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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.
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
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
- 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
- What is the name of your Veterinary Hospital?
- What is the evacuation zone for your veterinary hospital?
- Will you continue to operate prior to a storm if not in a required evacuation zone?
- If operating with limited services, what services will continue to be offered?
- 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?
- Anyone interested in assisting in a Pet Friendly Shelter, please email your name and contact information.
- Please email responses to AnimalRequests@co.pinellas.fl.us
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
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
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 Petersburg College – School of Veterinary Technology
PCVMA SPC VETERINARY TECHNICIANS SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
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
SPC VETERINARY TECHNICIAN
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
Fax: (727) 444-6971