President’s Message

IVMA President
Dr. Aaron Smiley

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as IVMA President in 2020. I appreciate the privilege to serve the profession in Indiana. As for the IVMA Board of Directors, we are committed to working on problems that impact the profession today and generating solutions for the problems that will impact the next generation of veterinarians.

A BIG thanks to those who planned our inaugural, and very successful, Crossroads Veterinary Conference last month. We heard many positive comments regarding the new location, the meeting schedule, the enthusiastic vendors and sponsors, and the tremendous continuing education offerings. Plans are already underway for the 2021 Crossroads Veterinary Conference!

Practice Management

Lessons Learned on the Inca Trail
Wendy Hauser DVM

In late May 2019 my family and I hiked the terminal 27 miles of the Inca Trail, ending in Macchu Pichu. As a child, I heard vivid stories of Peru from my father, who grew up in the mountains outside of Lima. This trip was so much more to me than a vacation; it was a way to honor my father’s memory in the place that he most identified with, where he felt most at home.
As we planned this supported trek, I gave little thought to my expectations of our guides. I trusted that they would oversee the logistics of our pre-trek day trips and the three nights on the trail, get us from point to point safely and provide some education about what we were seeing along the way. The last thing I expected was to observe actively reinforced leadership and clearly articulated mentorship!

IN Board Of Animal Health

New: Canine Brucellosis Video, Earn CE

Canine brucellosis is a complicated disease that can be economically and emotionally devastating to dog owners. Knowing the best practices to mitigate the impact as well as prevent infection of this disease is important to keeping dogs and people healthy.

In February, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) created a video on canine brucellosis. In this video, Dr. Melissa Justice, BOAH Companion Animal Director, explains what canine brucellosis is and the measures veterinarians and dog owners need to take to prevent and eradicate this reportable disease.
Dr. Justice works closely with the dog owners and veterinarians during canine brucellosis investigations. In this video, she shares her experiences and explains testing protocols and biosecurity measures including cleaning and disinfection and quarantining.

IVMA Member Resource

IVMA Career Center

Are you looking to hire another veterinarian at your practice or are you looking for new opportunities? 

IVMA has you covered with our new IVMA Career Center.  In 2019 IVMA developed an interactive job board, targeting industry companies and professionals.  The IVMA Career Center offers members, and the industry at large, a highly targeted resource for online recruitment.


Employers can post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria, and create an online resume agent to email qualified candidates daily.  They also benefit from online reporting providing job activity statistics to track each job posting’s ROI.  Job posting enhancement tools are also available for purchase.