President’s Message – November, 2013
Well, we have entered the season of crisp cool air, cold
rains, tons of dropping leaves, turkey, and pumpkin pies. College football is
halfway done, the Colts are looking good, and thank goodness (especially for
Purdue) college basketball is under way.
Your IVMA committees are working hard to serve you. We
are constantly looking for ways to increase your return on investment in the
IVMA. Here are just a few examples. The Legislative Committee under Dr. John
Scamahorn’s leadership is surveying the landscape for next year’s legislative
session. Dr. Nathan Rich’s Membership Committee is hard at work to increase
members.The effort is mostly working to increase membership by contacting those
who have not renewed their membership in the past five years. The Animal Welfare Committee lead by Dr. John Feutz, has an excellently written new welfare
statement authored by Dr. Julie Davis on horse slaughter issues.
You will soon
be receiving your information on the annual meeting held on January 30-February
2, 2014, again at the Indianapolis Marriott East.
Dr. Tony Rumschlag’s Annual Meeting Committee has quite a program
planned. Your Audit and Budget Committee led by Dr. Paul Clemente produced another
balanced budget for the IVMA to properly function in 2014. Dr. Julie Davis and
the PR committee are discussing and implementing ways to get the IVMA and
veterinary message out to members and the public. The State Fair subcommittee
lead by Dr. Jim Weisman is looking at the 2014 State Fair new possibilities. As you can readily see, there are many
efforts under way to serve you.
Dr. Jerry Risser and Dr. Sandi Norman are representing
veterinarians on the statewide spay/neuter committee organized by many of the
not-for-profit animal groups from around the state. There will be more to
follow in upcoming issues of the Hoosier Veterinarian.
Some short hits:
Please check out the new IVMA Mentor Program to
begin at the annual conference. We are going to match more seasoned
veterinarians with newer graduates within the last five years to be able to
talk about life’s issues and careers development. Contact the IVMA office for
I hope you are checking out the Partnership for
Healthy Pets website. This is one of the AVMA’s and AAHA’s efforts to help practices
and pet owners understand what is best for pets. Look at www.partnersforhealthypets.org.
Dr. John Feutz and I, along with the IVMA Board of Directors, attended the Purdue
University freshman Stethoscope Dinner in September. We were very impressed
with the energy and abilities of this freshman class. The future of our
profession is in great hands.
Don’t forget to check on when your USDA
accreditation is due. There will be some courses presented at the annual
conference to help you fulfill your continuing education.
The Indiana Animal Health Foundation conducted a
successful golf outing at the Purdue Fall Conference. It was just a beautiful
day all around.
Please check out the new IVMA website. It has
been rearranged to better serve you and your needs. I think you will like it.
Our Lisa Perius has done a great job on this redesign. Our site is www.invma.org
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me
with any concerns or ideas for your IVMA. I always appreciate your feedback.
317/787-5323 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great Thanksgiving. We all have many things to be
Dr. Phil Borst