News from the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association                                                  Spring 2015

What Veterinarians, Registered Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Hospital Owners Need to Know for the Upcoming Renewal Period
by Laura C. Downes, Executive Director, State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

The office of the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (SBVME) plans to issue re-registration and re-licensing applications to veterinarians, veterinary technicians (RVTs), and veterinary hospital owners by mid-May. If you are a veterinarian or RVT and your residential or practice address has changed during the past year, it is important that you notify the SBVME’s office in writing of this change. You may not receive your registration renewal materials in a timely manner if they are sent to an old address. MORE


"Doctor, Why Is My Dog Turning Yellow?"
by Celeste A. Clements, DVM, DACVIM

Bandit is a 12 year old, castrated, male Shih Tsu, with a 7-day history of vomiting, anorexia and abdominal pain, assessed as post Thanksgiving pancreatitis. Upon recheck, 3 days after discharge from your hospital, you appreciate a quiet, but happy, dog with jaundice. Not subtle jaundice, either, but at least baby chick yellow. Yikes!  MORE

AVMA-VLC Emerging Leader 2015:
Dr. Jennifer Krueger, UMD '04, VMRCVM '08

Every January the AVMA hosts its Veterinary Leadership Conference. Almost, if not all, State VMAs send their delegates, officers and emerging leaders to this valuable program. This year, the Maryland VMA was fortunate enough to have Dr. Jenny Krueger as its Emerging Leader representative.

Dr. Krueger resides in Olney, sharing her home with a vast menagerie that includes her husband, Josh, a teacher at Sherwood High School, her spritely two year old daughter Arabella, and her two dogs – Jaden, a great dane, and Apollo, a chihuahua- as well as her three cats- Ayla, Iza, and Durc. In her off time, she enjoys spending time with her human and animal family, reading, gardening, skiing, mountain and road biking, and any activity that gets her outdoors.

Recently, we had the opportunity to ask Jenny about her experience at the VLC. Click here for our Q & A.

23rd Annual Maryland Veterinary Foundation Golf Classic Set for May 20

The Maryland Veterinary Foundation will host its 23rd Annual Golf Classic Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Renditions in Davidsonville, MD. The event supports veterinary education through the many scholarships provided by the Foundation.  MORE

Midwest Canine Influenza Outbreak Caused by New Strain of Virus

The canine influenza outbreak afflicting more than 1,000 dogs in Chicago and other parts of the Midwest is caused by a different strain of the virus than was earlier assumed, according to laboratory scientists at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin. Researchers at Cornell say results from additional testing indicate that the outbreak is being caused by a virus closely related to Asian strains of influenza A H3N2 viruses, currently in wide circulation in southern Chinese and South Korean dog populations since being identified in 2006. There is no evidence that it can be transmitted to humans. MORE


MVMA Student Chapter Visits National Aquarium

Dr. Colin McDermott performs an aquatic necropsy as Allie Nagy ‘18, Caitlin Amiot ’17, Ann Bolek ’17, Melissa Brusie ’17, and Chelsea Kahn-Deere ‘17 look on.

Members of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association Student Chapter visited the National Aquarium in Baltimore in January. During the trip, the 15 veterinary students learned how the aquarium cares for more than 17,000 fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and marine mammals with five full-time veterinarians. The trip gave students a first-hand look into the daily life of an aquarium veterinarian, a behind-the-scenes tour of live collections and on-site veterinary facilities, and insight into exotic/aquatic veterinary medicine.

AVMA Legislative Fly-In
by Laura Turner, VMCVM Class of 2017

Laura Turner, (far right), and two other Maryland residents who attend Ross University and the University of Pennsylvania with Sen. Ben Cardin.

I recently participated in the AVMA Legislative Fly-In. It is a two-day workshop to introduce and initiate veterinary student participation in the legislative process and to educate students and Members of Congress on public policy issues facing the veterinary profession.

The first day I (re)learned the legislative process and was taught at length about two current legislative pieces dealing with the veterinary profession: the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (VMLRP) and the Higher Education Act & its impacts on veterinary medical students. The second day was spent on Capitol Hill, lobbying for co-sponsorship or support of the above bills. I visited the office’s of two State Senators: Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Sen. Ben Cardin, as well as two Representatives of the House: Rep. John Delaney and Rep. Christopher Van Hollen.

The VMLRP repays up to $75,000 in qualified educational loans for veterinarians who sign contracts with the USDA to practice food animal or public health medicine in designated veterinary shortage areas. Right now, there is an unmet need for a veterinarian to focus primarily on poultry in addition to beef and dairy cattle, swine and small ruminants in Allegany and Garrett counties according to the AVMA Governmental Relations Division. However, there is a 39% withholding tax on the VMLRP Awards, a tax that the National Health Service Corps’ Loan Repayment Program (the version for Medical Doctors, nurses, dentists, etc.) is not subjected to. We lobbied to try to get co-sponsorship for this bill so that more veterinarians can be placed in underserved areas in Maryland.

