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OBITUARY OF THOMAS A KRALL, DVM

Krall, Thomas A. DVM, suddenly was called to Heaven on the afternoon of Saturday, May 8, 2021, while tending to his normal daily “self assigned” yard routine in Seminole, Florida. Tom and Barbara (nee Muehlenhard) were married for over 46 years. He was a forever devoted and loving father to Erin and Christopher. Caring brother to Mary (Walt) Krekel, Regina (Ken) Kohl and Teresa (Keith) Brown; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Proceeded in death by his parents Joseph P. and Regina (nee Thomas), brothers: Paul M; Joseph P. Jr; and Kevin J. Tom was born third oldest son on March 27, 1949. He grew up in the small northern town of Avon, Ohio. He attended St. Mary’s through eighth grade. He valued a long-lasting friendship with many of his fellow classmates. He will be fondly remembered and toasted by The Shagsters Society of Hacking Amateur Golfers, of which he annually attended for thirty-three years. As well, Tom played high school football and ran track at Avon High. He attended The Ohio State University (O-H-I-O) and graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1974. Upon graduation he entered the United States Air Force as a Captain and the Base Veterinarian at then Plattsburgh AFB, New York. Both small animal medicine and St. Petersburg College (SPC) brought he and Barb to Florida. For forty-three years Tom was a professor in the Veterinary Technology Department at SPC. He was awarded Professor Emeritus upon retirement in July, 2019. In the fall of 1977, he along with fellow OSU classmate, David Tollon, built and opened Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital in Seminole, Florida, where he worked for over twenty-five years. The above is somewhat the sequential life of Tom Krall. He managed to live a great and full life with his family and friends. He was the anchor for his family, a person who impressed upon all to “seek the positive” and created the best life he could offer. Hard work and exercise was his friend. He completed fifteen marathons and once ran a relay across the State of Florida. When his knees ached he turned to bicycling. He always enjoyed a fun game of golf with his buddies. Although not a great fisherman, he sometimes threw a line into the Gulf and snorkeled at Egmont Key with his family. He was also a great researcher, always thirsty for more knowledge. He never stopped studying one thing or another, read all night, enjoyed baking and mastered his margarita recipe, as well as his grill. Tom maintained a daily routine that ran like clockwork. More recently, early mornings he’d reach out to his family, but preferred to be available for business conversations at 11am, five days a week. Most days by 1pm you might find Tom at the gym, at his garage workbench, running errands or outdoors perfecting his green thumb. He seldom clocked himself out before 5pm and often swam until after 6pm. He built a lifetime of memories with his family and friends whom he cherished so much. His Book of Life will be shared, the baton has been passed. We cannot drop it or we will lose everything created by a great man, husband, dad, brother and friend. He has instilled into us the importance of faith, honesty, love and respect. Our boat is rocky, our anchor has become our angel. Someday the waters will clear, the tides will change, our boat will again set sail. Our angel will always be with us. We must forever seek the positive and cherish the memories because life on earth is much too short. Tom always lived life to the fullest. He will forever be in our hearts, his memories will never fade, and his legacy will last forever. Visitation at the funeral home will be Saturday, May 15, 2021 starting at 11 am, followed by a Memorial Service at 1 pm. Interment at the Bay Pines National Cemetery will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the charity of your choice in Tom’s name or to The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Fund. Link and mailing address found on donation tab. To give in the mail: “Pay to the order of” –The Ohio State University Foundation Memo line – IMO Dr. Thomas Krall Mail to: OSU College of Vet Med Attn: Tiffany Connors 1900 Coffey Rd Columbus, OH 43210

Latest PCVMA Newsletter

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Newsletters: 

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 Newsletter 06/2021 Volume 32, No.6
PCVMA Newsletter 07/2021 Volume 32, No.7

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)

PCVMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Brooke Certa – (Coastal Animal Clinic)

Dr. Kim Donovan -(Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital)

