needs should be accompanied by decreases in regions that are training veterinarians in excess of their own needs. Other ways to stabilize veterinary manpower include early retirement, retraining in midcareer, and programs specifically designed to deal with regional imbalances in numbers of practitioners.
Recommendation 3: Veterinary Medical School Programs
The Committee recommends that the colleges of veterinary medicine adjust their curricula, admissions criteria, and clerkship programs to meet societal needs in environmental health protection, food production and protection, economic productivity in animal-related industries, biomedical research, and animal welfare, as well as needs for clinical patient care of animals.
The Committee recommends that national guidelines for postdoctoral educational programs at veterinary colleges be established. The AVMA Council on Education should create or sponsor a special group to develop guidelines and evaluate graduate programs according to those guidelines.
Recommendation 4: Support for Postdoctoral Training
The Committee recommends that postdoctoral training for veterinarians be given high priority for support by federal and state government agencies responsible for financing higher education.
Recommendation 5: Increased Recognition of Veterinarians as Biomedical Scientists
The Committee recommends that use of veterinarians’ biomedical expertise by government agencies be increased. Agency heads should be made aware of the skills, knowledge, and unique qualifications of veterinarians, which could contribute the agencies’ program goals and responsibilities. Thorough evaluation of the contributions and productivity of veterinary biomedical scientists in the fields of concern to federal and state agencies is encouraged to inform decisions about future selection of personnel from among the various health professional and paraprofessional manpower resources.
Recommendation 6: Participation of Veterinarians in Economic Modeling and Agribusiness.
The Committee recommends that economic models be developed for the application of animal-health expertise to the livestock industries, possibly through the provision of expanded community or other agribusiness services. Multidisciplinary research involving veterinarians and agricultural economists should be encouraged. Economic modeling is one technique that should be explored in an effort to deliver veterinary services to under-served areas.