The Auxiliary to the AVMA boot-scooted its way through the AVMA Annual Convention in Denver, July 19-23, with a busy itinerary and big successes.
Auxiliary 2002-2003 President Jan Knewtson, wife of Dr. Richard D. Knewtson of Iola, Kan., ended her term at the convention and said she was happy with the group's accomplishments. Knewtson helped to relocate the Auxiliary office from Schaumburg, Ill., to Iola, and she took on the administrative work of the Auxiliary. In addition to relocating the office, the Auxiliary took on sole sponsorship of National Pet Week for 2003 and worked with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation to implement a new software program for the AVMF Student Loan Fund.
The Auxiliary's annual fund-raiser, the Marketplace of States, raised $22,000 for the Student Loan Fund administered by the AVMF and other educational projects selected by the Auxiliary. Additionally, the Auxiliary's new fund-raiser, Kritter's Korner, a retail booth at the convention offering many veterinary-themed items, grossed more than $19,000, which, after expenses, will go to the Auxiliary's general fund, according to Knewtson.
Auxiliary 2003-2004 President Jo Ann Ostwald, wife of Dr. Donald Ostwald of Fort Morgan, Colo., was installed at the convention. Ostwald said she also is pleased with the accomplishments of the Auxiliary during the past year and hopes to raise its profile in the coming year. She had that goal in mind when she selected the Auxiliary's theme, Let the Auxiliary Ring, for the 2004 Annual Convention in Philadelphia.
"I think the Auxiliary does a lot of good things for the AVMA, and I don't think we send out enough good vibrations about what we do," she said.
Ostwald hopes to boost Auxiliary membership this year. She also looks forward to working with the AVMA again on National Pet Week.