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In case you missed it... | March/April 2018
March 26, 2018

Thank you for engaging with us on social media. In case you missed it, our most popular post in January was a feature on Dr. Debra Nickelson. The most viewed post in February was a shared article on the Feather in Her Cap Award.

Stay up to date with AAIV through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. AAIV launched a new Facebook group for members as well as a new LinkedIn group. Join today, and contact us at with questions.

Traveler's Corner | March/April 2018
March 26, 2018

Business travel is a combination of efficiency and safety. Here are a couple tips to enhance your business travel from the 2018 AAIV president-elect, Debra Nickelson, DVM, MBA:
- Whenever possible, carry your luggage instead of checking it. Even if you need to ship some company literature or samples to your venue, hotel or sales rep, it is worth the convenience of having your bags with you instead of waiting (and hoping) they show up in baggage claim.
- Place your lotions, face cream, hair gel and other liquid cosmetics into empty eye contact containers to keep your liquids to a minimum. 


- If you are concerned about hotel safety, consider using a wooden door jam inside your hotel room. Please note: plastic door jams may slide on carpet, but wooden door jams have worked well for me.
- Use a hair clip to keep the drapes closed in your room, even when you stay on an upper floor. Sometimes there is a gap in the drapes you just can’t close, and you may be able to use the hair clip for yourself during the day.

AAIV Member Achievements | March/April 2018
March 26, 2018


Christine Royal, DVM
Director, Companion Animal and Equine Professional Services
Merck Animal Health

Joseph Hahn, DVM
Director, US Companion Animal and Equine Pharmacovigilance
Merck Animal Health

New Job(s)

Ellen Lowery, DVM, PhD, MBA
Professor of Practice, Animal Health
Kansas State University Olathe
Have you had a recent personal or professional achievement? We want to hear about it! Email us at, and we will publish your news in the next
AAIV eNewsletter.

Summary of "AAIV Presents: ORGANized Veterinary Medicine: The Eyes, Ears and Heart of the Profession"
March 26, 2018

“Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine...”  This is the oath we took upon graduation.  With this admission, we joined a profession and a family of colleagues.  There are many ways to support the profession and each other.  How involved have you been?

- Learn about  the importance of being involved – advocacy, education, mentoring, etc.
- Identify what options are available for how you can be involved-  National, State and Local VMA’s and a variety of Allied Organizations.
- Learn how to get involved and how much time it really takes (hint – it’s not as time-consuming as you may think).
- Discover why supporting our profession is important now and for the future!

There is a way for anyone to get involved in supporting and giving back to our profession. Won’t you join us in sharing your experiences, expertise and excitement?

                                                                                                  Log into your AAIV member account to access this archived webinar here.

Your Vote Needed: Veterinary Information Forum (VIF) Topics
March 26, 2018

The AVMA convenes the Veterinary Information Forum every 6 months as part of the House of Delegates meeting.  The purpose of the Veterinary Information Forum is to allow the membership to bring forward and discuss emerging topics that affect the profession.  The House of Delegates considers information from the forum and recommends action to address the issue.  One such issue identified in 2016, was cyberbullying.  As an outcome of discussion during the veterinary information forum, a hotline for support was established. 

Vote for the Summer 2018 VIF topics.

Upcoming "AAIV Presents" Webinar
March 26, 2018

AAIV Presents: The Skills You Need to Work in the Veterinary Industry
Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. ET

As a professional in the Veterinary industry, you don’t just want to survive . . . you want to thrive! But exactly how can you take your career to the next level? What can you do to give yourself an edge in both the employment marketplace and the Veterinary industry?

Join Stacy Pursell, founder and CEO of The VET Recruiter, for this webinar. With more than 20 years in the executive search and recruiting profession, Stacy knows what Veterinary employers want in potential employees and how you can acquire the skills necessary for career advancement.

Register today:

You're invited to take the 2017 Compensation Survey!
March 15, 2018

The 2017 compensation survey is now open! The compensation survey reports consistently provide relevant data for industry veterinarians and companies. We encourage you to contribute your information by taking the survey today and passing the link along to your colleagues:

Your participation is valued and so important to the strength of the data. Learn more about the compensation survey and how AAIV members can access past reports here. We appreciate your time and continued support of the AAIV.

Annual Meeting and Networking Reception at VMX in Orlando
January 19, 2018

You are invited to the AAIV Annual Meeting and Networking Reception at the VMX 2018 Convention in Orlando!
Sunday, February 4  | 4:30 p.m. ET
Hyatt Regency Orlando | Silver Springs Room

Join us at the annual meeting and networking reception to:

• Network with your current or future industry veterinary colleagues while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, a hosted bar and door prizes
• Get a glimpse of how we will celebrate our 65th anniversary in 2019
• Learn about the benefits of joining or renewing your AAIV membership

Register today 
Walk-ins are welcome!

Upcoming Regulatory Affairs in Animal Health Seminar
January 19, 2018

This academic year, the Kansas State University Olathe campus is hosting four seminars designed to provide the latest information about regulatory affairs in animal health. "Ensuring Data Quality in Animal Health Studies" -- the third seminar in the series -- is from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, at K-State Olathe, 22201 W. Innovation Drive, Olathe, Kansas. It also will be live streamed for remote viewing.

