Victoria J. Winfield, DVM
Hello again! This past year has gone by so quickly, I can hardly believe I am writing my final newsletter article to you. The biggest change veterinarians in Nebraska faced in 2018 was the reporting of opioid dispensing. In the beginning, there were only a handful of clinics and veterinarians registered and reporting, but it didn’t take long for all of us to rise to the challenge and represent our profession as the kind, compassionate, caring group of individuals we are.
This past year I had the opportunity to help welcome more very talented individuals to our profession at the graduation ceremonies for Curtis and Iowa State, as well as being invited to be a part of the white coat ceremony last fall.
The NVMA Board has been a wonderful group to work with this last year, with excellent attendance and great conversation at our four meetings. Thank you to all of the veterinarians and technicians who took time from their busy lives to volunteer and serve on the Board!
During the year, we worked on writing job descriptions for the Committee Chairs and other NVMA positions, considered a VMA sponsored health insurance program to help veterinarians and their staff members afford the rising costs of health care, voted to expand the scope of the Practice Act Task Force to include a review of the regulations governing veterinary medicine and surgery, continued the Power of 10 academy for veterinarians and technicians, and are considering the best evaluation system for our amazing Executive Director.
In closing, I would like to congratulate Dr Steve Krull on being voted by his peers to represent our great profession for the next four years, and welcome Dr. Larry Henning from Gretna as the 2019 President for the NVMA.
Thank you all for the opportunity you have afforded me to serve our profession and our members. See you all at the summer meeting!