Vermont Veterinary Medical Association

Veterinary Resources on COVID 19
Updated regularly.  Please bookmark this page. Also check our VVMA for Veterinarians Facebook page.  (Must be a VVMA member, must request to join the FB group.)  The general public can access our public Facebook page Vermont Veterinary Medical Association.

March 22 Press Release:  COVID-19 and Your Pets

Thank you for attending the VVMA 2020 WINTER MEETING!  
Congratulations to Dr. Millie Armstrong (Petit Brook Veterinary Clinic) who received the VVMA Dave Walker Award in recognition of her exceptional dedication and service to the VVMA and the veterinary community!






VVMA President Laurie Schneski (l) and Millie Armstrong (r)



Do you have questions about Vermont's new sales and use tax for veterinarians?  Please read our FAQ document for answers.  This is a dynamic document that we will update periodically. 

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Compounding Animal Drugs.  If you are at all involved in compounding animal drugs, please be sure to read the draft.  The deadline to comment is February 18, 2020.   

AVMA issues legal guidance on CBD use in animals - click here to read it.

Your Vermont representatives at the NEVMA Conference, Fall 2019.  From left:  Dr. Hailey Gentile, Dr. Karen Bradley, Dr. Anne Culp, Linda Waite-Simpson, Dr. Ruth Blauwinkle, Dr. Jill Skochdopole, Kathryn Finnie
Your Vermont representatives at the Fall 2019 NEVMA Leadership Conference in Portland, Maine.  From left: Dr. Hailey Gentile, Dr. Karen Bradley, Dr. Anne Culp, Associate Director Linda Waite-Simpson, Dr. Ruth Blauwiekel, Dr. Jill Skochdopole, Executive Director Kathryn Finnie.

Study of the economic impact of equine events in Vermont
The Vermont Horse Council just released a study on the economic impact of equine events in Vermont.   A second phase of the study will look at expenditures of Vermont residents who own horses, including feed and hay, veterinary and other service fees, transportation, barn and fencing costs and other costs associated with equine ownership.  To learn more about the results of Phase One of the Study or to donate to support Phase 2 go to  The VVMA was pleased to support this study.

VVMA Free Dog Bite Prevention Program
Between 2012-2016, 550 Vermont children were treated at the hospital by dog bite wounds.  That number doesn't include children who were bitten for whom medical help was not sought or needed, or where actual contact didn't occur but unsafe interactions happened. 

The VVMA has a free program geared to elementary school-aged children to teach them how to interact safely around dogs in order to avoid bites.  If you are interested in participating in the VVMA's effort or in learning more about bringing the program to your local school, please contact VVMA Associate Director Linda Waite-Simpson at 802-878-6888.  VVMA Members:  login to the Members Only section of our website for information on our programPublic information on dog bite prevention is available here on our website, and educators interested in learning more about our program click hereVVMA press release on the program.

Vermont Legislature
The VVMA monitors the legislature for bills impacting animal health and welfare, and the practice of veterinary medicine.  We are mid-way through the 2019/2020 Legislative Session, and the VVMA has a list of all the bills we are tracking.  Click here and you will be directed to log in as a VVMA member to view this information, then go to Government Affairs - State Government.  If you have any questions about legislative activity or would like information on becoming part of the VVMA Government Relations Committee, contact GRC Chair Dr. David Hyde at

Recent VVMA Press Releases:

COVID-19 and Your Pets
Preparing Your Outside Animals for Winter

Holiday Hazards for Pets
Effects of Smoking on Pets

All VVMA press releases

In 2019, the Vermont legislature approved a bill legalizing the possession of small quantities of recreational marijuana. Click here for a bulletin from the AVMA which reviews the toxicity of marijuana and cannabis-related products, and a veterinarian's obligation to clients and patients.   

L-R Drs. Lisa Nelson, Shelley Mehlenbacher, Colleen Bloom, VVMA President Millie Armstrong, Joel Russo, VT Secretary of Agriculture Anson Tebbetts, Drs. Ruth Blauwiekel, Kristin Haas, and Eileen Wolfe with Governor Phil Scott

The VVMA has joined in an effort to increase the professional and community awareness of the need for safe use, safe storage and safe disposal of prescription medications. In partnership with the Bennington County Prescription Drug Task Force, an information packet created specifically for the veterinary profession was mailed to Vermont veterinary clinics, included in the VVMA e-newsletter, and put on our website. It also includes the VVMA’s Veterinary Practice Guide to DEA Regulations. Check it out and join us in our goal of making sure the veterinary profession is aware of how to prevent substance abuse!

For VVMA Members...

Get a Laugh Out of a VVMA Member Benefit!  Click here for more information!

  Upcoming VVMA 

  CE Programs

   Friday, June 19
   VVMA 2020 Summer               Meeting
   Burlington Hilton Hotel

    Welcome New           Members!  
   Katryna Fleer
VIP Petcare

Lee Garrod
 Veterinary Emergency Critical     Care and Referral Ctr. of NH

   John McDermott
   Granville Veterinary Service       Large Animal

   Josephine Raezer
Shelburne Veterinary Hospital

   Daniel Jackson
Cold Hollow Vet. Services

   Gemma Gerardi
Large Animal Medical Assoc.

   Sarah Spencer
 Bobbin Mill Vet Services

   Abigail Ball
 VT Large Animal Clinic -             Equine Hospital

   Jessica Werner
   VT-NH Veterinary Clinic

   Karinda Elliott
   Milton Veterinary Hospital

   Jacqueline Webb
 Long Trail Veterinary Center

   Jeffrey Wolfe
 Long Trail Veterinary Center

   Allana Mather

   Mt. Mansfield Animal Hospital

   Samuel Scheu
   Riverbend Veterinary Clinic   

   Elizabeth Wheeler
River Road Veterinary Clinic

   Laura Jesseman
Ryegate Small Animal Hospital

   Amanda LaCroix
   River Cove Animal Hospital

   The VVMA One Health               Committee is now on Twitter.     Follow us here for the
   latest information!