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

DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES Dr. Scott Richardson 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. Susan M. Carastro District 5–Treasure Coast Dr. Marta P. Lista District 6–South Florida Dr. Mary Smart District 7–Southwest

I would like to start my year as President by thanking all those who have previously served in the leadership of the FVMA. Currently, through the wisdom and leadership of those who have preceded me, the FVMA has its strongest advocacy voice and most secure financial position in our history. The FVMA has become the leader of all the Veterinary State Associations in this country. I firmly believe this statement and it places us in the unique position to help shape organized veterinary medicine’s future. My vision for this year is two-fold. First within Florida the FVMA needs to continue the quality conferences we have become known for nationally and internationally. Employ the needed resources to produce quality public outreach on animal health issues for distribution through social media and other internet based modalities. This outreach needs to be targeted for the use of our membership to provide increased quality services for their clients. Another focus for this year is the implementation of increased edu‑ cational opportunities focused on our association’s technician members. This will have immediate impact on our members’ businesses by strengthening their teams’ knowledge base and empowering them to elevate our practices. FVMA’s national leadership is also important to our success. The issues that directly affect animal health and welfare in our state are not isolated. With the legislative strength and respect we now hold, the FVMA is positioned to positively impact issues that affect our membership. This action and impact is closely observed nationally and emulated by other states. Through diligent work and relationship building we will continue to be not only proactive in the animal health and animal welfare issues, but also issues of operational regulations that positively or negatively affect our ability to practice the qual‑ ity veterinary medicine we were trained to perform. The FVMA Annual conference in Tampa this past April was again a symbol of our growth and suc‑ cess. Record attendance presented a significant platform for all aspects of our industry. The weekend provided opportunities for team members and veterinarians to hone their respective skills and the amazing support of our industry partners as they introduced us to products and services targeted to improve the way we practice today. Thank you to all who attended. On a sad note I must say good-bye to an amazing individual and friend who provided mentorship and leadership for many years to the FVMA. Dr. Stephen Shores passed away April 17, 2016. He evoked a passion for our profession that can only be described Texas style – It was larger than life. His enthusiasm and energy were infectious and infuriating. He fought diligently for his beliefs and surrendered gracefully when he was unable to convince the majority to agree. His political savvy and nuance as well as the personal respect he earned have helped pave a powerful path forward for this association. Stephen will be dearly missed. Respectfully yours,

Dr. James M. Brechin District 8–Northwest Dr. Kelly J. Sloan-Wade District 9–Space Coast

Richard C. Sutliff, DVM

Dr. Ernest C. Godfrey AVMA Delegate Dr. Richard B. Williams AVMA Alternate Delegate Dr. Amanda House FAEP Representative to the FVMA Executive Board Ex Officio Dr. James W. Lloyd, Dean UF College of Veterinary Medicine


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In Remembrance New Officers & Board Members New District Representatives 2016 FVMA Award Honorees 2016 Legislative Wrap-Up

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87th FVMA AC Highlights FVMA Awards Scholarships UFVBMA Business Conference Clinical Investigator Award

2016 Industry Partners Practice Pulse Classified Advertisements.


Dr. Richard M. Carpenter Farewell Colleagues:

Looking back on my tenure as your president, it was an exciting and busy year. And with that, we have many things to look forward to in the next year under the presidential leadership of Dr. Rick Sutliff and other new leaders on the executive board. No year goes by without unfortunate events and this year was no exception. Dr. Stephen Shores, after many, many years of service to the FVMA retired from the executive board and the Legislative Committee and unfortunately has passed away. Through Dr. Shores’ passion for the political side of our profession, the FVMA has developed a much-respected position with our legislative body in Tallahassee. His passion and leadership will be greatly missed. Secondly, we lost a past president and longtime FVMA advocate in Dr. Paul Nicoletti’s unexpected passing in February. Not only will he be missed by the FVMA, he had been an active member of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine faculty and staff for years and even in his retirement was an active participant in the life of the College. As president, the New Year was a whirlwind of travel and meetings. We started out in Chicago at the AVMA Leadership conference where we learned more about the “millennial” generation than ever before. Then on to the NAVC in Orlando – an interesting experience I had not had previously, followed by the Ocala FAEP Equine Conference. And lastly at the end of January, was the FVMA legislative days where we visited with our political representatives in Tallahassee. I don’t really know if that is the most important event on the calendar for the FVMA, but if you are not involved with your local representative, you should be. It is incredible the issues that show up in the State Legislature that impact our profession greatly. Things slowed down a little in February, but I represented the FVMA on the UFCVM College Admissions Committee, with this year being a significant anniversary, as the committee is engaged in the selection of the 40th College of Veterinary Medicine class. Dr. Jim Lloyd and the staff there are making this year a yearlong celebration of the 40th class admission to the College. Stay tuned for special events this year – especially those of you who are alumni of the College. Also in February, we hosted the annual Harvey Rubin Food Animal conference in Kissimmee. Not having attended that meeting previously, I was impressed by the number of practicing food animal veterinarians that showed up for that event. And finally, we experienced a very successful Annual Conference in Tampa this year, and planning is well underway for The Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference which will be held in Boca Raton. Registration will soon open for our national conference, and I invite you to stay tuned for future announcements. So, ending this exciting year, I look forward to the new leadership taking over and the future growth and development of our Association. If I had to pick one thing that sets the FVMA apart from other veterinary associations, it is our growth and leadership. This is a credit to our Executive Director Phil Hinkle and the staff in Orlando, but it also is a great credit to the leadership on the executive board and the progressive thinking of that body that keeps this organization growing and leading the way in our profession. Thanks to each and every member for your support and please remember, no organization survives unless the membership is involved – so, take any opportunity you can to be involved. Sincerely,

Richard M. Carpenter, DVM


In Remembrance



r. James Arlin Hawkins of Sarasota, FL passed away on Monday, March 21, 2016, at the age of 79. The late veterinarian conducted a mixed practice since his graduation as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine in 1963, right up to retirement in 1993. Dr. Hawkins provided services to clients at his clinic, Hawkins Veterinary Clinic, but is also known to have provided his care over a wide area. He loved caring for large and small animals, including exotics, and he tended the dolphins of Floridaland and numerous circus animals including lions, tigers and bears, and a rhinoceros. He had a particular fondness for caring for large cats. After retiring, he devoted all of his time to cattle ranching. He enjoyed calf roping and loved spending time with his family fishing in the Florida Keys. He was past president of the Sarasota County Cattlemen’s Association and chairman of the board of zoning and appeals for Sarasota County. Dr. Hawkins is survived by his widow Carol; daughters, Jennifer Hawkins-Dryda and husband Jason and Caryn Ashley Hawkins; grandchildren, Brett, Tobi and Cooper Dryda; and his beloved dog Angus.



