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  • 01/22/2018 6:59 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    There are still openings in the March and April seminars!

    March 7, 2018
    Dr. Steve Thompson

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    Topics covered will include:

    • Senior Behavior
    • Managing Comorbidities
    • Hospice Care

    April 4, 2018
    Dr. Tammy Grubb
    Anesthesia & Pain Management

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    Topics covered will include:

    • Pain Management
    • Balanced Anesthesia
    • Regional and Local Anesthesia
    • New Drugs
    • Multimodal Analgesia

  • 01/15/2018 7:37 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    The 99th Michigan Legislature ended the first year of a two-year cycle on December 13, 2017. From a practical standpoint, the two year cycle only means that introduced legislation carries over into the New Year and can be considered for passage in 2018. However, the MVMA successfully amended opioid legislation passed in 2017 and can now focus 2018 efforts on other legislative issues important to the veterinary profession. The article that follows describes the package of legislation passed to combat opioid addiction and the role the MVMA played in being part of the solution.

    In an effort to halt what has become a national epidemic in recent years, the legislature took a first step in taking on the rise in the number of people addicted to opioid pain killers. Legislation signed by the Governor included requirements for physicians to check a patient’s medical history to ensure they are not getting excess medications, capping prescriptions for acute pain at seven days, parental consent for prescribing controlled opioid substances under certain circumstances, improved reporting requirements, and instruction to school students on opioid abuse prevention. While the MVMA was supportive in a comprehensive solution, we also were active in stopping additional veterinarian requirements and reporting that would not assist in solving opioid abuse.

    In particular, the MVMA legislative team at Karoub Associates was successful after talking with the bill sponsor, committee chairs, and Legislative leadership in getting Senate Bill (SB) 166 amended to create a partial exemption for veterinarians. As introduced, SB 166 would require all licensed prescribers to obtain a report concerning a patient/client from the Department of Health and Human Services' electronic system for monitoring Schedule 2 through 5 controlled substances, before prescribing or dispensing a controlled substance. Under the amended version signed by the Governor, the requirements would not apply under any of the following circumstances:

    • If the dispensing occurs in a hospital or freestanding surgical outpatient facility and the controlled substance is administered to the patient in that hospital or facility.
    • If the dispensing occurs in a veterinary hospital or clinic and the controlled substance is administered to the patient in that hospital or clinic.
    • If the controlled substance is prescribed by a licensed prescriber who is a veterinarian and the controlled substance will be dispensed by a pharmacist.

    Please note that SB 166 does not go into effect until June 1, 2018.

    Lastly, Governor Snyder will give his annual and final State of the State address on Tuesday, January 23rd. Expect him to use the speech as a summary of what the administration has accomplished during his term as Governor and how the forward momentum will continue. While he may outline a few legislative priorities, don’t expect the legislature to act on much with this being an election year.

  • 01/08/2018 8:07 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

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    Dr. Radosta graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Coral Springs Animal Hospital, she worked as a primary care veterinarian for 2 1/2 years. She completed a 3-year residency in Behavioral Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and passed the board examination later that year. During her residency, she was awarded the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Resident research award two years in a row. 

    In 2005, she went to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to volunteer in the efforts to help animals stranded by Hurricane Katrina. She has owned Florida Veterinary Behavior Service since 2007.  

    Dr. Radosta lectures nationally and internationally for veterinarians, their staff and lay people. She has written book chapters for textbooks including Handbook of Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat; Blackwell’s Five Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline and Small Animal Pediatrics. 

    She has published scientific research articles in Journal of Applied Animal Behavior Science and The Veterinary Journal and written review articles for Advances in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Compendium, NAVC Clinician’s Brief and AAHA Newstat. She is the section editor for Advances in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. She serves on the Fear Free Advisory Board and the AAHA Behavior Management Task Force. 

    Interviews with Dr. Radosta have been published in: Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, Palm Beach Post, NAVC Clinician’s Brief, Sun Sentinel, Washington Post, Real Simple, WebMD and AAHA News Stat. She has appeared on Lifetime television, Laurie Live, News Channel 25 (West Palm Beach, WPBF), Mitch Wilder's Amazing Pet Discoveries, Nat Geo Wild, Animal Planet, News Channel 10 (Miami, ABC), and Steve Dale's Pet Talk.  She  podcasts for VetGirl on the Run.

    Dr. Radosta has participated in tracking, obedience, herding and therapy dog work with personal dogs--always Rottweilers. Currently, she shares her life with a wonderful husband, Scott and her daughter, Isabella as well as  Maverick, her Labrador Retriever and Chewie her cat.

  • 01/02/2018 7:11 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Register Now for the FREE Webinar "How to Find Your Passion and Purpose"

    January 19, 2018 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm

    Do you feel that you are in the profession of your dreams but the job is just not measuring up? You’re losing your mojo and you’re not sure what you want to do?  

