The VIN Foundation Student Debt Center is a mobile-friendly, comprehensive resource helping pre-veterinary students, veterinary students, veterinarians, and those who support them reduce their costs and manage student debt through school and beyond. It is made up of four sections:   Cost of Education Map – a comparison of veterinary school costs considering tuition, living expenses, and student loan interest My Student Loans – a tool to help make sense of the typically complex student loan portfolio Student Loan Repayment Simulator – an interactive program giving detailed repayment cost comparisons WikiDebt...

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) “represents the experience and expertise of the responsible pet care community to legislative, regulatory and governing bodies in order to promote animal well-being and responsible pet ownership, foster environmental stewardship, and ensure the availability of healthy pets.”  PIJAC recently released its Economic Impact of U.S. Pet Industry report and infographic, noting that the industry generates over $221 billion in direct, indirect, and induced economic impact annually.  The report provides direct sales and economic impact data, in infographic format, for all 50 states –...

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) recently received a national 2019 "Power of A" Silver Award for its DiVersity Matters program from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).  The AAVMC launched DiVersity Matters in 2005, partly in response to a widely acknowledged lack of diversity in veterinary medicine. DiVersity Matters works to help member institutions recruit and retain underrepresented persons as students, faculty and staff members. The program also works to share best practices and inspire and recognize programs in member institutions and develop broader awareness throughout...

Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP) has just published the AVMA-AAHA White Paper entitled “Forward Booking – How Forward Booking Leads to Better Patient Care.”  This White Paper provides an overview and gives guidance for healthcare teams to implement forward booking in their practices. It also reviews the results of the PHP-VMAE (Veterinary Medical Association Executives) initiative Ready. Set. Go! in which 45 PHP Associate Member organizations participated. Click here to read or download the White Paper; please consider highlighting it in your VMA communications to help your members discover how forward...

AAVMC CEO Maccabe Looks to Veterinary Medicine’s Future Andrew Maccabe, DVM, MPH, JD, chief executive officer of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) spoke about the future of veterinary medical education at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.  Read more Read more here. Why Emotional Intelligence Is the 21st-century Skill Employees Need As the modern workplace continues to evolve, successful employees will need to master a skillset known as emotional intelligence (EI). Research shows those with high EI have better job performance, mental health, and leadership skills. Read more...

The lead organizations of the Veterinary Debt Initiative (VDI) convened July 11 in Schaumburg, IL for a strategic planning and execution meeting. VDI is led by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and the Veterinary Medical Association Executives and is focused on helping veterinarians thrive in financially sustainable and rewarding careers. The VDI team plans to continue directing its efforts in advocacy, research and resource development for the remainder for 2019 and support groups in the veterinary profession that need assistance with educational debt...

The July 15 issue of the Journal of the Veterinary Medical Association* featured an in-depth analysis of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) electronic membership database, presenting information on 113,394 veterinarians living in the United States in 2018. In addition to demographic and employment-related information, the article briefly discussed the implications of the rapid increase in educational debt new veterinarians face upon graduation. “High educational debt combined with low starting salaries can put high levels of stress on veterinarians,” said Dr. Matthew Salois, Chief Economist of AVMA’s Veterinary Economics Division....

Here’s what Inside Higher Ed recently wrote about a new report from the federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission: “A new report from the federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission says that students lack financial literacy. The fix? Institutions should educate their students in this area via mandatory personal finance courses, the report says. Integrating financial literacy into core curricula, communicating with students about financial topics throughout their studies and using trained peer educators also are recommended.”...

The federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program was explained in the recent dvm360 column, “Will the government forgive your veterinary student loan debt?” The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Economics team mapped out PSLP’s criteria for application and explored PSLF’s recent legislative review by Congress. Related resources: For more information about PSLF, visit AVMA’s PLSF webpage. If you or someone you know was denied from PSLF because you were not in the correct repayment plan, you may be eligible to receive funds under a Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness...

Research in medical and financial education has suggested that there are three key factors needed for knowledge retention and application: convenient timing, relevant subject matter and individualization. A new integrative approach to financial education incorporating these factors was developed by the Colorado State University (CSU) Financial Education Specialist (FES). The Journal of Veterinary Medical Education recently published the article, “Integrating Individual Student Advising into Financial Education to Optimize Financial Literacy in Veterinary Students”* which stated that the FES provides “one-on-one financial advising to DVM students” and “targeted curricular interventions and...