End-of-Year Message from the 2021 President
The end of 2021 is near and also is the end of my term as AAIV president. I remain flattered and honored to have been your president this year. We have accomplished so much together, especially as we faced a second year of the pandemic. Namely, our accomplishments are as follows:
- Three highly attended virtual networking receptions
- Five well-received webinars
- Welcome of Megan Gould as new AAIV coordinator
- Creation of a mentoring program, thanks to at-large board member Carolyn Luther
- 100 participants for the compensation survey
- Continued support from our sponsors — thank you!
I am looking forward to what we can accomplish together in 2022. Regarding the compensation survey, our goal is to publish the data in a veterinary journal. This data has not been published before and may help inform those not within our organization what to expect as an employee in industry. We look to resume in-person networking receptions, starting with one to be held in January during VMX. Given the success of our virtual networking receptions and the desire to ensure those who cannot attend the in-person networking receptions are able to connect with fellow members, though, expect at least two virtual networking receptions in the upcoming year.
Also, look for an expansion of the mentoring program and a revamp of the AAIV website.
I will be moving to the role of immediate past president, a new beginning that comes from some other beginning's (AAIV presidency) end. Before doing so, let me hand-off the floor to incoming president Tim Smaha. Tim, welcome to your new beginning.
Matthew Krecic, D.V.M., MBA
End-of-Year Message from 2021 President-Elect
Thank you Matt and thank you AAIV for making me your next president. I am honored and excited to serve this organization in the best way possible. To continue with the theme of Matt’s letter, let's talk about new beginnings. I would like to welcome our two newest members of the Board of Directors and congratulate them on being elected. Welcome, Tabitha Regehr from SafetyCall and Paige Lee from IDEXX. Also, congratulations to Allison Sateren from Boehringer Ingelheim for being elected as our president-elect.
As Matt mentioned, with new beginnings comes revamping our social media platform, website, mentor program and continued growth as an allied organization of the AVMA. You will notice immediate changes in our newsletter as we welcome LifeLearn Animal Health as a regular contributor of content that is tailored to YOU as an AAIV member — Welcome LifeLearn!
Furthermore, our focus under my presidency is to continue to develop AAIV into YOUR organization, YOUR voice on the House of Delegates and YOUR allied organization. In the immediate future this will include growing our organization and securing our support from industry sponsors. Stay tuned for more information in 2022 on how you can help ... and maybe win a few prizes along the way. :)
Happy holidays, and here’s to hoping 2022 helps us all find some sense of normalcy.
Timothy Smaha, D.V.M.