• 07/14/2020 3:48 PM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    In any learning event MVMA schedules, the safety and well-being of our members, sponsors, staff, speakers and partners are our top priorities.  Our goal is to always produce quality CE that is timely and from expert speakers who can provide insight on the advancements in veterinary medicine. Due to recent upticks in COVID-19 cases and travel bans from businesses, universities and other institutions, we have made the difficult decision to make this year’s Great Lakes Veterinary Conference a fully virtual event. We are disappointed to not be gathering together on the island, but know you will be pleased with the program we put together. With our new conference format, you will have the freedom to view the seminars in the comfort of your own home, office or wherever you prefer.

    So, you probably have a couple of questions regarding the conference and your registration. We have many of those answers and are happy to assist you through this transition.


    We have slashed prices to make this more affordable for anyone who wants to attend. New pricing is available below. If you are currently registered for either the in-person or virtual event, we will send you a refund for the difference in price and keep your registration for the new event. You only need to contact us if you intend to cancel. All cancellation fees are waived for this year if you cancel by Friday, Aug. 7.





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    ROOM RESERVATION(S) – What you need to do

    Grand Hotel

    Option 1: Cancel your room and MVMA covers the room cancellation fee.

    Please note, you will have 7 days from the date you received this email to inform the Grand Hotel about your decision to keep your current reservation as-is, cancel the reservation, or find an alternate date to transfer your funds to. If you cancel, a full refund will be issued by the Grand Hotel. A fee associated with the cancellation will be billed to the MVMA. You must cancel your reservation within 7 days of receiving their email to qualify for this fee waiver. The Grand Hotel will bill the MVMA directly after the reservation has been canceled and no further action from you will be required.  

    Option 2: Keep your original reservation and enjoy the island.

    Option 3: The reservation may be moved to another time within the current season designated by the Grand Hotel. Please contact the Grand Hotel for the most up-to-date schedule on room availability. This request must be made before Wednesday, August 5.

    To contact the Grand Hotel about your reservation and the option you prefer, please call 1-800-334-7263 to speak with a reservation representative.  


    Option 1: Cancel your room and MVMA covers the room cancellation fee*.

    Please note, if you decide to cancel your reservation, the MVMA will cover the cancellation fee up to $50 per reservation. To qualify for this fee waiver, you must contact your hotel and cancel your reservation before your reservation can no longer be canceled for a full refund minus the cancellation fee. Please advise the hotel to send the MVMA an invoice for the amount of cancellation fee and our staff will process their request. Please advise the hotel to address the invoice to the following:  

    Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

    Attn: Sheri Fandel

    2144 Commons Parkway

    Okemos, MI 48864-3986

    Option 2: Keep your original reservation and enjoy the island.

    Option 3: If your hotel allows, you may be able to move the reservation to another date. Please contact your hotel to further discuss their policy on hotel reservations.


    We have an exciting lineup of speakers for our virtual event who will bring you important and timely content, including two recent additions.

    Annette Petersen, Dr.Med.Vet., DACVD, Associate Professor, Small Animal Clinical Sciences, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

    Erica Noland, MS, DVM, DACVP, Academic Specialist, Anatomic Pathology, Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

    Your GLVC speakers also include:

    Melanie Goble, DVM, Vice President, Not One More Vet

    Daniel Langlois, BS, DVM, DACVIM, Assistant Professor, Small Animal Clinical Sciences, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

    Sarah L. Babcock, DVM, JD, President, Animal & Veterinary Legal Services, PLLC

    *Dr. Jim Noxon who was scheduled to present on the island is no longer able to participate.

    If you have any questions, regarding your registration, hotel options, or general conference questions, please feel to email or call 517.347.4710. Our staff will be glad to assist you with any questions you have might have.

    Again, thank you for registering for the 2020 GLVC. We look forward to seeing you soon!

