Veterinary Economic Survey

You may have received a copy of our 2012 AVMA Biennial Economic Survey in the mail recently. We strongly urge you to take the time to complete this random-sample survey of U.S. veterinarians. By doing so, you’ll not only be providing your association with invaluable information, you’ll also benefit by being able to gauge your position on the economic scale across all veterinary disciplines. 

The results of the survey will be published in book form in our Report on Veterinary Compensation and our Report on Veterinary Practice Business Measures. Summary results also will be included in upcoming JAVMA articles. On top of that, the data collected forms the basis of our Salary Calculator, which is available to all AVMA members for free on the AVMA website. 

We want to assure you that individual responses to the survey are strictly confidential and are never released as individual data for any purpose. 

As one veterinarian in a sample, your answers carry a heavy statistical weight on behalf of your colleagues who have not been chosen for the survey. So if you receive a survey, please remember that the only way we can ensure the most accurate data is if you do your part and fill out the survey. Thanks in advance for your participation.

10 thoughts on “Veterinary Economic Survey

  1. I believe that Dr. Tedeschi’s post of April 25 deserves a response and some clarification of the AVMA’s role relative to veterinary education. Because we (thankfully) live in a free-market society, the AVMA cannot, and should not, do anything to limit who can open a veterinary college or limit class sizes at existing schools. We have laws and government agencies that prohibit such practices. The AVMA does have a legitimate role, through delegated authority from the U.S. Department of Education to the AVMA Council on Education, to ensure that all AVMA-accredited schools maintain high educational standards. So, simply put, the AVMA does not have the authority to limit the number of schools or class sizes.

    On the other hand, with AVMA members representing more than 83 percent of veterinarians in the U.S., we have a powerful voice. If the AVMA makes a statement relative to the supply and demand of the veterinary workforce in the U.S., it carries a lot of weight. But with that powerful influence comes an obligation to act responsibly. I submit that for AVMA to make a profound statement about the relative surplus or shortage of veterinarians in any given discipline, e.g., companion animal practice, laboratory animal medicine, etc., based purely on anecdotal information is very irresponsible. For example, we have heard anecdotal information in recent months that suggests several veterinary disciplines with surpluses and shortages.

    I believe the AVMA should be taking positions on the status of the veterinary workforce and, through those statements, try to help its members and the veterinary profession by identifying opportunities in the workforce. But we need to make sure we have accurate information upon which to base such positions; to do otherwise would simply be irresponsible. Arguably, we should have already conducted such a study, but that’s no reason to cut corners. Let’s take the time and do it right.

  2. I agree, an online survey option is needed. I am currently overseas and a paper-based survey has not reached me, although do receive my JAVMA regularly.

  3. @Craig Smith
    Hi Dr. Smith,

    The survey will be open for a few more weeks, so please complete the survey at your earliest convenience. Thanks for your participation.

  4. I suspect this survey will do nothing to help the practicing veterinarian. I do not remember the AVMA focusing on halting the expansion of the veterinary college classes which is increasing the supply of practitioners in the face of a very questionable economic future. The AVMA is also not actively questioning the agenda of outside radical groups pressuring veterinary colleges to accept unqualified applicants in the interest of “diversity” which is the new term for affirmative action. We need fewer surveys and more action on issues that are intuitively obvious.

  5. I received the survey, however, I misplaced it for a while and when I found it again, it was passed the due date and therefore I was not able to submit it.
    I will do better next time.

  6. @William H. Crawford VMD
    Thanks for writing, Dr. Crawford. The Biennial Economic Survey is outsourced to, and conducted by, a research supplier. The AVMA does not track individual responses to the survey.

  7. I think I got a survey form and returned it. Is there any way to find out for sure?