VMAE | ThinkWORKS 2018 is just around the corner (April 12-14 in Houston) on the topic Diversity & Inclusion: A Roadmap for Success in Organized Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Profession. ThinkWORKS provides an opportunity to take a deep dive into the concepts of D&I, with the aid of a stellar line-up of issue illuminators who will share expertise and wisdom with participants. Since colleges of veterinary medicine are actively developing and implementing D&I strategies, VMAE has invited members of AAVMC to join us in Houston to enrich the dialog...

AAVSB (the American Association of Veterinary State Boards) is seeking input on telehealth language for the AAVSB model veterinary practice act. In September 2016 at the AAVSB Annual Meeting & Conference, Member Boards focused discussions on veterinary telehealth and the implications to the regulation of veterinary medicine. The AAVSB Regulatory Policy Task Force (RPTF) gathered input from those discussions to produce a series of telehealth talking points which were shared with AAVSB Member Boards at the 2017 AAVSB Annual Meeting & Conference. The RPTF, which is composed of 12 volunteers...

Executives from Amazon revealed bold plans for the pet category during a presentation at last week’s Pet Industry Leadership Conference in Naples, FL. Pet Business columnist Mark Kalaygian commented that “What they said will almost certainly have huge implications for brick-and-mortar pet retailers” – and the points he raises are of interest to observers of the pet category. You can read his column here....

A colleague of mine is fond of saying “Don’t just do something – sit there!” I’ve kept that admonition on a sticky note that I see when I open my desk drawer, a simple reminder about the value of taking time to contemplate, to stare out the window, to reflect. Often our busy days force us to do, do, do and then do some more, inhibiting our good intentions do less and think more. Enter VMAE | Thinkworks 2018. A perfect opportunity for a deep dive with a stellar faculty into...

As noted in a communication on Thursday, it was announced by Dr. Janet Donlin on Friday morning that VMAE is now receiving association management services through AVMA. Lisa Perius captured the announcement in a brief video in case you weren’t able to be in the ballroom for the VLC Plenary Session. One point to add is that the arrangement with AVMA does not change Tesha’s relationship with or service to VMAE — she and I will continue to be your staff team. Ralph Johnson, CEO | VMAE ...

Kelli Albarado - Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society (Director of Operations) Forrest Bell - New England VMA Matthew Fernandez - Florida VMA (Program Manager) Fred Gingrich, DVM - American Association of Bovine Practitioners Tenley Haack - Idaho & Wyoming VMA Diane Matt, CAE - Colorado VMA Victoria Staples - West Virginia VMA Ann Wade - Florida VMA (Executive Assistant) We look forward to your active participation in VMAE and hope you find your membership valuable!...

If you’re like me, you depend on your fellow VMAE colleagues to help you excel in your role as veterinary association executive. How many times a year do we reach out to one another for advice, work examples or other valuable assistance to help us grow our organizations and serve our members? To me, you are the best member benefit VMAE offers. In addition to the importance of leaning on each other day-to-day, we offer a treasure trove of resources contributed by VMAE members and partners that you may have forgotten...

It's been a whirlwind (well, truthfully, a bit of a blur!) of activities since the last Peer to Peer update, seeing VMAE members connecting, learning, and serving together. Here are a few highlights: The VMAE Fall Conference 2016, held in Austin, was -- it goes without saying -- another terrific gathering of colleagues. Whenever VMAE members come together you can depend on lots of laughs and the free flow of ideas. Mary Byers, CAE, stimulated our thinking all day Friday with her presentation on 5 Radical Changes for Associations. Saturday...