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  • 08/05/2019 7:21 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Do You Need Help with Workplace Wellness? 

    MVMA and Mission Veterinary Partners (MVP) Can Help!

    We know that the #1 thing team members need is help with reducing stress and anxiety. We are committed to developing resources to assist members with their physical, emotional, mental and financial health.

    With this in mind, we’d like to invite you to attend the next in a series of 3 webinars that we have developed with the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Social work. The second webinar will occur on Wednesday, August 21 from Noon to 1:00 pm EST.

    Enhancing Professional Wellbeing:
    Pragmatic Applications for Wellness in the Workplace

    Instructor: Megan Spedoske, LMSW - Program Coordinator of Veterinary Social Work Services, MSU

    It is well established in the literature that veterinary professionals experience high levels of stress in their daily professional lives. This stress is intense, cumulative and has pervasive and potentially permanent implications to wellbeing if not addressed. This webinar will identify the importance of relaxation in the workplace. A variety of practical application exercises will be demonstrated so you can begin using the interventions immediately in your professional life.

    As a result of this course, you will be able to:

    • Summarize the response of the brain when exposed to chronic stress or trauma.
    • Identify 3 formal types of relaxation.
    • Identify and apply 5 techniques of stress management.
    REGISTER NOW! 

    Attendance is limited. Webinars will be recorded and available for 1 year. If individuals would like to sign up as a group, contact swkce@msu.edu. PowerPoint slides will be sent to registered participants after the webinar. For more information, policies and procedures, ADA requests, or grievances, contact swkce@msu.edu or call 517/353-3060.

  • 07/29/2019 7:30 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    MVMA Can Help!

    A big part of what the MVMA does is research practice issues for our members. We know how important it is to have access to the right information when you need it.

    One of the topics we get asked about frequently is compounding. Specifically: 

    • Can a veterinarian compound medications in the office?
    • Can a pharmacy dispense non-patient specific, compounded products to a veterinarian for office use?
    According to LARA:

    A veterinarian may compound medications in the office. All applicable laws, rules, and standards of practice must be followed while compounding. A veterinarian is not subject to the accreditation/inspection requirements of MCL 333.17748a, which pertain only to pharmacies who wish to perform sterile compounding.

    A veterinarian may purchase non-patient specific, compounded products for in office use/administration from an FDA registered 503B outsourcing facility. You may find a list of FDA registered outsourcing facilities here. The 503B outsourcing facility would also need to be licensed in Michigan as a pharmacy.

    Please note that a 503A pharmacy is limited to only dispensing compounded drugs based on a patient-specific prescription and may not dispense non-patient specific compounded drugs to a veterinarian for in office use. Also note that this email may need to be updated if the FDA issues new guidelines regarding animal compounding.

    If you are an MVMA member and your question about compounding was not answered above, please contact us at mvma@michvma.org for additional information.

  • 07/22/2019 7:01 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Did you miss the first webinar in our wellness series, "Coping with the Complexities of Compassionate Animal Care"?

    Listen to the recording now!

    The webinar names some of the challenges professionals navigate on a daily basis and the potential impact on wellbeing and lays the groundwork for having a more thorough understanding and discussion around compassion fatigue, emotional labor and moral distress.

  • 07/15/2019 7:31 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Do You Need Help with Workplace Wellness? 

    MVMA and Mission Veterinary Partners (MVP) Can Help!

    We know that the #1 thing team members need is help with reducing stress and anxiety. We are committed to developing resources to assist members with their physical, emotional, mental and financial health.

    With this in mind, we’d like to invite you to attend the next in a series of 3 webinars that we have developed with the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Social work. The second webinar will occur on July 31 from Noon to 1:00 pm EST.

    Creating a Culture of Connection:
    The Role of Relationships in Compassion Fatigue Prevention

    Instructor: Megan Spedoske, LMSW - Program Coordinator of Veterinary Social Work Services, MSU

    Across the country, the term “compassion fatigue” is becoming increasingly more familiar within veterinary practice. Not only is research-informed dialogue occurring more frequently at an individual level, but professionals within veterinary medicine are seeking ways to manage compassion fatigue, at both individual and organizational levels. This webinar will provide veterinary practitioners with specific interventions to address and minimize the impact of compassion fatigue at an organizational level.