r. Wayland F. ""Buddy"" Hogan, Jr., age 84, of Ocala, FL passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2015. He was born in Atlanta, GA on April 15, 1931. Dr. Hogan moved to Florida with his family in the 1930's, graduated from Ocala High School, and attended the University of Florida. He earned his DVM from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1955. Dr. Hogan operated and practiced at South Ocala Animal Hospital in Marion County. He helped to establish Project PUP in Marion County, a non-profit 501(c)(3), whose volunteers use pets for therapy and regularly visit more than a dozen nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Marion County. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jean Hogan of Ocala, FL; daughters, Katherine (Phil) Koth‑ mayer of Ocala, FL and Dede of North Carolina and Florida; son, Joseph (Jenny) Hogan of Orlando, FL; grandchildren, Katie and Sam Kothmayer; and many beloved nieces and nephews.



r. Kimberly G. Lovell of Pensacola, FL passed away at the age of 49. Dr. Lovell was born in New Orleans, LA and had resided in Pensacola for 19 years. She graduated from LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991, and worked at several veterinary clinics before purchasing Spanish Trail Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Lovell, affectionately known as “Dr. Kim”, passed away on February 15, 2016, after a long, courageous battle with ALS. She leaves behind her children, Zachary and Kaylee; and her loving mother and sister, Frances and Stephanie Griffin. She was preceded in death by her father, William Griffin; infant daughter, Emily Lovell, and her husband, Dr. Eric Lovell.


STEPHEN A. SHORES, DVM FVMA Past President (2006) 1946-2016


r. Stephen A. Shores, past president of the FVMA, passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2016, after a valiant battle with cancer. Dr. Shores only recently retired from service to the profession of veterinary medicine after 51 years as a member of the FVMA. He made the emotionally challenging decision to retire in September 2015, due to his dete‑ riorating health. On his retirement, Dr. Shores had given 20 consecutive years of service to organized veterinary medicine at the local, state and national levels. He served the FVMA as a member of various committees and on its execu‑ tive board for 14 years. He was the District 2–Northeast Representative and served as president of the FVMA in 2006. During his tenure on the executive board he was also the FVMA’s Alternate Delegate to the AVMA House of Del‑ egates. When he retired in September, he was serving his first of a four-year term as AVMA Delegate. For his many years of selfless service to his profession and to veterinar‑ ians in the State of Florida and around the United States, the FVMA hon‑ ored Dr. Shores at a special dinner and presentation ceremony, on October 29, 2015, during the 3rd Annual Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference in Boca Raton, Florida. He was presented with an American Flag which was flown in his honor as a a singular tribute and expression of gratitude on behalf of the FVMA on September 24, 2015, at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee. Primarily, Dr. Shores greatly impacted the profession of veterinary medi‑ cine in Florida through the invaluable services he provided as chair of the FVMA Legislative Committee. He was a distinguished, constant advocate and voice of Florida’s veterinary community for 10 years. Emboldened with the aggressive and tireless leadership he provided, the FVMA Legislative Committee evolved a strong, effective grassroots advocacy program that defends and promotes the veterinary medical profession in Florida with great success. This successful program comes into sharp focus with a large and active presence of FVMA leadership and members in Tallahassee during annual Legislative Action Days, with the support of political action teams and legislative key contacts it has fostered at the local level. FVMA legislative victories attributed to the FVMA advocacy program due in large part to the exemplary leadership of Dr. Shores include: • Restoration of Sales Tax Exemption on Therapeutic Veterinary Diets ( commonly referred to as prescription diets) saving Florida pet owners utilizing these diets more than $3 million dollars in sales tax annually. • Successful passage of HB1049 – Practice of Pharmacy- specifying that the Pharmacy Practice Act and rules adopted thereunder do no prohibit a veterinarian from administering a compounded drug to a patient or dispensing a compounded drug to the owner or caretaker; allowing Florida veterinarians to ensure uninterrupted and unrestricted access and dispensing of compounded medications to their patients to ensure more favorable treatment outcomes. • Securing of confidentiality in the Florida Public Records Inspection Law for owner identifying information that is submitted on rabies tag applications to county governments through rabies tag applications, which prevents a veterinarians’ records from being compromised by a competing entity and treating such records as intellectual confidential business property. Dr. Shores received the FVMA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2014. In 2009, he was the recipient of the FVMA Lifetime Achieve‑ ment Award, and in 2010, he was named Champion of Veterinary Medicine when FVMA scholarships were awarded in his honor to students at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine (UFCVM). Originally from Texas, Dr. Shores operated Shores Animal Hospital in Gainesville. In addition to his impressive list of services and accomplishments for the veterinary profession and practice endeavors, Dr. Shores was active in his church with his wife of 33 years, Patricia who survives him. Dr. Shores is also survived by his sons Mark Shores and Jeff Shores; daughter Syndi Tow (Rodney); step-daughter Shannon Clements; step-son Jeremy Clements (Rachel); grandsons Justin Reese, Michael Tow, Nolan Shores, Jonathan Clements and Lucas Clements; granddaughters Emma Clements, Hillary McCrory and two great-granddaughters; cousin Leah Rae Nichols (Joe) and many friends.





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r. Richard C. Sutliff of Jacksonville, was installed as FVMA President at ceremonies held in conjunction with the 87th FVMA Annual Conference on Friday, April 15, at the Tampa Marriott Hotel & Marina in Tampa, Florida. Before his new assignment on the FVMA Executive Board, Dr. Sutliff served as president-elect in 2015-16, and as the District 2-Northeast representative beginning in 2010. On his installation, Dr. Sutliff said the opportunity to serve as president of the FVMA was an honor he deeply treasured. He expressed gratitude to three veterinarians for their mentorship and examples as dedicated veterinarians – the late, Dr. Paul Nicoletti, who he said demonstrated the power of continual outreach, Dr. Stephen Shores, who passed away April 17, 2016, for his demonstration of the immense power of passion, and Dr. Russell Snyder for guidance and historical insight. Dr. Sutliff studied organic chemistry and animal science at New College in Sarasota and Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. Before pursuing his DVM degree from the University

of Florida, he worked in the insurance industry as an insurance underwriter specializing in equine mortality insurance and farm owners insurance for seven years. He also spent four years as a risk specialist for a specialized government contractor and two years as an emergency veterinary tech/adjunct college Instructor at the University of Northern Florida. He graduated with honors in 1999, from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. He spent two years practicing medicine in Chicago before returning to Jacksonville in 2001, where he operates Scott Mill Animal Hospital with his wife Kay. Before serving the veterinary profession at the state level on the FVMA Executive Board, Dr. Sutliff was active in organized veterinary medicine in District 2. He served as the secretary of the Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society from 2004 to 2007, vice president from 2007-2008, and president from 2008-2009. District 2 covers Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwanee and Union Counties. Regional veterinary associations in the district include Alachua County Veterinary Medical Association, Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society, Marion County Veterinary Medical Association, Nassau County Veterinary Medical Association, St. Johns Veterinary Medical Association and Suwanee Veterinary Medical Association.



