News from the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association                                                  Fall 2011


Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference to Debut November 11-13 in Washington, DC

10-15 CE Credits • L'Enfant Plaza Hotel • Washington, DC

MVMA has joined forces with the District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia Veterinary Medical Associations to create the Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference. This new, annual event will debut November 11-13, 2011 at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC.

The conference will offer 15 hours of CE for small animal practitioners and 10 hours of public practice CE.

This conference is unique as this is the first joint event of the Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and District of Columbia Veterinary Medical Associations. This regional partnership has been strongly aided by the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and is fully supported by its Alumni Society as well. The bond of these four veterinary medical associations is built not only on geography but also on our regional association with the VMRCVM and its teaching hospital. Furthermore, many alumni from the VMRCVM reside and practice throughout this region.

Initial sponsors for the event include IDEXX Laboratories, Merial, Nutramax and the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

Click here for conference details and online registration.

Still time to Register for MVMA Fall Conference

November 2, 2011 • 8 CE Credits • Crowne Plaza Hotel • Timonium, MD

It's not too late to register for MVMA’s 2011 Fall Conference. The conference will be held Wednesday, November 2 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Timonium, MD.
Small animal speakers are Dwight Bowman, MS, Ph.D. and Michael Stone, DVM, DACVIM. Topics include:

  • Heartworm - the last year in perspective

  • Dogs: Common internal parasites and their control

  • Cats: Internal parasites - A lot more control is needed.

  • Fleas: Don’t let your guard down in winter

  • Ticks: Ever expanding in number and pathogens transmitted

  • Giardia and Cryptosporidia: Two conundrums

  • Immune Mediated Diseases: What to do when the immune system goes awry

Click here for details and online registration.

Howl-O-Ween Barkin' Bash

Get ready for the annual Barkin' Bash at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis Maryland on Saturday October 29th from 10:00 am till 3:30 pm.
This annual Halloween event is a fun day for all canines, especially those that like to dress for special occasions. Local vendors support the event; and games, raffles and demos are all part of the day's festivities.

The highlight of the day is the costume competition. Canines compete in several categorizes for prizes judged and awarded by local supporters. The categories include Most Annapolitan, Scariest, Funniest, Cutest, Most Creative, Dog and Owner Combo, and Best in Show. Canine competitive games include best kisser, best singer and best trick. For lots of fun and entertainment this fall bring your canine friend to the park, with or without a costume!

Halloween Pet Poisoning: The Bad Tricks

While most veterinarians are acutely aware of the inherent risks of chocolate and well familiar with the signs of methylxanthine toxicity they may not consider some of the more insidious food toxins, such as grapes or raisins, or even bread dough. DETAILS

Members Making a Difference
by Tom Armitage, DVM, MVMA President

There are many within our group that have been diligent and giving of their time to help keep this association active, representative and relevant to our veterinary profession in Maryland. DETAILS

Guess What I Saw?

A cat gets too close to a dog with a bone resulting in an interesting case for VCA Veterinary Referral Associates. DETAILS


Turn Your Ineffective Group Into An Impressive Team

If you work at a veterinary practice, you work on a team, right? Wrong. Just because you work with other people doesn't mean you and your co-workers are functioning as a team. I've worked with a lot of veterinary practices, and at almost every one I've had to educate staff members about what teamwork is.  DETAILS


Maryland's Bats: Fascinating and Beneficial, But Potentially Problematic

Maryland is home to 10 species of bats; some are migratory and some are year-round residents. In their beneficial roles bats control insect pests and pollinate plants. Only a few species are vampires, but their villainous reputation dominates the whole order. In reality the most significant hazard that bats pose to people is their potential to transmit rabies virus, one of the world’s most significant and deadly zoonoses. Histoplasmosis is a lesser concern.

