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Dr. Joel Murphy receiving the FVMA GOLD Star Award from Dr. Don Howell, FVMA District 4 Representative, and Dr. Julie Mosher, PCVMA President.

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Dr. Murphy and his new Yeti Cooler he won in the FVMA PAC Fund raffle held at the June PCVMA meeting.  Over $1,000.00 was raised toward matching PAC funds from the FVMA.

Thanks to VEG for donating the Yeti Cooler!

Latest Newsletter: 

PCVMA Newsletter 1/1/2024 Volume 35, No.1

PCVMA Newdletter 2/1/2024 Volume 35, No. 2

PCVMA Newsletter 3/1/2024 Volume 35, No. 3

PCVMA Newsletter 4/1/2024 Volume 35, No. 4

PCVMA Newsletter 5/1/2024 Volume 35, No. 5

PCVMA Newsletter 6/1/2024 Volume 35, No. 6

PCVMA Newsletter 7/1/2024 Volume 35, No. 7

 

PCVMA Officers: 

President: Dr. Julie, Mosher, DVM (Edge Animal Hospital)

President-Elect: Dr. Kevin Kelly (Veterinary Emergency Group) (2024-25)

Past-President: Dr. Joel Murphy (Animal and Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor)

Secretary: Dr. Sandra Truli Springer – (Truli Holistic Veterinary Services)

Treasurer: Dr. Don Howell (Midway Animal Hospital)

 

PCVMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Todd Bliss – (All Pets Hospital) (2024-25)

Dr. Brooke Certa – (Coastal Animal Clinic) (2024-25)

Dr. Kim Donovan – (Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital) (2024-25)

Dr. Ernie Godfrey – (Pinellas Animal Hospital) (Life Member)

Dr. Jacqui Olson – (Animal Hospital of Dunedin) (2024-25)

PCVMA NEWSLETTER & PINELLAS ANIMAL FOUNDATION

Dr. Don Morgan – Donmorgansr@aol.com

 

PCVMA News Letter:

Dr. Don Morgan – Donmorgansr@aol.com

 

President’s Message

Dear PCVMA members,

Happy July! We had a wonderful June with our meeting sponsored by VEG and FVMA PAC raffle. Please continue to encourage your staff to sign up for our first annual CE by the Sea on July 10th. I hope to see you at our next meeting on July 22nd at Bascoms. Continue making veterinary medicine great in Pinellas County (and take some summer time for yourself)! 

 Julie, Mosher, DVM
Dr.mosher@edgevet.com

 

PCVMA DUES – 2024

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, in-person meetings, social events throughout the year and admission to the PCVMA Annual Baseball Outing with a Tampa Bay Rays game at Tropicana Field in the Left Field Terrace Suite.  Membership dues also allow you to receive the PCVMA monthly newsletter containing all meeting notices, classified ads and maintenance of the pcvma.org website.

Dues are $150.00 per year per veterinarian. Checks can be mailed in the enclosed preaddressed envelope. Credit cards can be processed by calling the PCVMA office 727-397-7387(leave message) or 727-410-7856(cell)

Dr. Don Howell – PCVMA Treasurer
Midway Animal Hospital
10700 Seminole Blvd
Largo, FL 33778

(727) 391-9928

WOULD EVERYONE  TAKE A MINUTE TO REVIEW ANY CLASSIFIED ADS YOU MAY HAVE POSTED IN THIS NEWS LETTER.   PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU WANT THEM REMOVED,  OTHERWISE YOU MAY CONTINUE TO GET LOTS OF UNNECESSARY PHONE CALLS OR E-MAILS.   ANY CORRECTIONS ARE ALSO WELCOME.

