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Your MVMA: What's in it for You!
by Alan Stader, DVM

I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.

This is part of the oath you took upon entering the veterinary profession. In Maryland, you have a partner in fulfilling that oath. The Maryland Veterinary Medical Association provides the tools you need to stay at the top of your profession.

From continuing education, to communication, to networking opportunities, the MVMA is committed to ensuring quality veterinary care in our state and a prosperous veterinary community.

Here the benefits of MVMA membership and the value they provide to your career.

1. Continuing Education
MVMA offers top quality, convenient, affordable continuing education for veterinarians and technicians. Our summer conference offers three days of education, networking and exhibits in a relaxed environment. Our winter and fall conferences, along with the Mid-Atlantic States Veterinary Clinic in spring, offer the same benefits over shorter periods in easy-to-reach locations. Members may also participate in the Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference during the fall, or look forward to our newly- revamped western getaway and ski meeting for 2014.

2. Communication
Stay current on news and events impacting the profession with The Maryland Veterinarian, MVMA's quarterly (three electronic, one in- print) newsletter. MVMA's website,, features resources for both members of the veterinary profession and consumers. Members have access to additional content and can choose to be listed in the consumer search database.

3. Advocacy
MVMA's representatives in Annapolis monitor legislation impacting the veterinary community, and act in the interest of MVMA members.

4. Networking Opportunities
MVMA offers opportunities throughout the year to interact with your colleagues and exchange ideas. Oftentimes this is the most valuable membership benefit. MVMA members have the added opportunity 24/7 to access their peers' experience through online forums.

5. Employment Opportunities
MVMA maintains a good relationship with VMRCVM, providing members and students with opportunities for employment, internships and mentoring.

6. Expanded Outreach
MVMA is linked with Virginia VMA, promoting camaraderie and access to additional CE meetings and social events for members of both organizations.

If you are not currently an MVMA member, join today.

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