Discusses Standard of Care at
MVMA Fall Conference
The MVMA addressed the standard of
care in veterinary medicine with a day-long CE track at its 2012
Fall Conference November 8, 2012. The track concluded with an
interactive discussion between conference attendees and a panel
of six leaders in Maryland's veterinary community. Panelists
included Chris Runde, DVM; Krista Evans, DVM, DACVS, CCRT; David
Handel, DVM; Sarah Babcock, DVM, JD; Tanya Lynn Tag, DVM,
DACVECC and Thomas Bauk, DVM.
Click here for excerpts from the conversations.
Workshop on Pet Medications; One Vet's Perspective
The proposed federal legislation HR
1406, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act, would require
veterinarians to provide a written prescription for all
medications prescribed. It was not passed by Congress this year,
but that’s not the end of the story. On October 2, 2012
the FTC held a workshop to examine the issue of “Competition &
Consumer Protection Issues in the Pet Medications Industry.”
Over Breed Specific Legislation Continues in Maryland
In January Maryland legislators will
deliberate the appellate court decision that applied strict
liability against an owner who owns a pit bull or a pit bull
cross who attacks a human. Tracey v. Solesky ruled that
when an attack involves pit bulls it is no longer necessary to
prove that the particular pit bull or pit bulls are dangerous.
The issue has been vigorously debated: victims of dog bites make
a compelling case for the need for better public protection
while veterinarians and animal advocates are equally passionate
about the need to avoid breed-specific legislation. “Punish the
deed, NOT the breed” is one popular slogan that acknowledges
that any dog may bite, and that all pet owners must manage their
The MVMA and AVMA stand united against the enactment of breed
specific legislation and reject the
finding of the court in Tracey vs Solesky. Maryland
veterinarians and staff or other interested parties are
encouraged to contact their delegates .
Click here to locate a delegate.
Sample letters are provided on the AVMA’s website.
Honored for Efforts During Hurricane
The MVMA recognized Rick Lewis, DVM,
MS, BS of Academy Animal Hospital in Baltimore for his efforts
working with quarantined animals from the Baltimore Animal
Rescue and Care shelter during Hurricane Sandy.
"On behalf of the Maryland
Veterinary Medical Association, I would like to commend you for
your outstanding service and compassion for the quarantined
animals during Hurricane Sandy," said MVMA President Kris Evans,
DVM, DACVS, CCRT. "Thank you for honoring our profession during
For details on Dr. Lewis'
activities, see the next article in this newsletter.
Sandy and BARCS Evacuation
Hurricane Sandy slammed the
Northeastern United States October 29, 2012 and continued its
slow moving broad destructive path through the first week of
November. The devastating effects of this wide slow moving
superstorm are still being felt across the Northeast, the
Central Appalachians and well into New England. Initial
estimates (the Washington Post 10/31/2012) suggest that the
powerful storm has claimed at least 51 lives and caused up to
$20 billion in damage.
Active in the MVMA and Help Yourself
With over 2,500 licensed
veterinarians in the state of Maryland, the knowledge
that we are relying on so few to accurately represent
our interests, educate the public, warn us of developing
legal and medical issues and set up programs for
continuing education was concerning to me. In such an
altruistic profession, I suspect the shortage of
volunteers to be due to a lack of awareness about how to
McCracken Joins CPCVM
Dr. Tracy McCracken has
joined the faculty of Virginia-Maryland Regional College of
Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) as the Assistant Director of Education
and Training for the Center for Public and Corporate
Veterinary Medicine (CPCVM) in College Park, MD.
Opening Celebrates New Facilities
Students at the Virginia-Maryland
Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) are learning
the fundamentals of veterinary
medicine in a new,
30,000-square-foot educational building that
represents the next chapter in the life of the college—and the profession.
The Veterinary Medicine Instruction
Addition, which opened this fall, includes a state-of-the-art
clinical techniques laboratory for second- and third-year
veterinary students as well as new faculty offices, student
seminar space, and small conference areas.
MVMA Members Participate in VMRCVM Mentorship Program
The Maryland Veterinary Medical
Association (MVMA) has announced the start of the 2012 mentorship program with the
Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA). Since 2004,
members of the MVMA and the VVMA volunteer to serve as mentors
to students at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of
Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM).
