END OF YEAR LETTER AHVMA 12/30/2013
Dear AHVMA members,
As we come to the end of this productive and exciting year for the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, the Board of Directors and staff wish to thank you for your continued support of our efforts on the behalf of holistic and integrative veterinarians. I would like to take this opportunity to offer this President’s End of Year Report on what your membership support has meant to the AHVMA, what successes we have achieved for our profession, and what crucial areas still need our leadership and energy.
Acceptance and Excitement in our Profession
In the past year, the AHVMA, through consistent education, research, diligent action and excellent medical practices, has furthered the acceptance of and interest in integrative and holistic medicine throughout our profession. We have been instrumental in changing the way medicine is taught, researched, practiced and understood. Not only are an increasing number of conventional practitioners turning to AHVMA members for consultation and advice, but often to hire them in progressive practices and universities. There is a genuine excitement in our profession about the prospects that we offer for healing.
Improving Integrative Education for Veterinary Students
Because of the strong efforts of our AHVMA membership to get the word out, coupled with a renewed effort by AHVMA leadership to communicate with vet schools, we now have full-fledged integrative programs in several vet schools, a well-funded veterinary fellowship in integrative medicine, and an open dialogue with many more schools.
AVMA House of Delegates
Careful attention to increasing our membership, and improving our communication with the AVMA has afforded us a newly approved seat in the House of Delegates. This unprecedented new position allows the AHVMA to voice our viewpoint in the politics, governance and policies that regulate all veterinarians. As there is only one delegate for each state and an additional 16 (now 17!) professional organizations with seats, representation in this House is meaningful in many ways.
Continuing Education Credit Advancements
We are creating a professional climate that does not doubt the value of continuing education in holistic modalities. The Registry of Alternative and Integrative Veterinary Medical Education (RAIVE) has become a recognized regulatory force for continuing education in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAVM). As the CAVM community now relies on RAIVE to validate their educational meetings, we expect all state boards to soon be doing the same for CAVM courses nationwide.
Because of our community’s efforts, and the strong communication, education and political efforts of our leaders, we are closer than ever to achieving the idea of One Medicine. With One Medicine, the words alternative, complementary, holistic and conventional have little meaning because healing comes from all of them equally and practitioners will comfortably choose what works from many modalities.
There are many other successes that the AHVMA will continue to foster. We strive every day to be an organization that is really here for you. We will continue to foster global, and individual advancement in holistic and integrative medicine.
Our organization relies on our strengths as individuals, and our power as a group. I am delighted to have an opportunity to serve this community in the coming months.
We are working to make sure every puppy, chick, kitten, ferret, colt, and piglet has a better chance for health and happiness because we were here.
Through education, practice and research, we hope to change the course of veterinary medicine for the better.
What action can you take RIGHT NOW to help the AHVMA further our goals?
Help Us Get the Word Out!
Accept the challenge to really show our successes.
I know that AHVMA members enjoy higher levels of health in their patients, and witness surprising turnarounds in critically ill animals. Show us what you have done!
Submit photos, stories, case studies, medical reports, or even videos to us online.
We want to publish cases online for all those who visit the website to see. Appropriate case studies can submitted for possible publication in our Journal as well.
Go to our website and contact the head of any of our committees and offer your help. Our website can direct you to the correct person and it can also provide other ideas for useful ways to help.
The AHVMA has realized many of the goals of AHVMA members over the years. As we have built upon the foundations set for us by past AHVMA members, officers and staff, we have decidedly moved to a new level of involvement and acceptance within our profession. We are stimulating debate and interest into what we can offer our patients.
There is much to be done, but I have great hopes for the future of our profession.
Thank you for all you do.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill
Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA
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