  • 06/15/2020 9:36 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    You provide the highest level of care for your patients. Are you offering the same level of retirement security to your employees? Smaller employers have faced a number of obstacles when it comes to offering their employees a retirement plan. Higher operation costs, numerous fiduciary responsibilities, payroll integration challenges—all with a limited human resources staff.

    This pandemic has had us all tightening our belts, looking for savings wherever we can find it. As your association, we’re always looking for ways to save you money or make your jobs easier. Recent legislation has made access to retirement plans easier than ever before for organizations like yours. Plus, you can save anywhere from 30-40% off your current retirement costs.

    View the introduction webinar exclusively for MVMA members where we discussed:

    • New legislation, and the impacts and opportunities it can have for small employees
    • Opportunities and challenges of new multiple employer plan (MEP) regulations
    • Ways to maximize access to increased small-employer pension plan startup tax credit

    View Now:

  • 06/01/2020 8:53 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    The events of the past week have shown us it’s more important than ever to work to understand each other. But we can’t get there until we become aware of our unconscious bias.

    In this free webinar for members, Dr. Tonya Fountain will discuss:

    • Prejudice, bias and unconscious bias
    • Discuss origins and who is affected
    • Its impact on organizations and employees
    • Ways to address it and minimize its damage in the organization, on employees and on clients

    This open and candid conversation will help us to increase our level of understanding and awareness or workplace issues cause by prejudice, bias and unconscious bias. We’ll also look to strategize ways to combat bias in the workplace.

    Join us for this important and timely conversation taking place this Wednesday, June 3, from 2-3 p.m.

    Click here to register for this valuable webinar today!

  • 05/27/2020 11:33 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    We’re excited to offer a brand new learning opportunity this summer—a virtual option for the Great Lakes Veterinary Conference. While we are planning to host GLVC as normal on Aug. 16-18 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, we want to make sure the content of this conference is accessible to anyone who wishes to attend.

    Attendees now have the choice to register for the in-person event or the virtual option that allows you to participate from just about anywhere. MVMA has contracted with Motown Digital to provide this opportunity. The software is easy to use and will allow you to feel as if you were in the room. You will be able to participate fully, including asking questions and interacting with in-person attendees.

    We wanted to offer this new option in the event we are not able to meet in person in August, or if group sizes are limited. Below is a short FAQ. If you have other questions that have not been answered, please email us and we will provide the answer. Registration is now open for both opportunities so be sure to claim your spot.

    So, what happens if I register for the event at the Grand Hotel and it’s canceled due to COVID-19? You will be able to participate in the virtual setting, or you will be given a full refund with no cancellation fees.

    What if a limited group can meet on the island and more people have registered than there are spots? For example, if only 50 people can gather in one place, the first 50 people to register for the event have the right of first refusal. If all want to be at the Grand Hotel, everyone who registered after the first 50 will automatically be placed in the virtual option, so it’s important to register early. If you’re not interested in the virtual option, you will be given a full refund.

    Will the virtual option still be available if restrictions are lifted and there is no limit to the amount of people who can gather at the Grand Hotel? Yes. We want everyone to be able to access this material in the safest way possible. If you don’t feel comfortable meeting in a large group, you can still participate virtually. The plan is to offer a blend of in-person and online content. The virtual option will move forward regardless.

    Click Here to Register for the Great Lakes Veterinary Conference Today!

  • 05/18/2020 7:20 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)


    MAHF Grant Applications are Due 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 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.

  • 05/15/2020 12:51 PM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    New Date: August 16-18, 2020

    In the interest of keeping everyone safe, as well as being able to continue to provide cutting edge continuing education, we have decided to move the Great Lakes Veterinary Conference from July to August 16-18, 2020.

    If you have already registered for the GLVC you will receive a message from us regarding this change. Please note if you have not yet registered but have already made your hotel reservation, or if you have made a reservation at any hotel other than the Grand Hotel, you will need to reschedule with them directly. 

    We will be hosting a member webinar next week with more information and new plans regarding the 2020 GLVC. CEO John Tramontana will lead a discussion on the changes and be available to answer your questions. Register for free now!

