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Dr John Ervin

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Obituary – Dr. John T Ervin, Colonel US ARMY, Retired

John T. Ervin, DVM, Colonel, US Army Retired, 87, died on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at South Georgia Medical Center. After retiring from the Army, he worked for several years with Dr. Kenny Mitchell and Dr. Welch Agnew at Pinellas County Animal Services.  He also taught classes at SPC Veterinary Technology program for 17 years.  He was 87 at his death.  He was born in Valdosta on April 1, 1933. Shortly after High School he joined the Navy during the Korean Conflict serving for 4 years. He then attended the University of Georgia for eight years, earning his Bachelor of Science degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Dr Ervin joined the U.S. Army in the Veterinary Corp and served his country for 28 years, rising to the rank of Colonel. He served in Germany, Okinawa, and with several US Army  and Naval Bases as an Army Veterinarian. One of his most interesting assignments was serving as staff Veterinarian of Navy Resale Services, as a member of the Inspector General Team which entailed worldwide travel Naval facilities over the globe.
Colonel Ervin received numerous Military awards and decorations, to include, 2 Legions of Merit, and 5 Meritorious Service Medals among others. His hobbies included gardening, fishing, and travel.  He was a life member of both the Association of the US Army and the Veterinary Medical Association, and at one time was a member of the Pigeon Society. A faithful member of Welcome Hill Church of Christ, he had lived in Brooks County most recently to be near his family.

He was also a doppelganger for Kojak (Telly Savalas), getting tons of autograph requests around the world.  He was a wonderful gentleman and will be greatly missed. Funeral services were held on Sunday, February 21, 2021. Condolences may be conveyed online at www.mclanecares.com.

Latest PCVMA Newsletter

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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 04/1/2021 Volume:32 No.4

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)


Dr. Brooke Certa – (Coastal Animal Clinic)

Dr. Kim Donovan -(Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital)

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


Dr. Don Morgan – Donmorgansr@aol.com

PCVMA News Letter:

Dr. Don Morgan – Donmorgansr@aol.com

President’s Message

Dear PCVMA Members,

For April our CE offering is sponsored by BluePearl Specialty & Emergency Hospital.

Danielle Wyatt, DVM, DACVD will provide 1 hour of continuing education discussing the use of CO2 Laser in therapy of Dermatologic medicine. The session will be Monday April 19th at 7 pm and will be a live virtual presentation.

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


 May – Allied Veterinary Laboratories – Virtual

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.



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



Dilate Cardiomyopathy (DCM) Study In – Doberman Pinschers

Dear Colleagues:

We are presently seeking patients to participate in our prospective, placebo controlled, randomized study on Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) in Doberman Pinscher dogs.

The study is examining the efficacy of adding two Chinese Herbal Medicine Formulas (CHM) to the conventional treatment protocol for Doberman Pinscher dogs who have been diagnosed with Overt or Stage III DCM.  The formulas are Compound Dan Shen and Zhen Wu Tang. Anecdotal evidence and research performed in humans with diabetic cardiomyopathy support that the mechanism of action of these herbal medicines may extend the life and the quality of life for Doberman Pinscher dogs with this disease. The primary question of the study is simple: “Does the addition of CHM allow for greater survival of subjects over control patient at 6 months and beyond?”


The study will require the enrollment of 40 Doberman Pinscher dogs of any age or sex diagnosed with overt DCM (Stage III) within 2 weeks of enrollment. The inclusion and exclusion criteria are:

  • Inclusion criteria: (1) diagnosed with stage III DCM, characterized by morphological and electrical abnormalities with symptoms of congestive heart failure (CHF) within the last 2 weeks; and (2) owners must agree to complete a quality of life questionnaire.
  • Exclusion criteria: (1) with concomitant congenital heart disease or primary mitral valve disease be excluded, and (2) with co-existing diseases having a prognosis of £ 6 months.

Participants are required to obtain laboratory tests (chemistry, CBC, UA), Holter exam, and echocardiograms prior to enrollment as well as at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months.

Qualified subjects will be randomly placed into the Control group or the Study group.  Patients in the Study group will receive the two CHM formulas while patients in the Control group will receive placebo capsules of a similar quantity. The cost of the CHM’s and the placebo will be covered by the study, which is being funded by the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation.

