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  • 04/17/2017 7:49 AM | Anonymous

    The Michigan Animal Health Foundation (MAHF) has a new Companion Animal Fund which will begin accepting applications for funding April 1, 2017.

    The Companion Animal Fund is a service to MVMA members that subsidizes non-elective treatment to a select group of pet owners. In order to qualify for funding, pet owners must:

    • Be otherwise unable to pay for treatment
    • Be a current client of a veterinary hospital with an animal being treated by a member of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association
    • Be under the federal poverty level, on Medicaid or on WIC (Women Infants & Children)

    MVMA veterinary hospitals are eligible to receive up to $500 per client and a total of up to $500 per clinic/hospital. Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis until the year’s supply has run out and will begin again at the start of the next year. We hope to expand both funding and eligibility in the future and increase the total funds allotted per clinic/hospital.

    As this is an MVMA member service, funding applications must be completed and submitted by veterinary staff and signed by an MVMA member. Applications will not be accepted from pet owners. Click here for a fund application and other information needed to apply. Note that you will need to log into the MVMA website to access this information. If you need assistance logging in, please email us at mvma@michvma.org.

    Would you or your clients like to donate to the MAHF?

    Help us help you fund more care for animals in need! Currently we are seeking donations to help increase our fund. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made through PayPal:

    If you prefer to send a check, please make it payable to Michigan Animal Health Foundation and send to 2144 Commons Parkway, Okemos, MI 48864.

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  • 04/03/2017 7:52 AM | Anonymous

    September 13, 2017: Dr. Nick Nelson, Practice Management

    October 4, 2017: Dr. Robert Kennis, Dermatology

    November 1, 2017: Dr. David Wilkie, Ophthalmology

    December 6, 2017: Dr. Angela Lennox, Exotics

    March 7, 2018: Dr. Steve Thompson, Geriatrics

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

    Learn More Here: https://michvma.org/small-animal-series-seminars

  • 03/27/2017 7:17 AM | Anonymous

    Are you a practice owner? If so, have you told us? We've contacted the practice owners shown in our database about this survey but if you are a practice owner and haven’t updated your record, we hope you will. Login to MichVMA.org to update your information with us to make sure you receive the latest news and information from the MVMA. Please contact us at mvma@michvma.org if you need your login information. 

    If you are a practice owner, you should have received the link to complete MVMA's Compensation and Benefits Survey earlier today. This comprehensive survey asks questions about the compensation and benefits offered to your associates and practice team (practice managers, technicians, assistants and front office staff). It also examines several other areas (type of practice, years in practice, location, etc.). Survey results will allow MVMA members to evaluate their compensation and benefit policies compared to those of other MVMA members. 

    We are asking the owner and/or practice manager to complete this survey online to help us compile the data more efficiently by March 31. If you have not received the link, please contact us at mvma@michvma.org

    Please have compensation information for your veterinarians and staff available to you when you begin the survey, as well as information about medical and retirement plans, if applicable.

    The more data we can collect from Michigan practices, the better information we will have to share with you!


  • 03/20/2017 8:52 AM | Anonymous

    Print a Registration Form
    View the 2015-2016 Series Brochure
    Register for the OSHA Seminar Online Now

    • Getting Your OSHA Program Started
    • The Top 5 OSHA Rules Every Practice Needs to Know
    • Pushing Drugs: Pharmacy Rules and Regulations You Need to Know

  • 03/13/2017 7:01 AM | Anonymous

    Presented by The Michigan Veterinary Medical Association and the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine

    Do you need help improving communication and productivity in your practice or work environment?

    Are you struggling with compassion fatigue, work/life balance and finding happiness?

    The MVMA & MSU CVM Professional Competencies Certification Program is for you!

    Since 2012, the MVMA has had a successful leadership program for young veterinarians called the Power of Ten Leadership Academy. This program is now ready to be shared with others in the form of a Professional Competencies Certification. The purpose of the new certification program is to engage and develop veterinary professionals through a dynamic and evolving leadership experience. This program includes a series of learning opportunities and connects participants with a network of peers who have similar challenges.

    Register Online Now!
    View the Certification Brochure


  • 02/20/2017 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    Come to Lansing and meet the legislators who make decisions for you!
    Veterinarians are the leading source of information on animal related issues in Michigan and a relationship with your lawmaker is the key to conveying this to policymakers! 

    We’ll do all the work!
    We will contact your lawmakers and tell them you will be in attendance. The event will include lunch. Don’t miss it!

    TO ATTEND THIS FREE EVENT
    Use this registration form to RSVP to Cheryl Baase at cbaase@karoub.com, phone 517/482-5000, or fax 517/482-9934.

    Please make sure to RSVP no later than Friday, March 3, 2017!


  • 02/06/2017 7:59 AM | Anonymous
    March 8, 2017
    Renal with Mark J. Acierno, DVM, MBA
    Register for the Renal Seminar Online Now

    We are excited to have Dr. Mark Acierno give a six hour seminar on commonly encountered urology / nephrology topics. Dr Acierno will cover a wide range of topics ranging from how to improve the life of patients with chronic kidney disease to the latest in treating acute kidney injury. Other important topics will include FLUTD, canine incontence and how to treat common nephrotoxicosis. 

    • Help! Help! I Can’t Pee (FLUTD)
    • Acute Kidney Injury: An Update
    • Improving the Life of Feline Patients with CKD
    • Canine Incontinence: Diagnosis and Treatment
    • Nephrotoxicosis: Ethylene Glycol and Beyond
    • Protein-Losing Nephropathy: Current Recommendations


  • 01/23/2017 7:00 AM | Anonymous

    Are you an MVMA member who is looking to grow within the profession?

