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 Annual Economic Summit 10/22/19: Veterinary Debt Initiative Update Wellbeing Summit 11/19/19: The Collaborative Approach to the Veterinary Debt Initiative Veterinary Leadership Conference 1/9-1/12/20: time and location TBD ...

AVMA has produced a series of videos to address this important topic. Each video is approximately one and-a-half minutes long and focuses on one of three critical aspects of the suicide discussion: What should you do if someone tells you they’re thinking about suicide? What is the correct terminology for talking about suicide and does it matter? What does suicide contagion mean and what can be done to prevent it? To find out more about the videos (and perhaps incorporate them into your VMA’s wellbeing resources), QPR Suicide Prevention Training, and...

VMAE members who attended the VMAE | Summer Conference 2019 in Washington, DC had the opportunity to learn from Randy Hall (CEO of AspireVet.com) as he shared thoughts on creating a podcast series – through the lens of leading change.  Two recent podcasts from Randy build on the concept of leading change: Episode 15: Leading Change in Your Practice – Forward Booking (where he discusses how to get team buy-in for forward booking – and how this approach is universal for any behavior change) Episode 24: Leading Change in Your...

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...