News from the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association                                                  Spring 2016

Back to the Beach! Still Time to Register for MVMA's Summer Conference

The Maryland Veterinary Medical Association is headed to the beach for its 2016 Summer Conference June 26-28.The Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel will host the region’s premier event for education, developing business partnerships and networking.

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Attention Young Practitioners (graduates class of 2009 through 2016) – Come join us for the MVMA Power of 10! If you are interested in Leadership development, Team building, Growing your potential and Advancing your career, APPLY NOW! Period ends on June 26th.

Please submit your application ASAP!

Have You Submitted Your Stakeholder Survey?

The MVMA board of directors is depending on your feedback to align the association's goals with your needs as a member.  Click here to participate.

Click here to review MVMA's Strategic Plan.

Today's Youth, Tomorrow's Future - A Veterinarian's Role
by Matt Iager, DVM

The summer show season is fast approaching and spring sales and shows have already begun. 4-H and FFA youth members are busy preparing their animals and projects for the year. As veterinarians know caring for animals is a 365 day job. Our youth take pride in their accomplishments for a job well done. Many of these youth aspire to be veterinarians one day just as we did.

Veterinarians play an important role in the success of our youth members. It does not matter if your veterinary practice is food animal, small animal, or mixed. It does not matter if you do research or are in the government and corporate industry. You can even be the State Veterinarian. All of us have the needed skills required to make a positive impact in the lives of a 4-H and FFA member and their projects. Volunteer your time at a 4-H or FFA event. Purchase an animal at a youth livestock sale. Donate an award at an exhibition. Create a scholarship for future endowment. Write health charts before the shows. Give a lecture at a 4-H meeting.

All of us are extremely busy but remember to give back to 4-H and FFA youth. It does matter whether kids win or lose, participation is the key to their success. The hard work our youth and their families contribute to this industry impact all of us.

Contributing to Your MVMA Political Action Committee (PAC)

Every state allows associations like the MVMA to start an organization to raise money for political candidates. In Maryland, that is called a Political Action Committee (PAC). PACs can provide an added benefit to a legislative program that includes the grassroots efforts of the membership.  MORE

MVMA PAC in Action

This year our PAC provided funds to Delegate Eric Bromwell who sponsored the MVMAs Compounding Bill in the House. Through the efforts of the Legislative Committee and the support provided by the PAC, MVMA had a successful outcome this session with the passing of HB1462/SB 614. The Compounding Bill became law on May 27 and goes into effect on October 1, 2016.

DONATE NOW! Contact MVMA: 410.268.1311

Click here for a synopsis of MVMA's 2016 legislative activity.

MDA Animal Health Alert Concerning VFD and Rx Antibiotic Drugs
by Michael W. Radebaugh, VMD

Over the past several years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with consultation from industry, the AVMA, academia, and other national agencies like USDA and CDC, has taken important steps on how medically important antibiotics used in humans can be legally and judiciously used in feed or water for food producing animals. The overall goal of these important steps is to decrease antibiotic resistance in medically important antibiotics that are used in both humans and in food producing animals. MORE

Positive Lyme Results: To Treat or Not to Treat
Mariah Frank, DVM

Borrelia burgdorferi is a spirochete bacteria, which has been recognized in Europe for nearly a century. It was first described in the United States as a clinical syndrome affecting children around Lyme Connecticut in 1975. It is transmitted by the Ixodes tick and is currently the most common vector-borne disease of people in the United States. Approximately 90% of humans exposed to Borrelia develop clinical signs consisting of a bull’s eye rash at the site of tick attachment and flu like symptoms. Persistent Lyme disease can lead to recurrent arthritis, neurologic disease, and myocarditis. Pets are not an immediate source of infection for people, however canines can be used as sentinels for human risk of exposure to Borrelia. The CDC reports that >5% canine seroprevalence at the county level is associated with emergence of human Lyme disease. Animals can also be a source of tick exposure for humans making tick prevention important for our clients as well as our patients. MORE

The Humane Society of Harford County Gets a New Shelter
by Jen Swanson, Executive Director, The Humane Society of Harford County

Happy spring to you all (if you can call it that)! I am honored to provide this update regarding the new shelter at The Humane Society of Harford County (HSHC), and so grateful to you all, our partners in animal welfare! MORE

VMCVM Student Officer Profile

Katie Ronk

I am a second-year DVM/MPH student from Bel Air, MD tracking food animal. I am incredibly excited to serve as the President of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association's Student Chapter, and hope to learn as much as possible from our parent chapter. I am primarily interested in public veterinary medicine, but would like to go into a food animal or mixed animal private practice after I graduate and learn from an experienced mentor. Outside of vet school I enjoy hiking and losing at tug of war to my corgi Winston.

Upcoming Events

June 26-28, 2016
MVMA Summer Conference
Ocean City, MD
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October 19, 2016
Maryland Veterinary Foundation "Golftoberfest"
Waverly Woods Golf Club

November 4 - 6, 2016
Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, DC
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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.

Srinivasulu Chigurupati, Phd.
Kyshia T. Davis, DVM
Megan C. Davis, DVM
Catherine E. DeJesus, VMD
David L. Dycus, DVM, MS
Katryna A. Fleer, DVM
Christopher M. Gauthier, DVM
Megan C. Hensler, DVM


Denise Kessler – CVCA – Cardiac Care for Pets
Tom Liskey, DVM
Mike McClung – First National Bank
Lauren E. Robinson - student
Shadawn T. Salmond –Jimenez, DVM
Jocelyn B. Spiga, DVM
Mary K. Volker, DVM
Matthew F. Weeman, DVM
Derek D. Wilson, DVM

MVMA Classifieds

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


Coming Events

June 26-28, 2016
MVMA Summer Conference
Ocean City, MD


October 19, 2016
Maryland Veterinary Foundation "Golftoberfest"
Waverly Woods Golf Club

November 4 - 6, 2016
Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, DC


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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