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The PCVMA made a donation of $5,000.00 to The College of Veterinary Medicine’s “Dean’s Circle of Excellence” at the University of Florida.
On hand for the presentation were the PCVMA Board Members and the Gator graduates attending the PCVMA’S July meeting at Bascom’s. (L-R) Drs. Godfrey, Brady, Howell, Dean LLoyd, Gibson, Bodnar, Morgan, Mamone, Stine and Miller.
We were part of over 40 veterinarians and friends working to support or oppose Bills that affect our profession everyday on behalf of all veterinarians throughout Florida.
Good News! The 18th BOWser and Catsino Ball has been rescheduled for October 21, 2017 at the Belleair Country Club. We invite everyone to come and join us this year and enjoy an evening of fun. Just click on the BOWser button on the right for more information about the BOWser Ball and Auction from 2016. The 2016 BOWser Ball provided a donation of $5,000 for the St Petersburg College Veterinary Technician Scholarship Fund.
The Pinellas Animal Foundation received a check for $2500.00 from Elisa’s Greatest Wishes Foundation.
The PAF was one of several charities that benefited from the Elisa’s Greatest Races event held at Wall Springs Park on April 1st.
(L-R) Jeff Nelson from Nelson Construction Company and Elisa’s brother, Dr. Kim Donovan and Dr. Don Morgan.
Donald H. Morgan DVM
President – PAF
Any practices in Pinellas County that have a confirmed case of canine influenza, please notify Animal Services!
New Veterans Assistance Program
Pinellas County Animal Services (PCAS) is pleased to offer assistance to veterans for their cat or dog. PCAS has arranged for 3 clinics (Humane Society of Pinellas, Operation SNIP, and SPCA Tampa Bay Veterinary Center) in the county to provide these services (sterilization, microchips, annual vaccines, rabies vaccine, Heartworm test, FELV/FIV test) at no charge to the veteran. It is as easy as 1, 2, and 3.
Here are the steps:
- The veteran must receive food stamps, WIC, Medicaid, public housing assistance or be a disabled veteran to qualify. Once they qualify they will be issued a certificate allowing them services. The Veterans Services Center will fill out the Pinellas County Veterans Aid Certificate sign and date it and give it to the veteran.
- The veteran calls and makes an appointment at one of the clinics listed on the certificate.
- The veteran takes their pet to the clinic for the services that were scheduled and gives the clinic the certificate. The veteran will only pay for a county license which is $20. That is the only fee that will be charged to the veteran.
If you know of a Veteran who is in need of assistance please refer them to the Pinellas County Veterans Services. Please see http://www.pinellascounty.org/Veterans/locations.htm for locations.
This new program will be piloted in FY18 starting on October 1, 2017.
Bureau Director – Pinellas County Animal Services
12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33774
As Fall approaches, SPCA Tampa Bay has a number of events planned to help us continue to provide care. Please check out our website for further information (www.spcatampabay.org) on all these and more activities:
–Sept. 8-11 (Fri-Mon), we are hosting Pet Portraits by Michael, an opportunity for clients to get professional photos with their pets, just in time for holiday cards
–Sept. 13, Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm: Trailer Trash Bingo, at Hamburget Mary’s St. Pete
–Sept. 18, Saturday from 11am to 1pm: Cats Film Festival, at Florida Botanical Gardens (a chance to gather in groups to watch silly cat videos)
–Oct. 7, Saturday from 8:30am to 12pm: PetWalk at Vinoy Park
After a 3 month gap, we are in the final stages of hiring a full time veterinarian for our shelter facility in Largo. We look forward to making an announcement once she’s on board, and engaging her in PCVMA membership, and thank the membership for their support while we navigated being short handed.
In St. Pete, we continue to grow and learn as we finish out 10 months of operations with our hospital, and high volume s/n service. In our hospital, we’ve logged over 10,000 patient visits so far, and have completed over 1800 s/n surgeries, since opening last October. We recently moved to 4 full time veterinarians in our general practice, as well as 1 full time veterinarian in the s/n service, as well as the necessary support staff. As a reminder to our colleagues, our pricing remains competitive with our local neighbors (we do not advertise ourselves as “low cost”) so that our proceeds can help out the homeless animals in our Largo shelter. Additionally, we do work on an appointment basis, but try to work fit-ins within reason. We do have some financial options for clients that may not qualify for typical services like Care Credit, but clients must meet certain qualifications. To better ensure a smooth communication process from those of you that refer to us, please remember these key items, then:
–Our pricing is competitive, not “low cost”
–We work on an appointment basis, but can accommodate some fit-ins
–For those needing financial assistance, we use an algorithm based on income levels of the client–not everyone necessarily qualifies for discount options
If you have any questions about things going on either at the shelter in Largo, or our hospital in St. Pete, don’t hesitate to ask.
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
Once again we have a full class of new students.
We have admitted 33 new campus students and at this point 55 new online students in our AS program, and 12 new baccalaureate students.
We are still admitting students in our online AS program and baccalaureate program, so will be at new highs for both.
We are planning our open house for the fall. Watch for announcements in the near future.
Richard M. Flora, DVM MSBA
Dean – School of Veterinary Technology
St Petersburg College
12376 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33774
Fax: (727) 444-6971