2012 Will Bring New
by Tom Armitage, DVM -
The year 2012 will
undoubtedly will provide us all with new and interesting
challenges. Thanks to volunteer efforts by many of your
fellow members in this past year 2011 your association
has continued to innovate, communicate and represent
your professional needs and concerns.
This year we saw the
inauguration of a four-VMA collaboration between the
MVMA, VVMA, WVVMA and DCVMA, the Potomac Regional
Veterinary Conference, in Washington D.C. With almost
200 attendees it was a great success. This conference is
moving forward with MVMA support, and we hope that it
will become a favorite and convenient continuing
education event for many members.
On the legislative front Dr. Susan
McDonough was appointed to represent the MVMA on a state-
legislated Spay/Neuter Task Force that is studying the
feasibility of funding a statewide program, clearly a sensitive
and important legislative.
We had the largest Maryland
representation ever at the VMRCVM’s annual Mentors’ Event on
October 11, 2011. In addition, a very ambitious group of
Maryland students comprised of Alicia Agnew, Elizabeth Crook,
Kathy Hatzigiannakis and others have organized and petitioned
for a SAMVA-sanctioned MVMA club on the VMRCVM campus. We are
proud and appreciative of their efforts.
This month your association is being
represented in Chicago at the annual
AVMA Leadership Conference by Doctors Kris Evans
(president-elect), Jan Ginsky, and Megan Giebel, as well as AVMA
representatives Doctors Dick Streett and Ed Jendrek. We look
forward to their reports of the conference's highlights and
As always we want to encourage all
members and prospective members to become involved with your
state association where ever possible. We all need a voice in
these complex economic times, and the MVMA is a great way for
our voice to be heard. New members bring new energy to our great
profession—everyone is invited!
Wishing you the best of health and
success in 2012.
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