You’re invited to a members-only online event, powered by The Bridge Club (TBC), at Noon Central Daylight Time on Friday, March 30 to discuss the Veterinary Nurse Initiative.  To register for the event click here. Typically, TBC invites special hosts to engage participants in a 25-minute conversation on a topic like telemedicine, pet insurance or career development. But for VMAE, they have offered to host a complimentary, hour-long dialog session. TBC will use their unique approach and video-event platform to bring Ken Yagi and Heather Prendergast together with VMAE members for discussion...

There’s still time, space, and scholarships! Registration is open for an exceptional ThinkWORKS edition in Houston, April 12-14 – but register soon because rates increase by $100 on Monday, March 19. In addition to learning from an incredibly talented, experienced and wise group of issue experts, you’ll be enriched by spending time with your VMAE colleagues in thought-provoking sessions that will equip you with “use it on Monday!” tools to benefit your organization and your members. And of course the sharing and social time that is VMAE’s signature will be...

VMAE has commissioned Betsy Charles, DVM – executive director of the Veterinary Leadership Institute (VLI), which is dedicated to the development of healthy and resilient leaders who can make a positive difference for the veterinary profession – to produce a series of videos with facilitator guides that can be incorporated into Power of Ten programs. The first two modules, on leadership and on emotional intelligence, are now available for your use. Click here to view these resources (password for the videos is VLI) and use them to enhance the content...

VMAE holds a seat on the Pet Nutrition Alliance (PNA) Board of Directors to support the goal of delivering clear and consistent messaging on the importance of nutrition as an essential element to optimal delivery of pet health services. During 2017, PNA had a number of successes, including: Relaunching the website with a focus on the nutrition calculators. Streamlining content and putting each article through a rigorous review rubric that included a veterinary specialist, a veterinarian, and a veterinary technician. Embracing international inclusion and diversity by teaming with World Small...

Mental health and wellbeing are important issues that affect us all, and are currently some of the most vital concerns for the veterinary community. To improve the wellbeing of the profession, the AVMA, AAVMC, and Zoetis have teamed up to host the 5th Annual Veterinary Wellbeing Summit, focused on bringing together various influencers in the veterinary community to provide resources for establishing a culture of wellbeing; the Summit will focus on sharing healthy tips and strategies that can be implemented at a personal or professional level and be utilized by...

The AVMA will be hosting a webinar on state prescription drug monitoring programs on March 9th at 1pm ET. This webinar is intended for state and allied veterinary medical association executives and leadership who are seeking to learn more about the legislative and regulatory experiences of some states and the AVMA relative to the exclusion, inclusion, or potential inclusion of veterinarians in state prescription drug monitoring programs. What you need to know about State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs March 9, 2018 – 1pm ET The opioid crisis is forcing more and more states...

Dr. Linda Lord at Merck Animal Health has shared two resources for VMAE members: As Dr. Lord remarked during comments at the VMAE Fall Conference in Sonoma, Merck has produced an Infectious Disease Management Handbook that is written by leading experts on infectious disease in dogs. Dr. Lord is generously allowing VMAE members to make this handbook available to their VMA members, so you may distribute it with permission. Click here to download. Last week at VMX Dr. Lord was part of a team that presented findings from the just-completed...

AVMA | PLIT has provided two information resources of interest to VMAE members: At the recent orientation to AVMA for new executive directors, it became obvious that many in attendance were unaware that PLIT offers a range of insurance products and resources to help veterinary medical associations. Please click here for details. PLIT released an important update (below) in regard to protecting a veterinary business while working with volunteers and students. Any questions? Please contact Dr. Linda Ellis, AVMA | PLIT Senior Trust Veterinarian, at linda.ellis@avmaplit.com or 312.279.4651. This information is shared...

Banfield released two new resources for veterinary professionals at the Veterinary Meeting & Expo (VMX). Julie Heade, Industry Relations Specialist at Banfield Pet Hospital, supplied the following information on each resource to disseminate as you see fit, including a one-pager outlining key findings from the 2018 VET Report. Please feel free to use the information below in a newsletter or other communications to your members. If you have any questions about either of these resources, please reach out to Julie Heade  at Julie.Heade@banfield.com or 360-784-5234. With over 1,000 hospitals across the...

Today VMAE is launching a new structure of communications channels that reflect the evolution of our organization, the heightened pace at which information is flowing (in VMAE, in the veterinary community, in the world!), and the valuable information resources our partners are making available to us. Here’s a quick rundown of the VMAE channels: VMAE listserv – Designed for member-to-member connections and interaction about association management, topics related to the veterinary profession, idea exchanges, best practices, etc.  Listserv interactions are archived and searchable through the website. VMAE Peer to Peer...