News from the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association                                                  Fall 2015

MVMA Engages New Lobbying Firm

As part of the MVMA's strategic plan, we are continually looking to enhance our representation and ability to aggressively battle the legislation which affects our profession. In accordance with that goal, the MVMA has retained the services of a new firm, Alexander & Cleaver, to represent the association in all state-related legislative issues. Alexander & Cleaver is a lobbying institution located in Annapolis and boasts one of the longest client lists in the State. They will be responsible for tracking legislation and providing updates to the association leadership. In addition, we will be providing regular updates via the website, our monthly Newsbites e-mail bulletin, and our quarterly newsletters. We are confident that Alexander & Cleaver can successfully represent the views of the MVMA as we forge ahead!

In addition, we want to acknowledge our previous long-term legal representative, William Erskine. He and his team at Offit Kurman have been instrumental in the association's representation for several years. He has been incredibly gracious and supportive in providing both time and advice during his time on our Board. Without his guidance and willingness to represent the MVMA on State issues, we would not be where we are today!

Guess What I Saw?

A 10 year-old female spayed domestic short-haired cat named Sammy presented to her primary veterinarian for weight loss and hind limb lameness. She had a chronic cough and was currently being treated with theophylline for suspected asthma. At this visit, she was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism (T4= 4.5) and tested Felv/FIV negative. Treatment with cyproheptadine and tapazole was initiated. She was rechecked by her primary veterinarian for progressive left hind limb pain and lameness. Bloodwork was performed and showed elevated white blood cells (20,900K), platelets (618,000K) and neutrophils (18.810K) with a high normal thyroid level (T4 3.8). She was treated with a Convenia injection for the leukocytosis. I-131 therapy was discussed and recommended as Sammy was proving hard to medicate. Prior to pursuing this I-131 therapy, she had thoracic radiographs performed which showed pulmonary nodules. Monitoring these via serial radiographs was recommended. She was also referred to a cardiologist for an echocardiogram to evaluate a longstanding murmur. Her echocardiogram showed mild mitral valve degeneration, and no cardiac medications were indicated. Several days after her echocardiogram, Sammy was presented to a veterinary emergency and referral center for evaluation of continued worsening of left hind limb lameness and pain.  MORE

Drugs that You Can and Cannot Use in Backyard Poultry
by Annika Lynn McKillop, DVM, MSpVM, DACPV

When treating backyard poultry patients, you have to be careful what you prescribe because they are still considered food animals, even if they are pets. There are certain drugs that are illegal for use in poultry. Poultry, as defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is any life-stage of a chicken or turkey, and does not include ducks, geese, peafowl, squab, pheasants and other avian species. If you are found using these drugs in poultry, you could risk losing your veterinary license. MORE

Upcoming Events

PVMA/MVMA: Winter Seminar
February 13-19, 2016
Wyndham Grand Mar Rio, Puerto Rico
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MVMA Surgical Lab
Sunday February 28, 2016
Annapolis, MD
Registration $850 per person. Limited to 20 participants – first come, first served (with payment and registration).
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UMD College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Welcomes Dean Craig Beyrouty

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) a the University of Maryland officially welcomed Dr. Craig Beyrouty as dean on November 1st. In this role, Dean Beyrouty will also serve as director of the college’s statewide public outreach system, University of Maryland Extension, and of the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station, which operates four research and education centers located throughout the state. MORE

Prince Frederick Animal Hospital Named Small Business of the Year

Dr. Nancy Ramsey (right) receives the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award from Chamber President/CEO Bill Chambers and Chamber Board of Directors Chair Lillian Mattingly.

The Calvert County Chamber of Commerce named Prince Frederick Animal Hospital its small business of the year at its Annual Business Expo in October. The hospital has been in business since 1981 and has been owned by Dr. Nancy Ramsey since 2003.

Operating out of a state-of-the-art, 7,000-square-foot veterinary hospital, the business employs 32 people and provides medical and surgical services to the pets of Calvert County.

"We provide pet vaccinations, microchipping, pet county licenses, dental services, monitored anesthetic procedures, ICU care, digital radiology and ultrasound," says Ramsey. "We have a fully stocked veterinary pharmacy and a complete in-house veterinary laboratory. We have added pet grooming and pet boarding, and have expanded our retail sales of pet food and supplies. We even have a pet adoption center."

"We offer discounted services to Calvert Animal Welfare League, Tri-County Animal Shelter and Friends of Feline, as well as many other pet rescue and rehabilitation organizations," she continued. "We have provided staff for Calvert County’s rabies clinics. We work closely with Calvert County Animal Control in treating abandoned, abused and neglected animals. Our veterinarian staff has investigated pet hoarding and neglect situations, and our veterinarians have testified in cases of pet abuse and dog fighting. We offer internships to 4th year veterinary students and our veterinarians volunteer at Calvert County school’s career days."

