The July 9th episode of the American Veterinary Medical Association podcast “My Veterinary Life” featured Drs. Tony Bartels and Audra Fenimore. Besides discussing the benefits of being married to a fellow veterinarian, Veterinary Information Network’s Dr. Bartels gave advice on handling student debt and loan repayment options. MVL podcast locations: Apple Podcasts Spreaker Google Play (requires account) Spotify ...

A new National Bureau of Economic Research working paper “Public Universities: The Supply Side of Building a Skilled Workforce,”* examined the effects of the persistent decline in state funding for public universities. The Chronicle of Higher Education provided commentary on the paper in “‘These Cuts Have Real Consequences’: A New Study Surveys the Damage of State Disinvestment in Public Universities”** and stated that less funding for the universities was “bad news” and “will continue to have, damaging repercussions, suggesting reason to be concerned about the future of public higher education.”...

Banfield Pet Hospital received a global Make the Difference Award on June 20 from its parent company—Mars, Inc.—for its Veterinary Student Debt Relief Program. Dr. Kirk Breuninger, who was the project manager for Banfield’s Student Debt Relief Program, accepted this award on behalf of the practice. "When I graduated from veterinary school, I had finally achieved a lifelong dream to be part of the profession I loved so much – but it came at a high cost," said Dr. Kirk Breuninger, Director of Strategic Planning, Banfield Pet Hospital. “Like most...

Payscale’s recent salary survey showed that a large majority of students with a college degree regret “something about their education.” In “Biggest College Regrets,” Payscale.com reporter Jackson Gruver wrote, “By far the most common regret reported was student loans. No matter how we cut the data, student loans was the number one regret reported.”  He adds, “[These] bleak statistics on the student debt crisis, and the lasting effects such a crisis will have on younger generations, has created a conversation about the true worth of higher education.”...

The Veterinary Debt Initiative (VDI) is committed to raising awareness and providing access to resources that enable pre-veterinary students, veterinary students and veterinarians to make highly informed financial decisions. Check out how VDI is leading efforts in the student debt crisis at these upcoming VDI-sponsored speaker events: AVMA Convention 8/2/19: The Market for Veterinary Education and How It Affects You! 8/3/19: Decisions, Decisions: Repayment Strategies for New Veterinarians 8/3/19: Contract Negotiations: Beyond Bargaining Games and Tactics AVMA Annual Economic Summit 10/22/19: Veterinary Debt Initiative Update at Summit Dinner Wellbeing Summit 11/19/19: The...

Nearly one in three VMAE members were on the June 20 VMAE | Live! inaugural webinar that featured Doug Raven, Angela Roberts, and Dr. Kevin Dajka sharing their insights on Effectively Messaging to Member Segments.  If you weren’t able to participate in the live session, a recorded version is available here in the VMAE webinar archive. VMAE | Live! is all about connecting our special network for input, insight and inspiration while exploring association management and professional issue topics.  VMAE | Live! will convene on the third Thursday of each month, starting at...

VMAE | ThinkWORKS 2019 held recently in San Francisco received rave reviews from participants whose comments ranged from “Home run!” to “The focus on education is critical to the missions of all our associations – the program was relevant, entertaining and useful.” If you weren’t able to attend (or did attend and want a refresher) VMAE is pleased to provide a sampling of observations from Elliott Masie, along with this link to an unedited, home-spun, embarrassingly authentic recording of the one-hour wrap-up session with Elliott. Here’s a compilation of Elliott’s Saturday...

Based on feedback from learning professionals, Elliott Masie – who was the keynote speaker and facilitator of VMAE’s recent ThinkWORKS conference in San Francisco – has introduced a new podcast series. The first episode runs 11 minutes and is filled with useful commentary and perspective from Elliott about why he decided to utilize the podcast format for this series and about how on-the-job learning is the most impactful method for many learners (including veterinary professionals in my view). You can click here to listen to the podcast....

Is VMAE included in your Facebook feed?  If not, why not sign on to enjoy the friendly banter, candid photos, and network updates that flows through this VMAE digital channel? It’s easy – just search for VMAE and then request to be approved for this members-only group or use this link to access the page....

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has named the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) as the recipient of a Gold award in the 2019 The Power of A Awards. Winners were selected from 114 entries as part of The Power of A campaign, which brings attention to the association community’s valuable contributions to society at the local, national and global levels. TVMA received the award for its Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) training and certification program. Judging committee chair Sharon Swan commented that “Harnessing the power of members to create...