Welcome to 2021! Or is it 2020 continued?
Thank you for being a member of AAIV as it enters its 67th year as a constituent allied organization provided representation in the AVMA House of Delegates. Yes, indeed 67 years! Missed the 65th year? Check out the article published in the January 1, 2019 issue of JAVMA. https://doi.org/10.2460/javma.254.1.48
One benefit of AAIV membership is representation in the AVMA HOD. Check out this edition of the newsletter for a report by one of our two delegates, Dr. Deb Nicholson. Deb participated remotely as did the other 69 HOD members for the semiannual HOD (winter) meeting (January) and as an AVMA employee, I also participated—behind the scenes—it takes a village, especially with finicky voting software.
Just like the virtual HOD meeting, our daily work likely is virtual, much different from the way we worked pre-COVID. Also, we have probably figured out through trial and error the optimal way to perform such virtual work—we evolved and grew in the process. If we did not, work would be pretty boring.
As incoming AAIV President for 2021, I hope to successfully oversee the evolution and growth of the association. One item you may have noticed is the change from rolling membership to a single annual membership period, July 1 through June 30, to align with AAIV fiscal year and the summer AVMA annual conference. As one of oldest recognized constituent allied AVMA organization (see above), seems best to start our fiscal and membership year with participation in the AVMA annual conference.
Be on the look out for other evidence of evolution and growth of the AAIV and for ways you can participate—including on working groups, which will have a limited time commitment for accomplishing 1-2 well-defined objectives. New webinars are planned that will be RACE approved. And you will have opportunities to be a mentor or mentee or both.
Again, welcome to 2021—a year of continued evolution and growth. I look forward to “seeing” you soon!