School has started, football season is upon us, and another hectic summer is slowly winding down. Hopefully, it has been a great summer for all of you, filled with travel, family and busy practices. I was honored to have the opportunity this summer to represent the IVMA at the 2018 AVMA Annual Convention and House of Delegates Meeting.
What is our role as veterinarians in abuse? As experts in animal care, we must be able to distinguish cases of abuse and intervene where appropriate for the health and welfare of the animal. Regardless of whether reporting of abuse is required by the state, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) “considers it the responsibility of the veterinarian to report suspected cases of animal abuse when an educational approach is inappropriate”.
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.
While facilitating a leadership workshop, I asked “Who are the leaders in your practice?”. This question stimulated some robust discussion. While some groups discussed the positions in their organizational leadership chart, one thoughtful response was “everyone is a leader in my practice”. I asked this practice manager to describe to the group what leadership looked like in her hospital.