We listened: 2016 AVMA economics reports now free for members

Next month brings the launch of our 2016 AVMA economics report series, and we’re pleased to let you know that, after we received significant member interest and feedback, the reports will now be free to AVMA members. This year we will be producing four issues with the same quality of content you’ve come to expect. The reports will focus on the market for veterinarians, the market for veterinary services, the market for veterinary education and the veterinary markets in general.
AVMA Veterinary Economics

The 2016 AVMA Report on Veterinary Markets will highlight some of the key data and information that was shared during the 2015 AVMA Economic Summit. The reports on the market for veterinary education, the market for veterinarians and the market for veterinary services will dive much deeper into specifics, including information related to debt and income, employment and veterinary capacity.

The reports provide the most current and vitally important veterinary economics information to veterinarians and others with a stake in the veterinary profession’s success. Prepared by the economists in the AVMA’s Veterinary Economics Division, the reports include the research performed by division staff as well as research from more than a dozen outside sources. The reports explore the many facets of veterinary economics and will help veterinarians better understand the markets they operate in and the factors that affect their livelihood. They are must-reads for anyone invested in the profession. We’ll keep you posted as the publication dates for the 2016 reports draw nearer.

5 thoughts on “We listened: 2016 AVMA economics reports now free for members

  1. A timely decision. The membership paid for these reports to be undertaken, including the salaries of the personnel required to undertake this crucial analysis for the membership. Why the Board ever deemed remuneration was needed at all is puzzling. If the data was to assist us, what is the rationale for selling it back to the original principles?

  2. I agree that past reports should also be made available to members. I find it shocking that they were not, until now. If AVMA is not working on behalf of and for their membership, who the heck are they working f or?

  3. I was involved in a Facebook group discussion about charging AVMA members to view the report. I am glad the AVMA may be starting to listen to the incredible amount of dissent in their membership. One tiny step in the right direction. Thank you.

  4. This is a very wise decision. I had drafted a letter to the J of the AVMA urging this action, it is long over due. I can now toss my letter. However, I do have several other requests. First, the AVMA should make all previous economic reports available free on-line and publicize their availability. Second, the availability of these reports should be made known to all current and prospective Veterinary Medical students and all Veterinary Medical School faculty. Third, the AVMA prepare two additional reports ASAP. One Report should address the issue of student loans and indebtedness in easy to understand language. The Second Report should examine the implications of Veterinary Medical Schools moving to tuition revenue based funding (ie student debt) of current operations. The third Report should address the changing landscape for retirement planning and funding for members of the profession. To state the obvious , a dollar spent servicing debt is a dollar not available for funding for retirement. For long time private practice owners depressed practice values do not bode well for retirement.
    It is clear the Veterinary Medical profession is in or near a crisis on many fronts. The core issues are economic with excess numbers of graduates relative to demand, students with excessive debt, colleges failing to emphasize efficiency and effectiveness of the educational process and increasing numbers of recent graduates disillusioned as to the prospects of using their professional skills in a manner they expected and commensurate with their investment.
    I applaud the AVMA encouraging more discussion of these critical issues in multiple settings. The pool of stakeholders involved needs to be broadened and strategic plans developed for addressing the critical issues.
    Roger O. McClellan, DVM, MMS, DSc (Honorary), Diplomate -ABVT and ABT, Fellow – ATS,AAAR, SRA, HPS and AAAS, Member – National Academy of Medicine.