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  News from the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association                                               Fall 2009


Annapolis to Host 2010 Winter Conference January 14

6 CE Credits • Doubletree Annapolis Hotel


MVMA’s 2010 Winter Conference will be held January 14, 2010 at the Doubltree Annapolis Hotel in Annapolis, MD. The conference offers six CE credits in a convenient, one-day setting.

The featured speaker is William D. Saxon, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC. Dr. Saxon has practiced in the San Francisco area since 1990, owned an intensive care unit in a specialty referral practice in Washington, D.C., and joined Idexx in 1997 as a consultant. He has authored articles on cardiomyopathy, acute abdomen

disease, drug toxicities and burn injury. Registration materials will be coming to your mailbox soon. You can also register online. DETAILS

MVMA 2010 Ski Seminar Returns to Telluride

The Camel’s Garden Hotel in Telluride, Colorado will once again host MVMA’s Ski Seminar in 2010. Set for March 24-27, the seminar combines top quality CE with spectacular Colorado skiing. DETAILS

MVMA 2010 Winter Seminar Vacation to Barbados

The five star All-Inclusive Almond Beach Village Resort located on the Caribbean coast of Barbados will be the site of the annual Winter Seminar Vacation. A total of 22 seminar hours will be offered. DETAILS


MVMA Builds Alliances in the Veterinary Community

The MVMA Executive Board has been active over the past three months promoting our mission of increasing interaction with veterinary groups that share our interests. Benefits gained by expanding these relationships will increase our abilities to address issues within our own state and provide opportunity for our membership to interact with other colleagues. DETAILS


Veterinary College Signs Agreement with American University of Antigua

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech has signed a memorandum of agreement with the American University of Antigua (AUA) that will allow qualified students from the Antiguan university to transfer to the veterinary college for their last two years of study and clinical rotations. DETAILS

Clarifying the VMRCVM Agreement with the American University of Antigua

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine is very excited about its agreement with the American University of Antigua, but there is some confusion in the veterinary community about exactly what this partnership means. Dean Gerhardt Schurig, DVM, Ph.D. clarifies these misunderstandings. DETAILS

Ragan Joins Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Valerie Ragan has joined the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine as director of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine on the college’s University of Maryland-College Park campus. In her new position, Ragan will be responsible for charting the future direction of the center, including a leadership role in public health, public policy, and international veterinary medicine. DETAILS


New State Board Regulation Increasing CE Requirements

The State Board increase the continuing education requirement for veterinarians to 18 credits per years. Here are the changes to the regulation. DETAILS

FTC Extends Enforcement Deadline for Red Flags Rule

At the request of Members of Congress, the Federal Trade Commission is delaying enforcement of the “Red Flags” Rule until June 1, 2010, for financial institutions and creditors subject to enforcement by the FTC. DETAILS


Completing Mail and Telephone Orders

It is often convenient for both you and your clients to complete a credit card order by phone or mail rather than at your practice’s physical location. However, there are precautions you should take to guard against data compromise when handling these “card not present” transactions. DETAILS

General Advice for Exporting Pets from the United States

Here are some tips for customers who want to ship their pets outside of the United States. DETAILS

The Cost of Recession on Your Practice Value

For too many Maryland practices today, business is slower this year. Other practitioners have told me that they want to ease into retirement by slowing down, working only four days a week or shorter days. By default or intent, there are profound mathematical certainties that need to be considered before electing this course. DETAILS

Hospital Bundles Increase Perception of Value

What has more value in your client’s mind… a “Fecal” or an Intestinal Parasite Screening?” What picture does the single word “hospitalization” bring to mind. Paint a more favorable picture for all concerned by using the language that reflects the depth of your care. DETAILS


Maryland Veterinary Foundation Scholarships Awarded

This year’s Maryland Veterinary Foundation scholarship recipients were selected. The scholarships were presented at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine Fall Scholarship and Awards Ceremony in October. This year’s recipients are:

Dr. Robert C. Hammond Scholarship
Lindsey Poffenbarger, ’11

Jane Nusz Foy Memorial Scholarship
Matthew Benedick, ’11

MVMA Past President’s Scholarship
Catherine Clark, ’10

Dr. Harry L. Schultz Jr. Scholarship
Lauren Carey, ’11

Ray Thompson Communication Scholarship
Alicia Agnew, ’13

Dr. Charles G. Ziegler Memorial Scholarship
Cassandra Fox, ’11

MVMA Auxiliary Scholarship
Kevin Jones, ’13

Welcome New Members

MVMA welcomes the following members who have joined since our last newsletter was published.

Tracey A. Graham DVM
Shelley Horn DVM
Olivia F. Hsieh DVM
Sarah M. Jay DVM
Freya Moskowitz VMD
Barbara Penney VMD
Valerie E. Ragan DVM
Justin Sobota DVM
Anne P. Van Auken DVM
Andrew Walther DVM
Mesfin S. Wodajo DVM

MVMA Classifieds

MVMA's most recent job listings and listings for practices and equipment for sale. DETAILS

News from MVMA

Here is the Fall 2009 issue of The Maryland Veterinarian. You can find an archive of MVMA's newsletters in the members-only section of our web site

Coming Events

January 14, 2010

MVMA 2010 Winter Conference

Annapolis, Maryland


February 6-12, 2010

MVMA Winter Seminar Vacation



March 24-27, 2010

MVMA Ski Seminar

Telluride, Colorado


April 28-30, 2010

Mid-Atlantic States Conference for Bovine Practitioners

Hagerstown, Maryland


May 6, 2010

Mid-Atlantic States Veterinary Clinic

West Friendship, Maryland


June 26-29, 2010

MVMA Summer Conference

Ocean City, Maryland


November 10-11, 2010

MVMA Fall Conference

Timonium, Maryland

MVMA Leadership

Board of Directors

Executive Director

Lauren Michalski


Association Coordinator

Sue Roloson


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