r. Alex M. “Steve” Steverson, is president-elect of the FVMA. He served as District 1–Big Bend Representative on the executive board prior to his recent election and installation as president-elect. Dr. Steverson graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987, and he operates Bradfordville Animal Hospital in Tallahassee. He has served the animal loving community of Tallahassee since 1991. Besides general veterinary medicine, Dr. Steverson is interested in orthopedic surgery and ophthalmology. He was raised on a farm with a variety of animals to care for, cultivating his fondness for the field he later pursued as his life’s work. After attending Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, AL, he interned at Central Animal Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fl. He graduated in June of 1987, then worked at several Veterinary Hospitals, including Largo Animal Emergency Hospital in Largo, FL, Allied Veterinary Emergency Hospital in Tallahassee, Central Animal Hospital in St. Pete and Northwood


Animal Hospital also in Tallahassee. In addition to practicing veterinary medicine and sharing his time in service to organized veterinary medicine, Dr. Steverson enjoys fly-fishing, hunting, sk i i ng a nd c a mpi ng , and spending time with his own pets: Tux and Cowboy, a Dachshund and Rottweiler rescue and two cats: BJ and Hawk. Dr. Ste vers on wa s awarded the 2016 FVMA Gold Star Award on April 15, 2016.

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r. Don Morgan was installed treasurer of the FVMA on April 15, 2016, at the FVMA Annual Awards Ceremony and Installation of Officers in Tampa. Dr. Morgan, who is a past president of the Association, was elected to replace Dr. Richard B. Williams, who demitted the Office of Treasurer after serving two consecutive three-year terms. Dr. Morgan has served the veterinary profession with his participation and support of organized veterinary medicine for more than 45 years. He is also a long-standing member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. The new FVMA Treasurer graduated in 1964 from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. He practices in Belleair Bluffs in Pinellas County. Dr. Morgan was the District 4–Tampa Bay Representative on the FVMA Executive Board, and served as president-elect in

President-elect, Dr. Al new FVMA Treasurer, ex "Steve" Steverson with Dr. Don Morgan

2013-14, and president in 2014-15. The FVMA honored Dr. Morgan in 2011, with its Lifetime Achievement Award. He has had a particular interest in the FVMA’s legislative advocac y program, and is an avid participant in the FVMA Legislative Action Days. He also offers his service in various capacities in his local community.



r. R i c h a r d B . Williams has been installed as the AVMA Alternate Delegate on the FVMA Executive Board. He s er ve d w it h com m it ment a nd distinction as treasurer of the FVMA for two terms prior to his election as alternate delegate. He was first



elected to serve as treasurer of the FVMA in 2010. He has also served in various FVMA committees, and is presently co-chair of the Legislative Committee. Other than providing his valuable services to the FVMA, Dr. Williams has always been active in organized veterinary medicine in the local community. He served as president of the Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society in 1986. He graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. He worked in a private practice for a year and a half in Jacksonville then opened his own practice at Hidden Hills Animal Hospital in January 1983. Dr. Williams was awarded Veterinarian of the Year by the FVMA in 2010.



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NEW DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES ON THE FVMA EXECUTIVE BOARD DR. SCOTT RICHARDSON – DISTRICT 1 - BIG BEND Dr. Scott Richardson is the new District 1 Representative on the FVMA Executive Board. He was a member of the FVMA Budget and Finance Committee and is past president of the Big Bend Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Richardson grew up in the farmlands of rural Western Kentucky and from childhood wanted to be a veterinarian. After graduating from Auburn University, he joined the United States Army as an infantry soldier with the 101st Airborne Division and followed

his military service with post-graduate studies in animal science which led him to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University where he earned his DVM degree. Dr. Richardson now practices in the Red Hills of North Florida at Lakewood Animal Hospital in Tallahassee. He has an affinity for large animal medicine, especially nutritional disorders. Dr. Richardson is married to Dr. Michelle Richardson, also a veterinarian at Lakewood Animal Hospital. As District 1 Representative, Dr. Richardson represents veterinary practitioners in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington Counties.

DR. JULIA A. CONWAY – DISTRICT 2 - NORTHEAST Dr. Julia Conway has been elected to serve a first term on the FVMA Executive Board as the District 2 Representative. Dr. Conway joined the board in 2015, to complete the term of Dr. Richard Sutliff, when he was installed as the president-elect of the Association. Dr. Conway is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine (UFCVM). She holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and doctor of veterinary medicine from UFCVM, from where she graduated in 2006. As clinical assistant professor, Dr. Conway’s research interests include

dermatopathology, diagnostic pathology, tumor pathology and ophthalmic pathology. As District 2 Representative, Dr. Conway represents the interests of FVMA members in the following counties in the Northeast: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwanee and Union Counties.

DR. SUSAN M. CARASTRO – DISTRICT 5 - TREASURE COAST Dr. Susan Carastro was raised in Alabama and graduated from Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. She presently owns and works at Animal Eye Specialty Clinic in West Palm Beach and Deerfield Beach. Dr. Carastro completed a small animal internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York and


was residency trained in veterinary ophthalmology at The University of Illinois and received a Master of Science from The University of Illinois in 1992. She was board certified in veterinary ophthalmology in 1993. She is past president of the Palm Beach Veterinary Society, after serving as president for four years. Dr. Carastro tells The Advocate that she is excited to be on the executive board of the FVMA. She enjoys flying, racquetball, horseback riding and running in her free time. District 5–Treasure Coast encompasses the counties of Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie.