Donmorgansr@aol.com

PCVMA 2024 MEETINGS AND EVENTS SCHEDULED

July 22, 2024 – Beacon ER – Dr. Michael Peak – Bascoms’ Chop House

August 10, 2024 – PCVMA Baseball Outing – Hill’s and Idexx – Tropicana Field – Rays vs Orioles

September 16, 2024 – FETCH

October 26, 2024 – Bowser and Catsino Ball – Belleair Country Club

November 18, 2024 – Nutramax – Dr. Michael Jaffe –  Bascom’s Chop House

December – Happy Holidays

Scheduled for 2025:

February 17, 2025 – Adequan – Bascom’s Chop House

March 2025 – Open

April 10-13, 2025 – FVMA AC Bonnet Creek – Disney

May 19, 2025 – Zoetis RX Team – Bascom’s Chop House

June 16, 2025 – Zoetis DX Team

RSVP TO donmorgansr@aol.com

Please list your hospital/clinic, title and email address for each registrant

Reservations are appreciated

Deadline to RSVP is Friday, July 5t

This meeting is complementary to technicians and SPC students                                

 

PAF News

PAF Pet Professors Nikki Riggs and Jennelle Miller with “Bravo” talking to the Summer Campers at the Great Explorations Children’s Museum in St. Petersburg.           

 


Donald H. Morgan, DVM
President
Pinellas Animal Foundation, Inc

10825 Seminole Blvd  A-3
Seminole, FL 33778

Don Morgan, DVM
President – PAF

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 - Pinellas County FloridaPinellas County Animal Services News

Pet Surrender Prevention Strategies

With shelters and rescues at or exceeding capacity nationwide, it’s more important now than ever to shift resources toward the prevention of owner surrenders. 

Here are a few strategies we have implemented at the shelter:

  1. Increased access to free pet food

Free pet food is available in our lobby and operates on donations from our pet store partners, community members, and businesses.  Last year, we gave out nearly 15,000 lbs. of food!

When we have excess, we also supply pet food to three food banks: Dunedin Cares, United Methodist Church in Pinellas Park, and Daystar in St. Petersburg. Friends of Strays donates food to the public through the St. Petersburg Free Clinic and SPCA Tampa Bay opens their food bank to the public on Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m.

  1. Vouchers to assist financially challenged Pinellas County residents with free Spay/Neuter and/or preventative care.

If a family is receiving government assistance, they can visit the shelter to pick up a voucher.  We partnered with 6 veterinary clinics to provide these services.  Funding is limited and provided through our donation-based Animal Welfare Trust Fund.

At this time, our voucher funding has been depleted, with funding generally being replenished at the beginning of the fiscal year, October 1st.

  1. Rehoming Assistance: Home to Home Network

Currently, our non-profit rescue partners, Friends of Strays & Humane Society of Pinellas offer those wishing to rehome their pets the option to post them on their website with a photo and bio.  Home to Home helps keep pets out of shelters through direct home placement. 

We also have an extensive list of breed-specific rescues for pet owners to contact for additional assistance.

While these strategies are helping, we are still confronted daily with families struggling to find affordable, pet-friendly housing, free of breed discrimination in Pinellas County. We continue to work alongside groups, like St. Pete PAWS and My Pit Bull is Family to address these challenges and map out solutions. Both groups have searchable pet inclusive rental databases on their websites, too!

Jennifer Renner, B.Sc., CPM (she/her)
Interim Director – Community Outreach & Volunteer Program Manager
Animal Services – Pinellas County Government
12450 Ulmerton Rd – Largo, FL 33774 

jrenner@pinellas.gov   office  727-582-2636

SPCA Tampa Bay

SPCA Tampa Bay

This year has brought some unique challenges to our sheltering community. Not only here in Pinellas County, or even the Tampa Bay region, but all across the nation, shelters are seeing higher numbers of owner surrendered animals and a slowing in adoption rates, with dogs being most profoundly impacted. What does this mean? Well, it means that the shelters are experiencing higher numbers of animals, who are staying longer and needing more care. Several shelters in our area are at or nearly at capacity. While there are many theories as to why this is happening, increased cost of living factors predominantly in most researchers’ minds. If you are interested in more information, University of Florida’s own Shelter Medicine program has been sharing articles and information on this trend.

In order to help alleviate some of the need, I am asking that you please encourage people who are looking for a shelter pet to adopt to reach out to their local shelter this summer, and if they cannot adopt, consider fostering. If fostering is not your cup of tea, then consider volunteering or donating directly to your local shelter.

Here at SPCA Tampa Bay we are currently decreasing adoption fees for the summer, as well as implementing several other ideas to help get our shelter pets into homes. Attached is a flyer that you can print and share. Thank you in advance for helping in whatever way you can.

 

Cynthia Mitchell, DVM
Chief Veterinary Officer
SPCA TAMPA BAY
727-220-1770