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President's MESSAGE 7 207 Monetary Drive Orlando, Florida 32809 Phone – (407) 851‑3862 Toll Free – (800) 992‑3862 Fax – (407) 240‑3710 |


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

The Mission of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association is to Advance the Veterinary Medical Profession, Promote Animal Health and Well-Being, and Protect Public Health. Politics has become a bad word these days, and our politi‑ cal parties seem to be more polarized now than ever before. It often appears to be an “anything goes” environment, and unfortunately, the actions of a few are giving all elected officials a bad name. However, there are many hardworking, concerned, and honest citizens serving at the local and state levels. These officials are dedicated and work hard to serve their constitu‑ ents and to do what’s best for Floridians. Sometimes though, the elected official or their aides and advisors don’t always understand all of the ramifications of the bills before them. One significant example from a few years ago is the issue of veterinary compounding. On the surface, it made sense to limit compounding of medications to a specific patient, and because it seemed reasonable to our elected officials, a bill was passed. Unfortunately, this didn’t take into account the unique needs or the breadth of species we take care of. As part of our mission, the FVMA is dedicated to advancing the best interests of our profession and animal health within our state, and we successfully introduced a bill to allow veterinary compounding, to ensure those medications are readily available in our hospitals. It took a lot of work by many veterinarians meeting with their elected officials to explain the predicament we were in and to reverse the previous decision to limit compounding. Chalk one up for the good guys! These are the kinds of situations in which we need your help! Each year there are numerous bills introduced in the state legislature or at the local level that impact the health and wellbeing of the animals in our state. The veterinary profession is well-respected, and our voice is very influential; even more so if we have practitioners speak with their own senators and representatives. During this year's legislative session, which began January 9th, we ask that you contact your FVMA district representative or the FVMA office to find out the issues facing us this year and what you can do to help. We need everyone to get involved to pro‑ mote animal health and well-being, protect public health, advance the veterinary medical profession, and to strengthen the voice of veterinary medicine in Florida. Respectfully yours,

Dr. Ernest C. Godfrey AVMA Delegate Dr. Richard B. Williams AVMA Alternate Delegate Dr. Jacqueline S. Shellow FAEP Representative to the FVMA Executive Board

Alex M. “Steve” Steverson, DVM

Ex Officio Dr. James W. Lloyd, Dean UF College of Veterinary Medicine


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In Remembrance Dr. Michael Elton Cole* Dr. Michael Elton Cole, 54, of Boca Raton, Fla., passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 22, 2017. He was born October 18, 1963, and had been a resident of Boca Raton since 1965. Dr. Cole attended St. Andrews, and later graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in veterinary medi‑ cine. He went on to practice alongside his mother, Dr. Patricia Anne Cole, and Dr. Kelly Phillips at Cole Animal Clinic in Boca Raton, Fla. For the last 30 years, he con‑ tinued his mother’s legacy, and touched countless people's lives through their beloved pets. He also helped numerous rescues with animals in need. Outside of work, he had a passion for concerts, boats, and hiking the Smokey Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Dr. Cole was an avid air boater and outdoor enthusiast, and was a member of the Broward County Airboat Half‑ track Conservation Club. He had a passion for life and lived it to the fullest, and his infectious smile would light up the room. He had a personality that was as big as his heart and his truck, his compassion was endless, and he would be there for anyone in need at the drop of a hat. He was a wonderful husband, son, uncle and friend. Dr. Cole is survived by his wife, Paula Cole, and the rest of his family- John, Barbara, and Brianna. Donations in his memory may be made to the Florida Airboats Association, the Everglades Coordinating Coun‑ cil, the Humane Society, or the ASPCA. *Obituary Correction: The obituary listing in the previ‑ ous issue of the Advocate for Dr. Michael Elton Cole was erroneously titled. The Advocate regrets this error and any inconvenience this may have caused Dr. Cole’s family and friends.

Dr. Jerry H. Rudnick Dr. Jerry H. Rudnick, 64, of Boca Raton, Fla., passed away on July 21, 2017. Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Michele Rudnick; sons, Chad (Ashley), David (Jackie), and Eric (Danielle); daughter, Meredith; grand‑ children, Aria, Micah, and Ava; sister, Susan (Marshall) Hutten. He was the owner of Millpond Equine Clinic in Boca Raton. Chapel services were held on Sunday, July 23rd at Beth Israel Memorial Chapel in Delray Beach, Fla. with Rabbi David Steinhardt officiating. Dr. Rudnick was laid

to rest following his funeral service at Eternal Light Memo‑ rial Gardens in Boyn‑ ton Beach, Fla.

