Membership Boosts the Success of Working Together

Dec 1 | News, WVMA News

Clockwise from top left: Reconnect the Vets in Milwaukee, Reconnect the Vets in LaCrosse, Reconnect the Vets in Wausau, First Year Student Orientation at UW SVM, Reconnect the Vets in Madison, Blue Coat Ceremony at UW SVM, Leaders Connecting With Leaders in Madison, Reconnect the Vets in Green Bay.

When a group of veterinary medical professionals bands together, they can accomplish much. Thank you for banding together in 2022 as a member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association. Together, we have much to be proud of—it was an exciting year. 

In 2022 the WVMA leadership and members reconnected and looked to the future with new ideas and new hope. “This was a busy and productive year for our organization as we addressed changes and challenges the pandemic has brought to our membership, establishing a strong path forward for the organization and our members,” says Dr. Howard Ketover, President. 

WVMA successfully advocated for the passage of the veterinary telemedicine rule in Wisconsin, which allows for the remote delivery of veterinary healthcare services by licensed veterinarians with an in-person Veterinarian Client Patient Relationship prior to conducting telemedicine exams. We also reaffirmed the need to protect the medical judgment of veterinarians from being legislated by individual municipal bodies. 

Under the leadership of Dr. Tom Bach, Past-President, we initiated the WVMA Wellness Task Force to address the challenges WVMA members face and provide much-needed support and guidance. “Our goal is to provide multi-faceted resources that affect positive change and reinforce the resilience and optimism veterinary professionals need to thrive,” says Dr. Bach. 

Five Reconnect the Vet events celebrated member connections around the state, bringing together veterinary professionals who had missed the opportunity to meet and socialize in-person. We also strengthened ties to our local VMAs and statewide organizations. 

Do you appreciate variety? This year WVMA scheduled nearly 40 hours of online CE, providing pertinent options of benefit to all veterinary professionals. 

“WVMA is always looking for creative and fun ways to get together, and this year we tested two new events focused specifically on topics important to our organization’s future,” says Dr. Sarah Novak, President-Elect. The new initiatives focused on leadership engagement and connecting students and recent graduates to the Wisconsin veterinary community. 

Finally, to ensure member services are delivered in the best ways possible, we researched and began implementing improved technology to allow future enhancements. “This behind-the-scenes work will result in better online experience and service offering for members in the future,” says Jo-ell Carson, Executive Director. 

Your membership in WVMA does not go unnoticed. We value your membership and your participation. As you complete your membership renewal for the coming year, we look forward to new ways we can connect and support one another in 2023. Thank you for your continued support of organized veterinary medicine in Wisconsin.