• 04/20/2020 7:02 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    We are facing unprecedented times, and we may need to continue to sacrifice the ability to treat our patients in person to the extent possible to protect public health—and in some cases, to comply with state orders. With the advancements in communication and information technologies, veterinary medicine may have an opportunity to use some of these new telehealth tools to benefit animal health.


    This online continuing education will increase the participants’ knowledge of the state and federal regulatory landscape, explain the legal and ethical challenges that may arise with the use of telehealth, and provide tips to employ best practices for quality care and patient safety.

    This program has been approved for 2 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval.



    Use coupon code “StaySafeMI” at checkout for 40% off before May 1, 2020.

    To enroll today, visit:




    Dr. Babcock, a licensed veterinarian and attorney, offers instruction in veterinary medical law and ethics as part of the traditional veterinary medical curriculum and also as continuing education for veterinary medical professionals. Her active engagement in professional associations, academia, and small animal medicine helps to ensure that the courses offered are applicable to veterinary practice, reflect the needs of the profession, and encourage compliance with evolving veterinary medical law, ethics, and standards of care.


  • 04/03/2020 2:28 PM | 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.

    Starting next week, I will be conducting two open sessions on Zoom to help you vent, stay connected with colleagues, or simply escape the stress of our new reality. We’ll hold one coffee hour on Wednesday morning from 9-10 a.m., and one happy hour Thursday evening from 7-8 p.m. 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.


  • 04/02/2020 11:14 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Executive Order 2020-34

    Gov. Whitmer just released a clarification on essential and non-essential veterinary procedures. Please see the Governor’s press release below. There is also a link to the order. MVMA advises you to use telehealth whenever possible. In other instances, this Executive Order will help to clarify. It’s important to note that each bullet point ends with the phrase, “as determined by a licensed veterinarian.” That means there is no one-size-fits-all approach, and that veterinarians should use their best judgment based on the criteria set forth by the State of Michigan. Simply put, if there’s a procedure that can be put off for a few weeks or months, please do so.

    MDARD is currently working on an FAQ document that focuses primarily on equine practices. If you have a question you’d like added to that document, please email

    We will continue to provide you with the latest information as soon as it becomes available. Thank you, and please stay safe and stay healthy.


    Click here to view Executive Order 2020-34.


    April 2, 2020 


    Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Clarifying Temporary 

    Restrictions on Non-Essential Veterinary Procedures 

    LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-34, to clarify the temporary restrictions she placed on non-essential veterinary procedures as part of Executive Order 2020-32.  

    The order prohibits all non-essential veterinary procedures starting on April 2, 2020, and encourages veterinarians and veterinary technicians to practice telemedicine as much as possible to slow the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, the order directs veterinary services that use personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimize their use as much as possible to ensure availability of PPE for health care workers.  

    “We are working every day to make sure our health care workers have the supplies they need to fight COVID-19,” said Whitmer. “We must all continue to work together to secure more personal protective equipment so we can slow the spread of the virus. Michiganders are tough, and if we all work together, we can protect as many people as possible.” 

    Under executive order 2020-34, “non-essential veterinary services” means all non-agricultural veterinary services other than those that are necessary to preserve the life of an animal, as determined by a licensed veterinarian; necessary to treat serious pain that threatens the health and safety of an animal, as determined by a licensed veterinarian; necessary to euthanize an animal, as determined by a licensed veterinarian; or necessary to treat or prevent the transmission of any infectious disease that can be transmitted between animals and human beings, as determined by a licensed veterinarian. 

    Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at and 

    To view Executive Order 2020-34, click the link below:  

  • 03/31/2020 9:05 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Register Now for this Webinar on Thursday, April 2, 2020

    Our workplaces have drastically changed over the past few weeks and those changes will continue for at least the next several weeks. How do recent changes in unemployment, paid leave requirements and the federal stimulus package affect your business and what do you need to know? Join us for a one-hour webinar with Jodi Schafer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Principle at HRM Services. Jodi will provide an overview of:

    • How the State Executive Orders and national legislation are affecting the unemployment process
    • Who is covered by the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and how to comply with it
    • Posting and documentation requirements related to COVID-19 regulations
    • Financial resources available through the CARES Act to help employers whether the storm
    Registration is now closed.

    Do you have a question about what you are currently seeing in practice? Let us know and we will try and answer this during Thursday's webinar!

    Register Now - space is limited!

  • 03/26/2020 7:34 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Register Now for this Webinar on Monday, March 30, 2020

    The Michigan Governor recently implemented State Executive Order 2020-21, Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. As a result of this Executive Order, the need to conserve personal protective equipment, demands on the profession’s workforce and the ongoing need to provide veterinary care, veterinarian’s licensed in Michigan are asking how they can effectively and legally practice veterinary medicine using telehealth?

    Registration is now closed.

    This free hour of CE on telehealth and the current state of Veterinary-Client-Patient-Relationship will take place at noon on Monday, March 30, 2020 and will be facilitated by Sarah L. Babcock, DVM, JD. You can view the current FAQ this webinar will explore further here.

    Do you have a question about what you are currently seeing in practice? Let us know and we will try and answer this during Monday's webinar!

    Register Now - space is limited!

  • 03/23/2020 7:28 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    MVMA is monitoring this situation closely and has created a webpage for all the most informative COVID-19 resources, visit our website now!

