The President's Letter:
It is an honor to serve as the 2013 President of the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association. I graduated from TUSVM in 1999 and have practiced in Northwest AR since. I joined the ArVMA Board as a district trustee in 2006. I currently serve in the U. S. Army Reserves as a Veterinary Corps Officer and is the Executive Officer for the 195th Med Detachment, Veterinary Services in Baton Rouge, LA.
We have a great team within our state veterinary association that strives to ensure that our profession flourishes and remains as one of the best professions on Earth! I look forward to serving with this team. No team or organization succeeds without a strong support system and the ArVMA is fortunate to have Mag- gie Milligan as our Executive Direc- tor! Her years of experience and leadership are a key to our success. Thank you Maggie for your dedica- tion and hard work for the ArVMA! Our District Trustees are key posi- tions on the Board to bring issues and concerns to the board’s atten- tion from their respective districts. We welcome Dr Karen Sherman and Dr Cliff Peck to the board this year. Drs David Blount and Lyndon Tate are key leaders for the Legislative Ac- tion Team, and our lobbyists from the Phillips Management System, Bradley and Bill Phillips are key individuals that ensure state legisla- tive actions are for the promotion of our veterinary livelihoods. They are on the forefront at the capital and we greatly need and appreciate their diligence. Dr Weinstein, with the Dept of Health, is our key subject matter expert in the public health
area. We truly appreciate her pas- sion and expertise in Public Health! Drs Tim Woody and David Blount are our American Vet Med Associa- tion representatives. Their experi- ence and leadership within the AVMA is vital to our representation on the national level. We also have veterinarians like our Veterinarian of the Year, Dr Doug Leach of Fayette- ville, that promotes and exemplifies our profession. Congratulations and well deserved, Dr Leach! What a team! There are so many others within our association and Board that do so much for our association, we thank you!
We enjoyed a great Winter Meeting in Hot Springs in Febru- ary! We had a great turn out and fantastic support from our sponsors in the industry. This meeting was not possible without support from companies like Ceva for bringing in Dr Jim Humphries. The American Heartworm Society sponsored the Heartworm University cardiology lecture series and IDEXX brought us Dr Cohen. Thanks to ALL the spon- sors. We also conducted an Equine Dental Lab this year that was a success. Thanks to the equine DVMs that endured the rain and cold and to Drs Terry Swiderski and Charles McCauley for making the wet lab and lecture series a great success.
There are a few issues on the horizon that could affect our profes- sion. The Arkansas Dept of Health has sent a letter to all veterinarians in the state outlining potential new reporting requirements for con- trolled substances dispensed from our hospitals/clinics, no report- ing necessary yet, so stay posted. (Update…see attached letter on Page 5) There are several State Bills proposals that have recently been introduced into the state legislature docket. Please remember that our lobbyist monitor and track these bills daily and are proactive in all of the legislative activity. I look for- ward to serving you.
Kate Williams, DVM
- Winter 2012
Colleagues: Another Holiday season has past they seem to come too quickly anymore but as hectic as it is it’s still nice to be with loved ones and reflect on the past year and what lies ahead for the future. This is my last letter as President of ArVMA. It’s been a quiet year which is not all bad, our association is always looking out for you but continues to need your support. … Continue reading
- September 2012
Colleagues: School has started back up and summer is quickly coming to an end. It has been a busy one for me between practicing and coaching baseball it seems there is not much time left but I’ll have to admit that I love it. I was back at LSU-SVM for the annual coating ceremony at the end of freshmen orientation for the class of 2016, for those not familiar new students get their … Continue reading
- President’s Letter: April 2012
Arkansas Veterinarians I graduated from LSU on May 19th 1994 and I started work in Mountain Home on June 6th of that year…I was ready to get started and have enjoyed it the whole time….oh we all have our days but when work doesn’t feel like work, I think we’ve made it, and I haven’t worked in several years. I love medicine, I love Arkansas, but I don’t always love the perceptions of … Continue reading
- President’s Letter: December 2011
Hello again February is right around the corner and the term of my presidency is coming to an end. I am looking forward to seeing most of you at the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association Winter Meeting. Dr. Scott Smith has set up a great slot of speakers for the meeting and Maggie said that exhibitor spots are filling up. The Arkansas Veterinary Technician Association is having their meeting at the same time and … Continue reading
- President’s Letter: June 2011
Hello I hope that everything is doing well for you. As I am writing this I am fighting to keep my eyes open. My son and I just came in from a long weekend of camping with the Boy Scouts of Troop 5. Our weekend was filled with Dutch oven cooking, orienteering, archery, and merit badges. The Arkansas legislative session is closed again and the ArVMA has once again has been able to protect the way we practice veterinary medicine. Continue reading
- President’s Letter: April 2009
It has been an honor to serve on the Arkansas VMA Board of Trustees since 2004 and I look forward serving as president for the coming year. I’m a 1980 graduate of Oklahoma State and have practiced small animal medicine in Fort Smith since then. My wife, Beverly, and I have 2 daughters, Sarah and Belinda and three wonderful grandchildren, Katelyn, Madison and Parker. It has been a busy legislative session the past … Continue reading