Veterinary Clinic Set for May 6
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Howard County Fairgrounds
MVMA’s 2010 Mid-Atlantic
States Veterinary Clinic will be held May 6 in the Main
Exhibition Hall of the Howard County Fairgrounds in West
Friendship, MD. If you are a practice small animal or
equine veterinary medicine, this is an opportunity for
continuing education, business information and
networking. There are also opportunities for technicians
Continuing education is
offered in five tracks — two for small animal
practitioners, and one each for technicians, equine
practitioners and small ruminants.
In addition to the educational
tracks, exhibitors will be on hand displaying veterinary
products and services to enhance your practice. Join your peers
and make sure to register by April 23 for discounted
Summer Conference Returns
to Ocean City
and District of Columbia VMAs Invited as Partners
MVMA is headed back to the beach for
its 2010 Summer Conference. And this time, we’re bringing some
friends. MVMA is partnering with the Northern Virginia
Veterinary Medical Association and the District of Columbia
Veterinary Medical Association in promoting the event. The
conference will be held June 26-29 at the Clarion Resort in
“We want to foster better
relationships with our sister organizations and produce a better
event for all involved,” says MVMA Executive Director Ron Sohn.
“By partnering with DCVMA and NVVMA we’ll bring more
veterinarians to the conference which means more knowledge and
more networking opportunities.”
The Program Committee is putting the
finishing touches on the event now. Look for registration
materials in the mail and online soon.
2010 Bovine Conference to
be Held April 29-30
The 2010 Mid-Atlantic States
Conference for Bovine Practitioners will be held April 29-30 at
the Clarion Hotel in Hagerstown, MD. If you practice bovine
veterinary medicine, this is a premier opportunity for
continuing education, business information and networking.
Animal Law Symposium Set
for April 9
The Animal Law Section of the
Maryland State Bar Association, in conjunction with the
University of Baltimore School of Law and the Journal of Animal
Law and Ethics, Pennsylvania School of Law and a myriad of other
sponsors, will host the first-ever regional Mid-Atlantic
Symposium on Animal Law. The Impact On & Opportunities For
Animals in the Current Political and Economic Climate will be a
one-day symposium that will be held at the University Of
Baltimore School Of Law Friday, April 9, 2010, from 8:15 a.m. to
FROM THE PRESIDENT
125 Years and Still
Holding to Our Core Values
The Maryland State
Veterinary Medical Association held its first meeting in
September 1885 with the purpose of advancing veterinary science.
Those were old terms, serving old times and reflect challenges
facing the earliest of associations.
FROM THE AVMA
AVMA Leadership Conference
AVMA held its Veterinary Leadership
Conference and House of Delegates January 8-10, 2010 in Chicago.
Five MVMA members attended the event.
NAMEVMC to Lead in
Designing How Veterinary Medicine will Meet Changing Needs
In 2009, the Association of
American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), devised
and approved a plan guiding them for the next five
years. One of the six strategic goals of this plan is
for the AAVMC to provide leadership in designing how
veterinary medicine will rise to meet the changing and
growing needs of society. To help achieve this goal, the
association recently formed the North American
Veterinary Medical Educational Consortium (NAVMEC).
Shifting Societal Needs
and Changes to Professional Competencies Assessed by Over 100
One of the most diverse
representations of veterinary organizations ever
assembled completed three days of meetings to begin a
year-long effort to chart the course for the future of
veterinary medical education.
News from the Center for
Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine
At this time, the need for
veterinarians in public and corporate veterinary medicine is
expanding, and in many cases, is critical. Shortages are
predicted and new demands and areas of focus are developing.
AVMA Seeking Exemption to
Red Flag Rules
The American Bar Association was
successful in litigation to preclude the Red Flag Rules from
applying to attorneys. Building on that success, the AVMA
cosigned a letter with the American Medical Association, the
American Dental Association and the American Osteopathic
Association to request similar relief. The letter asks that the
rules not apply to licensed health care professionals.
Important Notice for
Federally Accredited Veterinarians
New National Veterinary
Accreditation Program (NVAP) Regulations became effective
February 1, 2010.
AVMA and WebMD Offer
Online Pet Information
The American Veterinary Medical
Association (AVMA) and WebMD have teamed up to launch a pet
health community called the Pet Health Exchange. Visitors to the
new site can discuss pet health issues with AVMA member
Doing More with Less -
Improving Staff Utilization
Improved staff utilization is a more
critical element of successful practices now than ever before.
