Dear Member,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

As the summer concludes, please take the time to organize your Continuing Education, and make sure that you have documentation of the required 17 hours per year ending with the last day of your birthday month. According to Rule 573.65 as set by the TBVME, online programs shall not exceed 10 hours, and practice management courses should be less than or equal to 5 hours. You can find more information at https://www.veterinary.texas.gov/ce.php. Attending all HCVMA meetings this year will exceed the requirement. You may email office@hcvma.org if you have lost or misplaced your CE certificate and we will send you an electronic copy.         

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019. Dr. Jay Tischendorf will be discussing a topic related to the One Health movement--zoonotic diseases that affect shelters and clinics, and prevention strategies associated with them. We are thankful to have Merck Animal Health as our sponsor for dinner at Maggiano’s.                                           

The last meeting of the year will be Sunday, October 6. We gladly welcome Dr. Karen Felsted and Dr. Audrey Cook for the all-day event!

 Between animal and human medicine there are no dividing lines—nor should there be.

–Rudolf Virchow

Finally, I would like to broach the topic of mental health awareness within the veterinary community. With student debt, financial crisis, long hours, implacable clients, personal medical issues, tumultuous relationships, and the list goes on and on, it is sadly not surprising that many of us struggle to just survive, day by day. If you are in distress and need support, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Another more local resource

for medical professionals is TVMA’s Peer Assistance Program :

(http://www.txprn.com/).   

If you are not affected, consider that perhaps someone you know--a coworker, a colleague, a classmate, a friend--may be battling these issues. Younger generations are more open to discussing mental health, and while this may be uncomfortable, it is important to foster communication, and communication must be safe. Listen. Don’t respond with a solution, just listen. Sometimes people just need to vent. They don’t need to be “fixed”; they just want someone to hear their story and be present. 

Respectfully submitted,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Jaclyn Ong, DVM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         HCVMA President 2019