Veterinarian input into critical issues wanted

Posted 16 February 2010

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is asking for input from its members to help shape the future of the association and the profession.

The AVMA is initiating this "Future Critical Issues Scan" as part of its ongoing effort to reevaluate and revise its strategic plan, which was last approved by the AVMA Executive Board in April 2008. The AVMA hopes this scan will produce feedback from all segments of its diverse membership, which encompasses more than 80,000 veterinarians in private practice, government, industry, academia, research and uniformed services.

"The input and active participation of our membership has gotten us to the strong position we are in today," said Dr. Larry Corry, president of the AVMA. "We need the continued input and participation of our members to get us to an even stronger position tomorrow."

Members of the AVMA can provide their feedback online by visiting www.avma.org/about_avma/governance/strategicplanning/scan. There, they will be asked to describe what they feel are the three most important issues facing the veterinary profession over the next five years.

Comments submitted by March 20, 2010, will be included in the April 2010 AVMA Executive Board discussion of the AVMA Strategic Plan. Comments received after that date will be included in future board discussions.

To learn more about AVMA strategic planning, view the AVMA's current Strategic Plan, and access a link to the Future Critical Issues Scan, visit www.avma.org/about_avma/governance/strategicplanning.

For more information, contact Michael San Filippo, AVMA media relations assistant, at 847-285-6687 (office), 847-732-6194 (cell).

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