• 12/30/2019 7:10 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)


    2020 Michigan Veterinary Conference!

    January 23-26, 2020 • Lansing Center • Lansing, Michigan

    You won’t want to miss the 2020 Michigan Veterinary Conference! With over 150 hours of continuing education, 100 exhibitors and fun social events the MVC is worth driving half-way across the state to attend.



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  • 12/16/2019 7:07 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    View the Recordings Now!

    Over the summer MVP and MVMA partnered with MSU CVM to provide 3 free wellness webinars which are now available online. We invite you access them at Megan Spedoske, LMSW, Program Coordinator of Veterinary Social Work Services, MSU did a wonderful job as the instructor.

    • Coping with the Complexities of Compassionate Animal Care
    • Creating a Culture of Connection: The Role of Relationships in Compassion Fatigue Prevention
    • Enhancing Professional Wellbeing: Pragmatic Applications for Wellness in the Workplace

    Megan provides excellent takeaways that you can use in your practice right away to help team members improve their overall well-being.

  • 11/04/2019 7:37 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Space is Limited - Don't Miss this CE Event!

    MVMA members specifically requested more information on this topic and we designed a full day of continuing education especially for you!

    Join us for 6 hours of CE to address the use of opioids and new regulations, as well as delegation and telehealth in veterinary practice in Michigan on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, located at 4039 Legacy Pkwy, Lansing, MI 48911.

    The epidemic of opioid abuse is affecting medical and health professionals such as physicians and pharmacists, but also veterinarians. While opioids are a small part of the veterinarian’s medical arsenal for treating pain in animals, stocking and administering these drugs also makes it important for veterinarians to understand how they can help combat the abuse and misuse of pain medications.

    Space is Limited - Register Now!

    The tentative agenda for the November 12 CE is as follows:

     8:30 am

    Registration Opens

     9:00 - 11:10 am

    The Who, What, and Where of the Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR)

    • Who: is responsible for the duty? How to delegate this duty legally within your veterinary team
    • What: needs to be done to establish, maintain, and terminate this relationship
    • Where: Telehealth and the VCPR; know the limits

     11:20 - 12:20 pm

    Bring Your Questions! Panel Discussion with LARA/Board of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, and Michigan Board of Pharmacy 

     12:20 - 1:10 pm


     1:10 - 3:00 pm

    The Opioid Crisis: A One Health Approach

    • Learn how to implement best practices for safe prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances into your clinic and satisfy new CE requirements.

     3:10 - 4:10 pm

    Keeping Controlled Drugs Under Control

    • A comprehensive review of the requirements for veterinary hospitals mandated by the Controlled Substance Act. We'll discuss simple ways to prevent misuse and abuse from in-house pilfering and records tampering as well as client deceptions and scams. 

     4:10 pm

    Wrap Up and Final Thoughts/Questions/Comments

    Attending this full day of CE will provide 6 hours of continuing education credit and will also fulfill the mandatory requirement needed to for controlled substance license renewal.

    Learn how to implement best practices for safe prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances into your clinic and satisfy new CE requirements.

  • 10/14/2019 7:33 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Join us January 24-26 at the Lansing Center!

    You won’t want to miss the MVC! With over 150 hours of CE, 100 exhibitors and fun social events the MVC is worth driving half-way across the state to attend.

    Registration starts later this month - Learn more here!

  • 10/07/2019 4:02 PM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    The Michigan Association of Veterinary Technicians would like to invite you to attend their Annual Fall Conference.

    This is the only conference within the state that is exclusively designed for Veterinary Technicians.

    This year’s topics include a full track focusing on employee wellness, a deep dive into treating a wide range of pocket pets and we will be showcasing a variety of peer lead topics in our track titled Tech Talks.

    Visit the MAVT website for event details, pricing and registration.

    Online registration ends October 13th - view the full schedule here.

  • 09/30/2019 6:40 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Aerial spraying being conducted in 14 counties to combat mosquito-borne disease.      

    Message from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services:
    Eastern Equine Encephalitis cases continue increasing in Michigan.

    LANSING, Mich. – Due to the large geographic distribution and number of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) cases in humans and animals, coupled with warm weather projections, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and 12 local health departments have decided to conduct aerial spraying in high risk areas to combat further spread of the deadly disease EEE.

    Spraying is scheduled take place starting Sunday, Sept. 29 starting at 8 p.m. However, the ability to spray is weather dependent and the schedule may change. You can view the aerial treatment zones and FAQ here.

    Spraying will occur in the following 14 counties: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lapeer, Montcalm, Newaygo, St. Joseph and Van Buren. Visit for more detailed information.

    Read the Full Press Release Here

    EEE and Aerial Spraying Frequently Asked Questions

    EEE Activity in Michigan for 2019 – Confirmed Cases: MDARD Confirms 17 Cases of EEE

    MDARD has confirmed a 17th case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in a Michigan animal from Livingston County. The animal, an unvaccinated three-year-old Paint gelding, had a sudden onset of neurologic signs on September 23, 2019. The horse was euthanized on September 23, 2019.

