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  • 06/06/2016 11:56 AM | Anonymous

    On March 15, 2016, Governor Rick Snyder signed Public Acts 47 and 49 into law requiring continuing medical education (CME) for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Prior to this, Michigan was the only state without such a requirement. Here is MVMA’s understanding of what will occur:


    When will mandatory CME take affect?

    The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says the following: “Beginning in 2019, an applicant for a veterinarian license renewal who held a license for the 3-year period immediately preceding the expiration date of the license shall have earned, within the 3-year period immediately preceding the date of the application, 45 hours of approved continuing education. Beginning in 2019, an applicant for a veterinarian technician license renewal shall have earned, within the 3-year period immediately preceding the date of the application, 15 hours of approved continuing education. Licensees must complete approved continuing education for all renewal cycles thereafter.”


    How often will I need to renew my license?

    License renewals for veterinarians and veterinary technicians will occur every 3 years. Previously licenses were renewed every 2 years.


    How much CME will veterinarians and veterinary technicians need in order to comply with the law?

    Veterinarians will be required to complete 45 hours of CME every 3 years and veterinary technicians will be required to complete 15 hours every 3 years.


    What will the new fees be and when will they be implemented?

    The new veterinarian fees will be $70 per year and veterinary technicians will be $20 per year when fully implemented. No fee increases will occur until the CME program is implemented.


    What will be counted as CME?

    There are no mandates or specific CME subject matter in the new law. Consequently, the Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine will be working to determine the rules. MVMA has submitted suggestions to the Board of Veterinary Medicine that they will consider as they move forward.


    Will MVMA be providing additional CME options to help members comply?

    Absolutely! In addition to increasing the number of in-person educational opportunities and webinars, MVMA now has an online CE portal available exclusively to members. On our portal, there are over 1,000 courses you can choose from, with over 500 that are completely free. In addition, the portal will track your CE and you can even enter it from external sources to track your compliance. If you have not already created an account and would like to take advantage of this new member benefit, you can access the portal by logging in with your MVMA login information at http://www.michvma.org/?page=WCEAOnlineCEPortal. If you need assistance, please contact us at mvma@michvma.org.

    MVMA will keep members posted as more information becomes available.


  • 05/30/2016 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    On March 15, 2016, Governor Snyder signed House Bills 4408 and 4999 into law requiring continuing medical education (CME) for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Prior to this, Michigan was the only state without such a requirement.

    MVMA has launched our new Continuing Education (CE) portal, available exclusively to MVMA members to help you keep up with CME requirements! On our portal, there are over 1,100 courses you can choose from, with more than 500 that are completely free. The portal was developed in conjunction with the World CE Alliance and the World Veterinary Association.

    The MVMA CE portal is an easy and inexpensive way to obtain the credits you'll need. In addition, our portal will track your CE, even from external sources, and you can enter requirements for licenses you hold in other states so that it will track your compliance with those laws as well. In order to take advantage of this new member benefit, login to the MVMA website at http://www.michvma.org/?page=WCEAOnlineCEPortal to create a free account. If you need assistance, contact us at mvma@michvma.org to register.

  • 05/23/2016 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    Michigan Animal Health FoundationDid you know that MVMA's non-profit arm, the Michigan Animal Health Foundation (MAHF), awards grants each year for education and research projects?

    MAHF was created to allow those who love animals an opportunity to offer monetary support for critical research and education that benefits the health and welfare of animals. The MAHF offers grants of up to $10,000. Learn more about MAHF and its grant opportunities. The Research and Educational Grant Application Instructions, Application Form for Educational Grants and Application Form for Research Grants will provide the additional information you will need in order to apply.


    Michigan Animal Health Foundation's Mission

    To provide financial assistance to individuals and institutions for educational and scientific purposes in order to advance science to benefit the health and welfare of animals.


  • 04/04/2016 3:14 PM | Anonymous

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  • 03/21/2016 1:08 PM | Anonymous

    On March 15, 2016, Governor Snyder signed House Bills 4408 and 4999 into law requiring continuing medical education (CME) for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Prior to this, Michigan was the only state without such a requirement.

    The following are frequently asked questions about the newly signed Public Act 47 and 49:

    When will mandatory CME take affect?

    The CME requirement will take effect in 3 years to allow everyone time to comply.


    How much CME will veterinarians and veterinary technicians need in order to comply with the law?