As for the Federal Student Aid Policy & its impacts on veterinary medical students, there is an increasing student loan debt that is negatively impacting veterinary students and veterinarians. Congress has an opportunity to alleviate some of the burden on the veterinary profession through reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

To get more involved in the legislative process, students and veterinarians are encouraged to join the AVMA-CAN (Congressional Advocacy Network). New members are needed to help influence legislation that affects our jobs, pocketbooks, and future.

10 Common Mistakes Veterinarians Make on Their Tax Return
by Michael Weber, CPA

For most taxpayers, filing their tax return creates significant confusion and raises a lot of questions. Veterinarians are no different. As a CPA with years of experience, I’ve come across many instances where veterinarians have consistently made the same mistake without ever realizing it.

In an effort to help educate veterinarians and limit the amount of mistakes in the future, I’ve created a list of some of the most common mistakes made on their tax return. MORE

MVMA Legislative Update
by Dr. James Reed

The Maryland legislature has been busy proposing bills involving many aspects of animal law. The direct impact on the veterinary profession so far has been less than previous years. What alarms us is the overall number of bills proposed in many areas of animal welfare from both the House and Senate. The House bills (8) outnumber the Senate (3) and represent the largest number to memory. This is a reflection of the increasing interest and impact that animal advocates have had on our legislature. MORE

2015 Mid-Atlantic Bovine Conference a Success

Teamwork Matters! Your executive officers rallied around the Bovine Conference this year with the helping hands of the food animal community. For many years Dr. Cindy Burnsteel from the FDA steered the program committee which included doctors from the FDA, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Penn State University and the University of Delaware. Together they have a long history of developing the program, recruiting the speakers and partnering with the Industry representatives. The 2015 program had a rough start getting off the ground, so in mid-February the MVMA President, Dr. Justin Sobota (Equine) along with MVMA President-Elect, Dr. Bob Silcox (Small animal) and MVMA Program Chair, Dr. Tom Armitage (Small animal) stepped up to the plate to finish the work that was started. With some enthusiastic encouragement from Matt Iager, the veterinarians at Mid-Maryland Dairy and Walt Giebeig of Elanco, the event turned into one of the most well-attended and supported Bovine Conferences in years. MORE

Developing Human Potential = Power of Ten

So you decided to attend veterinary college. You graduated, congratulations! Now you’re practicing. What’s next? What do you want from your hard work and your career? Power of Ten is all about your next move.

The Maryland VMA is preparing an initiative designed to help recent graduates develop foundational skills in leadership, communication and business.

We are seeking two veterinarians (recent graduates) who will be selected to go to Indianapolis to attend the ASVMAE training session hosted by Elanco in April 2016. Over the next 10 months, MVMA will select 10 participants from a pool of applicants to participate in the Power of Ten Leadership Academy. Participants will join a network of peers in a series of learning experiences that commence in September 2016 through March 2017.

Power of Ten will answer questions such as:

  • I emerged from veterinary school and I’m in practice. How can I get a better grasp on what makes me tick?

  • Now that I have a technical staff, how can I form, manage, and lead an effective team?

  • Who am I in the bigger picture, and what can I give to my family, my community and my profession that will be my legacy?

We anticipate that the Power of Ten class will also create a sense of community and participants will likely build lasting bonds with other members of the leadership academy class.

There’s more to come. Stay tuned…


Mid-Atlantic Clinic Set for May 14

If you are a practitioner of small animal or equine veterinary medicine, MVMA's Mid-Atlantic States Veterinary Clinic is a premier opportunity for continuing education, business information and networking. There are also educational opportunities for technicians, farriers and students.

The clinic will be held May 14, 2015 in the main exhibition hall of the Howard County Fairgrounds.  There are educational tracks for small animals (two tracks), technicians, equine and small ruminants.


Registration Now Open for Summer Conference

The Maryland Veterinary Medical Association is headed to the beach for its 2015 Summer Conference. The Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel will host the region’s premier event for education, developing business partnerships and networking.


Make Your Reservations for PRVC 2015

The 2015 Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference will be held November 13-15 at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV. Program details will be coming soon.




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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.

David C. McKeown, DVM
Matthew U. Paek, VMD
Karena P. Joung, VMD


MVMA Classifieds

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


Coming Events

May 14, 2015
Mid-Atlantic States Veterinary Clinic
Howard County Fairgrounds
West Friendship, MD


May 20, 2015
Maryland Veterinary Foundation 23rd Annual Golf Classic
Davidsonville, MD

June 20 - June 24, 2015
MVMA Summer Conference
Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel
Ocean City, MD


November 13-15, 2015
2015 Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference
The Greenbrier Resort
White Sulphur Springs, WV


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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