Regional Veterinary Conference to Debut November 11-13 in
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
Initial sponsors for the
event include IDEXX Laboratories, Merial, Nutramax and
the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary
for conference details and online registration.
to Register for MVMA Fall
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
Cryptosporidia: Two conundrums
Diseases: What to do when the immune system goes
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
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.
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.
A cat gets too close to a
dog with a bone resulting in an interesting case for VCA
Veterinary Referral Associates.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Fall Report: Student Communication
A report on student
activities from MVMA's representative at the Virginia
Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
MVMA Has a
The MVMA headquarters office has
moved. Here is the association's new contact information.
Maryland Veterinary Medical
PO Box 5407
Annapolis, MD 21403
Phone: (410) 268-1311
Fax (410) 268-1322
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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,
Holbrook Passes Away
Dr. Harold Hamilton Holbrook was
born on June 25, 1927 in Washington, DC. To most, he was known
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.
Welcome New Members
MVMA welcomes the following members
who have joined since our last newsletter was published.
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
Bayer Animal Health
Elanco Animal Health
Merck Animal Health
VetCor Professional Practices
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November 2, 2011
MVMA Fall Conference
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March 29-30, 2012
Conference for Bovine Practitioners
May 10, 2012
West Friendship, Maryland
June 23-26, 2012
MVMA Summer Conference
Ocean City, Maryland
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