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Dr John Ervin

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Obituary – Dr. John T Ervin, Colonel US ARMY, Retired

John T. Ervin, DVM, Colonel, US Army Retired, 87, died on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at South Georgia Medical Center. After retiring from the Army, he worked for several years with Dr. Kenny Mitchell and Dr. Welch Agnew at Pinellas County Animal Services.  He also taught classes at SPC Veterinary Technology program for 17 years.  He was 87 at his death.  He was born in Valdosta on April 1, 1933. Shortly after High School he joined the Navy during the Korean Conflict serving for 4 years. He then attended the University of Georgia for eight years, earning his Bachelor of Science degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Dr Ervin joined the U.S. Army in the Veterinary Corp and served his country for 28 years, rising to the rank of Colonel. He served in Germany, Okinawa, and with several US Army  and Naval Bases as an Army Veterinarian. One of his most interesting assignments was serving as staff Veterinarian of Navy Resale Services, as a member of the Inspector General Team which entailed worldwide travel Naval facilities over the globe.
Colonel Ervin received numerous Military awards and decorations, to include, 2 Legions of Merit, and 5 Meritorious Service Medals among others. His hobbies included gardening, fishing, and travel.  He was a life member of both the Association of the US Army and the Veterinary Medical Association, and at one time was a member of the Pigeon Society. A faithful member of Welcome Hill Church of Christ, he had lived in Brooks County most recently to be near his family.

He was also a doppelganger for Kojak (Telly Savalas), getting tons of autograph requests around the world.  He was a wonderful gentleman and will be greatly missed. Funeral services were held on Sunday, February 21, 2021. Condolences may be conveyed online at www.mclanecares.com.

Latest PCVMA Newsletter

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PCVMA Newsletter 01/2021 Volume:32 No. 1
PCVMA Newsletter 02/2021 Volume:32 No. 2
PCVMA Newsletter 03/2021 Volume:32 No.3
PCVMA Newsletter 04/2021 Volume:32 No.4
PCVMA Newsletter 05/2021 Volume 32, No.5

PCVMA Officers: 

President: Dr. Dan Jones – (PSIvet)

President-Elect: Dr. Joel Murphy (Animal Bird and Medical Center Palm Harbor)

Past-President: Dr. Hillary Maedel – (Fury Friends Veterinary Center)

Secretary: Dr. Marie Raver – (Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital)

Treasurer: Dr. Ernest Godfrey (Pinellas Animal Hospital)


Dr. Brooke Certa – (Coastal Animal Clinic)

Dr. Kim Donovan -(Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital)

Dr. Brett Zager – (Animal Emergency Clinic – St. Petersburg)


Dr. Don Morgan – Donmorgansr@aol.com

PCVMA News Letter:

Dr. Don Morgan – Donmorgansr@aol.com

President’s Message

Dear PCVMA Members,

We will resume in person meetings in June at Bascom’s. Hopefully everyone will be fully vaccinated by that time. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in person again! Our May CE offering is sponsored by Allied Veterinary Laboratory and will be Monday May 17th at 7pm. Anita Kiehl DVM, MS, DACVP will provide 1 hour of CE titled Grading of Tumors: Tips for the General Practitioner.

The course is a review of the four major categories of tumors in the dog and cat with an explanation of how the histological diagnosis is derived for each, including examples of tumor grading with a discussion of the parameters by which the grade is decided, and exploration of how those parameters are related to the outcome. Also discussed are ways that the veterinarian can improve the quality of the submitted sample and thereby maximize the relevance of the final report.

Dan Jones DVM
Director of Operations – PSIvet
djones@psivet.com | www.psivet.com
Toll-free: 888-275-6523 | Cell: 727-560-3026


 May – Allied Veterinary Laboratories – Virtual

June 21, 2021 –  NUTRAMAX at Bascom’s Chop House

July 8-11, 2021- Please attend the FVMA 92nd Annual Conference in Orlando

August 21, 2021 – PCVMA Annual baseball outing – Tropicana Field

September – Royal CaninBascom’s Chop House

October 16, 2021 – BOWser & CATsino Ball – Belleair Country Club

November – Open

December – No Meeting – Happy Holidays

*Florida Pharmacy and Dispensing and The Laws and Rules of the Practice of
Veterinary Medicine in Florida, three hours CE, planning for February 2022.



Please support your county organization providing you with information and opportunities on continuing education, political/legislative issues, business/financial issues, Florida Pharmacy Dispensing and the Florida Laws and Rules required CE, approved CE Webinars and social events throughout the year.  Also including the PCVMA Annual Baseball Outing with a Tampa

Bay Rays game at Tropicana Field in the Left Field Terrace Suite.  Practice owners, please help your associates with their membership and the PCVMA with your continued support.  Membership dues allows you free access to all PCVMA events throughout the year.

Dues are $125.00 per year per veterinarian. Checks can be mailed in the preaddressed envelope enclosed for your convenience.  Credit cards can be processed by calling the PCVMA/PAF office at

727-397-7387 and leave your number or 727-410-7856(c).

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



Dilate Cardiomyopathy (DCM) Study In – Doberman Pinschers

Dear Colleagues:

We are presently seeking patients to participate in our prospective, placebo controlled, randomized study on Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) in Doberman Pinscher dogs.

