• 05/13/2019 7:57 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 current state of cannabis use in veterinary practice in Michigan on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. 

    As cannabis-derived products have become more available, veterinarians have seen increased interest among clients in using these products for their pets. These clients understandably are asking, "Are these products legal, safe, and effective for treating medical conditions in animals?"

    Space is Limited - Register Now!

    At the May 29 CE, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from experts in the areas of regulation, law and legislative issues, toxicology, product availability and effectiveness.

    Attending this full day of CE will provide 6 hours of continuing education credit. It does not, however, fulfill the mandatory requirements that relate to state veterinary law and/or federal or state controlled substance laws. 
  • 04/22/2019 7:04 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    A Message from Bureau of Professional Licensing Director Cheryl Wykoff Pezon:

    The Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL) in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is in the process modernizing its licensing platform and processes to make it more efficient to obtain, renew, and modify licenses. The new licensing platform for your profession is expected to go live in May 2019.

    Learn More About MiPlus Here

    The new platform will modernize the licensing process for new applications and renewals by moving it online to reduce delays from mailing. MiPlus will also provide an improved interface for consumers to file and track complaints against licensees.

    All professional licensees will be required to register with MiPlus and apply for a new license or renew their current license using this new online platform. The new platform will make the application and renewal process more efficient for both licensees and the department.

    Specifically, the new system will allow licensees to:

    • Apply online and track every step of their application in real-time.
    • Upload documents and edit information electronically.
    • Receive electronic notification on exam requirements and licensure completion.
    • Receive an electronic copy of their license to print.

    In preparation for this transition, LARA will provide detailed instructions on how to registerapply for a new your license, how to renew your license, and modifying an existing license; including instructional videos and resources and services offered by the new platform.

    We appreciate your cooperation as we go through this change in our licensing process in order to better serve you. Our goal is to make the transition as simple and efficient as possible.

  • 04/08/2019 9:20 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    I’m one month into my tenure as MVMA’s CEO, and it has been an absolute pleasure for the staff and I to lead this organization. What has stood out the most to me these first few weeks is your commitment to your profession and to the MVMA. As part of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, please watch the video message below and accept our sincerest gratitude for all you do. I look forward to many more months to come at this fantastic organization. Thank you!

  • 04/01/2019 7:22 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Join Us 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!

    Registration starts next month. Visit the MVMA Website for more information about this event.

    Meet the 2019 speakers:

    Christian D. Weder, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology) - Cardiology
    Dr. Weder is certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and its subspecialty board of Cardiology and is currently practicing at Veterinary Cardiology Consultants in Novi, Michigan.

    Wendy S. Myers - Practice Management
    Ms. Myers owns Communication Solutions for Veterinarians Inc., in Denver, Colorado. Her consulting firm helps veterinary teams and owners improve communication skills, compliance, client service, and hospital management. She is also a certified veterinary journalist.

    Matt Beal, DVM, DACVECC - Emergency Medicine
    Dr. 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 in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. 

    Sarah L. Babcock, DVM, JD - Medical Records and Veterinary Law
    Dr. Babcock, a licensed veterinarian and attorney, has served as the President of Animal & Veterinary Legal Services, PLLC since 2005. She earned both her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and Juris Doctor with a Concentration in Health Care Law from Michigan State University. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire.

  • 03/20/2019 8:04 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    The Board of Directors for the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association is pleased to welcome John Tramontana, CAE, as its new CEO. Tramontana started with the organization earlier this month and comes to MVMA with a wealth of association management experience.

    “The search committee for MVMA’s new CEO was pleased to be able to hire our top candidate,” said MVMA President Mike Thome. “We chose John because of his leadership skills, his poise, and his ability to answer complex questions throughout the interview process. He brings a bonus with his background in reaching out to membership, and the public, through video and print media. And of course, we’re also happy that John chose us.”

    A native of Niagara Falls, NY, Tramontana is a 2004 graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in journalism. He began his career as a website reporter for the Buffalo Bills before moving into television news as an anchor/reporter—first at WLUC-TV’s Iron Mountain bureau and then at WILX-TV in Lansing. He also has experience working in communications and public relations in both the political and health care arenas. He spent the previous five years as the Director of Communications, PR & Marketing for the Michigan Association of School Boards where he earned his Certified Association Executive credential from the American Society of Association Executives. He is also currently working on his master’s in Management, Strategy and Leadership from MSU’s Broad School of Business.