PRESIDENT’S AWARD Dr. Ernie Godfrey, as he is affectionately known by many, has faithfully served the Florida Veterinary Medical Association in capacities which many times are in the background and not obvious to the general membership. Specifically Dr. Godfrey’s service in arranging meeting programs and high-quality speakers is a service benefiting all FVMA members that goes unnoticed by most. Dr. Godfrey has served as the FVMA Program Committee chair for 25 years. Additionally, he served as the Association’s president in 2005, and AVMA Alternate Delegate. Presently, Dr. Godfrey is the AVMA Delegate on the FVMA Executive Board. He is a member and/or officer of several organizations, including the Central Florida Academy of Veterinary Medicine, the Pinellas Animal Foundation Board of Directors, Pinellas Animal Partners, Pinellas County VMA, the SPCA of Tampa Bay, as well as the AVMA PAC, State Advocacy Committee, and Congressional Advocacy Network to which he has given 20 years of service. . GODFREY DR. ERNEST C He has been a practicing veterinarian for more than 40 years. He earned his DVM degree from Auburn University in 1968. He owned a large animal practice early in his career, and is presently affiliated to three hospitals. He’s the owner and managing partner of Pinellas Animal Hospital in Pinellas Park and owns Seminole Boulevard Animal Hospital in Largo. He is also co-director of the St. Petersburg Animal Emergency Clinic.

LIFETIME ACHIEVMENT AWARDS Dr. John R. Bass, past president of the FVMA, has actively participated in organized veterinary medicine for more than 39 years. He became a member of the FVMA in 1975 after graduation from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. He served as FVMA R. BASS N President in 2012-2013, H O J DR. and served on the executive board for more than 15 years. He was treasurer for six years, and was also a member of the board of governors and on the Budget and Finance Committee. Dr. Bass served on the College Advisory Committee, as the Legislative Key Contact, on The Target 150 New Members Group, Membership Solicitation and Retention Drive Committee, and the Board of Governors Fiscal Advisory Committee. Today, Dr. Bass continues to be of service to our profession and the FVMA as chair of the Legislative Committee, and is a supportive member of the Volusia County Veterinary Medical Society. Dr. Bass was honored by the FVMA by being selected for the Distinguished Service Award in 2010.



Dr. Elton Gissendanner was awarded the FVMA Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the Association and to veterinary medicine. 89-yearold Dr. Gissendanner attended the ceremony and was warmly received and applauded during the presentation which honors his TON DR. EL ANNER life of service. D GISSEN Dr. Gissendanner earned his DVM Degree magna cum laude at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine on the G.I. Bill. He served as a member of the United States Air Force and the Georgia National Guard, and as a public servant before commencing his veterinary career in 1964. He was also the elected representative in the Florida State Legislature from Dade County, and Mayor and Councilman of the City of North Miami. On receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Gissendanner stated that he gave full credit to others, including his wife Frances, family, friends, fellow veterinarians, and all the people with whom he has worked and shared results and failures with, and to God’s creatures who, he said, it has been a joy and privilege to serve.



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DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD Dr. J. D. Lynch, past president of the FVMA, is the recipient of the FVMA 2016 Distinguished Service Award. He served as FVMA president in 1981. Dr. Lynch has been a veterinarian for 61 years and practices today as a relief veterinarian. Dr. Lynch graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1955 from the University L ” . Y D N . J C “ of Georgia. . H D DR. JOHN Dr. Lynch was the driving force in the formation of the Central Florida Veterinary Medical Association, one of the local associations in FVMA District 3, which comprises Hardee, Highlands, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Seminole Counties. He provides his services as a relief veterinarian in Altamonte Springs, FL. Dr. Lynch was awarded FVMA Veterinarian of the Year in 1978, and in 1996, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Below is a message from Dr. Lynch in response to being honored with the Distinguish Service Award. I was honored to be selected as the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award at the 87th FVMA Annual Conference. After 61 years practicing Veterinary Medicine, the advancement I have seen are astounding. These changes are in part due to the excellent education received at our universities and the research carried on there, as well as in the private sector; but also due to the hard work and dedication of the active members and leaders of organized veterinary associations, local, state and national. I would encourage our younger colleagues to get involved so that our profession will continue to evolve. J.D. Lynch, DVM


Dr. Ashley Kanzler is the president of Manatee County Veterinary Medical Association, promoting continuing education and fellowship among veterinarians of

VETERINARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD Dr. Diane Lynn Kitchen, of Island Grove, Florida, is the FVMA’s 2016 Veterinarian of the Year. Presenting the award to Dr. Kitchen, FVMA Past President, Don Morgan, DVM, praised Dr. Kitchen as “a remarkable veterinarian who has been committed to her professional NE LYNN development and service since DR. DIAHEN graduating from the University KITC of Tennessee in 1984.” Since then, he said, she “has demonstrated a spirit of industry and drive to excel, and to positively impact veterinary medicine.” Presently, Dr. Kitchen is the Veterinarian Manager of the Bovine Program of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Animal Industry. She joined the department in 2006. After graduating from the University of Tennessee, she spent four years at Texas A&M University where she completed her residency. From Texas, she moved to Quail Roost Farm in North Carolina to work for a couple of years. There she bred and trained Thoroughbreds, cared for Angus cattle, and also imported and exported exotic animals. She then came to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where she worked as a graduate teaching assistant and research assistant for six years, and earned her PhD in 1997. Dr. Kitchen successfully revived the Harvey Rubin Memorial Food Animal Veterinary Conference in partnership with the FVMA and the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, recently organizing and conducting the conference in Kissimmee, FL for the 8th consecutive year. Dr. Kitchen’s dedication to this effort has made a significant contribution to the veterinary profession and the food animal industry of Florida.


Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Dr. Kanzler operates Bradenton Veterinary Emergency, a state-of-the-art emergency care hospital in West Bradenton. Originally from Kentucky, Dr. Kanzler graduated cum laude from Auburn University in 2008, and has practiced emergency medicine ever since.

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Dr. Corey Miller is the immediate past president of the Florida Association of Equine Practitioners, DR. COREY the equine-exclusive MILLER division of the FVMA. He has dedicated much time to the

GOLD STAR FAEP and the profession despite his busy and distinguished career as an equine theriogenonolgist. Dr. Miller has been instrumental as a member of the FAEP team, in the growing successes of FAEP continuing education meetings and the enhancement of the membership services portfolio of the FVMA. He has served the FAEP since 2008 and was the FAEP representative on the FVMA Executive Board for three years. ADRIANA ODACHOWSKI, DVM Dr. Adriana Odachowski selflessly gives of her time and energy to many efforts that advance veterinary DR. ADRIANA medicine in our ODACHOWSKI state. She has served on the Animal Advisory Committee in Hillsborough County for two years, and on the board of the Hillsborough County Veterinary Medical Society for four years. As president of the Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation, she devotes considerable time working at the foundation’s low-cost veterinary clinic, Vets for Pets. Her strong efforts on behalf of Vets for Pets have been credited for getting the non-profit off the ground and running. Dr. Odachowski is also a regular participant of FVMA Legislative Action Days and other political advocacy programs that protect the profession of veterinary medicine in Florida. THERESA PARROTT, DVM

Dr. Theresa Parrott has been a practicing veterinarian in Central Florida since 2001. She serves as political DR. THERESA action team lead for PARROTT the Central Florida VMA and has been a member of the captive wildlife advisory committee for the State of Florida since 1994. Dr. Parrott has also been a visiting



professor at University of Miami and Florida Atlantic University, lecturing on avian medicine and surgery. Dr. Parrott has been published in Bird Talk and Reader's Digest and has been featured on National Geographic for her work with primates, exotics and wildlife.

