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As reported last night, the House of Representatives passed a package of changes to H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. While the changes were referred to as "technical" in nature, there are some significant policy changes included as an attempt to respond to the concerns of small businesses. The package now awaits Senate consideration. We know there are several Senators who are not satisfied with the changes and are working to protect small businesses. However, pressure is mounting to complete this package and move on to the next set...

Submitted by Dr. Andrew O’Carroll Greetings from your AVMA delegates, Dr. Krueger and I. For our 2020 Winter House of Delegates (HoD) session, we traveled once again to balmy Chicago as part of the AVMA’s Veterinary Leadership conference. To read specifics about what we discussed and voted on at the meeting, please visit avma.org/about/house-delegates. The semi-annual Veterinary Information Forum made a grand return after a brief hiatus during the summer session due to the large advocacy event which took place with HoD members on Capitol Hill in DC. In this forum, the...

Submitted by Dr. Kelly Underwood On January 3, 2020, students from VMCVM were able to attend a tour of the Maryland Zoo's hospital and a student-veterinarian brunch. We had 9 students and three veterinarians attend brunch at Miss Shirley’s Cafe. We enjoyed getting to chat with several first-year veterinary students and share information about experiences as veterinarians. We answered questions about our backgrounds in veterinary medicine and connections with the MDVMA. After brunch, we connected with more students at the zoo hospital for the tour where a veterinary technician and veterinarian...

Submitted by Dr. Matthew Weeman, Centreville, MD In January, I was honored to be invited to attend the annual AVMA Leadership Conference as the emerging leader of our Maryland Veterinary Medical Association. Fortunately, the hundreds of attendees were greeted by unseasonably warm Chicago temperatures but the windy city did stay true to her name for most of our visit. This year’s conference included numerous discussions and the keynote introduction focused on re-assessing corporate structures to better meet the needs of employees. The challenge of the session was to encourage key institutional decision makers to...

We had a successful Fall Conference for the third year in a row this past October in Laurel, MD. We had speakers come from around Maryland and the country, had two tracks of lectures, plus an informative panel discussion and had over 100 veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants from MD and surrounding states in attendance. We’ve made public outreach and education a priority as part of our effort to educate the public and the veterinary profession on the role RVTs play in veterinary medicine and to advocate for our profession. We...

Submitted by Carolyn M. Cornett, DVM On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, The Western Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (WMVMA) had its Fall continuing education meeting at Fratelli’s Italian and Seafood Restaurant in Middletown. Guest speakers Mike Ausherman and Todd Baker from Legacy Capital Planners presented information for Retirement Planning and gave us insights into how to make the most of our retirement savings. The presentation was based on materials developed by the Prepare Institute, a non-profit educational institution that provides retirement planning courses and classes nationwide. Emphasis was placed on the impact...

Submitted by Dr. Kelly Underwood The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine’s White Coat Ceremony was held last year on August 23, 2019, at the Virginia Tech Moss Arts Center, to welcome the incoming class of 2023 to the college. This ceremony came after a week of orientation activities and served as an opportunity to welcome the new 127 students to both the school and the profession. MDVMA President, Elizabeth Cottrell, and College Committee Co-Chair, Kelly Underwood, attended this event on behalf of the MDVMA this year. The ceremony involved each first-year...

Banfield releases suicide-prevention training as a free resource. For most veterinary professionals, we know caring for pets is more than a job – it’s a calling. Because of the passion we have for helping pets and the lengths we go to do so, veterinary professionals are faced with rewarding opportunities but also unique challenges, including heartbreaking life-or-death decisions involving beloved companions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2015) one in six veterinarians considers suicide. Further, the CDC found rates of suicide are 2.1 times higher than the general population...

The AVMA unveiled the 2019 Economic State of the Veterinary Profession Report, which analyzes the markets for veterinarians, veterinary education and veterinary services, bringing together the three major economic markets comprising the veterinary profession in a first-of-its-kind, easy-to-digest report. AVMA members can download a free PDF from the AVMA’s website and nonmembers may purchase the report for $125 by visiting https://www.avma.org/News/PressRoom/Pages/AVMA-2019-Economic-State-of-the-Veterinary-Profession-Report-now-available.aspx...

Source: Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Date: October 28, 2019 The State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners has received several inquiries asking if the Board intends to inspect for and enforce USP 800- Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings. The short answer is: the Board does not currently intend to inspect for compliance with USP 800, but that does not mean that veterinary practices should ignore the standards. The U.S. Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention is a nonprofit scientific organization with a mission “to improve global health through public standards and related programs that help...

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