In the state of Maryland raccoons, bats, foxes, and other species of wild animals are primarily responsible for cases of human exposure to rabies, necessitating more than 1,000 post-exposure vaccinations annually.  DETAILS

Immiticide Update: Improved Availability for Cases in Need

Since summer, veterinarians in the United States have been struggling with limited or exhausted supplies of Immiticide®, the only product approved for killing adult heartworms. The manufacturing difficulties are persistent, but veterinarians may contact Merial directly for access to rationed supplies of the product imported from Europe. Merial’s press release follows here, as well as a link to the American Heartworm’s Society’s suggestions for clinical management of heartworm patients until the drug is available. DETAILS


What Is Mentor Day?

Driving home from Blacksburg, VA, after completing my second year serving the Virginia Maryland Regional College as a mentor at a college I did not attend, I thought about my alma mater. I wish they had a similar program and that I lived close enough to participate. Then I thought about all the Maryland and Virginia graduates who either are unaware of the program, or are not involved, and the experience they are missing. DETAILS

CPCVM Workshop Highlights AVMA's Support for Career Transition

Changing career paths can be a daunting prospect, especially for veterinarians who have made a substantial investment in both time and money to their professional education. The AVMA and the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine have partnered together to assist veterinarians who are contemplating a change, with suggestions on how to find new ways to apply their veterinary degrees and the skills acquired in the workplace. The recent workshop focused on career transitions was an important first step for many participants. DETAILS

VMRCVM Fall Report: Student Communication

A report on student activities from MVMA's representative at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. DETAILS


MVMA Has a New Address

The MVMA headquarters office has moved. Here is the association's new contact information.


Maryland Veterinary Medical Association

PO Box 5407
Annapolis, MD 21403
Phone: (410) 268-1311
Fax (410) 268-1322

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Don't Forget to List Your Externship with MVMA

MVMA is compiling a list of externship opportunities to support our relationship and communication with the students at VMRCVM. If you are a member and want to list your externship, click here.

Dr. Harold Holbrook Passes Away

Dr. Harold Hamilton Holbrook was born on June 25, 1927 in Washington, DC. To most, he was known as “Doc.” DETAILS

Dr. Donald Zantop Passes Away

Dr. Donald W. Zantop, co-owner of the Fallston Veterinary Clinic who was noted for his avian rescue work, died Oct. 13 in a diving accident off Bald Head Island, N.C. DETAILS

Welcome New Members

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

New Members

Rebecca K. Amster, DVM
James M. G. Anthony, DVM, DAVDC
Daniel Balogh, VMD
Curtis A. Baughman, DVM, MS
Amy Bodycott, DVM
Scott A. Christopher, VMD
Tessa Folk, DVM
Ryan Gallagher, DVM
Amanda Hauck, DVM
Kristen Hogue, DVM

Katharyn T. Kryda, DVM
Ashley A. Manari, DVM
Felicia Neuman, DVM
Clarivel Salazar, DVM, MS

Industry Council

Bayer Animal Health
Elanco Animal Health
Merck Animal Health
VetCor Professional Practices

MVMA Classifieds

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


In This Issue...

Barkin' Bash

President's Message

Guess What I Saw?

Practice Management

Bats in Maryland

Halloween Pet Poisoning

Immiticide Update

Mentor Day

CPCVM Workshop

Veterinary Student Report



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Coming Events

November 2, 2011

MVMA Fall Conference

Timonium, Maryland


November 11-13, 2011

Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference

Washington, DC


January 12, 2012

MVMA Winter Conference

Doubletree Annapolis Hotel

Annapolis, Maryland


February/March 2012

Ski Seminar

Camel's Garden Hotel

Telluride, Colorado


March 29-30, 2012

Mid-Atlantic States Conference for Bovine Practitioners

Hagerstown, Maryland


May 10, 2012

Mid-Atlantic States Veterinary Clinic

Howard County Fairgrounds

West Friendship, Maryland


June 23-26, 2012

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

PO Box 5407

Annapolis, MD 21403


Fax: 410-268-1322

Relief Veterinarians

Click here for MVMA's List of Relief Veterinarians


The Maryland Veterinarian is the quarterly publication of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association.

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© 2011 Maryland Veterinary Medical Association

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