    Thank you for your understanding at this most difficult time. We are trying to make this a great conference and your health and safety are paramount.

    Please contact us with any questions or concerns. 

  • 05/12/2020 1:44 PM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)


    Letter to Gov. Whitmer Asking for Practices to be Reopened

    Today, we sent a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asking that she allow veterinarians and their staff to perform both essential and non-essential services. We firmly believe veterinarians are equipped and prepared to operate at full capacity in a safe and responsible manner.

    We also included a letter from AVMA as well as recommended guidelines for veterinarians to followfollow if they are allowed to reopen fully.

    While we are lobbying the Governor and her staff, we need your help to lobby the Legislature. Please take just a few minutes to contact your local State Representative and State Senator. We need to build momentum for our case so we cannot be ignored. Hearing from constituents can be very powerful, especially from medical professionals and small business owners. Let them know how these restrictions have affected your business, your staff, and your ability to do your job. We encourage you to contact your legislators based on your business locale. You can find their information by clicking the links available below.

    Contact your House Representative:

    Contact your Senator:

    We will continue to fight for you and won’t stop until you are allowed to perform services and procedures that are in the best interest of animals and the public’s health. Thank you in advance for your efforts to help us safely move this industry forward. Please stay safe and healthy.


    John Tramontana, MS, CAE


    For more up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit:

  • 05/05/2020 3:19 PM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Register Now for this Webinar on Thursday, May 7, 2020

    As we continue our free webinar series during this pandemic, we wanted to offer you an update from the Capitol with State Representative Dr. Hank Vaupel this Thursday, May 7 from 1:00 - 1:30 pm.

    This free webinar will give you the opportunity to hear directly from Rep. Vaupel and find out what we can expect moving forward. He will also be available to answer any questions you may have. If you have some in advance, please submit them here.

    Be sure to claim your spot by registering today.

    Webinar instructions will be sent after registration. This event is a free member benefit so don’t miss out.

    We hope you’re staying safe and healthy!

    Please note that this webinar will be rescheduled if Rep. Vaupel is called into session. All registrants will be contacted directly.

  • 04/27/2020 7:11 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Taking Care
    of Your Mental Health

    Register Now for this Webinar on Wednesday, April 29, 2020

    We’re all adjusting to the new reality this pandemic has brought upon us. Now more than ever, it’s crucial that we take care of our mental health. Whether you’re struggling with the stress of running a business or adjusting to the influx of emergency cases or you’re simply lacking peer support, we’re here to help you through this.

    Join us Wednesday, April 29 at noon EST for a free webinar on mental health. We’ll be joined by Dr. Melanie Goble from Not One More Vet and Dr. Michele Gaspar from VIN Foundation's Vets4Vets Program. They’ll help you navigate these challenges and work toward a healthier you.

    Register Now for Taking Care of Your Mental Health Webinar

    If you have questions, we ask that you submit them ahead of time by clicking here. We hope to see you next week.

    Stay safe and stay healthy!

  • 04/21/2020 9:50 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    We’re all in this together. Whether it’s seeing patients over FaceTime, protecting our employees, or homeschooling our kids, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed business as usual. The daily stresses of life can be tough to bear at times, and so we’re hoping to make things just a little easier on you.

    Join us on Thursday for a Zoom Happy Hour designed to help you vent, stay connected with colleagues, or simply escape the stress of our new reality. Bring your drink of choice and whatever topic of conversation you’d like. We’ll limit each session to 20 participants to help enhance the conversation.


    These meetings can be whatever you’d like them to be. You can ask me about MVMA, you can ask your colleagues about their practice or how they’re coping, or you can simply grab a drink and listen to the conversation. I will be holding these meetings twice a week through the duration of the pandemic. If the demand calls for more, I’ll add them.

    I want you all to know that MVMA is here to support you, your practice and your well-being.

    Sign up here. I hope to see you all soon.


Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

2144 Commons Parkway
Okemos, MI 48864-3986



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