The Idaho Veterinary Medical Association is dedicated to improving the quality of veterinary practice in the State of Idaho by providing an array of services and other benefits to its members. This website, our bimonthly newsletter, continuing education opportunities, working with the Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine, and other political activities are just a few of the things the Association has to offer.
- The office assists whenever possible in employment needs, acting as a clearinghouse both in helping veterinarians locate and assisting established clinics find suitable employees.
- We provide each member with opportunities to work toward the goals of the Association and to become involved in local and national challenges and the strategies to meet those challenges.
- The IVMA presents awards and other recognition for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the veterinary profession in Idaho.
- The Long Range Plan of the Association is updated annually. All members are welcome to be involved in shaping the future of veterinary medicine in Idaho.
- IVMA members may insert classified ads in the newsletter for a nominal charge.
The Association provides each member with opportunities to work toward the goals of the Association and to become involved in local and national challenges and the strategies to meet those challenges. The IVMA presents awards and other recognitions for outstanding leadership and service to the veterinary profession in Idaho. The long range plan of the Association is updated annually. All members are welcome to be involved in shaping the future of veterinary medicine in Idaho.
The IVMA keeps you informed through:
- A calendar showing the dates of meetings and other pertinent information.
- A detailed membership directory
- Our website CE & Events and news listings and member intranet
- The Association publishes six newsletters each year to help keep you aware of changes in the veterinary profession throughout Idaho.
- Each spring the Association officers use the “Spring Swing” to travel to the local associations in the state and give an update on what is happening in the Association. There is also discussion time and input by the membership.
The IVMA provides assistance to members through:
- An Executive Director to help with your needs and to coordinate the activities of the association.
- Through the Professional Relations Committee the IVMA offers impartial assistance by Idaho veterinarians in settling misunderstandings with clients and/or other veterinarians.
- The office assists whenever possible in employment needs, acting as a clearinghouse both in helping veterinarians locate and assisting established clinics find suitable employees. IVMA members may insert classified ads in the newsletter, for a nominal charge, and on the website.
The State of Idaho currently requires a total of 30 continuing education credits every 3 years to maintain an active veterinary license. The IVMA and its regional associations offer continuing education events throughout the year to assist veterinarians in meeting their continuing education needs. Members receive significant reductions in meeting registration fees, not only in Idaho, but in the surrounding states.
The IVMA holds two statewide meetings each year with nationally recognized speakers. In odd numbered years the Jackson Hole Veterinary Rendezvous, a tri-state meeting of the Idaho, Wyoming and Utah veterinary medical associations, is held at Jackson, Wyoming. In addition, there are times for fellowship and recreational activities. The regional associations hold local continuing education opportunities more frequently throughout the year. Check out the CE & Events for upcoming educational and fellowship opportunities.
The IVMA is actively involved in protecting the integrity of the veterinary profession, advancing the role of adequate veterinary care, and promoting improved animal welfare throughout the state.
- The IVMA has a legislative chairman during the legislative session to present the Association’s views to legislators and other politically influential groups.
- The Legislative Committee works closely with producer, legislative and regulatory bodies to review changing regulations. New regulations were developed to help both the veterinarian and the producer.
- IVMA volunteers attend all meetings of the Washington-Oregon-Idaho Steering Committee for the tri-state veterinary educational alliance.
- The Association visits producer groups to enlist their support for common goals in animal health and well being.
- The IVMA continues to cooperate with the University of Idaho, banking institutions, producer groups, and others in the IRM.
- Several members of the Association serve as members of the Veterinary Advisory Board at the University of Idaho.
- The IVMA is working with other animal groups to promote animal welfare in Idaho.