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September 2017 AVMA House of Delegates Update
By Bonnie Bragdon
Posted on 9/13/2017 4:09 PM


My budget for professional memberships grows annually.  Over the years I’ve belonged to the AVMA, GVMA, SCAV, AABP, AAIV, ASCVP, SCE…. And I think there may be several I’ve forgotten!  My point is, as veterinary professionals, we spend a lot of money on memberships.  All of these organizations are worthy of our support, but eventually, we have to make decisions.  

Eventually, we look at our budget as we are getting ready to hit the renew button and ask the question, “What has this organization done for ME?”  As an industry veterinarian, it can be especially difficult to make that decision as we feel compelled to support our subspecialties of practice, our state VMA’s and all the many, many organizations we work with in our daily jobs.  

We hope we’ve made the case for you to renew your AAIV membership.  The AAIV board is commited to strengthening and growing the networking and professional development you value.   But why continue your membership with the AVMA?  As industry veterinarians, we may practice on the side, but liability insurance and all the AVMA activities associated with practice don’t appear to impact us personally.  I would argue the AVMA holds a position of value in our personal and professional lives as none other.  

AVMA’s current role in disaster relief efforts across the country clearly demonstrates the impact the AVMA has on our personal lives and on the communities in which we live.  In this age of doctor Google and fake news, the AVMA delivers the correct information to the right people at the right time, giving voice to our collective expertise as animal health care providers.  
Still not convinced?  AVMA donated $100,000 to AVMF for disaster reimbursement grants – grants to reimburse members for their costs in treating and housing animals during emergencies.  As an industry veterinarian, I can’t always find the time to volunteer my own expertise.  But I feel great knowing my AVMA dues supported those who could! Visit this link to see more about how your AVMA membership dues help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey & Irma and wildfires.  

Disclaimer-  Please note that I am an employee of Merck Animal Health, however the opinions I express and the materials I present reflect my sole opinions, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Merck Animal Health.