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.
Similar to Congress, the House of Delegates works through committees and task forces, where the details of resolutions and policies are carefully considered and crafted.
One important HOD tool for getting business done is the Veterinary Information Forum (VIF). The VIF allows members to bring any issue of concern to the floor for open discussion. Three issues have been selected for the winter VIF:
1. Impact of consolidation and nationalization on veterinary practice
2. Effect of subsidized veterinary care on the profession
3. Further defining the veterinary client patient relationship.
As your AAIV-AVMA delegates, it is our job to represent AAIV member interests in these open discussions. How will wide changes in the delivery of veterinary care affect ourselves as industry veterinarians, as well as our employers? Will product formularies and increasing vertical integration become the new normal and change the way products are developed, distributed and/or sold? As the delivery of care through non-profits increases, will this affect the pricing of products?
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