President’s Letter : April 2014

AndreaShawTo 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 veterinarians since our move. I have worked as an associate, a relief veterinarian and am now the proud owner of a small animal practice in Little Rock. The mentorship of the veterinarians I have worked with has been invaluable. We truly are in a profession filled with amazing people. It’s a challenging profession to be sure but one that is made better because we are a community of people who work together to advance it.

My first introduction to the Arkansas VMA was fifteen years ago when I was selected as the New Graduate Representative. It was a wonderful experience to attend the AVMA leadership meeting and spurred my excitement about being a veterinarian. Our board: the district trustees, AVMA Delegates, Executive Director and Legislative Committee, as well as the state and public health veterinarians work endlessly to make sure that veterinarians are represented and protected. Our purpose is to promote animal health, public safety and the human/animal relationship by providing education for its members, enhancing public awareness of veterinary medicine and serving as an advocate in governmental matters.
One way to protect ourselves is through the Prescription Monitoring Program. Arkansas was one of the last states to enact this type of legislation but it is already making a significant difference in the amount of controlled substances on the street. I understand that reporting to the PMP is a hassle in our already overly busy lives but if even one is saved (and I think many will be) it’s got to be worth it. Another aspect of the PMP is to allow prescribers to monitor their DEA number to make sure it is not being used without your permission. I urge everyone to take advantage of this. Simply go to and choose Practitioner/Pharmacist link, then Registration. The user name is newacct and password is welcome. You will fill out a form to verify your information and be sent a new username and password. Once you are registered you can check your DEA number and query search clients if you have a concern.

I want to thank everyone that attended the Winter Meeting in February. We had an incredible attendance and I hope you all enjoyed the speakers. We are fortunate to have great sponsors that allow us to bring in quality continuing education and I know I enjoy meeting up with old friends as well as making new ones.

Thank you for all of your support. Please remember we are here to serve you, and I look forward to an exciting 2014.
Andrea Shaw, DVM

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