President’s Message – September, 2014
The kids are starting back to school, I have baled a lot of hay, been to a lot of fairs, and football season has started ~ that can only mean one thing: summer is almost over. As I look back on the summer I can assure you that the volunteers and staff at the IVMA have been very busy. I would like to use this message to bring you up to date on some of the work that has been done for the IVMA.
The standing subcommittees have been doing a lot of work. The Animal Welfare subcommittee, chaired by Dr. Jerry Risser, has a full slate of animal welfare articles scheduled for the Hoosier Veterinarian “One Welfare” series. They are also seeking applications for the One Welfare awards (information on this can be found on Page 2 of the newsletter) and addressing issues concerning spay/neuter clinics.
The Annual Meeting subcommittee, chaired by Dr. Tony Rumshlag, has been working hard to finalize plans for the 2015 annual meeting that will be held February 5th-8th at the Indianapolis Marriott East. They have a lot of great events planned and I hope to see everyone at the meeting. They are also working on plans for future annual meetings; look for some big changes coming to the annual meeting in the near future.
The Continuing Education subcommittee, chaired by Dr. Kristi Graham, is putting together the finishing touches on a great slate of speakers for the upcoming annual meeting. They have also been working on new CE opportunities to assist our members in completing their CE requirements. They recently offered the first ever CE event at the Indiana State Fair and will continue to offer self-study CE opportunities. Look for one later this fall, in addition to a webinar event the first of November. This member benefit is of NO COST to members.
The Leadership Development subcommittee, chaired by Dr. Steve Sunbury, has successfully recruited a candidate for IVMA vice president. They also continue to support the Power of 10 leadership program that is just beginning its third year. This program helps recent graduates develop their leadership skills. Several of the graduates of this program now serve on subcommittees and hold, or are seeking, officer positions within our association
The Health and Wellness subcommittee, chaired by Dr. John Schnarr, is continuing to provide a program for doctors that need help with substance abuse issues as well as continuing to provide articles for the Hoosier Veterinarian to help our members maintain and improve our mental and physical health.
The Membership subcommittee, chaired by Dr. Nathan Rich, is preparing for another stethoscope dinner to welcome the incoming Class of 2018 to the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine. They are also researching ways to better serve our membership (if you have any ideas please feel free to share).
The Ethics subcommittee, chaired by Dr. Jerry Rodenbarger, continues to address the few complaints against our members that may arise.
The Public Relations subcommittee, Chaired by Dr. Julie Davis, just received a grant from Partners for Healthy Pets to provide promotional materials to be used at the Indiana State Fair. This committee has worked hard to develop the items and they went over well at the recently completed State Fair.
Speaking of the State Fair, this subcommittee, chaired by Dr. Jim Weisman, revamped our shared space with the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine. Along with the new location, the College brought back the student ambassadors to answer questions as well as teach many children in the State Fair Vet Camps. The display was much more interactive and the new location really seemed to draw a good crowd. This collaborative event just celebrated its 30th year of a veterinary presence at the Indiana State Fair.
The Legislative subcommittee, chaired by Dr. John Scamahorn, has been keeping an eye on issues being looked at in summer study committees and preparing to address any issues that may arise in the upcoming 2015 legislative session. This year is a long session and the committee will address issues on behalf of our membership as they arise. This advocacy is often overlooked but is one of the most important things that your membership dollars support.
Your AVMA delegate, Dr. John Schnarr, and alternate delegate, Dr. Jim Weisman, represented our association well at the AVMA annual meeting in July in Denver. The AVMA is really going through some changes to better serve its membership, and Indiana is on the front line of this transition.
As you can see, summer is a busy time in our association, and I really appreciate the hard work of all of our volunteers to give of their time to serve this organization. I personally want to thank all the subcommittee chairs and those who serve on the subcommittees. You are the lifeblood of our association.
As I wrap this up, I hope all of you have enjoyed this busy summer and I look forward to continuing to work on your behalf in the upcoming months. As always, if you would like to talk to me about any issues feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 812-779-6874
Dr. John Feutz