This year’s Veterinary Leadership Conference (VLC) was a great experience that I would recommend to all veterinarians of any experience or position in Hawaii. The VLC is organized in a way to help “rising leaders, presiding leaders, and experienced leaders” in private practice and professional organizations such as the HVMA.
A big focus on the leadership presentations this year was on personal wellness. A growing concern that the AVMA is trying to address by spreading awareness, providing resources for outreach and management of mental health conditions/concerns, and education in techniques for prevention and risk reduction.
The HVMA’s generous support was a great experience and I would encourage any newer veterinarians to reach out for the 2021 VLC for the opportunity to attend with support. The AVMA and HVMA both are bending over backwards to support our amazing profession and it’s our role to reach out and use all of their resources.
We want you – Rising Leaders, Experienced Leaders, Presiding Leaders – to attend the Veterinary Leadership Conference. This conference, presented by your American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will help you develop, and expand your leadership skills wherever you are in your Veterinary Career. Continuing education (10 hours), Networking with colleagues, and mentorship will be available in Chicago, Illinois January 9-12, 2020.
Also happening at this conference will be the Winter Session of the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD). Interactive Sessions will be available to breakdown Governance of the AVMA so that you can discover ways to be involved, have your voice be heard, your ideas shared and to make a difference in our profession.
Visit AVMA@Work to get more information about this conference and ways that you can attend at reduced cost. Deadline for Scholarships are October 31, 2019.
Both Carolyn Naun (Hawaii HOD Alternate Delegate) and myself (Leianne Lee Loy – Delegate) will attend this yearly conference and invite YOU to express, expand, gain more of your leadership skills.
Our goal is to get as many eligible techs grandfathered in as RVTs as possible. So far only 3 have done it! This is the YEAR to get them studying. That way they can take the VTNE in 2020 and beat the 2021 cut-off. Study sessions are on the HVTA website and on the Events tab of our FB Page.
We have a FAQ page for anyone who might have questions about grandfathering.
Last, we have Clinic/Facility Membership that allows clinics and hospitals to show support for HVTA, post jobs, and we put their clinic name/logo into our newsletter.
Submitted by Sam (Craddock) Geiling, RVT, President, Hawaii Veterinary Technician Association
Volunteers are now invited to serve on AVMA’s Council on Education (COE). The deadline for receipt of applications for the COE is February 15, 2019. More information on the COE and the Member Application is available here.
AVMA Fellowship Program
Shape public policy while enhancing your knowledge of the political process! The AVMA is now accepting applications for the next AVMA Fellowship Program, which runs from the end of August 2019 through August 2020. The deadline for applications is February 8, 2019. All AVMA member veterinarians are eligible to apply. Please visit AVMA’s website for more info.
Every year, the HVMA sponsors one of its members to attend the Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago alongside the AVMA House of Delegates Meeting. In 2019, Dr. Jenee Odani represented the HVMA. Read her experience below.
This was my first time attending the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago (held this year: Jan 10-13, 2019). There were three learning tracks: Rising Leaders, Experienced Leaders, and Presiding Leaders. I could identify with some issues in each track and I was grateful that we could register for sessions in any of the tracks. The sessions I attended included leadership and personal development, veterinary debt initiatives, virtual care, and mentoring. My favorite session was conducted by GetMotiVETed, which taught me tricks on how to be more productive with my time and reinforced my belief that we are in the GREATEST profession of all! I enjoyed conversations with seasoned veterinary leaders as well as students and recent graduates. With new perspective and knowledge, I am more excited about the future of our profession and the rewarding ways that we can contribute to its growth. It was a great experience and I strongly urge anyone interested in learning more about organized veterinary medicine to consider attending next year!
Do you have an interest in food animal practice? Here’s an opportunity to support local farmers, protect our island community’s food supply, and help shape the future of Hawaii agriculture.
The USDA will fund two positions in Hawaii as part of their Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program. Participants can receive up to $25,000 per year toward repayment of student loans in exchange for working in underserved regions of Kauai and Oahu.
The application process is expected to open in mid-April. We will post the information here when it becomes available. In the meantime, you can call with any questions:
JASON D. MONIZ, D.V.M.
Program Manager, Animal Disease Control Branch
Division of Animal Industry
Hawaii Department of Agriculture (808) 483-7106