Regional Veterinary Conference to be Held September 28-30
18 CE Credits •
Renaissance Arlington Capital View • Crystal City, VA
MVMA has joined forces with
the District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia
Veterinary Medical Associations to create the Potomac
Regional Veterinary Conference. This conference is a
continued collaborative effort aided by the
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary
Medicine with full support of its Alumni society.
The PRVC 2012 will have
three separate continuing education tracks: small
animal, equine and public/corporate practice offering up
to 18 hours of
approved CE credit. It
features a diverse group of internationally known
speakers who promise to send you back to your practice
with clinically applicable knowledge you can use
The Renaissance Arlington
Capital View will host the event. Lodging arrangements
can be made at 703-413-1300.
You should already have
received registration materials, but you can find the
latest conference information online.
for details and online registration.
Assumes MVMA Presidency
Krista Evans, DVM, DACVS, CCRT assumed the MVMA
MVMA’s 2012 Summer Conference in Ocean City. Elected
last year to the position of president-elect, Evans took
over MVMA’s leadership reins from Thomas Armitage, DVM
who will continue to serve on the association’s board of
directors as immediate past president.
The results of this year’s election were also announced
at the meeting. Jan Ginsky, VMD, CVPP was elected
president-elect and will assume the presidency at next
Legislative Synopsis for 2012
Three important issues have come up this past year that
the MVMA has addressed or is currently addressing.
One involved animal "guardianship." The second is a
Spay-Neuter Task Force and the third is the "Solesky
Decision" that distinguishes pit bulls and pit bull
mixes as dangerous dogs.
News from the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary
As we move through 2012 here
on the Maryland campus of the Virginia Maryland College
of Veterinary Medicine we are continuing to evolve to
best position ourselves to meet the demands for future
public veterinary practitioners.
Curriculum Changes to Better Equip Students Seeking
Careers in Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine
Although most veterinarians pursue
careers in private clinical practice, nearly 25 percent of the
nation’s vets are working for government, private industry,
international organizations, or nonprofits. The
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine has
redesigned and expanded its public and corporate veterinary
medicine curriculum to better prepare students for these
Tourney Raises Over $18,000 for Scholarships
The Maryland Veterinary
Foundation held its 20th Annual Golf Classic May 23 at
Mountain Branch Golf Course in Harford County. It turned
out to be a huge success. The foundation raised over
$18,000 for its general scholarship fund that provides
financial support for Maryland residents in veterinary
Goals from MVMA's New President
Dr. Kris Evans, a veterinary surgeon
practicing in Annapolis, was sworn in as the new MVMA president
for 2012. In her acceptance speech Dr. Evans delineated five
major goals for her year as president as identified by the
Strategic Task Force of the MVMA.
Honorees Celebrated at Conference
The MVMA celebrated two of its notable members at the
recent summer conference: Dr. Raymond Ediger and Dr. John Moffa.
President Tom Armitage, DVM (center) with Presidential
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Dr. Raymond Ediger
(left) and MVMA Distinguished Veterinarian Dr. John
Ediger Receives Lifetime
The MVMA bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award upon
Dr. Raymond Ediger for his years of dedicated and
outstanding service and leadership to the organization
and for his many years of representing the Western
Maryland Veterinary Medical Association.
Moffa Named Distinguished
Equally deserving of our
admiration and gratitude is Dr. John V. Moffa, recipient
of the MVMA’s award for Distinguished Veterinarian,
for someone who has tirelessly
served the veterinary profession, with active work within our
profession as well as service to the veterinary community at the
local, state or national level.
MVMA Student Chapter Forms at VMRCVM
A new student chapter of the
Maryland Veterinary Medical Association has been initiated at
the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
The organization will serve to strengthen the connection between
the MVMA and all veterinary students at VRMCVM.
VMRCVM Hosts Tour of Baltimore Aquarium
More than 80 Maryland residents—most
of them prospective students and their families—learned more
about the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary
Medicine, and some of them toured the National Aquarium in
Baltimore on Sunday, July 15, 2012.
