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Over 80 veterinarians, staff, friends and families enjoyed a wonderful Saturday evening at Tropicana Field.

Thanks to Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Idexx Laboratories who sponsored our annual event.

Latest PCVMA Newsletter

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PCVMA Newsletter November 1, 2018 | Vol 28, No. 11

PCVMA Newsletter October 1, 2018 | Vol 28, No.10

PCVMA Newsletter August 1, 2018 | Vol 28, No.8
PCVMA Newsletter July 1, 2018 | Vol 28, No.7
PCVMA Newsletter June 1, 2018 | Vol 28, No.6
PCVMA Newsletter May 1, 2018 | Vol 28, No.5
PCVMA Newsletter April 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 

Dear PCVMA Members,

Fall weather is starting to arrive and our last meeting for the PCVMA is scheduled for November 12th at Bascom’s Chop House. Our speaker will be Dr Stine from BluePearl in Clearwater. Dr Stine’s topic will be Updates in Veterinary Ophthalmology. So mark your calendars for the second Monday evening and join us for a great CE meeting about ophthalmology.


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





Up Coming Meetings for 2018

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

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Board members working and in attendance at the CE by the Sea were
(L-R) Ellen Gallo, Pet Professor, and Drs. Morgan, Larson, Moore, Certa and Maedel.
The PAF wishes to thank BluePearl Veterinary Partners and the many veterinarians and staff members attending for their generous donations.




Presentation of $2500 in scholarships from the Bowser and Catsino Ball  by Dr. Howell and Dr. Morgan were made to three well deserving SPC students at the SPC Open House honoring National Veterinary Technician Week.

(L to R)
First Place – Jessica Loperena $1,250.00 – Neonate Care

Third Place – Kristen Hulbert $500.00 – Anesthesia vs Non-Anesthesia Dentals

Second Place – Kaitlyn Pierce $750.00 – Deafness in Dolphins

Congratulations to all three of you.  Another $2500.00 in scholarships will be awarded during the Spring Semester 2019.



Donald H. Morgan DVM
President – PAF

Animal Services News

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Pinellas County Animal Services News

Hurricane Michael’s Effect on Pet Owners

Hurricane Michael made landfall at Tyndall Air Force Base and barreled through most of Bay County, FL leaving a path of destructions in its wake.  Bay County Animal Services personnel set up pet friendly shelters expecting to be there for only a few days.  Those days stretched into weeks as the full extent of the damage was realized.  Bay County asked for help and Pinellas County Animal Services responded hitting the road with four Animal Control Officers and two support staff members.  Now, more than three weeks into the recovery phase, Pinellas County Animal Services was able to return home and begin to examine the lessons learned from this catastrophic event.

Upon arrival area communications were down and power was out throughout most of Bay County.  Assisting Bay County, our team went from one pet friendly shelter to another assessing the needs of the citizens.  It was evident that those needs had evolved into a long term recovery plan.  The pet friendly shelters were filled with individuals awaiting FEMA and insurance adjusters’ findings.  The area is heavily rural and many had lost everything including homes and vehicles.  Without transportation much needed veterinary services were out of reach, if any offices were able to open at all.  Some veterinarians volunteered, able to go to locations where services were needed and offer free care for animals.  With so many pets in need we took to the county to conduct welfare checks, deliver needed supplies and respond to reports of abandoned animals.

After the lessons of Hurricane Irma and now of Hurricane Michael we are seeing a similarity of needs in the community following these types of events.  As the severity of the storms increase more individuals are in need of food, potable water and shelter for their animals.  Housing times in pet friendly shelters increase due to the lack of money available to those affected, availability of short-term housing for those with pets, needed veterinary care to provide required vaccines and supplies to feed and house their animals.

Many chose to leave the area completely – citing that there was nothing left.  Others chose to return to the site of their homes often living in tents while awaiting the completion of construction.  Some were able to find arrangements with hotel vouchers or with family and friends.  Still quite a few chose to stay in the pet friendly shelter for as long as possible.  All of these groups require veterinary care and/or supplies such as food and crates to be able to take advantage of these accommodations.  Short term response has been at the fore-front of care for pets and pet owners but as recent events demonstrate, the focus must also include consideration of longer care options.

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 Tampa Bay News

SPCA Tampa Bay

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SPCA Tampa Bay

SPCA’s annual PetWalk, our biggest fundraiser of the year, happens on Saturday, Oct. 6th, from 8:30am-12pm, at Vinoy Park.  There will be a pet costume contest, food and merchant vendors, a kid zone, doggy pools, and more.  Teams and individual registrations can happen right up to the day of PetWalk.  Come join us and support Pinellas County’s largest private non-profit open admission shelter.  Find out more at petwalk.org

On Sunday, October 14, from 1-4pm, we’ll be celebrating out 2 year anniversary of our St. Pete Veterinary Center.  Get a chance to get a tour and meet with our veterinarians.  Our Veterinary Center is at 3250 5th Ave. North, St. Pete.

As always, any questions or comments, please contact me at rlopez@spcatampabay.org

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

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St Petersburg College – School of Veterinary Technology

We have admitted 30 new campus students and 61 new online students to our AS program.  22 new students have joined our BAS program.  As reflected by these numbers, interest in the profession and our program remains high.

Our annual Open house will be on Wednesday, October 17.  More details will be coming in the near 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