Vermont Veterinary Medical Association

Recent News

Every year, hundreds of pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles. Vermont state law shields people from civil liability when they break into a locked vehicle to rescue a dog in "imminent danger of harm."  The law requires people to call 911, fire or police before breaking into a car.  They must check that the doors are locked, must use no more force than necessary to enter the vehicle, must stay with the child or dog until emergency personnel arrive, and must leave a note on the vehicle about what happened. 

The Vermont State Police recommends that people call police rather than take matters in their own hands.  This law is intended to be used only in emergency situations.




July 4th Safety for Pets!

Dr. Janet Carini Receives David Walker Award!
At our June 22 Summer Meeting, Dr. Janet Carini (Rutland Veterinary Clinic at Castleton Corners) received the VVMA’s highest honor, the David Walker Award, for her commitment to the VVMA, animal welfare, animal cruelty investigations, animal disaster relief organization, and to the Rutland County Humane Society.  Dr. Carini’s volunteer leadership has spanned over 30 years.  Her tireless drive and dedication have never waned, and she continues to make improvements for animal welfare in Vermont.  We are very grateful for her wisdom, efforts and the countless hours she devotes to us and to improving the veterinary profession and animal welfare. Congratulations Janet on this well-deserved recognition!     

Recent VVMA Press Releases:
July 4th Safety for Pets
Castleton Corners Veterinarian Receives Award
Summertime Safety Tips for Pets
Why is my Dog so Itchy?  It Might be Allergies!

Protect Your Pet From Heartworm Disease
Celebrate National Pet Week May 6-12, 2018

All VVMA press releases

Vermont Legislature
The VVMA monitors the legislature for bills impacting animal health and welfare, and the practice of veterinary medicine.  Click here for information on our state government relations and the bills we tracked during this legislative session.  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

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.   

CONGRATULATIONS to Drs. Elizabeth Brock and Thomas Linden of Northwest Veterinary Associates!
The VVMA is pleased to announce that they are the recipients of the 2017 Vermont Food Animal Veterinarian Education Loan Repayment Program (VFAVELRP).  The program is funded by the state of Vermont to support the repayment of veterinary student loans of food animal veterinarians willing to practice in underserved areas of Vermont.  More info


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!

Upcoming VVMA 

  CE Programs
    February 9-10 - Winter Meeting
    June 21 - Summer Meeting

  Welcome New Members!  

  Miranda Fritz - Mountain View Animal 

  Sarah Smets - Ark Veterinary Hospital

  Tyler McGill - Wood Pond Vet. Service
Joseph Wagner - Sugar Run Equine
       Veterinary Service
  Lori Tumpowsky - West Haven, VT  
  Amanda Spector - VT Large Animal Clinic
  Alan Younkin - Alan C. Younkin, DVM
  Kara Wilson - VT Large Animal Clinic
  Julia Chant - Qi Veterinary Clinic
  Selena Hunter - The Animal Doctor

  Natalie Kwitt - VT Department of Health        


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