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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.


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)



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)


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



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




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
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

SPC Logo


St Petersburg College is on our summer session which is busy for both faculty and student as the semester is only 10 weeks long     

Trish Gorham, Annette Poirier, Ariel Gilpin and Dr Megan Branham traveled in May to Zimbabwe for another service-learning opportunity. This program focuses on primary wildlife management and conservation initiatives in 3 regions of Zimbabwe, namely Antelope Park (Gweru), Hwange National Park, and Victoria Falls.  While there we worked with Veterinarians for Animal Welfare Zimbabwe (VAWZ) and participated in 2 spay/neuter clinics where we performed at least 30 procedures and vaccinated over 100 dogs for rabies which is endemic in that region. We were able to participate in procedures with Sabal Antelope as well as Lions. We worked in a village near Victoria Fall to secure the bomas for their cattle as they currently have 3 prides of lions living outside the village.

We are currently enrolling for fall classes and expect to have a large freshman class and anticipate graduating one of the largest classes since Covid.





Tricia Gorham MA, CVT

Instructor in Charge
College of Veterinary Technology
St. Petersburg College | Veterinary Technology Center
727-302-6733 | Gorham.tricia@spcollege.edu   


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.


I am an Independent Relief Technician (CVT) that is licensed, bonded, and insured. I have over 28 years of experience with small animal, avian, and exotics. My main goal and purpose is to help clinics fill the gaps in staffing until they can find a permanent team member, or just allow clinics the ability to give their existing, deserving staff time off. Or to use that vacation time /PTO that expires at end of year (use it or loose it ) or for the daily call outs that happen 3 minutes before clinic opens. 

Please call, text, or e-mail me any questions you have , or to book any shift. I am also available for meet and greets ????
Sheila Green, CVT

Specialty Assistance and Referral

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. Lester Mandelker - Community Veterinary Hospital - Largo FL

Lester Mandelker, DVM,  Fellow AAVPT

Offering veterinary services regarding pharmacology and therapeutics for complex cases that need assistance and more detail drug information and want to learn mechanism of action.

All referred cases will be seen on referral basis only and referred back to referring doctor.  Expect a dialog and communication about such cases with a detailed discussion.

Call for info 727-585-2007 email Lestervet2@aol.com.

Dr. Pete Mohoric - Animal Hospital of Regency Park New Port Richey

Pete Mohoric, DVM, DACVO, is locating at the Animal Hospital of Regency Park in New Port Richey.  

Dr. Mohoric has practiced in the Tampa Bay Area for the past eight years.  His ophthalmology appointments may be scheduled by calling 727-848-6247, however, cataract surgeries are not available at this time.

Hospitals Seeking Relief Help

Skyway Animal Hospital
Skyway Animal Hospital is looking for relief work for several Saturdays from 8am to 12noon in the upcoming months.
Exam rooms only. Please contact Dr. Slocumb or Julie at skywayah@verizon.net or call 727-327-514l.
Thank you,
Julie DeMarco
Office Manager
Skyway Animal Hospital, Inc.
ph. 727-327-5141
Tarpon Animal Hospital

We are looking for Veterinary coverage for 1 full month.

We are a 2 doctor practice looking to cover time off for one of our Veterinarians. The relief is needed in the fall months of August, September, and October. It can be any time as long as the 4 weeks are consecutive. It would be a 4 day work week and every other Saturday.

Our hours for appointments are 9-5 week days and Saturdays are 8-3. We are fully staffed with well seasoned Technicians / CVT and assistants. We are located in Tarpon Springs on US HWY 19N.

If you can help, please email our practice manager Dorinda Odell at Dorindatah@gmail.com or call 727-934-0884 for more information.

Veterinarians Seeking Ownership and Practices for Sale

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.

Community Veterinary Hospital - Larego FL

Buy-in or for sale

1631 West Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33770

Great Clientele – Practice 50 years old.

Work only mornings but great opportunity for expansion.

Contact: Dr Lester Mandelker
Phone: 727-585-2007

Hope N Care Animal Hospital - Clearwater FL

To Whom it may Concern,

Our beloved Dr. Michael Adams D.V.M. has departed to the heavenly kingdom on July 26, 2021. He was a heroic father, loving grandfather, dedicated husband, strong brother, successful veterinarian, and a sacrificial servant to Christ. His practice is currently
for sale : Hope N Care Animal Hospital at 764 N Belcher Road, Clearwater Fl, 33765. Please call 727-744-6644 if interested.
Dr Bevshoy Rafla
A veterinarian with more than 19 years of experience is looking for buying small animal clinic in Pinellas/Pasco/Hillsborough counties. 
If you are looking to sell, please contact Dr. Rafla at 727-598-.2221. Drrafla2010@gmail.com  

See Event Calendar

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.