Practices that want to become more profitable can no longer just
count on fee increases to achieve this goal. Improved
profitability and patient care must come from improved business
Be Wary of Magnetic Strips
that Don't Work
Victims of credit card theft have
been scratching their heads trying to figure out how someone has
used their card when they still have it in their wallet. That’s
because the newest credit card scam involves the luck and
patience of perpetrators without the presence of a valid card.
Check Your Credit Card
Processing Statements Regularly
Did you know if you participate in
MVMA’s Credit Card Processing Program through RCSC you can
review your account as often as you choose online instead of
waiting to receive your statement in the mail each month?
Checking your account frequently really pays off, as the
following example demonstrates.
MVMA Board Approves
Discount Dues Program for Practices with Multiple Veterinarians
In response to our membership
amending the MVMA bylaws, the Executive Board sent a letter to
all members seeking their comments. MVMA is pleased to announce
that 85 percent of those responding were in favor of this
Executive Director Ron Sohn
expressed optimism for the implementation of this new program
that becomes effective July 1, 2010.
“The difficulty is sorting out who
works where. It is important to note that the definition of a
Multiple Veterinarian Practice is by location not ownership. We
know the first year will be challenging, but not an impossible
task. We are currently working on the program brochure,
application and frequently asked question. All members will
receive this information once completed.”
Looking for Summer Help?
Find a Student through MVMA
MVMA is posting information about
veterinary students seeking summer employment on its web site in
an effort to connect students with MVMA members who might like
to hire them.
Students, click here to post your resume.
MVMA members click here to review resumes. (Note: You
will need your MVMA user id and password. If you don't know
Welcome New Members
MVMA welcomes the following members
who have joined since our last newsletter was published.
Ellen Bronson, DVM
Tania K. Germann, DVM
Adam Gonzales, DVM
Jason Griffith, DVM
Emily Kimberly, VMD
Daniel E. LaFontaine, DVM, MPH, DACVP
Travis Meredith, DVM
Harold Traxler, DVM
Emily Weeks, DVM
2010 Nomination and
Election Procedures and Deadlines
Here are the important dates in
MVMA's 2010 election process.
MVMA Seeks Award Nominees
The MVMA Public Relations Committee
is looking for candidates for the following awards. Please use
online nomination form to nominate eligible veterinarians by
May 1, 2010.
Frank Bertozzi, Jr., VMD
On March 10, 2010, Francis J.
“Frank” Bertozzi, Jr., VMD, of Baldwin, MD passed away Dr.
Bertozzi is survived by his wife, Linda (nee Doire) Bertozzi;
his children Kimberly Heidelbach, Scott F. Bertozzi and Nicholas
R. Bertozzi; and his grandchildren Ian and Evan Heidelbach,
Lily, Baxter and Jackson Bertozzi.
Dr. Bertozzi was a longtime member
of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association who specialized
in equine veterinary medicine. Frank will be sorely missed at
MVMA. Our condolences go out to his entire family. Famiy &
friends will honor Frank’s life at the Evans Funeral Chapel in
Monkton on Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 3-5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions in Frank’s name may be made to University of
Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Office of
Development and Alumni Relations, 3800 Spruce Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6047.
Wobbler's Cases Wanted
I have been working with a protocol
called Prolotherapy that is designed to strengthen ligaments.
I’ve lectured on it at NAVC twice, and will be at AVMA this
year. A number of our colleagues are currently using this
technique, and a number of Physiatrists (pain management
specialist MDs) within the human medical community. I’ve had
pretty good success in a variety of situations, and have used it
to treat four Wobbler’s. Two of those cases responded very well,
one not well at all (although I did not expect it to since it
was already unable to walk) and the fourth one quite well,
although the MRI was somewhat inconclusive as to whether it was
truly/only a Wobbler’s, The classic name for this problem is
Cervical Vertebral Instability, so the concept of strengthening
ligaments makes perfect sense.
Since preliminary results are so
encouraging, and work done by veterinarians in Europe has also
been encouraging, I am soliciting cases so that we have enough
cases to have more reliable data.
I am definitely interested in
getting more cases of early Wobbler’s, since I don’t think it
makes sense in late stage patients. Please contact me for either
referrals or discussion on using the protocol. For any of you
that choose to attempt the protocol yourself, I am really
interested in developing a casebook, so your reports are
Carvel G. Tiekert, DVM
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