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Memorial Food Animal Veterinary Medical Conference

February 27 - 28, 2016

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Officers Dr. Richard M. Carpenter President Dr. Richard C. Sutliff President-Elect Dr. Richard B. Williams Treasurer Dr. Donald H. Morgan Past President Mr. Philip J. Hinkle Executive Director

District Representatives Dr. Alex M. Steverson District 1–Big Bend Dr. Julia Conway District 2–Northeast Dr. Marc A. Presnell District 3–Central Dr. Rachel Klemawesch District 4–Tampa Bay Dr. Marc D. Pinkwasser District 5–Treasure Coast Dr. Marta P. Lista District 6–South Florida Dr. Mary Smart District 7–Southwest Dr. James M. Brechin District 8–Northwest Dr. Kelly J. Sloan-Wade District 9–Space Coast Dr. Ernest C. Godfrey AVMA Delegate Dr. Amanda House FAEP Representative to the FVMA Executive Board Ex Officio Dr. James W. Lloyd, Dean UF College of Veterinary Medicine

Greetings again, and WOW, by the time you read this Christmas has come and gone, 2016 is within sight or here and it only seems like yesterday I took on the presidency and got used to writing 2015 dates. 2015 has been a good and busy year for the FVMA - and one I would consider very productive. A prime effort was to get the FVMA Bylaws rewritten and put into form that matches the growth and current state of the FVMA, which, by the way, is a model VMA for any State in the United States. Our Executive Director is the best and has been recognized so by the National Association of Veterinary Executive Directors in 2014. Our staff is a dedicated group and a competent group which serves the FVMA members well and, by default, all of the practicing veterinarians in the state well. All the more reason each and every FVMA member should be promoting membership in our Association. Thank you Phil and staff! The Association sponsored CE seminars just get better and better. The annual meeting provides great CE and many opportunities to fellowship and association with our colleagues from all over the State. The 3rd annual TGVAC in Boca Raton – another resounding success – the TGAVC grows every year and draws more national attention all the time. I have been privileged to attend the FAEP meetings this year and have watched the same quality of CE and collegial fellowship for our equine colleagues takes place. At this writing, I am very much looking forward to attending the Annual Dr. Harvey Rubin Memorial Food Animal Conference in Kissimmee in February. A focus we need to look at in the future is to include our colleagues in the food animal sector and make them welcome under the umbrella of the FVMA. We are working on other significant additions to our organization, and that is the formal inclusion of the Certified Veterinary Technicians and Certified Veterinary Assistants as associate members of the FVMA. Additionally, plans are underway to also bring practice animal care technicians, and veterinary practice managers on as associate members. It is the plan of the FVMA Executive Board and the leadership to include all members associated with and in the practice of veterinary medicine in Florida into the organization that stands for the welfare and care of all animals in our State. January will be a busy month and nothing will be more important than the trip to Tallahassee for the Legislative Days. With Dr. Steven Shores' leadership over the last years and the leadership of Phil and Dr. John Bass and others stepping up to lead us into the future, we are making great strides in the proper practice of veterinary medicine in the State of Florida. The relationships we develop and forge in the State Legislature are vastly important in protecting the professional care of all of the animals in Florida. Additionally, let us never forget our responsibility in the National Security arena by being a part of the USDA core of veterinarians that protects the animals of the United States from foreign animal diseases and bio-terrorism. So, if you can, plan to make the trip to Tallahassee with us, or at the very least, be involved with your local veterinary organizations. I have tried and tried to get Phil to add another page for more space to fill, but it’s not to be – so, I leave you with best wishes for the New Year and remind all of the members that the success of the FVMA is dependent on each and every one of its members. Sincerely,

FVMA Staff

Jennifer Branch Membership Services Representative Sandra P. Brooks Director of Finance Ralph E. Huber Industry Relations Representative Alssa Mathews Multimedia Art & Design Director Beni Jean Price Membership Services Representative Betsy Pynes Director of Membership & Certification Jason Smith Meetings and Events Planner Ann Wade Director of Communications


Richard M. Carpenter, DVM

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In Remembrance ERIC J. LOVELL, DVM

Dr. Eric J. Lovell, 49, of Pensacola, FL passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife, Dr. Kim G. Lovell and their children, Zachary and Kaylee. Dr. Lovell operated Spanish Trail Veterinary Hospital and A Home Away From Home – Luxury Pet Boarding in Pensacola, with his wife and a staff of nineteen. Dr. Lovell lived in Pensacola for 19 years. Originally from Louisiana, Dr. Lovell was born in Morgan City. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. After completing veterinary school, he pursued a Master of Avian Medicine degree at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Before settling in Pensacola, Dr. Lovell worked for Maine Biological Laboratories. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed the beach where he could frequently be found shelling with his kids. He also had a love of etymology and passed that love onto his children. His funeral was held on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 and he was interred at Pensacola Memorial Gardens.

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Dr. William Lawrence “Larry” Jernigan A grateful client in Sebring, Florida displays her satisfaction and thanks to her veterinarian in a novel way. She has set aside a special day each year to publicly honor her veterinarian for the care he and his colleagues provide to her pets and countless others in her community. It’s now established tradition in Sebring for Theresa Daisey to hold “Jernigan Day” in honor of Dr. Larry Jernigan, who she first visited with her pet in 2003. The last “Jernigan Day” was December 16, held for the tenth time since the first celebration, which was called “Dr. Larry Jernigan Day,” back in 2005. Sebring is a city in Highlands County, Florida, and Theresa Daisey has been resident there for fourteen years. Sebring is also home to Sebring Animal Hospital, operated by Dr. Larry Jernigan, his father, William H. Jernigan, DVM, who was its original owner, and a staff of 18. Dr. Larry Jernigan has practiced veterinary medicine for 33 years, while his dad, William, has practiced for 52 years. They have both been members of the FVMA since beginning their careers in veterinary medicine, in 1982 and 1963 respectively. Theresa Daisey brought three dogs with her in 2003 when she relocated from Placid Lakes, New York to Highlands County. Looking to get the best care possible for her beloved animals, she looked, and settled on Sebring Animal Hospital due to the excellent service provided to her pets. She is reported as saying that she has received the best care from Sebring Animal Hospital, and it was an easy decision for her to hold 4  |  FVMA ADVOCATE

Dr. William H. Jernigan the special day of recognition “out of appreciation.” On “Jernigan Day” in 2015, she brought along a flag she got specially made for the occasion in 2014, catered sandwiches and snacks, and enough Italian dishes prepared in her own kitchen to feed the entire staff. The Flag, emblazoned with the words “Today is Jernigan Day” and decorated with pictures of her pets that have been cared for by Dr. Larry Jernigan and his staff, was there for the first time on “Jernigan Day” in 2014. It was there again on December 16. Dr. Larry Jernigan is a 5th generation Floridian and native of Sebring, Florida. He attended the University of Florida as a plant science

Theresa Daisey with Dr. Larry Jernigan, Dr. William Jernigan, and Mrs. Jernigan with the “Jernigan Day” flag major, was accepted into the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978, and graduated in June 1982 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He grew up working with his father in the

practice since 1963, has worked at Sebring Animal Hospital as a veterinarian since 1982 and has been the owner since 1996. He is also a third generation member of the Rotary Club of Sebring (Noon club), as well as an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Sebring.

Dr. William H. Jernigan earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Florida College of Agriculture in 1953, then went on to study for and earn his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1963.

Our Apologies to Jessica Stine, DVM, DACVO Dr. Jessica Stine of Clearwater, FL was featured in one of our Member Spotlights stories in the 5th Issue of the FVMA Advocate. A photograph we carried with the article identified as Dr. Stine, was unfortunately of another doctor who has the same name. We’d like to apologize to Dr. Stine, for the error.