MVMA Student Chapter Completes First Semester
The MVMA Student Chapter at
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine has
been busy during their first fall semester. The new-formed club
has 43 members, including students from every class at VMRCVM.
New Tax on Medical Devices
Beginning January 1, 2013 the sale of many medical devices that
are FDA-approved for use in humans will be taxed with a 2.3%
excise tax. These new fees will not be applied to
veterinary-only devices, but veterinary practitioners are
encouraged to think before they purchase! The AVMA offers some
FAQs for guidance, with links to the IRS tax codes.
Click here to review
Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care
Shelter (BARCS) accepts and cares for all animals in need and
promotes responsible pet ownership for a more humane community
in Baltimore City. BARCS oversees shelter operations and
programs including: housing and care for shelter animals; lost
and found; pet licenses; adoptions; volunteer; foster; rescue;
and low-cost vaccination and microchip clinics.
Data that all Veterinarians Need to Know
The shelters are trying to make a
difference, but they can’t do it alone. With their limited space
and finite resources, they cannot achieve their goals without
high levels of community support, including veterinary support.
Veterinarians have the ability to make a world of difference for
homeless, abandoned animals.
Rosenberger, DVM Made Life Member of MVMA
The MVMA board of directors
conferred life membership on William Rosenberger, DVM. Dr.
Rosenberger own Reisterstown Veterinary Center until retiring in
October. He has been an MVMA member for more than 50 years.
John D. Hall Passes Away
Dr. John Deale Hall Jr. died Nov.
30, 2012. He was born June 2, 1947 to Mr. and Mrs. John Hall Sr.
in Annapolis. A life-long Annapolitan, he graduated from
Annapolis High School in 1965, where he was captain of the
varsity basketball team. Dr. Hall attended the University of
Maryland and the University of Georgia College of Veterinary
A beloved veterinarian for 40 years,
Dr. Hall spent his life taking care of both the animals and the
people of Anne Arundel and Kent counties. He was a member of the
Maryland Veterinary Medical Association and had strong ties to
the agricultural community. A member of the Annapolis Striders,
he was a dedicated marathon runner. Running the Pikes Peak
Marathon three times, he abided by the motto: “start slow, and
taper off.” For many years, he served as a coach for the
Optimist Basketball League, in which his children played. Dr.
Hall will be remembered by his love of gardening, music and
sports; his dedication to his family and his friends; and his
sense of humor. He was a loyal fan of the Maryland Terrapins and
the Baltimore Colts.
He is survived by his wife, Megan;
his son, Andrew; his daughters, Katelyn, Lindsay and Emma; his
mother, Estelle (91); his brother, Richard Hall; and a very
large and loving extended family. In lieu of flowers, please
send donations to the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts or the
Annapolis City Parks and Recreation Department.
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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,
Welcome New Members
MVMA welcomes the following members
who have joined since our last newsletter was published.
Michelle Bateman, DVM
Kathryn N. Bonistalli, DVM
Anthony Calo, DVM
Rachel Fedje, DVM
Ruth E. Fliflet, VMD
Jessica Fragola, VMD
Cynthia Germain, DVM
Patricia Greenfield, DVM
Kerrianne Hanlin, DVM
Clifford T. Howard, DVM
Muhammad Iqbal, DVM
Jane E. Keegan, DVM
John Quince Kluttz, IV, BVSc
Tracy McCracken, DVM
Kristy R. Meivogel, DVM
Graham D. Molinaro, DVM
Christine Morrow, DVM
Jessica Obnnsky, BVMS, DMRCVS
Kathleen C. Phillips, DVM
Emily Reger, DVM
Jocelyn H. Riehl, DVM
Gay C. Smith, DVM
Angela Tuckerman, DVM
Juliette Hart, DVM
Janice Hsieh, DVM
Mara L. Schultz, DVM
Heather York, DVM
Jodi M. Edwards, DVM
Jennifer Goessling, DVM
Amanda Stump, DVM
Rebecca Krimins, DVM,MS
Melissa S. Mustillo, DVM
Tracey Robinson, DVM
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