IVMA Blog

12 Sep Veterinary License Renewal Around the Corner

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...

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29 Aug What Can We Learn From Millenial Staff Members?

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...

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09 Aug Wellness Risk Factors Study Finds Positive Correlation to VMA Membership

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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12 Jul We have Negative Online Reviews – What Do We Do?

By Terra Shastri, Manager of Business Development – Ontario Veterinary Medical Association Online reviews come in many different shapes.  Some clients share glowing feedback about you, your staff and their experiences, they feel the need to do something nice in return for your great service; this is referred to as ‘the rule of reciprocity’ in social psychology.  Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. Negative online reviews have become the modern way for clients to yell from the rooftops when they are unhappy with you, your staff and/or their experience at your...

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28 Jun Together, We’re Stronger……

IVMA is in the final phase of membership renewal for the upcoming fiscal year, July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.  As the Executive Director, I am often asked two questions – what do you do and why should I renew my membership (or join).  These are great questions.  Here are my answers: What does IVMA do?  The IVMA features many tools and resources for veterinarians to use in the course of their practice life.  This may include legislative monitoring, continuing education, legal resources, important data, educating members on the latest...

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