newsletter highlighting veterinary issues for
August 6, 2004 Volume II, Number 4
In This Issue
· Dr. Mahr Announces for National Office
· Universal Scanners
· Coalition For Reuniting Pets & Families
· 2004 Graduate Membership
Category of Links
Dr. Roger Mahr
Announces Candidacy for AVMA President Elect
A Message from ISVMA President, Dr. Wesley G. Bieritz:
There are select times when the accomplishments of a colleague directly reflect upon the rest of us in the veterinary profession. It was with pride and respect that participants at the recent American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) convention witnessed Dr. Roger Mahr’s official nomination as a candidate for the office of President-elect of the AVMA.
This is an exciting opportunity for us to talk with
our clients, friends and colleagues about the outstanding leadership
qualities that Roger will bring to the AVMA and how his leadership will
directly impact our profession in the State of
Dr. Mahr will spend the next year traveling the
country to spread his message of commitment and unity of focus for the
veterinary profession. In July 2005, Dr. Mahr seeks to be officially elected
at the AVMA convention in
Being elected to leadership in a national
organization comes with many responsibilities and opportunities. It also
comes at a high price to the candidate. In addition to the substantial time
commitment, there are numerous travel and incidental expenses that are not
reimbursed. We all know that Roger would quietly assume this responsibility
on his own, but wouldn’t it be a fantastic tribute to our own
As president of the Illinois State Veterinary
Medical Association, I would like to personally ask you to consider
contributing to the Campaign Fund for Roger Mahr*. A contribution of $25, $50
or $100 to help pay for his un-reimbursed expenses will help Roger focus on
putting the national spotlight back on the State of
all contributions payable to the
Washington, D.C. (August 5, 2004) — Caring families who microchip their pets to provide them with a permanent ID may have a false sense of security, according to a recently formed coalition of the nation’s leading animal care and control agencies, humane societies and veterinary organizations.
today, not all pet identification microchips can be read by all scanners.
Competing technologies have become a barrier to the best efforts of animal
The recently formed Coalition for Reuniting Pets and Families is asking that chip and scanner manufacturers and marketers permit the use of a scanner that can read all microchips, and that such a scanner be made readily available to shelters, animal control officers and veterinarians throughout the country.
“Existing microchipping technologies have the potential to quickly
and safely reunite lost dogs and cats with their families. But those who have
primary contact with lost pets — veterinarians, animal control officers, and
Eight to 10 million pets
stray from their home each year in the
Currently, more than two million of the country’s dogs and cats have an implanted microchip that is intended to increase their chances of being identified if they are lost. Competing companies today supply chips with different frequencies that are not detected by all scanners.
organization, The HSUS, after hearing from shelter
unanimously supported sending a letter to all of the current distributors and
manufacturers of microchips sold in the
The Coalition’s letter to all pet microchipping manufacturers and distributors asked them to support a more robust nationwide animal recovery system. The proposed system includes mass distribution of scanners that read all chips, establishment of an easily updated national database of microchipped pets and ongoing pet owner education about the need for registering microchipped pets and continuing to use external identifications (e.g., collar and tags, tattoos, etc.) to complement the chips.
“We’re thrilled that the veterinary, sheltering, and animal control communities have come together with such consensus to tackle this issue and seize this opportunity,” said Dr. Daniel Aja, president-elect of the American Animal Hospital Association. “This would be a great win for all: Pet owners would enjoy greater peace of mind; shelters, animal control officers and veterinarians would have a more efficient system to help pets find their way home; and pet microchip companies would realize increased sales with the increase in consumer confidence about the benefits the industry can provide.”
For more information, visit http://www.readallchips.com.
For more information,
What is the Coalition for Reuniting Pets and Families?
Each year, animal shelters take in millions of stray cats and dogs, most of whom never find their way home. Pet microchipping has the potential to save the lives of millions of these lost dogs and cats, but the wide variety of chip technologies on the marketplace has instead created confusion and missed opportunities.
For example, an owner
who has conscientiously decided to chip her animal still has no guarantee
that her pet, if lost, will ever return home. That’s because, in the current
A group of leading
What is the Coalition
doing to create this improved national companion animal recovery system?
In addition, the Coalition is calling for the establishment of an easily updated national database of microchipped pets and an ongoing pet owner education effort about the need for registering chipped pets and continuing to use external IDs (collar and tags) to complement the chips.
What are the Coalition’s
Who are the members of
Currently, only 30 graduates of the veterinary class of 2004 have availed themselves of their complimentary first-year membership in ISVMA. It is very simple to join – fill out the application form at www.isvma.org/application.htm or call the ISVMA office to have an application form faxed to your clinic.
Every viable organization has its function that
makes it unique and valuable. In
veterinary medicine we have associations that provide affordable,
high-quality continuing education. We
have others that provide member benefit programs that veterinary practices
need to conduct business efficiently.
Others provide timely information that keeps you abreast of important
developments in the profession. The
Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association provides you with all of these
things and something else that no other association offers.
The veterinary profession needs ISVMA and the ISVMA needs the participation of the state’s veterinarians. Antagonists as well as complementary, alternative and integrative therapy providers were building legislative capacity at a time when participation in the ISVMA was declining.
Things are turning around. ISVMA has added over 200 new members in 2004. The 2004 Annual Convention was more highly attended than any in recent history and the evaluations from the meeting were excellent. ISVMA is introducing new programs like a discounted credit card processing service, the E-SOURCE electronic newsletter, a completely redesigned Epitome and a dynamic new website. The new website includes a Members’ Only section with valuable information and downloads available only to members, the ability to register for meetings on-line and pay with your credit card, plus it affords a search function that will allow prospective clients to search for ISVMA member veterinarians by county, zip-code, area code, or even practice type. Considering the fact that as many as 1700 people visit the ISVMA website each day, your membership can easily be justified alone by the exposure to prospective clients!
ISVMA is encouraging
practice owners/managers to make membership in ISVMA a benefit of employment.
There is no wiser investment in the future of veterinary medicine in