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Colleagues Helping Colleagues Following Hurricane Michael
October 19, 2018

While some emergency teams have been released from deployment and coordination calls are becoming less frequent (i.e., efforts are moving from response to recovery mode), efforts to assist those affected by Hurricane Michael are far from over. The AVMA and the AVMF will continue to reach out to colleagues to see what assistance we might provide as they work to move forward from this devastating storm.

Please follow this link to AVMF information on disaster relief following Hurricane Michael and how you can help and/or get involved. 

Adult Learning and Better Communication is Focus of AAIV Developed Track for 2019 VMX Expo
October 2, 2018

AAIV has organized an industry-focused track in adult learning that is being offered at the 2019 VMX Veterinary Meeting and Expo.

VMX, formerly the North American Veterinary Conference, is Jan. 19-23, 2019, in Orlando, Florida. The five modules in the Adult Learning Symposium, which is the AAIV track for the conference, will run from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Jan. 19 in the Orange County Convention Center North Hall.

The Adult Learning Symposium track will teach participants who work with adults in any capacity or occupation how to better engage and communicate with adults.

"Adults learn differently than younger, more traditional students," said Ralph Richardson, dean and CEO of K-State Olathe, who serves on the board's planning committee and helped connect AAIV to faculty experts in adult learning at the campus. "When we think of traditional learners, they are people who enroll in classes, take tests and then graduate. Adult learners are those who have been out of school for a little while and everything that they learn after their schooling relates to experiences rather than learning a block of material that they are tested on."

Each of the five modules in the Adult Learning Symposium delves into how adults learn and communicate, and how to best communicate and teach this audience. Modules are "Delivering More Impactful Presentations," "Becoming a More Emotionally Intelligent Leader," "Using Neuroscience Principles to Enhance Learning," "Interactive Techniques to Enhance Learning" and "Learning and Cognitive Styles."

The track and all of the modules will be delivered by Judy Favor, assistant professor of educational leadership, and Royce Ann Collins, associate professor of adult learning and leadership and adult learning and leadership graduate program director for K-State Olathe and Fort Leavenworth — both faculty at K-State Olathe.

The track is generating a lot of interest, Richardson said. Initially, the adult learning track was targeted for industry veterinarians. After learning about the modules and subject matter, though, VMX organizers are encouraging all of the conference's speakers — regardless of occupation — to attend the Adult Learning Symposium modules as the overlying material is beneficial to any profession that interacts with adults.

More information about VMX and registration is at

Note: Register for the conference by Oct. 5 and save 20% on the registration fee.

Leadership and Service Opportunity
Call for Nominations: AAIV Board of Directors Officers and At-Large Member Nominations
October 2, 2018

Become an AAIV Board member to help shape the exciting present and future of the AAIV. The AAIV will elect three new board members to serve a three-year term, from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021. Additionally, AAIV members will elect officers to serve a one-year term, from January 1 to December 31, 2019. Click here for AAIV board and officer position descriptions.

Current nominations include:

• President-Elect: Pam Mitchell

• Secretary: Matt Krecic

• Treasurer: Eduardo Vivas

• House of Delegates Alternate Delegate: Ellen Lowery

At-Large Members:

• Merari Cruz

• Craig Galbraith
• David Goodnight
• Carolyn Luther
• Stacy Pritt
• Tim Smaha

Please send your nominations to by Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. In your nomination email, please include the completed candidate nomination form which can be downloaded from here.  

Leadership and Service Opportunity
AAIV Encourages Board Members to Volunteer for AVMA Committee Vacancies
October 2, 2018

Inspired to volunteer for one of several AVMA committees and councils? The AAIV, as a recognized member organization of the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD), may be able to help you. Nominees for all committee and council positions require the written support of an HOD member organization — such as the AAIV. 

Contact the AAIV 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. More information is on the AVMA's website.

