AVMA President Provides Update on Student Debt Issue

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) President Dr. John H. de Jong made student debt the primary focus of his column in the Oct. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  Dr. de Jong stressed how important it is for the profession to be financially rewarding. The AVMA, along with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and the Veterinary Medical Association Executives, co-lead the Veterinary Debt Initiative, with a goal to help veterinarians thrive in financially sustainable and profitable careers. Dr. de Jong explained AVMA’s role in tackling student debt—from advocacy on federal policies to help ease student loan and repayment burdens to the support of online student loan modules that can be found on AVMA’s website for veterinary students and new graduates at MyVeterinaryLife.org.