Impact metrics was one of the key takeaways that resonated with participants in Jeffrey Cufaude’s recent VMAE | Live! webinar on “Successful Associations Know When To Say No.”  If you missed the live session, you can watch the archived webinar here.  Given the interest members indicated in impact metrics, Jeffrey (who is president and CEO of Idea Architects, and who will be presenting and facilitating the VMAE | Fall Conference 2019) agreed to share some additional thoughts about impact metrics. Imagine you just concluded your annual meeting. Registrations, sponsorships, and overall...

SURGE Growth 2019 is the name of a free, interactive virtual conference for association professionals that airs November 6-8, 2019.  The virtual conference features daily discussion panels, an interactive audience and speaker chat and keynote conversations. The event is hosted by AssociationSuccess.org, which describes itself as a facilitator of great ideas.  Sessions are held from 12-4 PM EST on November 6-8; each session is an hour long and is pre-recorded.  This allows the speakers to spend the entire session period using the chat tool to answer attendees’ questions (and attendees can...

An analysis of the demographics of the current VMCAS applicant pool compared against existing Census Bureau Data suggests that a great deal of work remains to be done to diversify the profession, suggests the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). AAVMC Senior Director for Institutional Research and Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Lisa Greenhill recently examined the applicant pool within the context of the broader population and published an addendum to the AAVMC's current Public Data Report. "If veterinary medicine is going to have a sustained applicant pool feeding the...

Educational debt is on everyone’s mind these days—students, veterinarians, parents, deans, veterinary industry leaders, policymakers. If you mention it to a colleague, coworker or classmate, you may learn they, too, struggle under its burden. But veterinary medicine is not the only profession struggling with the magnitude of educational debt. Across general higher education, students are confronting the challenges of student debt. The good news: VDI is here to help. The Veterinary Debt Initiative (VDI) is led by three organizations: the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and...

In the veterinary profession, there may be a perception that private practices have the advantage when it comes to potential veterinary team employees. Financial incentives such as practice partnership or ownership may be alluring, but does this mean the non-profit sector is by default, disadvantaged? The Dumb Friends League of Denver has proven this is certainly not the case.  The Veterinary Debt Initiative (VDI) team sat down with Dumb Friends League President and CEO Dr. Apryl Steele and Director of Human Resources Rebecca Holmes to learn about their robust list...

AAVMC Chief Executive Officer was presented a 2019 Honorary Diplomate Certificate from the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES) during recent ceremonies held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association in Washington. AVES annually confers the honor on distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions in veterinary medicine, human health, public health, epidemiology and One Health. Maccabe was recognized for contributions he has made to the profession throughout a career which includes leadership positions with the AAVMC, federal government agencies and in military veterinary medicine.  Learn...

Veterinary Debt Initiative (VDI) released its new educational resource at the 2019 AVMA Convention in Washington, D.C., August 2-6. What’s The Story Behind Tuition is the latest resource from VDI to help answer student questions about veterinary college tuition. Convention attendees were briefed on VDI’s progress during three continuing education sessions sponsored by VDI: Decisions, Decisions: Repayment Strategies for New Veterinarians Contract Negotiations: Beyond Bargaining Games and Tactics The Market for Veterinary Education and How It Affects You! VDI is led by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of American...

Here’s what Inside Higher Ed reporter Andrew Kreighbaum recently wrote about the current administration’s reduction of student loan servicer oversight: “After the Trump administration dialed back oversight of student loan servicers, states have responded to demands from consumer groups by passing new laws targeting companies that handle millions of borrowers' payments.“ Kreighbaum added, “Lawmakers in a growing number of states have sought to tackle student debt as a consumer protection problem. Over the first half of 2019, legislatures have enacted a flurry of bills taking aim at the companies that...

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is moving to the Kansas City region. This means that the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) and the Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP), administered by NIFA, will also be moving out of Washington, D.C. Like 75% of NIFA’s workforce, Dr. Michelle Colby who leads VMLRP and VSGP, will not be relocating. Veterinary Debt Initiative co-lead organizations the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) recently sent a letter to NIFA...

The July 15 issue of the Congressional Research Service In Focus explores income share agreements as an alternative to student loans for financing higher education expenses. The report provides “an overview of ISAs along with a comparison to student loans. Because no federal ISA program currently exists and the majority of student loan debt is associated with the federal student loan program, the overview and comparison primarily focuses on private ISAs and federal student loans but generalizes some parts of the discussion to highlight particular features of each financing approach.”...