Veterinary Economics Division

​The AVMA’s Veterinary Economics Division was created in August 2011 at the direction of the AVMA Board of Directors.

Dr. DicksDr. Michael Dicks
Director, Veterinary Economics
(847) 285-6715          

Dr. Dicks joined the AVMA in January 2013. Dicks conducts surveys and economic analysis on veterinary workforce issues and engages stakeholders in participating in the collection of data for the veterinary profession. He provides data and analysis in support of AVMA legislative and program initiatives. Dicks holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri, as well as a B.S. in biochemistry and animal science from California Polytechnic State University. Request Economics Resources


Dr. BainDr. Bridgette Bain                       
Statistical Data Analyst
(847) 285-6720

Dr. Bain was hired by the AVMA in July 2013. She maintains the statistical reliability of surveys and ensures the consistency of various data sets to be used in analysis. Bain contributes to the interpretation of data for publications, and assists in the development of both survey instruments and economic models. She holds a Ph.D. in financial economics from the University of New Orleans.


Dr. Knippenberg Dr. Ross Knippenberg 
Economic Analyst  
(847) 285-6653 

Dr. Knippenberg was hired in June 2014. He is responsible for maintaining and strengthening the Division’s veterinary workforce model, analyzing data for publications, and estimating supply and demand models. Knippenberg holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado Boulder.


Ms. HoblitEileen Hoblit  
Administrative Assistant 
(847) 285-6716 

Hoblit worked in the AVMA Education and Research Division for three years before joining the Economics Division in February 2013. In addition to providing administrative support to the Economics Division staff, she provides staff support to the Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee and manages meeting logistics for the Annual Economic Summit. She holds a B.S. in business administration from Roosevelt University and has spent most of her career working for professional or trade associations. ​