IAED Hardship Fund

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The IAED is currently working with lobbyists and politicians in Washington, DC to change US federal statutes to officially give horse owners the right to choose who provides dental care to their horses. YOUR HORSE = YOUR CHOICE!
The IAED Hardship Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit therefore all donations are tax deductible.


Any excess funds remain in the Hardship and Legislative fund and are used for IAED Board approved efforts whenever needed.
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE


Dear Members:
I am writing this letter on behalf of the Government Relations Committee. I hope this letter finds you well and prospering as we make our way through 2018.

The Government Relations Committee has been hard at work this year. We have made some great progress with the help of our lobbyist John Chwat and members who have stepped up in their respective states. They have taken on the task of contacting legislators to start the process of creating legislation to ensure that our livelihood has a bright and health future.

One of our biggest wins this year was when the American Farm Bureau Federation "AFBF " adopted policies that support certified non-veterinarian equine dentists and the horse owners right to choose a certified non-veterinarian equine dentist. This move is so important because it allows us to now gain farm bureau support at the state level. In return this gives legislators more backing for the IAED's state model animal husbandry act. This policy is already in place in Oregon and there are more states to follow.

Thanks to Mark Allen and Justin Stark legislation was introduced at the committee level this year in Utah, during the legislative session. Although they were not successful in the bill being introduced for a vote, there is promise of getting a bill passed in the 2019 session with a few minor changes.

I have also been working with Mark Allen in the State of Nevada. Next year 2019, shows great promise of getting a bill introduced in the state. We have secured a legislator willing to work with us in introducing a bill with support from the the Nevada Farm Bureau. Mark and I have been negotiating with the Nevada Veterinarian Board and have made lots of progress, however at this time we were not able to come to an agreement that suited both parties.

We have also received word from Indiana that a state legislator would like to work with the IAED and our lobbyist in getting a bill introduced in the 2019 session.

Little by little, step by step, we continue to make strides forward. Though they may seem small, they are still leading us forward to our end goal. Just remember, "Rome was not built in a day".

We continue to persevere and push forward regardless of the many challenges we face. However, one of our biggest challenges is funding these efforts. Lobbyists and lobbying efforts come at a cost; the current amount of monthly donations is not quite enough to cover the costs we are incurring. The IAED is asking you to pledge a monthly contribution - whether is be $25.00 or $100.00. If everyone contributes what they can the volume will make up the difference. While you may not be affected by these laws where you live, we are all in this together and these things tend to have a waterfall effect. If we don't stick together, as one now, then we very well could one day have our livelihoods, and our passion ripped away from us.

A river cuts through rock, NOT because of its power, BUT because of its persistence!

To donate please visit our fundraising page at: www.gofundme.com/equinedentistry or
Contact the IAED directly at (830)268-5005
or
Email: info@iaedonline.com

Thank you for your time and considering a donation to our efforts. Stay tuned for further updates.

Respectfully

Zachary Rhodes IAED/C
IAED Board Member and Government Relations Committee Member
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To The IAED MEMBERSHIP & OUR DONORS,

With our annual IAED Convention coming up, we look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. And as many of you know, we have a Hardship Committee that is always ready to give our members a hand up when they need
one.
Each year at Convention we have an Annual Banquet and Benefit Auction to raise funds. This is always a fun event and everyone is wonderful with the donated items they bring for the auction. Each year this event gets bigger and better, and every year the proceeds have exceeded the year previous!
Our current bylaws require we maintain $15,000 in the Hardship fund for member support, and anything over that can be used for Legislative purposes, but legislative processes are quite costly! We rely on your monthly donations to continue this effort!
We are VERY fortunate to have a professional lobbyist working for us. This man makes ALOT more money working for someone else, but he took us on because he believes in our cause and what we represent. He and our IAED representatives have been gaining traction in Washington DC, and we need to keep up the momentum. The IAED volunteers that represent us in these meetings are not on the payroll, but the IAED does cover some travel expenses. Our lobbyist is fair with his costs but United Airlines, Amtrack & Holiday Inn won't budge on their prices.
The legislators are receptive to what we want. There is, however, a powerful group in opposition. We work with their members every day but their elected board of directors and officers only see what we do as a "point of profit" for them and they won't give this up... easily.
From our IAED standpoint, we don't care what state or country you work in, we don't care what school you attended, we don't care whether you do your working standing or seated or what brand of instruments you use. We only want you to be able to work legally, and allow the horse owner's the right to choose who works on their horses. Sometimes it seems like a David and Goliath situation, but remember who won that deal? The organization opposing us, very simply has a lot more money than our association does, but this is not impossible to overcome.
Hopefully we will see each and every one of our members and many new members in Orlando next month. We hope you continue to donate to the Hardship Fund. Checks can be mailed directly to the IAED office or donate thru our GOFUNDME account. Monthly pledges can be run on credit card by the IAED office. All of this information is available on our website at iaedonline.com.
The officers will elaborate further and an accurate disclosure of this and all other expenses will be presented at our Annual Membership Meeting on Friday evening during convention. Even though this is in the United States, if we can succeed in this legislative effort EVERYONE benefits.
We would also like to add - your elected officers, board members and committees pay their own way for convention, membership, rooms, meals etc. We get no discounts!
In conclusion, please remember we are an organization run by volunteers. We are steering this association in the direction we are told by our membership. Please volunteer for a committee or have someone nominate you for an elected position if you are not pleased with the direction we are going. The world is run by people who show up.
Any questions or constructive input can be directed to any board or committee member.


With respect - HARDSHIP COMMITTEE
Doug Raucher, Hardship Committee Chair (508-353-3505)
Lisa Barnes (602-538-4003)
Jeff Micheel (602-284-1208)
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The International Association of Equine Dentistry is an organization of veterinarians and non-vet equine dental technicians working together to improve dental care for horses worldwide. We believe that it takes a dedicated team of professionals, each doing their part, to provide the best care for a horse. We support the horse owner's right to choose who works on their horses teeth, without overreaching monopolistic government restrictions. Currently many laws in the United States do not give owners that choice, and we are working together with other agencies to see that the horse owner's rights are defended. We appreciate your support!
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What a great start! Make sure to encourage friends, clients and colleagues to donate too. No donation is too small!
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