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AAIV and AVMA working together for you | January/February 2018
January 19, 2018

Dr. Wendy Weirich appointed to the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee
Congratulations to Wendy Weirich, DVM, CVA, MSc, on her appointment as AAIV's alternate delegate to the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee. 

"I am excited to serve on the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee because animal welfare has long been a passion of mine. I have worked in companion animal and farm animal welfare in various capacities and look forward to learning more about how animal welfare factors into the careers of industry veterinarians.  I am also excited to get a closer look at how the AVMA AWC researches and addresses animal welfare issues. AVMA has always been my go to resource for continuing education and keeping up with what is happening in the veterinary profession. I have been a member since graduation and attend the AVMA convention as often as I can for CE." - Wendy Weirich, DVM, CVA, MSc

Dr. Weirich is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine (BS, DVM) and Royal Veterinary College, London (MSc). She practiced small animal medicine in Arlington, VA before starting with Hill’s Pet Nutrition.  Dr. Weirich has worked in various capacities over the years including sales, marketing, training, clinical studies and animal welfare. Her current role is as a Professional Consulting Veterinarian – responsible for engaging and educating veterinary students, veterinary technician students, general practitioners and veterinary specialists in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, DC and West Virginia.

Call for nominations: open AVMA positions
Are you or a colleague interested in volunteering for an AVMA committee or council? One position available for application is AVMA's Council on Education (COE). Interested individuals can learn more and apply here.

Other AVMA positions available for nominations include: 

AAIV's Alternate Delegate for the Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee (AALC)
Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, Microbiology position
Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, At-Large positions
Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, Clinical Pharmacology position
Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, Industry, Exclusive position
Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine, Agricultural Agencies positions
Council on Research, Colleges of Veterinary Medicine positions
Council on Research, Private Clinical Practice position
Council on Veterinary Service, Private Practice-Exclusively Small Animal positions
Council on Veterinary Service, Private Mixed Practice position
Council on Veterinary Service, Recent Graduates or Emerging Leaders position
Judicial Council, At-Large positions

Contact us at to learn more or to nominate yourself or someone you know to serve in these positions. Please include the nominee's name, email address, the position or committee you are nominating them for, and the reason(s) you are nominating them.

AVMA House of Delegates Representatives latest blog post
What’s worse than hate? Indifference!
Love, hate or don’t care about the AVMA, it’s an organization which represents you as a veterinary professional.
But let’s be frank. I struggle with finding the relevance of AVMA resolutions, policies and services to me as a professional services veterinarian tasked with supporting a field based sales team.
Why should I care about….
Veterinary-patient-client relationship – I don’t see patients
The opioid addiction crisis – I don’t prescribe medications
Increased corporatization of veterinary medicine – I don’t plan to go back to practice
And the list goes on…..
How does any of this relate to industry veterinarians and our contributions to animal health?
And I came to the conclusion, I‘ve been thinking about it all wrong. Instead of asking how these issues affect me or you, I have a new question.
What does the AVMA need to do to represent your unique interests and needs as veterinarians working in industry?

Read more

AAIV Education Series | January/February 2018
January 19, 2018

Summary of "AAIV Presents: They Don't Teach Corporate in Vet School"
Many of our AAIV members either currently work for industry or are considering an industry position. In "AAIV Presents: They Don’t Teach Corporate in Vet School," Dr. Ellen Lowery shared insights on thriving in the corporate culture. Key highlights include:

All businesses have a corporate culture which is the philosophy, values, working environment, attire, communication hierarchy, etc. that constitute the unique style, policies and expectations of a company. Observation is your superpower.  Keep your eyes and ears open, observing how colleagues present themselves, how they work together and how they interact with executives, managers and customers. Successful employees effectively assimilate into their company culture and if the culture is not a good fit, then it’s likely not an environment in which you will thrive.    

Know the rules of the game and play by the rules. There are corporate politics and cultural norms. This does not mean you can’t challenge existing processes or assumptions, or be your authentic self. You may think you have valid reasons for a technical foul, however breaking that rule may result in a penalty or even get you thrown from the game.   

  • Some keys to thriving in a corporate environment are active onboarding, developing and protecting your personal brand   and owning your career.  
    o Active onboarding: read your corporate/employee handbook, understand the organizational structure and build your network. Master the mundane - complete required training, tasks, reports accurately and on time! 

o Personal brand: Your corporate persona, or personal brand, plays a role in how you are perceived at work. In the corporate environment perception is reality. Your brand can have a positive or negative influence on people’s perceptions. You may have a very short snapshot of time with business leaders or other influencers on your career growth. Be prepared and consistently present your best self.  

o Own your career: Be a good corporate citizen, learn about various positions and leverage the performance management and development process. Identify your career goals, adopt a learner mindset, take on new opportunities and understand your role in delivering the company’s goals.    