    As a result of this course, you will be able to:

    • Identify barriers to seeking support.
    • Describe the role of connection and resiliency.
    • List 5 symptoms of organizational compassion fatigue.
    • Identify 4 specific practices to manage compassion fatigue.

    REGISTER NOW! 

    Attendance is limited. Webinars will be recorded and available for 1 year. If individuals would like to sign up as a group, contact swkce@msu.edu. PowerPoint slides will be sent to registered participants after the webinar. For more information, policies and procedures, ADA requests, or grievances, contact swkce@msu.edu or call 517/353-3060.

  • 07/08/2019 7:37 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Help MVMA Prepare for the Future!

    The VET-PAC helps us advance the cause and focus on our legislative priorities. We can’t influence the Legislature or affect policy without your help. Can you afford not to donate to the PAC today? Our account is dwindling and we need to replenish the coffers to prepare for the 2020 election. 

    Next year’s election will be crucial to our future and we need to elect those who will support veterinary medicine at both the state and federal levels. Your contribution will go a long way toward helping us achieve those goals.

    Your MVMA needs YOU! Can we count on you?

    DONATE TODAY!


  • 06/24/2019 6:23 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Team Building, Marketing and Media Training! Oh, my!

    Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    What if you could improve your communication in your organization?

    What if staff better understood each other?

    Would it help to streamline your business and make you a more effective veterinarian?

    In this hands-on interactive workshop, we’ll give you the inside tips to building strong teams, separating your organization from the competition and establishing yourself as the local expert on animal health.

    Join us Wednesday, August 28th in Lansing to help solve some of your communication and marketing pain points. We’re strongly encouraging attendees to bring their teams to improve communication and learn how to function as a unit through better understanding and respect. Each additional registrant will be given a discount on the registration fee and all attendees will receive a personalized DISC assessment to help put together an improvement plan.

    We’ll also focus on winning strategies for digital and traditional marketing and media training. Don’t miss out on this chance to hone your skills and improve your business.

    Space is limited, so reserve your spot now!

    REGISTER NOW

    This seminar is designed to improve communication skills for the whole team! MVMA members may register for $210, and each additional team member may register at the reduced rate of $185. All registrations include a full personal DiSC personality assessment you will be able to take home and use both in practice and in your personal life.  

  • 06/17/2019 7:46 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Do You Need Help with Workplace Wellness? 

    MVMA and Mission Veterinary Partners (MVP) Can Help!

    We know that the #1 thing team members need is help with reducing stress and anxiety. We are committed to developing resources to assist members with their physical, emotional, mental and financial health.

    With this in mind, we’d like to invite you to attend a series of 3 webinars that we have developed with the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Social work. The first webinar will occur on June 26 from Noon to 1:00 pm EST.

    Coping with the Complexities of Compassionate Animal Care

    Instructor: Megan Spedoske, LMSW, Program Coordinator of Veterinary Social Work Services, MSU

    Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019, Noon - 1:00 pm EST

    Register Now!

    This initial webinar identifies competing needs within veterinary medicine. The webinar names some of the challenges professionals navigate on a daily basis and the potential impact on wellbeing. It lays the groundwork for having a more thorough understanding and discussion around compassion fatigue, emotional labor and moral distress.

    As a result of this course, you will be able to:

    • Summarize competing needs within veterinary practice.
    • Identify emotional labor, moral distress and compassion fatigue.
    • Describe neurological response to stress.

    Attendance is limited. Webinars will be recorded and available for 1 year. If individuals would like to sign up as a group, contact swkce@msu.edu. PowerPoint slides will be sent to registered participants after the webinar. For more information, policies and procedures, ADA requests, or grievances, contact swkce@msu.edu or call 517/353-3060.


