Welcome to a new year of HCVMA continuing education events. 2017 was a roller coaster of a year for our community. Many suffered the effects of Hurricane Harvey, but it highlighted our resilience, generosity, and commitment to serving our community. On a happier note, Houston won the World Series giving all in our community something to cheer about. 2018 will likely bring both highs and lows, but the HCVMA will continue to bring high quality continuing education to our members.
Our first meeting of 2018 will be held on January 11 and will feature Dr. Sharon Kerwin. She will be discussing “Feline Locomotor Disorders: Orthopedic and Neurologic Causes.” Dr. Kerwin is board certified in both Surgery (orthopedics) and Neurology bringing a unique perspective to lameness and neurologic problems. The January meeting is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim and we thank them for their continued support of the HCVMA. Please take a moment to visit with their representative during our social hour.
We encourage members to bring a colleague to the January meeting as a guest. The normal non-member fee of $40 will be waived for this meeting for a member’s guest.
Dr. Emily Gaugh deserves a round of applause for serving as HCVMA President in 2017 and organizing an impressive line-up of speakers, sponsors, and social events. We will be inducting several new members to the executive board and board of directors. Dr. Patty Grana will be serving as Vice-President and Dr. Adrianne McInturff-Brode will be serving as Secretary. New to the board of directors will be Dr. Brittany Cerroni, Dr. Justin Payne, and Dr. Julie Hempstead. We will miss those members rotating off the board, they include Drs. Corbett Post, Monica Rogers, Betsy Bryant, and Dr. Julie Hempstead. We will miss those members rotating off the board, they include Drs. Corbett Post, Monica Rogers, Betsy Bryant, and Rachel Walsh. Sincere thanks to all of our board members for their service, time and commitment to the HCVMA.
We encourage all our members to pay their dues by the end of January. Payments can be made on-line, in person at our January meeting, or by mailing a check. Please keep your receipt when paying on-line, so we can rectify any discrepancies in our paid member list. Our ability to provide quality CE depends solely on our membership dues and our generous sponsors, so please renew your membership this month.
I look forward to serving as HCVMA President in 2018 and hope everyone benefits from our CE line up this year. I am a 1988 graduate of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. I spent 4 years in a mixed practice in rural PA before returning to small animal practice in the Houston area, minus 3 years of living in Paris, France. I love our profession and have been honored to serve on HCVMA’s executive board.
I hope to see you at our January meeting.
Angela Coleman, DVM
2018 HCVMA President