The President's Letter:
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 a strong organization.
We are looking forward to a very good winter meeting being organized by Dr. Sherman. There will be a variety of timely presentations for all tastes and needs. Please register early, including your association membership, and book that room as they always fill up quickly.
The association is continuing to work with Paul Vitale to recreate our visual and digital presence. We have created a new logo to rebrand our organization. We are on all social media channels, which can be accessed from our website. We are using a new brochure as well as YouTube videos made with state veterinarians to supply information geared to recent veterinary graduates and the public. In the next year we plan to engage veterinarians on social media into a conversation that is mediated by the ARVMA but provides management, financial, and inspirational mentoring to encourage veterinarians to become leaders and practice owners within the state.
With diligent and informative help from Bill and Bradley Phillips, our government lobbyists, we are prepared for any challenges that might arise from the upcoming session.
I appreciate the opportunity to help guide our association this year. I get so much more in return by being associated with knowledgeable and helpful veterinarians in our state. As your leader, all are needed to steer this energy to the greater good.
Lastly, I would like thank all of the people that serve tirelessly as administrators, committee heads, AVMA and SWVS liaisons and go to problems solvers. These people are the face of our organization.
- 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
- 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