IVMA Blog

21 Jul IVMA Committed to Veterinary Wellness for its Members

The IVMA Health and Wellness Committee and the IVMA Board of Directors have been one of the leaders within veterinary associations in the US in recognizing the importance of wellness for its members.  In early 2009, the IVMA signed a contract with “Continuing the Care”, a group of social workers who have experience in working with impaired doctors and dentists, to establish the Veterinary Well-Being Program.  Including veterinarians in this group was an important step in providing a framework of assistance for veterinarians with substance abuse problems.  Just as important,...

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23 Jun Are you a client-focused practice?

A client-focused practice is a practice in which each member of the staff team is doing everything they can to add to the client experience.   Becoming a client-focused practice will significantly improve client retention and referrals.   To successfully make the transition to this type practice, staff members must adopt new habits and behaviors. This will occur only if the practice’s goals and client experience protocols are consistently reinforced with the team. This can be accomplished through three simple mechanisms: Team Meetings: Regular team meetings (e.g. every one to two months) are...

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30 Mar IVMA Awards Presented

At the IVMA Membership Luncheon on Saturday, February 6, 2016, in Indianapolis, the leadership of the association recognized four deserving IVMA members: IVMA Lifetime Achievement Award:  Dr. Philip Borst, Indianapolis, IN, for cumulative service and accomplishments benefiting the profession, organized veterinary medicine, and the community. He is a 1975 graduate of the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduation, he joined his father in practice at Shelby Street Animal Clinic where he continues to practice today.  He has been active in organized veterinary medicine throughout his career including...

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06 Jan Why Are You Involved?

As the Executive Director of the IVMA, I get the awesome pleasure to work with a variety of IVMA members. Recently, I was thinking about this blog, I asked a few of them to answer this question, “Why are you involved in IVMA?” The following provide some of the feedback I received in response to that question. I think these comments speak for themselves. If YOU want to get involved, call me (317/974-0888) or email me (lisa@invma.org). “I got the bug early on in vet school as I was highly involved in...

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10 Sep An Afternoon of Infectious Disease: Part II – Multidrug-Resistant Infections

On August 19th, the IVMA hosted its 2nd annual CE event at the Indiana State Fair, An Afternoon of Infectious Disease, presented by Lynn Guptill, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor of Small Animal Medicine at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. During the second half of the session, Dr Guptill talked about multidrug-resistant infections (MDRIs). Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) are defined as microorganisms, predominantly bacteria, that are resistant to one or more classes of antimicrobial agents. They represent a growing public health threat worldwide, and overuse of antibiotics represents the single most important...

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