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Letter from the AAIV Board President

President's Letter | July/August 2020
By Pamela S Mitchell
Posted on 8/17/2020 10:40 AM
Hello members!

We are now in “The Dog Days of Summer,” which originally referred to the time when Sirius rises before the sun, and now refers to the hottest days of summer. Summer 2020 remains a time of change, as have Winter and Spring 2020 before it. In a few days we have the AVMA 2020 Virtual Convention - the first time ever as a virtual conference! AVMA HOD met virtually in late July. The AAIV AVMA Reception this year is also virtual, on August 20, 5:30-7 PM ET. I hope to see many of you via Zoom then!

AAIV has enacted changes, such as our membership cycle, which your BOD feels will be a benefit to all. We joined the MCVMA in the clear commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and support the list of actionables to the AVMA. We are eager to engage in efforts to further support diversity across our profession.

We all must work to ensure we, as individuals, are inclusive in all aspects of who we are and what we do. Success is achieved when we embrace all perspectives, backgrounds and differences of the people in our communities.

The AAIV's Mission is to: Promote the value of veterinarians in human and animal healthcare industries

To fully achieve our Mission, we must be inclusive. Our values are strengthened by diversity.

Collaborate! Network and broaden relationships!

We have all flexed and adapted this year like never before, to meet unique, sometimes devastating challenges. We must continue to adapt, to be the most inclusive and welcoming person we can be.

Embrace change. Embrace our differences and diversity to grow our wonderful profession even further than ever before.

Stay safe and well!