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. During this time, I sat through my first Veterinary Information Forum, where I heard about topics ranging from student debt to debarking of dogs. It is safe to say that there were some heated discussions on some of these topics, but at the end of the day, it was nice to see our AVMA leaders and delegates come together to offer solutions to some of the most pressing issues that we face as veterinarians.
At the beginning of the year, our three focus areas were Value, Community, and Engagement. Here we are at the end of August and I’m happy to say that these three principles continue to be our primary focus. I’m also happy to say the IVMA is working diligently to improve these areas of your membership. With the change to our leadership structure this year, we created four at-large board positions. It is exciting that we were able to fill those four positions this year and the interest that was shown by the membership in each of those positions was great. I look forward to watching this trend continue, as it shows that our members are engaged and committed to this profession and our organization. Thank you to everyone who put their name in to serve our profession in the very near future.
August marks Indiana State Fair time for so many in our profession. And, as always, the IVMA and the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine teamed up to provide the spay/neuter demonstrations. Thank you to everyone who participated this year in the demonstrations. If you were unable to participate, we would encourage to you to be a part of the State Fair team next year.
August also marked the kick-off of “IVMA on the Go.” I had the opportunity, along with Lisa Perius and Lourdes Syndram, to visit 7 veterinary clinics in the Lafayette/West Lafayette area. These were all long-time member clinics, so it was nice for me to be able to put a face with the name of the clinics that I have driven by so often. “IVMA on the Go” will continue throughout the rest of the year and will eventually begin to focus on some of the state’s non-member clinics.
Task Forces continue to meet, and most are entering their second round of meetings. The task forces are in the data gathering phases, so if you happen to receive a survey from the IVMA, please fill it out and send it back. These groups are trying to make the IVMA a more innovative, interactive community that hopefully will give all its members a sense of ownership.
As you all know, Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine just ushered in the Class of 2022! It has been tradition that the IVMA, Patterson, and the Purdue Veterinary Alumni Association, sponsor the Stethoscope Dinner after our September board meeting. I am happy to share that this tradition continued, and on September 6, 2018, we handed out 84 stethoscopes to our newest colleagues. Your IVMA Board of Directors was there to represent you all well.
The last thought I will leave you with is new to our Association. This year we decided to offer wet lab opportunities at our new home in Discovery Hall. The first lab will take place on November 1st. You may choose from either a dental lecture/wet lab with Dr. Matt Lemmons of MedVet or an orthopedic lecture/wet lab with Dr. Noah Bander. We hope to see you all there, but space will be very limited. (As of publishing date, the dental wet labs are full. There is still space in the veterinary plating wet lab.) So, get signed up as soon as you receive the information! Let us help add value to your practice and propel your business forward with these opportunities.
Lastly, the Veterinary Opioid Education Task Force has been meeting this year and is providing IVMA members with critical information regarding new prescribing laws. See page 4 for this important information – a true member benefit for our members.
With all that said, I wish you the best of luck as we enter the fall season. If you are a football fan, I hope your team wins, unless they are playing Purdue! As always, thank you for your time. If there is anything you need, feel free to reach out to myself or Ms. Lisa Perius. Also, don’t forget to stop by our website for updates in veterinary medicine throughout the state.
Dr. Nathan Rich, DVM