    This case bring the total number of EEE cases for 2019 to 17, 15 equine and 2 canines, from the following counties: Barry (2), Calhoun (2 canine cases), Jackson (1), Kalamazoo (5), Lapeer (1), Livingston (1), Montcalm (1), Newaygo (1), and St Joseph (3). This is the first case of EEE identified in Livingston County this year.

    EEE is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Horses are very susceptible to EEE; cases in dogs are extremely rare. There is a vaccine for horses, and owners should work with their veterinarian. Horses and other animals can be protected by applying mosquito repellent approved for that type of animal and bringing animals indoors from early evening until after sunrise when mosquitoes are most prevalent.

    For more information on the reported equine cases, visit the Equine Disease Communication Center.

    For more information on EEE in Michigan including the most recent weekly summary, please see The most recent Arbovirus Activity Weekly Summary (September 26, 2019) reports 27 animal EEE cases; these numbers include wildlife.

    Learn More Here
  • 09/16/2019 7:30 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    By now you know that the Michigan Animal Health Foundation has a Companion Animal Fund that subsidizes non-elective treatment to a select group of pet owners who have inadequate finances for necessary treatments. MVMA member hospitals are eligible to receive up to $500 per client and a total of up to $500 per clinic annually.

    Companion Animal Fund Month, held in October, is the foundation’s biggest fundraising event. Throughout the month-long campaign, we are asking veterinary clinics across Michigan to collect money and hold special events and fundraisers in honor of people, pets and the Companion Animal Fund.

    To help veterinary clinics make the most of their campaigns, we would like to send you a free fundraising kit to help encourage donations. The kits will include posters, brochures, instructions and ideas, and post-it paw prints on which you can write donor names to post on a wall.

    Companion Animal Fund Month is a time for you to get involved in raising money to help clients and their animals. It’s an easy and fun experience for your whole team! It can be as simple as offering an opportunity for clients to donate or as involved as hosting your own charity event like a dog walk, open house, BBQ, family event, etc.

    The three clinics raising the most funds during the month of October will each receive four free tickets to the Michigan Animal Health Foundation (MAHF) Benefit on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, before the Michigan Veterinary Conference (a $200+ value).

    If you’d like to receive a kit, please reply to this email with your name, practice name, mailing address, phone and email address. Kits will be sent out the week of September 16.

    For more information on the Michigan Animal Health Foundation, go to

  • 08/26/2019 7:17 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Preparing veterinary medical professionals, emergency responders, law enforcement & others to respond to accidents involving animal haulers.

    September 23, 2019, MSU Pavilion for Livestock Education 4301 Farm Lane East Lansing, MI 48824

    Following several livestock truck rollovers over the last few years in Michigan and adjacent states, Michigan State University Extension along with Michigan Pork Producers Association recognized the need to have a network of trained people across the state to respond to these accidents. These trained people will then act as advisers and be able to provide assistance to first responders and emergency response personnel when these events occur.

    Most first responders lack training in handling large livestock and may not be familiar with aspects of farm animal behavior, livestock trucks, euthanasia methods and the many different people who need to be notified and involved in the response. Improperly handled livestock, especially those which are loose, can be a risk to responders, the public and a company’s public relations. This training will provide responders with the basic knowledge and experience they need to proper respond to these types of accidents.

    Register Now or Learn More Here

  • 08/19/2019 7:40 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    If you were unable to attend these sessions onsite at the Great Lakes Veterinary Conference MVMA will host another continuing education seminar on November 12 that will fulfill this requirement. 

    R 338.3135 requires a licensed practitioner applying for a new controlled substance license to obtain training by September 1, 2019.

    Practitioners seeking a renewal for their controlled substance license must get the training beginning with the first renewal cycle after promulgation of the rule. There is an amendment to the rule that changes that date for new licenses to March 1, 2020 expected to pass by October. However, as of now if your renewal date is after September 1, 2019 this requirement also pertains to you.

    R 338.3135 Opioids and other controlled substances awareness training standards for prescribers and dispensers of controlled substances; requirements.

    The training must cover:

    • Use of opioids and other controlled substances
    • Integration of treatments
    • Alternative of treatments for pain management
    • Counseling patients on the effects and risks associated with using opioids and other controlled substances
    • The stigma of addiction
    • Utilizing the Michigan Automated Prescription system
    • State and federal laws regarding prescribing and dispensing controlled substances
    • Security features and proper disposal requirements for prescriptions.

    Read the rules in full here.

  • 08/12/2019 7:26 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    View the Full SAS Brochure and Print a Registration Form

    Register for all 6 seminars and save $10 per seminar for a total savings of $60! Deadline to register for package is August 30th.

    Must be same registrant for all 6 seminars - no substitutions or refunds. If you choose not to register for the entire series you may register for individual seminars below.

    Wednesday, September 11, 2019
    Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease with Michael R. Lappin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
    Register Online Now!

