Dear Member,                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Let the holiday season commence! It has been a fantastic year at our new venue, and we will continue to meet next year at Maggiano’s Little Italy. The next HCVMA meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 9, 2020, with Dr. Debra Zoran, DVM, PhD, DACVIM. Please make sure to pay your dues ($160) online at http://www.hcvma.org/renew, or you may bring a check to the meeting

We would like to thank Dr. Sara Kaplan-Stein for serving as a past HCVMA treasurer and for remaining on the board of directors to provide guidance. In addition, we are sad to lose Dr. Julie Hempstead, DVM, DACVO, but we wish her well as she has already moved to her new practice in Florida. Ballots will be sent out later this month, so don’t forget to exercise your right to vote!

It has been an honor to serve as your HCVMA President this past year. One of the most important things I have learned is that this role would have been impossible without the support of my fellow board members. To Drs. Grana, Brode, Jordan, Deschamps, Kaplan-Stein, Haglund, Payne, Hempstead, Rozycki, Kurdziel, Cabellero, and Wu, thank you for all of your hard work in making things run smoothly. As veterinarians, we each have a responsibility and a relationship with our patients, our clients, our co-workers, our colleagues, our family, and our friends. Being a leader has taught me that we cannot exist independently. We need each other to make this world function. I am proud to be a part of the HCVMA, and I look forward to doing whatever I can to further the role of veterinarians within our community.

Respectfully submitted,                                                                                                                                                                                           Jaclyn Ong, DVM                                                                                                                                                                                     HCVMA President 2019