Welcome to the DCVMA!
Our mission is to enhance veterinary medical science, maintain the highest professional and ethical standards, provide fraternal enrichment, and represent the interest of the veterinary profession in the District of Columbia.
August 2013 DCVMA
"Ahh, the dog days of summer. Congress is gone, the tourists are in full force and school is just around the corner. Somehow, the “lazy days of summer” never seems to apply to veterinarians whether you are in private practice, public practice, or industry.
DCVMA has been active in planning for the upcoming Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference this fall in Greenbrier, near Sulphur Springs, WV November 8-10. This is the third year of the conference and it promises again to have something for everyone. I thank all who have worked to pull it together and those who have agreed to present. Eighteen hours of continuing education are available at the conference and don’t forget that DCVMA members get $50 off on registration (for a $35 per year membership, that is a deal in itself!). Public practice, which is what DCVMA excels at, will include USDA certification, updates from FDA on pet food safety, and highlights from state public health veterinarians and state veterinarians on what is happening. And if you are interested in learning more about the human rabies case in Maryland related to organ transplant, that is on the agenda too. Topics in small animal medicine include cardiology and toxicology, with a session on how to avoid malpractice complaints. Equine veterinarians can learn the latest in fevers of known and unknown origin as well as back and neck as sources for unsoundness. For more information, click here http://www.vvma.org/MediaArchive/PDF/2013%20PRVC/PRVCBookFINAL.pdf
Just a reminder, the next DCVMA meeting is September 11 at the AVMA GRD building (1910 Sunderland Place) at 6:30. All members are welcome to attend. We will be looking for candidates for officer positions for 2013-2014, so this is your chance to lead.
The AVMA Executive Board received the Task Force on Governance and Member Participation report and is available to AVMA members at https://www.avma.org/governancetaskforce.
And speaking of members, DCVMA is open to all veterinarians who live or work in the District. Join the DCVMA and enjoy great benefits and more for only $35 a year. There are not many deals better than that in DC.
DCVMA plans to increase its membership this year and is planning several more social events. To help with recruitment, Dr. Nooni Kampani has agreed to work on this as Membership Coordinator, so you may be hearing from her in the next few weeks and months.
If you have an interest in what is happening with your colleagues in the District, want to get involved in moving policy forward, continuing education, or just get together occasionally for drinks with other veterinarians, join us.
If you have ideas or comments, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DCVMA is your link to the DC Veterinary Community and to the National Veterinary Community through the the AVMA. We are a member based and member supported VMA with aims to keep the DC Veterinarians current, informed and linked in to the legislative process which governs the rules of practicing Veterinary Medicine both locally and federally.
The DC Veterinary community is different than any other having a wide variety of public sector veterinarians, private sector general practitioners and specialists. It is the DCVMA's purpose to bring these groups together to facilitate and promote their DC Veterinary agenda.
DCVMA Executive Board Officers:
Gail Hansen - President
Suzy Cooke – Vice-President
Rich Smilie – Treasurer
Patty Bennett – Secretary
Mike Gilsdorf – Executive Director
Earl Strimple – AVMA delegate
Vito Delvento – AVMA alt delegate
Here’s what membership in DCVMA offers:
Get to know and fraternize with other area veterinarians
Socialize with federal employees, clinicians, and other veterinarians at get-togethers throughout the year. All veterinarians are welcome, but DCVMA members usually get one free drink at the evening events. The last two have been at Clyde’s near Gallery Place and have been a huge hit. The next DCVMA social is March 20 from 6:30-8:00 at Clyde’s near Gallery Place.
Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference
DCVMA members get $50 savings on that accredited program for continuing education. Last year over 35 hours of continuing education were available in small animal medicine, equine medicine and public health/public practice. This year the conference is November 8-10 at Greenbrier Resort in Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
AVMA Policy input
We meet quarterly at the national AVMA headquarters:
Next meeting Mar 13, 2013
We schedule social events quarterly to enhance DC Veterinary relationships.DCVMA Website
The new DCVMA website has current news, legislative reports and testimony, a calendar of events, and much more for veterinarians.