AVMA President Carlson holds Spring President's Roundtable in Washington, D.C.

March 2012

By Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, director of the AVMA GRD

On Thursday, March 8, AVMA President René Carlson held her spring AVMA President's Roundtable luncheon with over 30 veterinarians from federal agencies and non-governmental organizations based in Washington, D.C. The focus of the roundtable was "Elevating the Value of the DVM/VMD Education and Degree Beyond Private Clinical Practice." Dr. Doug Aspros, AVMA president-elect, Dr. Ted Cohn, AVMA Executive Board chair, Dr. Jan Krehbiel, AVMA Executive Board vice-chair, and Dr. Ron DeHaven, AVMA executive vice president and CEO were also in attendance.

After Drs. Carlson and DeHaven provided an overview of the AVMA Strategic Plan and current AVMA activities, the group had a spirited discussion about the role of veterinarians in public and corporate practice, and the diversity of careers in veterinary medicine. Much of the discussion focused on the need to educate the public and policy makers about the special skills and scientific knowledge that enable veterinarians to excel in these non-traditional, non-clinical practices. The participants also discussed the importance of educating pre-veterinary students, veterinary students, and veterinarians about these unique non-clinical opportunities, and how to provide the necessary training and education to fill these positions.

For more information please contact Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, director, AVMA Governmental Relations Division.

The AVMA Advocate - News Bites - March 2012