After almost three decades of dormancy, the New Haven County, Conn., Veterinary Medical Assn. has reformed.
“The association had been very active in the 1960s and 1970s, but over time with leadership changes and a dip in membership, people stopped showing up at the meetings,” said Ken Aldrich, hospital director at the New Haven Central Veterinary Hospital, who spearheaded the revival. “It eventually became inactive.”
After noticing a disconnect among veterinarians in New Haven, Aldrich checked with key hospitals and found interest in restarting the group. The initial meeting, held in March 2008, brought in about 85 people.
“We have been amazed at the outpouring of support,” Aldrich said. “We have really tried to cater the lectures and locations to the needs of the veterinarians. It is great to see that desire for continuing education and for connecting personally with peers.”
Aldrich said he’s especially exciting to see how the association has brought different generations together to discuss veterinary medicine.
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