  • 06/10/2019 7:37 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Join Us July 21-23, 2019 at Park Place Hotel & Conference Center in Traverse City, MI

    MVMA knows your life is already stressful enough – getting quality continuing education shouldn’t be. We want to make your next veterinary conference a vacation you won't soon forget, and would like to invite you to join us in Traverse City! 

    Register Online Now!
    Print a Registration Form
    View the Conference Brochure

    Hotel reservations cannot be made online.
    You must call Park Place directly to make your reservation at 231/946-5000 and request the Great Lakes Veterinary Conference room block. Discounted hotel reservations end June 20.

    In addition to timely CE presented by Christian D. Weder, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology), Matt Beal, DVM, DACVECC, Sarah L. Babcock, DVM, JD, and Wendy S. Myers, CVJ, Traverse City has lots of opportunities to make this a family-friendly getaway the whole group will enjoy . . .

    Family Friendly GLVC Social Events
    Join us for the Welcome Reception (sponsored by Ralph C. Wilson Agency) on Sunday night to spend time with old friends and meet new ones during this beautiful outdoor reception. Light hors d’ oeuvres will be served as well as beverages.

    Don't miss the Dinner & Family Fun Carnival (sponsored by Oakland Veterinary Referral Services) on Monday night! Join us under the big top for a family friendly night of dinner, drinks, and carnival games! Bring the whole family to celebrate the last night of the GLVC with a BBQ dinner, cash bar, and carnival games and prizes for all ages - and don’t forget to stop by the photo booth to get a snapshot memory of the evening! 

    Experience Traverse City like a Local
    Experience your stay the Traverse City way. They’ve been named the “Greatest Midwest Town” by Midwest Living and are among Conde Nast Traveler's “Most Beautiful Towns in America.” Stay at Park Place Hotel & Conference Center during your visit to Traverse City and see what all the hype is about.

    Explore Northern Michigan
    Here, you'll find the incredible diversity and beauty across the summer, fall, winter and spring seasons. Whether you are exploring the outdoors at our Sleeping Bear Dunes, sipping our local wine, or enjoying a day at the lakeshore, each day is another chance to find yourself in a pretty great place.

    This Event is Generously Sponsored by


  • 05/27/2019 7:49 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    July 21-23, 2019 at Park Place Hotel & Conference Center in Traverse City, MI

    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 in Traverse City 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!
    Print a Registration Form
    View the Conference Brochure
    Hotel reservations cannot be made online.You must call Park Place directly to make your reservation at 231/946-5000 and request the Great Lakes Veterinary Conference room block. Discounted hotel reservations end June 20.

    Meet the 2019 Conference Speakers . . .

    Christian D. Weder, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology)
    Dr. Weder was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan and earned his DVM degree from Michigan State University in 2012. He then completed his rotating internship at The Ohio State University and cardiology residency at Colorado State University. Dr. Weder spent close to three years in practice in Michigan with Veterinary Cardiology Consultants. He recently returned to Colorado as a member of Petcardia. Dr. Weder is fully sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health.

    Wendy Myers
    Wendy S. Myers, CVJ, has been training veterinary teams for more than 20 years as owner of Communication Solutions for Veterinarians in Castle Pines, Colorado. She helps healthcare teams improve telephone and communication skills that result in getting more pets the medical care they need. Wendy shares her expertise through conferences, online courses, and monthly CE webinars. She is a certified veterinary journalist and author of five books. For five years, Wendy was a partner in an AAHA-accredited specialty and emergency hospital, which was sold to a corporate group. Wendy belongs to the American Animal Hospital Association. Ms. Myers is fully sponsored by IDEXX.

