Veterinarians, Registered Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary
Hospital Owners Need to Know for the Upcoming Renewal Period
C. Downes, Executive Director, State Board of Veterinary Medical
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.
Why Is My Dog Turning Yellow?"
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!
Emerging Leader 2015:
Dr. Jennifer Krueger, UMD '04, VMRCVM '08
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
Recently, we had the opportunity to
ask Jenny about her experience at the VLC.
Click here for our Q & A.
Annual Maryland Veterinary Foundation Golf Classic Set for May
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
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.
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
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
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.
Mistakes Veterinarians Make on Their Tax Return
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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
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.
HERE FOR DETAILS
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.
HERE FOR DETAILS
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
HERE TO MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS
HERE FOR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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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.
David C. McKeown, DVM
Matthew U. Paek, VMD
Karena P. Joung, VMD
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May 14, 2015
Mid-Atlantic States Veterinary Clinic
Howard County Fairgrounds
West Friendship, MD
May 20, 2015
Maryland Veterinary Foundation 23rd Annual Golf Classic
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
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