Former chief economist at the American Veterinary Medical Association—Matthew Salois, PhD, MA—will fulfill this role.
Veterinary Study Groups, Inc (VSG)—a subsidiary of Covetrus has deemed Matthew Salois, PhD, MA, as its new president. His role will involve improving the success of VSG, a membership organization for the owners of more than 1,800 veterinary clinics.
“Matt’s experience developing and implementing strategies to assist veterinary practices in maximizing their success will be an immense asset for VSG as we help our member practices balance increasing demand for care with workforce challenges,” said Link Welborn, DVM DABVP, CEO of VSG and chief veterinary officer of Covetrus North America, in a company release.1
“Matt’s combination of economic knowledge and veterinary industry experience is unrivaled, and his leadership will be invaluable as we work with each Veterinary Management Group (VMG) member and Covetrus to shape the future of veterinary care,” he added.
According to the release,1 Salois’ team of veterinarians, business leaders, event planners, and administrative professionals will collaborate to accommodate each VMG member's practice.
Previously, Salois served as the chief economist and head of the veterinary economics division at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) improving veterinarians’ daily lives through his economics, business, and communications abilities.
Additionally, Salois worked as the director of global scientific affairs and policy for Elanco Animal Health, overseeing a team of scientists in veterinary medicine, human medicine, animal welfare, economics, and sustainability. Plus, he is an adjunct professor of applied economics at the University of Florida for graduate and undergraduate students.
“Recent innovations in the veterinary industry mean we can provide better support than ever before to our partner practices, and that means better health outcomes for the animals in their care,” Salois expressed, in the release.1
“VSG’s use of data and analytics to drive decision-making combined with the comradery and community of support members receive are key to ensuring our practices can thrive, both economically and culturally. I am eager to help provide our veterinarians with the tools and the collaboration needed to enhance their practices and continue delivering exemplary health outcomes,” he continued.
Salois achieved his PhD in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida. He also earned an MA in Applied Economics and a BS in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida.1
Covetrus names Matthew Salois president of Veterinary Study Groups (VSG). News release. Covetrus. March 16, 2022. Accessed March 16, 2022. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220316005191/en/Covetrus-Names-Matthew-Salois-President-of-Veterinary-Study-Groups-VSG