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  • 08/02/2018 7:12 AM | Anonymous

    For Immediate Release: August 2, 2018
    Contact: Jessy Sielski, 517-284-5725, SielskiJ@michigan.gov

    LANSING—Since July 13, 2018, there have been 49 confirmed cases of canine influenza reported. The cases have occurred in Huron, Kent, Macomb, Oakland, Ottawa and Wayne counties. In all of 2017, there were nine reported cases of canine influenza. 

    Canine influenza, or dog flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection in dogs caused by an influenza virus. Signs of canine influenza can include fever, lethargy, coughing, and nasal and/or eye discharge. Most cases of canine influenza are mild, and affected dogs usually recover within two to three weeks. However, more severe cases can occur, so it is important to talk with your veterinarian if you think your dog has influenza.

    “Any time dogs come together in groups, there is a risk for disease,” said Michigan’s State Veterinarian, James Averill, DVM, PhD. “It’s important that dog owners work with their veterinarians to protect their dogs.”

    If your dog is ill, keep it home and/or be sure to prevent it from coming into contact with other dogs; and talk with your veterinarian about getting your dog vaccinated for influenza. Facilities where dogs are brought together for care, grooming, or other activities are advised to prevent the spread of influenza by keeping sick dogs away, cleaning and disinfecting thoroughly, and recommending that dogs are vaccinated before arrival.

    If your dog is showing signs of canine influenza, contact your veterinarian. Canine influenza is reportable to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Confirmed cases should be reported to MDARD at 800-292-3939.

    For more information and the current case count, visit https://www.michigan.gov/animalprograms.

  • 07/30/2018 6:48 AM | Anonymous

    Join Us at the 2018 Great Lakes Veterinary Conference August 12-14, 2018 at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island


    Would you like to attend a fun CE event that’s worth driving across the state or flying in from far away? Then join us at Grand Hotel for great speakers and awesome social events! We’ve added more CE than ever before so you won’t want to miss it!

    Register Online Now!
    View the 2018 Conference Brochure
    Print a Paper Registration Form
    Make Your Hotel Reservation Now

     

    Meet the 2018 Conference Speakers . . .

    Andy Roark, DVM, MS
    Owner, Cleveland Park Animal Hospital
    Greenville, South Carolina

    Dr. Roark is a practicing veterinarian, international speaker, author, and media personality. Dr. Roark has been voted Practice Management Speaker of the Year at NAVC, one of the world’s largest veterinary conferences, two out of the last three years. He also received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Practices where Dr. Roark works were named as finalists in the American Animal Hospital Association’s Practice of the Year Contest in 2013 and 2015.

    Dr. Roark is fully sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health.


    C. Guillermo Couto, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine & Oncology)

    Owner, Couto Veterinary Consultants
    Hilliard, Ohio

    Dr. C. Guillermo Couto is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialties of Internal Medicine and Oncology. He has coauthored the best selling Small Animal Internal Medicine textbook (Elsevier), now on its 5th Edition, has published over 150 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, and 150 book chapters. He has 40 years of experience in clinical and comparative hematology, oncology, transfusion medicine, and clinical pathology, and is an expert in Greyhound and sighthound medicine.

    Dr. Couto is fully sponsored by IDEXX.

    Jared Galle, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
    Owner, Dogwood Veterinary Referral Center
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    A native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Dr. Galle graduated from Mississippi State University in 1999. He then completed a small animal internship at the University of Tennessee, followed by a three-year neurology/neurosurgery residency at Auburn University. After completing his residency and receiving board certification with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2003, Dr. Galle moved to Metro Detroit and has practiced locally until co-founding Dogwood Veterinary Referral Center in 2011. Dr. Galle is a Board-certified Veterinary Neurologist. His primary interests include intervertebral disk disease, spinal trauma, wobbler syndrome, inflammatory brain disease, and developmental brain abnormalities (hydrocephalus and Chiari malformation).


    This event is generously sponsored by . . .

  • 07/23/2018 7:11 AM | Anonymous

    Update from MVMA and Oakland Veterinary Referral Services (OVRS)     

    As of July 20, 2018, there have been 4 confirmed cases of H3N2 canine influenza in Michigan: 2 cases in Macomb County, 1 case in Wayne County, and 1 case in Oakland County.

    Here are some suggested guidelines to follow if you suspect a patient may have canine influenza, provided by OVRS:

    1. Train staff and volunteers about the signs and symptoms of canine influenza
    2. Quarantine high-risk dogs for 1 week, and isolate all dogs showing signs of respiratory infection. If a client calls to bring in their pet that shows upper respiratory signs, consider having them leave their pet in the car with the air conditioning on while they come in and fill out paperwork.
    3. Ensure animals are appropriately vaccinated on intake.
    4. Be sure to clean and disinfect all clothing, hands, and equipment that comes into contact with dogs with upper respiratory signs, and those that come into contact with a large number of animals.

