F V M A ADVOCATE ISSUE 3 | 2017
THE FLORIDA VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Alex M. “Steve” Steverson, DVM
President's MESSAGE These have been a busy 2 months for the FVMA. We had a record-setting Annual Conference in Tampa in the begin‑ ning of April. It was a great venue, great education, and great fellowship. If you weren’t there, you missed a real treat. Make plans to join us in 2018.
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The FVMA was well represented at the white coat ceremony at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, as the sophomores move into their third year and begin their clinical experience. Dr. Rick Williams is this year’s FVMA Champion of Veteri‑ nary Medicine and, after accepting his award, addressed the students and their families. Congratulations to Dr. Williams for an award well deserved.
Dr. Alex M. Steverson President Dr. Marc A. Presnell President-Elect Dr. Donald H. Morgan Treasurer Dr. Richard C. Sutliff Past President Mr. Philip J. Hinkle Executive Director
DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES Dr. Scott Richardson District 1–Big Bend Dr. Julia Conway District 2–Northeast Dr. Todd Fulton 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 Dr. James M. Brechin District 8–Northwest Dr. Kelly J. Sloan-Wade District 9–Space Coast Dr. Ernest C. Godfrey AVMA Delegate Dr. Richard B. Williams AVMA Alternate Delegate Dr. Jacqueline S. Shellow FAEP Representative to the FVMA Executive Board Ex Officio Dr. James W. Lloyd, Dean UF College of Veterinary Medicine
The last weekend in May was graduation weekend for the College of Veterinary Medicine. I was privileged to address the graduating Class of 2017 at their rehearsal breakfast. Our profession is in good hands with these bright young graduates. The FVMA was graciously recognized at the graduation ceremony. The FVMA and the college have a strong relationship that will continue to provide leaders for veterinary medicine long after we are gone. The college just celebrated its 40th anniversary. The FVMA was instrumental in creating the college and had a very active role during its early years. With 40 years of graduates, it is time for the college to form its own alumni advisory council to take the role long served by the FVMA’s College Advisory Committee. Last week I attended the Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida. If you’ve never attended one of these meetings, it is an interesting and educational experience - definitely worth your time. These meetings rotate around the state; make it a point to attend when there is one near you. This also counts as CE credit for the rules and regulations portion of your license renewal requirements. Looking forward, we have several programs coming up. The 13th Annual Promoting Excel‑ lence Symposium is scheduled for this fall in Naples, Florida. The FAEP Council has done an outstanding job planning this second-to-none meeting. Equine veterinarians from all over the country have this conference on their list of “must attend” meetings. The Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference is also scheduled for this fall and will once again be a world-class conference right here in Florida at the Boca Raton Resort. There are several other exciting programs being developed at the FVMA office which will be rolled out in the very near future. Stay tuned for more information. With all the opportunities the FVMA has going on, we need your help! The FVMA would not be one of the largest and most active state veterinary organizations without the volunteers that give direction, leadership, and manpower to our association. Get involved and help make a difference! Respectfully,
Alex M. Steverson, DVM
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In Remembrance C. Tom Rainey, DVM
FVMA Past President (1981) 1934-2017
With great sadness, the Florida Veterinary Medical Associa‑ tion mourns the passing of FVMA Past President and honored Miami veterinarian, Dr. C. Tom Rainey, which occurred on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Dr. Rainey was 83 years old. Elected president in 1981, Dr. Rainey was the founder of Dixie Animal Hospital in Miami. He joined the FVMA in 1965 and became a life member of the Association when he was honored with the FVMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. Dr. Rainey graduated from the University of Georgia (UGA) in 1958, went on to serve as a first lieutenant in the United States Army Veterinary Corps at the biological warfare laboratory in Maryland, and subsequently was instructor of small animal medicine at UGA from 1961-1965. He also received the Distin‑ guished Alumni Award from the University of Georgia in 2003. He contributed much of his time and professional expertise
to charitable and civic causes. Appointed to the Game and Fish Commission by Governor Bob Graham in 1980 and again in 1985, he served for ten years and was elected chairman in 1981, 1984 and 1988. He was a founding member of the Florida Wild‑ life Foundation, serving from 1994 until 2010. He was named to the Orange Bowl Committee in 1981, as well as to the Board of the Baptist Hospital Foundation. He was also a member of the Audubon Society, Florida League of Anglers, Florida Conserva‑ tion Association, Florida Wildlife Association and Everglades Protection Association. Dr. Rainey is survived by his wife of 33 years, Loli; three children, Courtney Rainey and her son, Henry, Anne Ward (Jackson) and Cullen Rainey III; and three stepchildren, John MacDonald (Colleen), Scott MacDonald and Brian MacDonald (Cristy) and their six children.
Harry Prussner, DVM It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Harry Prussner, on June 5, 2017, in Titusville, Fla., at the age of 70. Born and raised on Long Island, the son of Harry and Betty, he was a longtime resident of Greenville in upstate New York where he practiced veterinary medicine for 30 years before moving to Florida in 2006. Dr. Prussner continued his practice in Brevard County with unswerving dedication, devotion and love for his patients. He joined the FVMA the same year he began to prac‑ tice in Florida. An avid golfer, he was a member of Indian River Preserve Golf 4 | FVMA ADVOCATE
Club in Mims, Fla. where he teed off a couple of times a week. He will be sadly missed by members and staff and by Bunkers, the resi‑ dent cat. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 11 years, Gloria; sisters, Lori & Nancy; family-members, and many close friends and asso‑ ciates, all who loved him dearly.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Dr. Linda Jack – New Port Richey, FL
FVMA member from Pasco County Vies for seat in the Florida House of Representatives
press release in early June and articles in local newspa‑ pers in the Tampa area announced that FVMA member, Dr. Linda Jack of New Port Richey, Fla., is throwing her hat into the political arena and is vying for the Florida House District 36 seat. Employed as a small animal relief veterinarian in Pasco County, Dr. Jack is 56 years old. She is also a member of the Pasco-Her‑ nando Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Jack says she became politically active after last November’s election by establishing a nonpartisan volunteer activism group which now has more than 200 members. She is running as a selfdescribed “Democrat with an independent streak,” taking a pro‑ gressive stance on most issues but fiscally conservative. “I’m new to politics but not to public service,” she says. When elected to the House, she hopes to champion the causes of the veterinary profession in Florida, and to continue to facili‑ tate the growth of West Pasco and bring a fresh perspective to the challenges facing the area. She is a native Floridian, the daughter of an Air Force officer
and public school teacher. “My parents inspired me to love my country, get a good education and value hard work,” says Dr. Jack. “As the saying goes, they gave me a backbone, not a wishbone.” After losing her parents at a relatively young age, Dr. Jack put herself through college, launched a successful career perform‑ ing and teaching music, and later returning to graduate school to study veterinary medicine. She obtained her Doctorate in Vet‑ erinary Medicine in 2006 from North Carolina State University and subsequently worked in Virginia and North Carolina before moving back home to Florida in 2015. Dr. Jack has filed to run as a Democratic opponent to State Representative Amber Mariano.
DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES COMMENCE SECOND TERMS ON THE FVMA EXECUTIVE BOARD Dr. Rachel Klemawesch served on several FVMA committees before she was first elected to serve on the FVMA Executive Board in 2014. The District 4 Repre‑ sentative represents the interests of members in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Sumter counties in West Central Florida. There are four local VMAs in her district, Pinellas County Veterinary Medi‑ cal Association, Hillsborough Veterinary Medical Association, Pasco Hernando Veterinary Medical Association and Suncoast Veterinary Medical Association. Klemawesch is the present Medical Director of Northeast Animal Hospital in St. Petersburg. She graduated cum laude in 1996 from Auburn University where she studied for her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She completed a precep‑ torship with renowned avian specialist, Dr. Don Harris, before spending several years working in a group of small animal hos‑ pitals in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area. Prior to moving to the Tampa/St. Petersburg area, she was the medical director at Gulf Breeze Animal Hospital in Gulf Breeze, Florida. She was awarded the FVMA Gold Star Award in 2015.
DR. RACHEL KLEMAWESCH
DR. MARY SMART BRADENTON, FL DISTRICT 7
SAINT PETERSBURG, FL
Dr. Mary Smart is the Representative on the FVMA Executive Board for District 7 in Southwest Florida which comprises Charlotte, De Soto, Hardee, Lee, Manatee and Sarasota counties. She is a native of Maryland and grew up on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. She attended the University of Maryland from 1976 to 1980, where she received a Bach‑ elor of Science in Animal Science and continued her education at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1985. Most of her career, she has worked in both large and small animal practice as an associ‑ ate veterinarian, a relief veterinarian, an emergency medicine practitioner, and a practice owner in Sarasota and Manatee counties. She is currently employed at Westbay Animal Hospital of Bradenton. Smart is past president of the Manatee County Veterinary Medical Society and is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Jim Brechin represents District 8 on the FVMA Executive Board, which covers Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties in Northwest Florida. Born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., Dr. Brechin graduated from Auburn University, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1974. Prior to settling in Destin, Fla. in 1977, he prac‑ ticed in Jacksonville, Fla. and Nashville, Tennessee. Brechin operates Destin Animal Clinic, a full-service veterinary medical facility in the heart of the city. He was the founding member of the Miracle Strip Veterinary Society and served as its first president. He remains active in his community through various orga‑ nizations including the Destin Chamber of Commerce which he served as president, the Destin Fishing Rodeo, the Lions Club, Rotary Club, and his spiritual congrega‑ tion, Destin United Methodist Church. He served as District 8 Representative on the FVMA Finance Committee and the executive board for two terms previously, during which he was FVMA President for 2009-2010. Brechin rejoined the board in 2014.
DR. JAMES M. BRECHIN
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DESTIN, FL DISTRICT 8
Dr. Kelly Sloan-Wade was elected to serve a first term on the board as District 9 – Space Coast Representative in 2014. On the board, Dr. Sloan-Wade represents veteri‑ narians in Flagler, Volusia and Brevard counties. She is a 1991 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, and practices small animal medicine at Atlantic Animal Clinic of Cape Canaveral, Flor‑ ida. Atlantic Animal Clinic is a full-service veterinary medical facility that provides medical care, surgical care and dental care to clients from Cape Canaveral and sur‑ rounding areas. She is also the veterinary civilian officer at Patrick Air Force Base, Brevard County, and is an adjunct faculty member of the Eastern Florida State College Veterinary Technology Program. A member of the AVMA, she has served as treasurer of the Brevard County Veterinary Medical Association, and was the recipient of Eastern Florida State College’s Outstanding Adjunct Award in 2013. Sloan-Wade received undergraduate and post graduate degrees in Science and Cell/Molecular Biology from Florida Institute of Technology in 1981 and 1985 respectively.
DR. KELLY SLOAN-WADE MERRITT ISLAND, FL DISTRICT 9
NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS Dr. Jackie Shellow Hollywood, FL
Dr. Todd Fulton Mulberry, FL
FAEP COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE
Dr. Jacqueline S. Shellow has joined the FVMA Executive Board as the representative of the Florida Association of Equine Practitioners (FAEP), the equine-exclusive division of the FVMA. Dr. Shellow is a long-standing FAEP council member and served as its president in 2010. She replaces Dr. Amanda House on the executive board, and will serve an initial 3-year term. She is a partner in Teigland, Franklin and Brokken, DVM’s P. A., of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a specialty practice for pleasure horses and Thoroughbreds. She joined Teigland, Franklin and Brokken when she graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. Prior to attending veterinary school, she attended Stephens College and then the University of Kentucky, where she obtained a Master’s Degree in Equine Nutrition. In 1994, she was certified in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and certified in animal chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 1998. Shellow was awarded the FVMA Gold Star Award in 2010 and FVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award in 2014. WWW.FVMA.ORG |
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Dr. Todd Fulton has joined the FVMA Executive Board to fulfill the term of Dr. Marc Presnell, who had one year remaining in his term as District 3 Representative when he was installed as president-elect of the Association in April. As the new representative, Dr. Fulton's responsibilities include the interests of veterinary professionals in his district which include Lake, Seminole, Orange, Osceola and Polk counties. Four local associations operate in District 3: the Central Florida VMA, Indian River VMA, Ridge Veterinary Medical Society, and Lake County VMA. Dr. Fulton is associate veterinarian at Christina Animal Hospital in Mulberry, in Polk County, where he has worked since 2005. His special interests are diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, and surgery. Fulton studied for a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science and Biology degree at Arkansas State University and pursued his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree and a Diagnostic Imaging Internship at Louisiana State University. He is a member of the AVMA, the Central Florida Academy of Veterinary Medicine, and Ridge Veterinary Medical Society.
MEET THE PRESIDENT ALEX M. “STEVE” STEVERSON, DVM
FVMA President | 2017-2018
A CONVERSATION WITH FVMA President, Dr. Alex M. “Steve” Steverson Bradfordville Animal Hospital, Tallahassee, FL
lex M. “Steve” Steverson, DVM, was installed as president of the FVMA for the year 2017-2018, at a ceremony held in Tampa, Fla., on April 7, 2017. He succeeded Richard Sutliff, DVM, who now serves on the FVMA Executive Board as immediate past president. Dr. Steverson was first elected to the FVMA Executive Board as District 1 Rep‑ resentative in 2003, when he served for six years, then returned for re-election in 2013, and for further service to veterinary medicine and the FVMA membership in Bay, Calhoun, Franklyn, Gadsden, Gulf, Homes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Lib‑ erty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington counties. He is a graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and has practiced veterinary medicine at his clinic, Bradfordville Animal Hospital in Tal‑ lahassee, since 1991. The new president has been a member of the FVMA since 1988, and is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hos‑ pital Association, and the Veterinary Orthopedic Society. He has also served as president of his local VMA, Big Bend Veterinary Medical Association. Besides general veterinary medicine, Dr. Steverson is interested in orthopedic surgery and ophthalmology. In his down time, he enjoys fly-fishing, hunting, skiing and camping.
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What are your goals as president of the FVMA? P resident: The FVMA Executive Board has given the FVMA a great vision. We have been developing some great programs over the last few years that should come to fruition during my tenure as presi‑ dent. First, we have been working closely with the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine to transition the Charlie Bild program into a more user friendly and enhanced program for FVMA members. I would like to see this program completed before my term is up. Also, the FVMA has some very success‑ ful continuing education programs with the annual conference and the Gulf-Atlantic conference offering outstanding CE in the spring and the fall respectively. To improve our CE offering, we are developing several regional veterinary conferences to reach those parts of our state that are not in close proximity to either of our current conferences. I’d like to see these regional confer‑ ences developed and available. And third, we have been devel‑ oping a leadership development program for new practitioners.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Please describe your overall vision for the Association into the future? P resident: The FVMA will continue to be the voice of Veterinary Medicine in the State of Florida. What does that mean for the FVMA and its members?
