• 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!
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    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 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 or contact them at 517/284-7820 if you have any questions or concerns.
  • 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:

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