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FROM AVMA: AVMA, AAVMC and AAVSB agree on telehealth statement
November 27, 2017

The AVMA, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), and American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) want to ensure that new technologies are deployed in veterinary medicine in ways that best support patient health and well-being.

For this reason, all three organizations have indicated their support of a joint statement recognizing the opportunities offered by veterinary telehealth and telemedicine, while placing the focus firmly on delivery of top-quality medical care for animal patients.


AAIV Happy Hour at Fetch in San Diego
November 27, 2017

Traveling to Fetch in San Diego? Join us for an AAIV Happy Hour at UNION Kitchen and Tap Gaslamp (333 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101) on Saturday, December 9 at 5:15 p.m. PT. Your first round is on us!

An RSVP is not required. To help us prepare, please email if you plan to attend. We look forward to this chance to connect, network, and learn from each other.

Congratulations to newly elected AAIV Board of Directors Officers and At-Large Member
November 23, 2017

President: Dr. Ellen Lowery
President-Elect: Dr. Debra Nickelson
Secretary: Dr. Pamela Mitchell
Treasurer: Dr. Richard Hartigan
At-Large Member: Dr. Anthony Rumschlag

Drs. Lowery, Nickelson, Mitchell, and Hartigan will serve in their elected offices from January 1 - December 31, 2018. Dr. Rumschlag will serve on the board of directors for a three year term, from January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2020. Congratulations, all!

Read your AVMA House of Delegates Representatives latest blog post
November 15, 2017

It’s that time of year again.  No, I’m not talking about turkey, football and ugly Christmas sweaters!  It’s time to turn our attention to the winter AVMA meeting, where the House of Delegates (HOD) will convene to represent the AVMA membership.
Read more

Regulatory Affairs in Animal Health Seminar
November 15 , 2017

This academic year, the Kansas State University Olathe campus is hosting four seminars designed to provide the latest information about regulatory affairs in animal health. "Regulatory Challenges Associated with New Technology Implementation" -- the second seminar in the series -- is from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, at K-State Olathe, 22201 W. Innovation Drive, Olathe, Kansas. It also will be live streamed for remote viewing.

Read more.

Looking to enhance your professional skills?
October 24, 2017

Join Dr. Ellen Lowery for her upcoming webinar: "AAIV Presents: They Don't Teach Corporate in Vet School" on November 15 from 6 - 7 p.m. ET.  Participants will develop a better understanding of the meaning of corporate culture; how to thrive in a corporate environment; and how to apply veterinary knowledge and insights to drive company objectives.

Lowery is the Director of U.S. Professional and Veterinary Affairs for Hill's Pet Nutrition. In this position, she leads the strategic development of all programs that drive recommendation from the veterinary profession, including schools, students, key thought leaders, practicing veterinarians and technicians, and trade and professional associations. 

Register today!

Education opportunity at K-State Olathe
September 14, 2017

All of us at K-State Olathe are excited that our campus is now the national headquarters for the American Association of Industry Veterinarians. This partnership offers AAIV members the opportunity to explore graduate programs that provide the leadership and technical skills necessary to elevate your career in Animal Health related industries. 
We invite you to join us for an informational webinar on Tuesday, September 19, at 12:00 p.m. (CST) to learn about K-State Olathe’s Professional Science Master in Applied Science and Technology (PSM) degree. This interdisciplinary program is designed for working professionals interested in gaining advanced STEM training and professional skills highly valued by employers. Individuals with a professional doctorate degree (DVM, MD, etc.) may transfer in up to 12 graduate credit hours from their degree into the 30-credit master’s program. A student can complete the remaining 18 credit hours to earn the PSM degree within one year, or it can be spread out over a longer time frame. This program offers courses in flexible formats: online, at K-State Olathe, or as a combination.

More information about the PSM program can be found here: Additionally, information will be provided about two graduate-level certificates that can be earned within the PSM degree or completed independently. 

- Professional Interdisciplinary Sciences Graduate Certificate – 12 credits
- Professional Skills for STEM Practitioners Graduate Certificate – 15 credits
Information will be presented by a PSM faculty member, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions about how this program can be tailored to fit your career goals. All attendees will receive a graduate school application fee waiver ($65) for attending. 
Register today at

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. 

