News from the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association                                                  Winter 2016

Update from the 2016 Veterinary Leadership Conference
by Andrew O’Carroll, DVM

A warm winter greeting to all. Alternate delegate John Brooks and I were both able to attend the 2016 Veterinary Leadership Conference and winter House of Delegates meeting in Chicago last month. Despite the frigid climate, we both had a productive meeting and were proud to represent the great state of Maryland, as always. MORE

Veterinary CPR Guidelines
by Tanya Tag, DVM, DACVECC

In June 2012, a committee of veterinary professionals published a set of clinical consensus guidelines for the practice of CPR in dogs and cats based on the Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation (RECOVER) initiative. The 101 guidelines developed were categorized regarding the risk-benefit ratio and strength of the evidence sup-porting the recommendation. From this, a small animal veterinary CPR algorithm was created (Figure 1, click on chart to enlarge image). The algorithm helps veterinary clinicians make quick decisions regarding how to proceed during CPR, emphasizing the most important interventions and recommendations.  MORE

MVMA Monitors State Legislation Impacting Veterinarians
by Hannah Powers Garagiola, Government Relations Director

The 2016 Maryland General Assembly is well underway. Because it is the second year of the term with a new(ish) governor and 65 new members of the General Assembly, there are going to be over 4,000 pieces of legislation introduced by the time it’s all said and done. We are keeping a watchful eye on every bill as it progresses and flagging anything of interest that has to do with animal welfare, drug monitoring, taxes on small businesses, and other matters that could affect the practice of veterinary medicine.  MORE

Guess What I Saw?
by Brendan B. Anders, DVM, DACVS

A 16 week old intact female Jack Russell Terrier presented for abnormal respiratory rate, effort and wheezing since adoption. Auscultation suggested abnormal respiratory sounds and muted heart sounds on the left side. Owners reported normal appetite but slower to gain weight then simultaneously adopted sibling. Thoracic imaging suggested atelectasis on the left side and hyperinflation on the right hemithorax (see attached images). The pet was currently being treated and had reportedly improved when started on terbutaline. Radiographic interpretation was suggestive of right hemithoracic lung lobe inflation, left mediastinal shift with mild elevation of cardiac silhouette off the sternum most consistent with congenital lobar emphysema and the pet was referred for additional imaging.  MORE

VMCVM Student Officer Profiles

Meet the veterinary students leading MVMA's Student Chapter at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.  MORE

A Baltimorean and Animal Lover's Dream Tour
by Christina Betta

As a Baltimore native, I can personally say that you haven’t visited Baltimore until you’ve visited the National Aquarium. I can still clearly remember being splashed by dolphins jumping several feet out of the water or walking along the walkway surrounded by tanks of sharks. So when the MVMA offered our Student Chapter at VMCVM the opportunity to go on a behind-the-scenes tour with the veterinary personnel, I didn’t give it a second thought.   MORE

University of Maryland Provost, Dean Visit Veterinary College in Blacksburg

The veterinary college hosted the University of Maryland’s dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Craig Beyrouty and Provost Mary Ann Rankin in December.
The University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources houses the Veterinary Medical Sciences Graduate Program, part of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. MORE

Exploring Veterinary Economics: Impact on the Veterinary Workforce of More Veterinary School Seats
by Michael Dicks, Ph.D., Director, AVMA Economics Division

In light of recent news related to the proposed creation of new U.S. veterinary schools, the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Economics Division conducted an economic analysis of how the veterinary workforce and, more specifically, the market for veterinary education may be affected by expanding the number of seats available to veterinary students. This analysis is a reflection of the AVMA’s appropriate role as the national association representing the interests of its members. It does not take an opinion on the merits of the addition of new veterinary schools. MORE

Minding Your Ps and Qs with Hospital Ownership Changes
by Laura Downes, Executive Director, State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Purchasing or selling a veterinary hospital can be an exciting, but stressful experience. There are many steps that need to be taken, whether a hospital owner is handling the entire process on their own or is enlisting the services of an attorney or other professional. Recent years have seen an increase in the number of hospital purchases by out-of-state corporations. While these purchases may alleviate existing hospital owners of certain administrative burdens, such as handling payroll, taxes, and filing licensure renewal applications on time, new hospital owners may not be aware of regulatory requirements that come into play when such a purchase is made. MORE

Where Does the Buck Stop?
by David L. Handel, DVM, Chairman, State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

There was a sign on President Truman's desk in the Oval Office that stated, “The buck stops here.” This bold statement was meant to instill confidence in the American people that our President would make decisions and accept the ultimate responsibility for them.