    Do you want to reach beyond your comfort zone and build your leadership skills? 

    The Power of Ten Leadership Academy is for you! Spaces are filling up quickly – if you’re interested contact us at mvma@michvma.org ASAP for an application.


  • 01/16/2017 8:09 AM | Anonymous

    By Kristin Knirk, DVM
    MVMA Board of Directors Representative, MVMA Membership Committee Member, Young Professionals Task Force Member

    I am one of those individuals who joined organized veterinary medicine early in my career. I think it is important to be involved and the benefits of membership can be immeasurable. Membership in the MVMA allows one to take advantage of discounted continuing education, free legal help, debt relief information and wellness resources dedicated to assisting veterinarians in need. MVMA also assists with networking and mentoring in all stages of one's career. These are a few examples of why practice owners should encourage and facilitate MVMA membership for their associates and colleagues.

    With the passage of continuing medical education in Michigan, the MVMA established a CE portal with over 1,000 online courses, many of which are free for members. The online portal will also track member’s hours of continuing education, even from outside sources. MVMA programs like the Small Animal Seminar Series and the new CE portal are convenient and effective resources for members to stay current in the profession.

    Other valuable tools that the MVMA is committed to developing are designed to help veterinary students and new graduates reduce their debt-to-income ratio. The average student debt for 2016 was approximately $180,000 with some students exceeding $300,000. The MVMA has partnered with the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine and other national groups by providing student debt resources on their website, offering sessions for MSU CVM students and offering free financial advice for current members. The debt-to-income ratio has become a burden for both new graduates and their employers, and the MVMA is looking for ways to help new members succeed for the long-term.

    During 2015-2016, MVMA had a Wellness Task Force dedicated to assisting veterinarians who were challenged with compassion fatigue, financial concerns, psychological distress, or issues around work-life balance. A recent study published by Nett, et. al. in JAVMA, (2016) reported that membership in a professional veterinary association was positively correlated with reduced mental illness and suicide. The authors found that 17.5% of veterinarians who were not association members experienced severe psychological distress at the time of the survey compared to 9.3% of veterinarians who belonged to an association. Strand, et al. (2016) noted in a Wellness Risk Factor Study that veterinary medical associations (VMAs) played a critical role by offering social support and a means for sharing information. State VMAs, along with online social communities, are important outlets for helping veterinarians across the profession find and maintain positive support systems. The MVMA Wellness Task Force was specifically created in an effort to design and develop ongoing resources for our professional community across Michigan.

    Encouraging membership in the MVMA can provide numerous benefits for all. Free or reduced-cost CE is a major concern for many. Legal and financial resources for managing debt relief will continue to be important tools for helping new graduates succeed, and promoting the physical, mental and emotional wellness of our colleagues across the veterinary profession is something our association is committed to for everyone’s long-term benefit. Endorsing membership in the MVMA and assisting colleagues with costs of membership could be priceless.

    Citation:

    Nett, R. J., Witte, T. K., Holzbauer, S. M., et. al. (2015). Risk factors for suicide, attitudes toward mental illness, and practice-related stressors among US veterinarians. Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association, 247(8), 945-955.

    http://doi.org/10.2460/javma.247.8.945

    Strand, E., and Faust, C. (2016) Wellness Risk Factor Study Finds Positive Correlation to VMA Membership.

  • 01/09/2017 7:04 AM | Anonymous

    Follow up is key to the health and well-being of your clients.

    Happy New Year! As you embark on veterinary practice in 2017, the MVMA has a gift – which means it is complimentary, free, of no charge! – for you to ring in the near year.

    As you may know, MVMA is a proud Associate Member of Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP) and we are very pleased to announce a collaborative program between PHP, Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE) and our association to implement the concept of forward booking in all veterinary practices in Michigan. The MVMA is partnering with 45 other veterinary medical associations in the US and Canada to make a difference.

    We believe this initiative will have a significant impact on the health of your patients and your practice. This collaborative program focuses on the importance of forward booking, which simply means scheduling all patients’ next appointments before they leave your practice, regardless of the reason for their current visit. This includes medical progress exams and preventive healthcare exams.

    Forward booking ensures your patients receive the highest quality care at the right time. The traditional way to schedule appointments for your clients is costly, time-consuming, and only 30% of your clients will respond. According to the 2015 AAHA State of the Union Report, 6 out of 10 pet owners said they would forward book their next appointment before leaving the practice.

    You have probably been hearing about and maybe even considering implementing forward booking in your practice, but are not quite sure how to get started. With this program, you will have a straightforward, step-by-step process that provides the entire practice team with the skills necessary to be successful.

    MVMA provides you with all the tools to be successful. Ready to get started? 

    1. Visit Partners for Healthy Pets for resources that include the keys to implementation, training information and communication tips to use with your staff, and a link to order buttons (at no cost!) for your team to wear.
    2. MVMA, along with VMAE, is providing the opportunity to engage with preeminent veterinary consultant Karen Felsted, CPA, MS, DVM, CVPM, CVA in four FREE live coaching sessions. These conference calls will be held on January 31February 14February 21, or February 28 at 1:00 pm EST to answer questions you and your staff might have about implementing forward booking in your practice. Just click the date(s) that work best for you and register to reserve a connection.
    MVMA is very excited to provide this opportunity. Whether you are a practice owner or an associate veterinarian, we hope that you will help to carry the message forward about forward booking in your veterinary practice. The results will be healthier patients and a healthier practice!

Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

2144 Commons Parkway
Okemos, MI 48864-3986

517.347.4666

517.347.4710

mvma@michvma.org

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