Owners will be blinded to which group their pet belong.  Patients enrolled in the study will be required to receive echocardiograms and Holter monitor exams every 3 months for the course of the study.  The owners will be asked to fill out a Quality of Life questionnaire every 3 months. These patients will be monitored for 12 months.  Enrollment in the study is scheduled to begin on March 22, 2021. Anyone interested in enrolling a patient in the study may contact us at dobermanpinscherstudydcm@gmail.com.


Gregory Todd DVM
Assistant Professor
Chi University

PAF News

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  To order more cards for your clients, email to donmorgansr@aol.com or call the

                                   PAF/PCVMA office at 727-397-7387

This is a complimentary service provided to your clients and supported by donations from PCVMA and PAF veterinarians and hospitals



This past year our grief counselor, Janice “Crystal” Finnis, spent 157 hours of telephone and in-person group session counseling and had 291 counseling telephone calls.  Crystal has been with the PAF for over 34 years doing counseling in Pet Loss Support for our clients across many hospitals.  This is a major undertaking if you multiple her work numbers over 30 plus years of service.  It takes a special person to cope with people in a very difficult time in life.

Janice has practiced as a Grief Counselor/Trauma Therapist and Educator for 42 years. She completed post graduate studies specializing in death and dying, bereavement and the grief process, as well as trauma and related post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).   Offered individual, family and group counseling as Mental Health Counselor at Illinois State University Student Services and at community social service organizations.     Also, taught Family Life Education classes and workshops on grief and PTSD.     Initiated the first Pet Loss Support Group in the State of Illinois and facilitated it.

In April,1987, She initiated the first Pet Loss Support Group in Florida at our Pinellas Animal Foundation (PAF).  Made Public Service Announcements on radio and television regarding the Pet Loss Support Groups.  Assisted in writing a grant to Juvenile Welfare Board for intergenerational program involving seniors and at-risk youth facilitated by companion animals.  Taught classes at St. Petersburg Junior College on the Companion Animal Bond and on the Stages of Grief.  Provided training for the SPCA staff and Disaster Animal Rescue Team (DART) on PTSD and the grief process.

Janice has continued to facilitate monthly Pet Loss Support Groups for the past 34 years offering grief support and education on stages of grief at the PAF and as an on-call Trauma Therapist at local hospitals that lack a psychiatric unit.

Please join me and the PAF BOD in applauding Janice for her many years of faithful service to our/your clients as she is a very special person in our 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

Posted in Animal Services News, Latest Pinellas County Veterinary News

Pinellas County Animal Services News

April is upon us and hurricane season will be here before we know it.  It is never too early to prepare or update your hurricane plan for family and pets.  As each of you prepares for the season, please encourage your staff and clients to update their plans as well.

Animal Services is waiting with anticipation as summer approaches for the update and remodel of our 4 animal housing buildings.  This facility was opened in 1995 and received no significant updates in that time.  Our renovation project is expected to take 2 years so that we may continue operations during the process.  Once complete all our animal housing buildings will be storm hardened up to a category 3 storm, insulated, air conditioned, and new kennel systems installed.

Thank you to all our licensing resellers for your contribution to our licensing and rabies control program.  If you are not a license reseller and would like to become one, please contact Kelli Coppla at 727-582-2600.

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

Pet Walk 2021

Our 30th annual Pet Walk is coming up soon – mark your calendars for April 17th.  This year’s event with be a hybrid of virtual and in-person with the in-person activities taking place at North Straub Park.  The park can host up to 500 guests and we’ll be following city guidelines for safety.  There will be contests and ceremonies and lots of ways to support SPCA Tampa Bay.  For a schedule of events, visit https://spcatampabay.org/pet-walk-event and be sure to register for a day of fun.


Stand Pup Comedy

Join us April 20 from 8-9 pm for an online comedy event.  It will be a special hour of comedians as well as adoptable cats and dogs.  Past performers have been seen on The Office, Seinfeld, America’s Got Talent, Conan, Lost Comic Standing, Comedy Central and more.  Half of the proceeds will benefit SPCA Tampa Bay – visit here to purchase tickets:



Our Veterinary Center Won its Fifth WAVE Award

Each year, Watermark magazine holds the WAVEs or Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence. WAVEs are awarded to the best in Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community for areas of activism, service, entertainment and more. We’re humbled to announce that our SPCA Tampa Bay Veterinary Center has won its FIFTH WAVE award for Favorite Local Veterinarian!