Dr. Jessica Stine

The FVMA takes this opportunity to once again congratulate Dr. Jessica Stine on being welcomed as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists during the college’s annual meeting which was held in October, 2015 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  |  5




ominations are being received for election to the FVMA Executive Board and to the FVMA Budget and Finance Committee and they must be submitted by February 14, 2016. The FVMA Bylaws establish a timeline that sets a nomination deadline, when the general election ballots must be mailed, a deadline for when ballots should be received, and when those ballots are to be tabulated and recorded. Election Procedure According to the Bylaws, nominations for president-elect shall be made by a nominating committee composed of four (in even years) or five (in odd years) district representatives to the FVMA Executive Board, and chaired by the immediate past president. Past President, Dr. Donald H. Morgan is chair of the 2016 nominating committee. The Bylaws stipulate, “During the even numbered years the Representatives from Districts 2, 4, 6, and 8 shall serve on the Committee and during the odd numbered years, Representative from Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 shall serve.” The other nominating committee members therefore, are Dr. Julia Conway from District 2; Dr. Rachel Klemawesch, Representative of District 4; Dr. Marta Lista, District 6; and Dr. James Brechin, District 8. The Nominating Committee will submit


the names of candidates for president-elect to the FVMA Executive Director at least sixty (60) days before the annual meeting of the FVMA, which is scheduled for April 14, 2016. Members of the Association can make suggestions for nomination to the committee. District representative to the executive board nominations and nominations for representatives on the budget and finance committee are to be submitted by the local associations within the respective districts. The bylaws stipulate that in the event there is no contested race at the time of the nomination deadline, no election ballots will be mailed, and nominees who qualify will be elected. In the event a seat open for election is contested however, the procedure and timeline set by FVMA Bylaws must be adhered to. 2016 FVMA Election With the 87th FVMA Annual Conference scheduled to take place from April 14-17, 2016, nomination deadline is February 14, 2016. In the event an available seat is contested, the FVMA Executive Director will circulate ballots to the general membership of the Association on February 29, 2016. Ballots will be valid if they are returned to the FVMA Executive Director postmarked no later than March 15, 2016.

The Tallying Committee comprised of two (2) active members appointed by the president, and the executive director, will meet on March 30, 2016, to open and tabulate the results of the election. Seats Open on the Executive Board The following seats will be open on the FVMA Executive Board.

President-elect To be eligible for nomination as president-elect, an active member must have served as a District Representative to the Executive Board or as Treasurer and shall have been a member of the Association for the past five (5) years preceding nomination.

Treasurer To be eligible for nomination as Treasurer, an active member must be a resident of Florida and a member of the Association for the past five (5) years preceding nomination.

 District 1 Representative

Dr. Steve Steverson will have completed a first term and will be eligible for election to a second term.

District 2 Representative Dr. Julia Conway, will have completed the second term of Dr. Richard Sutliff,






who was installed as president-elect in 2015. Dr. Conway will be eligible for election to a first term.

District 5 Representative Dr. Marc Pinkwasser will have completed his first term and will be eligible for election to a second term. District Representatives to the FVMA Executive Board must reside in their given districts, are elected for three year terms, and may be elected to two successive terms. Seats Open on the Budget and Finance Committee The following seats will be open for District Representative to the FVMA Budget & Finance Committee.

The 2015 FVMA Nomination and Election Timeline: February 14, 2016 Sixty (60) days prior to the annual meeting, the Nominating Committee shall submit to the Executive Director the nominee(s) for President-Elect. February 14, 2016 Nominees for District Representative to the FVMA Executive Board and Budget & Finance Committee shall be submitted by local VMAs within the respective districts sixty (60) days before the annual meeting.

 District 4 Representative

February 29, 2016 The Executive Director shall mail ballots to all voting members of the Association at least 45 days before the date of the annual meeting.

 District 7 Representative

March 15, 2016 For ballots to be valid, they must be postmarked no later than 30 days before the date of the annual meeting.

Dr. Douglas J. Spiker will have completed his first term and will be eligible for election to a second term. Dr. Jack E. Beal, Jr. will have completed his second term and will be eligible for election to a third term. A District Representative on the FVMA Budget and Finance Committee is elected for a three-year term from nominees residing in a given district. The representative may be elected to three successive terms.

March 30, 2016 Fifteen (15) days prior to the annual meeting, the Tallying Committee comprised of two (2) active members appointed by the President and the Executive Director, shall open and tabulate the results.

2016 OPEN SEATS Executive Board President-Elect Treasurer

District Representatives District 1 District 2 District 5

Budget & Finance Committee District 4 District 7 Send Nominations To: FVMA - 7207 Monetary Dr. Orlando, FL 32809


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FVMA Legislative Action Days

January 27-28, 2016

It's not too late to join us!

The FVMA’s Legislative Action Days is an invaluable resource in our grassroots advocacy efforts. On January 27 and 28, 2016, members of the FVMA’s Executive Board, Legislative Committee, and members will be in Tallahassee to advocate for the veterinary profession. Members are encouraged to join the FVMA team for Legislative Action Days. This opportunity to see and participate in the legislative process in Florida is an exciting, great learning experience. It has also derived great dividends for the Association. The FVMA scored huge victories for the veterinary profession in the State of Florida in 2014 and 2015, with the restoration of duty-free status for therapeutic diets and with getting legislation passed that ensures Florida veterinarians can continue to dispense compounded medications to their patients’ owners and caregivers.

WHAT IS LEGISLATIVE ACTION DAYS? The event provides members with a window to engage their Senators and House Representatives in Tallahassee during the Florida Legislative Session. Legislative Action Days is structured over two days to include a workshop for attending FVMA members during which they will be briefed on Senate and House bills that are of significance to the veterinary profession. The workshop also introduces members who are new to the legislative process to the proactive advocacy strategies of the FVMA. The workshop also serves as a session to plan the Association’s strategies for the second day of Legislative Action Days when FVMA delegates go to the Capitol. The Legislative Workshop is attended by the entire group comprising the FVMA Executive Board, FVMA Legislative Committee and other Legislative Action Days attendees, and will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27. On Thursday, January 28, the group will meet at the Capitol with their respective legislators, with whom appointments would already have been made by FVMA staff. First-time delegates are paired with veteran attendees for their visits with their legislators.

WHY YOU SHOULD GET INVOLVED The FVMA’s Legislative Action Days is one of the best opportunities that members have to be involved in the work of their state association, and it is an excellent opportunity to represent the local VMA/VMS membership at the State Capitol. This yearly event is an invaluable resource in the FVMA’s grassroots advocacy program. Members’ participation helps to present a powerful voice on issues before leaders in Tallahassee that will impact the veterinary profession and the well-being of the animals veterinarians care for in this state.

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE Delegates will stay at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Tallahassee. Registration to attend is required by the FVMA, as there are group events planned and registration enables the Association to plan for all attendees. Pre-registration also enables FVMA staff to secure appointments for attending delegates with their legislators, subject to the availability of the particular legislator. Attendance at Legislative Action Days is free for FVMA members. 8  |  FVMA ADVOCATE


Scenes from the 2015 Legislative Action Days Workshop

or the FVMA, 2015 got off to a robust start with a very successful Legislative Action Days in March. That significant event dem‑ onstrated clearly that the FVMA has matured as an advocacy group and as a professional organization. FVMA status as a political advocate for veterinary medicine, animal health and welfare is well recognized in the State Capital, Tallahassee. Powerful Committee Chairs and bill sponsors in the legislature consult the FVMA before advancing legislation that may be of interest to the FVMA or might impact the practice of veterinary medicine. The largest number of FVMA members, since the inception of this important advocacy program, joined the FVMA leadership at the State Capitol for Legislative Action Days in 2015. In 2015, the FVMA successfully championed the “Practice of Pharmacy” legislation in order to allow veterinarians to dispense compounded prescriptions to their patients’ owners and caregivers.

