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PCVMA Important News – Gold Star Recipients

Posted in Latest Pinellas County Veterinary News

EuRA Recognizes Exceptional Partners

The Executive Group of EuRA, the European Relocation Association, surprised Air Animal founder Dr. Walter Woolf and his wife Linda with the Exceptional Partnership Award during its annual meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

“Loving, loyal and longevity. Three words that come to mind when we think of the recipients,” Michelle Bramstoft, EuRA Northern Region, told the assembled members.

“Visionaries of their time, founders of professional associations who have also fostered industry alliances,” added Isabel Cudel, EuRA Southern Region. “Both are blessed with partners in business and in life–who are the bubbles in their champagne.”

The EuRA Executive Group recognized Walter and Linda for their commitment and loyalty to each other and to the EuRA family.

Latest PCVMA Newsletter

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PCVMA Newsletter May 1, 2018 | Vol 28, No.6
PCVMA Newsletter May 1, 2018 | Vol 28, No.5
PCVMA Newsletter March 1, 2018 | Vol 28, No.4
PCVMA Newsletter March 1, 2018 | Vol 28, No. 3
PCVMA Newsletter February 1, 2018 | Vol 28, No. 2
PCVMA Newsletter January 1, 2018 | Vol 28, No. 1


President’s Message 

May is upon us, it’s time for graduations and warm weather is here to stay. It’s time for our clients to be outdoors with their pets at dog parks and doggie day care. So let’s help them keep their pets parasite free. This month’s meeting is sponsored by Idexx and we will be learning about diagnosing our patients using fecal antigen test.

Our speaker will be Bryan Rothlein, DVM.  His topic is Fecal Antigen Tests: Hookworms, Roundworms and Whipworms. This is a one hour CE.

Our meeting is at Bascom’s Chop House on Monday evening May 21, 2018.


Donald Howell DVM, PCVMA President


Please support your county organization providing you with information and opportunities on continuing education, political/legislative issues, business/financial issues, Pharmacy & Laws and Rules required CE and social events throughout the year.   Practice owners, please help your associates with their membership  and the PCVMA with your continued support.

Dues are $100.00 per year per veterinarian.

Checks and inquires can be address to:

Dr. Ernest Godfrey
PCVMA Treasurer
Pinellas Animal Hospital
7791 52nd Street North
Pinellas Park, FL 33781





Meetings for 2018

February 19, 2018,  Meeting sponsored by Zoetis

March 19, 2018, Open

April 2018,  Please attend the FVMA Annual Conference in Tampa, April 5-8th

May 21, 2018,  Meeting sponsored by Idexx

June 18, 2018, Dr. Robertson, Sponsors, Pet Angel and Lap of Love

July 21, 2018,  PCVMA Baseball Game, Hill’s and Idexx

August 20, 2018, Dr. Ashley Oakes, Dentistry, Sponsored by Freedom Bank

September 8, 2018, PAF Bowser and Catsino Ball, Belleair Country Club

October 8, 2018, Political Forum, PCVMA/Freedom Bank, Marriott on Roosevelt

November 19, 2018, Freedom bank meeting

December 2018, No Meeting, Happy Holidays


Elections for 2018 will be held at the January 15th meeting by the general membership, nominations from the floor will be accepted.

The BOD recommends the following veterinarians for election to the general membership.

President  – Dr. Howell to continue in 2018 for one more year (Midway Animal Hospital)

President-Elect – Dr. Hillary Maedel (Northeast Animal Hospital)

Secretary – Dr. Samantha McHenry  for a two year term (Midway Animal hospital)

Treasurer – Dr. Ernie Godfrey to continue for another two year term ( Pinellas Animal Hospital)

Board Member – Dr. Janell Dowling to replace Dr. Samantha McHenry on the BOD for a two year term (Bayshore Animal Hospital).

Board members Drs. Donovan ( Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital), Scribano (Northeast Animal Hospital) and Rumore (Lake Seminole Animal Hospital)  will continue on the BOD for one more year of their two year terms.

PCVMA News Letter Editor – Dr. Don Morgan

FVMA Legislative Days:  Dr. Howell will be going to Tallahassee to represent the PCVMA January 16-18th.

Drs. Klemawesch, Godfrey and Morgan will also be going but representing the FVMA as well as the PCVMA.


Janell Dowling, DVM                                         Don Howell, DVM

PCVMA –  Secretary                                           PCVMA – President



PAF News

Pinellas Animal Foundation

Posted in Latest Pinellas County Veterinary News, PAF News

Pet Professor News

Pinellas Animal Foundation’s South County  Pet Professor, Ellen Gallo and canine partner Gracie, appeared at Largo Central Park for Paw Fest 2018.  Dr. Don Morgan and Ellen talked to hundreds of people about veterinary and animal issues while representing the Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association and the Pinellas Animal Foundation.  We passed out water bottles and baggies filled with information about the PCVMA and PAF.  Good Public Relations.


Pinellas Animal Foundation’s North County Pet Professor , Amanda Bliss, and Dr. Don Morgan appeared at the Elisa’s Greatest Races event at Wall Springs Park.  The PAF is one of the many beneficiaries of this event.

We talked to hundreds of families and children and passed out our baggies filled with information about the PCVMA and PAF,  again good public relations for our veterinarians in Pinellas.