 Tara Yurkshat, COO
SPCA Tampa Bay

St Peterburg College News

Posted in Latest Pinellas County Veterinary News, St Petersburg College News

St Petersburg College – College of Veterinary Nursing

SPC’s Veterinary Technology Pinning Ceremony

As we approach Spring Break (March 7 – 14), we are marking the ½ way point in our Spring Semester. This semester SPC returned at a reduced student capacity of about 30% on campus.  We are hopeful that in the Fall we will see a reopening of campuses courses at 100% We continue to follow CDC recommendations of masking and social distancing.  It is heartening to engage with our campus students who are so resilient in adapting to attending and engaging in campus classes with these restrictions. 

I would like to take a moment to applaud our campus faculty in providing an outstanding educational experience, while being masked.  I am sure everyone can empathize with the difficulty associated with this. Whether campus or online faculty – or support staff working on campus or from home – these professionals continue to be dedicated to the delivery of a quality educational experience while being considerate of student concerns brought about by the challenges of the pandemic

As always, we appreciate and value the support from PCVMA not only of our program but supporting our students as they work to complete their educational journal in these exigent times. Ending with a heartfelt Thank You!


Cynthia Grey, DM
Associate Dean
College of Veterinary Nursing
St. Petersburg College |

727.302.6724 |




Other Classified Ads

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CPA Recommendation

“For many years now I have been blessed to have an accountant who understands the specifics of operating a veterinary practice and business. He is Steve Macy of Stephen A. Macy, CPA, PA. He has provided unflagging service with regards financial reports, regulatory reportings, and filling any tax or business forms needed for tax reporting.

He has been a resource for me as a practice owner to reduce one area of stress for us as veterinary business owners. Steve’s service frees us to spend more time as doctors. I would love for some of my fellow veterinarians to benefit from his help.

An overview of Steve Macy’s services include: Accounting, Quickbooks Online, Tax, payroll and back office solutions plus consultations.”

Gregory Todd DVM

Stephen A. Macy, CPA, PA

13770 58th St. N

Clearwater FL 33760

(727) 544-8875


Veterinarians Seeking Ownership

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Veterinarians Seeking Ownership

If the status of your classified ad has changed or you wish to include an ad in the PCVMA newsletter, please contact Dr. Don Morgan at Donmorgansr@aol.com or 727-397-7387 (PAF/PCVMA Office) or 727-410-7856 (Cell) for the next newsletter.

Also, if you change your e-mail address or practice location, please notify my in
order to continue to receive meeting notices and the news letter.


Continuing Education

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Externship – Seeking

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Seeking Externship

If the status of your classified ad has changed or you wish to include an ad in the PCVMA newsletter, please contact Dr. Don Morgan at Donmorgansr@aol.com or 727-397-7387 (PAF/PCVMA Office) or 727-410-7856 (Cell) for the next newsletter.

Also, if you change your e-mail address or practice location, please notify my in
order to continue to receive meeting notices and the news letter.

4th year veterinary student looking for externship in the St. Petersburg/Pinellas area

My name is Melissa Feldman; I am a rising 4th-year veterinary student at the University of Florida graduating in May 2017, seeking an externship at a private practice in St. Petersburg for 1-2 weeks in August. I have a Masters in Public Health, serve on the SAVMA Executive Board, am a published first author in Veterinary Quarterly, and have already completed eight months of clinical rotations during which I have completed over 30 spays and neuters. I can be reached at 305-926-8941 or melvet10@gmail.com.


Veterinarians Looking for Work

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Veterinarians Seeking Work

If the status of your classified ad has changed or you wish to include an ad in the PCVMA newsletter, please contact Dr. Don Morgan at Donmorgansr@aol.com or 727-397-7387 (PAF/PCVMA Office) or 727-410-7856 (Cell) for the next newsletter.

Also, if you change your e-mail address or practice location, please notify my in
order to continue to receive meeting notices and the news letter.

Dr Nanette Leto

I am a 1990 KSU grad who is relocating from the west coast to Florida in October or November.

I am looking for  permanent relief or part time Internal Medicine position. I have a current active license in good standing.

If interested call cell at 904-514-7473 or email to fourpawsonly@aol.com. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Nanette Leto DVM

Dr Samantha McHenry

I am a small animal veterinarian and I recently completed a small animal rotating internship at a specialty hospital, in New York City. I am new to the St. Petersburg area and am seeking a position in a small animal practice able to provide further professional advancement. I am hard working with a positive attitude and want to be part of a team dedicated to providing the best care for our patients. Please contact me via phone or email. I can send my CV along with references via email or deliver them personally. I am eager to introduce myself and get to know everyone, so please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. 

Email: mchenrysamantha@gmail.com; Phone: (407) 496-1483