The President's Letter:
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 passing.
Central Arkansas also suffered through recent tornadoes. I am so proud of our profession and how well veterinarians worked together to help lives –both human and animal. Our executive director, Maggie Milligan, worked tirelessly to contact veterinarians in the affected areas and to offer help. She coordinated communication between Vilonia veterinarians and state government officials to make sure relief was available and to facilitate improved responses the next time disaster hits Arkansas. Please consider giving the Arkansas VMA your cell phone number (it does not have to be published) so we can reach you in times of emergency.
I felt very fortunate to meet with some of our state representatives the other day. The Arkansas VMA PAC was able to contribute to a representative who has fought hard for us on the teeth floating issue. While there, I met several other representatives and was once again honored at how highly regarded our profession is by others. When not in session, they are beef cattle producers and acutely aware of the need for food animal veterinarians in the state and how vital our profession is to the health of the animals, public, and economy. Please help us help them by contributing to the ArkVMA PAC. We have decided not to have a summer meeting this year and to encourage everyone to attend the SWVS in Fort Worth, Texas. Arkansas is a partner in this wonderful conference and receives a portion of the proceeds. It is a fantastic opportunity to get superb continuing education within driving distance. Please join us!!
Lastly, have fun this summer! I had the opportunity to kayak down the Buffalo River over the holiday weekend and was in awe of the beauty of this state. I hope you enjoy your work but don’t forget to take time to enjoy your life too.
All my best,
Andrea Shaw, DVM
- 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
- 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