The average debt for all new veterinarians who graduated from veterinary schools in the United States in 2014 was $135,000. Their average starting pay? $67,000. How can one keep up with the other? Why is debt growing faster than starting pay? What can be done to correct the debt-to-income ratio among veterinarians joining the workforce? Representatives from the AVMA, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine will be meeting with veterinary students, recent graduates, practice owners, and members of academia and industry at AVMA headquarters in November to tackle some of the economic issues facing veterinary education and veterinary students. This working group’s goal is to lay the framework for a more comprehensive educational economic summit to be held at Michigan State in the spring of 2016. We'll keep you posted as the date draws nearer.