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Reference Desk March 2012

Leader in Veterinary Economics to Address AAVMC Conference

    WASHINGTON, DC, February 27, 2012—Dr. Malcolm Getz, a professor of economics at Vanderbilt University and one of the most influential leaders in veterinary economics in the United States, has been chosen by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) to deliver the 2012 Recognition Lecture at the AAVMC Annual Conference in Alexandria, Va., on Saturday, March 10.

    "Dr. Getz is a prominent thinker and author with an intriguing approach to veterinary economics. With so many economic issues at the forefront in veterinary medicine, I’m sure that his lecture will provide a wealth of thought-provoking and perhaps controversial food for thought,” said Dr. Bennie Osburn, AAVMC interim executive director.

    Dr. Getz’s 1997 book, Veterinary Medicine in Economic Transition, is cited as one of the most influential publications of the last 15 years. At the time, veterinary boosters predicted that the growth in the number of pets, the affluence of pet owners, and the emphasis on scientific methods in livestock and poultry farming would mean an increased need for veterinarians. Dr. Getz took the contrarian position and has arguably been proven correct with existing veterinary practice models.

    Veterinary Medicine in Economic Transition provided the first fundamental analysis of the economics of higher education as applied to schools of veterinary medicine, concluding that there was too much governmental support for these schools to properly respond to changing market demands for their product.

    Dr. Getz is the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, National Science Foundation Fellowship, Vanderbilt University’s Jeffrey Nordhaus Prize for Teaching in the College of Arts and Science, and Vanderbilt's Madison Sarratt Prize for Undergraduate Teaching.  He has served on the Committee to Assess the Current and Future Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine of the National Academies of Science and on the board of trustees of Harvard University. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Williams College and a PhD in economics from Yale University.

    The Recognition Lecture is an annual honor given by the AAVMC to an individual whose leadership and vision have made a significant contribution to academic veterinary medicine and the veterinary profession. The recipient is invited to speak on a topic of his or her choosing at the AAVMC Annual Conference. Past Recognition Lecturers have included former deans, federal government officials, researchers, and academicians.

    The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Its members include all 33 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, nine departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, 12 international colleges of veterinary medicine, and three affiliate members.  On the Web:  http://www.aavmc.org

    Source: The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

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