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  3/7/2018

 Dr. Matthew J. Salois joins AVMA as chief economist

​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has hired Dr. Matthew J. Salois to lead the association's Veterinary Economics Division. He will replace the division’s current—and first—director, Dr. Michael R. Dicks, who announced his retirement after serving five years as AVMA's chief economist.

Salois joins the AVMA from Elanco Animal Health, where he served as director of global scientific affairs and policy since 2016, and as an economic research and policy advisor from 2014-2016. Prior to joining Elanco, he worked as the chief economist at the Florida Department of Citrus and as an assistant professor in economics at the University of Reading.

"Matt brings a wealth of industry experience and knowledge of economics and research," said Dr. Michael J. Topper, president of the AVMA. "He has the opportunity now to build upon the AVMA Economic Division's solid foundation to ensure that all the incredible data we have is turned into the most effective tools and resources for our members and the profession."

Salois said the scope of achievement already accomplished by the AVMA Economics Division has been "breathtaking," and that the economics team currently in place is a testament to AVMA's commitment to the veterinary profession.

"I feel very privileged to be joining not only a team that I admire, but also to be a part of the AVMA and a world-class group of people dedicated to providing value to its members," Salois said.

One of Salois' goals in his new position is to deliver economic analyses that provide tangible and actionable direction for the veterinary profession.

"Like many economists, I have a genuine passion for the field," Salois said. "But my 'why' is more than just about economics; it's about acting on the insights generated through economics to help guide decisions and, hopefully, lead the veterinary profession to a stronger place."

Salois said the AVMA has already done much to benefit its members and the profession, such as taking the many sources of data available and identifying the most relevant and valuable information "hiding inside." But he also stresses there is a lot that veterinarians can do to help economists.

"I have been privileged to work with some top-notch veterinarians the last few years, and they have truly helped me be a better economist by bringing their insights and perspective into my work," Salois said. "By partnering together, I believe that economists and veterinarians can become more than the sum of their parts. I want to hear our members' perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing the profession and how they see economics ultimately helping them."

The AVMA Economics Division offers a number of resources for veterinarians, including personal finance tools, a program to increase practice profitability and a series of AVMA Veterinary Economic Reports, which provide analyses on veterinary income, educational debt and employment. For more information, contact Michael San Filippo, AVMA senior media relations specialist, at 847-285-6687 (office), 847-732-6194 (cell) or msanfilippo@avma.org​.

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