    At OVRS, we use RescueTM Ready to Use disinfectant from Virox Animal HealthTM, which has said the following: "Canine influenza is an enveloped virus (easy to inactivate by chemical disinfection). Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide (AHP) products have proven efficacy against a number of enveloped and non-enveloped (harder to inactivate by chemical disinfection) viruses. Rescue does have an efficacy claim for Influenza A, therefore we expect it to be effective against both strains of Canine Influenza. This is because in accordance to the EPA based on available scientific information, a product currently registered against a strain of Influenza A virus will be effective against other influenza A virus strains on hard, non-porous surfaces. The contact time for Rescue Ready to Use liquid and wipes is 1 minute and for Rescue concentrates at a 1:64 dilution the contact time is 5 minutes."

    MVMA has been in touch with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and understand they plan to release a statement soon.

    As a refresher, signs of CIV include:

    • A dry hacking cough
    • Coughing up a white, foamy phlegm
    • Lethargy
    • Vomiting
    • Lack of appetite
    • Runny nose
    • Rapid breathing
    • Fever

    Any suspected Canine Influenza case should be handled just as cautiously as Parvovirus and kennel cough. That means that any patient in the hospital that is suspicious of Canine Influenza and doesn't need oxygen should go into isolation; all isolation and disinfection protocols should be followed.

    The H3N8 strain can be killed with quaternary ammonium compounds and bleach solutions with at least a dilution of 1:30. Pay attention to the manufacturer's directions for proper contact time for the most successful decontamination. The virus will also die on its own just by being on a labile object in the environment for 48 hours. Remember that only a limited number of staff members should be dealing with cases that are CIV suspect to decrease the risk of spreading.

    How to Report Canine Influenza to MDARD

    Phone: 800-292-3939 (daytime) or 517-373-0440 (emergencies only)

    Email: Visit the "Reportable Disease" page at Michigan.gov/dvmresources and download the Reporting a Reportable Animal Disease form, once complete, email it to mireportableanimal@michigan.gov.

    Additional Resources

    Canine Influenza FAQ: Questions, Answers, and Interim Guidelines

    Canine Influenza: Veterinarian Reference Guide

    Canine Influenza: Pet Owners' Guide

    Zoetis Technical Bulletin
  • 07/02/2018 7:07 AM | Anonymous

    Link to Approved Draft Rules Included Below        

    As you may recall, On March 15, 2016, Governor Snyder signed Public Acts 47 and 49 into law requiring continuing medical education (CME) for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Beginning in 2020, 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. Veterinary technicians will need 15 hours during the same 3-year period.

    The Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine approved the revised Administrative Rules for veterinarians and veterinary technicians on June 21 after taking into consideration all of the public comments they received. The revised rules specify the details on what is required for CME in Michigan for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

    The rules will now go to Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) and through the promulgation process which means they will likely be formalized and online by fall. MVMA has the approved draft rules listed on our website, as well as FAQ’s and a downloadable 1-page/2-sided reference sheet for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians. To access this information visit MVMA's website.

    One of the new requirements that may be more difficult to obtain is 1 hour of CE on medical records and 1 hour of CE on state veterinary law and/or federal or state-controlled substance laws. MVMA member, Sarah Babcock, DVM, JD created both a 1 and 2-hour Michigan-specific medical record keeping online training that satisfies the new CE requirements. These online courses can be taken at any time and are designed not only to fulfill the new requirements, but also to improve your efficiency at creating a legally defensible medical record, compliance with state, federal and other regulations, and strengthen client relationships. We believe the 2-hour course will satisfy both the medical record and veterinary law requirements. MVMA members can enroll in these courses at a discounted rate. An Early Bird Enrollment Discount of 50% off through 9/3/18 will be honored using promo code “MVMA”. Go to AnimalandVeterinaryLaw.com/courses to access the courses.

    Please remember to keep all of your CME certificates in a file or stored on MVMA’s CE Portal in case they are needed when you renew your license. If you have questions, please visit the MVMA website for additional information.

  • 06/11/2018 7:43 AM | Anonymous

    Then "Getting the Most Out of Your Career: Success Strategies for Personal and Professional Growth" is just what you're looking for!

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

    What is it? This program is modeled after our very popular Power of 10 Leadership Academy for recent graduates and is designed for veterinarians, technicians, assistants, practice managers and others who work in the veterinary profession in any capacity and need a refresh, recharge, or renewal of their passion for veterinary medicine. This program features two one-day sessions, two online video trainings and monthly links to leadership and wellness videos/content/tips to educate and inspire your career. In addition to the great content being offered, you will connect with colleagues and learn from them as well!

