivity and capacity. If you receive the survey, please take a few minutes to complete it. Your response is an important piece of the puzzle that IHS will use in preparing its final report next year. 

IHS may field additional surveys over the coming months and will be combining the findings with existing data and information to produce an accurate forecast of veterinary supply and demand. We thank you in advance for your participation!

6 thoughts on “Participate in the AVMA Workforce Study

  1. Dr. Wise,
    Thank you for taking the time to explain this. I look forward to seeing if the results will fall in line to what common sense and prior work force studies have told us.

    Thank you
    Greg nutt

  2. Appreciate the comments. I asked IHS Global Insight about the comments here. For the purposes of this study, the survey will be conducted using statistical sampling methods and will include veterinarians from the diverse strata of the profession. The total sample will likely be more than 10,000 veterinarians. The primary reason for selecting a stratified random sample of the veterinarian population to participate in the survey versus posting the survey on the AVMA web site is one of selection bias. If the veterinarians who complete the survey are systematically different from the veterinarian population, then the survey results will not be representative of veterinarians. If we do not know who had the opportunity but chose not to participate in the survey, then we cannot calculate response rates or adjust for observed selection bias if veterinarians in different strata have different response rates. If the survey was posted on the AVMA web site it’s not really possible to track the number or characteristics of veterinarians who saw the survey but decided not to participate.

    • ” If the survey was posted on the AVMA web site it’s not really possible to track the number or characteristics of veterinarians who saw the survey but decided not to participate.”
      If the survey were behind the firewall of a member ID login, it does not seem technically difficult to track who has logged in, who has viewed the page, and who subsequently did or did not complete the survey.

  3. Why not post the survey on the AVMA site and ask members to respond. I think the more people who fill out the survey, the better the data.

  4. You need to send these surveys to ALL members so that numbers are not skewed. I have several classmates that are struggling with work (too old to work for nothing, easily replaced by cheaper, new grads) and neither they nor I have ever been surveyed. I never believe your workforce studies because they don’t support what I see on a daily basis.