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A Message from the President
Erica Wolbramsky, DVM
President,
Pennsylvania Veterinary
Medical Association
Nothing. That is what I knew about PVMA, or
any professional association for that matter,
when I graduated from vet school. I had been
to BSAVA conferences in England (2009 RVC
grad), and I knew people got PLIT from AVMA,
but nothing else. Not one of my professors or
mentors had mentioned VMA membership.
Why would I bother becoming involved in the
state organization?
In 2016, I was working for a corporate
veterinary practice when they began a trial
giving all PA vets a practice-paid PVMA
Membership. I would not have joined without
this opportunity. I saw an ad for the Power
of 10 (P10) Leadership Development in the
Keystone Veterinarian magazine and applied
to strengthen my leadership skills and resume.
Power of 10 was a great experience, and I
highly recommend it to everyone. Through P10,
I was able to go to PVMA conferences and get
to know the organization a bit better. However,
P10 did not promote my understanding of
PVMA (the new program is improved).
After Power of 10, I asked the Executive
Director and Board Members to help me
join committees. I was told that they would
absolutely get me involved... and then heard
nothing. For the record, I am not the only
PVMA Member with this experience. Our
current VP, Joanelle Hernandez-Lopez, and
Kathy Koar, program director for Veterinary
Nursing at Harcum, have similar stories. If these
amazingly earnest and passionate women
struggled to get involved, it was too hard.
In 2018, I decided to run for a PVMA board
position. Despite anyone's feelings about
me running without much knowledge of the
position or the organization, I was desperate
to get involved. I lost the election to my dear
friend Delinda Zehner, who was very deserving
of the title. The next year, I ran unopposed and
won. Just getting my foot in the door felt like
victory.
Since then, my time with PVMA has been a
whirlwind. We switched executive directors
twice, and now we are very lucky to have
the amazingly thoughtful and driven Jennifer
Keeler. Then the country went into a global
pandemic, which led to the profession facing
a shortage of veterinary staff in the midst
of unprecedented (I hate that word) pet
ownership. However, through the absolute
insanity that was 2020, veterinary professionals
came to PVMA for information: Are vets
considered essential workers? How will CE
renewal work? What are the health and safety
recommendations? Can our pets get COVID?
Behind the scenes, the Executive Director
and Board of Trustees sprang into action.
We sent communications out to every state
official and the veterinary state board. Dr. MJ
McNamee and her LRAC committee (PVMA's
Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee)
tirelessly queried state officials and politicians
for answers. Our absolutely incredible and
dedicated staff spent countless hours on the
phone with veterinary professionals, answering
questions and putting everything into place for
our first virtual conference. When faced with
the worst, we showed our best.
So why should YOU join PVMA? Why should
you get involved? For the Scholarship Program
(P10) and leadership opportunities. For our
CE in your backyard or in your home. To hear
all the essential news and updates of the
profession. Most important, for the amazing
feeling of accomplishment knowing you are
leading change in the field.
PVMA needs to continue to be THE resource
for all veterinary professionals in PA. We need
our members to support us so we can support
them. We are dedicated to making it easier
to get involved and trying new ways to reach
members and the entire veterinary community.
We need to hear your voices. We need to know
what you need from us and how you need it
presented. Help us continue to be the voice of
the veterinary community in PA. Together we
are strong. Together we are PVMA.
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