It's Not Too Late to Join Us! Call (800) 992-FVMA

2016 Legislative Action Days Schedule of Events Wednesday, January 27, 2016


2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Legislative Workshop 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Group Dinner The FVMA will host a group dinner following the Legislative Workshop. If you are traveling with a spouse or guest, they are invited to attend.

Holiday Inn & Suites 2725 Graves Road Tallahassee, FL 32303 (850) 536-2000

Thursday, January 28, 2016

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Group Breakfast 8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Final Review of FVMA Legislative Priorities and “Charge to Delegates” 8:30 a.m. Delegates will drive to the Capitol on their own and park at the Kleman Plaza Parking Garage one block from the Capitols The FVMA will host a group breakfast Thursday morning prior to our visit to the Capitol. Following breakfast, we will recap our legislative agenda and then head to the Capitol for our scheduled appointments.

APPOINTMENTS WITH LEGISLATORS Registration for this event is free for members, but pre-registration is required. Should you have any questions on registration, please contact the FVMA office at (800) 992-3862 . To gain the most out of our visit to the Capitol, FVMA staff will secure appointments for you with legislators from your respective district. These appointments are made subject to the legislators’ availabilities. Members attending Legislative Action Days for the first time will be paired with seasoned veterans to ensure you gain the most out of your Capitol visit. We encourage all members to take the opportunity and participate in this important grassroots advocacy event!  |  9

Sales and Use Tax on VETERINARIANS AND VETERINARY CLINICS DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE – 07/15 Definitions Drugs, medicinal drugs, and veterinary prescription drugs – means those substances or preparations commonly known as “prescription” or “legend” drugs that are required by federal or state law to be dispensed only by a prescription. The term “veterinary prescription drugs” means those drugs intended solely for veterinary use for which the label of the drug bears the statement: “Caution: Federal law restricts this drug to sale by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.” Livestock – includes all animals of the equine, bovine, or swine class, including: • cattle • goats • hogs • horses • mules • ostriches • sheep • other grazing animals raised for commercial purposes “Livestock” also includes all aquaculture products raised for commercial purposes. See Tax Information Publication (TIP) 15A01-09 issued on June 30, 2015. Poultry – includes all domesticated birds that serve as a source of food, eggs, or meat. Therapeutic veterinary diets – means those animal foods that are specifically formulated to aid in the management of illness and disease of a diagnosed health disorder in an animal and are only available from a licensed veterinarian.

Items Sold by Veterinarians

Veterinarians and veterinary clinics that sell, lease, or rent items of tangible personal property, such as the following items are subject to sales tax and discretionary sales surtax: • animal foods that are not specifically exempt • bedding • bowls • cages • chains • clothing • collars • crates • detergents • dishes • doors • feeders • gates • houses • kennels • leads • leashes • pet carriers • soaps • tie-outs • toys Substances possessing curative or remedial properties that are not required by federal or state law to be dispensed only by a prescription are subject to tax.

Animal Foods

Sales of the following animal foods are exempt from sales and use tax: ➢ Therapeutic veterinary diets. ➢ Animal foods that are required by state or federal law to be dispensed only by a prescription are exempt. This applies to animal foods that are required to carry the following label: Caution: Federal law restricts this drug to sale by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. ➢ Feeds for poultry, ostriches, livestock, racehorses, and dairy cows. ➢ Food for guide dogs when purchaser provides a Consumer’s Certificate of Exemption for the Blind (Form DR-152) issued by


the Department of Revenue to the selling dealer.

Items Purchased by Veterinarians

Florida sales tax applies to taxable supplies or items purchased tax-exempt and then used by veterinarians and veterinary clinics in providing their professional services. Some examples of common taxable items used by veterinarians are: • disposable medical restraint collars and muzzles • identification chips • rubber gloves Laboratory supplies used in making diagnoses, such as diagnostic kits, chemical compounds, and x-ray films and developing solutions are taxable. Instruments and equipment purchased by a veterinarian or veterinary clinic for use in the business are also taxable. Items initially purchased tax-exempt for resale to customers (such as pet products and supplies) that are used in the business are subject to Florida use tax. Items purchased for use in grooming or boarding animals are subject to tax. For example: • brushes • cat or dog food (unless specifically exempt) • clippers • colognes • combs • deodorizers • detergents • nail care items • shears • soaps Disinfectants used to clean kennels, cages, equipment, or other items used for grooming or boarding animals are subject to tax.

Out-of-state Purchases

When taxable items or services are purchased through the Internet, a mail-order catalog company, or purchased in another state and then shipped into Florida, Florida use tax is due when the sales tax paid to another state was less than Florida’s sales tax and surtax rate.

Lease or Rental of Commercial Real Property

Florida sales tax is due on the total rent paid for the right to use or occupy commercial real property. For more information, see brochure GT-800016, Sales and Use Tax On Commercial Real Property Rentals.


Sales tax does not apply to the following: ➢ Professional services provided by veterinarians. ➢ Boarding charges for animals. ➢ Drugs, medicinal drugs, and veterinary prescription drugs sold or used in connection with the medical treatment of animals. ➢ Antiseptics, absorbent cotton, gauze for bandages, lotions, hypodermic needles and syringes, vitamins, and worm remedies purchased by veterinarians. ➢ Germicides used directly on bodies of animals.

➢ X-ray opaques (radiopaques) such as opaque dyes and barium sulfate. ➢ Purchases of medical products, supplies, or devices by a licensed veterinarian that must be dispensed under federal or state law only by the prescription or order of a licensed practitioner and are intended for a single use. ➢ Purchases of medical products, supplies, or devices by a licensed veterinarian used in the cure, mitigation, alleviation, prevention, or treatment of injury, disease, or incapacity of an animal that are temporarily or permanently incorporated into an animal. ➢ Commonly recognized substances possessing curative or remedial properties that are ordered and dispensed as treatment for a diagnosed health disorder of an animal. Examples: Transdermal medications, sprays, or powders that prevent or treat flea or tick infestation when purchased, ordered, and dispensed by a licensed veterinarian. See Rule 12A-1.0215, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), Veterinary Sales and Services.

How Do I Register to Collect Sales Tax

Veterinarians and veterinary clinics that make retail sales of taxable items must register with the Department. You can register to collect and report tax through our website at www.myflorida. com/dor. The site will guide you through an application interview that will help you determine your tax obligations. If you do not have Internet access, you can complete a paper Florida Business Tax Application (Form DR-1). After we approve your registration, you will receive a Certificate of Registration (Form DR-11) and a Florida Annual Resale Certificate for Sales Tax (Form DR-13). If you are not filing electronically, we will mail paper tax returns to you. The Florida Annual Resale Certificate for Sales Tax is used for tax-exempt purchases you intend to resell. If the goods bought for resale are later used (not resold), you must report and pay use tax and surtax on those items. Florida law provides for criminal and civil penalties for fraudulent use of a Florida Annual Resale Certificate for Sales Tax. (See brochure GT-800060, Florida Annual Resale Certificate for Sales Tax.)

How Is Tax Calculated?

