Why Join FVMA
The Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA) provides numerous tangible benefits to its members including quality continuing education, professional publications, information resources, and discounts on personal and professional services, programs and products. But some of the most valuable benefits derived by membership in the FVMA are the intangible ones. The Association provides a powerful voice for the veterinary medical profession, and work to affect policies, regulations and legislation in order to protect the veterinary medical profession, veterinarians’ livelihood, and the well-being of clients.
FVMA Benefits and Services
The FVMA’s Legislative Committee and Staff are constantly monitoring any proposed legislation that could affect the veterinary profession. Our statewide network of members will contact legislators whenever necessary to protect the interests of members. The FVMA also retains the lobbying firm of Mixon & Associates, Inc. to ensure that the “good bills pass” and “the bad bills don’t."
Quality Continuing Education
The FVMA Annual Conference, Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference (small animal); Promoting Excellence Symposium , Equine Foot Symposium, Ocala Equine Conference (equine); and Harvey Rubin Memorial Food Animal Conference; as well as online courses, provide affordable opportunities for CE, where members can network professionally and socially with colleagues and industry partners while expanding skills and knowledge in veterinary medicine.
Publications and Communications
The FVMA Advocate is published six times a year and the Practitioner four. These publications are provided to members free of cost, and are vehicles for circulating up-to-date information about FVMA CE conferences and events. Email and fax broadcasts, and the social media also keep you in the loop with breaking news and issues that affect your profession.
The FVMA staff is here to help you and answer questions you might have. Your business and professional interests are the FVMA’s focus every day. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll do our best to find it for you.
Website with Online Membership Directory
The new FVMA website contains your online membership directory that gives you the ability to find a colleague’s name, address, phone number and email, and to edit your own record in the FVMA database. Members also have the ability to opt out of their respective information being available to other members.
Website with “Find-A-Veterinarian” for Pet Owners
Pet owners have the ability to locate an FVMA member veterinarian by searching by name, city or county. The public view will contain the FVMA members’ clinic address and phone number.
First Data/Telecheck Services
Lower your costs on credit and card processing!
Stop paying too much for credit card processing. Join the industry leader in check, credit and debit card processing. First Data/TeleCheck offers discounted rates on merchant services for FVMA members. Call Mary Durina at (813) 326-5501 to discuss it in more detail.
CareCredit, a healthcare credit card, helps families manage their out-of-pocket veterinary & healthcare expenses for a wide variety of treatments and procedures, including veterinary pet care, dental, optometric, chiropractic and cosmetic procedures. When your hospital accepts CareCredit as a payment option, clients can select from a variety of convenient financing options, making it easier for them to accept your complete treatment recommendations. More than 20 million cardholders have used CareCredit over the last 25 years, allowing them to free up their cash and other credit cards for other household expenses. Today, CareCredit is accepted by more than 150,000 enrolled healthcare providers, including over 16,000 veterinary practices. CareCredit provides outstanding support with a variety of free resources to help your hospital, including a listing on its online Doctor Locator at CareCredit.com, which is searched by clients more than 560,000 times per month for healthcare and veterinary practices that accept the card. For information or to get started today, call 800-300-3046, ext. 4519. Already accept CareCredit? Call 800-859-9975 to reach your practice development team.
Avoid bad debt and improve cash flow! A national leader in accounts receivable, collections and avoidance. In addition to collecting outstanding accounts, they will train your staff and put in place their administrative system to prevent future receivable problems. Call 800‐279‐3511.
CREDIT UNION FINANCIAL SERVICES
Borrow money at the best rate! Full service statewide banking program that offers reduced rates for members through Insight Financial Credit Union. Check out their very competitive credit card, auto, home mortgage, boat, computer and personal loan rates. Call Fran Fritz at (407) 659‐2730 for more information.
FVMA VETERINARY CAREER CENTER PROGRAM
This is the most comprehensive nationwide career and employee recruiting site for the animal health industry. The Career Center allows you to find the job or candidate you’re looking for! The Veterinary Career Center is an active partner when you post a job opening or your resume with us. You will have access to the most jobs and candidates in the animal health industry in your neighborhood, other parts of Florida and now nationwide.
Supplementary Health Care Benefits Program - AFLAC, the insurance supplement company, offers FVMA members AFLAC coverage as a member benefit. AFLAC offers Personal Accident, Personal Cancer and Specified Health Event coverage. Members receive a reduced rate for their premiums and a lower rate if they use the payroll deduction program. Contact: Cindy Weiss at (407) 595-8841