Tipping the Scales in Our
by John A. Kable, DVM -
Kable, DVM (right) accepts MVMAs presidential gavel
from Immediate Past President James Reed, DVM at the
summer conference in Ocean City.
I would like to begin my year by
thanking all the people who have contributed to the ongoing
success of the MVMA. Countless hours of effort go into each
meeting, conference and function sponsored by the association.
Special thanks go to the board of directors and the committees
which do the leg work, to Ron Sohn and his staff who make it
happen, and to Jim Reed for his steady guidance and good natured
diplomacy over the past year. The ongoing commitment of many
individuals to our profession has brought our organization to a
We face many challenges as an
organization. Communication to our members must evolve in
an era of rapidly changing
electronic media. We strive to provide relevant continuing
education in a changing sea of local, national and Internet
offerings. We must be a pro-active and ever vigilant watchdog in
our state and national legislatures representing your
interests and livelihood while weathering a tough economy and a
We have just completed a much needed strategic planning session
with a diverse group of participants. With new direction, goals
and objectives, our committees can move forward in a unified
effort to provide relevant benefits to our members.
As an example, the MVMA has just introduced a new dues structure
for multi-person practices to encourage all veterinarians in the
practice to become members.
We are about to introduce a member listserve to help you keep
abreast of emerging information and stay in touch with
colleagues. We are also proud to announce the formation of the
Industry Council a coalition of concerned and active
veterinary industry representatives and vendors who will have a
non-voting position on the board of directors.
Over the past year or so, we have gained precious momentum.
Cooperation with VMRCVM, the Center for Public and Corporate
Practice at the Gudelsky Center, the Virginia VMA and the
Virginia-Maryland Alumni Society has energized the MVMA. New
faces, new ideas and new energy have brought on a burgeoning
sense of vitality and direction. All we need is YOU to give us
the final push over the tipping point. We need YOU on a
committee, to bring your energy, perspective and talent to bear
for the betterment of your veterinary community.
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