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!
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
You Can and Cannot Use in Backyard Poultry
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.
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
Registration $850 per person. Limited to 20 participants – first
come, first served (with payment and registration).
Click here for details
College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Welcomes Dean Craig
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.
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
"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
"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."
Memoriam: Dr. Bob Hammond
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Read more about the Veterinary Memorial Fund.
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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.
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
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
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February 13-19, 2016
2016 Winter Seminar Vacation to Puerto Rico
February 28, 2016
MVMA Surgical Lab
March 31 - April 1, 2016
Mid-Atlantic States Bovine Conference
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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Annapolis, MD 21403
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