Elanco veteran is named AVMA economics chief

Dr. Matthew Salois will take over from Veterinary Economics Division founder Dr. Michael Dicks.

Elanco veteran is named AVMA economics chief
Dr. Matthew Salois

A former chief economist for the Florida Department of Citrus has been named director of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinary Economics Division.

Matthew J. Salois, MA, Ph.D., will replace the division’s chief economist, Michael R. Dicks, who is retiring.

Dr. Salois most recently was director of global scientific affairs and policy at Elanco Animal Health, which he joined in 2014 as an economic research and policy adviser. He previously served with the Florida Department of Citrus and as an assistant professor of economics at the University of Reading.

“Matt brings a wealth of industry experience and knowledge of economics and research,” said AVMA President Michael J. Topper, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP. “He has the opportunity now to build upon the AVMA Economic Division’s solid foundation to ensure that all the incredible data we have is turned into the most effective tools and resources for our members and the profession.”

The Economics Division surveys and analyzes the veterinary profession to produce reports on topics such as veterinary income, educational debt and employment. Formed by Dr. Dicks in January 2013, the division also works to support AVMA legislative and program initiatives.

Dr. Salois said he will strive to deliver economic analyses that provide tangible and actionable direction for the veterinary profession.

“Like many economists, I have a genuine passion for the field,” he said. “But my ‘why’ is more than just about economics; it’s about acting on the insights generated through economics to help guide decisions and hopefully lead the veterinary profession to a stronger place.”

His experience at Elanco introduced him to “top-notch veterinarians,” Dr. Salois said.

“They have truly helped me be a better economist by bringing their insights and perspective into my work,” he said. “By partnering together, I believe that economists and veterinarians can become more than the sum of their parts. I want to hear our members’ perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing the profession and how they see economics ultimately helping them.”