Hello, and welcome to a new edition of the Hoosier Veterinarian, a new spring, and a new President’s message. As I spoke to the assembly at our recent Annual Meeting after the transfer of Presidency, it was abundantly clear to me that the IVMA is in a great position to continue leading our profession into the future.
What YOU Need to Know
In January of 2018, the IVMA Board of Directors approved assembling the Veterinary Opioid Education Task Force. This task force is charged with assessing the laws that pertain to the legal prescribing and dispensing of opioid drugs by veterinarians in Indiana. The task force has been busy this year compiling the best and most accurate information for IVMA members. This work by IVMA illustrates one more important value of your membership.
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was signed into law late last year. Among other things, the new law addresses the production and marketing of “hemp”. AVMA has received questions from individual veterinarians and state veterinary medical associations related to the Act’s cannabis provisions, so you likely are or will be receiving questions as well.
The topic of pet health insurance has been front and center in 2018, with no less than 17 articles printed in mainstream veterinary publications in addition to articles in the New York Times, Washington Post and US News, among others. Why has there been so much focus on pet health insurance?