Sales tax is calculated at the time of each transaction. When sales transactions are between whole dollar amounts, use the bracket system to calculate tax due when any part of each total sale is less than a whole dollar amount. The tax collected must be calculated on the total amount of the sale. The sales tax and discretionary sales surtax must be separately shown on each invoice or other evidence of the sales transaction. Taxpayers must pay the actual tax collected, which in many cases is more than a straight percentage of the sales or untaxed purchases. To get bracket rates for all Florida counties, visit the Department’s website and select the Quick Link “Forms and Publications” then go to the Sales and Use Tax category. The first item in that category is a link to all the “Sales Tax Brackets” currently being used in Florida.

When is Tax Due? Returns and payments are due the first day of the month and late after the 20th of the month following each reporting period, whether you are filing monthly, quarterly, twice a year, or yearly. If the 20th falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or state or federal holiday, returns and payments will be timely if they are postmarked on the first business day after the 20th. Florida law requires you to file a tax return even if you do not owe sales and use tax.

Electronic Filing and Payment

We offer the use of our free and secure website to file and pay sales tax. You also have the option of buying software from a software vendor. For more information on electronic filing and payment options, visit our website. You may voluntarily file and pay taxes electronically; however, if you pay $20,000 or more in sales and use tax between July 1 and June 30 (the state fiscal year), you must use electronic funds transfer (EFT) for the next calendar year to pay your taxes. If you make tax payments using electronic funds transfer (EFT), you must initiate electronic payments no later than 5:00 p.m., ET, on the business day before the 20th.

Penalty and Interest

Penalty - If you file your return or pay tax late, a late penalty of 10 percent of the amount of tax owed, but not less than $50, may be charged. The $50 minimum penalty applies even if no tax is due. Penalty will also be charged if your return is incomplete. Interest - A floating rate of interest applies to underpayments and late payments of tax. Current and prior period interest rates are posted on our website. Information, forms, and tutorials are available on the Department of Revenue website: To speak with a Department representative, call Taxpayer Services, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, at 800-352-3671. To find a taxpayer service center near you, go to: www. For written replies to tax questions, write to: Taxpayer Services – MS 3-2000 Florida Department of Revenue 5050 W Tennessee St Tallahassee FL 32399-0112 Get the Latest Tax Information by subscribing to the department’s tax publications to receive due date reminders or an email when Tax Information Publications (TIPs), proposed rules, notices of rule development workshops, and more are posted. Go to: dor/list  |  11


th Annual Dr. Harvey Rubin

Memorial Food Animal Veterinary Medical Conference

February 27 - 28, 2016

Register by February 12 and Save $$  15 CEU Credits

 $150 Pre-registration

 FREE for CVM Students (Pre-registration is required)

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry; pharmaceutical and animal food industry partners, and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, invite you to attend the Ninth Annual Dr. Harvey Rubin Memorial Food Animal Veterinary Medical Conference. Our program provides 15 hours of continuing education obtained through quality food animal informational lectures presented by specialists in the field of food animal veterinary medicine. We invite you to enjoy the steak dinner Saturday evening that also features native Southern foods, compliments of our industry partners. Without their support, we could not bring you this high-quality continuing education program. To register, call the FVMA toll free at (800) 992-3862 or visit the FVMA website at On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on February 27 at the Osceola County Extension Building, Kissimmee, Florida.


Schedule At-A-Glance Registration Desk Hours

Saturday, February 27, 2016 Sunday, February 28, 2016

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m

AGENDA Saturday, February 27, 2016 10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Introductions 10:10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Dispensing Legend Drugs & Laws and Rules Governing the Practice of Veterinary Medicine (one break) FVMA – Edwin Bayó, Esq 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch FVMA Welcome – Dr. Richard M. Carpenter UFCVM Update – Dean Dr. Jim Lloyd 2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Cases Studies (Each 20 minutes + Qs) Dr. Myriam Jimenez : Hydrallantois: Diagnosis and Management Dr. Judd Sims : Mastitis: Is This a Herd Problem? Dr. Gabriel Gomes : Evaluation of an ET Program 20 Minute Break 3:10 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Non-Traditional Parasite Control – Dr. David Pugh 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Social Hour and Hotel Check-in 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Steak Supper Served at FCA Headquarters 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Bovine Trichomoniasis Module 27 Roundtable Discussion on Trichomoniasis and Trich testing and proposed FL Trich rule Dr. Reddy Bommenini, Dr. Mike Short, Life Technologies

EVENT LOCATIONS Osceola County Extension Building (next to the Silver Spurs Arena) 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane Kissimmee, FL 34744 Florida Cattlemen’s Association 800 Shakerag Road Kissimmee, FL 34744 (Saturday’s Social Hour, Dinner, Cases & Roundtable Events)

Sunday, February 28, 2016 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Coffee and Socializing 8:30 a.m. –11:30 a.m. FDA Guidance for VFD (One break during session)  Veterinary Feed Directives  New FDA Regulations  AMDUCA and Extra-label Use of Drugs  Tissue Residue Investigations ● Inspections ● Regulatory Process ● Identification Rules – Michael Murphy, FDA – Leslie Cartmill Jackanicz, FDA – Ashley Jelonek, FDA 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. HPAI and High Mortality Events –  Response and Preparedness  TB/BR/VS Updates – Dr. Cris Young, USDA 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch FDACS Update – Dr. Mike Short & Dr. Lisa Conti, FDACS  Importance of Premises Identification Numbers and Other Trends for Data Capture – Dr. Diane Kitchen, FDACS 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease Module 18 FL Poultry Industry & Common Health Concerns – Dr. Martin Smeltzer, USDA

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Anita R. Kiehl, DVM, MS, DACVP Laurie McCauley, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVC Cathy Meeks, MS, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine) Laura Nafe, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM) Rachel Poulin, RVT, VTS (SAIM) Denise S. Rollings, CVT, VTS (Dentistry) Nicole Salas, DVM, DACVS Brian A. Scott, DVM, DACVD Layla Shaikh, VMD, DACVR Andre Shih, DVM, DACVAA, DACVECC Melissa Siekaniec, CVT, VTS (ECC) Meg Sleeper, VMD, DACVIM (Cardiology) Christopher Smithson, DVM, DAVDC Alan Spier, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology) Jessica M. Stine, DVM, DACVO Celeste Van Deinse, LVT, BBA Veterinary Management Heidi Ward, DVM, DACVIM

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This program has been submitted (but not yet approved) for 361 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call (800) 992-3862 for further information.

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► Dental Radiology Positioning and Techniques

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Denise S. Rollings, CVT, VTS-Dentistry

Wade Gingerich, DVM, DAVDC Christopher Smithson, DVM, DAVDC

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Matthew Johnson, DVM, MVSc, CCRP, DACVS-SA

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► Ophthalmic Examination and Diagnostics: Tips and Tricks for the General Practitioner

► Dental Extraction – Feline Michael Peak, DVM, DAVDC Christopher Smithson, DVM, DAVDC

► Combined Cystotomy and Perineal Urethrostomies in Cats Karen Tobias, DVM, MS, DACVS

► Tension Relieving Techniques and Other Wound Management Tips Karen Tobias, DVM, MS, DACVS

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Heidi Ward, DVM, DACVIM Heather Wamsley, DVM, PhD, DACVP

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Elizabeth Bailey, DVM Heidi Ward, DVM, DACVIM

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A block of rooms has been reserved for FVMA conference attendees at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina at a special group rate of $199.00 plus applicable taxes. Extended stay arrangements have been made for the group rate to be in place three days prior and three days post-conference, pending room availability. To make reservations, call the Reservations Department at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina at (888) 789-3090; use reservation code, ‘FVMA.’ To ensure accommodations at the host hotel, we strongly suggest you make your reservations early! Reservation deadline is March 16, 2016.