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

PCVMA NEWSLETTER & PINELLAS ANIMAL FOUNDATION

Dr. Don Morgan – Donmorgansr@aol.com

PCVMA News Letter:

Dr. Don Morgan – Donmorgansr@aol.com

President’s Message

Dear PCVMA Members,

We had our 1st in person meeting in June at Bascom’s that was sponsored by Nutramax and had 50 members in attendance. I enjoyed seeing everyone in person for the first time since our February meeting in 2020, that was held at the Marriott. We will not have a meeting this month due to the FVMA meeting in Orlando. I hope to see everyone in Orlando! We are searching for a sponsor for our August meeting. Hills and Idexx will be sponsoring our annual Baseball meeting on Saturday September 25th  at Tropicana Field. Go Rays!

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

SURVEY: Several hospitals would like to know the curbside situation from other members. Just respond to me at donmorgansr@aol.com if you would like to participate.

PCVMA 2021 MEETINGS AND EVENTS SCHEDULED

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.

 

2021 PCVMA DUES

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

OBITUARY OF THOMAS A KRALL, DVM

Krall, Thomas A. DVM, suddenly was called to Heaven on the afternoon of Saturday, May 8, 2021, while tending to his normal daily “self assigned” yard routine in Seminole, Florida. Tom and Barbara (nee Muehlenhard) were married for over 46 years. He was a forever devoted and loving father to Erin and Christopher. Caring brother to Mary (Walt) Krekel, Regina (Ken) Kohl and Teresa (Keith) Brown; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Proceeded in death by his parents Joseph P. and Regina (nee Thomas), brothers: Paul M; Joseph P. Jr; and Kevin J. Tom was born third oldest son on March 27, 1949. He grew up in the small northern town of Avon, Ohio. He attended St. Mary’s through eighth grade. He valued a long-lasting friendship with many of his fellow classmates. He will be fondly remembered and toasted by The Shagsters Society of Hacking Amateur Golfers, of which he annually attended for thirty-three years. As well, Tom played high school football and ran track at Avon High. He attended The Ohio State University (O-H-I-O) and graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1974. Upon graduation he entered the United States Air Force as a Captain and the Base Veterinarian at then Plattsburgh AFB, New York. Both small animal medicine and St. Petersburg College (SPC) brought he and Barb to Florida. For forty-three years Tom was a professor in the Veterinary Technology Department at SPC. He was awarded Professor Emeritus upon retirement in July, 2019. In the fall of 1977, he along with fellow OSU classmate, David Tollon, built and opened Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital in Seminole, Florida, where he worked for over twenty-five years. The above is somewhat the sequential life of Tom Krall. He managed to live a great and full life with his family and friends. He was the anchor for his family, a person who impressed upon all to “seek the positive” and created the best life he could offer. Hard work and exercise was his friend. He completed fifteen marathons and once ran a relay across the State of Florida. When his knees ached he turned to bicycling. He always enjoyed a fun game of golf with his buddies. Although not a great fisherman, he sometimes threw a line into the Gulf and snorkeled at Egmont Key with his family. He was also a great researcher, always thirsty for more knowledge. He never stopped studying one thing or another, read all night, enjoyed baking and mastered his margarita recipe, as well as his grill. Tom maintained a daily routine that ran like clockwork. More recently, early mornings he’d reach out to his family, but preferred to be available for business conversations at 11am, five days a week. Most days by 1pm you might find Tom at the gym, at his garage workbench, running errands or outdoors perfecting his green thumb. He seldom clocked himself out before 5pm and often swam until after 6pm. He built a lifetime of memories with his family and friends whom he cherished so much. His Book of Life will be shared, the baton has been passed. We cannot drop it or we will lose everything created by a great man, husband, dad, brother and friend. He has instilled into us the importance of faith, honesty, love and respect. Our boat is rocky, our anchor has become our angel. Someday the waters will clear, the tides will change, our boat will again set sail. Our angel will always be with us. We must forever seek the positive and cherish the memories because life on earth is much too short. Tom always lived life to the fullest. He will forever be in our hearts, his memories will never fade, and his legacy will last forever. Visitation at the funeral home will be Saturday, May 15, 2021 starting at 11 am, followed by a Memorial Service at 1 pm. Interment at the Bay Pines National Cemetery will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the charity of your choice in Tom’s name or to The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Fund. Link and mailing address found on donation tab. To give in the mail: “Pay to the order of” –The Ohio State University Foundation Memo line – IMO Dr. Thomas Krall Mail to: OSU College of Vet Med Attn: Tiffany Connors 1900 Coffey Rd Columbus, OH 43210

