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Educator update January 11, 2008

Happy New Year 2008!
NCASAM E-Publishes the NCASAM Educator Online
The premier edition of the NCASAM Educator online, the paperless version of the print magazine of NCASAM, was uploaded on January 11, 2008. The NCASAM Educator will provide the veterinary profession with the information that is necessary to make the decision to become a member of NCASAM.

New Features of NCASAM website for MEMBERS ONLY
Members of NCASAM have many new features on their website for 2008. A member, using their password is able to access the MEMBERS ONLY section. This section provides access to the archive of Speaker Notes from December 2005. Members of the veterinary community at large post Job Opportunities, employment requests and openings that can only be read by NCASAM members. An extensive archive of Practice Tips, submitted by nationally recognized veterinarians are made available exclusively to NCASAM members.

For the first time from North Carolina, a members only forum called DISCUSSION ONLINE, is featured. Here a practitioner can confidentially poll fellow members for ideas, novel approaches and therapies for challenging cases, disease outbreaks, management problems and discuss Academy business using this password protected site.

New Features of NCASAM website: Enews Subscription
For the first time from North Carolina a veterinary website provides the opportunity for the world wide veterinary community to subscribe to enews@ncasam.com. The NCASAM electronic newsletter (enews) is a subscription only feature that is open to anyone on the world-wide web that requests the service. One simply clicks on the subscribe button and enters their name and email address to subscribe. The timely enews will alert the recipient to Vet Tips and New Products, meeting reminders and announcements while at work.

Vanguard CE provided by NCASAM
Eight one day meetings in the centrally located Dennis Wicker Civic Center in Sanford, a weekend meeting in Wilmington called the Coastal Carolina Veterinary Conference, June 14 and 15 and the NCASAM Great Smokies Veterinary Conference in Asheville at the Asheville Renaissance hotel are the meetings offered for 2008. All CE hours are pre-approved according to the protocols outlined by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. Refer to www.ncvmb.org and look under Continuing Education Credit for more details.

NCASAM Website is SPONSOR friendly
Sponsors of NCASAM are highlighted on several pages of the websites. Sponsorships are a critical component of the NCASAM community and their success permits management, under the direction of the Executive Board, to continually improve member services. Veterinarians in the market for any of the products and services offered by NCASAM Sponsors are asked to give them first consideration for business. The NCASAM website allows you to click on the logos of the SPONSORS page to go directly to the company's website, making this convenient for the veterinarian.

Membership Drive is in Full Swing.
NCASAM is the only cutting edge, online Academy of Small Animal Medicine in North Carolina.
Our Academy is for veterinarians, by veterinarians and you get much MORE than you pay for in this cooperative effort.
Here is our list of TOP TEN REASONS to become a member of NCASAM:
1. PRICE: Veterinarians working for the sole benefit of veterinarians so that your CE dollars go farther, ie %50 discount on Conferences.
2. Veterinarians managing excellently with financial accountability
3. Veterinarians addressing your questions and concerns individually via email and our NEW Members Only Online Discussion
4. Practical webhelp via telephone, fax, email or Online Discussion section
5. Cutting edge topics that positively impact your practice bottom line; we help your cash flow!!
6. Veterinarian-selected speakers that address you practice needs
7. Online archived speaker notes (this means more desk space for you!)
8. All information for one day meetings, weekend meetings and conferences online,
9. Veterinary industry support for the website and at meetings to answer your questions and to place orders.
10. CHOICE; Each year offering unique speakers and novel presentations for North Carolina veterinary professionals.

Antech Diagnostics to Sponsor our First Meeting of 2008

Dr. Joseph J. Leeth, Vice President of Business Development for Antech Diagnostics will be our featured speaker at the member luncheon on February 6, 2008, at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center. His presentation is entitled, "In-Clinic Diagnostics: Medical and Economic Decisions for Your Practice". This meeting would be the ideal time for NCASAM members to sign up for "ZOASIS" the online reporting system provided to Antech Diagnostic customers. Your lab reports are sent by email and incorporated into your hospital software. See www.zoasis.com.

Date Posted 1/17/08
Disaster Preparedness for NC Veterinarians
Follow the AVMA recommendation to not wait until it is too late. Designate a hospital staff person to contact your clients to schedule an appointment to talk with you about disaster planning and to assemble an animal evacuation kit for all their animals. Research the AVMA brochure "Saving the Whole Family" which includes, preparedness before the disaster, evacuation essentials and after the disaster sections. In addition, follow the AVMA guideline to have a written disaster plan for your practice. Go to www.avma.org/disaster and click on "Disaster Preparedness for Veterinary Practices" today.

Date Posted 1/22/08
Its A Boy!!
NCASAM Business Administrator, Mrs. Melissa Autry gave birth to a boy, Torren L. Autry, on Friday, January 18, 2008, in Wilmington, N.C. He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 inches long. Congratulations to the Autry family!

Date Posted 2/29/08
No financial information online
Several members have inquired as to why we do not accept payment for membership dues online. NCASAM cannot assure completely secure encryption of your financial information online and chooses instead to have you mail or FAX the membership application in to the office for your complete security. It is NCASAM policy to never share your name or email address with third parties.

Date Posted 2/19/08
Dr. Paul Porterfield Chairperson of the Veterinary Medical Technology Program at the Central Carolina Community College announce the JOB FAIR on Wednesday, March 12 at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center from 9:30-noon. Contact Gina Del Vecchio at 1-800-682-8353 X 7396 or by email at grdelv63@cccc,edu
to reserve a space on a first-come first-served basis.



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