News from the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association                                                   Fall 2010


Still Time to Register for MVMA's Fall Conference

12 CE Credits • Crowne Plaza Hotel • Timonium, MD

It's not too late to register for the season's premier CE opportunity. MVMA’s 2010 Fall Conference will be held November 10-11 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Timonium, Maryland. The conference offers 12 CE credits in a variety of educational tracks. There will be tracks for small animal and equine practitioners, as well as a track for technicians.

“This is an excellent opportunity to get some CE credits in a convenient setting,” said MVMA Executive Director Lauren Michalski. “The State Board has increased the veterinarians requirements to 18 hours annually and MVMA is committed to filling those hours with top-quality sessions.”

In addition to education sessions, you’ll also find product information and networking opportunities at the conference. Exhibitors will be on hand to show the latest in products and services to aid the veterinary practice. There will also be ample opportunities to interact with your peers -- often the most valued.

Ski Seminar Heads Back to Telluride, Colorado
March 29 - April 3, 2011 • Camel's Garden Hotel • Telluride, Colorado

MVMA’s 2011 Ski Seminar will be held March 29-April 3 at the Camel's Garden Hotel in Telluride, Colorado. The seminar will feature 18 CE credits along with spectacular Colorado skiing and scenery. Session times will be 7:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., leaving the time in between to enjoy Telluride. Speakers and topics include:

Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt

  • Bartonella Causing Disease in Cats and Dogs

  • Bartonella Infection in Humans and It’s Role as a Zoonotic Agent

  • Serological and Molecular Diagnosis of Infectious Disease

Dr. Mike Lappin

  • Clinical Research Experiences with Probiotics

Dr. Jarod Williams

  • Rhinoscopy and Medical Management of Chronic Rhinitis

  • Integrative Medicine in Private Practice

Dr. Richard Burgess

  • Laparoscopy and Arthroscopy

  • Natural Orifice Transluminal Surgery

Dr. Steve Rosenthal

  • Cardiology

Dr. Robert Mozayeni

  • The Clinical Spectrum of Bartonella Infections in Humans


Be Aware of Legislation in Other States

Here is a list of legislation across the country that could impact the veterinary profession. DETAILS

Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics for the Practice of Veterinary Medicine; Civil Penalty Standards for Veterinarians; Requirements for Practical Training of Veterinary Students

The State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners proposes to make several changes to the Code of Maryland Regulations and the Code of Ethics for the Practice of Veterinary Medicine in the State.  DETAILS


MVF Scholarship Recipients Selected

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship and Awards Committee has selected the following students to receive the Maryland Veterinary Foundation Scholarships. DETAILS

Students Receive Peter Eyre Student Leadership Award

Erica Kirsch and Emily Olson received Peter Eyre Student Leadership Awards from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Scholarship Program. This program is supported by MVMA. DETAILS

Class of 2014 Admitted to VMRCVM


The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine’s Class of 2014 was formally admitted to the college following a White Coat Ceremony in which the 96 new students were issued white laboratory coats and administered the Veterinary Student’s Oath. DETAILS

New Class of RVT Students at CCBC

by Jack Stewart, RVT

A new semester has started and the class of 2012 has 19 qualified and excited students. I would like to announce that a new adjunct faculty member has been added to our teaching team. Her name is Dr. Gina Xenos. Dr. Xenos has been an active practitioner in Pennsylvania for a number of years and I am excited that she is bringing her expertise to the technology program. She is the instructor for both the large animal disease and comparative anatomy courses this fall and will be responsible for the companion animal disease course this spring semester. The program is continuing the affiliation with The University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, Johns Hopkins University for Laboratory Animal training, and VCA clinics for student internships


Growing a Practice in a Down Economy

In addition to fewer young patients entering the practice, data also reveals the numbers of visits per client are decreasing as are the dollars spent per visit . In addition, The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) released its 2009 Practice Diagnostic Report, stating that “While client visits and client transactions were down (7 percent fewer visits per client, 4 percent less per transaction, 6 percent less revenue per client), the number of clients seen by doctors decreased by 18 percent. That translates to more clients spending less money”. “The average revenue per transaction was down 4%, yet expenses were up 9%, representing a 4% drop in net income to practices.”  DETAILS

2010 Practice Performance

Here is an update is from the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues (NCVEI). The statistics are from the data collected on the NCVEI's website.  DETAILS

User Fees for Endorsement of International Health Certifications Increase October 1

User Fee rates for endorsement of international health certifications and other Export and Import related services will increase the 1st of October each year. .  DETAILS