    Veterinarians will be required to complete 45 hours of CME every 3 years and veterinary technicians will be required to complete 15 hours every 3 years.


    What will the new fees be and when will they be implemented?

    The new veterinarian fees will be $70 per year and veterinary technicians will be $20 per year when fully implemented. No fee increases will occur until the CME program is implemented.


    How often will I need to renew my license?

    License renewals for veterinarians and veterinary technicians will occur every 3 years. Previously licenses were renewed every 2 years.


    What will be counted as CME?

    There are no mandates or specific CME subject matter in the new law. Consequently, the Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine will be working to determine the rules.

    MVMA will keep members posted as more information becomes available.


  • 03/14/2016 12:03 PM | Anonymous

    Update on the DEA and Transportation of Controlled Substances

    With President Barack Obama’s signing of the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act in 2014, it became legal for veterinarians to carry controlled substances across state lines to provide complete medical care to patients outside their clinics. The US Drug Enforcement Administration dotted the final “i” on the legislation recently, formally acknowledging its provisions in a letter to practitioners who are registered with the DEA to dispense controlled substances.

    The DEA letter quotes the new law’s provision that a veterinarian “shall not be required to have a separate registration in order to transport and dispense controlled substances in the usual course of a veterinary practice at a site other than the registrant’s registered principal place of business or professional practice, so long as the site of transporting and dispensing is located in a state where the veterinarian is licensed to practice veterinary medicine and is not a principal place of business or professional practice.”

    Read the Full Letter or Learn More Here

  • 02/29/2016 11:50 AM | Anonymous

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    American Profit Recovery is a national profit recovery service with a clientele consisting of over 3500 small and large practices, just like yours. APR specializes in the recovery of slow pay, delinquent accounts and NSF checks. They are designed to help practices speed up cash flow, reduce internal costs, and eliminate the need for expensive collection agencies and attorneys. Their track record in our industry has been very impressive. They have a proven record of recovering accounts for a flat fee of under $22.00, with an average resolution rate of 30-40%.

    As an MVMA you qualify for substantial savings with APR. If you have any questions or are interested in receiving a confidential analysis, please call Matt Helz at 248/948-0659. Personal appointments will be scheduled by an APR representative and there is no obligation.

    If you have questions or concerns about this new MVMA member benefit, please contact us at 517/347-4710 or mvma@michvma.org.

  • 02/22/2016 1:04 PM | Anonymous


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    • Triage and Stabilization of Common Emergencies, Parts 1 and 2
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    If someone other than the person listed will attend in their place please notify the MVMA at least 48 hours prior to the seminar so a name badge will be available. Please provide the name and email address of the person substituting and email to mvma@michvma.org or fax to 517/347-4666.

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  • 02/16/2016 2:47 PM | Anonymous

    Canine Ultrasound Lecture and Wet Lab Forum

    Saturday, June 18, 2016 • College of Veterinary Medicine • Michigan State University

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    Registration Limited to 30 Participants

    This laboratory will provide hands-on laboratory instruction on canine abdominal ultrasonography. The objective of this instructional laboratory is to provide the basic skill to perform an ultrasound of the abdomen using ultrasonography. The laboratory will be taught by Board Certified Radiologists and several Radiology residents with a maximum enrollment of 30 practitioners to ensure the greatest personal attention and ultrasound instruction. The overall goal is to be comfortable with ultrasounding the liver, spleen, kidney, urinary bladder and gastrointestinal tract. A morning brunch, breakfast refreshments, and a lunch will be provided. In addition, a DVD with case material as well as instructional lectures will be provided for each participant.

    8:00 - 8:30 am
    Registration and Continental Breakfast

    8:30 - 9:20 am
    Lecture: Introduction to Ultrasound - A little physics and a lot of imaging

    9:30 - 10:20 am
    Lecture: Abnormalities of the Liver, Spleen, and Urinary System

    10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Canine Ultrasound Wet Lab - Finding the Liver, Spleen, Kidney

    12:30 - 1:20 pm
    Lunch

    1:30 - 2:20 pm
    Lecture: What About the Small Intestine? Ultrasounding the GI Tract

    2:30 - 3:20 pm
    Lecture: Case Presentations

    3:30 - 5:30 pm
    Canine Ultrasound Wet Lab - Evaluate the Entire Abdomen

    All lectures presented by Dr. Dr. Tony Pease. lab hosted by Dr. Tony Pease, and MSU Faculty and Residents.

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