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HIGHLIGHTS & SPECIAL ACTIVITIES Unique conference features add so much more to your Tampa, Florida weekend!



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 More than 100 supply and service provider exhibits in the Exhibit Hall  Exciting Wine Toss in the Exhibit Hall  Sophisticated Amenities of the Host Hotel, the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina  Tampa Convention Center with sparkling waterfront vistas (just next door)  Cover-All Bingo where you can win thousands of dollars in prizes  FVMA Foundation’s Spring Bling Festival & Reverse Raffle – You will come for a festive evening of dining, dancing and socializing - and can leave with the grand $2,500 Jackpot!

UF VBMA Plans Spring Business Conference on March 5, 2016 By Sarah Carey

The University of Florida Veterinary Business Management Association will host its fourth annual allday business conference at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine on March 5, 2016. The event will offer continuing education aimed at building and enhancing practice management within the veterinary profession. Attendees will receive five free continuing education credits by attending talks that will be offered by four speakers, each offering a unique perspective on how to make a practice successful, what successful entrepreneurship looks like, and practice management strategies. Practitioners, veterinary students and practice managers are all invited to attend the event, which will begin at 8: 30 a.m. and will take place in the new auditorium behind the academic building at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville. The conference is free for VBMA members, as well as for Florida veterinarians and practice managers. “This year’s conference will be slightly different from years past, in that each morning lecture will have a corresponding afternoon lab to provide attendees with a more comprehensive experience,” said Kelly Huth, UF VBMA’s conference coordinator. Speakers in the morning sessions will include Dr. Wendy Hauser, Debbie Boone and Michelle GuercioWinter. Stith Keiser will present an afternoon lecture with a lab specifically geared toward students. Boone and Hauser will present jointly in the morning, providing a broad overview of preventive care plan concepts. The first session will examine necessary components for a successful preventive care plan, and the second will explore the most common pitfalls that cause preventive care plans to fail. Boone has trained thousands of veterinary team members in communication and service while inspiring 20  |  FVMA ADVOCATE

them to live a life of purpose as animal champions, her bio states. She believes veterinarians should find ways to help clients afford quality patient care and is the co-author of “The Veterinarian’s Guide to Healthy Pet Plans.” Hauser established Peak Veterinary Consulting in January 2015 after working as an industry technical services veterinarian. She practiced for 26 years as an associate and practice owner and is highly engaged with the American Animal Health Association in new initiatives and leadership. She is a co-author of “The Veterinarians Guide to Healthy Pet Plans” and regularly provides consulting services and workshops on topics including hospital culture, leadership, client relations and operations. The third morning speaker, Guercio-Winter, is an education development management specialist with Patterson Veterinary, where she creates the content for and leads the team of instructors for the Patterson Veterinary University courses. She also is an adjunct instructor at the UF veterinary college, where she developed the course materials for and teaches the Entrepreneurship for Veterinarians course offered as part of the business certificate program. Keiser, the afternoon speaker, is the founder and manager of My Veterinary Career for the American Animal Hospital Association. This program is a veterinary matchmaking firm that matches veterinarians and practice managers with all types and sizes of practices across North America. His industry experience includes facilitating workshops and speaking at national and state veterinary conferences. He also writes for industry publications and websites. Patterson Veterinary will be sponsoring the event. Registration for the conference can be made online at The deadline for registration is Feb. 13. Anyone seeking more information can email ufvbma@

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CAUTION: Federal (USA) law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. Description: NEXGARD™ (afoxolaner) is available in four sizes of beef-flavored, soft chewables for oral administration to dogs and puppies according to their weight. Each chewable is formulated to provide a minimum afoxolaner dosage of 1.14 mg/lb (2.5 mg/kg). Afoxolaner has the chemical composition 1-Naphthalenecarboxamide, 4-[5[3-chloro-5-(trifluoromethyl)-phenyl]-4, 5-dihydro-5-(trifluoromethyl)-3-isoxazolyl]-N[2-oxo-2-[(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl)amino]ethyl. Indications: NEXGARD kills adult fleas and is indicated for the treatment and prevention of flea infestations (Ctenocephalides felis), and the treatment and control of Black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis), American Dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis), and Lone Star tick (Amblyomma americanum) infestations in dogs and puppies 8 weeks of age and older, weighing 4 pounds of body weight or greater, for one month. Dosage and Administration: NEXGARD is given orally once a month, at the minimum dosage of 1.14 mg/lb (2.5 mg/kg). Dosing Schedule: Body Weight 4.0 to 10.0 lbs. 10.1 to 24.0 lbs. 24.1 to 60.0 lbs. 60.1 to 121.0 lbs. Over 121.0 lbs.

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NEXGARD can be administered with or without food. Care should be taken that the dog consumes the complete dose, and treated animals should be observed for a few minutes to ensure that part of the dose is not lost or refused. If it is suspected that any of the dose has been lost or if vomiting occurs within two hours of administration, redose with another full dose. If a dose is missed, administer NEXGARD and resume a monthly dosing schedule. Flea Treatment and Prevention: Treatment with NEXGARD may begin at any time of the year. In areas where fleas are common year-round, monthly treatment with NEXGARD should continue the entire year without interruption. To minimize the likelihood of flea reinfestation, it is important to treat all animals within a household with an approved flea control product. Tick Treatment and Control: Treatment with NEXGARD may begin at any time of the year (see Effectiveness). Contraindications: There are no known contraindications for the use of NEXGARD. Warnings: Not for use in humans. Keep this and all drugs out of the reach of children. In case of accidental ingestion, contact a physician immediately.


Precautions: The safe use of NEXGARD in breeding, pregnant or lactating dogs has not been evaluated. Use with caution in dogs with a history of seizures (see Adverse Reactions). Adverse Reactions: In a well-controlled US field study, which included a total of 333 households and 615 treated dogs (415 administered afoxolaner; 200 administered active control), no serious adverse reactions were observed with NEXGARD. Over the 90-day study period, all observations of potential adverse reactions were recorded. The most frequent reactions reported at an incidence of > 1% within any of the three months of observations are presented in the following table. The most frequently reported adverse reaction was vomiting. The occurrence of vomiting was generally self-limiting and of short duration and tended to decrease with subsequent doses in both groups. Five treated dogs experienced anorexia during the study, and two of those dogs experienced anorexia with the first dose but not subsequent doses. Table 1: Dogs With Adverse Reactions.

Oral active control


% (n=415)


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Number of dogs in the afoxolaner treatment group with the identified abnormality. 2 Number of dogs in the control group with the identified abnormality. In the US field study, one dog with a history of seizures experienced a seizure on the same day after receiving the first dose and on the same day after receiving the second dose of NEXGARD. This dog experienced a third seizure one week after receiving the third dose. The dog remained enrolled and completed the study. Another dog with a history of seizures had a seizure 19 days after the third dose of NEXGARD. The dog remained enrolled and completed the study. A third dog with a history of seizures received NEXGARD and experienced no seizures throughout the study. To report suspected adverse events, for technical assistance or to obtain a copy of the MSDS, contact Merial at 1-888-637-4251 or nexgard. For additional information about adverse drug experience reporting for animal drugs, contact FDA at 1-888-FDA-VETS or online at AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth. Mode of Action: Afoxolaner is a member of the isoxazoline family, shown to bind at a binding site to inhibit insect and acarine ligand-gated chloride channels, in particular those gated by the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), thereby blocking pre- and post-synaptic transfer of chloride ions across cell membranes. Prolonged afoxolaner-induced hyperexcitation results in uncontrolled activity of the central nervous system and death of insects and acarines. The selective toxicity of afoxolaner between insects and acarines and mammals may be inferred by the differential sensitivity of the insects and acarines’ GABA receptors versus mammalian GABA receptors. 1

