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A Message From the President

July/August 2016

Summer is HERE!  Summer brings us a busier time.  We see not only our patients for their preventive care, but we’re also treating injuries, illnesses, parasites and allergies that increase in frequency with the added time outdoors. That, combined with soaring temperatures, can put all of us on edge. Even the most caring, compassionate doctor can become overwhelmed and overworked, and compassion fatigue can take over.  Yes, I touched on this issue in the last newsletter, but the more we talk through it, the more we can recognize this important issue and support each other through difficult times.

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As we reflect on 2015 and look forward to a new year, the KCVMA would like to express our appreciation for each of our members. Our goals as an organization are simple - to support and celebrate Kansas City-area veterinarians through continuing education and networking opportunities, and advocate on behalf of our members and our profession. Your membership in the KCVMA allows us to strive for the best quality speakers, venues and resources possible. Without you, the KCVMA wouldn’t be what it is today.

Membership payments are due at the beginning of each calendar year. Please visit and follow the instructions provided to renew your membership for 2016. Remember – only dues-paid members may attend continuing education opportunities and social events. If you have questions about the renewal process please contact our website administrator (Darin Nadler,

Note to Life Members: Even though your membership is complimentary, we ask that you complete the renewal process. This critical step keeps you in our system as an active member. If you choose not to renew, we’ll assume you no longer wish be an active member and we’ll remove you from our contact lists. If you would prefer to renew via email please feel free to contact Darin Nadler ( or Wanda Geis (

KCVMA 2016 Membership Renewal Reminder

Compassion Challenge – Let’s Talk About the Elephant in the Room

BY: Dr. Tad Coles

We have a responsibility to bring compassion with us when we go into the exam room. To be able to bring compassion to work with us, we have to fill the tank with healthy activities, exercises and habits. I think we all have good intentions in this area, but I know from experience how easy it is to either be too busy to make the effort or to immerse myself into a plethora of self-help books or websites, and at the end of the day do nothing. For me, the path to change can get road-blocked by a belief that I don’t have time to change or that my situation is too immense and complicated for any self-help program to address.

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Welcome to the official website for the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association! Our members include veterinarians and veterinary technicians in the greater KC area. We provide continuing education opportunities to help advance the knowledge and skill of our members, and promote the dissemination of information on subjects pertaining to veterinary medical activities, including social events that promote a fraternal spirit within our profession. The Board of the KCVMA develops and advocates specific legislative positions to inform members about important issues that affect our field. We respect and promote compliance of laws relative to the practice of veterinary medicine in both Missouri and Kansas. We hope you find our website useful and informative. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

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