    Register Online Now!

    View the Certification Brochure

    ISSUE ILLUMINATORS

    Karlene Belyea, MBA, CEO, Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, Certified DiSC Trainer & National Speaker
    One of Karlene’s passion is working with groups on improving communications in the workplace. She is a certified Everything DiSC® Trainer and presents sessions on behavioral styles, generational differences, body language, leadership, dealing with negative mojo, brain training/neuroscience, happiness and work/life integration. Karlene focuses on how to work together more effectively through understanding and appreciating the differences in people, while working to improve communications, team building, customer service and conflict resolution. Karlene has been the CEO of the Michigan VMA since 2003 and has more than 29 years of experience in association management. She also serves as Executive Director of the Michigan Animal Health Foundation. She holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA in Telecommunications from Michigan State University so she can cheer for whoever is winning! She speaks to a wide variety of groups nationally including AAHA (speaks at all their Indispensable Association workshops around the country), AVMA and numerous state and local VMAs. For fun, she sings and plays keyboards for a band called Rear View Mirror.

    Regina Carey, Life Coach, Consultant and Speaker
    Regina Carey is the founder of Carey On, LLC. She is an educator. She is a creative. She is a leader. In her own words: “Everything I do, I do to lift others UP, move them forward, and INSPIRE them to use their unique voices. The way I do that is by challenging, questioning, and motivating people to jump outside their comfort zones. I’m a Coach, Consultant and Passion Instigator – what do you want to do with your life?” Veterinary Medicine has been a part of her life’s work, as she has been with her husband of 26 years through his pre-vet, veterinary, internship, residence and Ph.D. training. Regina has been a part of Michigan State University’s CVM programming for over 15 years. The goal of her work is to educate and empower those who are stuck, struggling, and ready for positive change. Regina customizes her approach to meet the needs of each unique situation. Her methods focus on MOVING FORWARD, using positive feedback, and embracing all that comes with that journey.

    Chandra Grabill, PhD, Assistant Dean for Student Wellness and Engagement
    Chandra Grabill is the Assistant Dean for Student Wellness and Engagement in the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine (MSU-CVM). She is responsible for several programs that support student success in the college, including new student orientation, tutoring, the House System, and other wellness-related activities. Dr. Grabill has been at MSU-CVM since 2004. Before moving into her current administrative role, she provided counseling to students in the DVM and the Veterinary Technology programs, as well as mental health-related consultation services for the MSU-CVM community. Dr. Grabill received her Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Emory University School of Medicine. She is a fully licensed psychologist who has worked in a number of academic, inpatient, and community-based mental health settings. Dr. Grabill is a founding member and Chair of the Veterinary Mental Health Practitioners group of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).

    Hilda Mejia Abreu, PhD, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Michigan State University CVM
    Hilda Mejia Abreu, joined MSU CVM as assistant dean for the Offices of Admissions, Scholarships, Diversity and Inclusion in January 2016. Dr. Mejia Abreu received her Baccalaureate and Master of Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts and her Ph.D. from MSU’s College of Education. She served as associate dean at the University of Texas Health Science Center for the School of Nursing where she developed a recruitment strategy that increased enrollment and was responsible for the strategic direction of the Committee on Faculty and Student Matters (Diversity Committee). After her time at the University of Texas, Dr. Mejia Abreu joined Liaison International, the leading provider of centralized application services for veterinary medicine, nursing, dental, and other health professions, as their executive director for program partnerships and higher education content expert. Hilda knows that leadership is the ability to collect the strengths of all team members and organize these in a way that will ensure success. She sees her role as nurturing the team, as well as internal and external stakeholders. Hilda’s philosophy is to grow and nurture strong relationships from local to global. For fun, she loves taking care of her animals (3 horses, 2 goats, 1 dog and 1 cat), spending time with family and paddle boarding.

    Joe Grimm, Editor in Residence, School of Journalism, Michigan State University
    Joe Grimm is visiting editor in residence in the Michigan State University School of Journalism. His course in career branding won an ATT innovative technologies award. Grimm prepared for his teaching career with 30 years in newspapering, 18 of those years as the recruiting and staff development editor at the Detroit Free Press. Teaching as an adjunct helped him make the career change. He is also a book author and freelance writer, which helps keep him and his career fresh. Joe relaxes in the summer by teaching 84 high school students journalism and living in a dorm with them for five weeks.

