IThe International Veterinary Senior Care Society (IVSCS), a medical and behavior care organization for senior pets, is inviting American Veterinary Medical Association conference attendees to its meeting in St. Louis.
Society officials will be elected, and a mission statement, by-laws and brand logo will be created at the July 18 meeting in Landmark Ballroom 7 at America’s Convention Center in downtown St. Louis. The meeting begins at 7 a.m.
“There was no formal group specifically for senior care, although there are veterinarians whose services are often geared toward helping senior pets,” says Heidi Lobprise, DVM, senior technical manager, Virbac Animal Health and IVSCS coordinator. “Virbac plans to help get the society off the ground and extends an offer for other companies to provide sponsorship to IVSCS as well.”
Dr. Lobprise says the plan is for IVSCS to be a nonprofit organization. The group’s website will be functional soon after the meeting takes place.
“I hope to see at least 50 people at the meeting,” Lobprise says. “Free breakfast will be supplied to meeting attendees. The primary scope is to provide a forum where people with different interests and disciplines can come together. The society will act as a reservoir for senior health information and supply online care guides to veterinarians. We would also love to see a consistent multi-discipline tract form at the AVMA meeting.”
Lobprise says she expects the society to grow into to whatever the industry needs, saying the society will fill a niche that hasn’t yet been met. Veterinarians and technicians interested in learning more about IVSCS or would like to participate in the formation of the society are urged to attend.