Michael Dicks, PhD - Former director, 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 - Nov 01, 2015
Veterinary students in general are managing their debt within reason; solutions to this massive problem will have to come from elsewhere.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Oct 01, 2015
Short answer? No. Female veterinarians perceive themselves as highly competent medically—and still earn almost 9 percent less.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Sep 01, 2015
A final look by AVMA economists at factors that correlate with veterinary compensation.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Aug 01, 2015
In this installment of our veterinary salary series, we look at factors associated with income for seasoned practitioners.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Jul 01, 2015
Examining why starting veterinary salaries vary from year to year.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Jun 01, 2015
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DVM360 MAGAZINE - Apr 20, 2015
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DVM360 MAGAZINE - Mar 19, 2015
Market data reveals which practitioners are in higher demand—and who's earning more money.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Feb 16, 2015
Different ways to calculate this important statistic present an inconsistent outlook on new grads’ financial situation.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Feb 01, 2015
AVMA survey finds low veterinary unemployment, but many are working less—or more—than they prefer.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Dec 17, 2014
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DVM360 MAGAZINE - Dec 01, 2014
New data from the AVMA's Senior Survey suggests improving economic conditions in the veterinary market.
DVM360 MAGAZINE - Nov 01, 2014
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DVM360 MAGAZINE - Oct 01, 2014
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