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NEW Personal Financial Planning tool from AVMA!

Student AVMA members, it is time to get excited! The AVMA has created a brand new online tool, targeted specifically for AVMA members to assist with financial planning. Student loans are a hot topic amongst veterinary students and especially those recent graduates who are beginning their loan repayments. The AVMA Personal Financial Planning (PFP) tool has taken the headache out of financial planning! It gives you an easy way to organize your finances, while also taking into account the specific budget concerns of veterinarians. Now it’s possible to plan for not only your current expenses, but also your long term financial and career goals. This tool makes it easy for anyone to set up a budget, walking you through the essential steps for set up in no time at all.

As students, we need to think of the future, loan repayment, and retirement planning. This tool makes it easy to start now while sitting at home on your computer. It doesn’t involve going to a financial planner, it involves you at home inputting your own information, getting feedback as soon as you click “submit”.  For students, the scenario mode is especially applicable. You can see how your budget would change based on income level and amount of debt. The folks at AVMA have made the PFP very user friendly for us, and have gone above and beyond with even more advanced financial planning tools at your disposal. A few of the extras that SAVMA students can utilize include a veterinary salary calculator, cost of living comparisons, rent or buy calculator, credit card calculator, automobile cost of ownership, and tips on how to stand out in your new job. They have really listened to the concerns of students and practitioners alike and delivered something great!

As SAVMA members we are fortunate to have access to this wonderful financial planning tool as part of our yearly membership. It can be accessed using your SAVMA ID at




Emerging Issues Committee Newsletter


Emerging Veterinary & Animal Health Issues

August 2010



 Study links evolution with increased risk of rabies infection in bats Live Sciences

 Pet foods can put people at risk for Salmonella Associated Press

Mandatory ID for livestock being discussed by USDA The Billings Gazette

The food of love now (ironically) threatened by herpes in Europe National Geographic

Equine Infectious Anemia found in Missouri Horse Kansas City Infozine

Congressman seeks to make 2011 World Veterinary Year Oregon Live

Gulf oil Spill could still threaten millions of migratory birds National Geographic

Senate to consider food safety bill by end of year ABC News

British pet owners abandon pet insurance over rising premiums The Daily Mail (London)


Humor in Medicine

Wildlife cleaning volunteer stuck with the gulls again The Onion



AVMA Student Externship Locator – Trying to find a great veterinary experience while also enjoying some time away from your vet school?  Try out the AVMA externship locator, which lists externships by state and area of interest.



Emerging Issues Committee April Newsletter

Here are some interesting links complied by the members of your Emerging Issues Committee. They work hard to find relevant topics that may not be included in your standard curriculum, so check it out! Some topics this time include bedbugs (ick!), colorectal cancer (even more ick!) and Salmonella contamination. Ok, I'm thoroughly grossed out! Time to get informed:


1. A New Breed of Guard Dog Attacks Bedbugs New York Times

2. Meat And Colorectal Cancer Risk: Scientists Suggest Potential Mechanisms Medical News Today

3. Salmonella In HVP Additive Prompts Potentially Massive Processed Food Recall Medical News Today

4. Researchers Report Progress on E. coli Test New York Times

5. Wildlife Serves As Indicator Of Potential Health Threats Medical News Today

6. Article misses an important pollutant from chicken farms. Environmental Health News

7. Equine dentistry bill gains Oklahoma House approval NewsOK

8. Folk Medicine Poses Global Health Threat to Primate Species BBC

9. AVMA Briefs Congress on Importance of Antibiotics Medical News Today

10. Don’t Buy Live Easter Season Animals, Health Official Says Los Angeles Daily News