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President's Message


As my presidential year reaches its halfway point, your IVMA continues its strong advocacy for veterinary medicine in Iowa (In spite of me!). The year end and financial report, annual report, our membership numbers, winter meeting registrations and committee members' interest and activities all indicate that your IVMA is firing on all cylinders! The Winter Conference at Prairie Meadows with its strong continuing education, registration numbers, and industry representation is a great event. But just as important to our mission is the opportunity to socialize with our peers between and after the sessions. I hope you take advantage of this time to share in the vast and varied knowledge of your fellow IVMA members. While the meeting is still fresh in your mind, please give us your feedback on how your meeting experience was by completing the evaluation that will be emailed to you after the meeting or call the IVMA office with your comments.
On February 22nd, your IVMA will be at the Capitol in Des Moines to engage with the Legislators on current concerns of Iowa veterinarians and Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. We are well received and it is an honor to be a part of our Association's voice of veterinary medicine with the highest levels of our state government. Please come on down and join us for the day! You won't be disappointed! (Go to or call the office to register.)
I would like to thank all of the I-Vet PAC Sustaining Members once again. Their names can be found on page 12. This program is wonderful and allows the Legislative Committee to focus on the issues and communicating with the Legislators instead of trying to brainstorm another 'bake sale' to fund the PAC.
Quote: The secret to life... To be completely engaged with what you are doing in the Here and Now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play. Alan W. Watts
Have a great month!
Mitch Hiscocks, DVM