The Definition of Nostalgia
The definition of nostalgia:
an excessive sentimental yearning to return to some past
period-- my diagnosis for my feelings while attending
the 2012 graduation of the Virginia Maryland Regional
Veterinary Medical College on May 11, 2012.
Veterinary Technology Program
The veterinary technology
program at the Community College of Baltimore County is
unique, offering the only AVMA accredited training
program for technicians in the state of Maryland. And
this year the entire thirteen-member Class of 2012
passed the National Technician Board Examination. Their
success is unusual, since the nationwide pass rate is
usually 68-70%. Graduates of this CCBC program are well
prepared to function successfully as registered
veterinary technicians (RVTs), and the curriculum
provides a sound basis for their ability to learn
quickly. They are well prepared to hit the ground
IN THE NEWS
Salmonella: A Local and National Concern
In May 2012 the zoonotic potential
of Salmonella made national headlines when contaminated
pet foods manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods in South Carolina
were identified as the source of a multistate outbreak of
Salmonella Infantis; at least 15 people were infected by
handling dry dog food or by associating with infected dogs,
although none from Maryland.
Veterinarians Should Use Written Consents and Written Estimates
The Maryland State Board of
Veterinary Medical Examiners (SBVME) meets monthly and hears
cases against veterinarians licensed to practice in the state.
In addition to this highly important task, the SBVME’s members
spend time trying to understand and mold state laws as they
apply to the practice of veterinary medicine. Many cases brought
to the SBVME could have been prevented through better
communication between the veterinarian and the client.
for Families with Sick or Dying Pets at the Baltimore Humane
Don’t have the time or resources to
give adequate counseling and support to families with very sick
or dying pets? Baltimore Humane Society is here to help. It’s
very difficult for most people as they prepare and cope with the
loss of their furry companions; the loss of a pet can be as
devastating as the loss of a human family member. Nicodemus
Memorial Park at Baltimore Humane Society recognized the deep
need that many families have for help through the grieving
process and is now offering four free services to the entire
Baltimore community of pet owners.
Veterinarians Needed at the Carroll County Farm Museum
The 1890 Veterinary Surgeon’s Office
at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster needs member
veterinarians to volunteer as guides during special event
weekends this fall.
Carr, VMD Passes Away
William H. Carr, VMD passed away May
22. He was a lifetime member of the MVMA and served as president
Born in Ossining,NY, on March 28,
1928, Bill served the US Army during the Korean War, returning
home to earn a degree in veterinary medicine from the University
of Pennsylvania. Settling in Emmitsburg, he established a
veterinary practice for both large and small animals. Going on
to sit on the board of the Thurmont Bank, become president of
the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, and a member of the
Western Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Carr was an
Elder of the Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Masonic
Order and the VFW. Following his retirement in 1988, he
successfully ran, and was elected, Mayor of Emmitsburg, serving
for more than 10 years.
Bill will be remembered for his
wonderful personality and his ability to tell a great story. He
will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Cards and letters may be sent to Dr.
Chata I. Carr
300 West Main St.
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
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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.
Michelle Bateman, DVM
Kathryn Bonistalli, DVM
Anthony Calo, DVM
JoAnne Carey, DVM
Jennifer Dolan, DVM
Rachel Fedje, DVM
Ruth Fliflet, VMD
Jessica Fragola, VMD
Cynthia Germain, DVM
Kerrianne Hanlin, DVM
Clifford Howard, DVM
Muhammad Iqbal, DVM
Jane Keegan, DVM
John Kluttz, IV, BVSc
Tracy McCracken, DVM
Kristy Meivogel, DVM
Graham Molinaro, DVM
Christine Morrow, DVM
Kathleen Phillips, DVM
Emily Reger, DVM
Jocelyn Riehl, DVM
Gay Smith, DVM
Angela Tuckerman, DVM
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November 8, 2012
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