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Contracts, Negotiations and Pay

Below are some articles and websites you may want to read to prepare yourself for exploring employment contracts, negotiation and pay.


  • Would you like the advice of a DVM who is also a lawyer and who has reviewed hundreds of DVM employment contracts? Read: Contracts, Benefits, and Practice Management for the Veterinary Profession by James F. Wilson, Jeffrey D. Nemoy, Alan J. Fishman. (This book has excellent information. Take a good look at the section on restrictive covenants (covenants not to compete). The book is available in the Vet Med library.)
  • About negotiation Read: Negotiating Rationally, by Max H. Bazerman and Margaret A. Neale (Provides easy to read, concise research based information on effective negotiation.)


Vet Vance https://www.vetvance.com/

AVMA tools


Prepare a budget and use career tools. Website VBMA http://www.vbma.biz/tools

You should estimate your student loan payments.

Financial Aid

Clay Gurganus
Financial Aid Advisor
Office of Student Financial Aid
0210 Beardshear Hall

If you have your PIN from the Dept of Education, you can access your loans here:

Check out links on the ISU Financial Counseling site:

Don't forget potential moving expenses. Homefair.com has a calculator that will estimate cost of living changes from one location to another. Use this calculator to estimate the cost of living associated with moving from Ames to the city of your choice.

Bureau of Labor Statistics data on veterinary salaries by state. http://www.acinet.org/acinet/select_occupation.asp?stfips=&next=occ_rep