President’s Message – November, 2014
It is hard to believe it is the start of another New Year ~ Happy New Year 2015 to all of my friends and colleagues in the IVMA! I hope everyone had a joyous Christmas season and is looking forward to a great 2015! As I look back on 2014 I am amazed how quickly it has flown by. I am so proud of all the accomplishments that the IVMA has made on your behalf. The sub-committees and their chairs have worked very hard on your behalf all year and I thank them for their hard work and service to the profession.
As I look back on the year, I would like to update you on the goals the IVMA has been working on (and continues to work on) over the last year. Your IVMA Board of Directors established four strategic goals last March: #1 Knowledge, #2 Advocacy, #3 Member Services, and #4 Public Awareness. On the knowledge front, your CE sub-committee brought you a new CE opportunity at the State Fair as well as another written mail in CE opportunity. Another self-study CE article on Rabies is upcoming in the next two weeks so be on the look-out for that. They also have another great slate of continuing education coming up at the IVMA annual meeting. The Executive Committee continues to develop a workforce study to provide detailed regional information about our profession. Look for more on this in the months ahead.
Advocacy is always a goal of our association and the Legislative Sub-committee and the Board of Directors have established priorities we will be working as the 2015 Indiana General Assembly begins their long session. We will be closely watching the Session as it moves along to make sure legislation that is passed will be beneficial to veterinarians and animal well being in the state.
As many of you saw just before Christmas, the IVMA had a huge opportunity to advocate for our members and our profession. There was a series of articles run in the Indianapolis Star (and subsequently picked up by other papers) that questioned the integrity of veterinarians and the safety of the medications that we prescribe. We saw this as an opportunity to defend the education, scientific knowledge, and professional integrity of our members, as well as reiterate our commitment to utilize the products that are best for our patients and their owners.
The third goal that we have been working towards is member services. This is always at the heart of everything that we try to do at the IVMA. We always work to serve our members as well as give them the most bang for their membership dollar. We are working to continue to grow the tools we offer members, to help in their daily life. Whether it is a tool to help with practice management, or help dealing with stress, or help you save for retirement, the IVMA continually works to make members’ lives easier and more productive.
Our last goal this year we have been working toward this year is public awareness. The Public Relations Sub-committee developed some great displays and handouts to use at the Indiana State Fair. Our members, along with the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, educated the public at the State Fair about what our profession does. We have continued the “One Welfare” initiative to promote animals, owners and the human animal bond. The Indianapolis Star articles that I mentioned above also gave us the opportunity to increase public awareness about our profession, and I hope our public response will paint a realistic picture of what we do for our patients and clients every day. As you can see, the IVMA has had a very busy year and we will continue to work toward these goals in the coming months.
The Annual Meeting is also just around the corner and I hope you all plan to attend. The Annual Meeting Sub-committee has been working very hard and has put together another great meeting. The meeting will once again be held at the Marriott East hotel in Indianapolis on February 5th through 8th. If you have not already registered please do so soon. There is another excellent line up of continuing education with world class presenters, a large trade show, and many social activities that will give you a chance to network with colleagues, reconnect with old friends, and make some new ones. The general session on Friday will feature Mr. Ted McKinney, the director of the Indiana Department of Agriculture. He will discuss the importance of agriculture to our state and the importance of veterinarians to agriculture. I hope to see you all at the meeting.
Since my term as President ends at the Annual Meeting, this will be my last President’s Message. I would like to thank you all for giving me the opportunity to serve in this position. I have really enjoyed the experience. I have been helped throughout the year by a great IVMA staff in Lisa and Lourdes, a strong Executive Committee, a dedicated Board of Directors, and a hard working group of sub-committee chairs. Mostly I have enjoyed serving the membership of this great association, and representing the profession for the past year. I hope I have served up to your expectations. I will continue to be involved with the profession and serve however I can. If you ever need me feel free to call me at (812) 779-6874 or email me at email@example.com
Dr. John Feutz