News from the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association                                                  Fall 2016

MVMA to Host Advanced Surgical Lab on Wound Reconstruction February 18
Only 15 Spots Available. Register Today!

MVMA will be hosting an Advanced Surgical Lab on Wound Reconstruction.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Chesapeake Veterinary Referral Center
10000 Old Columbia Road
Columbia, Maryland

Earn 9 CE Credits - This lab will cover the theoretical and practical aspects of managing more complicated wounds and reconstruction procedures in small animal patients. Basic surgical knowledge is assumed and required for course attendance. The course is limited to 15 veterinarians. The cost of registration is $850.

Click here for details.

Richard C.F. Burgess, BVM&S, MS, Diplomate ACVS
Daren M. Roa, DVM, Diplomate ACVS
Matthew M. Keats, DVM, Diplomate ACVS
Sakthila Jeyakumar, BVSc, (Hons I), MS, Diplomate ACVS
Dan Henry - Ethicon - Elanco

American Association Equine Practitioner 2016 Presidential Tour of Duty
by Kathleen Anderson, DVM

As 2016 draws to a close I am frequently asked “How was it?” Simple answer: It was great! As AAEP president I straddled the line between “what is” and “what might be.” These two scenarios are not often black and white but usually a blend of grey – some positive possibilities and other negative realities. DETAILS

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. DETAILS

Veterinary Feed Directive: How Will It Affect Beekeepers and Honeybees?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new set of regulations that will affect the way medically-important antibiotics are given to food animal species. Concern over antibiotic resistance—in humans and animals—has moved the FDA to regulate the use of over the counter antibiotics in feed and drinking water. DETAILS

Compounding Legislation in Maryland: What Does It All Mean for Veterinary Practitioners?
by Moira Moynihan

As of October 1, 2016, legislation that passed in the Maryland 2016 session regarding the use and sale of compounding medications by veterinarians has become effective. Veterinarians now can order compounding medications without patient-specific prescriptions for use in hospital and to dispense for a seven-day use by clients. Obviously this new law comes with benefits and questions for the practitioner. Understanding the purpose and history of this legislation will help practitioners to use it effectively for their patients. The goal of this legislation has always been to benefit the patient by providing timely treatment with medication that was not always immediately available in veterinary hospitals or in local pharmacies. Hopefully this series of questions and answers will help clarify the use of compounded drugs in compliance with this new law. DETAILS

Transitional Cell Carcinoma in Canine Patients
by Dr. Anthony Calo, Atlantic Veterinary Internal Medicine and Oncology

One of the most frustrating cases that walks through the door is signs associated with the lower urinary tract disease in an older patient with no prior history of urinary tract infection because this often indicates neoplasia. Clinical signs such as hematuria, stanguria (slow and/or painful urination), pollakiuria (small frequent urination) in this patient often indicate neoplasia of the urinary bladder. The most common neoplastic condition in this location is transitional cell carcinoma. Other less commonly found tumors of the lower urinary tract include squamous cell carcinoma, leiomyosarcoma, fibrosarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma, and lymphoma. DETAILS

Wellness Risk Factor Study Finds Positive Correlation to VMA Membership
by Elizabeth Strand, PhD, LCSW and Caroline Faust, DVM
The University of Tennessee/Knoxville, Veterinary Social Work Program

In a recent article published in JAVMA, Nett et al. (2016) found that membership in a veterinary medical association is positively correlated with less mental illness and suicidal ideation.

The authors also found that 9.1% of veterinarians were experiencing severe psychological distress at the time of the survey and that 16.7% had contemplated suicide since graduation. These distressing numbers are higher than that of the general U.S. adult population. 

Shelter Life
by Jen Swanson, Executive Director
The Humane Society of Harford County, Inc.