The AAIV Board of Directors will review each submitted nomination and vote to determine the nominees for which the AAIV will support, with preference given to AAIV members. As an AVMA allied organization, the AAIV looks forward to providing support for selected candidates.    

The AAIV has interest in representation on these committees and councils—
  • Veterinary Leadership Conference Planning Committee
  • American Board of Veterinary Specialties
  • Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities Selection Committee
  • Judicial Council*
Click here for a complete list of vacancies and AVMA deadlines for nominations. Please note that some vacancies are to be filled immediately; therefore, nominate yourself or someone else soon. 

*Incumbent eligible for another term.  

Upcoming "AAIV Presents" Webinar
"AAIV Presents: Personal and Organizational Wellbeing — Thriving versus Barely Surviving"
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 | 7-8 p.m. ET

Burnout is very real in today's workplace as jobs and employers demand more from their workers.

In this webinar, you'll learn about burnout — including its three components and the six areas of mismatch that lead to it, personal tools that can help establish and maintain personal wellbeing and resilience, and organizational tools that can help a company support the wellbeing and resilience of staff. You also will learn the difference between compassion fatigue and burnout as well as readily available assessments for each.

The webinar is presented by Tad Coles, DVM, CCFP, MRSS-P, founder of Compassion Fatigue Coaching and Medical Director at Two Dogs And A Cat Veterinary Clinic.

This seminar is approved for 1.0 RACE credit.

Register today

Note: Starting in 2019, AAIV will begin charging non-members $30 per webinar, so please make sure your membership is current. Join or renew your membership.

AAIV Needs Your Input: Topics for AVMA House of Delegates
October 2, 2018

The American Association of Industry Veterinarians (AAIV) has the opportunity to provide a topic to discuss at the AVMA's House of Delegates  Veterinary Information Forum in January 2019. It is critical to have the voice of the AAIV members to speak on behalf of industry veterinarians and their organizations/firms. Please take a few moments to complete 
this brief survey to pick your top priority and second priority in the list; your voice is important and valued. The survey will close Thursday, Oct. 11. 

Better Understanding Our Profession through Insights
October 2, 2018

AAIV Board member Dr. Heidi Hulon facilitated Insights training for the AVMA Economics Division and leadership team members.

The Insights Program helps people gain a deep insight into themselves and their colleagues. By uncovering meaning in preferences and behavior, participants learn to adapt and connect with others to create stronger and more effective relationships. Every Insights Discovery Personal profile provides information on an individual's strengths and weaknesses, communications style and their value to a team. Each profile includes suggestions for development that can be put into practice the very next day. 

"We took a deeper dive into the profile of our profession – and saw that most of us are introverts, with a high percentage sitting in the Earth Green quadrant," Hulon said. "When we consider that on a daily basis as a profession we go round and round utilizing all of these energies, we can see why colleagues are struggling with compassion/ empathy fatigue or moral stress. We need to do a better job of understanding ourselves and recharging ourselves."

AVMA, AVMF Provide Support to Help Veterinarians and Animals Recover from Hurricane Florence
October 2, 2018

While media and public attention shift away from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Florence, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) have stepped up their efforts to provide support and assistance to veterinarians and animal care organizations still reeling from the storm’s aftermath.

Staff from the AVMA and AVMF, as well as members of the associations’ volunteer leadership, have been in contact with state veterinary medical associations and veterinary colleges in the region to determine what type of assistance is needed or anticipated. Dr. Gail Golab, AVMA chief veterinary officer, and Dr. Warren Hess, assistant director of AVMA’s Division of Animal and Public Health, have been communicating daily with national and state organizations to better determine the needs of veterinary and animal care organizations in the region affected by Florence, and to provide guidance.

The AVMF, which serves as the charitable arm of the AVMA, recently donated $10,000 to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation and another $10,000 to Friends of the NCVMA Foundation to provide immediate assistance to veterinarians and shelters in the state recovering from the effects of the hurricane. The AVMF also has an ongoing disaster relief program offering grants up to $5,000 to help veterinarians and their animal patients recover from the storm’s impact.

