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Meetings for 2018:
President-Elect Dr. Chrissy Mamone did a great job lining up meetings for this coming year; unfortunately for the PCVMA, she will be leaving Pinellas in January for a new job opportunity.
January 15, 2018, Dr. Brian Scott, Dermatology, sponsored by Ceva
February 19, 2018, Meeting sponsored by Zoetis
March 15, 2018, Legally Mine, We will have to make a change here, they were just her November 2016
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(?)
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 two years (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: Drs. Howell and Donovan currently are available and 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.
Meeting adjourned: 7:57 PM
Janell Dowling, DVM Don Howell, DVM
PCVMA – Secretary PCVMA – President
The Pinellas Animal Foundation is relocating the North County Pet Loss Support Group Meetings to the Brookdale Safety Harbor at 3141 N McMullen Booth Road. Meetings will be held on the second Tuesday afternoons of each month from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm.
Those wishing to make a reservation at Brookdale with Dr. Judy Gammonley, our PAF North County Counselor, please call 727-397-7387 and leave her a message.
Hospitals needing more Pet Loss Support Cards for their clients, please call the PAF office at 727-397-7387 and we will mail them out. The PAF Pet Loss Support Program is a complementary service provided to your clients and paid for by those hospitals supporting the PAF.
Donald H. Morgan DVM
President – PAF
Pinellas County Animal Services (PCAS) started off 2018 like so many others; evaluating our current situation and setting goals for the New Year.
The PCAS staff continues to work on the five year positive trends of lowering animal intake and increasing live release rates.
Our focus is also on improving customer service with you, our veterinary resellers, as well as the citizens in the community.
There is one important Public Health goal that each of you can assist PCAS with. That goal is increasing and maintaining rabies vaccination in cats and dogs. As you know in 2017 statewide there were two people, one dog, along with numerous cats, bats and raccoons that tested positive for the rabies virus. PCAS needs the assistance of every veterinary professional in Pinellas County to educate their clients on the importance of the rabies vaccine. Most resistance to vaccination and insistence that it is not necessary comes from the owners of indoor pets. They insist rabies vaccination is not necessary because rabies is no longer a threat and their pets do not go outside. As we all know rabies is no longer prevalent due to diligent vaccine programs. The last rabies outbreak in Pinellas County was in the late 90s and PCAS would like to remain vigilant and avoid future outbreaks. This goal may only be achieved through a countywide collaboration to educate and vaccinate
Bureau Director – Pinellas County Animal Services
12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33774
Any practices in Pinellas County that have a confirmed case of canine influenza, please notify Animal Services!
Linda L. Boger
(727) 582-2559 – Fax
SPCA Tampa Bay has a number of events scheduled in February and March, please find more details on our website (www.spcatampabay.org).
-Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day event, 6pm to 8pm: “Animal Attraction: A Single’s Event.” This is an on-site mixer for single people who love pets, and there will be games and activities. Proceeds benefit the animals at the shelter, $20 registration fee.
-Feb. 17: Volunteer Fair, 10am to 2pm: get a chance to visit and see what volunteer opportunities are currently open
-Feb. 17: Parent’s Night Out, 6pm to 9pm: register your child to spend an supervised evening at the shelter’s Education building, where our team will keep them occupied with pet related activities and learning, while you get a much needed date night
-March, various dates: Spring Break camps for kids—keep them occupied and educated!
As always, we leave an open invitation to all vets in the PCVMA to tour either the shelter or our Veterinary Center in St. Pete. You can email me anytime with questions or tour information: 727-220-1770.
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 Petersburg College – School of Veterinary Technology
We will welcome 62 new AS students and 15 new AS students this spring. One of our new BAS graduates, Michelle Marks, spoke at our December commencement, where 39 As students and 18 BAS students graduated.
On behalf of all of us here in the Veterinary Technology program, we wish you all a safe, healthy, prosperous new year.
Richard M. Flora, DVM MSBA
Dean – School of Veterinary Technology
St Petersburg College
12376 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33774
Fax: (727) 444-6971