Founded in 1946 by Mrs. Elsa Horne Voss, for the past 70 years the Humane Society of Harford County has worked tirelessly to fulfill its mission to provide temporary shelter, care, and love to all animals that come through our doors, and to provide education to the community about humane treatment of our animal friends. An important distinction is that we are not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States, and do not receive any operational funding from any national organizations. DETAILS

Mentor Weekend Wrap-Up
by Andrew O'Carroll, DVM

2016 provided us with another beautiful trip to scenic Blacksburg for the annual mentoring program kick-off events at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMCVM). I have now been participating in this program for six years spanning both my time in private practice and my current position in the public sector. Every year, I highly anticipate the trip and have an absolute blast. It’s honestly not just an excuse to see Blacksburg in mid-October, though that’s a large perk. DETAILS

Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference 2016 Review

The sixth annual Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference, held at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, DC, was a success. The PRVC is a joint effort from the West Virginia, Virginia, District of Columbia, and Maryland Veterinary Medical Associations. The revenue from this conference, similar to our state VMA meeting, does have a respective distribution to our VMA to support our efforts. The November 4-6 conference had multiple tracts including small animal, equine, public practice and a technician program. If you have interest in becoming involved in organizing a part of the PRVC, please feel free to contact the Maryland VMA office.

A total of 269 attendees, including 44 veterinarians from the Maryland VMA, participated in our well-sponsored event. We also had nearly 50 companies exhibit providing the newest products and services available.

The true highlight for me was our fourth annual Veterinary Medical Association Sports Challenge. The event pits the VMAs against each other in a highly competitive sports challenge. Maryland has a proud history of winning the golden cup but it did slip through our hands last year. I am proud to inform all of you that Maryland has returned the golden cup to the Old Line State after a fierce competition of indoor tricycle racing.

We encourage you to consider the PRVC for your education. Next year's meeting will be held at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia from November 10-12, 2017.

VRCVM Welcomes Class of 2020
by Rick Lewis, DVM, President-Elect MVMA

August 19 was a beautiful Friday afternoon for the White Coat Ceremony on the campus of Virginia Tech. Dean Cyril Clarke gave a welcome presentation and congratulations to the incoming veterinary students of the Class of 2020. The Class of 2020 is made up of 127 veterinary students, who appeared enthusiastic and excited about beginning their challenging curriculum. Dinner allowed for some thoughtful and light conversation, then followed with a few brief remarks by invited guests. DETAILS

Maryland Veterinary Foundation 24th Annual Golf Classic
by John Talts, MVF Golf Chair

Thank you to all the participants of the MVF 24th Annual Golf Classic - Golftoberfest! Moving the tournament to the fall provided unseasonably warm beautiful weather at Waverly Woods Golf Club in Marriottsville. Golfers and sponsors alike enjoyed a great time! We provided new options this year including a golf clinic for those who wanted to support the student scholarships, but were not familiar with the game of golf. Our Golftoberfest theme was celebrated with German-fare and drink – lederhosen were donned. DETAILS


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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.

Kristina Corder, RVT
Dr. Emily R. Cornwell
Dr. Karen Donnelly
Dr. Amelia C. Espina
Dr. Radhika V. Gharpure
Dr. Rosalie Gibson-Holcomb
Dr. Rachel W. Gore
Dr. Tammy Han
Dr. Sarah Haring
Dr. Kye H. Kable

Dr. Kendra E. LaFauci
Dr. Sarah R. Mainardi
Dayna K. Middlestead, RVT
Dr. Elizabeth Mooberry
Dr. Amy Parrish
Dr. Bridgette A. Ringley
Dr. Julie Scaccia
Gabrielle Smith, RVT
Dr. Margaret Thies
Dr. Lucas Trout

MVMA Classifieds

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


PRVC Sponsors

Click on the links below to support the companies that sponsored the 2016 Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference




Henry Schein



Coming Events

February 11-18, 2017
2017 Winter Seminar Vacation
St. James Club Resort & Spa

February 18, 2017
Advanced Surgical Lab: Wound Reconstruction
Chesapeake Veterinary Referral Center
10000 Old Columbia Rd.
Columbia, MD
Open to the first 10 to register.
Contact the MVMA office directly

March 30-31, 2017
Mid-Atlantic States Bovine Conference
Ramada Plaza
Hagerstown, MD

May 18, 2017
Mid- Atlantic States Veterinary Clinic
Howard County Fairgrounds
West Friendship, MD

June 18-20, 2017
MVMA 131st Annual Summer Conference
Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel
Ocean City, MD

November 10-12, 2017
Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference
Williamsburg, VA


MVMA Leadership

Board of Directors

Executive Director

Lauren Michalski


MVMA Headquarters
PO Box 5407

Annapolis, MD 21403


Fax: 410-268-1322

Relief Veterinarians

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