Effectiveness: In a well-controlled laboratory study, NEXGARD began to kill fleas four hours after initial administration and demonstrated >99% effectiveness at eight hours. In a separate well-controlled laboratory study, NEXGARD demonstrated 100% effectiveness against adult fleas 24 hours post-infestation for 35 days, and was ≥ 93% effective at 12 hours post-infestation through Day 21, and on Day 35. On Day 28, NEXGARD was 81.1% effective 12 hours post-infestation. Dogs in both the treated and control groups that were infested with fleas on Day -1 generated flea eggs at 12- and 24-hours post-treatment (0-11 eggs and 1-17 eggs in the NEXGARD treated dogs, and 4-90 eggs and 0-118 eggs in the control dogs, at 12- and 24hours, respectively). At subsequent evaluations post-infestation, fleas from dogs in the treated group were essentially unable to produce any eggs (0-1 eggs) while fleas from dogs in the control group continued to produce eggs (1-141 eggs). In a 90-day US field study conducted in households with existing flea infestations of varying severity, the effectiveness of NEXGARD against fleas on the Day 30, 60 and 90 visits compared with baseline was 98.0%, 99.7%, and 99.9%, respectively. Collectively, the data from the three studies (two laboratory and one field) demonstrate that NEXGARD kills fleas before they can lay eggs, thus preventing subsequent flea infestations after the start of treatment of existing flea infestations. In well-controlled laboratory studies, NEXGARD demonstrated >94% effectiveness against Dermacentor variabilis and Ixodes scapularis, 48 hours post-infestation, and against Amblyomma americanum 72 hours post-infestation, for 30 days. Animal Safety: In a margin of safety study, NEXGARD was administered orally to 8- to 9-week-old Beagle puppies at 1, 3, and 5 times the maximum exposure dose (6.3 mg/kg) for three treatments every 28 days, followed by three treatments every 14 days, for a total of six treatments. Dogs in the control group were sham-dosed. There were no clinically-relevant effects related to treatment on physical examination, body weight, food consumption, clinical pathology (hematology, clinical chemistries, or coagulation tests), gross pathology, histopathology or organ weights. Vomiting occurred throughout the study, with a similar incidence in the treated and control groups, including one dog in the 5x group that vomited four hours after treatment. In a well-controlled field study, NEXGARD was used concomitantly with other medications, such as vaccines, anthelmintics, antibiotics (including topicals), steroids, NSAIDS, anesthetics, and antihistamines. No adverse reactions were observed from the concomitant use of NEXGARD with other medications. Storage Information: Store at or below 30°C (86°F) with excursions permitted up to 40°C (104°F). How Supplied: NEXGARD is available in four sizes of beef-flavored soft chewables: 11.3, 28.3, 68 or 136 mg afoxolaner. Each chewable size is available in color-coded packages of 1, 3 or 6 beef-flavored chewables. NADA 141-406, Approved by FDA Marketed by: Frontline Vet Labs™, a Division of Merial Limited. Duluth, GA 30096-4640 USA Made in Brazil. 1050-4493-02 Rev. 4/2014

™NexGard and FRONTLINE VET LABS are trademarks of Merial. ©2014 Merial. All rights reserved.

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Treasurer's Report

Executive Board Approves 2016 Annual Budget The FVMA Executive Board has approved an operating budget of more than $2.5 million for the Association in 2016. The new budget reflects the continued growth of the Association, and will ensure sustainability of current programs and services, advance the Association’s strategic plan, and provide the financial resources to address the diverse needs of FVMA membership. It is balanced at $2,508,793. This is an exciting time for the FVMA. The Association is experiencing expansive growth, financial improvement and expansion of member services more than any other time in its history. FVMA operations continue to outperform our annual budget projections while we continue to expand services and outreach to our members. The FVMA was rated A+ based on our exponential growth, financial stability and the overall diversification of our revenue centers by Mr. Bob Harris, CAE, who is respected world-wide for sharing best practices and promoting sustainability of associations and chambers. The core of our financial strength is the delivery of world-class continuing education. Further, the Association’s fiscal strength is a manifestation of the engagement this year of FVMA leadership and staff in projects and services that serve our members and the veterinary profession, some of which are highlighted below.



It has been an honor working with the following Budget and Finance Committee members, for their dedicated service to our profession.

The FVMA continues to be actively engaged in defending the practice of veterinary medicine exclusively granted to Florida licensed veterinarians in Florida Statute 474. The FVMA has anchored itself as the voice of veterinary medicine in the Florida Legislature which resulted in the successful passage of the restoration of sales tax exemption on therapeutic diets in 2014, and the unanimous passage of the Pharmacy Bill in 2015, which allows Florida veterinarians to dispense compounded medications to their clients from bulk hospital inventory. We are most pleased that key legislators and committee chairs in both the House and Senate contact the FVMA prior to the advancement of legislation affecting our profession.


The Florida Association of Equine Practitioners (FAEP), the equine-exclusive division of the FVMA, hosts two or three major continuing education events during the year. These events continue to produce consistent growth and are recognized nationally as premier continuing education programs. In 2015, more than four hundred equine practitioners from more than 38 states and six countries took advantage of our equine educational offerings at the Ocala Equine Conference and Promoting Excellence Symposium.


The FVMA’s 3rd Annual Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference held October 29 – November 1, 2015, in Boca Raton, Florida, was a tremendous success. This year’s TGAVC experienced an overall growth of more than 29%. TGAVC has become a leading world-class continuing education event which draws participants from around the United States and abroad. For the 2015 TGAVC, attendees came from 43 states and six other territories and countries.


The FVMA launched its new state-of-the-art website this past summer, and successfully transitioned from its old member database to our new member management system.


The FVMA has the fiscal resources, experienced leadership and a dedicated professional staff to expand and enhance our membership services and outreach. Let us be inspired by the FVMA’s mission statement, “The mission of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association is to advance the veterinary medical profession, promote animal health and wellbeing, and protect public health.”

President-Elect, Dr. Richard Sutliff, Chair Dr. Scott C. Richardson, District 1 Representative Dr. Julia Jones Reynolds, District 3 Representative Dr. Douglas J. Spiker, District 4 Representative Dr. Dana Juillerat, District 5 Representative Dr. Archie S. Gordon, District 6 Representative Dr. Jack E. Beal, Jr., District 7 Representative Dr. James A. Zettler, District 8 Representative Dr. Christine M. Storts, District 9 Representative Philip J. Hinkle, Executive Director. If you have any questions regarding the 2016 fiscal operating budget they may be directed to Phil Hinkle, Executive Director, or to me. Thank you for the opportunity to serve this great profession. Respectfully, Richard B. Williams, DVM Treasurer

Administrative & Financial Affairs Postage


Office Supplies


Office Equipment




Professional Liability Insurance Property Taxes

Income Administrative & Financial Affairs Membership Dues

$ 644,323

Legislative & Financial Affairs FVMA Political Committee

$ 25,000

Educational Affairs Continuing Education Programs/Events CVT/CVA Certification Programs

