Influenza in Maryland
The recent outbreak of canine
influenza in Maryland had dog owners across the state on
heightened alert and veterinarians uncertain what to tell their
Canine influenza is not currently a
reportable disease so the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA)
cannot give exact numbers on how many dogs or practices were
affected; however, we are the agency most likely to hear from
veterinarians and local animal health officials when such a
contagious disease presents. According to our best information,
the canine influenza outbreak was limited to Montgomery County
where 21 dogs contracted the virus and two died from it. In
addition, we believe that all of the dogs who came down with the
influenza contracted it from the same place.
Continues Investigation into Jerky Pet Treats
The FDA has issued an open letter to
veterinarians requesting assistance with their investigation of
reports of illnesses in pets associated with the consumption of
jerky pet treats beginning in 2007. As of September 24, 2013,
FDA has received approximately 3000 reports of pet illnesses
which may be related to consumption of the jerky treats. The
reports involve more than 3600 dogs, 10 cats and include more
than 580 deaths. The causative agent has not been elucidated, as
yet, and potential new cases are still being reported. Most
complaints about the treats focus on gastrointestinal signs of
vomiting or diarrhea, but some include liver or kidney changes,
with acquired Fanconi syndrome as a possible finding.
The letter, which is found in the link below, asks veterinarians
to provide samples and information on suspected cases through
the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network
(Vet-LIRN); to notify clients of ongoing concerns about these
treats; and to report any suspected pet food borne illness
through the FDA Safety Reporting Portal.
Click here for more information.
The MVMA encourages veterinarians to acquaint themselves with
this ongoing concern!
Poultry aka Urban Chickens
by Richard P.
Streett, Jr., VMD, AVMA Delegate, Member Maryland Agricultural
Because of the growing popularity of
“backyard poultry” or “urban chickens” veterinarians should have
some basic information available if there are inquiries about
the chickens. In addition to this featured article from the
Maryland Department of Agriculture there is also a very
informative article in the JAVMA August 15, 2013 issue. The
article is also available with links at:
General Information for Veterinarians Treating Poultry for the
In the last few years, there has
been an uptick in the number of Maryland residents who have
decided to keep chickens and backyard flocks as pets or for
private use of their eggs. We are also beginning to hear a
little more from veterinarians who treat companion animals that
they are facing clients with sick chickens.
The Maryland Department of
Agriculture (MDA) Animal Health Section works to prevent and
control infectious and contagious diseases in livestock and
poultry, with particular emphasis on
those diseases that threaten public health, endanger food
supplies or threaten the economic
security of the animal industries. Ensuring avian health is a
large part of what we do. Maryland is the 7th largest broiler
(meat-chicken) producing state in the nation, and poultry is our
largest agricultural commodity, accounting for 35 percent of the
state's farm income. We would
like to provide our colleagues who specialize in companion
animals with some general
information about the laws regarding poultry ownership that may
Book Your Hotel/Travel Arrangements for MVMA's Winter CE
It's time to make your travel
arrangements for MVMA's Winter CE Adventure. Set for March
12-15, 2014 in Jackson Hole, WY, the Winter CE Adventure
combines top-notch CE with a host of winter activities Jackson
Hole has to offer. It's important to make your travel
arrangements early, so do so today.
Click here for details.
to the Suppliers that Supported MVMA's 2013 Fall Conference
Hosts Career Transition Workshop
Vroegindwewy, DVM, MSS, Diplomate ACVPM
The Center for Public and Corporate
Veterinary Medicine (CPCVM) hosted its 5th Career Transition
Workshop September 27-28. Sixteen veterinarians from seven
states including Maryland were provided with career guidance and
background from a variety of corporate and public practice
Veterinarians from the USDA-APHIS,
USDA-FSIS, FDA, US Army, Maryland State, corporate veterinary
medicine, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges,
the American Veterinary Medical Association, AVMA Congressional
Fellows and others outlined their personal career paths and the
opportunities existing within the profession and their
organizations. CPCVM faculty presented on the processes involved
in career transition and directed hands-on exercises including
self assessment, resume writing and career mapping.
“The recent AVMA workforce study and
numerous other reports highlight the need to expand
opportunities for students and graduate veterinarians. CPCVM is
proud of the leadership role it has taken as a national resource
to support the profession,” stated Dr. Valerie Ragan, Director,
CPCVM. She also added, “The ultimate success of this program are
the veterinarians who attend them.”
One veterinarian has already sent
back a message of appreciation. “Thank you so much for the
wonderful and inspirational Career Transitions workshop. I drove
back home feeling positive and optimistic about my profession
for the first time in years!”
by Dr. Jan
We’ve had a busy fall with the
Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
including September's White Coat Ceremony and Mentor Day in
MVMA Student Chapter Update
by Eve G.
The Fall 2013 kick off meeting for
the MVMA Student Chapter was a clear success. Twenty-four new
members were recruited which increased the membership to 68
students. Guest speakers scheduled for the up-coming semester
are Dr. Allison Wack, VMRCVM Alumna and Baltimore Zoo
Veterinarian, and Dr. Cindy Driscoll, Maryland State Wildlife
Veterinarian. Officer elections are scheduled for late November.
Members of the student chapter enjoyed the the recent Mentor
Weekend October 17 and 18, which concluded with a reception for
the group on Friday, October 18 at a local hotel.
2013 Pawsitively Great!
Baltimore Humane Society’s DogFest
was a great success with the biggest attendance ever for the
no-kill shelter’s dog day extravaganza. Thousands of animal
lovers came out to enjoy the day’s festivities, many of them
often remarking how “they had no idea how huge this event was.”
People came with and without their pooches, all leaving with big
smiles on their faces despite the record heat.
Mourns the Passing of Two Maryland Veterinarians
Two members of Maryland's veterinary
community passed away recently, Drs. E. Edgar Ruebush and Thomas
MVMA hired a new management firm and
now has new contact information. Please update your records to
reflect the following:
P.O. Box 5407
Annapolis, MD 21403
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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,
Welcome New Members
MVMA welcomes the following members
who have joined since our last newsletter was published.
Melanie Klein, DVM
Melissa Jones, VMD
Veronica Meer, CAE –Equine
Korrin Lucas, DVM
Cheryl Stiehl, DVM
Rick A. Ramirez, DVM
D. Polf, DVM
Madeline Boles, DVM
Michael DeTora, DVM,DACVS
Erica O’Donnell, DVM
Kacie E. Schmitt, DVM
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Jackson Hole, WY
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