ABOUT THE IVMA
The Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) was founded over 131 years ago! It is the professional association representing the state's veterinarians and is dedicated to advancing organized veterinary medicine in Indiana.
Mission: The IVMA promotes animal well-being, public health and advances in the profession and serves as a voice for veterinarians while advocating the highest standards and ethics.
Its governing body is the IVMA Board of Directors. Committees, both standing and ad hoc, are charged with accomplishing the objectives of the association at the direction of the Board. Committees are responsible for the ongoing work of the association. Ad hoc committees are utilized to accomplish specific projects within a limited time frame.
The association is a significant information resource, both for its members and for those outside the profession. It is a nexus point for all the issues, factors, and organizations that will have an impact on Indiana's veterinarians. The IVMA communicates items of importance to its members through its newsletter, brochures, faxes, and web page, which are overseen by the Executive Director and the Board. Our members are just a phone call away (800/270-0747) from answers to their specific questions because of the expertise of our Executive Director and the central IVMA office.
The IVMA interacts regularly with several outside groups. Our Delegate and Alternate Delegate represent the IVMA at the American Veterinary Medical Association national meetings throughout the year. The association also has continued dialogue with the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, the Indiana Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, and the State Board of Animal Health. The association also promotes a positive image of veterinarians through its public relations efforts statewide. Legislation is monitored during each legislative session which may have an effect on veterinary medicine in Indiana.
The IVMA is a dynamic and effective advocate for organized veterinary medicine. It represents and serves its members as no other organization can.
*In order to fulfill our Mission, the IVMA will:
*Work to advance the science and art of veterinary medicine, including the relationship of the profession to public health and safety
*Promote responsible animal ownership and veterinary care
*Advocate humane care and treatment of all animals
*Be the respected source of pertinent information about the veterinary profession for members and the public
*Assure the availability of quality and challenging continuing education opportunities that will enhance veterinarians' knowledge, skills, and personal well-being
*Monitor, develop, advocate, and communicate specific legislative and regulatory positions
*Foster, maintain and enhance public understanding of the nature of the veterinary profession
*Be fiscally responsible and financially secure
*Encourage member participation in community activities and public service that reflect positively on the profession
*Endorse the highest standards of integrity, ethics, honor and courtesy in the veterinary profession
*The IVMA adheres to the following principles:
*We promote transparency, excellence and integrity
*We collaborate to benefit the profession
*We provide highly relevant information and content
*We dedicate resources to continuously enhance the profession
*We facilitate collegiality and camaraderie