Janet Dolin DVM is the new American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Chief Executive Officer. She’s gone from working at AVMA, to chief veterinary officer of Hill’s Science Diet, and now back to AVMA as their new CEO. Does AVMA work too closely with Hill’s?
Pet owners depend on their veterinarians to be unbiased, to recommend the best treatment options based on science and experience. In turn, veterinarians depend on their association to be unbiased, to provide unbiased on-going education of treatment options including the use of prescription pet foods.
Can the on-going education of practicing veterinarians be unbiased if it comes from a revolving door between AVMA and Hill’s Science Diet?
Dr. Dolin began working for AVMA in 1991 “where she ascended the executive ranks.” In 2004 she was promoted to assistant executive vice president. In 2007 she was “passed over” for the job of Executive Vice President and left AVMA “taking a job as the chief veterinary officer of Hills Pet Nutrition.”
After six years at Hill’s Pet Nutrition “Donlin left Hills and returned to the AVMA in 2013, this time as chief executive officer of the Professional Liability and Insurance Trust.”
In August of 2016 Janet Dolin DVM was “named executive vice president/chief executive officer of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).”
Hill’s Pet Nutrition has a long standing close relationship with AVMA…providing AVMA with hefty financial support. As example in 2009 Hill’s Pet Nutrition pledged $1 million dollars to AVMA – “the money will be used to support continuing education at the AVMA’s annual convention.”
At the 2015 AVMA annual convention the “Keynote Luncheon, sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, featured Chris Gardner, best known for his autobiography “The Pursuit of Happyness.” and also the inspiration for the movie of the same name starring Will Smith.”
(At the same convention – drug manufacturer Merial sponsored a Beach Boys concert for attendees.)
When is close ties to industry too close? Can a veterinarian trade association remain unbiased if executive officers have worked for industry?
If there is bias, do member veterinarians and in turn our pets pay the price?
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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