When we talk about being the voice for veterinary medicine it applies to animal care and animal health both on a statewide level as well as with each local practitioner. On a statewide level when an issue impacting the animals of the state of Florida appears, the FVMA, as the voice of the veterinarians of the state, should be the first organization people think to contact. Many
As the world continues to get smaller, Florida will continue to be a “sentinel state” for many animal diseases entering the U.S. We must continue to be vigilant and aware of those diseases we don’t have here, and hopefully never will. Also, organized groups and individuals have been and will continue to try and make it easier for veterinary medicine to be practiced without the proper edu‑ cation and training. The FVMA has prevented changes to the laws governing veterinary medicine on several occasions. Any one of these changes would have allowed untrained individuals to practice some aspect of veterinary medicine.
legislators have us on their speed dial for issues relating to animal care and welfare. If we are to maintain this status, we must con‑ tinue to make our presence known through personal contacts with our legislators as well as participation in our Legislative Action Days during the Legislative Session. From a local level, we must make sure the latest information is disseminated to all of our members in a timely and efficient manner. We need to be prepared and educated on a situation when our clients come in asking about some issue they heard about, or read about in the paper or online. A prime example of this is the recent Canine Influenza outbreak that occurred at a Central Florida dog show. With the coordination between the FVMA, the UF College of Vet Med, and the State Veterinarian's office, information was sent to all practitioners within days of the outbreak. This quick action has hopefully averted a major health crisis in Florida.
We must remain aware and defend our profession from these groups that would like to destroy the profession we love. We can accomplish this through education both of our members and the public. We have an outstanding legislative action committee that will help to ensure that the laws protecting our profession are not changed.
How long have you been involved with the FVMA?
What are the important issues for Florida veterinarians from your point of view? And why are they important?
I first joined the FVMA shortly after we moved to Florida in 1989. I served on the executive board beginning in 2003. I have been involved in the FVMA ever since.
What is your philosophy about service, and in organized veteri‑ nary medicine specifically? P resident: I have been so blessed throughout my life that it only makes sense to give back. This applies doubly to veterinary medicine. Organized Veterinary Medicine is what will protect the profes‑ sion and allow those coming behind us the same opportunity as we had; to be able to establish a career and provide for your family while caring for the animals of the State of Florida.
What are your ideas about addressing those issues?
After your tenure as president, will you remain active in orga‑ nized veterinary medicine? P resident: Of course. What message would you like to leave the membership?
This is an amazing profession that we are privileged to be a part of. Anywhere we go and just about anyone we meet look to each of us with respect and admiration. Not because of anything we have done, but just because you are a veterinarian and the col‑ lective reputation those in our profession have developed.
PRACTICING AS A VETERINARIAN
Look fifteen years down the road and tell us how you envision the veterinary profession in Florida at that time? P resident: These are exciting times for veterinary medicine. The advances in the last 30 years since I graduated are amazing. However, even with all of the advances in medicine that have happened and will continue to happen, the most important thing we have to offer our patients and owners is what's in our hearts and our head. Describe your history as a veterinarian?
I graduated from the Auburn College of Vet Med in 1987, moved to St Petersburg, and began practicing. After two years WWW.FVMA.ORG |
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Dr. Steverson receives his president's gavel from past president Richard Carpenter, DVM
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we moved to Tallahassee and practiced for two years before buying Bradfordville Animal Hospital in 1991. We've been blessed to go from a very slow one doctor practice to a busy multi-doctor practice over the years.
What inspired you to become a vet?
I actually grew up with all sorts of animals - dogs, cats, horses, chickens. I never really thought of Veterinary Medicine as a career until I was already in college. I was a senior in Account‑ ing and realized this was not what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I asked myself "If you could be anything you want, what would you be?" The answer was "a veterinarian." After this epiphany, I worked in several animal hospitals and confirmed this would really be my dream job. I have often told my staff "What we do is a calling, not just a job." I really feel I was called to this wonder‑ ful career.
Describe your involvement in organized veterinary medicine at the local level? P resident: I have been involved in our local association (the Big Bend Vet‑ erinary Medical Association) since I moved to Tallahassee in 1991. I served as president twice (1993 & 2015) and Vice Presi‑ dent once (1992).
Do you have any special anecdotes about your practice and milestone stories you would like to share about your work as a vet? P President: My boys have had to put up with a dad that knows people all over the community because he's a veterinarian. They are always complaining that we can't go anywhere without someone recog‑ nizing me and stopping me to talk. This was really driven home on two occasions. First, I took the family camping at Cheaha State Park outside of Birmingham, Alabama. We were walking up to the small general store to buy some firewood and heard someone call out "Dr Steve!” Here we were 6 hours from home and I'm being stopped to talk to a client about her pet. The other occasion was at the Rose Bowl for the 2013 college national championship between Auburn and Florida State. A client stopped me in the corridor of the stadium to talk. Remem‑ ber, wherever you go, you are an ambassador for veterinarians everywhere. Do you participate in any community programs and entities outside of veterinary medicine? P resident: I am active in my church, serving as a deacon and teaching a high school boys Sunday school class.
BALANCING A BUSY SCHEDULE
Tell us about your family and hobbies? P resident: My wife Penni and I have been married for 30 years and have 3 boys. Drew is 27 and is an engineer, Brandon is 24 and is an accountant, and Chandler is 21 and a senior in college. The whole family enjoys snow skiing and we try and go every chance we get. I enjoy fishing, especially saltwater fly fishing, and com‑ pete in triathlons as motivation to stay in shape.
medicine and spend time developing skills and talents in that area. Some days it's nice to get in my boat, put the cell phone below deck in a dry box, and have a good day on the water. Find your way to recharge your batteries.
How are your extra duties as president impacting your practice as a vet? P resident: The FVMA is a very well run organization. They do all of the heavy lifting and make the president look good! Also, past presi‑ dents do a great job of preparing the incoming president for the time commitments involved. Any advice on balancing private life with the responsibilities of a veterinary medicine career? P resident: Veterinary Medicine can be a demanding and consuming career if you aren't careful. Find a hobby, or other interest outside of
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Dr. Steverson and Mrs. Penni Steverson during the 88th FVMA Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida.
FVMA Executive Director for VMAE Treasurer FVMA Executive Director, Phil Hinkle, is on a slate of candidates being presented for election by the nominating committee of the Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE), to lead the organization through July, 2018. He is slated to be the VMAE’s treasurer, and will join president, Deloris Green Gaines of Tennessee VMA and past president Candace Joy of Wash‑ ington State VMA, who are continuing on the board. Others nominated on the slate to join the board include president-elect candidate, Dan Tjornehoj, Minnesota VMA; secretary candidate, Gary Stamp, Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society; and director candidates, Megan Kilgore, Kansas VMA, Marie Queen, South Carolina, Jost am Rhyn, Canadian VMA, and Tamara Spooner, New Mexico VMA. VMAE membership will vote to elect their 2017-2018 officers and direc‑ tors during their annual meeting which is scheduled for Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Canine Influenza FAQs for Pet Owners and Veterinarians, June 16, 2017
ith general concern throughout the state and a heightened state of alert among dog owners, we wanted to update the available information for our members as well as the general public.
