IVMA Story – Human Side of Animal Health

As you may be aware, the IVMA Board of Directors appointed a Governance Task Force over a year ago to assess the viability of the current IVMA governance structure – both for the Board of Directors and the standing committees of IVMA.  After considerable review by the task force and careful analysis by the IVMA Board of Directors, the Board voted to amend the IVMA Bylaws at their board meeting on September 7, 2017.  The proposed amendments to the IVMA Bylaws must be approved by the IVMA Membership. The proposed draft...

The Veterinary Hospital Manager’s Association (VHMA) partnered with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), Veterinary Management Groups (VMG), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and VetPartners to provide veterinary professionals access to a free, powerful finance tool. Traditionally, the accounting methods of individual veterinary practices are as diverse as the owners themselves. Times are changing… and for the better. Through this partnership’, AAHA’s previously members-only Chart of Accounts was revised and expanded. The new AAHA/VMG Chart of Accounts is now available and free to all veterinary professionals. “We are thrilled to provide the AAHA/VMG...

Your veterinary license will expire on October 15, 2017.  Renewal information will be sent to you on or before July 15, 2017, from the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA).  All information will be sent to your email.  Please make sure that IPLA has your current email and address of record.  You should do this as soon as possible. If you need to change your email or address, you can call, email, or send a letter with the changes for your veterinary license to IPLA.  If you need to change the address...

By Terra Shastri, Manager of Business Development – Ontario Veterinary Medical Association The characteristics of each generation are a result of their upbringing and environment. Some have experienced wars, been parented by a single mother working two jobs, subjected to a parent losing a job due to an economic crisis, etc. All of these experiences shape an individual and can become a consistent group of characteristics for a generation. While no one wants to be painted with a broad brush, it is true that different periods in time give rise to...

In a recent article published in JAVMA, Nett et al. (2016) research found that membership in a veterinary medical association is positively correlated with less mental illness and suicidal ideation.  The authors also found that 9.1% veterinarians were experiencing severe psychological distress at the time of the survey and that 16.7% had contemplated suicide since graduation.  These distressing numbers are higher than that of the general US adult population. The number of veterinarians currently in psychological distress nearly doubles when controlling for membership in organized veterinary medicine (9.3% for members of...

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