News from the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association                                                  Winter 2015


2014 Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference Recap
by Kris Evans, DVM, DACVS, CCRT

The Fourth Annual Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference (PRVC) was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor November 7-9, 2014. The conference location is on a rotating schedule between Washington DC (2011), Virginia (2012), West Virginia (2013); and in 2014, Maryland. The conference is sponsored by the four veterinary medical associations and offers 18 hours of continuing education. The conference has been successful each year, with 226 attending the Baltimore conference.  MORE

Prescribing and Dispensing Requirements and Establishing VCPRs
by David L. Handel, DVM

The pharmacy is an integral part of most small animal veterinary practices. It is a value-added service for most hospitals, and a way to provide one-stop shopping for veterinary clients. When clients get their medication from their veterinarian, they can feel good about the medication and where it came from. The pharmacy also has the potential to serve as a profit center for the hospital. MORE

Equine Medical Center Celebrates 30th Anniversary
by Michael Erskine, DVM, DABVP (Equine)

The Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center (EMC), in Leesburg, Virginia, one of three campuses of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) celebrated its 30th Anniversary this year. Since opening its doors in October 1984, the EMC has cared for more than 60,000 patients, helped to educate 4th year veterinary students, trained interns and residents, and contributed to new knowledge through important research and clinical discovery. MORE

VMCVM Mentor Program
by Bob Silcox, DVM

The VVMA/MVMA/WVVMA officially kicked off their Mentoring Program on October 16-17, 2014 at the Virginia – Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. The program continues to grow and be increasingly successful. To date, there are over 350 students and 135 mentors participating in this very rewarding experience. MORE

MVMA VMVCM Student Chapter Update
by Kari Meidenbauer

The MVMA student chapter at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is doing extremely well and as of this fall semester 2014, our membership has burgeoned to over 60 members representing all four years of students at VMCVM. Last summer several students had the opportunity to attend the Annual MVMA Summer Conference in Ocean City, Maryland. These individuals were able to attend lectures specific to their interest as well as meet and interact with local veterinarians. There has been overwhelming positive feedback from their experience and we have a large cohort of students looking forward to attending next year’s conference as well. MORE

Ebola Virus: A Problem for Companion Animals?
by Celeste A. Clements, DVM, DACVIM

Veterinarians in the US should have little reason to be concerned that dogs or cats will become infected with Ebola virus and become clinically ill, or capable of infecting people or other animals. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has not been confirmed in African dogs living where the problem is epidemic, and thus our canine or feline companions pose little risk of transmitting the infection. In fact, the CDC notes this among the “Top 10 Things You REALLY Need to Know about Ebola: Your Dog or Cat is not spreading Ebola." MORE

Canine Distemper Virus Could Be Significant Driver Toward Tiger Extinction

Along with the pressures of habitat loss, poaching and depletion of prey species, a new threat to tiger populations in the wild has surfaced in the form of disease, specifically, canine distemper virus (CDV). According to a new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its partners, CDV has the potential to be a significant driver in pushing the animals toward extinction. MORE


Bovine Conference Set for March 26-27

If you are a practitioner of bovine veterinary medicine, register today for MVMA's Mid-Atlantic States Conference for Bovine Practitioners. The conference is a premier opportunity for
continuing education and networking.

March 26-27, 2015

You’ll get 16 hours of CE credit.

Ramada Plaza
1718 Underpassway
Hagerstown, MD 21740



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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.

Honorata Hansen, BVMS
Dr. Julia Petrovitch
Dr. Shannon Heidorn
Mr. Dan Janus 
– Madison Capital, LLC
Linda Dickens
– Total Practice Solutions Group
Lisa Challberg, DVM
Monica Sewell
– Simple Accounting Solutions

Sarah A. Balcom, DVM, MS
JD Warford, DVM
Chelsea McIntyre, VMD
Margaret Blake, RVT
Dawn Smith, RVT
Sarah C. Lehman, VMD
Jiama Cao, DVM
Lindsay Morsberger, DVM

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Coming Events

March 26-27, 2015
Mid-Atlantic States Bovine Conference
Ramada Plaza
Hagerstown, MD

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

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


MVMA Leadership

Board of Directors

Executive Director

Lauren Michalski


MVMA Headquarters
PO Box 5407

Annapolis, MD 21403


Fax: 410-268-1322

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