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Moffa Named MVMA Distinguished Veterinarian


Dr. John Moffa addresses the audience at MVMA's 2012 Summer Conference.

Deserving of our admiration and gratitude is Dr. John V. Moffa, recipient of the MVMA’s award for Distinguished Veterinarian, specified for someone who has tirelessly served the veterinary profession, with active work within our profession as well as service to the veterinary community at the local, state or national level. Award criteria specifies that:

  1. The nominee must be a graduate of a recognized veterinary college.

  2. The nominee must have been an MVMA member for the last five consecutive years.

  3. The nominee will be a member of our profession who has demonstrated consistent effort on behalf of our fellow veterinarians to enhance and strengthen their professional environment at the local, state or national level of organized veterinary medicine.

Long time friend and colleague Dr. John Brooks introduced the award for Dr. John Moffa with personal anecdotes and praise for Dr. Moffa’s service to organized veterinary medicine. Dr. Tom Armitage read this toast:

Over my professional career I have had the privilege and honor to speak to the merits, accomplishments and contributions of individuals from the political arena, those involved in community service, as well as members of the veterinary profession at the national, regional, and state level. Now more than ever, I feel especially privileged to speak of a person who has been one of my closest friends, a very fine veterinarian. Over the years he has given all of himself to the MVMA in whatever task he took on. Dr. John Moffa truly exemplifies all that is embellished in the MVMA Distinguished Veterinarian.

For as long as I have known John, he has been active in our local Harford VMA and the MVMA. His efforts on our behalf speak for themselves, from working with our veterinary technician programs, mentoring both veterinary and vet tech students, to his latest “labor of love,” the MVF 20th Annual Golf Classic to help provide financial aid for our veterinary students.

No matter what the issue, his tenacious personality to see the project exceed expectations brings all of us around him to a greater level of personal effort. I know that those of you here today recognize the many MVMA activities on which John has had his “fingerprint.” I’m sure those will be mentioned during this award ceremony.

Now let me speak to the “other side” of John Moffa, or as he is affectionately referred to, Guido. Although Guido has excelled in all his endeavors, there is one area of his life where he continues to fall short of the benchmark he has set for himself. Yes, that’s correct, Guido is indeed human; and try as he may he remains incapable of completing a winning round of sporting clays against me. Indeed over the years, in spite of my excellent mentoring and coaching, he seems not to be able to “distinguish” himself in this endeavor.

Over the years I have been “forced” to smoke more victory cigars and eat more winners lunches than any good friend should have to!

But at the end of the day, John Moffa’s quiet, consistent efforts on behalf of our association and members remain a benchmark standard that few of us have achieved during our professional careers. He truly demonstrates, day in and day out, the total package of a veterinarian dedicated to his family, his clients and their pets, his community and of course, the MVMA and our membership. I can think of no individual within our MVMA who is more deserving of this award.

I am indeed honored to pen these few words that, in fact, fall short of truly capturing the 35-plus years of his professional career and all that he has added to all of our lives.

As for me, I want you to know, Dr John Moffa, how much I value our friendship and all that truly distinguishes you amongst a very select few MVMA members who have received this award. I will be raising a toast to you at this moment from my front porch of my home here in Wyoming. Congratulations, well done!

Dr. Moffa graduated from Cornell’s veterinary school in 1975, after completing an animal science degree at Rutgers University in his home state of New Jersey. Both institutions recognized his scholarly achievements and service with awards. Upon graduation, he worked at several practices as an associate before opening his own clinic in Aberdeen, Maryland in 1979.

Also, he has given his time to the Native American Veterinary Service, and supported technician training programs at the Community College of Baltimore County.
Dr. Moffa has pursued his own scholarship by becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners with a specialty in companion animals.
His record of professional affiliation service shows service to the American Veterinary Medical Association; the Harford Veterinary Medical Association; Greater Baltimore Veterinary Medical Association and the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, where he served on the Board of Directors for 25 years as Harford County representative. He also sat on the committee for continuing education and actively supported the Maryland Veterinary Foundation.

Dr. Moffa was chairman of the highly successful MVF Annual Golf Classic for 20 years and has been instrumental in assisting numerous veterinary students achieving their professional goals. Clearly his influence is broad and far-reaching.

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