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futuremeetingsWEPA MEMBERS AND FRIENDS:

Do to a Continuing Education scheduling conflict the Board of Directors of both WEPA Inc and WEPA Foundation have decided to cancel our scheduled meeting on September 29.

Earlier this spring we were notified the UW- School of Veterinary Medicine had booked two days of equine CE on September 29th and 30th. With another full day of equine CE planned during the WVMA convention on Friday October 13 just two weeks later, the Boards felt it would be difficult to bring in enough attendees to cover the expense of a speaker and facility charges for a third CE opportunity. For the past two years we have had a significant decline in attendance at our fall seminars, which may be due to a saturation of CE opportunities.

The Directors encourage veterinarians to attend the CE offered by:

  • the UW – School of Veterinary Medicine on September 29th & 30th  – more info
  • the equine CE offered during the WVMA convention on October 13th  – more info

Because we still have business to conduct this fall, we would like to hold a cocktail reception/business meeting on Friday, October 13 during the WVMA convention after the day’s seminars. More information on this event will be mailed out and posted on our website.

This past spring both WEPA Inc and Foundation board of directors were invited to participate in an informal discussion with representatives from the WVMA to explore the possibility of collaborating on CE presentations. All who attended agreed the veterinary profession is changing, free time to attend CE is at a premium, and we share a mutual goal of providing equine veterinary students with outside educational opportunities. The opportunity to combine and share resources to provide quality CE to our membership in the fall was of particular interest. Bear in mind no decisions were made during these exploratory conversations. All who attended felt it very important to present the pros and cons of collaboration to WEPA membership before moving forward.

We are still planning on holding a Spring CE opportunity. To continue our Scholarship Fund, we plan to invite vendors to the meeting in February 2017. We will look for a facility that will accommodate our 10-15 vendors and possibly a wet lab. Information will be sent to you as soon as decisions have been made to secure a speaker and a meeting site.

Please plan on attending the casual meeting we are planning for October. We need your thoughts and input for the next steps and the future of our organization.

Best Regards,

WEPA Inc Board of Directors

Andrea Gade, Laura Ortin, Laura Wagner

WEPA Foundation Board of Directors

Tani Ketter, Christine Fortin, Michelle Weidenkopf