The AVMA’s Veterinary Economics Division was created in August 2011 at the direction of the AVMA Executive Board. Its staff includes:Dr. Michael Dicks, hired on Jan. 16, 2013, is the director of the Veterinary Economics Division. He 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. Dr. Dicks is the staff consultant to the Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee (VESC) and engages stakeholders in the veterinary profession to participate in collecting data related to veterinary workforce issues.
Dr. Bridgette Bain is the statistical analyst, responsible for maintaining the statistical reliability of surveys and ensuring the consistency of various data sets to be used in analysis. Dr. Bain contributes to the interpretation of data for publications, and assists in the development of both survey instruments and economic models. Hired by the AVMA on July 29, 2013, she holds a Ph.D. in financial economics from the University of New Orleans.
Dr. Ross Knippenberg is the economic analyst, hired on June 30, 2014. He is responsible for maintaining and strengthening the Division’s veterinary workforce model, analyzing data for publications, and estimating supply and demand models. Ross holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Eileen Hoblit has served as the administrative assistant in the Economics Division since February 25, 2013. She holds a B.S. in business administration from Roosevelt University and has over 21 years of administrative experience working with associations. She currently provides staff support to the Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee. Prior to her current position, Eileen was an assistant in the Education and Research Division for 3 years.