SCOTT RICHARDSON, DVM Dr. Richardson is the newly elected Dis‑ trict 1 Representative to the FVMA Execu‑ tive Board. He is also DR. SCOTT past president of the RICHARDSON Big Bend Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Richardson grew up in the farmlands of rural Western Kentucky and from childhood wanted to be a veterinarian. After graduating from Auburn University, he joined the United States Army as an infantry soldier with the 101st Airborne Division. He followed his military service with post graduate studies in animal science which led him to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University. Dr. Richardson now practices in the Red Hills of North Florida at Lakewood Animal Hospital in Tallahassee. RUTH-ANNE RICHTER, BSc (HON), DVM, MS

Dr. Ruth-Anne Richter serves as the president of the Executive Council of the Florida Association of DR. RUTH-ANNE Equine Practitioners, the RICHTER equine-exclusive division of the FVMA. She has dedicated years of service to the FAEP while maintaining a very busy schedule as an equine surgeon. Dr. Richter’s specialties include equine sports medicine and diagnostic imaging, particularly ultrasound, lameness and surgery. She also has an interest in regenerative medicine techniques. She has been pivotal in planning and executing FAEP imaging wet labs, and has been the primary organizer of the FAEP's Foot Symposium.



This year as FAEP Council President, Dr. Richter will lead the planning and execution of the FAEP's first-class continuing education offerings. ANDREW B. SCARBROUGH, DVM Dr. Scarbrough is the immediate past president of the Bro‑ ward County Veteri‑ nary Medical Asso‑ DR. ANDREW B. ciation (BCVMA). SCARBROUGH In the past two years Dr. Scarbrough has worked to forge rela‑ tionships with local groups in his com‑ munity to establish a cooperative effort in county that will increase sterilization proce‑ dures for feral cats, high risk dogs and pets of low-income owners. Dr. Scarbrough has also been instrumental in improving the communication channels of the BCVMA, enabling it to better serve members and other veterinarians in his district. His efforts extends to the streamlining of the association’s website and digitizing its bi-monthly newsletter. Dr. Scarbrough operates Scarbrough Animal Hospital in Sunrise, FL.

ALEX “STEVE” STEVERSON, DVM Dr. Alex “Steve” Steverson, is presidentelect of the FVMA. He served as District 1 Representative on the DR. ALEX “STEVE” executive board prior STEVERSON to his recent election and installation as president-elect. Dr. Steverson has been serving organized veterinary medicine in Florida for over sixteen years. He first joined the executive board in 2000 and has also served on several FVMA committees. Dr. Steve Steverson graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. He operates Bradfordville Animal Hospital in Tallahassee.




Jennifer Ballinger of Pinellas Park is the 2016 Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) of the Year. The CVT award pays tribute to members of the veterinary care team for their contributions to the profession. Ms. Ballinger was a technician student in 2000, when she commenced employment at Pinellas Animal Hospital. Since then, her compassion for her patients, clients and staff continues to grow each year as she expands her expertise, education, dedication and professionalism as a certified veterinary assistant and practice manager. Member veterinary practices rely heavily on the efficient, dedicated, dependable, and compassionate team members, and Dr. Ernest Godfrey, who nominated Ms. Ballinger for this award, in his nomination said, “Jen truly epitomizes the model CVT and loyal employee.”

TEAM MEMBER OF THE YEAR Five years ago, Jaime Garza joined the clinic of Dr. Anne Chauvet, CriticalVetCare in Sarasota, FL. With no experience in the veterinary field, he started as kennel help and then set himself to learning veterinary assistant tasks and then veterinary technician tasks. Dr. Chauvet glowing praised this year’s team member of the year award honoree for his dedication, organization and willingness to learn, as well as his "flexibility, comradery and understanding of what the business needs. " His hard work has paid off as he is now staff supervisor for the technician and assistant team, and he manages the team’s scheduling. He also assists with evaluations and recruiting; he choreographs caseloads, runs the MRI and CT scan, and oversees the operating suites.


MAGIC - FVMA PET HALL OF FAME PET HERO Magic is a beautiful black and white miniature therapy horse who works with Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, an all-volunteer Florida charity that impacts the lives of 45 thousand adults and children each year. She has visited people across the country - at hospitals, in hospice programs and families experiencing traumatic events; including paying a visit to the children and first responders immediately after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Connecticut. The FVMA honored Magic for being of great benefit to humans and for improving the quality of life of her human companions. She is nine years old and has been inducted into the US Equestrian Federation / Equus Foundation Horse Stars Hall of Fame and has been honored as humanitarian for “having a life-changing and inspirational impact on the public.” As a therapy horse, Magic has worked with medical professionals in MAGIC oncology units, the ICU, with veterans in inpatient psychiatric wards and with occupational, speech and physical therapists as part of the treatment teams with patients who have suffered strokes, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations and burns. Magic has been named - One of History's 10 Most Courageous Animals - by TIME Magazine. In Florida, she is a deputy with the Alachua County Sheriff ’s Office. This year, Magic will appear in a National Geographic book about heroes; which makes it most fitting that the FVMA chose her to be honored with its Pet Hero Award, and as an inductee into the FVMA Pet Hall of Fame.

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he last moments of the 2016 Legislative Session ended very differently from the 2015 Session. In 2015, the Florida Legislature collapsed in turmoil as the Florida House ended the session three days early, abruptly leaving with many major bills in play and no state budget agreement. The House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R- Merritt Island was quoted as saying “the impasse was insurmountable.” They did ultimately come back and get a budget in place but, the big ticket items such as Medicaid expansion, state prison reform, implementation of Amendment 1 and gambling all died in various stages of the process. However, 2015 was a good year for the FVMA and veterinary medicine as we were able to pass SB 1180 by Senator Latvala Relating to the Practice of Pharmacy prior to the session crash‑ ing. The bill codified veterinarian’s ability to administer or dis‑ pense compound drugs to the patient’s owner or caretaker. The 2016 Session was a more civil and agreeable experience for all involved. The Session started in January, 2 months early and 2016 was an election year, so the members needed to get their work done efficiently so they could run for re-election back in their districts.