Alert from Dr. Michael Short, State Veterinarian, May 20, 2017 We recently learned from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine that they have treated multiple cases of respiratory disease in dogs this week. Several dogs have been hospitalized, with seven confirmed H3N2 canine influenza cases and several others with suspected H3N2 influenza. All dogs being treated are in stable condition. There is no evidence that H3N2 canine influenza virus infects people. While H3N2 has been circulating throughout the country, it is the first time it has been confirmed in Florida. This is a highly contagious virus, and the University of Florida has provided the attached veterinary FAQs and sample collection information sheet, as well as an owner fact sheet for your clients. In addition, more information can be found at: • University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medi‑ cine Website, http://sheltermedicine.vetmed.ufl.edu/ shelter-services/tools-tips-fact-sheets/canine-influenza-3/ • American Veterinary Medical Association Website, (https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/Pages/ Canine-Influenza-Backgrounder.aspx)
UF Veterinary Hospitals College of Veterinary Medicine Misinformation about the dog flu has begun circulating on social media. College officials advise residents to review the FAQs posted below for further information about H3N2 CIV. College veterinarians confirm that 21 dogs in its care have tested positive for the dog flu. These cases have originated in north and central Florida. As many independent veterinarians across the state also are able to provide diagnostic testing for H3N2 CIV, college officials are unable to confirm outside cases. College officials also remain unable to provide specific county information because canine influenza is not among the reportable diseases per state law.
FAQs FOR VETERINARIANS 1. What is H3N2 Canine Influenza Virus? H3N2 canine influenza virus (H3N2 CIV) is an influenza A virus that is specific for dogs. The virus is currently circulating in dogs in different communities in the coun‑ try, including Florida and Georgia. Most dogs have no immunity to this virus and will be infected upon expo‑ sure. H3N2 CIV can also infect cats. There is no evidence that this virus infects people. 2. What does H3N2 CIV cause? H3N2 CIV is specific for the respiratory system. It infects both the upper and lower respiratory tract. Clinical signs include frequent cough, sneezing, and nasal discharge that can persist for 2 weeks. Some dogs develop a fever (>103.5F) within the first few days and progress to life‐ threatening pneumonia. Secondary bacterial coinfections are common.
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3. How is H3N2 CIV transmitted? This is a highly contagious virus transmitted by direct contact with infected dogs and by indirect contact with a contaminated environment and people. Dogs that participate in group activities or are housed in communal facilities are at highest risk for exposure. This includes dog shows, boarding facilities, dog parks, grooming par‑ lors, obedience classes, veterinary clinics, animal shelters, rescue groups, etc. H3N2 CIV should be included in the differential for dogs with an acute onset of cough and a compatible exposure history. 4. How should I respond to potential cases? • Since this is a highly contagious virus, protection of other dogs in the clinic is paramount. • Coughing dogs generate virus‐containing aerosols that travel 20 feet or more, so it is very challenging to have these dogs in the clinic without risk for transmission. Strict biosecurity measures are crucial to prevention of virus spread. • Instruct owners to call the receptionist when they arrive and wait in their car with the dog. Neither the owner nor the dog should enter the waiting room. The best time to see these dogs is during times of low appointment activity. • The veterinarian and assistants should wear PPE that covers their entire body and bring the dog and owner through a separate entry into the nearest exam room. No other personnel or animals should walk in this hallway until it is disinfected. • The exam room should contain dedicated stethoscopes and other supplies that are not re‐used for other dogs. • Accurate diagnosis of the cause of respiratory signs is essential for planning adequate treatment and control measures. It is not possible to diagnose influenza virus based on clinical signs alone. Specific diagnostic testing is recommended over presumptive diagnosis. • The most accurate diagnostic test is PCR performed on swabs of the nasal cavity and caudal pharynx. You can access a video demonstration for swab collection at this link: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=_wYP4cFh398 • Most dogs can be treated as outpatients. Since second‑ ary bacterial infections are common, the new guide‑ lines for treatment of acute‐onset respiratory infections recommend empirical treatment with a broad‐spec‑ trum antibiotic such as doxycycline or Clavamox®. A cough suppressant may be helpful. • Medications should be filled by staff that has not been in contact with the dog or the exam room. • Dogs infected with H3N2 CIV are contagious to other dogs for up to 3‐4 weeks, which is much longer than other canine respiratory pathogens. Instruct the owner to keep their dog and all other dogs in the household isolated for 4 weeks. The owner should call if their dog stops eating, is lethargic, and has an increased respira‑ tory rate or effort. The owner should also call if other dogs in the household develop clinical signs.
• Payments should be arranged so that the client or contaminated staff in PPE do not enter the reception or check‐out area. • The dog and owner should be discharged through the same door that they used to enter the exam room. • Disinfect the exam room and the hallway leading to the entry/exit door. H3N2 CIV can persist in the environ‑ ment for 12 to 24 hours but is easily inactivated by common disinfectants and handwashing with soap and water. • Many dogs with severe pneumonia require inpatient hospital care. This can be challenging because these dogs are highly contagious and must be in a separate isolation room with 24‐hour care provided by dedi‑ cated staff in full coverage PPE. Referral to a veterinary teaching hospital or specialty clinic may be required.
Information FOR PET OWNERS 1. What is H3N2 Canine Influenza Virus? H3N2 canine influenza virus (H3N2 CIV) is a very contagious influenza virus that infects dogs. This virus recently emerged in the US in 2015. It has already infected thousands of dogs in more than 30 states. H3N2 CIV has also infected cats but there is no evidence that it can infect people. 2. What does H3N2 CIV cause? H3N2 CIV causes a respiratory infection in dogs that is also known as “dog flu”. Common symptoms include sneezing, nasal discharge, and frequent coughing that can last for 2 weeks or more. Many dogs have a fever, decreased appetite, and lethargy during the first few days of illness. Some dogs have more serious disease and pneumonia that requires hospital care. H3N2 CIV can cause respiratory infections in cats too. The cats start sneezing and have nasal discharge but usually do not cough. 3. How do dogs get H3N2 CIV infection? H3N2 CIV is spread by direct contact with a sick dog and by contact with an environment or people that are contaminated with the virus. Coughing dogs produce invisible virus‐containing mists that travel more than 20
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feet in the air, facilitating rapid spread of virus over distances. This type of virus transmission contributes to a rapid increase in coughing dogs in a kennel situa‑ tion. The virus can survive in the environment (kennel surfaces, food/water bowls, collars/ leashes, toys, beds) or on people’s clothing and hands for 12 to 24 hours before it dies. It is easily killed by handwashing with soap and water, normal laundering of clothing and bedding, and washing food/water bowls and toys with soap and water. 4. What dogs are at risk for H3N2 CIV? Most dogs do not have immunity to H3N2 CIV. This means that dogs of any breed, age or health status will likely be infected if they are exposed to the virus. Dogs at most risk for exposure are those with a social lifestyle and participate in group events or are housed in communal facilities, especially in communities where H3N2 CIV is circulating. This includes dogs in boarding kennels, day care centers, shelters, dog shows, veterinary clinics, pet stores, grooming parlors, etc. Dogs that mostly stay at home and walk around the neighborhood are at low risk. 5. What should I do if my dog has canine flu symptoms? First of all, your dog may have a respiratory infection caused by other respiratory viruses and not H3N2 CIV. This can only be determined by a diagnostic test per‑ formed by your veterinarian. Here are the important steps to follow: • Call your veterinarian. Do not go to the clinic without calling first. Your dog may have a very contagious infection that can easily spread to other dogs in the clinic. • Tell the veterinarian the following information: ‐ Your dog’s symptoms and when they started. ‐ If your dog has been to a dog show, boarding facility, dog day care center, dog park, grooming parlor, or another event with other dogs within the past week. - If your dog was around coughing dogs in the past week. • The veterinarian will provide specific instructions on when and how to see your dog.
