The President's Letter:
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 these agencies and a crowd of veterinarians, physicians and public health officials in the same room together? Well, it was a very successful and impressive task accomplished by Dr. Brandon Doss, AR Assistant Sate Veterinarian, and his colleagues.
The conference was part of the One Health Initiative, a strategy to integrate the communication and collaborations of human medicine, veterinary medicine and environmental health. Why One Health? Because 60% of human pathogens are zoonotic diseases and well over 70% of emerging infectious diseases are vector-borne or zoonotic. Over a 12 year period of time, zoonotic diseases cost the U.S. $6.7 Billion. Who are the subject matter experts on zoonotic diseases? Our profession is an integral part of the identification, education and elimination of zoonotic diseases and illnesses of humans and animals.
Recent research has identified Bartonellosis as a potential to be a huge zoonotic concern. The implications of fleas and ticks in the transmission of this disease is concerning! How often do we brush flea dirt from a table with our hands and do not consider the risk that up to 45% of healthy cats could be bacteremic yet asymptomatic and that Bartonella is stable is flea feces for up to 9 days? Are we concerned enough about our own health and the health of our staff members after a cat bite or scratch?
This year has been a significant year for ticks and tick borne diseases. Ticks can also transmit Bartonella and that 1/3 of dogs that test antigen positive for E. Canis can be co-infected with Bartonella species in some regions. Fascinating and yet alarming facts, right? I hope this will make us seriously consider our tick and flea control protocols and to educate our clients about the possible implications of some of these emerging and quiet scary diseases that we as veterinarians are responsible for diagnosing and treating. For more information about the One Health Conference, please contact Dr Brandon Doss.
It has been an honor to serve as your 2013 President of the ArVMA. It has been a great journey that has opened my eyes to the wonderful members of our profession and to all that we do daily across the state and nation. In order for our Association and Profession to continue to be strong in the face of changes in veterinary medicine from local, state and national issues, we need members of our profession to step up and take more leadership roles. We need you to be the face and voice of the profession in our communities. We need you to get involved with our Association so the future leaders can emerge and take the reins!
Come out and join us at our Winter Meeting in Hot Springs, Jan 2 – Feb 2, 2014. We have a great meeting planned with lots of interesting CE, a fun filled exhibit hall, school alumni mixer, Association business meeting, and new this year, a Saturday evening PAC fundraiser. We are planning a silent auction with food and drinks, entertainment and time to meet with your Lobbyist team and fellow colleagues. More details to come.
I look forward to seeing you in Hot Springs! Thanks for all your support this year and for all that you do for our Profession. Have a wonderful holiday season!
Kate Williams, DVM
- 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
- 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