Teaching Holistic Health

Over 100 veterinarians and staff attended Dr. Christina Chambreau's talk on integrative medicine for the GBVMA this spring. Her purpose in giving the talk was to expose colleagues to the wide range of healing modalities successfully in use at veterinary practices around the world and often requested by clients. DETAILS


General Advice for Exporting Pets from the USA

Cats and dogs need to meet country-specific requirements. If you transit one country on your way you MAY (or not) have to meet requirements of the transit country as well as those of the country of destination. Your veterinarian and USDA can supply information and assistance in the process, but the pet owner is ultimately responsible to ensure requirements are met. Some travelers find that companies which specialize in pet shipping are useful.  DETAILS


Membership Discount for Practices with Multiple Veterinarians

On July 1, 2010, MVMA sent letters to all members announcing the new Multiple Veterinary Practice Discount Program. In the first 15 days, MVMA received 47 requests for practice quotes.

A reoccurring question was, “what if one of our veterinarians paid their dues prior to this new program?”

“We take that prior payment into account and provide a pro-rated credit off the Group Practice final invoice.” said MVMA Executive Director Lauren Michalski. “I know the first year of this program will add a major burden to our staff and generate member questions, however; we are committed to helping our membership transition to group membership billing.”

If you have questions, just call MVMA headquarters at 410-268-1311 ext. 109 and speak to Lauren Michalski. ”

Welcome New Members

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

J Catherine Adsit, DVM
Patrick Allen, DVM
Brendan Anders, DVM,DACVS
Kelly N. Anderson, DVM
Justine R. Annillo, DVM
Danielle Anthony, DVM
Aylin Atilla, VMD,MS
Marianne Bailey, DVM
Linda Banish, DVM
Karen Becker, DVM
Julie Benson, DMV
Miranda Bertram, DVM
Courtney Breen, DVM
Elizabeth H Bruce, VMD
Richard Burgess, DVM
Karen Burks, DVM
Celeste A. Clements, DVM
Brigette Cosgrove, DVM
Elizabeth Cottrell, DVM
Elizabeth V Daher, DVM
Catherine DeLuca, DVM
Kelly Dickinson, DVM
Alison Edge, DVM
Mason S. Freed, DVM
Lisa C. Gerity, DVM
Joellen Gregory, DVM
David L. Handel, DVM
M.Josephine Heaver, DVM
Elizabeth Hennings, DVM
Kathy Hersey, DVM
Jennifer D. Johnson, DVM
Dina Jones, DVM

Corinna M. Kashuba, DVM
Maxine Kellman, DVM, PhD
Molly Kellner, DVM
Sean P. Kennedy, DVM,DACVS
Shelley Kirkland, VMD
Sandra A. Laden DVM
Kari Lyon, VMD
Kelly Malec-McConnell, DVM
Eileen C. Manyin, DVM
Teresa C. Martinoli, DVM
Stephanie A Medcroft
Melissa Modungo, DVM
Will Norton, DVM
Kortney A. O'Neill, DVM
Christina N Phillips, VMD
Jennifer Phillips, DVM
Amanda G. Pierce, DVM
Nancy R. Reams, DVM
Marie Richard, DVM
Brooke Ridinger, DVM
Faith B. Rouco, DVM
Farag G. Salib, DVM
Adriane Shell, DVM
Amy Tanis, DVM
Dean Tyson, DVM
Natasha Ungerer, DVM
Daniel G. Wareham, DVM
Annie M. Welsh, VMD
Pilar Wendell, DVM
Norma Woodburn, DVM
M.Christine Zink, DVM,PhD,DACVP

MVMA Classifieds

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

News from MVMA

Here is the Fall 2010 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

November 10-11, 2010

MVMA Fall Conference

Timonium, Maryland


January 13, 2011

MVMA Winter Conference

Doubletree Annapolis Hotel

Annapolis, Maryland


March 29 - April 3, 2011

MVMA Ski Seminar

Camel's Garden Hotel

Telluride, Colorado


March 31 - April 1, 2011

Mid-Atlantic States Conference for Bovine Practitioners

Hagerstown, Maryland


May 12, 2011

Mid-Atlantic States Veterinary Clinic

Howard County Fairgrounds

West Friendship, Maryland


June 25-28, 2011

MVMA Summer Conference

Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel

Ocean City, Maryland

MVMA Leadership

Board of Directors

Executive Director

Lauren Michalski


Association Coordinator

Brittany Sohn


MVMA Headquarters

8015 Corporate Drive, Suite 5

Annapolis, MD 21403


Fax: 410-268-1322

Relief Veterinarians

Click here for MVMA's List of Relief Veterinarians


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