• Talk with your veterinarian about performing a diag‑ nostic test to determine if your dog has the flu virus or another virus. This is very important to the care of your dog. The test is performed on swabs of the nose and throat that are submitted to an outside laboratory. 6. What if my dog is diagnosed with H3N2 CIV? Most dogs recover at home without any complications. The most important aspect of home care is to keep your dog isolated from all other dogs for 4 weeks. While dogs recover from illness in about 2 weeks, they can remain contagious to other dogs for up to 4 weeks. If you have other dogs or cats in the house, then all of them must be isolated in the home for 4 weeks. Your veterinarian will provide instructions on how to monitor the health of all the pets and when to call about concerns. About 20% of dogs can progress to pneumonia. Dogs with pneumonia typically have decreased appetite, are very lethargic, and may have labored breathing. Call your veterinarian if you see these signs. These dogs likely need special hospital care for recovery. Fortunately, the mortal‑ ity rate for H3N2 CIV is low. 7. What can I do to protect my dog against H3N2 CIV? You should also remain aware of any information about confirmed documentation of H3N2 CIV in your com‑ munity or communities where you take your dog. If this virus is present in the community, then be careful about exposing your dog to events or facilities with other dogs. Knowledge and common sense are your best defenses against canine influenza. The most important step is to vaccinate your dog against the canine influenza viruses. Just like human flu vac‑ cines, the H3N2 CIV vaccine may not completely prevent infection but will make it less likely. Additionally, if a vaccinated dog does get infected, the disease is likely to be more mild and of shorter duration. The vaccine can also protect against pneumonia. Talk to your veterinarian about vaccination against H3N2 CIV and other canine influenza viruses.
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University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Confers 114 Degrees UF CVM Class of 2017 graduated with all the fanfare and with the best wishes of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Commencement ceremonies were held at the University of Floridaâ€™s Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville, and 114 new veterinarians were conferred with their Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degrees.
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Class of 2017 FVMA Congratulates the UF CVMâ€™s Class of 2017! Welcome to the Profession!
raduating DVM students were hosted at breakfast by the FVMA on the morning of Friday, May 26. The Class of 2017 enjoyed a delicious breakfast at the Straughn Center IFAS Extension Professional Development Center on the campus of UF College of Veterinary Medicine. FVMA President, Alex “Steve” Steverson, DVM, addressed the students during break‑ fast and welcomed them into the profession. Past presidents, Larry G. Dee, DVM, of Hol‑ lywood, Fla., James Pennington, DVM, of Melrose, Fla., and Richard Carpenter, DVM, of Sebring, Fla., joined Executive Director Philip Hinkle and Dr. Steverson at the rehearsal breakfast to welcome the graduates to the FVMA. Attending college dignitaries included Dean, Dr. James Lloyd, Executive Associate Dean, Dr. Thomas Vickroy, Associate Dean for Students and Instruction, Dr. Pamela Ginn, Associate Dean for Clinical Services, Dr. Dana Zimmel and Special Assistant to the Dean, Professor Michael Schaer, among others. As new graduates, the new DVMs receive complimentary membership into the FVMA through 2017, and reduced membership dues for the next two years. They also receive reduced registration fees at the FVMA's annual continuing education conference for the next two years. During breakfast, which was an informal and festive event, the FVMA presented each student with a gift of a specially prepared jump drive containing useful resources for the new veterinarian. Executive Director Hinkle also presented the FVMA Class of 2017 stu‑ dent representative, Kelsey McKenna, with an award of recognition in appreciation for her years of work and dedication representing the Association on campus.
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FVMA Hosts Rehearsal Breakfast
Dr. Pamela Ginn, DVM, DACVP , Director of Admissions and Associate Professor & Dr. Thomas Vickroy, PhD, Executive Associate Dean and Interim Dean of Students at UF CVM
FVMA Presents Scholarship Awards at Senior Class Banquet and Awards Ceremony
FVMA President Steve Steverson and Executive Director Phil Hinkle with FVMA Class of 2017 Student Representative Kelsey McKenna
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he FVMA presented scholarship awards during the UF CVM Senior Class Banquet and Awards Ceremony held on the evening of Friday, May 26, 2017. President, Dr. Steve Steverson and past president of the FAEP Council, Dr. Amanda House, were on hand to present awards to four accomplished senior scholars. Dr. Steverson presented the Charlie Bild Clinical Proficiency Award to Vanessa Walthall, now a small animal practitioner, and the FVMA Champion of Veterinary Medicine Schol‑ arship Award to Tamara Downs and Andrew DeStefano, also small animal veterinarians. Champion of Veterinary Medicine scholars are academically gifted students with excep‑ tional leadership and communication skills. The two recipients received $1,500 scholar‑ ships from the FVMA Foundation. The Charlie Bild $1,000 scholarship is awarded in honor of the late Dr. Charles Everett Bild, known internationally for his clinical research of cancer and cardiovascular disease. The awarded scholar is a senior student who demonstrates outstanding clinical proficiency with both large and small animals. Dr. House presented the FAEP Scholarship to Christin Landis, now pursuing an equine internship in Texas. Landis was awarded to recognize her demonstrated high ethical stan‑ dards, solid communication, and her strong desire to serve horses and people.
Champion of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship recipients Tamara Downs and Andrew DeStefano with FVMA President Steve Steverson
FAEP Scholarship Award Recipient Christin Landis being presented by FAEP Past Presdident, Dr. Amanda House
Charlie Bild Clinical Proficiency Award recipient Vanessa Walthall and Dr. Steverson
Continuing Education Audit ONGOING
n June 5, 2017, the Bureau of Education and Testing at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) initiated an audit of veterinary medicine licens‑ ees' compliance with continuing education requirements com‑ pleted during the two-year licensure biennium period of June 1, 2014, through May 31, 2016. Veterinary medicine licensees were randomly selected to participate in the audit and were notified by mail. The below is a general guideline for members’ assistance in the event you are audited. Any questions, please call the DBPR Customer Contact Center, 850.487.1395.
What do I do if I receive notice that I was selected for the audit?
Selected licensees must respond to the audit within 21 days of receipt of the notice by visiting the DBPR Online Services Portal or by responding in writing to the Department at the following address: Department of Business and Professional Regulation Bureau of Education and Testing Continuing Education Unit 2601 Blair Stone Road Tallahassee, FL 32399-1046 If responding in writing to the Department, you must include: • A copy of the audit notification letter addressed to the Bureau of Education and Testing • Proof of successful completion (copies of course comple‑ tion certificates) of 30 continuing education hours taken between June 1, 2014, and May 31, 2016
Proof of Successful Completion of CE hours should be COPIES OF YOUR COURSE COMPLETION CERTIFICATES What were the continuing education requirements for the most recent licensure period?