Veterinary Medicine Faces a Big Challenge in 2016 Session

For veterinary medicine things were not so civil at the beginning of the 2016 Session. HB 1187 by Representative Grant and SB 1050 by Senator Brandes, Relating to Department of Business and Professions Regulation (DBPR) was filed on the third day of session. Representative Grant is known as a strong advocate for deregulation of professions believing that free enterprise is to be encouraged and rewarded. DBPR was tasked to help him write a bill that would help deregulate various professions where the department felt regulation was heavy-handed. The product of their work was a 45-page bill that deregulated all or part of a variety of profession’s licensure acts. The professions included in the bill ranged from business and talent agents to the practice of hair wrapping and veterinary acupressure and massage. The FVMA and their lobbying team at Mixon and Associates, Inc. were hard-pressed to determine what the Department was trying to fix with the changes to the veterinary practice act. There was serious concern with the way the bill was drafted and the negative impact it could have on the veterinary medical profession. As written, the bill went into the exemption section of the Veterinary Medical Act under 474 F.S. and newly defined “Veterinary Acupressure” and “Veterinary Massage.” After the

Department defined these procedures, the bill they drafted exempted them from the entire practice of veterinary medicine. Thus allowing anyone of any age to offer these two procedures without any oversite by a veterinarian or the Department. It was a bold move to exempt these two modalities from 474 F. S.

FVMA Moves Swiftly to Protect Florida’s Animals and Owners

The FVMA and their lobbying team wasted no time addressing this issue with the bill sponsors and staff at DBPR. Mixon and Associates set up a meeting with the DBPR’s Staff Attorney, Bureau Chief and others at the Department to address our serious concerns with the way the bill was drafted. Phil Hinkle and Dr. Bass were available by phone to voice their strong opposition to this section of the bill. There was no immediate commitment to remove the language but, Phil Hinkle expressed his fear that labeling something as “veterinary acupressure and veterinary massage” and exempting it from the practice of veterinary medicine would lead to confusion and misinformation for the public and could be dangerous for the animals treated with these procedures by non-licensed individuals. It was Representative Grant and Senator Brandes who ultimately removed this egregious language from the bill, and as a result, the practice of these modalities remains a part of the practice of veterinary medicine. We want to thank both of them for supporting the deletion of this language and supporting the FVMA in their efforts to treat animals safely.

Other Bills of Interest to Veterinary Medicine That Passed or Failed • SB 91 Relating to Severe Injuries Caused by Dogs


caused severe injuries to human may be euthanized; authorizes local governments to adopt certain ordinances pertaining to dogs that have bitten or attacked persons or domestic animals; exempts law enforcement dogs from dangerous dog law. Effective Date: 3/2016 3/8/2016 Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2016-16 • HB 131 Relating to Unattended Persons and Animals in Motor Vehicles Young Unattended Persons and Animals in Motor Vehicles: Providing immunity from civil liability for damage to a motor vehicle related to the rescue of a person or animal under certain circumstances; providing applicability, etc. Effective Date: March 8, 2016 3/8/2016 Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2016-18 • SB 680 Relating to Companion Animals


Companion animals: authorizing the award of damages to an owner for loss of companionship in an action against a veterinarian for the death of his or her companion animal which resulted from the veterinarian’s negligence or recklessness. Effective Date: July 1, 2016 FAILED To PASS. This bill is known as Gracie’s Law in other states! The FVMA will continue to oppose this bill.

Severe Injuries Caused by Dogs: Provides for discretionary, rather than mandatory, quarantine or impoundment of dogs that cause severe injuries to humans; revises hearing & final order procedures & related confinement requirements, for dangerous dog actions; specifies circumstances under which dangerous dog that has





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APPLICATION PERIOD FOR THE FY 2016 VMLRP AWARD IS NOW OPEN USDA Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has closed the shortage situation nomination period for 2016, and has designated shortage areas where veterinarians may serve in the USDA Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP). The loan repayment program offers veterinarians awards of up to $75,000 to offset the debt incurred while pursuing their education in veterinary medicine. The USDA makes these awards annually through the VMLRP which is a federal program. Veterinarians who participate in the program commit to three years of service in a designated veterinary shortage area in food animal practice or public practice, and receive monetary awards to pay off student loan debt. The below website address provides information on the shortage area types, the process for nominating a veterinarian shortage situation and links to the shortage situation map. The map of designated Veterinarian Shortage Situations for FY 2016 contains all shortage situation designations for the

FY 2016 application cycle. All states shaded blue have at least one designated shortage area. The shortage situations will appear in the table below the map. Additional details for that area can be found by clicking on the pdf or the ID code of the area of interest. Four designations have been declared for the State of Florida, all with the priority designation of high, where veterinarians are needed to serve in the program for beef cattle, dairy cattle and small ruminant species. In 2015, the USDA offered 49 awards. The FY 2016 application period is now open. This year’s application process should culminate with the USDA making offers to individual veterinarian applicants in September, 2016. Veterinarians who are interested in applying for a VMLRP award may visit the following website link to prepare and submit an application: For more information contact Danielle Tack; Program Coordinator, Division of Animal Sciences; National Institute of Food and Agriculture; U.S. Department of Agriculture; at 202-401-6802 or via email at

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The world-class scientific program of the 87th FVMA Annual Conference was coupled with unique networking and social activities, and had the participation of more than 100 exhibitors. The 88th FVMA Annual Conference will return to Tampa and is scheduled for Thursday, April 6 to Sunday, April 9, 2017.



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The FVMA Annual Conference returned to Tampa, Florida, from April 14 - 17, 2016, on its 87th anniversary, and was a great success. Prior to that, the conference was last held in Tampa in 2012, but this year was held at the Tampa Convention Center to accommodate an expanded program which included 17 hands-on wet labs, three workshops and a total of 362 hours of continuing education. FVMA Executive Director Phil Hinkle and the FVMA Executive Board are pleased with the performance of the 2016 conference which saw record attendance of veterinarians and team members from around the state and other out-of-state destinations. The FVMA Executive Director says the decision to return to the City of Tampa for the 2016 conference was based on the historically great reception experienced by the Association and attendees, and the 2016 experience did not disappoint. The Tampa Convention Center and host hotel Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina were great hosts who exceeded expectations and provided attendees with the best conference experience.






