News from the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association                                                  Summer 2013

Greenbrier Resort to Host 3rd Annual Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference November 8-10
Earn up to 18 CE Credits

MVMA continues to partner with the District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia Veterinary Medical Associations to bring you the Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference. The conference is a continued collaborative effort aided by the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine with full support of its Alumni society.

The 2013 Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference offers 54 hours of small animal, equine and public practice continuing education. If you attend the conference Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you will earn 18 continuing education hours. 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.

You should already have received registration materials, but you can find the latest conference information online.

Ginsky Assumes MVMA Presidency

Jan Ginsky, VMD, CVPP assumed the MVMA presidency at MVMA’s 2013 Summer Conference in Ocean City. Elected last year to the position of president-elect, Ginsky took over MVMA’s leadership reins from Krista Evans, DVM, DACVS, CCRT 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. Eric Boshoven, DVM, DACVR was elected president-elect and

will assume the presidency at next year’s conference. Justin Sobota DVM,MS,MSM,IVCA was elected vice president.

Melissa Mustillo, DVM of Boyds, MD was elected to the board for a two-year term as its Small Animal Practice Representative. Continuing on MVMA’s Executive Board are Secretary/Treasurer Carvel Tiekert, DVM, AVMA Delegate Richard P. Streett, Jr., VMD, AVMA Alternate Delegate Edward Jendrek, VMD and Directors at Large James Reed, DVM and Valerie Ragan, DVM.

Introducing MVMA's New Executive Director

Meet Lauren Michalski, MVMA's new executive director. MORE

Exciting Times for MVMA
by Jan Ginsky, VMD, CVPP, MVMA President

The MVMA is entering into an exciting time. We have some challenges ahead of us, but also some wonderful opportunities. MORE

Compounding Update

The practice of compounding medications has come under increased scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and state boards of pharmacy largely due to recent human illnesses and deaths caused by contamination of ostensibly “sterile” injectable, compounded medications. Existing regulations are now being reviewed and enforced. MORE

Legislative Update

The legislative session closed this year with a few unexpected results. MORE

Holding Animals for Non-Payment of Services Is Not Advised

The State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (SBVME) would like to advise you that Maryland’s animal abandonment laws do not permit veterinarians to withhold releasing any animal to its owner because of lack of payment. MORE

Why Are There So Many Pit Bulls at the Shelter?

What veterinarians need to know about pit bulls in area shelters. MORE

Maryland Veterinary Foundation 21st Annual Golf Tournament

On May 22, 2013, golfers gathered on the Eastern Shore for a wonderful event. This year the River Course at Queenstown Harbor hosted 118 veterinarians and friends for a day of golf and camaraderie. The goal of the event was to raise money for scholarships for Maryland veterinary students attending the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. MORE

Veterinary Public Practice - The New Horizon?

The future of veterinary medicine has been receiving considerable attention lately with the recent release of two documents: the National Academy of Science’s, “Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine” and the AVMA’s “2013 US Veterinary Workforce Study.” These recent studies have alerted the profession to the challenges facing both current students and past graduates resulting in the need to expand opportunities for veterinarians. MORE

Guidelines for Treating UTI in Dogs and Cats

Urinary tract disease is common in dogs and cats, and often leads to antibiotic treatment. To encourage rational and appropriate use of antimicrobials for urinary tract infection (UTI) in small animals infectious disease workers, led by J. Scott Weese, collaborated on recommendations for veterinarians, Antimicrobial Use Guidelines for Treatment of Urinary Tract Disease in Dogs and Cats: Antimicrobial Guidelines Working Group of the International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases (2011).Their findings are summarized here. MORE


Meet VMRCVM's Outstanding Graduate for 2013

Rachel Baum of Gaithersburg, Maryland has been named as the outstanding graduate of VMRCVM’s Class of 2013, recognizing her significant academic achievements, extracurricular activities, service to the school and community, and her leadership.

Dr. Baum excelled academically and received the 2010 Tyler J. and Frances F. Young Scholarship. In 2013, she was awarded the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Award, the Amy L. McDermott Memorial Scholarship, and the Southwest Virginia Veterinary Medical Association Scholarship. She was also named the 2013 Outstanding Student Ambassador in recognition of her passion, enthusiasm, and professionalism when representing the college. MORE

Schurig Steps Down as Dean at VMRCVM

In January, Dr. Gerhardt Schurig announced that he would be stepping down as dean of the college having served in the role for nine years. Schurig, who joined the veterinary college faculty in 1978, will return to his previous faculty home in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology and will teach courses in immunology and conduct research. MORE

Dr. Cyril R. Clarke Appointed Dean at VMRCVM

Dr. Cyril R. Clarke, of Corvallis, Oregon, has been named dean of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, effective October 1. MORE


Dr. Richard P. Streett, Jr. Receives MVMA Lifetime Achievement Award

Richard P. Streett, Jr., VMD, of Bel Air was honored by the MVMA with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his many years of meritorious service to the MVMA, AVMA, and to his community. Dr. John Brooks introduced his good friend of many years, Dick, lauding him, and sharing Streett’s resume with attendees of the general meeting of the MVMA during the recent summer conference. MORE

Dr. Michael Erskine Receives 2013 Distinguished Veterinarian Award

Dr. Michael Erskine received MVMA’s 2013 Distinguished Veterinarian award at the Summer Conference in Ocean City. The Distinguished Veterinarian award is presented to a member 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. MORE

Ron Sohn Recognized for Service as MVMA Executive Director

MVMA recognized Executive Director Ron Sohn at its summer conference for his 12 years of service to the association. In his opening remarks, past MVMA president Dr. Jim Reed referred to Sohn as the glue that held the association together. During Sohn’s tenure, he said, MVMA went from the lowest point in its history to its highest as a strong, vibrant association. MORE


New Contact Information for MVMA

MVMA hired a new management firm and now has new contact information. Please update your records to reflect the following:

MVMA Headquarters
P.O. Box 5407
Annapolis, MD 21403
Phone: 410-268-1311
Fax: 410-268-1322

Maryland Veterinary Industry Council Active Again

The Maryland Veterinary Industry Council (IC) has relaunched and has 24 committed members, with an established mission:

To be the industry resource for and help promote membership to the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association

At the recent MVMA summer conference the IC held a silent auction to benefit the Student Chapter of the MVMA and raised just over $1800. Some of the top auction items were Rockfish Fishing Trip, Week Stay in Telluride CO, and Day Sail in Annapolis. Big thanks to all of our vendors who worked hard to make the event possible!

Mary Ellen Reek and Tracy Emara are heading the Industry Council. Dues are $100 per company annually. For more information, contact or 443-871-6489

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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.

April Muse, DVM
Yazmin Rodriguez, DVM
Sara Thompson, DVM
Rene Varela, VMD


MVMA Classifieds

MVMA's most recent job listings and listings for practices and equipment for sale. Click here read them.


Coming Events

October 10, 2013

MVMA Fall Conference
Pikesville, MD


November 8-10, 2013

2013 Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference
The Greenbrier Resort

White Sulphur Springs, WV


March 12-15, 2014

2014 Winter CE Adventure
Spring Creek Ranch

Jackson Hole, WY

MVMA Leadership

Board of Directors

Executive Director

Lauren Michalski


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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