The President's Letter:


First, I would like to thank you for allowing me serve as president of your state organization.  As a group of professionals you could not want for a more gregarious, civil minded, group of individuals dedicated to maintaining the welfare of not only the animals but also the people of the state.   We have solid group of district representatives that take seriously their responsibility to both the local veterinarians and the group at large. At the national level, the stature of our AVMA representatives provides us respect that is larger than our state size would dictate. Our organization is strong because we stay united for a common cause and a greater good. It looks so easy. The state veterinarian organization is fiscally stable, provides year after year of high quality, affordable continuing education not only here but also through our agreement with Southwest Veterinary Symposium meetings. Our membership includes every stripe of veterinarian practitioner as well as the government and poultry veterinarians. Our association executive director Maggie Mill
igan, is always available through our website and good old -fashioned telephone to answer public questions or to be able to respond in case of emergency. Our association has contracted the expert services of Bill and Bradley Phillips to protect the veterinary interest at the State legislature. We have a foundation that helps many of our Arkansas students afford veterinary school.  Our organization is strong because we stay united for
a common cause and a greater good. Our strength lies in involving all of the members, young and old, and harness that collective intellect and energy. Yet many state organizations have fallen apart with internal conflict and lack of trust and collegiality.   Frequently, practitioners from other states comment on how they envy our states association and veterinary cohesiveness.

We are starting an initiative this year to reach out and engage veterinary students and recent veterinary graduates in the state organization. Our plan is to meet them where they exist, on Facebook, email, Twitter, and YouTube. Once we have gained their confidence and trust, we would like to provide personal presentations of inspiration. Our goal is to provide life, management, and veterinary skills to develop their confidence to be practice owners and civic and association participants. We are utilizing the AVMA program “The Power of 10”, but more than that, we are creating something on our own that will hopefully create opportunities for all.

Have a good day at the practice!

Archie Ryan, DVM

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