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A Message From the Board

September/October 2015

We hope you’re enjoying the beautiful weather we’ve experienced. School is in full swing and fall is just around the corner. You may be wondering why we don’t have a President’s Letter in this issue of News&Notes. Don’t worry – Christy will be back in the next issue with her unique perspective on our field. But, just as we were wrapping up this issue, we learned the Kansas State University CVM Alumni Association presented Dr. Vern Otte the 2015 Alumni Recognition Award at this year’s CVC. Dr. Otte has served the Kansas City area as a veterinarian for nearly 40 years, and he has been a member of the KCVMA for almost as long. So, with apologies to Christy for stealing her space in the newsletter, please take a minute and read below for a brief look back at Dr. Otte’s many contributions to Kansas City and the nation.

Please be sure to take a look at our CE and Events page inside. We have information for this month’s CE featuring Dr. Nora Grant. She will present a dermatology lecture on Thursday, September 17th at Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro in Overland Park. Register now at

Later this month we have a unique opportunity to visit the Kansas City Zoo as a group. Admission is free for each member and a guest, and extra tickets are available for purchase. Lunch is provided, as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo’s veterinary clinic. We hope to see you there!

And finally, we need our members’ input! Please take a few minutes and check out the survey inside. We really want to hear from each of our members, so you can complete the survey online at, bring it to the next CE or mail it to us.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the fall!

Your 2015 KCVMA Board of Directors

Preparing for the Worst means Planning your Response

By: Jen Nigro

Fire.  Flood.  Tornado.  Earthquake.  Terrorist attacks.  Riots.  Is your practice prepared to handle the worst case scenario?  According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 25% of businesses involved in a major disaster never reopen.  Recent fires at two Lawrence, KS, animal care facilities as well as wildfires on the east coast, riots in the Midwest and flooding in Texas have all highlighted the need for business owners, including veterinary practice owners, to put a strong plan in place to ensure recovery from the unexpected.

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