Congrats Class of 2013
Lisa A. Perius
IVMA Executive Director
On Sunday, May 12th, the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association welcomed 64 new colleagues as they graduated from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Each year the IVMA president sends greetings to the new graduates on behalf of all their peers in veterinary medicine and this year was no exception for the Class of 2013. Hugs, cheers, sighs of relief and smiles filled the graduation ceremony as they read the Veterinarian’s Oath. As they left the Purdue campus, I had to wonder, what’s next for them?
Some have jobs, some are still looking, others are heading off to residency programs. It got me to thinking. What does the profession hold for them?
I took a look back at what some of them wrote in grant applications for scholarships earlier this semester. The question on the scholarship application for IVMA and Foundation scholarships read “Describe where veterinary medicine will be in 10 years and your role in the profession at that time”.
After reading through all of the applications again, here are three themes that permeated the applications.
- The value of the human/animal bond will be stronger than ever due in large part to continued advances in technology and healthcare delivery. But some questioned, ‘how do we get our clients to value our opinions over what they read on the Internet?’ That is a great question…….
- The One Health Initiative matters. How is the environment impacted? How do zoonotic diseases impact our health? Where is the collaboration and partnership between professionals?
- Feeding a growing population is critical. The applicants questioned how they deliver food safely, educate the public on food animal medicine, and deliver of this efficiently?
After reading through the applications again, I thought to myself, veterinary medicine is in good hands. Each generation faces challenges, and practice life won’t be easy – but these graduates are smart, prepared, and engaged in the issues of their generation.
Hat’s off to them – IVMA will be here with them along the way………..