The American Veterinary Medical Association, along with the AVMA Professional Liability Insurance Trust and the Student AVMA, are launching a two-year pilot program to help fund local student chapter activities in an effort to promote careers in the veterinary industry in a new generation of Americans.


According to the AVMA’s website, the new pilot program, called ALL for Students (ALL standing for Achieving, Leading and Learning), will provide up to $7,000 annually for activities at each student chapter.


“The students who make up SAVMA are absolutely essential in shaping the future of the profession and this association. It would be impossible to find a more worthy cause in which to invest, because today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders and visionaries,” explains Dr. Walter R. Threlfall, vice president of the AVMA. “Unfortunately, during the recent economic downturn, it’s become harder for our student organizations to raise the funding needed to support all of their worthwhile programs and projects. ALL for Students will help ensure each SAVMA organization will be able to continue the activities that provide the foundation for the success of their members.”


The AVMA is trying to encourage more students to consider the veterinary industry as a place to work in the future, but those who are no longer high school or college students, there is still time to work as a veterinary assistant, especially for those with complete the veterinary assistant training program at Milwaukee Career College. The veterinary industry is growing and more veterinary assistants are needed to help meet the growing demand for veterinary care and services.


The need for veterinary officials, including veterinary technicians, is projected to rise as pet ownership across the county continues to increase. As more Americans are welcoming pets into their homes, the demand for veterinary services also grows.

During the five years to 2016, IBISWorld, the nation’s largest publisher of industry research, forecasts that the Veterinary Services industry will benefit from increasing pet ownership, escalating demand for animal products and favorable legislation, reported PR Web.

“These factors will contribute to revenue growing 3.8 percent per year on average to $35.4 billion, which includes growth of 2.9 percent in 2012,” PR Web reported. “The growth in demand for veterinary services through 2016 will primarily be driven by demand for services for companion animals. While there will be moderate increases in the demand for veterinarians from public practice sources (veterinarians who work with the government to prevent animal-borne disease and injuries), these increases will be relatively small. The landscape will continue to change as consolidation picks up and female veterinarians increasingly enter the industry.”


The rise in pet ownership has created a growing demand for veterinarians, but completing a lengthy and expensive degree program might not be the best option for you. However, there is also a growing need for veterinary technicians and the training program at Milwaukee Career College can help you prepare for this profession in a matter of months.


According to IBISWorld analyst, Sophia Snyder, the Veterinary industry in the United States is forecast to continue to expand over the five years to 2016, after remaining resilient over the five years to 2011, PR Web reported. During the economic downturn, revenue growth slowed, mainly due to a drop in the number of client visits; however, “rising pet ownership and a greater willingness to spend on pet health and wellness helped maintain growth during these years,” says Snyder.


Now is a perfect time to consider a new career in the veterinary industry and Milwaukee Career College is the perfect school to help you launch your new career as a veterinary technician.


The veterinary industry is only projected to continue growing. “In the five years to 2011, revenue increased at an average annual rate of 3.2 percent to $29.3 billion,” reported PR Web. “Growth of 3.6 percent in 2011 is a marked improvement from 2009 and 2010, but lower than the gains of 2006 and 2007. This trend indicates the negative influence that falling per capita disposable income has had on operators, but it also demonstrates the industry’s resilience.”