Donald H. Morgan DVM
President – PAF

Animal Services News

Posted in Animal Services News, Latest Pinellas County Veterinary News

Hurricane Pet Preparedness

Here in Pinellas County, there is the potential for hazards as a result of severe weather or man-made disasters. One of the greatest hazards that we face is hurricanes and with the hurricane season running from June 1st to Nov. 30th, we’re just about there again. Having a plan in place to keep yourself and your family safe is essential during the hurricane season. Just like other members of the family, pets need to be part of your disaster plan. If you have to evacuate, do you know if pets are allowed where you’re planning to stay? If you are staying home, what will your pet need if your family must survive without basic necessities after the storm?

Whether you are planning on staying home or evacuating, the first step in being prepared is to have an Emergency Pet Supply Kit on hand. This kit should include the following items:

  • Identification (County License/Microchip paperwork)
  • Vaccination records
  • Food and water (2 week supply)
  • A carrier or portable kennel
  • Medications
  • Muzzle, collar, and leash
  • Manual can opener
  • Current photo of your pet
  • Food and water bowls
  • Favorite toys and blanket
  • Cat litter/pan and a scoop
  • Grooming items
  • Plastic bags to handle waste

If you decide to evacuate during a storm, make sure the host home, hotel or shelter where you’re going accepts your type of pet. Some hotels have emergency policies to take pets in an evacuation, but not all do. It is important to call ahead and confirm that you and your pet will be able to stay there. If you plan on boarding your pet at a kennel, make sure the kennel is in a non-evacuation zone. Also make sure your pet is up to date with all necessary vaccinations, as the kennel will require proof of this. Animal shelters such as Pinellas County Animal Services or the SPCA of Tampa Bay cannot accept your pet during an emergency.

Pinellas County does operate three pet-friendly public shelters for dogs and cats only. While at the pet-friendly shelter, owners and pets are housed in different areas. Owners are allowed to access their pet at various times to feed, water and clean up after them. Owners are responsible for providing all of the necessary supplies needed to care for their pet, including a carrier or crate. Remember that space is limited at these shelters and they should be considered a last resort in your plan. For more information please visit: www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/petpreparedness.htm

As we all prepare for the approaching storm season, Pinellas County Animal Services is preparing as well.  We are requesting that Veterinarians in the county please take the time to complete the short questionnaire and respond by email.  Thank you for your time.

Pinellas County Veterinary Survey for Hurricane Season

  1. What is the name of your Veterinary Hospital?
  2. What is the evacuation zone for your veterinary hospital?
  3. Will you continue to operate prior to a storm if not in a required evacuation zone?
  4. If operating with limited services, what services will continue to be offered?
  5. If your facility is closing down for the storm event, do you have any staff members who would be interested in volunteering to work with Animal Services at the Pet Friendly Shelters?
  6. Anyone interested in assisting in a Pet Friendly Shelter, please email your name and contact information.
  7. Please email responses to AnimalRequests@co.pinellas.fl.us

Doug Brightwell

Bureau Director  – Pinellas County Animal Services
12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33774

Phone 727-582-2600


 Any practices in Pinellas County that have a confirmed case of canine influenza, please notify Animal Services!

Linda L. Boger
Administrative Secretary
(727) 582-2657
(727) 582-2559 – Fax

SPCA of Tampa Bay News

Posted in Latest Pinellas County Veterinary News, SPCA Tampa Bay News

Shelter Software Update

About a year ago, SPCA Tampa Bay’s Largo Shelter changed software, from our old system, PetPoint, to a newer product in their software line, called Vestafy.  After a year of use, the shelter has decided there were too many bugs and inefficiencies, and have decided to move back to PetPoint.  This transition will occur mid-June, and since many of our staff are new, will require 1-2 days of (re)training.  We are definitely aware of the limitations and peculiarities of PetPoint, but we felt it was the better option at this point.  Sometime in mid-June, then, you will start seeing the old PetPoint patient summaries making their way to your offices on adopted pets.

Pet Walk Kick-Off Party

June 14

Our 28th Annual SPCA Tampa Bay Pet Walk is just around the corner! Join us for appetizers, drawings and taste the 2018 signature cocktail – the Salty Chihuahua. During the event you’ll be able to register for the walk and learn how to build your team. We’ll also be unveiling the new and improved 2018 Pet Walk website! 
RSVP at https://spcatampabay.org/pet-walk-kick-off-party/ 

For more info call Luan Dean at 727-586-3591×122

SPCA Tampa Bay Summer Camps

All June—Prices Vary

Camps are in session from now till August! These one-of-a-kind animal camps are sure to create memories your child will carry with them forever. In June, don’t miss…..

Urban Wildlife Camp – June 4 – June 8

Animal Behavior & Training Camp – June 11 – June 15 – SOLD OUT

Creative Critters Camp – June 18 – June 22

Animal Careers Camp – June 25 – June 29

Rizal Lopez, DVM
Senior Director/Veterinary Services

SPCA of Tampa Bay
9099 130th Avenue North | Largo, FL 33773
727.499.0370 fax: 727.499.0368


St Peterburg College News

Posted in Latest Pinellas County Veterinary News, St Petersburg College News

St Petersburg College – School of Veterinary Technology


Lisa Platt from the BAS program and Michelle Werden from the AS program have been chosen by SPC  faculty to be the recipients of the PCVMA scholarships for this year in the amount $600.00 to each.  Congratulation



We had 32 graduates from our AS program and 19 graduates from our BAS program at our Spring commencement.  Interest in our programs remains strong as we are in the process of admitting students for the fall semester.

Our annual Open House will be October 17.  More details will be coming in the future. 

Richard M. Flora, DVM MSBA
Dean – School of Veterinary Technology
St Petersburg College
12376 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33774
(727) 302-6721
Fax: (727) 444-6971