  • Use your veterinary education, experience and insights to deliver business results. Make no assumptions that your   commercial colleagues understand the complex world of veterinary medicine. You have valuable knowledge necessary for   your company’s success. Share what you know such as the challenges and trends in the profession, working with   professional associations, what products and programs make sense in a busy veterinary practice and what’s important to   veterinary students.  

  Working for industry or in a corporate environment is a challenging, diverse and rewarding career.  
  Log into your AAIV member account to access this archived webinar.

Traveler's Corner | January/February 2018
January 19, 2018

With veterinary conference season ahead and business travel plans filling up, this is a great time to set aside time for a personal or family trip in 2018. 

Check out the top 50 destinations for 2018 according to Travel and Leisure.

In case you missed it | January/February 2018
January 19, 2018

Thank you for engaging with us on social media. In case you missed it, our most popular post in 2017 was a shared article on Temple Grandin. The most viewed post in the last month was a video of Ralph Richardson, dean and CEO, K-State Olathe.

Stay up to date with AAIV through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

2017 Reflection
December 18, 2017


This year, AAIV has experienced growth, built partnerships and celebrated successes thanks to the dedication of AAIV members and our current and former Board of Directors members. On behalf of the board, it is my pleasure to share some reflections on 2017 with you. 

AAIV has formed partnerships with Kansas State University Olathe (K-State Olathe) and the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC), and the AAIV Board of Directors is very excited about these new relationships. The partnership with K-State Olathe has brought stabilization to our administrative platform while providing many new opportunities for our members as well as for the animal health industry. The partnership with NAVC has created an Industry Chair position on the NAVC VMX planning committee, which will be held by an AAIV member. This will bring increased professional development opportunities to industry veterinarians. 

In July, we launched our new website and membership platform, which you can access by visiting I invite you to log in, explore the new website, and connect with us.

In October, the approved bylaws change went into effect. This brought revisions to AAIV’s membership categories and allowed both international veterinarians and veterinary students to join the association. You can learn more about the new membership structure here

This fall, we formed committees who are charged with developing and implementing strategies in programming; marketing and communications; membership recruitment; nominations; and fundraising. You are invited to engage in any committees that interest you. Please email to learn more. 

While 2017 was an outstanding year, we are also looking forward to the opportunities 2018 will bring. We invite you to join us at the AAIV Annual Meeting and Reception at VMX on February 4 at 4:30 p.m. ET at the Hyatt Regency Silver Springs Room. Registration is optional, but you can help us plan by registering here

In closing, I want to share a special thank you to my AAIV board colleagues and our remarkable program coordinator Emily Loeb.  Because of you all 2017 has been fun, productive, and together we have successfully built upon the foundation paved by previous AAIV board members.  Dr. Ellen Lowery, 2018 AAIV Board President, will take the helm of our organization as of January 1st.  With her leadership, the board’s continued commitment, and your engagement – I am confident 2018 will be the best year yet for AAIV!

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we thank our members for being part of AAIV and encourage you to contact us anytime at We wish you a safe and joyous holiday season and look forward to connecting with you in the new year.

Happy Holidays!

Mia Cary, DVM
2017 AAIV BOD President

FROM AVMA: AVMA, AAVMC and AAVSB agree on telehealth statement
November 27, 2017

The AVMA, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), and American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) want to ensure that new technologies are deployed in veterinary medicine in ways that best support patient health and well-being.

For this reason, all three organizations have indicated their support of a joint statement recognizing the opportunities offered by veterinary telehealth and telemedicine, while placing the focus firmly on delivery of top-quality medical care for animal patients.


AAIV Happy Hour at Fetch in San Diego
November 27, 2017

Traveling to Fetch in San Diego? Join us for an AAIV Happy Hour at UNION Kitchen and Tap Gaslamp (333 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101) on Saturday, December 9 at 5:15 p.m. PT. Your first round is on us!

An RSVP is not required. To help us prepare, please email if you plan to attend. We look forward to this chance to connect, network, and learn from each other.

Congratulations to newly elected AAIV Board of Directors Officers and At-Large Member
November 23, 2017

President: Dr. Ellen Lowery
President-Elect: Dr. Debra Nickelson
Secretary: Dr. Pamela Mitchell
Treasurer: Dr. Richard Hartigan
At-Large Member: Dr. Anthony Rumschlag

Drs. Lowery, Nickelson, Mitchell, and Hartigan will serve in their elected offices from January 1 - December 31, 2018. Dr. Rumschlag will serve on the board of directors for a three year term, from January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2020. Congratulations, all!

Read your AVMA House of Delegates Representatives latest blog post
November 15, 2017

It’s that time of year again.  No, I’m not talking about turkey, football and ugly Christmas sweaters!  It’s time to turn our attention to the winter AVMA meeting, where the House of Delegates (HOD) will convene to represent the AVMA membership.
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Regulatory Affairs in Animal Health Seminar
November 15 , 2017

This academic year, the Kansas State University Olathe campus is hosting four seminars designed to provide the latest information about regulatory affairs in animal health. "Regulatory Challenges Associated with New Technology Implementation" -- the second seminar in the series -- is from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, at K-State Olathe, 22201 W. Innovation Drive, Olathe, Kansas. It also will be live streamed for remote viewing.

Read more.