Veterinary Economics Division


Bridgette Bain, Ph.D.
Michael Dicks, Ph.D.
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


Bridgette Bain, Ph.D.
Bridgette Bain, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Analytics
(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.


Ross Knippenberg, Ph.D.
Ross Knippenberg, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Economics
(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.


Frederic Ouedraogo, Ph.D.
Frederic Ouedraogo, Ph.D.

Economic Analyst
(847) 285-6736

Dr. Ouedraogo joined the Economics Division in December 2015. He holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University. His dissertation titled Crop Yield Response Models and Fertilizer Applicator's Efficiency focused on the effect of fertilizer on crop yields. Applying his research experience, Ouedraogo creates economic reports for allied organizations.


Charlotte Hansen
Charlotte Hansen

Statistical Analyst
(847) 285-6789

Hansen was hired by AVMA in June 2016. She holds a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky, as well as a B.A. in Geography from Virginia Tech. Her thesis focused on the willingness of horse owners to pay to prevent secondary bacterial infections at the onset of the equine influenza. Applying her agricultural economics knowledge and research experience in equine economics, Hansen creates economic reports for allied organizations, as well as performing geographic information systems (GIS) analysis.


Ms. Eileen Hoblit
Eileen Hoblit

Administrative Assistant
(847) 285-6716

Hoblit worked in the Education and Research Division for three years before joining the Economics Division in February 2013. She manages meeting logistics for the AVMA Annual Economic Summit and provides administrative support to the Economics Division and the Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee. She holds a B.S. in business administration from Roosevelt University. ​