    Matt Beal, DVM, DACVECC
    Dr. Matthew W. Beal is the Director of the IR Service at MSU. Dr. Beal earned his DVM degree from MSU in 1996 and completed a rotating internship followed by a residency in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania from 1996-2000. Dr. Beal is a Diplomate (specialist) of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Beal returned to MSU in 2000 where he has worked to develop the Emergency and Critical Care Medicine Service into one of the premier programs in the country. Between 2006-2007, Dr. Beal was accepted into the Fellowship in Interventional Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania. The IR Fellowship is the only training program of its kind in the world and Dr. Beal is one of only a few veterinarians in the world with advanced training in this sub-specialty. Dr. Beal’s professional interests are focused on developing new IR techniques to replace standard surgical and medical treatments for veterinary patients. He has focused interests on vascular and gastrointestinal interventions especially as they apply to the critically-ill patient. Dr. Beal is fully sponsored by MSU Veterinary Medical Center

    Sarah L. Babcock, DVM, JD
    Dr. Sarah Babcock is a Michigan-licensed veterinarian and attorney. She creates online training opportunities at animalandveterinarylaw.com/courses on law and ethics to help improve the health of veterinary practices and patients. After graduating from Michigan State University, she served as an American Veterinary Medical Association and American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where she remained as the Principal Senior Science Policy Advisor to the Chief Medical Officer for nearly ten years. Dr. Babcock also served on the American Veterinary Medical Law Association Board and American Veterinary Medical Association Judicial Council. Currently, she serves as a One Health adjunct faculty at the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine, part-time small animal veterinarian, and peer reviewer for a state veterinary medical board. Dr. Babcock is fully sponsored by Animal & Veterinary Legal Services, PLLC

    This 2019 event is generously sponsored by . . .


  • 05/20/2019 7:27 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    The MIOSHA - Radiation Safety Section (RSS) has launched a new online system.

    Click here to learn how to register and link your account to the new online system.

    The following activities will now be done exclusively using this system.

    • Facility and Machine Registration (application, changes/amendments, and renewals)
    • Print a Facility Certificate for posting at the facility
    • Radiation Shielding Plan Review
    • Mammography Authorization (application and renewals)
    • Excessive Dose & Medical Event Reporting

    Access the System Website Here

    Instructional Videos and Guidance Documentation

    Below are two videos created to help you register an account and link records.

    More instructional videos can be found here.

    Frequent Asked Questions About Radiation Guidelines and Safety

    Almost every facility that uses x-ray machines must provide personnel dosimeters (film badges or thermoluminescent dosimeters) to employees who use the x-ray equipment. Radiation dose to the dosimeter must be determined at least quarterly. Dental facilities that only have x-ray machines used for intraoral radiographs do not normally need to use film badges, although many voluntarily use them anyway to verify that employee radiation doses remain very low. Employers are required to keep radiation doses to their employees below the legal annual limit of 0.05 Sv (5 rem), and the dosimeters are the only way to clearly document radiation doses to employees. Therefore, even if no reading occurs on the report (and that is the goal after all!), dosimeter service still must be maintained.

    Regulatory Agency Background & Contact Information 

    The Radiation Safety Section is responsible for all nonfederal, nontribal radiation machine and facility regulation in Michigan. This includes the following activities to help ensure compliance with Michigan's Ionizing Radiation Rules Governing the Use of Radiation Machines and applicable portions of the Public Health Code:

    • annual registration of, and registration fee collection from Michigan's approximately 10,000 x-ray facilities with over 29,000 x-ray machines;
    • specific authorization of radiation machines to be used for mammography prior to such use;
    • inspection of any new mammography machine within 60 days of initial use or authorization to be used for mammography;
    • annual inspections of each mammography machine and facility to determine compliance with the Rules and statutory requirements for the approximately 300 mammography facilities in Michigan;
    • annual MQSA mammography inspections performed in Michigan pursuant to an inspection contract with the Food & Drug Administration;
    • periodic inspections of medical and nonmedical radiation machines and facilities, including medical and nonmedical high-energy accelerators;
    • regulatory responsibility for the radiation machine aspects of PET cyclotrons, research cyclotrons, and other particle accelerators;
    • approval of radiation shielding design for medical and nonmedical radiation machines and facilities;
    • investigation of radiation incidents involving excessive radiation doses to workers and misadministrations of therapeutic x-ray, electron beam, or neutron beam radiation doses to patients.
    LARA staff are available to provide assistance with the online platform. Please email at rssinfo@michigan.gov or contact them at 517/284-7820 if you have any questions or concerns.

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