$ 1,510,000 96,920

Communications & Public Relations Advocate & Practitioner Advertising

$ 115,000

Inter-Professional Relations FVMA Foundation

$ 2,500

Member Services Income

Total Income

$ 100,300 $ 2,494,043

6,000 22,600

Dues & Subscriptions


Accounting Services


Legal Counsel


C.E. Staff


Repairs & Maintenance


Equip. Lease/Service Contracts


Board & Officers Travel


Committee Travel/Expenses


Staff Travel




President's Expenses


FVMA Elections




Membership Retention/Recruitment Staff Support

Membership Services Program

$ 18,000

Staff Compensation & Related Costs Sub-Contract Sr. Veterinary Consultant

20,000 2,000 978,065 5,000

Credit Card/Bank Fees


Operating Contingency


Property Casualty Insurance Major Property Improvements

7,800 25,000

Educational Affairs CE Programs Expenses

$ 815,500

Inter-Professional Relations AVMA Support

$ 22,000

FVMA Foundation Payout


North American Veterinary Conference


Communications & Public Relations


Publications Expenses

Legislative & Financial Affairs

FVMA Website Develop/Maintenance

Legislative Services

$ 38,000

Lobbying Expenses


$ 87,000 25,000

FVMA Awards


FAEP Council


Legislator Contact Program


Legal Counsel Legislation


Industry Advisory Council

Legislative Contingency


Total Expenses

FVMA Political Committee


Net Income or (Loss)

Membership Services Program $ 1,000

Florida Veterinary Medical Association • 2016 Approved Budget


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PRACTICE Pulse Got a question? The FVMA can help. One of the benefits of membership in the FVMA is our Helpline, (800) 992-3862, available to members daily, Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Our Helpline also provides insight to the FVMA staff, of the challenges and concerns of our members. In this feature we will highlight topics from the questions we received in preceding weeks, in an effort to keep our members up-to-date on current concerns as well as regulatory and legislative changes.


If a veterinarian has been told that another veterinarian in the area was behaving suspiciously and there is speculation he was under the influence, what is the veterinarian’s responsibility, seeing he has no first-hand knowledge?

A: There is no affirmative duty for a veterinarian to report something that he/she has no direct knowledge of. He may tell the other vet what he was told and perhaps recommend that he seek assistance, but the bottom line is there is no affirmative duty in this scenario.


After attending a seminar advocating the use of video and audio in the exam rooms, the practice owner is thinking of introducing this in his practice. Is this permissible without violating any laws?

A: The practice owner should let all clients know that recording is going on. Prominently placed signs that are clearly visible must state that video and audio recording is taking place.


What is the protocol under Florida law if a client loses a written prescription for a controlled substance? A 60lb dog came in for an exam and due to her chronic arthritis, a prescription for Tramadol 50mg #135 at 1.5 tablets 3 times per day was written. The owner subsequently called to say that the prescription was lost, and requested that a new one be written. The dog and owner have been long-time clients. What should the vet do legally since this involves a controlled drug? A: There is no set protocol for such situations. “Lost” prescriptions are a problem and a classic “red flag” for prescribers. This is a good quantity of Tramadol, but Tramadol is not a drug of choice for abuse. If the dog and owner have been long-term clients, the vet should ask the client to look very carefully for the prescription and advise that if a new one must be written the first one should be called in as lost.


Can a written prescription for a controlled substance be mailed to clients across state lines? And can the


veterinarian mail controlled substances to a client? A: A written prescription can be mailed to a client in another state, so long as there is a valid VCPR in Florida. A veterinarian can dispense either physically or by mail. While it is not recommended to mail controlled substances, it is allowed. If you must mail a controlled drug, you should do everything possible, including thorough documentation in your medical records, to ensure it is being mailed to the correct person/address and is medically necessary for the patient. In a scenario such as this, professional discretion must always be exercised.


Is it legal to use signature stamps on veterinary prescription pads when prescribing controlled drugs? A: According to F.S. 465.42 Written prescriptions for medicinal drugs, they “must be signed by the prescribing practitioner on the day when issued.” It further states that prescriptions may also be issued in an electronic format as defined in s.668.003 (4), but there is no mention of a stamped signature. The rule defines Electronic Signature as: (4)  “Electronic signature” means any letters, characters, or symbols, manifested by electronic or similar means, executed or adopted by a party with an intent to authenticate a writing. A writing is electronically signed if an electronic signature is logically associated with such writing. Further, the DEA Pharmacists’ Manual guidance on controlled drug prescriptions states: “A prescription must be written in ink or indelible pencil or typewritten and must be manually signed by the practitioner on the date when issued. An individual (i.e., secretary or nurse) may be designated by the practitioner to prepare prescriptions for the practitioner’s signature. The practitioner is responsible for ensuring the prescription conforms to all requirements of the law and regulations, both federal and state.”


I have an opportunity to hire a Chinese veterinarian (licensed in China, NOT in Florida) who has completed the Chi Institute's Acupuncture class. I would like to hire him as a technician. I am also interested in having

him perform acupuncture on patients of mine, under my supervision. I have many patients for which other modalities of treatment either don't work or the owner does not want - and I think these patients would potentially benefit from acupuncture. I would like to know if I hired this person, would I be able to legally have him perform acupuncture on my canine and feline patients. A: The answer to this question is found in the two rules listed below: 61G18-19.002 Complementary or Alternative Veterinary Medicine. (1) Definition – Complementary, alternative and integrative therapies means a heterogeneous group of preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic philosophies and practices, which at the time they are performed may differ from current scientific knowledge, or whose theoretical basis and techniques may diverge from veterinary medicine routinely taught in accredited veterinary medical colleges, or both. These therapies include, but are not limited to, veterinary acupuncture, acutherapy and acupressure, veterinary homeopathy, veterinary manual or manipulative therapy (i.e., therapies based on techniques practiced in osteopathy, chiropractic medicine, or physical medicine and therapy); veterinary nutraceutical therapy and veterinary physiotherapy. (2) Communication of treatment alternatives – A licensed veterinarian who offers to provide a patient with complementary or alternative health care treatment must inform the owner of the patient of the nature of the treatment and must explain the benefits and risks associated with the treatment to the extent necessary for the owner to make an informed and prudent decision regarding such treatment option. In compliance with this subsection: (a) The licensed veterinarian must inform the owner of his or her education, experience and credentials in relation to veterinary complementary or alternative health care treatment option. (b) The licensed veterinarian may, in his or her discretion, communicate the information orally or in written form directly to the owner or to the owner’s legal representative. (c) The licensed veterinarian may, in his or her discretion and without restriction, recommend any mode of treatment that is, in his or her judgment, in the best interests of the patient, including complementary or alternative health care treatments, in accordance with the provisions of his or her license. (3) Records – Every licensed veterinarian providing a patient with a complementary or alternative health care treatment must indicate in the patient’s record the method by which the requirements of subsection (2) were met. (4) Effect – This section does not modify or change the scope of practice of any licensed veterinarian, nor does it alter in any way the provisions of Chapter 474, F.S., which require licensees to practice within standards of care, and which prohibit fraud and exploitation of clients.

61G18-17.005 Tasks Requiring Immediate Supervision. (1) All tasks which may be delegated to a veterinary aide, nurse, laboratory technician, intern, or other employee of a licensed veterinarian shall be performed only under the “immediate supervision” of a licensed veterinarian as that phrase is defined in subsection 474.202(5), F.S., with the exception of the following tasks which may be performed without the licensed veterinarian on the premises: (a) The administration of medication and treatment, excluding vaccinations, as directed by the licensed veterinarian; and (b) The obtaining of samples and the performance of those diagnostic tests, including radiographs, directed by the licensed veterinarian. (2) The administration of anesthesia and tranquilization by a veterinary aide, nurse, laboratory technician, intern, or other employee of a licensed veterinarian requires “immediate supervision” as that phrase is defined in subsection 474.202(5), F.S. (3) The administration of any vaccination by a veterinary aide, nurse, technician, intern or other employee of a licensed veterinarian which is not specifically prohibited by Rule 61G1817.006, F.A.C., requires “immediate supervision” as that phrase is defined in subsection 474.202(5), F.S. Acupuncture is categorized as complementary or alternative veterinary medicine. There is no rule that lists which tasks cannot be delegated. Instead, there is a rule on tasks which require immediate supervision, and it basically states that everything must be under immediate supervision except for (a) and (b) in the rule. This leaves you then with the ground for disciplinary action under §474.214(1)(hh): (hh)  Delegating professional responsibilities to a person when the licensee delegating such responsibilities knows or has reason to know that such person is not qualified by training, experience, or licensure to perform them. Interpreting all of these various rules and statute together, one can conclude that a veterinarian can delegate complementary or alternative veterinary medicine (acupuncture) to a person that is properly qualified by either training, experience or licensure. The vet is responsible for following 61G18-19.002 to the best extent possible (i.e. communicate and explain the nature of the treatment, benefits and risks, and the education experience and credentials of the person performing the treatment). It should preferably be done in writing and a notation made in the patient record. The treatment can be performed under indirect supervision.