As specified in Chapter 474, Florida Statutes, and Rule 61G18-16.002, Florida Administrative Code, licensees were required to complete the following hours prior to renewing their active license: • One (1) hour in the area of dispensing legend drugs • Two (2) hours in the area of Florida laws and rules (Flor‑ ida Statutes 455 and 474; Florida Administrative Code Rule 61G18) • No more than 15 hours can be used for non-interactive correspondence courses Additionally, a licensed veterinarian shall receive credit for no more than five (5) hours of CE in business, practice management WWW.FVMA.ORG |
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courses or stress and impairment seminars during any biennium period.
I received the audit notification letter and have a question or need additional information about the audit. Who do I contact? For questions regarding the audit, contact the department's Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395.
What happens if I fail to comply with the audit?
Failure to comply with the audit is a violation of the veterinary medicine practice act, and may subject a veterinarian's license to disciplinary action by the Board of Veterinary Medicine. The veterinary medicine practice act provides a range of penalties for violation of CE requirements; to include, but are not limited to, a fine, reprimand, probation, and suspension of license.
• licensed veterinarians shall complete a minimum of 30 hours of CE • 1 hour shall be in the area of dispensing legend drugs • 2 hours shall be in the area of the laws and rules governing the practice of veterinary medicine • not more than 15 hours shall be non-interactive correspondence courses • 5 hours of CE in laws and rules may be obtained by attending a full day (8 hrs) of a Board of Veterinary Medicine meeting • not more than 5 hours in complementary and alternative medicine shall be credited toward the required number of CE hours
The present licensure biennium period is from June 1, 2016, through May 31, 2018.
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Four-Year Study by Veterinarians Tracks Progress, Relevance of Yearling Radiographic Abnormalities
large study led by three doctors from the Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University working alongside a colleague from Lexington, Ky., commenced in September of last year. Drs. Wayne McIlwraith, Frances Peat and Chris Kawcak of Colorado and Dr. Jeff Berk of Lexington, are studying the two main issues that are typically the most-discussed findings by buyers, sellers and veterinarians alike: radiographic findings in the proximal sesamoid bones of the fetlock with asso‑ ciated suspensory branch changes, and radiographic findings in the medial femoral condyle of the stifle. A press release from Dr. Berk of Equine Medical Associates in Kentucky says the first phase of the study was conducted at the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale with the collaboration of the sales company and consignors. Consignors presenting yearlings at the Keeneland sale agreed to include the yearlings in the radiographic and/or ultrasonographic portions of this study. 71 consignors gave permission for some 2,795 yearlings or 74% of yearlings at the sale to be a part of the study. The release states that suspensory branch ultrasonography was performed on 704 horses on their farms before they were shipped to Keeneland. The radiographs have been evaluated for changes in the sesamoid bones and the medial femoral condyles of the stifles, and the ultrasound images evaluated for abnormalities involving the suspensory ligament branches at their insertion onto the sesamoid bones. Phase two of the project is following the horses through the 2-year-old in training sales in 2017, again evaluating the sesamoid bone/suspensory branch complex and the stifle lucencies. The third phase will follow this group to the races, culminating at the end of their 3-year-old year. The researchers say this is the largest study of its kind and will yield information that will be useful to those involved in the selection process of sales horses. It will aid veterinarians to provide their buying and selling clients with a more accurate assessment of the significance of these findings. It will also help those in the Thoroughbred industry to understand that not all radiographic findings are contributory factors to any given horse’s suitability for racing, the study’s authors contend. With the cooperation of the sales companies, consignors, owners, and veterinarians, the study stands to significantly benefit all involved in the sales process. “This study is badly needed,” says Dr. Berk, whose veterinary work exclusively involves sales work. “Critical decisions have to be made at the sale that affect both consignors and potential buyers that preclude sales of horses when the decision is sometimes based on no evidence of a given lesion leading to unsoundness.” “Modern medicine decisions are supposed to be based on evidence, and these two problems are excellent examples of
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decisions being made without adequate data,” said Dr. McIlwraith. “No evidence-based work has been published that pairs yearling and 2-year-old sale radiographs for individual horses.” Paired radiographs and ultrasound images will enable the progression, regression, or static nature of certain radiographic and ultrasonographic findings to be studied, under the conditions in which these sale horses are managed. The sheer size of the study, which is necessary to assure its statistical significance, plus the requirement to employ individual veterinarians with skills in performing the ultrasonographic and radiographic reading, will result in crucial information for the industry.
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PRACTICE 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 specialty hospital receives a patient from a general practice and treats that animal, and the patient has continued problems and returns to the general practice with no further communication with the specialty practice, can the specialty practice request/receive records from the general practice about the ongoing issues related to the original problem? A: The specialty practice may always request records for animals they have provided services to. However, the general practice is under no obligation to provide those records, unless the client designates the specialty practice. In other words, if the client requests that copies be provided to the specialty practice, the general practice must do so.
What restrictions are there, if any, to limit clients or other veterinarians from posting online positive testimonials about veterinarians or hospitals? A: There is no specific provision which prohibits clients from posting online testimonials regarding the services they received at a veterinary establishment or from a particular veterinarian. The issue arises when veterinarians themselves or veterinary establishments post information received from clients. The issue is whether or not the information is protected or confidential and therefore prohibited from dissemination to the public, absent permission from the client and waiver of confidentiality. In these situations, we always advise to err on the side of caution and not to disseminate any information unless there's an assurance the information is not protected communication. Our recommendation is to request written permission to share testimonials from the submitter prior to posting it in a public forum. This will permit the poster to know that his/her information is intended to be shared and to ensure that they are ok with it becoming public.
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What are the laws regarding non-compete clauses for a veterinary specialist in Florida? A: There are no laws regarding non-compete clauses for veterinarians. The general case law regarding these is that they will be upheld if they are for a reasonable duration and for a reasonable area. This is simply an area of law where there are no "one size fits all" answers.
I have recently hired an employee who has a Euthanasia by Injection Certification from The American Humane Association, which was issued in another state. Is this acceptable in the State of Florida and allows her to perform euthanasia here, or do I still need to have her take a course from the Florida Animal Control Association? She had performed euthanasia at the shelter she worked at prior to us hiring her in Florida. A: The following is the law as it pertains to euthanasia of animals in Florida. 61G18-16.005 Euthanasia of Dogs and Cats; Technician Certification Course (1) Euthanasia shall be performed only by: (a) A licensed veterinarian; or (b) An employee or agent of a public or private agency, animal shelter or other facility that is operated for the collection and care of stray, neglected, abandoned or unwanted animals, as provided herein. (2) Any employee or agent of a public or private agency, animal shelter or other facility that is operated for the collection and care of stray, neglected, abandoned or unwanted animals who performs euthanasia shall successfully complete a 16-hour euthanasia technician certification course. Any employee or agent who before October 1, 1993, has performed euthanasia shall obtain certification by October 1, 1994. Any employee or agent who after October 1, 1993, begins performing euthanasia must have successfully completed the euthanasia technician certification course before performing any euthanasia.
(3) The curriculum for the 16-hour euthanasia technician certification course shall provide information on the following subjects: (a) Pharmacology, proper administration and storage of euthanasia solutions; eight (8) hours; (b) Federal and state laws regulating the storage and accountability of euthanasia solutions; two (2) hours; (c) Euthanasia technician stress management; four (4) hours; and (d) Disposal of euthanized animals; two (2) hours. (4) A certified veterinary technician who is an employee or agent of a public or private agency, animal shelter, or other facility which is operated for the collection of stray, neglected, abandoned, or unwanted animals may perform euthanasia without completion of the certification course. A licensed veterinarian who delegates the performance of euthanasia to a technician shall verify that said technician has either completed the certification course, or is a certified veterinary technician who has graduated from a veterinary technology training program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technicians Education and Activities (CVTEA) and has successfully completed the examinations required by the Florida Veterinary Medical Associationâ€™s Technician Committee. (5) Approval of the curriculum of the 16-hour euthanasia technician certification course by the Board of Veterinary Medicine prior to its presentation, shall be required. All providers of a 16-hour euthanasia technician certification course shall comply with the requirements of Rule 61G18-16.003, F.A.C. If your technician is not an FVMA Certified Veterinary Technician, you will need to check with the DBPR directly to ensure her course is valid as they are the entity that approves those courses.
