2014 AVDA Annual Conference Scottsdale, Arizona
Mark your calendars for April 27-29, 2014! The 2014 AVDA Annual Conference will be held at the end of April at the beautiful Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a AAA - Five Diamond property located in the Valley of the Sun, just minutes away from shopping and just a short drive from Sedona and the Grand Canyon.
AVDA has once again secured economist Alan Beaulieu to present to the group on Monday morning, April 28th. In addition to Alan, speakers include Dennis Snow, Herb Meyer, and Matt Birk. Special thanks to our Platinum Sponsors for sponsoring our speakers. They are Merial, Novartis Animal Heath, Bayer Animal Health, and Nestle Purina PetCare. Click here to view the full schedule and promotional brochure.
The AVDA discounted group rate is $279 per night. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is located approximately 30 miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Average temperature in April is high of 77 degrees, low of 50. Click here to book your hotel room online.
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Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates Unifies Businesses Large and Small
AVDA has recently joined the Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates, a new group that will argue for comprehensive tax reform at the federal level. AVDA joins more than 100 other organizations, including the National Federation of Independent Business, the S Corporation Association and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, in this endeavor. Click here for more.
AVDA Welcomes New Associate Board Member
The AVDA Board recently announced changes to the association bylaws. One of the changes was to increase the number of Associate members serving on the board from 2 to 3. Associate Member Directors are now appointed by the Active members of the Board. Their terms will be three years and the terms of the initial Associate directors members may be staggered so that one new member would be appointed each year. These members can be reappointed to additional terms. The newest Associate Member Director to be appointed to a three year term is Renee Hall of Merial. She joins Chuck Barrier of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica and Robin Mease of Merck Animal Health. Click here to read more.
AVDA Files Comments with Federal Trade Commission RE: HR 1406
AVDA supports veterinarians honoring client requests for written prescriptions, but is opposed to mandatory prescription writing, as indicated in AVDAs comments submitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on September 13. The FTC is the federal regulatory agency that would have jurisdiction over implementing HR 1406, should it become federal law. HR 1406 would mandate that a prescription be written every time a veterinarian determines that a household pet needs a prescription drug.
AVDAs comments focus on four important issues:
To read the full text of the comments, click here.
For an Executive Summary of the comments, click here.
Updates on Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act from AVMA
H.R. 1528, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, has 70 bipartisan co-sponsors (including AVDA), with more to be added after the recess week. The language of the bill was offered and withdrawn as an amendment to the House Farm Bill with a commitment from Rep. Goodlatte to work on addressing this issue. MORE