Exciting Times for
Jan Ginsky, VMD, CVPP, MVMA President
I am honored to be given this
opportunity to serve as president of the Maryland VMA, and I’ve
been honored to be on its board over the past few years.
The MVMA is entering into an
exciting time. We have some challenges ahead of us, but also
some wonderful opportunities.
We are going into a transitional
period as we start with a new management company and executive
director. Bumps in the road are to be expected but I, along with
my fellow board members, am committed to helping make it as
smooth and seamless as possible. And I am confident that the
challenges will be minimal.
While most of the upcoming year will be status quo, there are
things that I hope we can accomplish for the association.
As always, we want to increase our
membership, recruiting new generations of Maryland veterinarians
to not only join, but to also become active in committee and
leadership roles in the association. Our committees have grown
and become even more productive over the past few years, but new
members will bring new ideas and energy to help move us forward
as an association.
Along those lines we need to
continue to grow our activities with The Virginia-Maryland
Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and with Maryland
students. Activities such as the foundation golf tournament,
fund raising such as the silent auction, and our participation
in the mentor program, help to strengthen our bond and help
welcome them to the profession.
We need to continue to monitor legislation, and to lobby on
behalf of Maryland veterinarians’ and pets’ interests. The MVMA
Legislative Committee, along with our lobbyist Bill Erskine, has
done just that over the past year, influencing legislation
regarding “pet guardianship”, and the “spay-neuter” bill, and
they will continue to lobby for what has become known as the
“pit bull” bill being reintroduced this year. And we will be
monitoring, and addressing, the continuing issue of compounding
I hope to help enhance our
communications and relationship with the Maryland State Board of
Veterinary Medical Examiners. This could allow us to stay
abreast of upcoming regulatory changes to:
1. facilitate discussion to protect
veterinarians’ interests, and
2. ensure members are aware of
changes that may affect their practices.
As always, the association will
continue to offer quality continuing education programs to you
through the efforts of the CE Committee. More recently, we have
partnered with the Virginia, West Virginia, and DC VMAs to bring
our members the Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference which is
in its 3rd year and is being held at the Greenbrier Resort in
West Virginia this November. In 2014 it’s our turn to host, on
the first weekend of November at the Hyatt Regency at
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. This is a wonderful and exciting
opportunity and we are already hard at work to make it a huge
This is going to be an exciting
year. Thank you.
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