    “I’m very honored and excited to be taking on this new role,” Tramontana said. “It’s a great organization with great staff and great members. I think my experience coupled with MVMA’s stellar reputation will be the ideal fit to help propel us forward and provide the products, services and professional development opportunities to help all veterinarians succeed.”

    John lives in DeWitt with his wife, Jessica, two daughters, Isla (7) and Gia (4), and dog, Mya. You can reach him at or by calling 517/347-4710.

  • 03/18/2019 7:38 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Puddles. Wet grass. Lakes. What dog owner hasn’t wiped off their dog’s muddy paws? But what many dog owners may not know is that those same wet conditions could be home to a deadly bacteria. These bacteria cause a disease called leptospirosis, or lepto. While these bacteria could be as close as the backyard, a simple annual vaccine can protect dogs from becoming infected.

    In Michigan, leptospirosis in dogs has been on the rise in recent years. A cluster of cases in Detroit-area dogs in 2011 was covered by news outlets across the state, but despite the high-visibility of those cases seven years ago, cases have been increasing since 2015.

    The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) tracks cases of leptospirosis in dogs reported by veterinarians and veterinary diagnostic laboratories. In 2011, a total of 74 cases of canine leptospirosis were reported statewide. By 2017, that number had increased to 149. For 2018, 115 cases were been reported to MDARD as of October 31. Although the majority of cases are reported in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties, lepto was reported in more than 20 Michigan counties in 2017.

    Leptospirosis is caused by infection with one of the more than 250 types of bacteria called Leptospira. These bacteria can infect any mammal, including humans. Leptospira live in warm, wet environments such as damp grass, standing water, mud, and lakes. Under ideal conditions, the bacteria can survive more than three months outside the body. In the spring, wet weather and flooding can provide an ideal environment for Leptospira bacteria and the risk of infection increases for unvaccinated dogs.

    Dogs are most often infected with lepto through mucous-membrane (mouth, nose, or eye) contact with the urine of infected animals and/or contaminated food, bedding, soil, or water. Dogs can also get lepto from close contact with another infected dog, and through the bite of, or by eating, an infected animal. Raccoons, skunks, opossums, rats, cows, and pigs are all known carriers of the infection. Because of the broad range of carrier species, any dog - even one briefly outdoors in an urban backyard - is vulnerable to the disease.

    The most common early signs of Leptospira infection in dogs are: loss of appetite, increase or decrease in urine production; uncharacteristic inactivity; vomiting; diarrhea; and abdominal pain. Even with prompt, exhaustive medical care, 10 to 15 percent of infected dogs may die. Untreated, many infected dogs die of kidney or liver failure.

    Vaccination is the best way to prevent leptospirosis in dogs. New four-way vaccines, first released in 2002, provide protection against four types of leptospirosis - the previous vaccine protected against just two types. Today’s vaccines are second-generation vaccines associated with fewer adverse reactions. Pet owners should talk with their veterinarians about what type of leptospirosis vaccination is appropriate for their dog.


    Leptospirosis was more common in dogs in the 1950s and 1960s and widespread vaccination of dogs led to a decrease in the incidence of disease. Veterinarians educated in the 1970s and 1980s typically didn’t hear much about it because it was no longer a worry. The decrease in the number of cases led to a decrease in vaccination rates. But then pockets of canine leptospirosis started appearing around the country. As word spread among veterinarians regarding the new cases of this old disease, more testing of sick animals was done. This testing pointed to the fact that the new cases of canine leptospirosis were caused by three types of leptospirosis not covered by existing vaccines.

    The types causing disease were those associated with raccoons, possums, and skunks. Lo and behold, urban sprawl put household pets in closer contact with wild animals whose habitats were being encroached upon. Because the previous two-way vaccine didn’t protect against these types and some small risks associated with the vaccine had been observed, many vets stopped vaccinating for leptospirosis altogether.


    Protecting the health of pets is possible thanks to the new second-generation vaccines. Pet owners and veterinarians can help reduce incidents of the disease by working together to increase the number of vaccinated dogs.

    The Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (MSU VDL) conducts over 80,000 tests for leptospirosis annually, for veterinarians across the United States. More information for the veterinary community on canine leptospirosis and testing options is available in the Fall 2018 issue of the MSU VDL’s newsletter, Diagnostic News, and in the laboratory’s test catalog. A one-page guide for dog owners is also available. Please visit to access these and other resources.