Dr. Frederick Earl Becker Jr. Dr. Frederick Earl Becker, Jr., 87, of Tallahassee, Fla., passed away on July 19, 2017. He was born on April 10, 1930, in Vicksburg Miss., to the late Frederick Earl Becker and Willie Ruth Carwile. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Barbara Bain Becker, three children and one grand‑ child: Thomas Hilary, Alyson, and Andrew (Josey). He grew up on a farm in Ashland, Alabama, and attended Auburn University, where he earned a degree in veterinary medicine in 1952. He subsequently served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Veterinary Corps with a tour of duty in Korea. Afterwards, he moved to Miami, Fla. and established Bird Road Animal Hospital. He was also part owner of the Playhouse & 4  |  FVMA ADVOCATE

Biltmore School, the Blue Grotto Italian Restaurant, GEM-B Electric Supply, all in Miami, and a Burger King franchise owner in Maine, Texas, and Canada. In 1978, he started the Becker Real Estate Company in Coral Gables, and after the destruction of Hurricane Andrew, he started BEC Custom Builders, LLC. He was a longtime member of the Rod & Reel Club, the Uni‑ versity Club, and the Riviera Country Club. He was a lifelong football fan, a Miami Dolphin season ticket holder and an avid Auburn University fan. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and travelling with family and friends. He and Barbara fell in love with the Florida Keys and had several vacation homes in what he called PARADISE, his love of the Florida Keys was instilled into his family and many friends. Per his wishes, he was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Florida Keys, one of his favorite places.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHTS DR. CARLOS A. RISCO NAMED DEAN OF THE OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR VETERINARY HEALTH SCIENCES The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents on Oct. 20th approved the appointment of Dr. Carlos A. Risco as dean of the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. He is expected to assume his position in March, according to a university press release. Dr. Risco (Florida '80) is currently at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, where he serves as a tenured professor and chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. "I am excited for the opportunity to serve as dean," Dr. Risco said in the release. "The strong culture of scholarship, outstanding curriculum and the multidisciplinary approach to improve both animal and human health has led to the excellent reputation of the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences." Dr. Risco is a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists. His main research focus pertains to metabolic disorders and reproductive management of dairy cows. From 1982-90, he was a partner at Chino Valley Veterinary Associates, a nineveterinarian dairy practice in Ontario, California. In 1990, he joined the faculty at the University of Florida as an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Carlos A. Risco

DR. MARGO MACPHERSON INSTALLED AS PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF EQUINE PRACTITIONERS Dr. Margo Macpherson, a professor of reproduction at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, was installed as president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners on Nov. 20th during the group’s annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas. A clinician scientist, Macpherson has dedicated her professional career to combining both veterinary medicine and research. She is primarily interested in conditions that affect pregnancy, including twin pregnancy and placentitis. Work from her laboratory has helped direct treatment choices for mares with placentitis by providing information about efficacy of commonly used antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory treatments.

Dr. Margo Macpherson

Macpherson served a previous term on the AAEP’s board of directors from 2012-2014. She was a longstanding member of the Educational Programs Committee and made significant contributions to student programming. She also served on the nominating and reproduction committees and as reproduction anchor for the Kester News Hour at the AAEP Annual Convention from 2007-2010.

Macpherson received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 1990, and a master’s degree from Texas A&M University in 1994. She became board certified by the American College of Theriogenologists in 1994. WWW.FVMA.ORG |




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ominations are being received for election to the FVMA Executive Board and they must be submitted to the FVMA Nominating Committee by February 5, 2018. The FVMA bylaws establish a timeline that sets a nomination deadline, when the general election ballots must be mailed, a deadline for when ballots should be received, and when those ballots are to be tabulated and recorded.

