VMA executive directors attend AVMA orientation

​On September 14 and 15, 2015, AVMA staff welcomed executives of 10 veterinary medical associations to an orientation at the AVMA headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois. This was the 10th 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 seven state associations, two allied VMAs and the newly hired executive director of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF).

2015 Orientation Participants
(left to right) Lauren Michalski, Maryland Veterinary Medical Association; Lisa Perius, Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (special presenter); Susan Blevins, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association; Jennifer Gazdacko, Rhode Island and Connecticut Veterinary Medical Associations; Alicia Davis-Wade, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association; Jenni Brand, Delaware Veterinary Medical Association; Heather O’Steen, American Association of Feline Practitioners; DeAnna Dillard, Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association; Dr. Eric Willinghan, American Association of Food Safety Veterinarians; Evymarie Miro, Puerto Rico Veterinary Medical Association.

During the 1.5-day program, attendees learned about AVMA structure and governance, as well as the major activities of each AVMA division, strategic business unit or shared services unit through staff presentations and informal networking opportunities. The Group Health and Life Insurance Trust, Professional Liability Insurance Trust and AVMF also made presentations. The executive directors attending the program learned about the variety of resources AVMA has available to help them in their association work, while meeting many 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 the fall of 2017.