    Other Resources:

  • 03/16/2020 7:26 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    All MVMA events scheduled for April have been postponed due to the guidelines provided by the CDC. We expect to offer an alternative date in the future and will notify attendees at that time.

    Please contact us at with any questions or concerns.

  • 03/02/2020 7:10 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    The 2020 Great Lakes Veterinary Conference will take place July 12-14, 2020 at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI

    Registration Opens in Spring - Learn More Here!

  • 02/24/2020 7:07 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    MVMA recommended provider, Dr. Sarah Babcock, offers continuing medical education on topics such as medical records, veterinary ethics, laws and rules governing the profession, professional standards of care, and controlled substances.

    Learn More Now!

  • 02/17/2020 7:05 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Join Us April 15, 2020 at  4039 Legacy Parkway, Lansing, MI 48911

    Space is Limited - Register Now!

    Lana Kaiser MD, DVM

    Lana Kaiser, born in Buffalo, NY, received a BA in English from SUNY at Buffalo with plans to be a poet. She is a graduate of Michigan State College of Human Medicine (1978), is a Board Certified (Human) Internist, and retired from MSU as a Professor in the Departments of Physiology and Medicine, in the College of Human Medicine. Trained as a biomedical researcher with a research focus on cardiovascular pathophysiology and parasitology, she is also interested in scientifically studying the interaction between humans and animals. A 1995 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine, MSU she resides on a farm in Mason, MI where she raises Maine-Anjou and Red Angus cattle. She has a mobile beef cattle practice, consults for several national agricultural entities, and has written about animal welfare, animal health, genetic defects, and human-livestock interactions in state and national publications. She involved in issues of animal behavior and welfare at the county, state and national level, was a founding member of MSU’s Human-Animal Bond Initiative and coordinator of MVMA's Annual Animal Welfare Conference. She has been active in the MVMA Animal Welfare, Legislative and Food Animal Practivce Committees, AABP Animal Welfare Committee, and Dean Foods Animal Welfare Advisory Council. She enjoys clicker training her four dogs, her cow horse, and the occasional cow.

    Liz Drennan LVT, KPA CPT

    Liz graduated from the Michigan State University Veterinary Technology Program in 1993 and has been working as a licensed veterinary technician in small animal practice. She has been training dogs for 26 years and is a 2009 graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy. She is i a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. She currently teaches group dog training classes at Kibby Park Animal Hospital. She trains and has titled her Siberian Huskies in Obedience, Rally and Agility and has clicker trained dogs, cats, and chickens. She is a triathlete who enjoys walking her four dogs and running with her Husky Seager.

    Sarah Bennett DVM, MS, DACVB

    Sara received her DVM degree in 2006 from Purdue University. She spent 3 years in general practice in Southwest Indiana before returning to Purdue to complete a residency in Animal Behavior with a Shelter Medicine focus and Master of Science. She obtained certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2012. After board-certification, she spent several years in private practice in Chicago and the Midwest seeing privately owned patients and consulting with a variety of sheltering organizations. She is also a co-instructor for University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine online learning course, Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare, which is part of the Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program. She particularly enjoys addressing problem behavior in sheltered and rescue animals, helping to protect animal welfare, making these pets more adoptable, working to strengthen the budding human-animal bond, and to help keep these animals in their new homes.

    Jill E. Sackman, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVB, KPA-CTP

    Jill is a Diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her internship at the University of Pennsylvania, her surgery residency at the University of Tennessee, and her behavior residency at Blue Pearl in Michigan. She is the owner and founding veterinarian of Animal Behavior Consultants of Michigan, a referral veterinary behavior practice with offices in metro-Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Grayling Michigan. She is Fear Free certified and sees pets with behavior disorders that range from mild fears to extreme aggression, compulsive disorders and panic disorders. She is also a certified professional trainer through the Karen Pryor Academy, earning her KPA-CTP with her French Bulldog, Rose.

    Cathy Anderson DVM, MS

    Cathy is a 1987 graduate of Michigan State University and completed a master’s degree in shelter medicine through University of Florida in 2017. She has a certificate in forensic sciences from that institution. She is a trainer for Euthanasia by Injection (HSUS course) as well as for Chemical Immobilization. She is also an adjunct at the University of Florida where she teaches a course of euthanasia for shelter veterinarians and management. She is the medical director at Adopt a Pet in Fenton a limited admission shelter. Cathy has been very active in shelter medicine and management and was instrumental in writing SOP’s for Genesee County Animal Control and Jackson County Animal shelter. For nearly 10 years she was the medical direction of Jackson County Animal Shelter where she worked to reduce shelter euthanasia through spay neuter programs including community-based programs. She is passionate about herd health as well as the individual animal in the shelter and is very focused on daily population rounds and expediting movement of animals through the shelter. Cathy is the co-founder and president of Pixie’s Animal Welfare Society, an animal based 501(c)3. This nonprofit is currently developing a spay/neuter facility for community cats. Additionally, she is the chairperson of the Legislative Committees of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association and has been very active in legislation impacting animals. (She was one of the key stakeholders involved in the recent changes in the shelter euthanasia laws in Michigan.) In her spare time Cathy loves to read and work out. She shares her home with her husband, daughters and a diverse population of pets.

Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

2144 Commons Parkway
Okemos, MI 48864-3986



Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software