News from the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association                                                  Summer 2014

Reflecting on My 2013-2014 MVMA Year as President
by Dr. Jan V. Ginsky, MVMA Immediate Past President

Now that the MVMA Annual Summer Conference (which will be highlighted in our next issue) and my year as president is over, I’ve been able to think back on the 2013-2014 year. It was an interesting year with quite a few challenges. MORE

2014 Legislative Update
by James B. Reed, DVM and William Erskine, JD

The Maryland Legislature was active in proposing bills that continued to address community concerns with “dangerous dogs.” Since the Solesky decision in the fall of 2012, there has been much debate and attempted compromise to alleviate discrimination against a single breed or breed-type. The existing civil action going into the 2014 legislative sessions favored the belief that all pit bulls are inherently dangerous, which has had a large impact on animal shelters and rescue groups. MORE


Oppose the Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2014

Tell Congress to oppose mandatory prescription writing! On February 10, Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT-4th) reintroduced the so-called "Fairness to Pet Owners Act" (H.R. 4023). Like its predecessor in the previous Congress, H.R. 1406, the legislation would require a veterinarian to provide a client with a written prescription for domesticated household animals, whether or not requested by the client. MORE


House Passes the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act
by Dr. Clark Fobian, AVMA President

We're almost there!!

We are pleased to announce that the U.S. House passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act! This important bill will make it legal for veterinarians to transport and use controlled substances beyond their primary places of registration and across state lines to treat their animal patients. As you may recall, the Senate passed its version of the bill back in January, so yesterday's action by the House brings the bill one step closer to the president's desk." MORE


Zoonotic and Other Animal Diseases of Concern in Maryland

The Maryland Departments of Agriculture, Health and Mental Hygiene and Natural Resources issued an update on diseases of concern in Maryland. Click here to download the publication.

Western Maryland VMA to Host Summer Picnic

The Western Maryland Veterinary Medical Association will host a summer picnic at the Catoctin Creek Park and Nature Center in Middletown, MD. They have reserved one of the shelters and will be having a Pig Roast catered by Margaret Baker. This is a fairly new
park in a beautiful setting and offers quite a variety of activities---trails, geocaching, play area, and nature displays.

The WMVMA has also arranged for a presentation by one of the park's naturalists at 2:45 p.m. featuring some of their critters. Veterinary students at VMRCVM are invited this year, so you may see some new faces. Members are asked to bring either a side dish or dessert to share, but all other food and drink will be provided (as usual).

Please RSVP either by mail , email, or phone. Here are the specifics:

Location: Catoctin Creek Park and Nature Center
2929 Sumantown Road
Middletown, MD 21769

Date & Time: Sunday, August 10, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Lunch served at approx I :30 p.m.
Naturalist Presentation 2:45 p.m.

Click here for details.


Baltimore to Host 2014 Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference

The Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD will host the 2014 Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference November 7-9. This conference is a collaborative effort of the Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and District of Columbia Veterinary Medical Associations and features top quality CE and networking opportunities.

Click here for details.


National Aquarium Launches Behind-the-Scenes Veterinary Immersion Tour

Ever wondered how the National Aquarium cares for more than 17,000 animals or what it’s like to be an animal caretaker? Guests now have the opportunity to put on a surgical cap and mask, and dive into a behind-the-scenes veterinarian immersion tour led by one of the Aquarium’s staff veterinarians. MORE

DogFest, Catsino and Other Dog & Cat Fun

There are so many ways you can help support Baltimore Humane Society’s no-kill shelter with barely any effort. Just by publicizing the following events you’ll be spreading the word – a very valuable service! And your patients will be happy you’re letting them know about some really fun events that help the community’s homeless pets. MORE


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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.

Brittany Carr, DVM
Erica O'Donnell, DVM
Shanthi D. Ramachandran, VMD
Monica C. Maa, DVM
Kacie E. Schmitt, DVM
Melanie Klein, DVM
Melissa Jones, VMD
Dr. Veronica Meer
Ellen S. Harrison, DVM
Leslie S. Prescott, DVM
Korrin Lucas, DVM
Tracey A. Graham, DVM
Cheryl Stiehl, DVM
Rick A. Ramirez, DVM
Holly D. Polf, DVM
Madeline Boles, DVM
Michael DeTora, DVM, DACVS
Jonathan Stack, DVM
Jessica McGallicher, DVM
Jennifer A. Jenkins, DVM
Jessie Harper, DVM
Katherine Dabirsiaghi
Connie M. Gibbs, DVM
Kelly Bailey, RVT
Michael Webber
Brian Messick
Ryan Letke
Marcella Desantis

Gregory Whitener, DVM
Gloria Santamaria, DVM
Rachel Friedman, DVM
Electronic Billing and Customer Service
Audrey Barker, VMD
Stephanie J. Meilleur, DVM
Angela Black, DVM
Marissa K. Kakoyiannis, DVM
Kathryn Hamilton, DVM
Julie Bennington, DVM
Ashley Sander, RVT
Jennifer L. Jones, DVM
Jennifer L. Barnard, DVM
Angela Bakanas, DVM
Rebecca L. Ewing, DVM
Connie H. Rhinesmith, DVM
Rachel Reed, DVM
Brendon Moulder, DVM
Kristine L. Krotec, VMD
Jill A. McLaughlin, DVM
Tracy Thompson, DVM
Jessica Kocher, DVM
Sara Pilkerton, DVM
Cynthia Bashore, DVM
Mary Lynn Selzer, DVM
Sherritta Ridgely, DVM
Rachel Cezar, DVM

MVMA Classifieds

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


Coming Events

November 7-9, 2014

2014 Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference
Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor

Baltimore, MD


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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