Did you receive a 2012 Economic Census form last fall from the U.S. Census Bureau? Chances are good you did, especially since the agency sent the form to more than 4 million U.S. businesses. We received a heads-up from the Census Bureau recently asking us to remind veterinarians that they should still submit their completed forms, even though the deadline for submittal has passed.
The federal government, the AVMA and many other organizations benefit from this effort since reliable statistics are needed for economic development efforts, decision-making and strategic planning. It also helps the AVMA’s recently formed Veterinary Economics Division as it develops strategies to gauge and impact the current and future economic state of veterinary practices and veterinary economics as a whole.
The Economic Census is the U.S. Government’s official five-year measure of American business and the economy, and we urge you to share your information if you did receive a form. Dr. Ron DeHaven, AVMA CEO, shares his views of the importance of your participation in the census in a video we recently produced. Check out the video today, and then sit down with the survey, which you can fill out in its paper form or by going online. Your participation will add valuable information and insight into the economic world of veterinary medicine.