News from the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association                                                  Spring 2011


Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Clinic Set for May 12

6 CE Credits • Howard County Fairgrounds • West Friendship, MD

If you are a practitioner of small animal or equine veterinary medicine, this is a premier opportunity for continuing education, business information and networking. There are also educational opportunities for technicians, farriers and students.

Ocean City to Host Summer Conference

MVMA is headed back to the beach for its 2011 Summer Conference. The Clarion Resort Fontainbleau Hotel will host the region's premier event for education, developing business partnerships and networking June 25-28. Watch your mail and e-mail for details.


Sea Turtle Rehabilitation: Caring for Chilly Visitors from the North

In addition to overseeing veterinary care for over 15,000 animals living at the National Aquarium, the Animal Health Department team also cares for wild animals that come to the Aquarium for rehabilitation through the Marine Animal Rescue Program (MARP). As the cornerstone of our ocean health initiative, MARP actively rescues, rehabilitates, and releases marine mammals and sea turtles that become stranded along Maryland’s coasts. DETAILS

Veterinarians Protect Pets and People

Veterinarians have a long tradition of protecting the public welfare by controlling disease in livestock and overseeing food safety. While the modern companion animal practitioner’s focus would seem to be nurturing the animal arm of the human-animal bond, veterinarians must also assume responsibility for promoting healthy pet ownership. Physicians may be inadequately prepared to address the many infections that have potential for zoonotic transmission from pets to people. DETAILS


News from the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine

The current first year class will be declaring their track focus this spring choosing from small animal medicine, large animal medicine, mixed animal medicine, equine medicine, and public and corporate medicine. We are excited for all of these students, especially those who have indicated an interest in the Public and Corporate track. These new students and those currently in the Public and Corporate track will be seeing significant changes in curriculum, focus and advising processes. DETAILS

Forging an Alternate Path

The year 2011 signifies a milestone for every member of my class at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. We are each about to become a working part of this great profession. I am excited to join the ranks as a veterinarian, although I plan to pursue this career in a more non-traditional manner. DETAILS

Heartworm Prevention Resistance: Is it Possible?

The American Heartworm Society addresses the topic of diminished efficacy of heartworm preventives and speaks to veterinarians' concerns about the possibility of heartworm resistance in this update. DETAILS

ACVB, AVSAB Symposium Set for July 15

The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior will hold their annual Behavior Symposium on Friday July 15, 2011 in association with the annual AVMA meeting in St. Louis (hotel TBA). For more information go to or contact Dr. Karen Sueda or 310-478-5035.

Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference Scheduled for November

MVMA is partnering with the DC Veterinary Medical Association, the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association and the West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association to host the first annual Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference in November. The L'Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC will host the event November 11-13, 2011.

The conference will offer small animal and public practice sessions. Initial sponsors include IDEXX, Merial, Nutramax Laboratories and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Watch your mail and e-mail for more information.


MVMA Sponsors Survey - Your Opinion Counts

The Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MDVMA) has created a survey to assess the needs of its members and potential members. The survey is available online and should take less than five minutes to complete. Your responses are anonymous and will help the MVMA to improve services and continuing education opportunities for you and the entire Maryland veterinary community. 

Click here to access the survey.

MVMA Extends Virtual Community with List Serve

The Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) is excited to announce the launch of its  official, members-only, list serve. The MVMA list serve, hosted by Yahoo Groups, will create an open forum for our members to communicate directly and publicly with one another. Members will be able to ask their colleagues questions and share information about cases, practice management, continuing education opportunities, and any other information that is new or noteworthy for Maryland's veterinary community.

Significantly, this new service is being provided to members at no additional cost. To get started, send an e-mail to or visit

MVMA Web Site Redesigned

MVMA has redesigned its web site,, to make it more useful to visitors. The most notable changes are to the site's organization and the accessibility of information on the site. Members will be able to find the information they need more quickly and with fewer clicks.

Additionally, the site content has been bolstered with daily updates on news and events impacting the veterinary community. This should make the MVMA site a regular stop in your daily browsing.

Take a look.

MVMA Mourns Passing of Olson, Holbrook

MVMA mourns the recent loss of two members of Maryland's veterinary community -Roger E. Olson, DVM and Joann Steely Holbrook. DETAILS

Welcome New Members

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

New Members

P. Steve Anderson, DVM
Michelle Hudnall, DVM
Joanna Walker, DVM

New Industry Council Member

MWI Veterinary Supply

MVMA Classifieds

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

News from MVMA

Here is the Spring 2011 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

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


November 11-13, 2011

Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference

Washington, DC


November 2011

MVMA Fall Conference

Timonium, 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


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

Editorial Contributions

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The opinions expressed by the authors published in The Maryland Veterinarian are not necessarily those of the MVMA, its officers, directors or members and should not be construed as legal advice, medical advice or a recommendation of conformity.

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