The President's Letter:
Colleagues & Friends,
Welcome to another year in the ArVMA. I am thankful to be serving as President for our great association this year. Raised in southwest Missouri, my family lived simply, on a small farm, which began my interest in the health of all animals. After moving to Northwest Arkansas, I attended U of A in Fayetteville. Later I was accepted to LSU-SVM where I finished my degree in 1990 and returned, to the small town of Pea Ridge, to spend the entirety of my career in mixed animal practice.
One of the first inspiring veterinarians I met was Tim Woody. He has been a continuous mentor with vision for serving in many ways with the ArVMA, AVMA, and our local NWARVMA. I was fortunate to attend the Leadership Conference in Chicago this year and it was driven home to me the reasons we must remain united and in contact with other veterinarians and other support personnel for this ever evolving profession.
This year is a very active legislative one. With the help of Bill & Bradley Phillips, our lobbyists, we hope to work, for the bills and against the bills, which change the scope of practice for veterinary medicine, in the state of Arkansas. As your President this year, I hope to stay aware and reach out to all the veterinarians interested in keeping abreast of the events happening with our association.
Finally, our executive directory, Maggie Milligan, has had some serious health issues handed to her last year and again with new ones to begin this year. We want to offer her our support and prayers as she goes through treatment and begins to heal throughout 2017. Along with Maggie, we will do the best we can to keep timely responses to any questions or needs you may have. Please join together in support of Maggie this spring and summer.
In closing, let me say how honored I am to serve my profession and your state association as President. Rest assured we are doing many things to keep the ArVMA evolving to meet the needs of the current membership, as well as the needs of the newest members to the association.
Until next time,
Karen Sherman, DVM
- President’s Letter – April 2016
First, I would like to welcome the new veterinarians to the wonderful state or Arkansas. I wish that all of your cases are successful, all of your clients are happy, and you take time off from the job you love to spend a little time to love life. Never hesitate to visit with a colleague about a case or veterinary careers in general. This is the tie that binds us and makes us … Continue reading
- President Message – Winter 2015
Greetings, While many may know me, I would however venture that most do not. By way of introduction allow me a few lines telling you about myself. I was born and grew up in west central Arkansas near Russellville. While taking an indirect path I graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 last century. Subsequently, my wife Cindy and I moved to Fort Smith Arkansas to join a Small … Continue reading
- President Message – Summer 2014
Hello, my colleagues…..We have certainly had an emotional 2014 and I hope you and yours are all well. The Arkansas veterinary community suffered a huge loss with the death of Sherry Glover. She has been an integral part of veterinary practice for as long as I can remember. Always happy to answer questions and incredibly knowledgeable on all things continuing education and Arkansas Veterinary Examining Board related, I am so saddened at her … Continue reading
- President’s Letter : April 2014
To my Colleagues: I am so excited and honored to serve as the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association 2014 President. After graduating from Auburn University in 1995, my husband and I moved to central Arkansas and we have been happy to call it home since. Outside of my veterinary world I enjoy reading, camping, geocaching and cheering on my teenage daughter during her different endeavors. I have been blessed to work with many talented … Continue reading
- President’s Letter : December 2013
December 2013 Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association Members, I just returned from the Arkansas One Health Conference hosted in Little Rock. The conference was organized by the USDA APHIS VS, Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission, Arkansas Department of Health, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, USDA Wildlife Services, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, AR Department of Environmental Quality, FBI and the Bayer Corporation. How often do we see all … Continue reading
- President Letter : Summer 2013
Colleagues: 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 … Continue reading
- 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