I am excited to serve as your President this year. I would like to thank the Board for their confidence. I have been a member of the WSVMA since I graduated from WSU in 1987 and look forward to a busy schedule. Having been on the Board since 2012 I have been involved in the transformation to a smaller, more nimble group. We rely on you to let us know what concerns you have for our profession, so please contact us if any occur. We meet more frequently so that we can address issues sooner. Our goal is to be ahead of issues so we can make adjustments early and be a part of the solution.
Wellbeing is on everyone’s mind these days. What it means exactly has been debated. We are all aware of the stress our jobs bring to our lives. As great as our profession is, the pressures we put on ourselves can be overwhelming. There are people who can help if we reach out.
One of the things I hear is the difficulty of finding technicians to work in our practices. For years it appeared that not enough were being graduated. It now is becoming more obvious that it is the rate of loss has overtaken supply. We can argue the reasons. Lack of money and benefits is surely part of it and the economics of our profession will be debated. Earlier studies have shown that managers and employees disagree on what makes employees happy. Money isn’t everything. The need to be appreciated, respected and support for personal growth is more important.
The message to me is that we need to take care of the wellbeing of our hospital teams. We all say how important they are to what we do every day. If we don’t take care of their needs, we will continue to lose our most valuable asset. That will definitely affect our wellbeing.
The other thing I hear is the difficulty in finding associate veterinarians. The good news is that they are out there. One of my greatest joys of being on the Board is that it has let me meet our future vets. I speak with students regularly and the new generation looks bright. The good news for you is they are having an event in Pullman on December 2, 2017 called Partners in Practice. This is a fun event put on by the Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) that gives you the opportunity to meet your future associate. Even if you don’t need to hire a veterinarian today, chances are you will later. Look for details in our newsletter.
By Dr. Paul DeMaris, WSVMA President
Posted November 10, 2017