    Betsy Charles, DVM, MA (online video trainings), Executive Director, Veterinary Leadership Institute
    Dr. Charles combines a wide variety of professional experiences with her love of veterinary medicine in order to help others be the best they can be. After graduating from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine she completed a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership where her thesis dealt with implementation of change efforts within veterinary practices. To that end, she loves helping veterinary professionals understand how the principles of emotional intelligence can help facilitate implementation of change initiatives in practice. She has been involved with the Veterinary Leadership Experience as a speaker for 9 years and is now the Executive Director of The Veterinary Leadership Institute. Dr. Charles is also an Assistant Professor at Western University of Health Sciences where she teaches radiology, leadership, and serves as a content expert in equine medicine and surgery. Her role as Executive Director of the VLE allows her to continue to combine her passion for veterinary medicine, leadership development, teaching, and communication. When she is not trying to make a difference in the veterinary profession, you can find her at the barn riding, Lenny, the best horse ever.

    This is a year-long course, and if you do not sign up to attend the October 2018 seminar you must wait and register for the 2019 program. Please contact us at 517/347-4710 or mvma@michvma.org with questions.

  • 06/04/2018 9:48 AM | Anonymous

    Andy Roark, DVM, MS

    Owner, Cleveland Park Animal Hospital
    Greenville, South Carolina


    Take just a minute to listen to what you can expect to see from Dr. Roark at the GLVC.

    Dr. Roark is a practicing veterinarian, international speaker, author, and media personality. Dr. Roark has been voted Practice Management Speaker of the Year at NAVC, one of the world’s largest veterinary conferences, two out of the last three years. He also received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Practices where Dr. Roark works were named as finalists in the American Animal Hospital Association’s Practice of the Year Contest in 2013 and 2015.

    Dr. Roark is fully sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health.


  • 05/21/2018 7:19 AM | Anonymous

    MAHF Grant Applications are Due Friday, June 1

    Did 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 InstructionsApplication 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.

  • 05/14/2018 7:44 AM | Anonymous

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

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

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

    If so, the MVMA and MSU CVM Professional Competencies Certification Program is for you!

    Register Online Now!
    View the Certification Brochure

    Getting the Most Out of Your Career: Success Strategies for Personal and Professional Growth is a year-long program based on our members’ and employees’ preferred learning models and topics. The program is open to all veterinarians, technicians, assistants, practice managers and others who work in the veterinary profession in any capacity.

    The purpose of the new certification program, Getting the Most Out of Your Career, 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.

    This is a year-long course, and if you do not sign up to attend the October 2018 seminar you must wait and register for the 2019 program. Please contact us at 517/347-4710 or mvma@michvma.org with questions.

  • 05/07/2018 7:28 AM | Anonymous

    As you may recall, On March 15, 2016, Governor Snyder signed Public Acts 47 and 49 into law requiring continuing medical education (CME) for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Beginning in 2020, 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. Veterinary technicians will need 15 hours during the same 3-year period.

    The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and the Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine have drafted revised Administrative Rules for veterinarians and veterinary technicians after taking into consideration all of the public comments they received at the first hearing on September 29, 2017. The revised rules specify the details on what is required for Continuing Medical Education (CME) in Michigan and based on the previous public comment, many more entities have been included in the list of providers for which CME will automatically be counted. MVMA is contacting you to make you aware of the second public hearing that will be occurring on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 1:00pm in the G. Mennen Williams Building Auditorium at 525 W. Ottawa St. in Lansing, Michigan. If you would like changes in the revised Administrative Rules, this is your chance to voice your concerns.

    The proposed revised rules for veterinarians can be found here.

    The proposed revised rules for veterinary technicians can be found here.

    We are pleased that LARA and the Board of Veterinary Medicine took MVMA’s suggestions into account. Comments on the proposed rules may be presented in person at the public hearing. Written comments will also be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on May 23, 2018, at the following postal or email address:

    Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
    Bureau of Professional Licensing– Boards and Committees Section
    PO Box 30670
    Lansing, MI 48909-8170
    Attention: Policy Analyst

    Email: BPL-BoardSupport@michigan.gov

    After May 23, LARA will compile the public comments and send them to the Board of Veterinary Medicine Rules Committee for possible revisions. The Rules Committee will then hopefully take any suggested revisions to the full Board of Veterinary Medicine for approval at their meeting on June 21, 2018. MVMA will share any new information we receive as the Administrative Rules are finalized.

    Please remember to keep all of your CME certificates in a file or stored on MVMA’s CE Portal. Although the rules are not yet finalized, you’ll want to keep proof of your attendance in case you need it when you renew your license.

    Sincerely,

    Lori Penman, DVM, President
    Karlene Belyea, MBA, Chief Executive Officer
  • 04/16/2018 7:37 AM | Anonymous

    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.

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