Vermont Veterinary Medical Association

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Seeking applicants for 2017 Vermont Food Animal Veterinarian Education Loan Repayment Program - Deadline October 31.  More info.

Below are some organizations that deliver disaster relief care to animals or to veterinarians caring for animals.  Click on their names for more information and to donate:

Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation
Florida Veterinary Medical Foundation
Houston SPCA
American Veterinary Medical Association Foundation
Humane Society of the U.S. 

September is Animal Pain Awareness Month
Pets Feel Pain: Learn How to Manage It
Press release
All VVMA press releases

Join us for the
VVMA One Health Committee
Comparative Oncology Dinner Meeting

September 28, 2017  Being rescheduled.  Will announce new date asap.
6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
University of Vermont

Click here for more information and to register online

Blue Green Algae on lakes
Pet owners need to be mindful around algae blooms. If animals ingest the toxin, they can be quickly paralyzed and die. Signs of poisoning include weakness, staggering, difficulty breathing, convulsions and death. For more information on the dangers of blue green algae and a map of current conditions, please visit

Thank you for attending the VVMA Summer Meeting on June 23! 
1)  Small Animal Anesthesia and Pain Management
2)  Food Armor
® Phase II Training - Becoming a Food Armor
®            Accredited Veterinarian
Speaker notes are available in the Members Only section of our website.
Congratulations to Drs. Nancy Firey and Melissa Straight for winning the $100 Amazon gift cards in our vendor game!

ALSO, the VVMA and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture were pleased to offer Food Armor
® Phase I Training on Thursday, June 22 at the Fireside Inn in West Lebanon, NH at a special rate of $75 due to a federal grant!  

Vermont legislature passed VVMA recommended changes to Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship statutory language relating to food animal medicine and defined Veterinarian of Record.  Click here for more info (see pages 27-28). 

Governor Phil Scott Proclaims April 29 to be World Veterinary Day!
On April 25, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed
a proclamation recognizing World Veterinary Day 2017.  This proclamation reaffirms the role that Vermont veterinarians play in protecting the quality and security of the food supply, in advancing human and animal health through innovative techniques and instrumentation, in providing public health service through One Health education and practice, in enhancing the welfare of all species of animals, and in contributing to the economic well-being of the State.  Click here for a copy of the proclamation.

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

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 29 from 10-2.  Aims to provide a safe, convenient responsible means for disposing of prescription medications while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. To locate a collection site or to download materials to promote National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, visit

Thanks to all who attended our Winter Meeting held February 18-19 at the Burlington Hilton Hotel. 

Congratulations to Dr. Virginia Clarke (Richmond Animal Hospital), recipient of the 2017 Dave Walker Award!

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 in August 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
   September 28 - Comparative Oncology
    (being rescheduled)
   February 10-11 - Winter Meeting
   June 22 - Summer Meeting
   Hope to see you there!


 Welcome New Members!

  Stephanie Dorosko - VT Technical College      and Bradford Veterinary Hospital
  Susan Johnson - Poultney Veterinary             Service
  Kristen Guldbech - Green Mountain

      Animal Hospital
  Daniel Inman - BEVS
  Sarah Blau - West Mountain An. Hosp.
  Katie Velez - VT-NH Vet. Hospital

  Patricia Bartle - River Cove Animal Hosp.
Kyle Bushee - Aeolus Animal & Equine
  Annie Kluetmeier - BEVS
  Olivia Cashman - BEVS
  Neena Golden - Rutland Vet. Clinic & 
      Surgical Center
  Emily Sullivan - Riverside Vet. Care & 
      Dental Services
  Andrew Hagner - Hill's Pet Nutrition
  Meagan Coneeny - Walpole Vet. Hospital
  Amy Cook - Newbury Veterinary Clinic
  Alice McCormick - Petit Brook Vet. Clinic
  Amber Goodwin - VT Large Animal Clinic
  Meghan Morrell -  VT Large Animal Clinic
  Paul Kotas - Green Mtn. Vet. Hospital
  Carrie Olson - Vergennes Animal Hospital
  Bradley Temple - Springfield Animal
  Christopher Spooner - Oxbow Vet. Clinic


The VVMA One Health Committee is now on Twitter, thanks to Dr. Kathy McNamara.  Follow us here for the latest information!

For VVMA Members...

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

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Spring 2017 Newsletter
Member Directory Fall 2016 Online Update
CE Speaker Notes