News from the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association                                                  Summer 2012

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.

Evans Assumes MVMA Presidency

Krista Evans, DVM, DACVS, CCRT assumed the MVMA presidency at MVMA’s 2012 Summer Conference in Ocean City. Elected last year to the position of president-elect, Evans took over MVMA’s leadership reins from Thomas Armitage, DVM who will continue to serve on the association’s board of directors as immediate past president.

The results of this year’s election were also announced at the meeting. Jan Ginsky, VMD, CVPP was elected president-elect and will assume the presidency at next year’s conference. DETAILS

Legislative Synopsis for 2012

Three important issues have come up this past year that the MVMA has addressed or is currently addressing. One involved animal "guardianship." The second is a Spay-Neuter Task Force and the third is the "Solesky Decision" that distinguishes pit bulls and pit bull mixes as dangerous dogs. DETAILS


News from the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine

As we move through 2012 here on the Maryland campus of the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine we are continuing to evolve to best position ourselves to meet the demands for future public veterinary practitioners. DETAILS

Curriculum Changes to Better Equip Students Seeking Careers in Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine

Although most veterinarians pursue careers in private clinical practice, nearly 25 percent of the nation’s vets are working for government, private industry, international organizations, or nonprofits. The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine has redesigned and expanded its public and corporate veterinary medicine curriculum to better prepare students for these careers. DETAILS


Golf Tourney Raises Over $18,000 for Scholarships

The Maryland Veterinary Foundation held its 20th Annual Golf Classic May 23 at Mountain Branch Golf Course in Harford County. It turned out to be a huge success. The foundation raised over $18,000 for its general scholarship fund that provides financial support for Maryland residents in veterinary school.  DETAILS


Goals from MVMA's New President

Dr. Kris Evans, a veterinary surgeon practicing in Annapolis, was sworn in as the new MVMA president for 2012. In her acceptance speech Dr. Evans delineated five major goals for her year as president as identified by the Strategic Task Force of the MVMA. DETAILS

MVMA Honorees Celebrated at Conference

The MVMA celebrated two of its notable members at the recent summer conference: Dr. Raymond Ediger and Dr. John Moffa.

DMVMA President Tom Armitage, DVM (center) with Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Dr. Raymond Ediger (left) and MVMA Distinguished Veterinarian Dr. John Moffa..

Ediger Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The MVMA bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award upon Dr. Raymond Ediger for his years of dedicated and outstanding service and leadership to the organization and for his many years of representing the Western Maryland Veterinary Medical Association. DETAILS

Moffa Named Distinguished Veterinarian

Equally 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. DETAILS


MVMA Student Chapter Forms at VMRCVM

A new student chapter of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association has been initiated at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. The organization will serve to strengthen the connection between the MVMA and all veterinary students at VRMCVM.  DETAILS

VMRCVM Hosts Tour of Baltimore Aquarium

More than 80 Maryland residents—most of them prospective students and their families—learned more about the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and some of them toured the National Aquarium in Baltimore on Sunday, July 15, 2012. DETAILS

The Definition of Nostalgia

The definition of nostalgia: an excessive sentimental yearning to return to some past period-- my diagnosis for my feelings while attending the 2012 graduation of the Virginia Maryland Regional Veterinary Medical College on May 11, 2012. DETAILS

CCBC's Veterinary Technology Program

The veterinary technology program at the Community College of Baltimore County is unique, offering the only AVMA accredited training program for technicians in the state of Maryland. And this year the entire thirteen-member Class of 2012 passed the National Technician Board Examination. Their success is unusual, since the nationwide pass rate is usually 68-70%. Graduates of this CCBC program are well prepared to function successfully as registered veterinary technicians (RVTs), and the curriculum provides a sound basis for their ability to learn quickly. They are well prepared to hit the ground running.  DETAILS


Salmonella: A Local and National Concern

In May 2012 the zoonotic potential of Salmonella made national headlines when contaminated pet foods manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods in South Carolina were identified as the source of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Infantis; at least 15 people were infected by handling dry dog food or by associating with infected dogs, although none from Maryland. DETAILS

Why Veterinarians Should Use Written Consents and Written Estimates

The Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (SBVME) meets monthly and hears cases against veterinarians licensed to practice in the state. In addition to this highly important task, the SBVME’s members spend time trying to understand and mold state laws as they apply to the practice of veterinary medicine. Many cases brought to the SBVME could have been prevented through better communication between the veterinarian and the client. DETAILS

Support for Families with Sick or Dying Pets at the Baltimore Humane Society

Don’t have the time or resources to give adequate counseling and support to families with very sick or dying pets? Baltimore Humane Society is here to help. It’s very difficult for most people as they prepare and cope with the loss of their furry companions; the loss of a pet can be as devastating as the loss of a human family member. Nicodemus Memorial Park at Baltimore Humane Society recognized the deep need that many families have for help through the grieving process and is now offering four free services to the entire Baltimore community of pet owners. DETAILS

Veterinarians Needed at the Carroll County Farm Museum

The 1890 Veterinary Surgeon’s Office at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster needs member veterinarians to volunteer as guides during special event weekends this fall. DETAILS


William H. Carr, VMD Passes Away

William H. Carr, VMD passed away May 22. He was a lifetime member of the MVMA and served as president in 1975-76.

Born in Ossining,NY, on March 28, 1928, Bill served the US Army during the Korean War, returning home to earn a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. Settling in Emmitsburg, he established a veterinary practice for both large and small animals. Going on to sit on the board of the Thurmont Bank, become president of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, and a member of the Western Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Carr was an Elder of the Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Masonic Order and the VFW. Following his retirement in 1988, he successfully ran, and was elected, Mayor of Emmitsburg, serving for more than 10 years.

Bill will be remembered for his wonderful personality and his ability to tell a great story. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Cards and letters may be sent to Dr. Carr’s wife:

Chata I. Carr
300 West Main St.
Box 82
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

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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

Michelle Bateman, DVM
Kathryn Bonistalli, DVM
Anthony Calo, DVM
JoAnne Carey, DVM
Jennifer Dolan, DVM
Rachel Fedje, DVM
Ruth Fliflet, VMD
Jessica Fragola, VMD
Cynthia Germain, DVM
Kerrianne Hanlin, DVM
Clifford Howard, DVM
Muhammad Iqbal, DVM

Jane Keegan, DVM
John Kluttz, IV, BVSc
Tracy McCracken, DVM
Kristy Meivogel, DVM
Graham Molinaro, DVM
Christine Morrow, DVM
Kathleen Phillips, DVM
Emily Reger, DVM
Jocelyn Riehl, DVM
Gay Smith, DVM
Angela Tuckerman, DVM

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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

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Executive Director

Lauren Michalski


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Brittany Sohn


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