“It is bad here,” said North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association Executive Director Claire Holley. “We are still dealing with flooding, power outages and road closings.”

Holley expressed concern that the media has “all but stopped” covering what is happening in a big portion of rural North Carolina, which has been paralyzed by the aftermath of the storm. Nine of the state’s rivers remain at major flood stage, which can cause additional flooding and damage to homes, veterinary clinics, businesses and farms.

“I do know there are number of veterinary hospitals that have been damaged,” Holley said. “Until the waters recede and access is restored, we won't have any definite information. Right now, we are still recovering people and animals.”

Recent reports estimate that Hurricane Florence would drop more than 10 trillion gallons of water in North Carolina alone, creating enormous obstacles to those trying to return to their homes and businesses.

North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said the storm was “unprecedented” and that losses were expected to exceed those from any storm in recent memory, due to the flooding it has caused in the state’s top six agricultural counties. Preliminary estimates suggest that 4.1 million poultry and 5,500 hogs died from the storm and its aftermath. In addition, hundreds, if not thousands, of pets have been sheltered due to the storm.

"In addition to providing financial support, the AVMA is playing an important role in helping to disseminate information within the veterinary community, between the veterinary community and organizations providing animal and public assistance, and to animal owners and advocates so that those who need help get the right support as quickly as possible," said Dr. John de Jong, president of the AVMA.

The AVMF relies on the generosity of its donors to provide funds such as those recently given to veterinarians and shelters in North Carolina. To learn more about how you can donate to help veterinarians help animals, visit the AVMF website.

2018 AVMA Humane Endings Symposium | Nov. 2-4
October 2, 2018

Registration is now open for the 2018 AVMA Humane Endings Symposium, which is Nov. 2-4 at the Westin O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.

Experts on humane endings for animals will come together to present cutting-edge research and practical experience in the application of methods of euthanasia, slaughter and depopulation across many species.

The symposium gathers information for and showcases some of the AVMA’s most widely recognized and respected guidance documents. It consists of plenary sessions as well as two species- and hot topic-specific educational tracks.

When this event was last held in 2014, many attendees said that it was the best AVMA symposium they had attended. That same level of enthusiasm was uniformly reflected on post-event attendee surveys.  

Registration and more information about the event is on the 2018 Humane Endings Symposium website.

Note: Register by Oct. 15 to receive the regular rate of $325. Registration after Oct. 15 is $375, respectively.

Lodging:A block of rooms has been reserved at the Westin O’Hare for symposium attendees. Rooms can be booked online or reserved over the phone by calling 888-627-8517 (mention American Veterinary Medical Association or Humane Endings Symposium). Any rooms within the block that have not been reserved by Oct. 11 will be released.

AAIV Education Series | September/October 2018
Summary of "AAIV Presents: Who's the Boss and Does it Matter? Getting Things Done When You're Not in Charge" 
October 2, 2018

Regardless of title, role and positional authority in an organization, we all are capable of being a leader to accomplish large tasks in the workplace.

Jeff Thoren, D.V.M., PCC, BCC and founder of Gifted Leaders LLC, and Linda Mains, M.A., owner of Mains and Associates, shared their expertise in influencing without authority. Key topics included building trust and working with people in your network; the "power over" mindset versus the "power with" mindset; finding shared wants; and reality and points of view.

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

In case you missed it... September/October 2018
October 2, 2018

Thank you for engaging with us on social media. In case you missed it, the most viewed post over the past two months was AAIV President Dr. Ellen Lowery's blog Pearls for a Thriving Career, which had 77 engagements — 50 of which were likes and 18 of which were loves. The second was the AVMA's Check the Chip Day. 

