AVMA hires McCullock as chief economist

Katelyn McCullock
Katelyn McCullock

The AVMA has announced that Katelyn McCullock joined the Association’s Veterinary Economics Division as director April 30.

McCullock came from the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC), where she served as a senior economist since 2018, and as center director since 2019. Prior to joining the LMIC, she worked as an economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation and as a business consultant for Farm Credit East, ACA, a financial services cooperative that provides a broad spectrum of credit and financial services for ag businesses. McCullock received a master’s in agricultural and resource economics in 2010 from Colorado State University.

“We are thrilled to have Katelyn McCullock join the AVMA as the new chief economist and director of AVMA's Economic Division,” said Dr. Rena Carlson, president of the AVMA. “She brings with her a profound understanding of market dynamics and the economic forces impacting the agricultural sector, and her expertise in economic modeling and forecasting will be invaluable in enhancing our support for our members and advancing the veterinary profession.

“I’m confident she will play a crucial role within our talented and dedicated team in their continued efforts to gather solid business and economic data that can be turned into helpful tools and resources providing actionable insights and resources for the veterinary community.”

The AVMA Veterinary Economics team comprises subject matter experts in veterinary economics and business. These individuals combine decades of industry experience with the AVMA’s long history of conducting research on the profession, the industry, and veterinary practices to employ data-driven, evidence-based insights and analysis for the benefit of veterinarians, their teams, and practices, with the ultimate goal of supporting the long-term health of the veterinary profession and industry at large.

McCullock says she is excited for the opportunity to work with the veterinary community to advance the profession and provide helpful insights into the long-term viability of the veterinary space.

“It’s a unique field and truly a privilege to be part of the Veterinary Economics Division at the AVMA, which is already known for the great work they do in veterinary economics,” she said. “Standing on the excellent foundation that this group has built, I hope to bring a forward-looking lens to the insights AVMA provides. I am eager to actively engaging with the membership and AVMA’s strategic partners to develop tools and resources for the benefit of the profession.”

A version of this story appears in the July 2024 print issue of JAVMA