Michael Dicks, PhD - AVMA Veterinary Economics Division
Raised in rural Orange County, California, Dr. Dicks began his agricultural career working in the Irvine Company’s vegetable fields and ranches. He obtained degrees in Biochemistry and Animal Science from California Polytechnic State University in 1975. Dr. Dicks traveled to Kenya in 1976 to serve three and a half years with the U.S. Peace Corps as a chemistry teacher. During his tenure, he visited many of the local farms and developed technologies to provide water and energy to the rural communities. In 1978, he received funding from The Ford Foundation, the humanitarian agency CARE and the National Christian Council of Kenya to establish a rural cooperative to assist in the development and construction of water delivery and energy production technologies for rural communities. He obtained his master’s degree working on a waste-to-energy project in Tunisia and his doctorate from the University of Missouri in Agricultural Economics, specializing in natural resource policy and international development. From 1984 to 1989, Dr Dicks worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service. In 1989, he was a policy specialist responsible for developing and implementing the first Conservation Title in a U.S. Farm Bill. Dr. Dicks was also initiated into USDA’s Aquaculture Industry Situation and Outlook program as well as the Industrial Crops and Products Situation and Outlook program. Dr. Dicks was hired by Oklahoma State University (OSU) in 1989 to work in the area of agricultural policy. He was the director of the Great Plains Agricultural Policy Center from 1991 to 1997 and director of the Center for International Trade and Development from 2009 to 2012. He retired from OSU as the Wes and Lou Watkins Chair for International Trade and Development in 2013. He’s been married for 30 years and has three children. When Dr. Dicks isn’t working, he likes to climb mountains, swim oceans, race motorcycles across the country and spend time with his family. He has two Australian shepherds, Jake and Maggie.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Jun 06, 2017
A robust economy has helped this financial indicator trend in a positive direction. But for the health of the profession, more needs to happen.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - May 26, 2017
Unless veterinarians develop a financial focus, they may lose their position of influence in veterinary medicine.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Apr 22, 2017
Economic indicators for veterinary medicine are not all rosy. And still private equity is pouring in to buy veterinary practices. Here’s where they see potential.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Mar 02, 2017
Demographic factors correlate with shorter—and longer—veterinary loan payback periods.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Jan 30, 2017
Veterinary firms are becoming more concentrated—fewer in number and larger in size. Here’s a look at why it’s happening and what the impact might be.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Jan 13, 2017
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DVM360 MAGAZINE - Dec 21, 2016
Based on the financial data on hand and past trends, here’s what I think the new year could bring for our nation’s veterinary practices.
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DVM360 MAGAZINE - Nov 29, 2016
AVMA economists offer hope and a call for action.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Oct 19, 2016
Rising demand for veterinary services should not lead to a call for more veterinarians. Here's why.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Sep 01, 2016
The answer? It's complicated. Let me explain.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Jun 15, 2016
... the AVMA starting salary calculator showing that looks at many factors. And that does NOT mean any female DVM should ask a practice owner for less money than her male peers.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Jun 02, 2016
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DVM360 MAGAZINE - Apr 11, 2016
The Department of Education can deny some schools federal loan dollars if their graduates don’t wind up with a decent income. What are the implications for the veterinary profession and its off-kilter debt-to-income ratio?
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Mar 16, 2016
The bad news? Veterinary debt-to-income ratios are on a fast track to disaster. The good news? Our professionwide DIR might improve with these strategies.