Stay up to date with AAIV through FacebookTwitter, 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

Educational Opportunities at Kansas State University Olathe
October 2, 2018

Animal Health Industry Insights: Trends and Career Pathways | Oct. 23

This event will feature four prominent animal health industry speakers who will share their insights on current trends in the animal health industry and what that means for the future of the industry, including the impacts of acquisitions and mergers. A panel discussion will follow with a focus on career development, specifically related to the animal health industry.

Learn more about and register for the event.

Kansas City One Health Day | Nov. 1

Celebrate One Health at Kansas City One Health Day by learning about how the collaborative approach to human, animal and environmental health may help society outsmart antibiotic resistance. The event is from 3-6 p.m. on Nov. 1 at K-State Olathe and will be livestreamed on Zoom for those unable to attend in person. Kansas City One Health is a collaboration with Kansas State University, BioNexus KC and BioKansas.

Learn more and register for the event.

CRO-Sponsor Relationships: Best Practices to Improve Efficiency and Regulatory Process Outcomes | Dec. 6

Strong sponsor partnerships with contract research organizations, or CROs, can deliver substantial benefits for animal health product development both in efficiency and deliverable quality resulting in faster product approvals. But strategic partnerships require significant investment of effort to develop and maintain. By jointly confronting the barriers to success, and coming to agreement on the needed changes and time commitment required, sponsors and CROs can increase their probability of success. This seminar will explore the benefits, barriers and factors for success for truly productive partnerships.

Please note: AAIV members will receive a special 10% discount on their registration for the Dec. 6 regulatory affairs seminar. Please contact us at to receive this discount code. 

AAIV Education Series | July/August 2018
Pearls for a Thriving Career

Ellen Lowery, DVM, PhD, MBA
August 2, 2018

When I first joined industry I believed I had the perfect job.  I was immersed in a mix of research, education and clinical work in an environment that met my core needs at the time - challenging work, the right geographic location and financial security with benefits!  Honestly at that time in my life, just out of graduate school with a mountain of educational debt and a family to provide for, I just wanted a ‘good’ job and wasn’t really thinking about my long term career.  A few years later, as corporate priorities shifted, I was faced with a career decision – stay in R&D and shift my research focus, search for a different position within the company or look outside the company.  I realized that I needed to take the lead in managing my career to be successful professionally and personally.  I evolved from passively waiting to see what my manager thought would be my next role to actively learning about different roles and seeking new opportunities.  

Career management can be thought of as the process by which we make reasoned, appropriate decisions about our work lives.  It may seem that our careers are driven more by chance than ‘reasoned decisions’.  This is where you take charge. Taking an active role in managing your career can be the difference between surviving a job and having a thriving career.  
Some pearls for managing your career within a corporate environment include:

• Start with your ‘why’.  Know what’s important to you in regards to your talents, interests and preferred lifestyle.  What are the reasons that you’ve chosen the company and your position?  This could range from needed a job with benefits to love the company values.  For example, with my first position I had the opportunity to join a company that didn’t require relocation (important for my family), offered a strong salary and benefits package (important for me to be able to care for my family and service my loan debt), had a position that matched my interests/strengths (important for me to feel fulfilled and challenged) and was a company that had a mission that matched my core values (important for my fit and values as a veterinarian).  

Think about what’s important to you both now and in the future and be willing to step outside your comfort zone.  Early in my career the ability to provide stability and care for my family was more important than climbing the corporate ladder.  After a few years I was ready personally and professionally for new challenges and also wanted career advancement.  I was willing to leave my role in R&D and embrace opportunities on the commercial side of the business.  A great resource is the book Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers.  She writes that one of the biggest reasons people don’t move ahead is the fear of making the wrong decision.  Flip this to thinking about your potential gain from making the right decision and be willing to fail forward.  If you make a mistake, it’s an opportunity to learn and grow. 

Embrace both the objective and subjective levers of career management.  The objective components are things like the job position or duties (my first position as a scientist) and the subjective components are the feelings or values around that experience (exciting work, met personal values).  From this perspective, career management can involve changing the objective component (moving from scientist position to marketing manager position) and/or by modifying the subjective perception (saying I have to stay with company for financial reasons versus saying I choose to stay with the company because supporting my family is important to  me).  

