Vermont Veterinary Medical Association

Register Now for the VVMA Winter Meeting!

Saturday and Sunday, February 9-10, 2019

Burlington Hilton Hotel


To register on Friday, call the VVMA at 802-878-6888

Saturday/Sunday registrations on-site 

Tips from the Trenches in Small Animal Emergency Medicine
Armelle De Laforcade, DVM, DACVECC

Dairy Nutrition:  A Comprehensive Review Complete with 2019 Updates
Michael Hutjens, Ph.D.

For your whole veterinary team.....

Essential Skills for Delivering WOW Service
Wendy S. Myers, CVJ
President, Communication Solutions for Veterinarians, Inc.

Updates in Small Animal Endocrinology
Patty Lathan, DVM, DACVIM

Seeing Clearly: Musculoskeletal Imaging for the Equine Practitioner
Kurt Selberg, MS, DVM, DACVR


Recent News 

Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Anson Tebbetts' Op Ed on Milk Safety
November 7, 2018

One Health Day is November 3!
In 2018, the VVMA One Health Committee celebrates One Health Day by putting on our second annual non-traditional continuing education meeting for veterinarians. Alan Graham, recently retired state entomologist for Vermont’s Agency of Ag, Food, & Markets presents a timely Tick ID Session, allowing practitioners to build on knowledge acquired in our January 2018 session on vector-borne infectious diseases.  In two separate sessions from which practitioners can choose, Mr. Graham offers material regarding the most important and medically relevant tick species in Vermont followed by a laboratory session on learning to identify these ticks.  Additionally, One Health information on comparative epidemiology of tick-borne diseases, with a focus on Lyme Disease and Anaplasmosis, will be presented by the One Health Committee.  Veterinarians will have the opportunity for round table discussion of the changing nature of vector-borne diseases being seen in their clinics.  See our workshops on the map of One Health Day events. 

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:
February is Pet Dental Health Month
Cold Weather Safety for Pets

All VVMA press releases

Vermont Legislature
The VVMA monitors the legislature for bills impacting animal health and welfare, and the practice of veterinary medicine.  The 2019/2020 Legislative Session has just begun, and the VVMA will post here the bills we are tracking 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

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!

Upcoming VVMA 

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

 Welcome New   Members!  

   Jeanne Harding

   Kathryn Miller

   West River Valley Veterinary       Service

   Matthew Reimert
East Haven Veterinary Service

   Brian Hurley
 Gardner Animal Care Center

   Ashley Ackert
   Green Mtn. Veterinary Hospital

   Jaclyn Torzewski
   VT-NH Veterinary Clinic

   Dana Ames
   West Mountain Animal               Hospital 

   Earl Brady
   Cold Hollow Veterinary               Services (2017 recipient
   of a VVMA Foundation


   Charley Abernathy
​   Burlington Emergency &             Veterinary Specialists 

   Lainie Springer

   Burlington Emergency &             Veterinary Specialists

   Mallory Sullivan
urlington Emergency &             Veterinary Specialists

   Elisabeth Zenger
urlington Emergency &             Veterinary Specialists

   Lauren Blume
   Peak Veterinary Referral Ctr.

   Shannon Bradley
   Essex Veterinary Center

   Andrew Koenitzer
   Ark Veterinary Hospital

   Daniel Kelly
   Stonecliff Animal Clinic of NH

   Nicholas Sherman
   Essex Veterinary Center

   Courtney Zwahlen
   Peak Veterinary Referral Ctr.
   Kayla Miner
Affectionately Cats
   Miranda Fritz
Mountain View Animal  Hosp.


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