What are the minimum standards for a mobile veterinary practice for agriculture animals? A: Rule: 61G18-15.0025 Minimum Standards for a Mobile Veterinary Practice for Agricultural Animals. The following minimum standards shall apply to mobile veterinary medical practices for agricultural animals: (1) Mobile units utilized by veterinarians: (a) Shall be clean and orderly. (b) Shall contain the following: 1. Sterile syringes and needles.
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2. All pharmaceuticals and biologics shall be maintained at the temperature recommended by the manufacturer in a refrigeration device that is powered by a stable energy source and is capable of maintaining a constant temperature. A thermometer shall be included where the biologics are being stored. 3. Antiseptic intravenous equipment. 4. If controlled substances are on the unit, a locking secure cabinet for storage and an accurate controlled substance log. 5. When surgery is to be performed, the following shall be maintained: a. Surgical instruments, b. Access to a means of sterilization, c. Suture material, and d. Intravenous equipment. 6. An American Veterinary Medical Association approved chemical method of euthanasia. The American Veterinary Medical Association Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition, Version 2013.0.1 is incorporated herein by reference at the following address: http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/ reference.asp?No=Ref-05075 or from: American Veterinary Medical Association 1931 N. Meacham Road Schaumburg, Illinois 60173 7. Segregated area or container for the storage of expired drugs. (2) When working with known infectious diseases within a herd, precautions shall be used to prevent transmission of infectious agents to another animal whether or not within the herd. (3) Veterinarians must have a written agreement with a clinic or hospital for the provision of long term hospitalization, surgery, or radiology, if these services are not provided by the mobile clinic. (4) Veterinarians must furnish a permanent address at which the veterinarian can be reached so that their clients can request veterinary medical records.
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FULL- AND PART-TIME ASSOCIATES WANTED: Country Critters Veterinary Clinic is a full service hospital located inside of a Rural King store. We have locations scheduled to open in July in Gainesville and Ocala. We are looking for dedicated veterinarians who share our passion of providing compassionate service and a high standard of quality care to animals and their families. As a veterinarian with Country Critters, you are the leader of your team and you can take whatever direction you choose whether that be in exotics, small animal exclusive or a mixed animal practice. This is an excellent opportunity for new graduates or seasoned veterinarians. This brand new facility will have an in-house diagnostic lab and digital x-ray. No after-hours emergencies. We offer a rich benefit package including medical, dental, and vision insurance in addition to a generous compensation plan including a matching 401K. We have openings for full and part time associates. Please email resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org (3/17: ID#37347) EXPERIENCED CLINICIAN AND SURGEON – FULL-TIME: Looking for experienced clinician and surgeon for full-time position in a 3 person small animal clinic in Spring Hill. Please see our ad in Veterinary Career Networks on FVMA.org or VIN. Email email@example.com for more information and to send resume with references. (3/17; ID#28184) ASSOCIATE VETERINARIAN WANTED – ST. AUGUSTINE, FL AREA: Love ER but hate the hours? Ready to move to day practice but afraid it will be boring? Do you want to continue to develop surgically and professionally? Been considering going for a board certification? We are the practice for you! We are a busy day practice located in the MuraBella / World Golf Village area of Saint Augustine, Fl. We are located 25 minutes to the beach or historic downtown and 30 minutes from Jacksonville. We seek a former ER associate to join our AAHA Accredited, high performing team while enjoying a work life balance in a supportive atmosphere. MuraBella Animal Hospital is AAHA Accredited and a certified Cat Friendly Practice (Gold Level). We are a fast paced, all-digital practice that features sound digital radiology, ultrasound, therapy laser, new blood chemistry machines in a modern clean facility. We are seeking a highly motivated associate with ER experience and preferably previous experience working as a veterinary technician. Duties and Responsibilities: An Associate Veterinarian who is dedicated to providing the best medicine and the highest level of customer service available. • Ability to perform physical examinations, diagnostic, advanced medical, surgical and dental procedures. • Be able to discuss the physical exam and diagnostic findings with the client and create treatment plans to deliver the highest quality of veterinary medicine. • Develop rapport with clients and team members and be able to clearly communicate your ideas with the clients and team members. • Maintain electronic medical records and logs to help increase the efficiency of the hospital. • Stay up-to-date with new medical information, changes in veterinary medicine, and attend Continuing Education meetings. • Assist in the development of the team to ensure the delivery of the highest quality care and exceptional client service. • Positively represent the hospital in the professional community and to the general public. • Other duties as requested. Lead/ Associates Veterinarian Benefits: • Competitive Base Salary with Compensation Bonus • 2 Weeks Paid Vacation • Professional Discretionary Budget to be Used for: • Personal Health Care Plan • Group Dental and Vision Plans
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• AVMA PLI Insurance • Continuing Education • DEA Licensing Fees • VIN Membership Dues Job Type: Commission Salary: $65,000.00 to $100,000.00 /year Required education: Doctorate Required experience: Emergency DVM: 1 year Required license or certification: Florida Veterinary License Please contact us by email: Ryan Meyer Murabellaah@gmail.com (3/17; ID#3528) ASSOCIATE VETERINARIAN WANTED – APOPKA, FL: Well established animal hospital in North Orange County, Apopka, Florida, has an immediate need for an associate. Ideal candidate will possess a true passion for animals and their owners, as well as strong communication skills. We offer a competitive salary and benefit package. Experienced veterinarians, as well as highly motivated recent graduates looking for strong mentoring, apply today by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (3/17; ID#26874) FULL TIME VETERINARIAN-OVIEDO, FL: Salary: Open Type and Experience: Full time- any experience level Species: Canine, Feline, Exotic/Avian Oviedo Veterinary Care and Emergency is seeking a full-time veterinarian to work at our brand-new small animal practice located in Oviedo, FL. We are in a busy and rapidly growing part of Seminole County, in the heart of central Florida. We offer continuous patient care with conveniently extended hours of operation and weekend service. We are passionate about making our practice an integral part of our community, and we are looking for someone equally passionate and motivated to join us in providing the highest quality veterinary care for our patients, and exceptional customer service for our clients. Our paperless practice utilizes the latest veterinary software to improve our efficiency and maximize client communication while reducing our carbon footprint. We offer a fully equipped in-house lab, digital radiography, and a comprehensive surgical suite. Potential applicants should be skilled in a variety of surgical procedures and be comfortable handling critical cases and emergencies, as well as emphasize the importance of preventative care. If you are interested in becoming part of our progressive and forward-thinking team, please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com or call (407)434-0020. (3/17; ID#381) ASSOCIATE WANTED – PALATKA, FL: We are seeking an energetic veterinarian for a fast paced, team oriented community veterinary practice where the highest standard of medicine is practiced. This hospital is a progressive companion animal practice focused on patient and client care. Candidate must be friendly, outgoing, demonstrate a positive attitude, and have professional mannerism and appearance. Must be a self-motivated, team player who is attentive to detail, able to earn the respect of clients and colleagues, and able to make and communicate decisions. Candidate should be able to work under stress, be effective at oral and written communication, and be willing to learn and use the computer. Salary: Commiserate upon experience. Experience Level: Full or Part-time – All experience levels considered. Please submit cover letter and resume to JennaB@vitalpet.com (3/17; ID#2646) VETERINARIAN WANTED-HUNTSVILLE, AL: Animal Emergency Clinic of Northern Alabama, located in Huntsville, seeks a Managing Veterinarian to join its growing practice. Hospital is AAHA accredited and is a full-service after-hours emergency facility. We offer outstanding benefits, compensation and relocation. Email Danielle.DeLapp@nvanet.com or call 571-246-7418 for more information. (3/17; ID#37871) VETERINARIAN WANTED - CENTRAL FLORIDA AREA: Veterinarian wanted for hospital in Central Florida. We are well equipped with ultrasound, in house labs, surgical and therapeutic lasers, dental x-rays and a great staff to help you. New graduates considered. Compensation