Where does the buck stop in today's veterinary practice? The Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) answers that question. COMAR states that a “responsible veterinarian” means a veterinarian who is licensed and registered by the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (Board) and provides direct supervision and control of a licensed veterinary facility. This veterinarian must be regularly present at the facility more than 50% of the time that the facility is open for business. In the past, the responsible veterinarian was typically the owner of the practice. However, today, an increasing number of veterinary hospitals are owned by corporations or non-veterinarians. In these situations, a “responsible veterinarian” needs to be designated by the owner. MORE

Dispersing Tranquilizers and Sedatives to Non-Veterinarians for Equine
by John W. Stott, DVM, State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Reports have recently been brought to the attention of the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (Board) regarding equine dental technicians and farriers administering tranquilizers to some of the horses they service. The Board would like to caution Maryland veterinarians regarding the dispensing of tranquilizers and/or sedatives to horse owners or lay individuals who may administer them. Code of Maryland Regulation prohibits prescribing or dispensing veterinary prescription drugs outside of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship.

According to Dr. Nina Mouledous of the AVMA/PLIT, when you dispense tranquilizers, you could be held legally liable for adverse outcomes that may arise from the administration of these drugs. If a problem should arise from the owner or another lay individual administering a tranquilizer and legal action is brought, the veterinarian is generally the only party with liability insurance and may ultimately be named in a case. This may occur whether you are present or have dispensed the drugs and left the farm. Dr. Mouledous suggests doing as much as you can to educate the owner regarding the dos and don’ts of tranquilizing horses. Providing the owner with a handout or flyer on safety concerns may be beneficial should a problem develop. The Board suggests that a veterinarian dispensing tranquilizers to an owner be confident in the owner’s ability to handle the horse after tranquilization with the specific task intended. Dispensing tranquilizers to equine dental technicians and farriers should not be done. Remember: it is your license that allowed these drugs to be purchased and prescribed.

Questions regarding the Board’s laws and regulations may be directed to the Board’s office, at 410.841.5862.

AVMA LIFE - the Former AVMA Group Health & Life Insurance Trust Introduces a New Name and Brand
by Gillian Hopkins

AVMA LIFE will continue to offer life insurance, disability insurance and other coverage for veterinarians, by veterinarians. Over the years, we have added coverage such as dental, vision, long-term care, professional overhead expense, maternity and student loan liability coverage. Additionally, we continue to offer guaranteed coverage to veterinary students and recent graduates – for life, disability, student loan and other lines of coverage. While the implementation of the Affordable Care Act necessitated the discontinuation of health insurance, the Trust designed and operates a Health exchange marketplace for AVMA members. MORE

Upcoming Events

Mid-Atlantic States Bovine Conference
March 31 - April 1, 2016
Hagerstown, MD
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Mid-Atlantic States Veterinary Clinic
May 19, 2016
West Friendship, MD
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Highlights from the 2015 Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference

Members of the Maryland, Virginia, DC and West Virginia Veterinary Medical Associations met in November at the Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference. Here are some photographic highlights.

Attendees engaged at the companion animal education session.

Dean Clarke meets with VMA leadership.

The MVMA bowling team.

MVMA President-Elect Rick Streett III shows off his form.


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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, click here.

Welcome New Members

MVMA welcomes the following members who have joined since our last newsletter was published.

Srinivasulu Chigurupati, PhD
Catherine E. DeJesus, VMD
David L. Dycus, DVM, MS
Megan C. Hensler, DVM
Denise Kessler – CVCA

Mike McClung – First National Bank, PA
Lauren E. Robinson - Student
Shadawn T. Salmond-Jimenez, DVM
Matthew F. Weeman, DVM

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Coming Events

March 31 - April 1, 2016
Mid-Atlantic States Bovine Conference
Hagerstown, MD

May 19, 2016
Mid-Atlantic States Veterinary Clinic
Howard County Fairgrounds
West Friendship, MD

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


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