President’s Message – November, 2014
Happy fall to everyone. I hope you all had the opportunity to enjoy the summer and are refreshed and prepared for cold weather and all the challenges that can bring. As I write this, the leaves are turning and falling and my thoughts turn to the upcoming holidays and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. With winter on the way, the IVMA will continue to work on many fronts to support our members in their ability to practice veterinary medicine.
As I am writing this, election season is in full swing. This brings to the front of my mind the upcoming legislative session. I believe the involvement of our association (as well as the AVMA) in the legislative process gives biggest return on your membership investment. Your Legislative Sub-committee, along with the IVMA Board of Directors, have set priorities for several issues, and have a plan for both proactive and reactive legislation on these issues. We will continue to monitor any legislation that comes up and determine the impact it could have on our profession. If you know a member of the Indiana General Assembly or have one as a client, please take to time to get to know this person. Legislators put a lot more stock in the input from a constituent they have a relationship with. If you have a relationship with a legislator please let the IVMA know by contacting Lisa in the IVMA office. If an issue arises and we need the vote of a legislator, we can contact our members that have a relationship with them and provide them with trusted information.
The IVMA Annual Meeting is just around the corner! Another great meeting has been put together by the Annual Meeting Sub-committee with the help of the Continuing Education Sub-committee. The meeting will be held February 5th to the 8th at the Indianapolis Marriott East. I encourage everyone to attend this great meeting. The slate of speakers is second to none at a state association meeting and there are many social events thrown in throughout the weekend. Attending the meeting allows excellent opportunity for your needed continuing education in a license renewal year and the collegiality of spending time with your colleagues is always a wonderful opportunity. I look forward to seeing you all at the meeting.
The IVMA is actively working on collaborating to produce member surveys to evaluate the economics of the profession in our state. These surveys are going to be targeted at a local level. We hope to provide our members with important data that can be used to guide decisions for our individual businesses. The data will also be useful to members who are looking to move to a different situation or start a practice in a certain area. Look for these surveys in 2015 and please take the time to provide your input. I am excited to see the outcome of this data and the impact it will have on our members’ decision making ability.
As you can see from these few issues I have discussed, your IVMA staff and volunteers are very busy working on your behalf. We will continue to be your partner in the profession far into the future. As always if you would like to discuss any issues, have any ideas you would like to see the IVMA pursue, or want to get more involved in the profession, please feel free to contact the IVMA office or call me at (812) 779-6874 or email me at email@example.com I look forward to hearing from you. I hope you all enjoy the upcoming holiday season and look forward to seeing you soon.
Dr. John Feutz