They say time flies when you’re having fun. If that’s the truth this must have been the most fun filled year of my life! It’s hard to believe that my year as IVMA President is coming to an end. It has been an honor to serve in this role and to represent all of you. Hopefully, I leave the association in a little better shape than when I started. I want to thank Dr. Randy Wheeler and the IVMA staff. They’re the ones who do all the real work behind the scenes that keeps the association running smoothly and efficiently. Also a big thank you to the other members of the Administrative Committee. Besides working together on IVMA issues I have forged lifelong friendships with them that I’m grateful for.
I recently had the great honor of participating in the White Coat Ceremony for the ISU CVM Class of 2022. There’s something about this ceremony that just gets to me and gives me goose bumps. It is an excellent reminder of the incredible profession that we are a part of. From the veterinarians on the stage who represent many of the varied career paths to the over 150 students waiting to receive their white coat so they can start their journey, these people are the reason our profession will continue to thrive despite the challenges we face.
September is a busy month for the IVMA. If you haven’t done so already there is still time to get registered for Sports and Field Day. This is a great opportunity to have some fun and raise funds for the IVMA Foundation. The Annual Meeting at the end of the month will have many excellent speakers as always. We’ll also be hosting a tailgate at the ISU football game against Akron on the Saturday following Annual Meeting. I hope to see everyone there.
Again, thank you for allowing me to serve as your IVMA President for the last year and I know the association will be in good hands when we turn the reins over to Dr. Randy Ackman at the Annual Meeting!
See you soon!
Kylee Thomas, DVM