AAIV and AVMA working together for you | January/February 2018
January 19, 2018
Dr. Wendy Weirich appointed to the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee
Congratulations to Wendy Weirich, DVM, CVA, MSc, on her appointment as AAIV's alternate delegate to the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee.
"I am excited to serve on the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee because animal welfare has long been a passion of mine. I have worked in companion animal and farm animal welfare in various capacities and look forward to learning more about how animal welfare factors into the careers of industry veterinarians. I am also excited to get a closer look at how the AVMA AWC researches and addresses animal welfare issues. AVMA has always been my go to resource for continuing education and keeping up with what is happening in the veterinary profession. I have been a member since graduation and attend the AVMA convention as often as I can for CE." - Wendy Weirich, DVM, CVA, MSc
Dr. Weirich is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine (BS, DVM) and Royal Veterinary College, London (MSc). She practiced small animal medicine in Arlington, VA before starting with Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Dr. Weirich has worked in various capacities over the years including sales, marketing, training, clinical studies and animal welfare. Her current role is as a Professional Consulting Veterinarian – responsible for engaging and educating veterinary students, veterinary technician students, general practitioners and veterinary specialists in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, DC and West Virginia.
Call for nominations: open AVMA positions
Are you or a colleague interested in volunteering for an AVMA committee or council? One position available for application is AVMA's Council on Education (COE). Interested individuals can learn more and apply here
Other AVMA positions available for nominations include:
AAIV's Alternate Delegate for the Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee (AALC)
Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, Microbiology position
Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, At-Large positions
Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, Clinical Pharmacology position
Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, Industry, Exclusive position
Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine, Agricultural Agencies positions
Council on Research, Colleges of Veterinary Medicine positions
Council on Research, Private Clinical Practice position
Council on Veterinary Service, Private Practice-Exclusively Small Animal positions
Council on Veterinary Service, Private Mixed Practice position
Council on Veterinary Service, Recent Graduates or Emerging Leaders position
Judicial Council, At-Large positions
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
to learn more or to nominate yourself or someone you know to serve in these positions. Please include the nominee's name, email address, the position or committee you are nominating them for, and the reason(s) you are nominating them.
AVMA House of Delegates Representatives latest blog post
What’s worse than hate? Indifference!
Love, hate or don’t care about the AVMA, it’s an organization which represents you as a veterinary professional.
But let’s be frank. I struggle with finding the relevance of AVMA resolutions, policies and services to me as a professional services veterinarian tasked with supporting a field based sales team.
Why should I care about….
Veterinary-patient-client relationship – I don’t see patients
The opioid addiction crisis – I don’t prescribe medications
Increased corporatization of veterinary medicine – I don’t plan to go back to practice
And the list goes on…..
How does any of this relate to industry veterinarians and our contributions to animal health?
And I came to the conclusion, I‘ve been thinking about it all wrong. Instead of asking how these issues affect me or you, I have a new question.
What does the AVMA need to do to represent your unique interests and needs as veterinarians working in industry?