From the Executive Director

Dear IVMA Members,

IVMA is in the process of its dues renewal, effective July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025. As the Executive Director, I am often asked two questions – what does IVMA 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 during their practice life. This may include legislative monitoring, continuing education, legal resources, important data, educating members on the latest trends, and providing tools and resources for veterinary wellbeing, just to name a few. Associations are a lot like insurance. When you don’t have any issues or problems, you don’t need your insurance. The beauty of IVMA though, is that we are always here as a resource. For 74 cents a day, you are a member of an active and well-run association that advocates for its members and for veterinary medicine in Indiana.

Why renew your membership? Renewing your membership with IVMA offers numerous benefits that greatly enhance your veterinary career and professional life:

  1. Community and networking: Being part of IVMA connects you with a community of like-minded professionals who share your passion for veterinary medicine. Networking with peers can lead to valuable collaborations, mentorship opportunities, and professional relationships that can benefit your career in various ways.
  2. Credibility and recognition: Membership in IVMA demonstrates your commitment to your profession and showcases your dedication to staying informed and involved in the veterinary community. This can enhance your credibility among colleagues, clients, and employers.
  3. Professional development opportunities: IVMA provides access to continuing education programs, workshops, conferences, and other resources aimed at enhancing your skills and knowledge in veterinary medicine. These opportunities can help you stay updated on the latest advancements and best practices in the field.
  4. Advocacy and representation: IVMA serves as a voice for veterinarians in Indiana, advocating for their interests and concerns at the legislative and regulatory levels. By renewing your membership, you contribute to a collective effort to protect and promote the veterinary profession.
  5. Collaboration and idea exchange: IVMA offers a platform for members to collaborate, share ideas, and address common challenges facing the veterinary community.
  6. Support and resources: IVMA provides a range of resources, including legal assistance, practice management guidance, wellness support, and more, to help you navigate the various aspects of your veterinary career.

Overall, renewing your membership with IVMA is an investment in yourself, your career, and the veterinary profession. It offers a multitude of benefits that can enrich your professional life and contribute to your long-term success and fulfillment as a veterinarian.

As an association management professional, I can’t imagine not being a member of my state professional association – I rely on them to keep me up to date on the issues impacting association management. I have met peers who run associations from which I learn so much. These connections develop into friendships that I value tremendously.

In being your Executive Director for over 28 years, here are the real benefits that I have seen of IVMA membership:

=Collegiality – the connection with your colleagues is one of the most impactful takeaways in being a part of the IVMA that I have seen.

=Connections – programs like the Power of 10, LEAD, and the Crossroads Veterinary Conference provide a framework to facilitate conversations with your peers. This is powerful.

Thank you for renewing your membership. Let’s keep the connection and education train going.


Lisa A. Perius, CAE