In Memoriam: Dr. Bob Hammond
by Dr. Hayes

Bob Hammond passed away September first at the age of 93. Those who knew him realize the giant of a man he was. Veterinary Medicine came to him as a natural extension of his work on the family farm. If not for his HS principal, we would not have had him for a colleague.  MORE

VMAT Field Training Exercise
by Frederick Lewis, Jr., DVM

The VMAT Field Training Exercise (FTX) was held November 14-15, 2015 at Fort Valley State University College of Agriculture Family Sciences and Technology in Warner Robins, Georgia. Special thanks to Department Head Dr. George McCommon and to Anna Ellis VMAT, and FVSU students who assisted with the training exercises. Thanks also to the VMAT U Trainers, and Dr. Cheryl Eia with AVMA. MORE

AVMA Summit Highlights Improving Veterinary Economics; Identifies Key Areas that Need Attention

Salaries are climbing. Employment is strong. The debt-to-income ratio for veterinary school graduates is holding steady. All of this positive economic news was shared at the 2015 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Economic Summit, painting a picture of improved economic indicators across the veterinary profession. MORE

White Coat Ceremony

Welcoming ceremonies for the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2019 were held on August 21-22, 2015. On August 21, the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine held their White Coat Ceremony at the Skelton Conference Center on the Virginia Tech campus.

The White Coat ceremony is a welcoming dinner for the incoming freshman veterinary class and their families where they receive their laboratory coats and stethoscopes. The MVMA was represented by Dr. Bob Silcox and Dr. Rich Streett, III. Also in attendance were several members of the VMCVM faculty, as well as members of the Virginia and West Virginia Veterinary Medical Associations.

The ceremony included dinner for the incoming class of 124 freshman and their friends and family. Speeches were given by Dr. Cyril Clarke, dean of the CVM, as well as Dr. Terry Taylor, president of the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, and Dr. Bob Silcox. Dr. Silcox welcomed the freshman class to the beginning of their new career. He also reviewed the role of the MVMA and the Student Chapter of the MVMA in serving as a resource to the students of the school. In addition, the importance of veterinary associations taking a leading role in guiding the future of our industry was highlighted. Afterwards, members of the MVMA and the students enjoyed some fun and games out in Blacksburg.

On Saturday, Dr. Elizabeth Crook and other members of the College Committee represented the MVMA at the VVMA Summer Picnic and Tubing on the New River. Overall, it was a wonderful weekend to welcome the Class of 2019.

Mentor Weekend at VMCVM

MVMA members traveled to the campus of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in October to meet with students and serve as mentors. Here are some photos from the event.

Now in its 30th Year, Veterinary Memorial Fund Comes Full Circle

Twenty years ago, a researcher at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine proved that cornea tissue can carry feline leukemia virus, potentially saving countless cats from risky tissue donations from infected animals.

That researcher was Ian Herring, associate professor of ophthalmology in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. His project would not have happened without support from the college’s Veterinary Memorial Fund (VMF), which just marked its 30th year of providing competitive grants to faculty members working on clinical research projects.

Recently, Herring and ophthalmology resident Rachel Matusow completed another VMF-funded project whose findings will become part of routine pre-operative care for dogs undergoing cataract surgery at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and beyond. The $8,000 grant allowed Herring and Matusow to offer anti-glaucoma medication to 120 dogs that underwent cataract surgery over an 18-month period. Their research has been submitted for publication in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Established in 1985, the Veterinary Memorial Fund enables pet owners and families to leave a legacy of support for scientific investigations which improve the quality of health care for future generations. The fund accepts contributions, both small and large, from veterinarians and owners in memory of a pet, as well as from family and friends in memory of a person who loved animals.

Read more about the Veterinary Memorial Fund.


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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.

Matthew Beeson, DVM
Jeremy J. Beitinger, DVM
Lauren Boccanfuso, DVM
Laura E. Carpenter, DVM
Krista J. Carlson, DVM
Sarah E. Clay, DVM
Tacia Despo, DVM
Cathryn Doyle, DVM
Adrienne Goode, DVM
Douglas A. Graham, DVM
Stacey V. Hicks, DVM
D’Wayne Hines, DVM
Suzanne Hoerle, DVM
Joshua Jackson, DVM

Eric Parker Keil, DVM
Jenny A. Krueger, DVM
Anna Leppien, DVM
Katelyn Mazzochete, DVM
Nicole Delia McAdams, DVM
Katelin McConkey, DVM
Martin L. Morin, DVM
Holly A. Phelps, DVM
Claire E. Rathjens, DVM
Tiffany Robertson DVM
Robert A. Simmons, DVM
Julianne Simpson, DVM
Amy Twardzik, DVM
Stacey Waibel – PNC Bank

MVMA Classifieds

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Coming Events

February 13-19, 2016
2016 Winter Seminar Vacation to Puerto Rico

February 28, 2016
MVMA Surgical Lab
Annapolis, MD

March 31 - April 1, 2016
Mid-Atlantic States Bovine Conference
Hagerstown, MD

May 19, 2016
Mid-Atlantic States Veterinary Clinic
Howard County Fairgrounds
West Friendship, MD

June 26-28, 2016
MVMA Summer Conference
Ocean City, MDV


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