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 www.aaivet.org
. 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