Dear Member,

We hope everyone enjoys the last holiday weekend of the summer. Thank you to our emergency medicine practitioners for covering the long weekend.

We have exciting news for HCVMA members. In 2019, we are moving venues! Your HCVMA board has been researching alternative venues for next year due to ever rising meeting costs, declining quality of food, and ongoing parking problems. Starting in January 2019, all HCVMA meetings will be held at Maggiano’s Little Italy located at 2019 Post Oak Blvd which is less than a mile from our current location. Instead of a social hour with appetizers at our Thursday meetings, members will enjoy a full buffet meal. We expect this to be a wonderful upgrade for our 2019 meetings. Thank you to our venue search committee for finding a new location and negotiating our contract.

Our next meeting is Thursday, September 13 featuring Veterinary Ophthalmologist Dr. Lucien Vallone from Texas A & M. Come early for the social hour 6:30-7:30 and visit with our vendors. Representatives from Aventix and Aratana will be joining us. Take a moment to thank them for their support of HCVMA and learn about their products and services. Dr. Vallone’s presentation will cover ophthalmic exams and smartphone ophthalmology from 7:30-9:30.

It is time to register for the October 14 Seminar featuring Dr. Justine Lee aka VETgirl. Dr. Lee recently hosted the sold out VETgirl U Conference and the reviews have been extremely positive. We were very fortunate to have Merck sponsor and secure HCVMA a meeting with Dr. Lee. Another treat will be our lunchtime speaker, Dr. Heidi Hottinger, sponsored by Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists. As always, the seminar is free to HCVMA members. Encourage your colleagues and technicians to register as well. Non-member veterinarians ($100) and technicians ($65). Register at hcvma.org.

Just to reiterate, September 13 and October 14 meetings will be held at the Marriott West Loop. The venue will change in 2019 to Maggiano’s. We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

Respectfully Submitted,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Angela Coleman, DVM                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
2018 HCVMA President