Work with your manager and your network to learn about different positions.  If there’s a position you’re interested in, ask about the requirements for that position (skills, location, travel, etc.), evaluate if the position is a fit for you in terms of your career and your life goals and if so, let your interests be known and ask for opportunities to develop the needed skills.   

Adopt a learner mindset and frame your career in terms of work related experiences vs. specific positions.  Leaning in to opportunities builds your network and your skillset, both valuable in shaping your career.  Look for ways to enhance your career through opportunities within your company, such as leading a project or volunteering for a task force, or outside your company such as working with professional organizations (AAIV, AVMA, local VMA or shelter, school board, youth sports, 4H, etc.)

Taking an active role in managing your career by understanding what you enjoy, what you’re good at and what really matters to you in work and in life will support a rewarding, successful career.

Next "AAIV Presents" Webinar
August 2, 2018

AAIV Presents: Who's the Boss and Does it Matter? Getting Things Done When You're Not in Charge
Monday, August 27 at 6:00 p.m. ET.
Presented by: 
Jeff Thoren, DVM, PCC, BCC, Founder, Gifted Leaders LLC
Linda Mains, M.A., Principal, Mains & Associates

How often do you find yourself wishing you could be “the boss” – or at least have the authority and responsibility that you think accompanies that title? How do you deal with the frustration of offering an idea or plan for organizational improvement – and finding that no one seems to listen or care? How much do you care about making a difference in your organization and your life? 

In this webinar, you’ll discover how to lead from wherever you stand and have an impact on people, process, and even politics.  Regardless of your official title or role, you can have a positive influence that will allow you and those around you to feel more empowered and fulfilled at work.

Register Today

2017 Compensation Survey Results - Now Available!
August 2, 2018

The 2017 Compensation Survey has been analyzed, and the report is now available for AAIV members to access on our report webpage. The compensation survey reports provide relevant data for industry veterinarians and companies. Thank you to all who contributed your information. We value your participation and contribution to the strength of the data. Access to this data is exclusive to AAIV members. To learn more about becoming a part of AAIV, visit our membership page and contact us with any questions.

Continuing Education Opportunities at Kansas State University Olathe | July/August 2018
August 2, 2018

Antibiotic Stewardship in Animal Health
Kansas State University Olathe is hosting a seminar series designed to provide the latest information about regulatory affairs in animal health. "Antibiotic Stewardship in Animal Health" -- the fifth seminar in the series -- is on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at
K-State Olathe. Due to the complexity of this topic, the seminar has been extended to a full day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The seminar also will be live streamed for remote viewing and recorded for post event viewing.

Learn more and register today

Please note: AAIV members will receive a special 10% discount on their registration. Please contact us at to receive this discount code. 

Upcoming Webinars for Academic Programs

"Master of Science in Veterinary Biomedical Science"
Wednesday, October 3
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. CT

"Professional Science Master's in Applied Science and Technology (PSM)"
Wednesday, October 3
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. CT

Learn more and register for an upcoming webinar.

In case you missed it... | July/August 2018
August 2, 2018

Thank you for engaging with us on social media. In case you missed it, the most viewed post in May was a shared article on Zoetis acquiring Abaxis, and the most viewed post in June was a request for feedback on the Veterinary Information Forum. 

Stay up to date with AAIV through FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. AAIV launched a new Facebook group for members as well as a new LinkedIn group. The goal of the new LinkedIn group is to provide increased opportunities for information sharing and virtual networking for our members. Join today, and contact us at with questions..

Traveler's Corner | July/August 2018
August 2, 2018

Looking to squeeze in a quick vacation before the end of summer? Check out the best summer vacation spots in the U.S. according to U.S. News & World Report.

AAIV Member Achievements | July/August 2018
August 2, 2018

Silene St. Bernard, DVM, DACVPM, became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine.

