VMA Executives Attend AVMA Orientation

On September 9-10, 2013 AVMA staff welcomed executives of six veterinary medical associations to an orientation at the AVMA headquarters.  This was the 9th time the orientation program was presented to executive directors of organizations represented in the AVMA House of Delegates.  This year the group included representatives of four state associations and two allied VMAs.

During the 1-1/2 day program, attendees learned about the AVMA structure and the major activities of each AVMA division through staff presentations and informal networking opportunities.  Many of the directors said they had no idea of the variety of resources AVMA has available to help them in their association work, while others were surprised at the scope of projects managed by the AVMA staff.

Participants indicated that they gained a lot of useful information and awareness of what the AVMA has to offer.  They appreciated learning the appropriate contacts at AVMA and said that their time was well spent.

The AVMA offers the orientation program every two years for new executives, with the next program scheduled for 2015.

(left to right) Dr. Randy Wheeler, Iowa Veterinary Medical Association; Jennifer Mauer, New York State Veterinary Medical Society; Amy Fellon, Delaware Veterinary Medical Association; Dr. Rex Holt, American Association of Food Safety Veterinarians; Dr. Brad Fields, American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners; and Katie Park, Utah Veterinary Medical Association.

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  1. It would be a great idea if the AVMA staff and executive board had a proper orientation to economics given by the University of Chicago Department of Economics, the home of price theory and the Chicago School of Economics(who really do understand free-market economics) and four Nobel prize winners in economics (Milton Friedman in 1976, George Stigler in 1982, Ronald Coase in 1991 and Gary Becker in 1992) along with Steven Levitt, the author of FREAKONOMICS and a John Bates Clark award for the most promising economist under 40. It is only about 40 miles east of Schaumburg, so not a long field trip for the next executive board meeting. Or you can keep on doing the same things and expecting to succeed.