A Ginormous Bang for Your Buck
“Am I getting my money’s worth?” We ask ourselves this when evaluating discretionary spending, such as membership dues in professional organizations. Am I getting a return for my $150 annual investment in AABP? Of course, the answer is a resounding YES! Not only are you getting a return, but a “ginormous” return, which is probably about one billable hour for your practice.
Show Me the Money
AABP is the largest cattle veterinary organization in North America, with over 5,200 veterinarian and student members. I would value the networking and lifetime friendships with bovine veterinary colleagues as the number one reason for AABP membership – but there’s much more. What follows are some of the AABP membership benefits:
Recent Veterinary Graduate Conference
The 2019 2nd Annual AABP Recent Veterinary Graduate Conference, held last month in Columbus, Ohio, was a huge success and surpassed the attendance of last year’s inaugural conference. My hat is off to the program committee and our leadership with the vision to recognize the need for this venue. Positive comments from participants included, “This environment made me feel freer to interact and engage without being intimidated by more experienced veterinarians.”
The energy and enthusiasm of these recent graduates was evidenced by the networking and professional relationships developed and expanded. Dinner conversations often revolved around the difficult and unusual obstetric cases such as uterine torsions, c-sections, fetotomies and prolapses – stories oddly similar to conversations from 30-40 years ago, but with the added advantage of a prolific array of cell phone images.
Veterinarians attending this conference are the future of bovine veterinary medicine and AABP.