Resort to Host 3rd Annual Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference
Earn up to 18 CE Credits
MVMA continues to partner with the
District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia Veterinary
Medical Associations to bring you the Potomac Regional
Veterinary Conference. The conference is a continued
collaborative effort aided by the Virginia-Maryland Regional
College of Veterinary Medicine with full support of its Alumni
The 2013 Potomac Regional Veterinary
Conference offers 54 hours of small animal, equine and public
practice continuing education. If you attend the conference
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you will earn 18 continuing
education hours. 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 immediately.
You should already have received
but you can find the latest conference information online.
Assumes MVMA Presidency
Jan Ginsky, VMD, CVPP assumed the
MVMA presidency at MVMA’s 2013 Summer Conference in Ocean City.
Elected last year to the position of president-elect, Ginsky
took over MVMA’s leadership reins from Krista Evans, DVM, DACVS,
CCRT 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. Eric Boshoven, DVM, DACVR
was elected president-elect and
will assume the presidency at next
year’s conference. Justin Sobota DVM,MS,MSM,IVCA was elected
Melissa Mustillo, DVM of Boyds, MD
was elected to the board for a two-year term as its Small Animal
Practice Representative. Continuing on MVMA’s Executive Board
are Secretary/Treasurer Carvel Tiekert, DVM, AVMA Delegate
Richard P. Streett, Jr., VMD, AVMA Alternate Delegate Edward
Jendrek, VMD and Directors at Large James Reed, DVM and Valerie
Introducing MVMA's New Executive Director
Meet Lauren Michalski, MVMA's new
Times for MVMA
by Jan Ginsky,
VMD, CVPP, MVMA President
The MVMA is entering into an
exciting time. We have some challenges ahead of us, but also
some wonderful opportunities.
The practice of compounding
medications has come under increased scrutiny by the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) and state boards of pharmacy largely
due to recent human illnesses and deaths caused by contamination
of ostensibly “sterile” injectable, compounded medications.
Existing regulations are now being reviewed and enforced.
The legislative session
closed this year with a few unexpected results.
Animals for Non-Payment of Services Is Not Advised
The State Board of
Veterinary Medical Examiners (SBVME) would like to
advise you that Maryland’s animal abandonment laws do
not permit veterinarians to withhold releasing any
animal to its owner because of lack of payment.
There So Many Pit Bulls at the Shelter?
What veterinarians need to
know about pit bulls in area shelters.
Veterinary Foundation 21st Annual Golf Tournament
On May 22, 2013, golfers
gathered on the Eastern Shore for a wonderful event.
This year the River Course at Queenstown Harbor hosted
118 veterinarians and friends for a day of golf and
camaraderie. The goal of the event was to raise money
for scholarships for Maryland veterinary students
attending the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of
Public Practice - The New Horizon?
The future of veterinary
medicine has been receiving considerable attention
lately with the recent release of two documents: the
National Academy of Science’s, “Workforce Needs in
Veterinary Medicine” and the AVMA’s “2013 US Veterinary
Workforce Study.” These recent studies have alerted the
profession to the challenges facing both current
students and past graduates resulting in the need to
expand opportunities for veterinarians.
for Treating UTI in Dogs and Cats
Urinary tract disease is
common in dogs and cats, and often leads to antibiotic
treatment. To encourage rational and appropriate use of
antimicrobials for urinary tract infection (UTI) in
small animals infectious disease workers, led by J.
Scott Weese, collaborated on recommendations for
veterinarians, Antimicrobial Use Guidelines for
Treatment of Urinary Tract Disease in Dogs and Cats:
Antimicrobial Guidelines Working Group of the
International Society for Companion Animal Infectious
Diseases (2011).Their findings are summarized here.
VMRCVM's Outstanding Graduate for 2013
Rachel Baum of Gaithersburg,
Maryland has been named as the outstanding graduate of
VMRCVM’s Class of 2013, recognizing her significant
academic achievements, extracurricular activities,
service to the school and community, and her leadership.
Dr. Baum excelled
academically and received the 2010 Tyler J. and Frances
F. Young Scholarship. In 2013, she was awarded the
American College of Veterinary Surgeons Award, the Amy
L. McDermott Memorial Scholarship, and the Southwest
Virginia Veterinary Medical Association Scholarship. She
was also named the 2013 Outstanding Student Ambassador
in recognition of her passion, enthusiasm, and
professionalism when representing the college.
Steps Down as Dean at VMRCVM
In January, Dr. Gerhardt Schurig
announced that he would be stepping down as dean of the college
having served in the role for nine years. Schurig, who joined
the veterinary college faculty in 1978, will return to his
previous faculty home in the Department of Biomedical Sciences
and Pathobiology and will teach courses in immunology and
R. Clarke Appointed Dean at VMRCVM
Dr. Cyril R. Clarke, of Corvallis,
Oregon, has been named dean of the Virginia-Maryland Regional
College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, effective
FROM THE SUMMER
Richard P. Streett, Jr. Receives MVMA Lifetime Achievement Award
Richard P. Streett, Jr., VMD, of Bel
Air was honored by the MVMA with a Lifetime Achievement Award in
recognition of his many years of meritorious service to the MVMA,
AVMA, and to his community. Dr. John Brooks introduced his good
friend of many years, Dick, lauding him, and sharing Streett’s
resume with attendees of the general meeting of the MVMA during
the recent summer conference.
Michael Erskine Receives 2013 Distinguished Veterinarian Award
Dr. Michael Erskine received MVMA’s
2013 Distinguished Veterinarian award at the Summer Conference
in Ocean City. The Distinguished Veterinarian award is presented
to a member 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.
Recognized for Service as MVMA Executive Director
MVMA recognized Executive Director
Ron Sohn at its summer conference for his 12 years of service to
the association. In his opening remarks, past MVMA president Dr.
Jim Reed referred to Sohn as the glue that held the association
together. During Sohn’s tenure, he said, MVMA went from the
lowest point in its history to its highest as a strong, vibrant
Contact Information for MVMA
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
Veterinary Industry Council Active Again
The Maryland Veterinary Industry
Council (IC) has relaunched and has 24 committed members, with
an established mission:
To be the industry resource for and help promote membership
to the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association
At the recent MVMA summer conference the IC held a silent
auction to benefit the Student Chapter of the MVMA and raised
just over $1800. Some of the top auction items were Rockfish
Fishing Trip, Week Stay in Telluride CO, and Day Sail in
Annapolis. Big thanks to all of our vendors who worked hard to
make the event possible!
Mary Ellen Reek and Tracy Emara are
heading the Industry Council. Dues are $100 per company
annually. For more information, contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-871-6489
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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.
April Muse, DVM
Yazmin Rodriguez, DVM
Sara Thompson, DVM
Rene Varela, VMD
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MVMA Fall Conference
November 8-10, 2013
Regional Veterinary Conference
The Greenbrier Resort
March 12-15, 2014
2014 Winter CE
Spring Creek Ranch
Jackson Hole, WY
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