K-State Proud,

Kimberly Ramacciotti
Director of Student Services
Kansas State University Olathe

Call for nominations: AAIV Board of Directors Officers and At-Large Member
September 6, 2017

Are you, or do you know of someone who is interested in meeting and working with outstanding industry veterinarians while shaping the future of the American Association of Industry Veterinarians? The AAIV Board of Directors will select a new board member to serve a three-year term, from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020. Additionally, the BOD will elect officers to serve a one-year term, from January 1 to December 31, 2018. Current nominations include:

President-Elect: Debra Nickelson
Secretary: Pamela Mitchell
Treasurer: Richard Hartigan
At-Large Member: Anthony Rumschlag

Please send your nominations to by Tuesday, October 31. In your nomination email, please include the individual’s name, email, and the reason(s) you are nominating them.

Call for nominations: AVMA Animal Welfare Committee Alternate Delegate
September 6, 2017

Interested in identifying, discussing, and evaluating animal welfare issues with the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee (AWC)? In the next month, AAIV will nominate an alternate representative for the AVMA AWC for a once-renewable, three-year term. You can learn more about the work of the AWC committee here. Please send your nominations and any questions to by Wednesday, September 20.

Letter from the President
September 6, 2017

Greetings AAIV Members!

My name is Mia Cary, and it is an honor to serve you as the American Association of Industry Veterinarians President this year. I am inspired by the passionate, driven people I have the opportunity to work with and meet through AAIV. Thanks to the dedication and engagement of our current and former Board of Directors and members, our association is building new partnerships and initiatives.  On behalf of the board, it is my pleasure to share the following updates with you.
AAIV has partnered with Kansas State University Olathe (KSO), and the AAIV Board of Directors is very excited about this new relationship. This partnership will bring stabilization to our administrative platform while providing many new opportunities for our members as well as for the animal health industry.

Another exciting development is the recent launch of our new website and membership platform, which you can access by visiting I invite you to log in, explore the new website, and connect with us if you have questions.

Last week our KSO colleagues hosted the AAIV Executive Committee meeting at their beautiful campus in Olathe.  We spent the majority of the day discussing various elements of our strategic plan including expanding our offerings to provide even more relevant and valuable benefits to you, our members. We will be sharing more details about new initiatives as the year progresses.

Thanks to all of you that participated in the recent bylaws vote.  I’m pleased to share that the amendment has been approved to add the following new membership categories.  Note that retired veterinarians that wish to retain their voting privileges may join or renew in one of the active voting member categories. The new membership categories and annual dues listed below will take effect October 15, 2017.  

Active, voting AAIV members:

- AVMA Member -  $110.00
- Non AVMA Member - $150.00
- Lifetime - fully paid, no additional dues required

Active, non-voting AAIV members:

- Student -  $20.00
- Retired - veterinarians retired from all veterinary work - $55.00
- International - veterinarians based outside of the US - $55.00

In addition to building new partnerships, one of our main initiatives is to continue growing our membership to serve more industry veterinarians. On July 22, 2017, we launched a membership drive with the goal to recruit 200 additional members by July 2018. As a current member, you are our best advocate for sharing the association with your colleagues. Help us reach our goal, and you will have a chance to win $200. Learn more by visiting the member drive website.

It was fun seeing so many of you at the AAIV reception in Indianapolis as part of the AVMA 2017 Convention! The entire AAIV board is excited about the energy felt at the reception and momentum that is building as a result of our new partnership and initiatives. Be sure to save the date for the: 

AAIV Annual Meeting and Reception at VMX 2018 in Orlando
Sunday, February 4, 2018 | 5:00 p.m. ET

Please do not hesitate to contact me, or any of the board, with questions about our initiatives. I hope to connect with you at one of our upcoming networking receptions or industry webinars; the details for these events can be found on our new website. Thank you for being part of AAIV!  Your drive and talent make me excited not only for the future of this association, but also for the future growth and positive impact of veterinarians in industry.