The study is examining the efficacy of adding two Chinese Herbal Medicine Formulas (CHM) to the conventional treatment protocol for Doberman Pinscher dogs who have been diagnosed with Overt or Stage III DCM.  The formulas are Compound Dan Shen and Zhen Wu Tang. Anecdotal evidence and research performed in humans with diabetic cardiomyopathy support that the mechanism of action of these herbal medicines may extend the life and the quality of life for Doberman Pinscher dogs with this disease. The primary question of the study is simple: “Does the addition of CHM allow for greater survival of subjects over control patient at 6 months and beyond?”


The study will require the enrollment of 40 Doberman Pinscher dogs of any age or sex diagnosed with overt DCM (Stage III) within 2 weeks of enrollment. The inclusion and exclusion criteria are:

  • Inclusion criteria: (1) diagnosed with stage III DCM, characterized by morphological and electrical abnormalities with symptoms of congestive heart failure (CHF) within the last 2 weeks; and (2) owners must agree to complete a quality of life questionnaire.
  • Exclusion criteria: (1) with concomitant congenital heart disease or primary mitral valve disease be excluded, and (2) with co-existing diseases having a prognosis of £ 6 months.

Participants are required to obtain laboratory tests (chemistry, CBC, UA), Holter exam, and echocardiograms prior to enrollment as well as at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months.

Qualified subjects will be randomly placed into the Control group or the Study group.  Patients in the Study group will receive the two CHM formulas while patients in the Control group will receive placebo capsules of a similar quantity. The cost of the CHM’s and the placebo will be covered by the study, which is being funded by the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation.

Owners will be blinded to which group their pet belong.  Patients enrolled in the study will be required to receive echocardiograms and Holter monitor exams every 3 months for the course of the study.  The owners will be asked to fill out a Quality of Life questionnaire every 3 months. These patients will be monitored for 12 months.  Enrollment in the study is scheduled to begin on March 22, 2021. Anyone interested in enrolling a patient in the study may contact us at dobermanpinscherstudydcm@gmail.com.


Gregory Todd DVM
Assistant Professor
Chi University

PAF News

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PAF News

Dr. Don Morgan and Ellen Gallo, PAF “Pet Professor”, appeared at the PawFest in Largo Central Park Saturday April 10th sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid-Pinellas. The Outreach Event was attended by hundreds of people, their animals of all sizes and many vendors. We were representing the PCVMA, all veterinarians of Pinellas County and the PAF. We passed out ditty bags filled with information about the PAF/PCVMA, answered many questions about their animals and especially toxic foods and plants and passed our coloring books to children and bottles of water, it was a hot day.

Humane Society of Pinellas

Posted in Latest Pinellas County Veterinary News

The Humane Society of Pinellas (HSP) is dedicated to reducing the rate of euthanasia in Pinellas County. Neonatal kittens are a particularly vulnerable population with more than 2,000 euthanized in Pinellas last year due to lack of resources. HSP is seeking the public’s partnership to drastically reduce this number through our Kitten Crusaders Program. Together, with the help of veterinary clinics, animal hospitals, shelter/rescue partners, and citizen foster homes, we can provide loving care to kittens in need. There are many ways to be a part of the solution! Please contact Amanda Audia, HSP’s Director of Operations at AmandaA@HumanePinellas.org to join the Crusade to save these precious animals and make a positive impact in our community!

Dr. Brenton Gallas                                        
 Medical Director
 Humane Society of Pinellas

Animal Services News

Posted in Animal Services News, Latest Pinellas County Veterinary News

Pinellas County Animal Services News

Spring has arrived and Pinellas County Animal Services is in active preparation mode.  Hurricane season is one month away and Kitten Season has officially begun.  Last week started the increase in kitten intake at Animal Services.    Foster families are an essential part of the P.A.C.K team at Animal Services!  By providing care to neonates and facilitating medical rehabilitation & socialization in their homes, Fosters are a critical extension of the shelter.  Their help enables staff to focus on the constant influx of new cases entering the shelter daily.   We are currently recruiting foster families who specialize in kitten care since “Kitten Season” is now in full swing!

As for Hurricane Season prep, our staff has received their Pet Friendly Shelter assignments and the equipment is being staged.  Please remind your clients and staff to have a plan in the event of a storm, including any special foods or medications.  The Pet Friendly Shelters this year are at Largo High School and Gibbs High School. 

Stay prepared and stay safe.

Doug Brightwell, MBA, CAWA
Bureau Director
Pinellas County Animal Services
12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33774
Phone 727-582-2607

SPCA Tampa Bay News

SPCA Tampa Bay

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SPCA Tampa Bay


Spring is here and our wildlife intake team is getting busy. SPCA Tampa Bay continues to see a steady pace of injured or orphaned wildlife. Recently we put out a call for volunteers to assist us and the community’s response was very passionate. If you come across a wild animal in distress, please know that we are open and working to rehab these animals to return to their natural habitat healthy and whole. Please visit spcatampabay.org/wildlife-assistance for more information.

Pet Walk

Our 30th Annual Pet Walk, a hybrid virtual/in person event benefitting the shelter, took place at North Straub Park on Saturday, April 17. The event was also simulcast on our YouTube and Facebook channels. We had several hundred attend the socially distanced event and more than 1,400 views online. The most important numbers were the many furry friends that visited the park and the more than $117,000 raised to help pets and wildlife in need across the Tampa Bay area. For a recap visit our social media channels for the virtual broadcast. For more information visit spcatampabay.org/pet-walk-event or petwalk.org.

Eric Keaton
Chief Marketing Officer
SPCA Tampa Bay