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THANK YOU Hillsborough Community College (HCC) The FVMA Greatly Appreciates the participation of veterinary technology students of Hillsborough Community College (HCC) who volunteered and rendered tremendous assistance to the 87th Annual Conference Wet Labs. Through their great efforts, these students demonstrated love and commitment to the pursuit of excellence in their future profession in the veterinary medicine field. Thank you students! And thanks to HCC Veterinary Technology Program for a great partnership! The FVMA thanks the following HCC students for their valuable help :

Brittany Bittikofer, Vanessa Torres, Charlotte Hamilton, Shaleena Carley, Chastity Cook, Krista Helton, Paris Tessler, Cynthia Reyes, Tamara Hickman, Laura Lasso, Laura Largel, Sarah Sessums, Katharina Alspach and Laura Thompson.

FVMA AWARDS CEREMONY AND OFFICER INSTALLATION Was an Evening of Recognition and Tribute.


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verse Raffle And FVMA Foundation Re ees Event Where Attend Auction Was A Gala Great Fun. Fraternized And Had






FVMA Scholarship Winners, students of the Hillsborough Community College Veterinary Technology Program, Veronica M. Sallisky and Vanessa Torres with FVMA Past President Don Morgan, DVM, and Program Director Dr. Vincent Centonze. Congratulations Veronica and Vanessa!

Each year the FVMA awards two students studying for the Veterinary Technology Program Associate in Science Degree at Hillsborough Community College. The two students are presented scholarship checks of $500 each, plus an award plaque in recognition of their achievements. The Hillsborough Community College program is a fully AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology program, aimed at serving local veterinary medical practices and the growing veterinary profession in Florida.


To earn the Veterinary Technology Program Associate in Science Degree, students accomplish 73 credit hours, which may be completed in two years or over five consecutive terms. They study 18 credit hours of general education requirements, and 55 credit hours of veterinary technology courses. Completion of this degree prepares students to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam, and allows them to achieve the status of Certified Veterinary Technician. Graduates with an Associate Degree in the veterinary technology program find career opportunities in veterinary private practices, humane societies, specialty veterinary medicine, zoo and wildlife medicine, agriculture, and biomedical research.

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.

Afoxolaner Per Chewable (mg)

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. Treatment Group Afoxolaner

Chewables Administered

11.3 One 28.3 One 68 One 136 One Administer the appropriate combination of chewables

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.


Oral active control


% (n=415)


% (n=200)

Vomiting (with and without blood)





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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.




On Saturday, March 5th, the UF VBMA hosted its fourth annual veterinary business conference at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The conference con‑ sisted of morning presen‑ tations on the financial aspects of designing pre‑ ventive care plans, imple‑ menting preventive care plans, and utilizing key performance indicators to identify areas of growth. The presentations were fol‑ lowed by business work‑ shops in the afternoon. As part of the confer‑ ence, students participated in a Question and Answer panel organized by the FVMA. The panel was a huge success with the veterinary students asking the panelists, all members of the FVMA, about a range of topics from ethical decision-making, to the most valuable externship experiences, to earning potential for

2016 UF VBMA Group first-year veterinarians. The panel was a conversational and lively exchange and students received a diversity of opinions from the panel which included Dr. Bob Encinosa of Boyette Animal Hospital in Riverview, FL; Dr. Chris Smithson of The Pet Dentist at Tampa Bay; Dr. Margaret Sermersheim recent graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Alex Thomasson, co-chair of the College Advisory Committee; and Dr. Sarah Hilario who graduated Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 and presently serves on the board of Hillsborough County VMA. FVMA Student Representative, Brett Zager says the panels at the UFVBMA Business Conference are growing in popularity. “Students really appreciate the diverse advice and opinions of veteran practitioners and new graduates,” he says, “sometimes the panelists disagree with each other and that generates even more questions and discussion.”

Panelists from left: Drs. Chris Smithson, Sarah Hilario, Bob Encinosa, Alex Thomasson and Margaret Sermersheim


“We are very thankful to the FVMA and to the FVMA member-veterinarians for taking time out of their schedules to help organize and attend these panels.”

FVMA 2016



ssociate professor, large animal clinical sciences anesthesia and pain management at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Andre Shih, is this year’s recipient of the FVMA Clinical Investigator Award. The FVMA presented Dr. Shih with his award plaque and award check for $500 on March 25 at the college, recognizing his dedication as a clinician, educator and researcher, and in honor of his work to advance the understanding of hemodynamic shock neuropathic pain and anesthesia in the critical care patient. Dr. Shih teaches and advises students in the Clinical Resident Program at UFCVM in the department of small animal clinical sciences where he is also assistant professor of anesthesia. He was board certified in 2007. Dr. Shih qualified as a DVM at the University os Sao Paulo, Brazil, School of Veterinary Medicine, after which he attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine for senior year clinical rotation as part of the ECFVG requirements which he completed in 2001. Dr. Shih has authored or co-authored numerous refereed and nonrefereed publications, proceedings and research abstract presentations, and has lectured internationally. Dr. Andre Shih

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In Grateful Appreciation THE MEMBERS AND LEADERSHIP OF THE FVMA, SINCERELY THANK OUR INDUSTRY PARTNERS FOR THEIR INVALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CONTINUED GROWTH OF THE ASSOCIATION, AND FOR MAKING THE FVMA’S YEARLY MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION CAMPAIGN SUCCESSFUL. The FVMA Membership Recruitment and Retention Campaign partners with industry in a successful program that expands outreach to veterinarians and deepens the relationship with the veterinary industry The 2016 Membership Recruitment and Retention Campaign is currently under way, and the FVMA is pleased

that at the end of March, the Association had added more than 360 new members to its ranks. Partnering with the following companies this year enabled the FVMA to offer free products with a wholesale value of more than $829,000 in our membership recruitment and retention program.

Invaluable Contributions of our Industry Partners THE FVMA EXTENDS ITS THANKS FOR THE



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More Than $829,000 CONTRIBUTED BY INDUSTRY Idexx Laboratories This year, Idexx Laboratories contributed $460,000.00 wholesale value of Lepto Snap Test to all new and renewing members. Each receive a pack of 10, which carries a wholesale value of $200.00.



This year, ElancoTM committed $128,000.00 of free product for all new and renewing members of the FVMA. All members this year receive a 6-pack of Trifexis or InterceptorPlus Chewies, with a wholesale value of $56 each.

