September 01, 2000

By R. Scott Nolen Posted Aug. 15, 2000 About this time last year, veterinarians were becoming familiar with the words "Market study" and "Megastudy," the abridged names for the study on veterinary economics commissioned by the AVMA, AAHA, and Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. Following the unveiling of the study summary's prognosis for the profession at the AVMA House of Delegates and in JAVMA , reaction was a mix of enthusiasm, criticism, and indifference. There were those who applauded the initiative, saying veterinary earnings have been stagnant for too long and the study is a good first step toward a remedy. Others took issue with some of the six critical conclusions, namely that large numbers of w ...

AVMA Convention

By Dean J. Monti Posted Aug. 15, 2000 Lowell Catlett, PhD Every day, millions of people read their horoscope in the hope that it might offer guidance for their lives. Lowell Catlett, PhD, professor of agricultural economics and agricultural business at New Mexico State University, is not a mystic or a fortune teller. But his background as an economist and futurist, researcher, teacher, and consultant to the USDA, Department of the Interior, and the US Army does mean that he is in the best position to predict the future. And, fortunate veterinarians who attended the General Session on July 22 at the AVMA Annual Convention in Salt Lake City got to hear his well-informed calculations regarding the future of veterinary medicine. Lacking use of ...