    Doing what you love is so important because you are much more likely to be passionate about it. Purpose comes when you know what you want to do with your life and you set goals to get there.


    The Mind Matters Initiative was launched in 2015 in response to the need to support those in the veterinary profession who were facing stress-related issues, helping to improve the mental health and well-being of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, practice managers and students. The symposium will feature 3 great speakers who will share their knowledge, skills and insight to help you start to rediscover your passion and purpose and drive positive change in your practice. Meet the Speakers Here
  • 12/26/2017 8:12 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Register Now for the 2018 MVC!

    January 26-28, 2018 at the Lansing Center in Lansing, MI 

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    Food Animal and Equine Practitioners: Are you looking for timely and cutting edge continuing education? The MVC has you covered!

    Help us welcome these exciting Equine speakers . . .

    Roberta Dwyer, DVM, MS, DACVPM, University of Kentucky 

    • Equine Infections Disease and Biosecurity Resources
    • Houston, We Have a Problem: Equine Infectious Disease Issues
    • More Than Just Footbaths: Practical Equine Biosecurity
    • More Than Just Footbaths: Case Studies of Biosecurity in Action
    • Don’t Be a Fomite: PPE and Disinfectants

    Lisanne Galland, DVM, MSU Large Animal Clinical Sciences

    • NSAIDS: the Past, the Present, and the Future

    Earl, Gaughan, DVM, DACVS, Merck Animal Health

    • Is There a Best Intra-articular Therapy?

    Jane Manfredi, DVM, PhD, MS, DACVS-LS, DACVSMR, MSU Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation

    • Saddle Fit as Related to Conformation, Discipline, and Lameness

    Elizabeth Santschi, DVM, Kansas State University

    • Stifle Lameness
    • Orthopedic Infection
    • Tips on Taking Great Radiographs
    • What’s New in Osteochandrosis

    Jarrod Troy, DVM, MSU Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences

    • Principles of Equine Laryngeal Ultrasound

    Help us welcome these exciting Food Animal speakers . . .

    Danelle Bickett-Weddle, DVM, MPH, PhD, DACVPM, Center for Food Security and Public Health, Iowa State University

    • Bio Awareism: What Does Biosecurity and Biocontainment Entail on a 21st Century Dairy?
    • Highly Pathogenic Bovine Influenza and Bovine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus: What If?

    David Erf, MS, MS, Zoetis

    • Improving Wellness in Dairy Cows with Genetic Selection

    Ron Erskine, DVM, PhD, MSU Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences

    • Bovine Leukemia Virus: The Silent Thief

    Joao Paula N. Martins, MS, PhD, DVM, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources

    • Optimizing Reproductive Performance of Lactating Dairy Cows with Fertility Programs

    Paula Menzies, DVM, MPVM, DECSRHM, University of Guelph 

    • Iceberg Diseases of Sheep and Goats
    • Neurological Diseases We Commonly See in Small Ruminants
    • Udder Health for Dairy Sheep and Goats

    Jennifer Roberts, DVM, DACT, MSU Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences

    • A 10-Year Review of Breeding Soundess Examinations in Michigan
    • Tales from the Crypt: Bovine Trichomoniasis

    Patty Scharko, DVM, MPH, Clemson Livestock Poultry Health 

    • Biosecurity in Small Ruminants
    • Poisonous Plants in Small Ruminants
    • Quality Assurances and the VFD in Small Ruminants

    Geof Smith, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM, North Carolina State University

    • Ancillary Treatment for Calf Diarrhea
    • Septicemia and Meningitis in Calves
    • Maximizing Calf Survival after Birth

    Daniel Thomson, PhD, DVM, Kansas State University

    • Wealth & Poverty, Obesity & Starvation: The US Food Production Story
    • Managing High Health Risk Cattle for Health & Performance
    • Incorporating Animal Welfare Platforms Into Your Veterinary Practice as a Service
    Find out what you can expect when you join us at the MVC by visiting the MVC website!
  • 12/18/2017 6:46 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

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    Dr. Lee graduated from Cornell University, and then completed an internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, which is affiliated with the MSPCA. In addition, she has also completed an emergency fellowship and residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Dr. Lee is one of approximately 450 board certified veterinary specialists world wide in emergency and critical care, and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (DACVECC). She also is board-certified in toxicology and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT).

    Dr. Lee has been published in numerous veterinary journals, including JAVMA, JVECC, JVIM, and JAAHA. She has also published several veterinary book chapters, and has been aired on radio and television to promote preventative medicine, animal health, and the overall well-being of pets. She is the author of two humorous pet reference books (Random House 2008) entitled It’s a Dog’s Life… but It’s Your Carpet and It’s a Cat’s World… You Just Live In It. Dr. Lee also co-edited and co-authored Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Small Animal Toxicology (Wiley-Blackwell 2011). She is also one of the editors for the Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal: Emergency Medicine textbook (Elsevier 2013).

