An Opening Statement from the AAWV President, Mark Drew

Hello to all AAWV Members! I am honored to step into the role of President of AAWV, trying to follow in the able footsteps of Peregrine Wolff and Colin Gillin. I will be joined in the executive council by Vice President Tom Deliberto, Treasurer Jenn Ballard, and Secretary Lisa Shender. Peregrine Wolff will be retained as Immediate Past President and will head the Advisory Council. Members of that council will be determined in the near future. Other people that will be in the forefront include Clair Butkus, AAWV Student Representative to the Advisory Council and Ann Justice-Allen, Newsletter editor. As the organization progresses forward, my goals are to make the AAWV valuable for members in both contacts and content. You will have noticed the new and shiny website that was put together by Andrew Di Salvo; look for some changes to the newsletter with added content to the website. Please also check the website for news about student travel awards to US Animal Health Association and WDA conferences, as well as nominations for the Tom Thorne and Beth Williams Memorial Award, as well as the Al Franzmann Memorial Speaker. Our affiliation with other veterinary organizations remains one of our biggest challenges, largely from trying to make the voice of wildlife veterinarians heard. We have allied organization status with the US Animal Health Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. We have a long-standing working agreement with the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians with whom we share several representatives to various AVMA Committees and the House of Delegates Advisory Board. If you are interested in any of these endeavors, please contact me or one of the officers. We greatly need the involvement of members in these activities. I would also ask that those of you who use social media to please contact Claire so that we can harness the power of these information avenues to our members. You should have also been reminded to renew your membership – if you have not done it yet, please take the time to do it now. I will try to communicate with you monthly if at all possible. If you have concerns about the organization or things that may impact wildlife veterinary medicine, please contact me. Cheers.