    Dr. Lappin is a Professor of Infectious Disease in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University. His laboratory studies immune responses to vaccination against respiratory viruses in cats, as well as immune responses to feline vaccines. He also oversees a large diagnostic service for feline infectious agents, including Toxoplasma gondii, Bartonella, Ehrlichia and others. Current areas of investigation include mechanisms of transmission of Hemoplasma spp, therapies for rickettsial diseases, and companion animals as carriers of drug-resistant staphylococci. Lappin is also Director of Shelter Medicine and investigates disease outbreaks and management in shelter settings.

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Update on Leptospirosis
    • Update on Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (including flu)
    • Update on Giardiasis
    • Update on the management of flea and tick-borne disease in dogs and cats

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019
    Endocrinology with Cynthia R. Ward, VMD, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
    Register Online Now!

    Dr. Cynthia Ward received her VMD and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed residency training at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania in small animal internal medicine and a reproductive endocrinology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She was on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania until 2005 when she moved to the University of Georgia where she is currently the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Internal Medicine. Dr. Ward has an active research program in clinical and basic endocrinology and has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and research abstracts. Dr. Ward is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (small animal internal medicine).

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Diabetes Mellitus
    • Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s disease)
    • Underdiagnosed endocrine disorders
    • Concurrent hyperthyroidism and chronic kidney disease

    Wednesday, November 6, 2019
    Cardiology with William Brown, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
    Register Online Now!

    William A. Brown, DVM, ACVIM-Cardiology is certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and its subspecialty board of Cardiology. He is an honors graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Brown completed his internship training at North Carolina State University, where he received the Outstanding Small Animal Intern Award. Dr. Brown completed his residency in cardiology at the University of California, Davis. Following his residency, Dr. Brown served a 1 year interventional cardiology fellowship at the University of Illinois. In addition to being a Diplomate in the ACVIM College of Cardiology, Dr. Brown is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Brown has lectured on a local and national level. He has authored numerous scientific publications, including several book chapters in the field of veterinary cardiology. Dr. Brown is an active consultant and investigator for several pharmaceutical companies. His research interests include arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) in boxer dogs, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in Ragdoll cats and the medical management of congestive heart failure (CHF) in both dogs and cats.

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Latest treatment of congestive heart failure
    • Arrhythmias
    • Dilated cardiomyopathy and diet
    • Anesthesia for cardiac patients

    Wednesday, December 4, 2019
    Diagnostic Imaging with Lorrie Gaschen, DVM, PhD, DECVDI
    Register Online Now!

    Lorrie received her DVM from the University of Florida, was in private practice in Florida for two years after which time she did a diagnostic imaging residency at the University of Bern in Switzerland and became a diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. She received her PhD in renal transplant imaging in animal models at the University Medical School in Utrecht then returned to the University of Bern where she became an associate professor upon completion of her work in vascular ultrasound of the canine gastrointestinal tract. Currently, she is a professor of diagnostic imaging in the Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and has authored publications and book chapters mainly in the field of gastrointestinal ultrasound where she has done most of her research. Lorrie is also the Executive Associate Dean of Diversity, Student, and Faculty Affairs at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University with the mission of creating an inclusive, diverse and welcoming environment and supporting faculty in all aspects of their careers.

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Identifying pulmonary patterns and disease
    • Diagnosing airway collapse: It’s not just the trachea
    • Improving your cardiac radiographic interpretation
    • Diagnosing abdominal obstruction: Tips you can use tomorrow
    • Upper GI Barium study: Focus on 3 main lesion types
    • Respiratory Distress in Cats, is it the heart or lung?

    Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    Surgery with Catriona MacPhail, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS
    Register Online Now!

    Dr. Cat MacPhail was born in raised in El Paso, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree from Rice University and her veterinary degree from Texas A&M University. Cat completed her rotating internship, surgical residency, soft tissue/surgical oncology fellowship, and PhD all at Colorado State University (CSU). She has been on faculty at CSU as a veterinary surgeon since 2004 and became the CSU Small Animal Chief Medical Officer in 2014. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), as well as an ACVS Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology.

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Surgery Potpourri
    Wednesday, April 1, 2020
    Veterinary Life Hacks: Communications, Leadership and Work/Life Balance with Karlene Belyea, MBA
    Register Online Now!

    As Chief Culture Officer, Karlene is passionate about working with groups to improve culture, communication and wellbeing in the workplace. She is a certified Everything DiSC trainer and speaks nationally to groups on behavioral styles, generational differences, body language, creating positive work cultures, leadership, wellness, work/life integration and brain training. Prior to her position as Chief Culture Officer of MVP, Karlene was CEO of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association for 15 years and has more than 30 years of experience in management. She has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA from Michigan State University so she can cheer for whoever is winning. For fun she sings and plays keyboards for a band called Rear View Mirror.

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Working effectively with everyone in your practice
    • Becoming the best leader by being your best self
    • Finding balance, stressing less and having more fun

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