Mia Cary, DVM
2017 AAIV BOD President

Read your AVMA House of Delegates Representatives blog
September 6, 2017

The summer meeting of the AVMA House of Delegates closed with a great variety of topics discussed.  As HOD meetings open, my email box fills up, and I feel overwhelmed by all the detail and seeming minutiae we are asked to review. By the time the meeting ends, clarity and inspiration prevail. Many topics were covered. Those that stood out as especially hot included: telemedicine; service animals; and end of life care. Read more

Updates from Dr. Ed Branam, your AVMA Legislative Advisory Committee representative
September 6, 2017

There were many great discussions and new announcements at the spring AVMA Legislative Advisory Committee meeting.
My focus during this meeting was to:

1. Keep AAIV and our position on Compounding in front of the committee 

2. Visit Senators and House Representatives members to discuss:

      - Fairness to Pet Owners Act

3. Attend House of Representatives Reception – sponsored by AVMA

Major announcements include

- Dr. Kent McClure – introduced as new Chief Governmental Relations Officer.  This is a new position within the AVMA. Hewill oversee the AVMA’s federal and state advocacy efforts. Email for a copy of the full announcement.

- Dr. Ashley Morgan (formerly Assistant Director of GRD) was appointed Director of State Advocacy.  This is a new position within the AVMA.  She will lead the AVMA’s state advocacy efforts. Email for a copy of the full announcement.
- Dr. Mark Lutschaunig – remains Director of GRD.  He continues to lead the AVMA federal advocacy efforts.
- AVMA LAC will begin conducting monthly 30 minute conference calls beginning August 7th in addition to the two annual meetings in Washington, DC.

Upcoming Issues on LAC Agenda:

1. Farm Bill
2. Department of Labor Overtime Rule
3. Healthcare Reform
4. Federal Budget/Appropriations

From AVMA: Hurricane Harvey Aid
September 6, 2017

The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey winds and flooding have left many humans and animals in need of aid. The AVMA created a list of information and resources you can connect with to understand how you can help those in need. Read more

In the News: Ellen Lowery, AAIV President-Elect
August 2017

Dr. Ellen Lowery, AAIV president-elect, was recognized in a news article from Today's Veterinary Business for her participation in a panel comprised of women leaders in the KC Animal Health Corridor. 

Read the full article here


AVMA Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee Delegate Feedback Request
August 11, 2017

To all AAIV members with expertise or business interest in

- classical swine fever
- foreign animal diseases
- wildlife and exotic animals
- animal and animal product imports 

Please see below, and share your comments to by 8 a.m. CT, Monday, August 21, 2017.

Your Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee delegate needs your input. This is how the voice of industry is heard in matters that may affect our businesses.

The USDA APHIS is proposing to recognize Mexico as free of classical swine fever, subject to conditions in the regulations governing the importation of live swine, pork, and pork products from certain regions into the United States. USDA is proposing this action based on a risk evaluation that they have prepared in connection with this action and that they are making available to the public for review and comment. The FRN can be viewed here.
AVMA policy that would impact the Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee's response follow.

Preventing Entry of Foreign-Animal Diseases,Their Vectors, and Invasive Species

Importation of Animals and Animal Products

Agriculture Inspections at Points of Entry


American Association of Industry Veterinarians announces partnership with Kansas State University Olathe to serve and grow its membership and create academic opportunities for graduate students
July 11, 2017

OLATHE — American Association of Industry Veterinarians (AAIV) is pleased to partner with Kansas State University Olathe to further the mission of both partners. As the national headquarters of AAIV, Kansas State University Olathe will help AAIV grow its membership, increase programming, provide logistical support for webinars and events, and oversee AAIV's communication efforts with veterinarians in industry, their associated companies, veterinarians who are considering careers in industry and the general public. 

"The AAIV Board of Directors is very excited about this new relationship with K-State Olathe," said Dr. Mia Cary, AAIV 2017 Board President. "This partnership will bring stabilization to our administrative platform while providing many new opportunities for our members as well as for the animal health industry."

Concurrently, Kansas State University Olathe will use AAIV's member companies to support the animal health industry through research, training and education. Graduate students in the campus' Professional Science Master's and veterinary biomedical science degree programs will be able to use these industry connections for capstone projects, job shadowing and internships.  

"K-State Olathe is very excited to build a collaborative partnership with AAIV," said Ralph Richardson, dean and CEO of Kansas State University Olathe. "We anticipate this partnership will lead to tremendous academic opportunities for Kansas State University students and veterinarians nationally as we move forward."

The agreement was developed under the guidance and sponsorship of Boehringer Ingelheim — a diamond sponsor, and Ceva Biomune, Elanco Animal Health, Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc., Merck and Co. Inc. and Zoetis Inc. as platinum sponsors. Dechra Veterinary Products and The VET Recruiter are silver sponsors.