Roadrunner Pharmacy Roadrunner Pharmacy donated $115,000.00. All new and renewing members receive a credit of $50.00 toward an in-clinic new compounding prescription order.


Zoetis supported the campaign with product valued at $80,500.00 wholesale. Our members receive three packs of four Cerenia tablets or 24 individual packs, a wholesale value of $35.00.

Merial, Ltd. This year, Merial contributed product for new members with a wholesale value of $28,500.00. New members receive one 6-pack of NexGard and one 12-pack of Heargard valued at $57.00.

Virbac Animal Health Virbac Animal Health provided free product for all new members with a wholesale value of $17,000.00. Members have the choice of a 6-pack of Sentinel Flavor Tabs or Sentinel Spectrum, valued at $34.00.

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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.


Can I charge a no-show fee if I do not receive an appropriate cancellation notice from the client? A: No-show fees can be problematic for professionals. You have the right to charge a no-show fee, but that must be CLEARLY stated in writing to the client, and should also be on a sign at the practice. The biggest problem with no-show fees is their potential for incurring negative publicity for the practice. FVMA’s legal counsel suggests practitioners give their client a letter stating that any subsequent no-shows will incur a no-show fee. This is not a legal issue but instead a common-sense, good-will, and marketing issue. With social media, a veterinarian can get a lot of adverse publicity very quickly, and it is a good practice to avoid possible sources of complaints such as this one.


I do relief work at five different clinics. Am I allowed to prescribe and dispense controlled substances at these individual clinics when my registered address is my home? And secondly, if I were to allow my registration to expire, would I be able to use controlled substances at these clinics using their licenses? If so, must the individual registrant be present? A: If the doctor has a DEA registration at his home, he is authorized to prescribe anywhere he may be working as a relief veterinarian. If he is working for another vet that has a DEA registration, and that other vet maintains his/her own stock of medications, the relief vet can prescribe the drug and it may be dispensed from the stock of the other vet, in which case, the other vet is responsible for maintaining the accurate records of the drugs dispensed. What DEA does not allow is for a relief vet to carry his/ her own stock of drugs to other clinics where he/she may be doing relief work but is not registered with DEA at that particular location. If the relief vet decides to allow his/her DEA registration to expire, which is strongly advised against, then the relief


vet is still authorized to administer or use controlled substances (i.e. during surgery) at the clinic, as an agent of the vet-owner, but he/she cannot prescribe controlled substances.


Can my veterinary technician who originally certified in another state be certified by the FVMA based on the out-of-state certification? A: To be certified by the FVMA a veterinary technician must: • graduate from an AVMA accredited veterinary technician program • obtain a passing grade in the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE), which is administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB).


We work with a pet store that is having customers sign a waiver at purchase that they will not be responsible for any veterinary costs related to a puppy after purchase. However, some of these puppies are being sold that have failed the health certification and/or are sick at the time of purchase. And the owner is still refusing to pay or reimburse the purchasers for any treatment for these sick puppies. This is directly against what the FL Statute states even though they have signed this waiver. How much of the responsibility could come back on us if we do not advise these purchasers of their rights according to the statutes or have they truly negated those rights by signing this waiver? We have worked with this pet store for over 20 years but it is under new ownership for the last 2 years and they have changed how this was previously handled. I want to make sure our hospital and our doctors are not liable if one of these purchasers place a complaint or pursue legal action regarding a sick puppy. A: The veterinarian working with the pet store must tell the pet store to cease and desist from having customers sign waivers that are invalid. When the law provides consumer protections, the law does not uphold waivers, even signed ones, because they are against public policy.

A veterinarian may be in trouble if he fails to advise clients about their legal rights or otherwise further the impression that waivers like the one described are valid. If the pet store does not stop this practice, the veterinarian should consider disassociating himself from the store. He can be disciplined under §474.214(1)(j) for: (j)  Knowingly maintaining a professional connection or association with any person who is in violation of the provisions of this chapter or the rules of the board or department. However, if the licensee verifies that the person is actively participating in a board-approved program for the treatment of a physical or mental condition, the licensee is required only to report such person to the consultant. And under (o) for: (o) Fraud, deceit, negligence, incompetency, or misconduct, in or related to the practice of veterinary medicine. Although (j) may not be totally applicable because the pet store is not regulated under Chapter 474, the expressed intent is that the veterinarian not associate with those that violate the law. A veterinarian who charges a client for the treatment of a recently purchased animal that is subject to the Pet Lemon Law without advising the client of his/her rights may be guilty of “deceit, negligence, incompetency or misconduct.”


How many APHIS-approved supplemental training would be required for each Accreditation Category? A: Category I veterinarians are required to complete three (3) units of APHIS-approved supplemental training. Category II veterinarians are required to complete six (6) units of APHIS-approved supplemental training.


If chiropractors are allowed to treat animals, what is the criteria and is this in the law? I looked at the law but could not find anything. A: According to Section 474.202(9); F.S., treatment of whatever nature for the prevention, cure, or relief of a wound, fracture, bodily injury, or disease in an animal constitutes the practice of veterinary medicine. The practice of chiropractic medicine is defined pursuant to Section 460.403(9), F.S., by reference to the "human body" only. Therefore, a chiropractic physician cannot hold himself or herself out as an animal chiropractor, or engage in the treatment of any animal independently. A veterinary aide may render auxiliary or supporting assistance under the responsible supervision of a licensed veterinarian, who shall remain responsible for all acts performed under her or his supervision, see §474.203(6), F.S. The Board of Veterinary Medicine has stated that all tasks which may be delegated to a veterinary aide shall be performed under "immediate supervision," with two exceptions: the administration of medication or treatment (excluding vaccinations) as directed by the licensed veterinarian, and the obtaining of samples or performance of diagnostic tests directed by the veterinarian. See rule 61G18:-17.005(1), F.AC. If a licensed veterinarian has first examined the animal and created a valid physician-patient-client relationship, that veterinarian can direct the performance of treatment (i.e. manipulation) to a veterinary aide, and such treatment can take place under "responsible supervision," which does not require the on-premises presence of the veterinarian. If a chiropractic physician enters into such a relationship with a licensed veterinarian, then he or she can perform treatment modalities on animals under the veterinarian's off-premises responsible supervision.


Do I get a reminder that my accreditation needs to be renewed? A: Yes, you receive a reminder along with instructions on how to renew your accreditation. If you provided an e-mail address, you will be sent e-mail reminders at six (6), three (3), and one (1) month intervals before your expiration date. If you didn’t provide an e-mail address, you will be sent a reminder notice three (3) months before your expiration date.




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




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