October 01, 2012
In some areas of the country, rural veterinarians are struggling to maintain practice viability and client profitability because of a more geographically dispersed clientele. A few states are considering or have implemented a system of animal health care involving rigorously trained technicians taking on greater roles under the direct or indirect supervision of veterinarians.
The recent AVMA Executive Board vote granting the American College of Animal Welfare provisional recognition clears the way for prospective members to become diplomates of the nation’s newest veterinary specialty organization. The vote was the culmination of an approximately seven-year journey that in recent months saw the AVMA Board of Governors overturn a Council on Education decision opposing recognition of the American College of Animal Welfare.
The third joint AVMA/Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges Economic Meeting focused on discussions of the AVMA workforce study and an AAVMC-sponsored proposal to launch an initiative aimed at providing students with debt planning and management tools.