AAVCAmerican Association of Veterinary Clinicians


AAVC Department Heads and Hospital Directors Meeting

March 30 – March 31, 2006






Convene 8:00am


I Welcome and Introductions

            Roll call of attendees

            32 in attendance


II Approval of Minutes

            Motion made seconded and passed to approve minutes


III Committee Reports

  • Presidents Report – Dr. Moore
  • President-elect – Dr. Arighi
  • Treasurer – Dr. Fingland
  • AVMA Delegates – Dr DeBowes (Attachment A1)
  • VIRMP – Dr. Garvey
    • Garvey’s 21st match!
    • Record number of programs
    • Statistical Update (Attachment A)
    • Match Statistics for Residency Programs and Candidates (Attachment B)
    • Problems
      • Applicants dropping out at last minute
      • Concern regarding the number of ophthalmology programs in VIRMP
  • Nominating – Dr. Moore
    • President-elect – Dr. Mike Schaer
    • Secretary/Treasurer – Dr. Roger Fingland
    • AVMA Alternate Delegate – Dr. Rick DeBowes
  • Awards Committee – Dr. Sweeney (Attachment C)
  • AVMA Liaison – Dr. Pidgeon (not in attendance, no report)
  • Dr. David Senior – thanks to AAVC for offers of assistance and financial support after recent hurricane.


IV Symposium on VTH Issues to be held in Fall, 2006

    • AAVMC allocated $32,000
    • AAVC Ex Com approved a $15,000 grant to support the event


V Discussion of contract proposal from CraigKing Group for management services


VI Discussion of contract proposal from Solution Innovations (Jonathan Austin) for management of VIRMP website and matching software.

  • Reminder that Merial provided $20,000 for development of VIRMP website


VII AAVC does not have travel/speaker remuneration policy.  Ad hoc committee (Arighi, Moore, Fingland) appointed by Ex Com to develop draft policy.





Department Heads and Hospital Directors Meeting – PROGRAM


Thursday, March 30


I  The Impending Crisis in Veterinary Medical Clinical Education

            A.  White paper from joint AAVMC/AAVC/NAVC task force – Dr. Hubbell

                        1.  Workforce Survey (Attachments D and E)


II NCVEI Veterinary Teaching Hospital Benchmarking Update – Dr. Jim Lloyd (Attachment F)


III Faculty Compensation

  • Overview of ACVS Salary Survey  – Dr. Arighi (Attachment G)
  • AAVMC Faculty Salary Survey - Dr. John Pascoe
  • Satellite Hospitals and faculty opportunities
    • Dr. Arighi (Purdue) Affiliated Specialty & Emergency Hospital (Attachment H)
    • Dr. Fingland (K-State) Satellite Clinical Training (Attachment I)
    • Dr. Rowell (Tufts) (Attachment J)
  • Faculty Incentive Plan (Internal, Institutional) survey – Dr. Moore (Attachment K)
  • Breakout Session – Discussion of creative means of retaining faculty by enhancing faculty compensation.  Internal compensation and external consultation were discussed. 


Adjourn (4:45pm)



Friday, March 31


Convene (8:00 am)


32 in attendance


IV Summary of Breakout Group Discussion – Dr. Moore (Attachment L)


            University of Minnesota Incentive Plan

  • Incentive plan creates disparity between faculty salaries – some making over 200K.  Second class citizenship because tenure track faculty make much less money than clinical track faculty (who generate a great deal of money from incentive).
  • Incentive plan has created “non-teaching” rotations. 
  • Clinicians on incentive plans do a lot of work-up on emergency cases before transferring the case to another service. 
  • Incentive plan will be discontinued July 1, 2006


University of Florida

  • Incentive plan working well, but may not be a true incentive plan
  • Distribution based on weeks on service, not production
  • If hospital is not profitable there is no distribution
  • Critically important to take charging out of hands of faculty


V Engaging Veterinary Specialists in Private Practice – Who Will be the Teachers?

Drs Burrows and Senior (Attachment M)    


A. ACVP garnered funds from industry – distributed funding to 4 institutions for clin path residencies.  There are other examples in toxicology and pathology. Private sector to fund training programs?


  • Current residents less interested in research.  If they come to academia, many are not interested in becoming traditional triple threat. 


  • Must make being a faculty member attractive to graduating residents


  • Why would a private practice train a resident unless there is a significant financial advantage to them? 


  • Resolution of this problem may require a joint effort that includes academicians, private practice specialists and specialty colleges.


VI Future Directions of AAVC – Dr Moore (Attachment N)


Summary Document – (Attachment O)


Adjourn (11:45)





Respectfully Submitted


Roger B. Fingland