    Dr. Lee lectures throughout the world on emergency, critical care, and toxicology, and was honored to receive the Speaker of the Year Award at the North American Veterinary Conference (2016, 2015, 2011) and Association des Médecines Vétérinaires du Québec (2012). Dr. Lee is the former contributor/blogger to Prevention magazine, PetMD: The Daily Vet, Pet Health Network and Voyce. She has been featured on NBC Weekend Today, Rachael Ray, WCCO, MPR, and various other TV and radio engagements. Dr. Lee is a part-time criticalist at Animal Emergency & Referral Center, a specialty referral hospital in the Twin Cities, MN.

    Find out what you can expect when you join us at the MVC by visiting the MVC website!

  • 12/11/2017 7:01 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    January 26-28, 2018 at the Lansing Center in Lansing, MI 

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    LEARN from leading speakers. DISCOVER new ways of practicing. ENGAGE with colleagues and content leaders to share new ideas. EXPLORE key concepts to implement back at the office. REJUVENATE your creativity!

    Join us at the MVC where we’ll have:

    • 146 hours of CE in nearly every area of veterinary medicine plus 2 hands-on wet labs,
    • Over 100 vendors who want to meet you in our Veterinary Solutions Marketplace, plus exciting raffle prizes available at each break,
    • Free lunches, receptions and other refreshments,
    • Onsite yoga and wellness activities to keep you balanced and recharged,
    • And much, much more!

    Earn up to 15 hours of CE by attending the full MVC, not to mention networking with professionals in your field, reconnecting with old classmates and colleagues, and discovering the latest and greatest in veterinary medicine.

    Find out what you can expect when you join us at the MVC by visiting the MVC website!

    Don't miss the early bird discount - Register today for the MVC!

  • 12/04/2017 7:19 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Have you had a chance to take advantage of the Michigan Animal Health Foundation’s Companion Animal Fund for your clients that can’t afford treatment for their pets?  We hope so!  We’ve sent over $10,000 in the last 6 months directly to practices in Michigan to help cover veterinary costs!

    The Michigan Animal Health Foundation (MAHF), MVMA’s non-profit arm, exists to provide financial assistance to individuals and institutions in order to benefit the health and welfare of animals. 

    • We subsidize non-elective veterinary care for pets whose owners would otherwise be unable to afford it.
    • We fund critical research that improves the health and welfare of all animals.
    • We fund educational grants to increase the understanding of animals and their needs.

    Every day, we work to improve the lives of animals, but we need your help to continue.  Help us help you by making a tax-deductible donation or encouraging your clients to donate.   Becoming a MAHF supporter is easy.  Go to  or send your check to Michigan Animal Health Foundation, 2144 Commons Parkway, Okemos, MI  48864.

    Are you an customer?

    Support the Michigan Animal Health Foundation by using AmazonSmile at!  It’s the Amazon site that donates .5% to the charity of your choice and has the exact same products available. The Michigan Animal Health Foundation is one of those charities and we need your support! Just choose the Michigan Animal Health Foundation as your charity when prompted. 

  • 11/27/2017 6:34 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Join Our New Discussion Forums!

    We know how busy you are and that every second of your day counts. You need practical information from real experts, and the MVMA is here to help! The Young Professional Task Force and Membership Committee have created 2 member-only discussion boards to help address your questions in both Practice Management and Personal & Professional Finance.

    You can access the forums by visiting MVMA’s website at and scrolling down to the bottom, or by typing into your browser. Or each Forum can be accessed individually:

    Practice Management Discussion Forum

    Professional Finance Discussion Forum

    You may view forum topics and discussions without subscribing to the forum. However, to participate you must click on the “Subscribe to Forum” link on the right side of the page. You will be directed to login using your MVMA login information. If you need your login information, please contact us at 517/347-4710 or

  • 11/06/2017 7:30 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)


    Designed to cultivate leadership, communication, and business skills with real-world learning experiences, MVMA's POTL Academy will give participants the information they need to explore who they are in both their community and profession. 

    Beginning in January 2018, the 2018 Power of Ten Leadership Academy will provide ten fairly recent graduates with an opportunity to meet industry experts during four one-day and one two-day overnight session. Dates are as follows:

    Session 1: January 27-28, 2018 during the Michigan Veterinary Conference
    Session 2: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the MVMA Office in Okemos
    Session 3: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at the State Capitol, Downtown Lansing
    Session 4: Monday, November 19, 2018 during MVMA's Animal Welfare Conference

    Participants will receive full tuition scholarships to the program; meals and hotel accomodations (during the first session) are also provided free of charge.

    Apply now - space is limited!

    Generously Sponsored by

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