The SVMA Story
This organization was founded in 1960 by four California veterinarians. They were DRS. MIL CUSTER, BOB MILLER, JOHN PUCKETT, AND BOB STANSBURY. This was the first organization of skiing veterinarians and although often imitated in later years, no other group has ever duplicated the spirit, the professional camaraderie, and the affection its members hold for one another.
From the beginning, the SVMA has been noted for the excellence of its academic sessions. Speakers of national renown are always featured on the scientific program. In the past few years, the programs have RACE approved Continuing Education credits through the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.
Many customs have come to be part of the SVMA tradition. Some of these rituals include:
- Karnival: A German Mardi-Gras costume ball. The euphoric splendor of that night is relived each year, don “authentic” European style.
- Awards Night: The custom of holding our own ski race and the winners are rewarded at our annual award’s night banquet.
- Anniversary Dinner: This is held on Thursday night. The new officers are installed and the Tailender Award is presented to the person who has the biggest mishap (makes a fool of himself or herself) during the week.
- Summer Meeting: This is a social event that meets at a different resort. In recent years, several summer meetings have included scuba diving.