News from the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association                                                  Fall 2012

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. DETAILS

Join MVMA and AVMA in Opposition to HR 1406: Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2011

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. DETAILS

2012 AVMA 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. DETAILS


Potomac 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 immediately.

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.

Click here for details and online registration.

Fall Conference Set for November 8 in Pikesville

The Maryland Veterinary Medical Association is 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. DETAILS

VMRCVM Hosts Diversity Seminar

The 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.”  DETAILS

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.  DETAILS

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. DETAILS


Dr. 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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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.

Welcome New Members

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

New Members

Patty Groves RVT
Nathan Kapp DVM
Marianne Pelura
Cheryl Williams DVM


MVMA Classifieds

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Coming Events

September 28-30, 2012
Potomac Regional
Veterinary Conference

Crystal City, VA

November 8, 2012
MVMA Fall Conference
Pikesville, MD

April 3-4, 2013
Bovine Conference
Hagerstown, Maryland

May 16, 2013
Mid-Atlantic Clinic
West Friendship, MD

June 23-25, 2013

128th Annual Summer Conference
Ocean City, MD

MVMA Leadership

Board of Directors

Executive Director

Lauren Michalski


Associate Executive Director

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


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