End Note: The ultimate responsibility in the practice of veterinary medicine lies with the licensed veterinarian. Professional discretion must always be exercised.  |  27

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Relief/Part-time Veterinarian Palm Beach & Broward: CountiesAvailable November through May; Former practice owner and shelter veterinarian; Resume, References upon request. Contact: Randy Feld, DVM; Ph: 781-572-2437 Email: (Exp. Issue 5 &6/15:24253) RSVP (Relief Services for Veterinary Practitioners) is seeking veterinarians for full time, part time and sporadic relief work in the state of Florida. Moonlighters are welcome! Choose when and where you work, for premium pay! For more information or to apply, please visit or call 800-256-4078. (Exp. Issue 5 & 6/15, 1-4/16:3041) Relief or part-time veterinarian available in the Tampa area: 30 years of experience as a practice owner. Enjoy surgery and working with people, small animal only. Call Dr. Joe Priest at (813) 230-5998 (Exp. Issue 5,6/15; 1/16:1289) RELIEF EMERGENCY VETERINARIAN - wanted for our multispecialty referral & emergency hospital. Southwest Florida Veterinary Specialists, located in beautiful Bonita Springs, Florida, is open 24 hrs/day, 365 days/year offering specialty referral services during the day and 24-hour emergency care. We have very supportive specialists in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Cardiology, and Neurology. Our stateof-the-art hospital is equipped with digital radiography, ultrasound, high-definition endoscopy, in-house laboratory, fluoroscopy, and an 8 slice GE CT. MRI are available offsite. We also offer Florida’s ONLY fully equipped pet ambulance. We are seeking an individual that is team oriented and has excellent communication skills with fellow colleagues, staff, and the referral community. We are looking for relief shift coverage through season with the possibility of a permanent position. We have part time or full time hours available consisting of either day or night shifts. If you are interested, please email your CV to our hospital administrator, Cheryl Rizzo, at (Exp. Issue 6/15, 1-4/16:1365)

Associates wanted Full time Veterinarian wanted: Melbourne FL Immediate opening. Seeking Full-time Veterinarian by December. Our Non-profit is very busy providing high quality/low cost general medicine and surgery in a friendly low stress, family environment. Ideal candidate must be customer service oriented and self-motivated. We are a two full-time veterinarian office. Veterinarian need only preform veterinary medicine everything else is provided by staff. Good pay and benefits. Please send resume to (Exp. Issue 6/15:5665) Associate Veterinarian wanted: for small animal practice in beautiful Ormond Beach. We are minutes from the beaches and close to Orlando attractions. We offer full dental, surgical, radiology, ultrasound, in-house lab and laser therapy services. Our AAHA hospital is staffed by a compassionate team of veterinary professionals dedicated to patient well being and client education, and committed to the highest standard of care. We offer great hours with no nights, weekends or on call services. Check out our website: Email resume: (Exp. Issue 6/15:22697) Full Time Veterinarian Wanted – Lake County, Florida: The Animal League Wellness Center seeks a motivated veterinarian to open our new spay/neuter and wellness veterinary practice. Candidate duties include performing high quality/high volume S/N, wellness physicals and vaccinations to the publics’ pets,

and general oversight of the SLAL Adoption Center Medical Division. Must be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Florida. Must obtain a Drug Enforcement Administration License. Please send cover letter and resume to or call (407) 342-8876. (Exp. Issue 6/15:33033) Associate wanted: Palm Beach County: Seeking Associate Veterinarian for permanent part-time position in small animal clinic in Palm Beach County. Knowledge of avian and exotics a plus, but not necessary. Hours can be discussed. Opportunity to work into a fulltime position if desired. Fax resume 561-776-9174 OR call 561-776-9151 (Exp. Issue 6/15:12565) Associ ate v eter i na r i a n, r eli ef, or pa rt/ full time, needed: for 1+ expanding to 2+ doctor small animal practice (mixed possible) in Lake City/Live Oak North Central Florida area. High quality services in rural setting. Call Julie (386) 963-2411; (Exp. Issue 6/15:21628) Associate DVM in Alachua, FL: Countryside Animal Hospital is a well-established, full service hospital with a firm and loyal client base. We are a multi-doctor practice with a collaborative and supportive environment offering a variety of challenging cases! We have 5 client exam rooms, a comfort room, digital x-ray, ultrasound, cold laser, surgical suite with state of the art monitoring equipment, IDEXX in house laboratory, etc. Our close proximity to the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine gives us multiple options for specialty/referrals in our own backyard. We offer excellent benefits and a great team environment! For more information, please v isit our website at Please apply by sending your resume and cover letter to Laura Rust at (Exp. Issue 6/15:2833)

practice for sale SMALL ANIMAL PRACTICE FOR SALE – JACKSONVILLE, FL: Thirty five year old small animal practice at the five point intersection of Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville , Florida. 7500 square foot building, two story, facing two streets, vacant site. Owner is retiring. Call Dr. Devegowda Gopal, (904) 786-4919. (Exp. Issue 1,3,5,6/15 & 1,2/16:1106)

equipment for sale Practice Liquidation Florida Items in excellent condition Prices negotiable: Shorline Hydraulic, Thermal, V-top Surgical table $1800 Flogard 8000 Volumetric Infusion Pump (2 available) $350.00 Welch Allyn 767 Series Wall Transformer, otoscope and opthalmoscope heads (3 available) $295.00 each Accuscope Microscope $225.00 Summit LX125V X-ray Collimator $1550.00 Instrument Table $75.00 Abaxis Vetscan V52 $2800.00 Unico Powerspin Centrifuge $140.00 Stainless Surgical Tilt Table $750.00 Stainless Surgical Side Tables (2 available) $150.00 each Shorline Kennels Model 902.0105.42 Option C (2 available) $1750.00 each Pictures and Measurements Available Upon Request (Exp. Issue 6/15 :4131)

Florida Practice Listings! North Florida– Solo Dr. small animal, 2014 gross $790k, Well established, well equipped, well staffed. Prx. & RE. West Coast of Fl.– Feline enthusiast, solo Dr. Feline Prx. AAHA freestanding office, 2014 gross $840K. Prx.+RE. West Coast– 24 hr. E-clinic & Specialty Prx. 2015 projected gross $2.6mm MRI, CT, Hyperbaric chamber, and more. North Florida– Solo Dr. 2015 projected gross ~$800K, high net, same location for over 30 years. New lab & X-ray equip. along with some new remodeling-Prx + RE. Central Florida.– 1 Dr. Prx + RE 2015 projected gross will exceed $800K, digital X-ray & In house lab, great staff. South-Central Fl.– Solo Dr. Prx w/ RE, well established, well equipped and experienced staff makes this a great turnkey opportunity. Buyer Representation‌...Valuations‌...Exit Strategies

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