January 2022 NewsBytes

Monthly e-news of the MDVMA

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The Importance of Small Steps


Happy New Year!  As the mid-term of my presidency approaches, I wanted to take a moment to say how very much I have enjoyed being President of MDVMA.  


I have tried to attend as many committee meetings and meet as many members as possible and am most impressed with the diligence and commitment shown by every committee member.   


The Legislative Committee has been working to support legislative efforts that are in the interests of our members. The recent opportunity to hold virtual meetings with several legislators was informative and beneficial.  Every one of them was grateful to hear from Maryland's veterinarians and encouraged us to keep the lines of communication open.  

On January 25 we are scheduled to meet with another group of legislators for the purpose of relationship building and issue education.  If you can find some time on January 25 to join us for those particularly important meetings, please let us know.


The Membership Committee organized a few social events sponsored by industry partners and the CE Committee is working on a robust program for the summer conference.  The College Committee has enjoyed record attendance at webinars offered to the VMCVM students.


As a practicing veterinarian the work life balance is elusive. However, I have found that giving even a small amount of time to MDVMA is extremely rewarding.  Being actively involved in the community as well as meeting and discussing issues that are important to Maryland veterinarians has been enlightening as much as it has been fulfilling.


As the communication landscape has changed, nearly all of our meetings are held virtually and with that, I encourage all of you to spend an hour or two a month and get involved in an MDVMA committee.  Each one of us has a unique perspective that is valuable to the veterinary community.  Sharing that perspective with your colleagues is more important than ever.  


Please contact MDVMA Executive Director, Marisa Francis to inquire about volunteering a bit of your time to a committee.  I hope to meet more of you before the end of my term.


Be well,


David Handel, DVM, CVA, CCRP

MDVMA President 

Seeking Committee Volunteers

Get Involved!  Make a Difference!


The Board of Directors is welcoming new members to join one of the association's committees.

  • Membership Committee
  • College Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Public Relations Committee
  • Continuing Education

Learn about MDVMA volunteer opportunities. 


In Case You Missed it...

The Maryland Veterinarian

Winter 2021 Issue


Happy Starts Here

Anorexia and Snuffles: Basic Rabbit Care

Minimally Invasive Approach to Tracheal Diseases


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Click HERE to download the PDF version


January 19, 2022

Western Maryland VMA Meeting

Dutch's Daughter, Frederick @ 6:30 PM

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January 20, 2022

Veterinary Virtual Career Fair

11:00am - 2:00pm

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March 31 - April 1, 2022

Mid-Atlantic Bovine Conference

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June 23-25, 2022

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June 23 - 25, 2022

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December 2021 New Members

Karen Becker - Academic/Government

Jana Hillenbrand- Technician

Noleisha Duncan - Student


MDVMA 2021-2022 Executive Officers

Dr. David Handel, President
Dr. Matthew Keats, President-Elect
Dr. Elizabeth Hepner, Vice President
Dr. Elizabeth Cottrell, Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Shadawn Salmond-Jimenez, Immediate Past President
Dr. Andrew O'Carroll, AVMA Delegate
Dr. Jenny Krueger, AVMA Alt Delegate
Dr. Robert Silcox, Director at Large
Dr. Richard Street, III, Director at Large

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