WOULD EVERYONE  TAKE A MINUTE TO REVIEW ANY CLASSIFIED ADS YOU MAY HAVE POSTED IN THIS NEWS LETTER.   PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU WANT THEM REMOVED,  OTHERWISE YOU MAY CONTINUE TO GET LOTS OF UNNECESSARY PHONE CALLS OR E-MAILS.   ANY CORRECTIONS ARE ALSO WELCOME.

Donmorgansr@aol.com

PAF News

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PAF News

 

Pinellas County School Board Chairperson Carol Cook checking out “Winter” with a student on hand.

The entire high school program was paid for by the Jacobson Foundation, $4,612,268, and made possible by the efforts of The Pinellas Education Foundation facilitated by Foundation Director Mr. Bob McIntyre.  A great thank you from the PCVMA, PAF and all the veterinary community!

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

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Pinellas County Animal Services News

In the past year, we’ve adopted out more than 1,700 cats and dogs, and we’re thankful for all the families who decided to make one of these pets a member of their family.

As COVID-19 regulations are loosened and residents return to work, we recognize that many of them may be struggling to adjust their pet’s routines around their new lifestyle. We want to help make this period of transition as easy as possible, and we’re here to provide the guidance and resources needed to do so.

Guidance from the American Veterinary Medical Association

Slowly introduce workday routines to ease your pet’s anxiety.
Give your pet plenty of exercise; keep them engaged.
Recognize signs of stress.
Speak with your veterinarian.
Full guidance from the AVMA can be found here.

If during this time you’ve discovered that you can’t leave your pet at home, you can consider one of Pinellas County’s numerous businesses offering pet care services such as training, daycare and boarding. If you need help finding these resources, we’re here to help. Call us at (727) 582-2600.

Also, Animal Services and many of our welfare partners, including the Humane Society of Pinellas, offer pet food pantries for those facing financial hardships. Our food pantry is based on an honor system, and you can get two bags of food at one time.
There is no shame in needing or asking for help, and we encourage you to reach out to us if you are ever in need of guidance or resources for your pet. We’re here to help, and we look forward to working with you.

Visit our website at www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices for our updated hours and additional information

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

SPCA Tampa Bay News

SPCA Tampa Bay

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SPCA Tampa Bay

Back to Business

We continue to review our response to the pandemic based on a variety of factors including CDC guidelines, local and state orders, local positivity rates and surrounding business practices. On June 15, we updated our protocols on the Largo campus. Staff, volunteers and customers are no longer required to wear masks when inside buildings unless they are working in close proximity to one or more people for more than 10 minutes. All other protocols remain in like social distancing, having masks available and keeping our facility clean.

On the St Pete Veterinary Center campus, the team continue its gradual shift back to having customers in the building. Curbside service will be available to those customers who request it, and the campus opened to the public on Monday, June 21. Masks are required for staff, volunteers and customers when inside the building.

Pick up a Pocket Pet

SPCA Tampa Bay had an unusual spike in little critters last June. From June 23-30 we offered pockets pets with no adoption fee. Congratulations to the 83 pets that found a new home. (47 of them were part of our adoption event!) Adopted pets as of June 27 included 20 cats, two chickens, nine dogs, 15 rabbits, four ducks, one ferret, 14 guinea pigs, one parakeet, 16 rats and one tortoise!

Eric Keaton
Chief Marketing Officer
SPCA Tampa Bay