    Additional information on leptospirosis in pets is available through the American Veterinary Medical Association at Information on leptospirosis in humans is available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

    This article appears in the Spring 2019 issue of The Michigan Veterinarian. View the full article here.

  • 03/11/2019 7:37 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    While the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s regulatory oversight, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to oversee foods, drugs or cosmetics that contain hemp or hemp products, the most popular of which is currently CBD. Although this moves hemp oil and CBD products to the non-approved food supplement category, the FDA has not yet made an official ruling.

    On Wednesday, former Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the FDA will hold its first public hearings on CBD in April to gather public comments before issuing new CBD regulations. Until then, the FDA will continue to evaluate CBD as a pharmaceutical substance that is unlawful in food and dietary supplements. However, with Commissioner Gottlieb’s recent resignation this timeline may change. It is our understanding that the next step is probably for the FDA to consider them to be supplements, and then work on any actual drug development much later on. However, as more states legalize hemp bipartisan Congressional action becomes more likely.

    Although the priority to enforce these regulations is risk-based and currently considered “low”, under current federal and state law, veterinarians who administer, dispense, prescribe, or recommend hemp products that are not approved for use in animals, or for animals or people in accord with FDA extralabel drug use regulations, face increased potential legal risk if there is an adverse event.

    It has always been MVMA’s policy to not recommend something until we are absolutely sure you can use it to practice safely, and that will not change until we get official word from the FDA. For more information on this subject, we recommend viewing the webinar “What Veterinarians Need to Know About Cannabis” by the AVMA available to their members under the Lead & Learn On-demand CE Webinars section of their website:

  • 03/04/2019 7:04 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Take Advantage of this Brand New Member Benefit!

    Lands’ End and MVMA are proud to partner together to offer you apparel that meets the highest quality standards in the industry, along with award-winning customer service.

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    You will save 10% off apparel and logo application fees off all Lands’ End labeled products. And we have monthly promotions you may take advantage of.

    Visit MVMA's Online Store Now!

    Or contact Land's End with your ordering questions at 800/374-5395.

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  • 02/25/2019 7:53 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Renal & Urinary with Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN
    Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    Register Online Now

    Dr. Joe Bartges received his BS in zoology in 1983 from Marshall University in Huntington, WV, and his DVM from The University of Georgia in 1987. He completed an internship and residencies in small animal internal medicine and nutrition in addition to a PhD at the University of Minnesota in 1993. After a post-doctoral position at the University of Minnesota, he joined the faculty at The University of Georgia in 1994 where he remained until 1997. In 1997, he joined the faculty at The University of Tennessee where he remained until 2015. During this time he achieved Professor of Medicine and Nutrition, held the Acree Endowed Chair of Small Animal Research, and served as interim department head for approximately 2 years. He then joined the staff at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford, CT, as an internist and nutritionist and was Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine and Nutrition at Cornell University. Currently, Dr. Bartges is Professor of Medicine and Nutrition in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (small animal internal medicine) and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.

    Topics Will Include:

    • Urine Trouble: Chronic Kidney Disease (Part 1 & 2)
    • Urine a Losing Situation: Proteinuria
    • Urine Discomfort: Urolithiasis
    • Urine a Mess: Micturition Disorders
    • Urine Agony: Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

    There is also the opportunity for attendees to earn 1 additional hour of mandatory CME credit for "Writing It Down: Legal Requirements for Veterinary Medical Records" for FREE with MVMA's attorney before the SAS seminar begins. You must be regsitered for the March SAS to qualify for this free session.)

  • 02/11/2019 7:13 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Wednesday, March 6, 2019: Lecture at 6:00 pm and Lab at 7:00 pm
    MSU McPhail Equine Performance Center

    Join the MVMA Equine Committee and Frank Nickels, DVM, MS, DACVS for a lecture and lab on the proper techniques in preparing and applying the wooden shoe to the laminitic horse. The lab will have three stations with artificial horse limbs and hooves, by which veterinarians can practice their newly learned skills on. Participants will have the opportunity to apply their own wooden shoes to the models during the lab portion of this event.

    Register Online Now!

    Space is Limited - Only the first 15 registrants will be admitted. Registration ends February 27.
    MVMA Member Cost: $75.00
    Non-Member Cost: $125.00

    This event is worth 3 hours of continuing medical education (CME). Online registration only; onsite registration will not be offered. Learn more about Dr. Nickels here.

    Please send questions to Jeff Bunn, DVM at

    Generously Sponsored by

Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

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Okemos, MI 48864-3986



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