It took longer than expected, but I'm happy to report that the group of VIN members charged with addressing the VIN membership’s concern that caused many non-veterinarians to lose access to VIN have completed their work. We are happily ready to, with their approval, invite many of those who lost access to return to the VIN community.

I recognize that the decision to temporarily remove access for all non-veterinarians was not a popular one or even the most polite. But, in the end, I think it facilitated a process that colleagues, independent of whether they are veterinarians, will understand and support.

I personally and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by, or offense implied by, that choice.

It is unfortunate that this action likely was interpreted by many as a message that VIN members don’t value non-veterinarian colleagues who have made this profession their home.

This is not the case. This is exactly the message VIN did NOT want to send. We understand and support the desire for VIN to be a forum where colleagues can speak openly to their colleagues. But we also believe that all veterinarians should cherish and welcome as colleagues every non-veterinarian who chooses to make this profession their home.

The community group charged with making the access decisions quickly recognized and adopted this essential concept into their thinking.

They recognized it was hypocritical to complain that veterinary schools are not providing students with a realistic picture of the profession outside academia while not openly sharing the realities of their life in practice with colleagues responsible for shaping the minds of our future colleagues.

Thus, the group enthusiastically chose to recognize and welcome into the VIN community any academician who:

1. is directly responsible for significant teaching of veterinary students in the classroom or clinics

and

2. clearly demonstrates a meaningful, non-commercial contribution toward advancing the profession, within and/or outside the VIN community.

In other words, non-veterinarian colleagues who give back as much as they take from the veterinary community/profession are welcome. This decision does currently exclude those non-veterinarians outside academia. However, in time I expect that those who demonstrate "giving back" in consistent and meaningful ways will be considered for VIN membership on a case-by-case basis. Access eligibility for all colleagues will be reviewed annually.

One requirement of all VIN members (veterinarian and non-veterinarian) is that their role within the profession and current contact information be up to date.

To facilitate this, please complete this quick survey for consideration of reactivating your VIN access.

Once reviewed and approved, a Quick Registration link will be sent to help you reactivate your access.

Those who have not had prior access to VIN will need to complete a new VIN membership application.

Thanks for all You do!

Please complete this quick survey.

>>>Paul

Paul D. Pion, DVM, DipACVIM (Cardiology)
co-founder, VIN
Paul@vin.com
530-757-6881