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SMITH, Dr. James W. Jr. DVM 86, of St. Petersburg, FL. died on Sept. 11, 2020 after a four year battle with Cancer. Doc Jim was born in Tampa, FL., attended Clearwater High, served in the Marines, and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal before graduating from Auburn University with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He also served in the Marine Reserves for over 20 years. During Doc Jim’s 40 plus years practicing veterinary medicine in St. Petersburg, he established Central Animal Hospital west (49th St.) and east (4th St.) before continuing to practice part-time for 13 years at Park Animal Hospital. During that same period, he was a Lieutenant for the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary. Doc Jim was preceded in death by his sons, James W. Smith III, and Jeremiah James Smith. He is survived by his wife of 56-years, Barbara; and daughters, Whitney Smith-Bogardus, (Jim, son, Monte Smith); Lindsy Smith (son, Hunter Beller); Jamie Scarpino (Ted, daughters, Jackie, Cassie; sons, Brad, Theo, Thomas Scarpino); Julia Smith (son, Josiah Smith). Services are Oct. 24 at 10:30 am at St. Raphael Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Florida Cancer Specialists, https://fcsf.org/ or Pet Pal Animal shelter of St Petersburg, FL at EIN Number 59-2967819

Latest PCVMA Newsletter

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PCVMA News Letter 01/2020 Volume:31 No. 1

PCVMA News Letter 02/2020 Volume:31 No. 2

PCVMA News Letter 03/2020 Volume:31 No. 3

PCVMA News Letter 04/2020 Volume:31 No.4

PCVMA News Letter 05/2020 Volume:31 No.5

PCVMA News Letter 06/2020 Volume:31 No.6

PCVMA News Letter 07/2020 Volume:31 No. 7

PCVMA News Letter 08/20 Volume:31, No. 8

PCVMA News Letter 09/20 Volume:31, No.9

PCVMA News Letter 10/20 Volume:31,No10

PCVMA News Letter 11/10 Volume:31.No.11

PCVMA Officers: 

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

President-Elect: Dr. Dan Jones – (PSIvet)

Past-President: Dr. Don Howell – (Midway Animal Hospital)

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

Treasurer: Dr. Ernest Godfrey (Pinellas Animal Hospital)

Board of Directors:

Dr. Brooke Certa – (Coastal Animal Clinic)

Dr. Kim Donovan -(Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital)

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

Dr. Joel Murphy – (Animal and Bird Center of Palm Harbor)

PCVMA News Letter:

Dr. Don Morgan – Donmorgansr@aol.com

President’s Message

Dear PCVMA Members,

The cooler weather has finally arrived along with the holiday season! The Board and I hope that you are all doing well, though it’s been so long since we’ve all seen each other! We’ll continue our monthly webinar series through the end of the year, but hopefully we can restart our monthly dinner meetings next year. I’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has participated and attended the recent online meetings! It’s great to keep up our CE and stay in touch as we can! This month, we’ll have a dermatology focus on otitis externa, an important subject for all of us here in Florida. As always, please let me or the board know how we can better serve you! Have a great Thanksgiving!


Hillary Maedel, DVM
Plantation Animal Hospital, Tampa, FL
Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association – President
Pinellas Animal Foundation – Executive Board
(502) 693-4706


 All  PCVMA  MEETINGS are currently on hold or canceled for the rest of 2020.   Scheduled sponsors pulled out for the rest of this year.  We are continuing to monitor and perhaps schedule a meeting funded entirely with PCVMA dues money.  We have many great local speakers and can get CE approval from the BVM as we have many times,  The PCVMA has a provider number  for CE courses.


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 $125.00 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



PAF News

21st BOWser and Catsino Ball | October 10, 2020

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21st BOWser and CATsino Ball

21st BOWser and Catsino Ball | October 10, 2020


The next BOWser and CATsino Ball will be held October 10, 2020! Hope to see you there!

The Bowser and Catsino Ball is our signature yearly event where all proceeds go to the Veterinary Technician program at St Petersburg College. Our next BOWser and CATsino Ball (20th) will be held Saturday, October 10, 2020, from 6:00 – 10pm at the Belleair Country Club.

Call 727-397-7387 for more information about the upcoming 20th BOWser and CATsino Ball and Auction in 2020.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy an evening of festivities including Casino Games, Dinner, Dancing and a Silent and Live Auction.

Proceeds from the event will provide a donation to the St Petersburg Veterinary Technician scholarship program.



Donald H. Morgan DVM
President – PAF

Humane Society of Pinellas

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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

Well November is upon us and despite a difficult year dealing with the COVID crisis, there is still good news to share.  October 1st started the new fiscal year for Pinellas County and brings a new opportunity for the Veterinary Clinics that are license resellers.  In addition to the 5% seller rebate you get for each license sold, any reseller who chooses to use our online portal to enter licenses will receive an additional 2% rebate on each license sold and entered.  If you are interested in this new opportunity, contact our Finance Department at 727-582-2624.

The other good news the fiscal year brings is for the animals that visit Pinellas County Animal Services.  A Capital Improvement Project for PCAS has been approved.  This two-year project will renovate our 4 animal housing buildings.  This renovation will include strengthening the buildings for hurricanes, meeting new fire codes, installing new kennels, and finally, air conditioning the animal housing areas.  This renovation project will modernize our kennel buildings and give us another 25 years of useful life here at the Ulmerton Road campus.

Thank you for your continued support and collaboration to improve animal welfare in Pinellas County.

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

Paw It Forward

We’re super excited for our November 12 Paw It Forward Fund Drive.  Look for local TV advertisements over the next few weeks, which will also include a shout out to our community partners.

Hurricane Response

We continue to be a transfer recipient for impacted shelters over the past couple months.  As the Gulf Coast states assess damage from Zeta, we stand ready to bring in another group of animals from the area.


Our wildlife intake has slowed down considerably due to the season.  But that doesn’t mean they stop getting injured or orphaned.  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 wild homes healthy and whole.

Tara Yurkshat, COO
SPCA Tampa Bay