President’s Message – July, 2014
As I write this I am sitting here after being up and working for about 16 hours today (and very little has been veterinary medicine), but these long days are worth it because it is my favorite time of year. I am not talking about the summer season; I am talking about the FAIR SEASON. My wife calls herself a “fair widow” during the weeks surrounding the fair because of the time I put in getting ready for the fair. It is a lot of work, but also very satisfying and a lot of fun. I love everything there is about fairs. If I could do it I would attend a fair every day. I love seeing all the people and observing the talent of the youth on display. I hope many of you are also involved in your local fairs. I feel like this is an excellent opportunity to interact with the people and youth of the community, and hopefully educate people about the proper care and use of animals. I encourage all of you to support your local fair in some way even if it is just a visit to the fair.
While we are on the subject of fairs your IVMA is making preparations for our part at the Indiana State Fair. The IVMA, along with the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, will once again be providing the spay/neuter demonstrations. This is an opportunity to showcase our profession to almost a million people in a less than 3 weeks. There are some changes coming to these demonstrations this year. For the third year in a row the surgery suite will be moving, but we are moving to our own semi-permanent location. We will be moving to the north side of the fairgrounds near the Farm Bureau building. We hope that this will soon become a permanent location and could potentially become a venue for animal education year-round. The IVMA Public Relations committee has been working to develop new promotional materials to educate the public at the fair. There will be veterinary students from Purdue at the display for the duration of the fair. They will also be conducting several “Mini Boiler Vet Camps” for children at the fair. I encourage you all to visit the state fair and look over the veterinary display. I hope you all enjoy it and will consider volunteering to work at the display in the future.
This time of year is also a very busy time for the work of the IVMA. The gears are turning with the association and the committees have been hard at work on your behalf. I would like to personally thank all the committee chairs and committee members for their hard work on behalf of our association. I think that all these loyal volunteers are doing great things for our profession and encourage all of you to get involved in some way.
One issue of concern that I have been contacted about several times over the last few months of my presidency is Not for Profit Spay/Neuter clinics. I appreciate everyone that has contacted me on this issue and I completely understand the concerns. I would like to assure you that the association is working on this issue. It is a very difficult situation to figure out and must be approached carefully. We have to remember the needs of our members while considering how our response will look to the general public. I would also like to point out that there are many legal issues to be considered and we are not a rule-making body. Our Legislative Committee is staying on top of the issue and looking at ways we can use our political influence to develop an acceptable compromise.
As always, on this and any other issues that may arise, feel free to call me at 812-779-6874 or email me at email@example.com. I would love to hear from you. I hope you are all enjoying your summer and make sure you visit a fair near you!!!!
Dr. John Feutz