Legislative Update 2012:
Focus on Breed Specific Legislation
On May 7, 2012 the Maryland
Veterinary Medical Association released a statement by
then President Thomas Armitage, and supported by the
Board of Directors, in opposition of breed specific
legislation. This was in response to a recent court
ruling that changed the common law practice of a “no
assumed liability” if a dog with no prior history of
being dangerous bites the first time. The Tracey v
Solesky decision instead imposes strict liability on
owners of “pit bulls and pit bull mixes” when dogs so
designated bite a person.
and AVMA in Opposition to HR 1406: Fairness to Pet Owners Act of
The Federal Trade Commission has
solicited advance input from stakeholders in the upcoming Pet
Medications Workshop they are hosting to examine competition and
consumer protection issues in the pet medication industry; the
MVMA has expressed its opinion with the attached letter, modeled
after the AVMA’s prepared statement.
House of Delegates Report
In August MVMA delegates
joined more than 9,000 attendees at the AVMA convention
in San Diego for scientific programs and business
meetings. Members of the AVMA House of Delegates met to
debate a variety of topics including good veterinary
practice and responsible pharmacy; animal welfare and
objections to fighting; suggestions for safe and
effective animal restraint; and clarification of the
definition of the veterinary-patient relationship.
MVMA CE EVENTS
Regional Veterinary Conference to be Held September 28-30
18 CE Credits •
Renaissance Arlington Capital View • Crystal City, VA
MVMA has joined forces with
the District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia
Veterinary Medical Associations to create the Potomac
Regional Veterinary Conference. This conference is a
continued collaborative effort aided by the
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary
Medicine with full support of its Alumni society.
The PRVC 2012 will have
three separate continuing education tracks: small
animal, equine and public/corporate practice offering up
to 18 hours of
approved CE credit. It
features a diverse group of internationally known
speakers who promise to send you back to your practice
with clinically applicable knowledge you can use
The Renaissance Arlington
Capital View will host the event. Lodging arrangements
can be made at 703-413-1300.
You should already have
received registration materials, but you can find the
latest conference information online.
for details and online registration.
Fall Conference Set for November 8 in Pikesville
The Maryland Veterinary Medical
headed to Pikesville, MD for its 2012 Fall Conference. The Baltimore
Hilton North will host the conference on November 8.
If you are a practitioner of veterinary
medicine or a veterinary technician, this is a premier opportunity
for eight hours of continuing education and networking.
Click here for a detailed schedule
and online registration
Canine Mast Cell Tumors
Mast cell tumors are a relatively
common tumor (especially involving the skin) in dogs. They can
“masquerade” and look like many other tumor types. They can vary
from relatively small and insignificant tumors to very
aggressive, large and lethal tumors.
VMRCVM Hosts Diversity Seminar
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine hosted
the third Southeastern Veterinary Student Diversity Matters
Symposium on its Blacksburg campus on Sept. 14-16. This year’s
theme was “More than Meets the Eye: Understanding Our Visible
and Non-visible Differences.”
VMRCVM Welcomes Class of 2016
The latest cohort of students at the
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
arrived this month to new instructional and laboratory spaces
that give the college a sleek, modern look.
Guess What I Saw!
Ernest was a 10 month old male,
castrated mixed-breed dog that presented for a two-day history
of anorexia and vomiting. Ernest was seen by his regular
veterinarian 36 hours after the onset of clinical signs.
Abdominal radiographs were performed and Ernest was referred to
Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic for continued care. A
gastrointestinal foreign object was suspected based on physical
exam findings and results of abdominal radiography.
McGregor Ferguson Passes Away
It is with a heavy heart and great
sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Dr. McGregor
Ferguson. Greg was a graduate of the Virginia Maryland Regional
College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. After graduating Dr.
Ferguson completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center in
New York followed by a residency in cardiology with Chesapeake
Veterinary Cardiology Associates. In 2004 he achieved Diplomate
status in Cardiology by the American College of Veterinary
Internal Medicine. Greg worked at the Chesapeake Veterinary
Referral Centers in Annapolis and Towson. For those of you who
did not know Greg he was a jovial gentleman with a heart of
gold. He was adored by his clients, coworkers and the community.
He touched many people's and animal's hearts in a special way
and brought joy to the individuals that crossed his path. He
will be deeply missed. Dr. Ferguson is survived by his wife and
three young children.
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externship opportunities to support our relationship and
communication with the students at VMRCVM. If you are a member
and want to list your externship,
Welcome New Members
MVMA welcomes the following members
who have joined since our last newsletter was published.
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Nathan Kapp DVM
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November 8, 2012
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