Mia Cary, DVM, past-president of AAIV, was awarded the first Pride Veterinary Medical Community Leadership Award. Read more. 

Jessica Light, DVM, MA, was named as an industry, exclusive member of the AVMA Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents. 

Matthew Krecic, DVM, MS, MBA, Diplomate ACVIM, was named as a veterinary medical research member of the AVMA Council on Research. 

Saundra Willis, DVM, was named to the AVMA House Advisory Committee.

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. 

Join us for Happy Hour at Fetch Central
July 30, 2018

Traveling to Fetch Central in Kansas City? Join us for a casual happy hour at The Dubliner (170 East 14th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106) on Sunday, August 19 at 5:30 p.m. CT. Your first soda, beer or wine is on us!

An RSVP is not required. Contact us at if you have any questions. We look forward to this chance to connect, network and learn from each other.

In case you missed it... | May/June 2018
May 22, 2018

Thank you for engaging with us on social media. In case you missed it, the most viewed post in April was a shared article on Zoetis acquiring Abaxis. Also in April, AAIV participated in K-State Olathe's Open House and connected with over 1,500 attendees.

Stay up to date with AAIV through FacebookTwitter, 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 | May/June 2018
May 22, 2018

The Great Escape 
Matthew Krecic, DVM, AAIV Board Member

Overwhelmed with the crowds on the concourses and gates at airports, I am often in search of quiet—and sanity.  Accommodating spots may be few or even non-existent at some airports; yet, when I find them, I sigh in relief.  What are these spots?  Airline club lounges. 

I like the accommodations—beverages; snacks; work carousels and comfy chairs, with the choice depending on my mood and time of day/night; clean bathrooms; and—importantly—quiet.  OK, not every minute is quiet, but generally fellow patrons speak softly.  

I have memberships for the big three carriers—American, Delta, and United.  You may think this number of memberships is overkill; yet, I like to be prepared for wherever I travel.  Traveling to or through Dallas or Phoenix?  American.  Traveling to or through Atlanta or Minneapolis?  Delta.  Traveling to or through Chicago or Denver—United.  

Airline club memberships can be expensive; however, rather than paying for them outright, I try to creatively find ways to obtain them.    

•    Using airlines miles—I have used airlines miles to outright obtain memberships for American and Delta.  
•    Obtaining an airlines credit card—I have the United Club Visa card—and with an annual fee of $450, I have receive an individual membership that also allows for one accompanying traveler.  The annual fee is often less than that of the monetary cost of a membership and includes other perks—e.g. free checked baggage and airlines points for dollars spent.  

Maybe you are not ready to commit to a one-year membership just yet because you want to ensure the membership will be of value to you.  The good news is that you can purchase a one-day pass for around $50.  Experiencing the airline club lounges through purchase of one-day passes convinced me of obtaining memberships—especially when I had significant, hours-long delays.  

Seeking refuge in an airline club lounge is just one way for me to maintain my sanity.  It may be yours as well.  However, if not, what is yours?  Please share at  Your comments may appear in a future Travel Tidbits column.  

AAIV Member Achievements | May/June 2018
May 22, 2018


Ellen Lowery, DVM, PhD, MBA
- Now a council member for the Veterinary Oral Health Council
- Spoke as part of a Women's Leadership Panel at the Veterinary Innovation Summit at Texas A&M
- Presented at the University of Florida VBMA meeting in March

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.

AAIV Education Series | May/June 2018
Summary of "AAIV Presents: The Skills You Need to Work in the Veterinary Industry"

May 22, 2018

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?

Stacy Pursell, founder and CEO of The VET Recruiter shared her expertise in the executive search and recruiting profession in this informative webinar. Key topics included: 

- Importance of maximizing your value
- Discussion of skills
- Tips for interviewing
- Taking risks and being open to opportunity

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

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.

AAIV Education Series | March/April 2018
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?

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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.

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