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based on experience. Full or part-time and Mentorship given. Email firstname.lastname@example.org (3/17; ID#17580) METROWEST VETERINARY CLINIC - ORLANDO: MetroWest Veterinary Clinic in southwest Orlando is seeking a full time veterinarian. We are an established, AAHA accredited, two doctor practice that has served the Orlando area for 25 years. We are currently a Feline Friendly Practice, and we are embracing the Fear Free Initiative. Our standard of care meets or exceeds the expectation of AAHA - and we continually strive for improvement and growth. Our clinic is equipped with digital whole body and digital dental radiographic equipment, ultrasound, full in-house lab equipment, EKG monitoring, etc. Our established client base, along with an excellent support team, provides a rewarding work environment. Excellent clinical and surgical skills, as well as strong communication skills and a heart for not only the pet, but also the owner, are what we are looking for. No after hour responsibilities and no emergency shifts. Benefit package includes: CE hours, matching 401K, Health Insurance, Paid Vacation, Professional Dues. Please send your resume to email@example.com. (3,4/17: ID#6527) LOOKING FOR A FT & PT VETERINARIAN – EAST COAST: We are looking for a FT and PT veterinarian to work east of Orlando on the coast. Youngs Animal Hospital is located perfectly near the space coast where the sky is the limit. Let us help make your career soar. We have an 8000 sq ft state of the art facility. We have longevity in all departments. We believe in building relationships with clients and patients. We believe in making decisions together so we satisfy the needs of the client, patient, staff, and clinic. If you want to make a difference email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 502-3380121. My name is Dr Mike Schardein. I am looking forward to hearing from you. Competitive salary and benefits. No on call emergencies. (3/17: ID#23208) ANIMAL EMERGENCY OF HERNANDO : Sun and fun by day, then get to business at night. Enjoy all Hernando County has to offer. Located on Florida's Nature Coast we enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a coastal suburban community while having the convenience of easy access to several larger metropolitan cities and their amenities. We enjoy the gulf beaches, wildlife preserves, and rivers for a multitude of outdoor activities. We have access to multiple golf courses and several major professional sports franchises. Spring Hill is a growing city with numerous veterinary hospitals that refer to our facility for after-hours care. We practice emergency/trauma care with exceptional customer service. Join our efforts as we provide significant pro bono support to the local wildlife community. Injured hawks, owls, flying squirrels, a multitude of waterfowl, gopher tortoises, and other native wildlife are brought to our hospital by local residents on a daily basis and benefit from our first response efforts on their way to more advanced care or rehabilitation. It's a small part of what we do, but we do make a difference. Our standards are high both medically and professionally. The support staff is highly skilled and self motivating. We have an in-house diagnostic lab, digital x-ray, K-laser, EKG and Vital Scan. We place great emphasis on balancing professionalism and maintaining an enjoyable place to work. We offer excellent benefits. Email resume to email@example.com or contact Debbie at 352-2791522. (3,4/17; #27547) VETERINARIAN WANTED – TALLAHASSEE, FL: Associate DVM needed for small animal practice in Tallahassee. Good pay and benefits for qualified practitioners. Capital Circle Veterinary Hospital, 1826 Capital Circle NE, Tallahassee, FL 32308. Contact Dr. Luke Blanton at 850 443 1554. Website: www.capitalcirclevet.com (3/17: ID#28341) VETERINARIAN WANTED – NAPLES, FL: Experienced associate veterinarian needed for a very busy small animal practice. Big Cypress Animal Clinic in Naples, FL is a 2nd generation, AAHA-accredited practice with a well-established clientele. Position is full-time including every other Saturday. Looking for energetic, hardworking professional. Please send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact David Randall at (239) 398-0848. (3,4,5/17: ID#2806) PART TIME ASSOCIATE VETERINARIAN - INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH: Small animal single doctor practice in a beautiful beachside location seeking a veterinarian interested in part time work. This
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position is ideal for an experienced veterinarian wishing to practice high quality medicine with great, well established clients who expect fair and competent service for their pets, but also loves their time off to enjoy life and outside interests. Compensation will be based on a daily per diem, plus a bonus based on production. Our clinic is a wellmanaged, high grossing location with a capable and consistent staff. Besides veterinary care we offer independent grooming services and a pet boarding kennel. We offer pet wellness plans and have a high participation rate. We have modern equipment and a well-maintained facility (just like everyone else). There is a trustworthy emergency clinic nearby for more complicated procedures and overnight care. Therefore, no emergency or overnight weekend work is required unless you chose to do so. Compensation will be based on a per diem rate plus a production bonus. Looking forward to meeting the right applicant and adding them to our staff! Please respond with a resume or questions to email@example.com,www.southpatrickanimalhospital.com, www.indianharbourbeach.org. (3/17: ID#26142)
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SPECIALTY PRACTICE TAMPA BAY AREA VETERINARY ANESTHESIA TECHNICIAN - WESLEY CHAPEL, FL: The Pet Dentist at Tampa Bay is looking for a full-time veterinary technician skilled in anesthesia for its specialty practice in dentistry and oral/maxillofacial surgery located in Wesley Chapel, FL. The ideal candidate will have experience with anesthesia monitoring and patient management during the perioperative period. Prior experience with monitoring/ assisting during surgical procedures is beneficial. This candidate may be a licensed or certified veterinary technician (LVT or CVT), but certification is not a requirement for the position. All procedures in the practice are performed under general anesthesia. Duties will include implementing anesthesia protocols and patient management/ monitoring during the perioperative period. Additional technician duties also include interfacing with clients by phone and in-person, patient admission, laboratory data and clinic organization/cleaning, professional teeth cleaning, and assisting with dental and surgical procedures. The Pet Dentist at Tampa Bay is a multi-site practice with locations in Largo, Sarasota, and Wesley Chapel. The practices’ staff includes 3 board-certified veterinary dentists. The caseload is composed of patients with dental, oral/maxillofacial, and head and neck diseases. The Wesley Chapel facility has 2 procedure operators with paperless IT support and digital radiography. In addition to a competitive hourly wage based on experience, benefits include a health insurance stipend, paid vacation and sick leave, retirement benefits, paid continuing education, and more with full-time status. Applicants should email a letter of interest and resume including references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Select applicants will be invited for a working interview. (3/17: #592)
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