The President's Letter:
Summer has almost elapsed and our kids are back to school or college and another fast and furious summertime has flown past! In our practices, the summer has kept us busy with ticks and fleas, parvovirus outbreaks, trauma, allergies, dietary indiscretions and intolerance and weather concerns. The Tick Borne diseases, such as Erhlicha and C. felis, have been rampant in parts of the state that have a large tick population. Fleas have continued to pester our patients with a vengeance this year. Some may call this ‘job security’ as these issues keep our patients coming through our doors, but some may wonder if we ever make progress in our world of veterinary medicine. Of course we do! Look at what we have just learned about heartworm disease in Arkansas.
Independent researchers have confirmed that strains of Dirofilaria immitis from the Mississippi River Valley have reduced susceptibility or resistance to all approved heart- worm preventives of the Macrocyclic lactone class (including ivermectin, moxidectin, selamectin and milbemycin oxime). This means that veterinarians must play a more assertive role in containing the spread of resistance or the effective- ness of current preventive therapies could be threatened. The new recommendations and guidelines are available from Novartis, The American Heartworm Society and The Companion Animal Parasite Council.
As practice owners and health care insurance providers, the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA) or “ObamaCare” will affect us all. As you are aware, the PPACA means that ALL AMERICANS WILL BE REQUIRED TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE, with some exceptions. The AVMA GLIT insurance and ARHealthNetworks and most likely most other private healthcare insurance options do not qualify under the PPACA. On 1 JAN 2014 these options will no longer be available. So, very soon we have to make decisions about our health care options. Employees will enroll in a group plan or go to the “ex- change or marketplace”. There are companies, such as Watershed Benefits Consulting, LLC, that can help us comply with the new regulations. See newsletter for more details.
Congratulations to Dr. “Chip” Price, our AVMA District VIII representative who was just elected to the AVMA Executive Board as Vice Chair.
Any donations to the ArVMA PAC are greatly appreciated. Please make sure you check memo depicts “PAC” so that we can make sure it is deposited into the correct account and to comply with “PAC” regulations.
The state of Arkansas has honored its commitment to all the 77 ARHEG students for school year 2013-2014. The Arkansas Legislative Council approved transferring money from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to the Health Education Grant program that pays the out-of- state tuition for Arkansas students. Thank you all that petitioned Gov. Beebe, Mr. Broadway, the ALC and the Arkansas Legislature. Your voices count and thank you for your dedication and hard work!
If we can do anything for you or you have any questions or comments, please do hesitate to contact me or Maggie. Your input, opinion and suggestions for the Association are always welcome and encouraged.
Kate Williams, DVM
- President Letter: Spring 2013
Colleagues: 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 … Continue reading
- 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