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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 News Letter 01/2019 Volume:30 No. 1

PCVMA News Letter 02/2019 Volume:30 No. 2

PCVMA News Letter 03/2019 Volume:30 No.3

PCVMA News Letter 04/2019 Volume:30 No.4

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PCVMA News Letter 06/2019 Volume:30 No.6

President’s Message 

Dear PCVMA Members,

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone again after our break in May. Hopefully you all had a chance to go to the FVMA this year and connect with your colleagues from across the state. This month we’ll be hearing from one of our local specialists, Dr. Jim Cook from SCAN. This should be a great presentation and allow us to support one of our own PCVMA members. See you all soon!


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



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






 Meeting Schedule for 2019:  Dr. Maedel outlined the following meetings.


              June 17, 2019 – Cervical Myelopathy – SCAN – Dr. Jim Cook       

              July 20, 2019 – PCVMA Baseball Game – Hill’s/Idexx -Tropicana

              August 19, 2019 – Oncology – BluePearl – Bascom’s

              September 7, 2019 – BOWser & CATsino Ball-Belleair Country Club

              October 21, 2019 – TBD  – Merck – Bascom’s

              November 18, 2019 – TBD – Idexx –  Bascom’s

              December – No Meeting – Happy Holidays  


              General discussion and agreement :  Bascom’s charges $75.00

              for plated dinners with two drink tickets.  Most sponsors have a

              limit on what they can spend.  Board members agreed that

              Bascom’s was an great place to have our meetings.  Centrally

              located, well known, great food and service and we have always

              been treated fairly. We decided to continue to have our meeting

              there even if we need to supplement the cost from PCVMA funds.    

              We also discussed having unsponsored meetings with local

              speakers and using membership dues/PCVMA funds to pay.


Election of Officers and Directors: 

             President – Dr. Hillary Maedel – Plantation Animal Hospital

             BOD voted to have the President serve a two year term.

             President-Elect – open

             Past President – Dr. Don Howell – Midway Animal Hospital

             Secretary – Dr. Samantha McHenry – Midway Animal Hospital

             Serving last of a two year term

             Treasurer – Dr. Ernie Godfrey – Pinellas Animal Hospital

             Serving last of a two year term


             Directors – Dr. Janell Dowling – Serving the last year of a two year


             Drs. Kim Donovan, Michael Rumore and Mark Scribano.

             Served their last year of two year terms and up for re-election.

             Dr. Donovan wishes to be re-elected to the BOD.

             Drs. Rumore and Scribano were not at the meeting and no

             response of their intentions at this time.

             Drs. Marie Raver, Joel Murphy and Scott Trefz have agreed to

             have their names on the ballot for election at the January 14th

            meeting of the PCVMA at Bascom’s Chop House.


Tallahassee FVMA Legislative Days:  March 12-14th.

             Drs. Howell and Maedel will be representing the PCVMA

             Drs. Klemawesch, Godfrey and Morgan will be representing

             the PCVMA & FVMA.


Commissioner John Morroni Memorial Awards Banquet  February 16th:

             The PCVMA will be purchasing a table at the event;  we have been

             sponsoring the annual “Outstanding K-9 and Officer of the Year” 

             for several years.  A great recognition for our organization.


Respectfully submitted,

Dr. Samantha McHenry | Secretary


PAF News

Pinellas Animal Foundation

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Pet Professor Ellen Gallo and Gracie at the “PawFest” in Largo Central Park.

Dr. Don Morgan and Dr. Kim Donovan at the “Elisa’s Greatest Wishes” Races at Wall Springs Park in Palm Harbor.

We passed out baggies with coloring books, information about the PAF and
the PCVMA and what veterinarians do here in Pinellas County.
Thousands of people came to these events and we had the opportunity to visit
and promote veterinary medicine in Pinellas.



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


We are entering my favorite time of the year, spring. With this comes the flowers, new growth and yes, puppies and kittens. This time of year we are all inundated with puppies and kittens. This can be somewhat challenging for all. Never knowing what or how many are going to enter our facilities keeps us on our toes, but we are always prepared and up to the challenge. 

One of our greatest assets during this time of the year is our foster parents. Yes, they are needed throughout the year but their help is critical during the spring.  With the influx of bottle babies, young kittens and puppies, they are quick to lend a helping hand and make a real difference. Last year alone our foster parents cared for over 1,200 animals. Their selflessness and hard work makes a real difference in the lives of the animals in our community. When you take the time to talk to a foster parent you will find they possess a true passion for what they are doing and the personal rewards they receive are immeasurable. 

At the end of the day, the goal for all of us is to make a positive difference in the lives of the animals in our community and beyond. Fostering is one of many ways to give back to our four legged friends. Remember, shelters all around need help with dog walking, cat socialization, clerical duties just to name a few. So if fostering is not for you, there are many ways you can still contribute and make a real difference in the lives of the animals in your community.

If you are interested in fostering for Pinellas County Animal Services please contact me:

Rusty Walker,

727-582-2600 Option 8

SPCA Tampa Bay News

SPCA Tampa Bay

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SPCA Tampa Bay

2019 Pet Walk

Many of you might be wondering why you haven’t heard anything about our annual Pet Walk.  We decided this year to move the walk to spring, rather than October, to escape hurricane season and to take advantage of milder weather.  In making the transition, it wouldn’t make sense to do a walk this fall and again next spring, so we aren’t holding the event in 2019.  Instead, we’re planning for a May, 2020 walk and the hope is that we’ll be the first Pet Walk on the new St. Pete Pier.  More to come!


The Gala is Back!

With the aforementioned change in events, we would have missed an opportunity to have a fun event with our supporters, so we’ve brought back our Gala.  We’re hosting the 2019 Furball on October 12, with a Hooray for Hollywoof theme.  This event will include dinner, dancing and an auction filled with great gifts – and an opportunity to show support for SPCA Tampa Bay’s work on behalf of animals and people in our community. 


North County Resource Center

We recently considered whether appropriate animal welfare resources are readily available to our northern Pinellas County community.  In an effort to determine if that location is best served, we endeavored to provide an intake-based satellite facility conveniently located in Palm Harbor.  We opened our doors in mid-May for folks needing to surrender an animal, find a safe location for a stray or to bring in orphaned or injured wildlife.  We also have a kiosk for folks to search through found pets if they’ve lost a beloved family member and will provide a food bank.  The community can call 727 xxx-xxxx to speak to an onsite representative Sun-Thurs 9-4.


Tara Yurkshat, COO
SPCA Tampa Bay