Election Procedure According to the bylaws, nominations for president-elect shall be made by a nominating committee composed of four district representatives and the FAEP representative in even years, or five district representatives in odd years. The committee is chaired by the immediate past-president. Past President Dr. Richard Sutliff is chair of the 2018 nominating committee. The bylaws stipulate, “During the even numbered years the Representatives from Districts 2, 4, 6, 8 , and the FAEP Representative shall serve on the Committee and during the odd numbered years, and representatives from Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 shall serve.” The other nominating committee members for 2018 therefore, are Dr. Julia Conway from District 2; Dr. Rachel Klemawesch, representative of District 4; Dr. Marta Lista, District 6; Dr. James Brechin, District 8; and Dr. Jacqueline Shellow, FAEP representative. The nominating committee will submit the names of candidates for president-elect to the FVMA executive director at least 60 days before the annual meeting of the FVMA, which is scheduled for April 5, 2018. Members of the Association can make suggestions for nomination to the committee. District representative to the executive board nominations are to be submitted by the local associations within the respective districts. According to the bylaws, in the event there is only one nominee for a specific office, that nominee shall be considered to be elected 6  |  FVMA ADVOCATE

by a unanimous vote and a ballot for that office shall not be sent to membership. In the event a seat open for election is contested however, the procedure and timeline set by FVMA bylaws must be adhered to.

2018 FVMA Election With the 89th FVMA Annual Conference scheduled to take place from April 5-8, 2018, the nomination deadline is February 5, 2018. In the event an available seat is contested, the FVMA executive director will circulate ballots to the general membership of the Association on February 19, 2018. Ballots will be valid if they are returned to the FVMA executive director postmarked no later than March 7, 2018. The tallying committee comprised of two active members appointed by the president, and the executive director, will meet on March 21, 2018, to open and tabulate the results of the election.

Seats Open for the 2018 FVMA Election The following seats will be open on the FVMA Executive Board.

To President-Elect be eligible for nomination as the president-elect, a member

must have served as an executive board member for three years and shall have been a member of the association for at least five years prior to nomination. Nominations for president-elect shall be made by the Nominating Committee and all members of the Association are encouraged to suggest names of possible candidates to the committee.

3 Representative Dr.District Todd Fulton will have completed the term of Dr. Marc Presnell and will be eligible to be elected to a first term.








6 Representative Dr.District Marta Lista will have completed her first term and will be

The 2018 FVMA Nomination and Election Timeline:

eligible to serve for a second term. District representatives to the executive board must reside in their given districts, are elected for three-year terms, and may be

elected to two successive terms. Nominees must be submitted by local associations located within the respective districts to the executive director by February 5, 2018.

February 5, 2018

Sixty days prior to the annual meeting, the nominating committee shall submit to the executive director the nominee(s) for presidentelect.

February 5, 2018

Nominees for district representative to the FVMA Executive Board shall be submitted by local VMAs within the respective districts 60 days before the annual meeting.

The executive director shall mail ballots to all voting members of the February 19, 2018 association at least 45 days before the date of the annual meeting.




March 7, 2018

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

March 21, 2018

Fifteen days before the annual meeting, a tallying committee composed of two active members, appointed by the president, and the executive director shall open the envelopes and tabulate the vote.






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NON-COMPETE AGREEMENTS AND PROTECTING YOUR PRACTICE By Jeffrey D. Slanker, Sniffen and Spellman, P.A., Tallahassee Non-compete contracts or agreements limit the ability of an individual employee to compete with their former company when they are no longer working there. These agreements or contractual clauses in larger agreements are a valuable tool that practices can use to protect their business if an employ‑ ment relationship with an individual is severed.

question as to whether such an interest was legitimate and could support a non-compete agreement. Indeed, the Florida District Courts of Appeal, Florida’s intermediate appellate courts that hear matters appealed from trial courts before those matters are pressed to the Florida Supreme Court, is‑ sued conflicting rulings regarding this exact question.

However, non-compete litigation can often be contentious. There is a reluctance of courts to place restrictions on the abil‑ ity of an individual to earn a living, even if they freely entered into a contractual relationship giving up certain aspects of that very right. Many times, litigation over the validity of a non-compete agreement or clause focuses on whether the scope of the agreement was permissible in both geography and in time. That is whether the restriction on where, and for how long, someone cannot work is reasonable.


Nevertheless, an equally important consideration in draft‑ ing non-compete agreements (which oftentimes also leads to much litigation), is whether there is a legitimate interest in supporting a non-compete agreement. That is, a legitimate interest that justifies the contractual restriction on trade. This is a requirement for a valid non-compete agreement. The Florida Supreme Court recently held that protecting business referral sources is such a legitimate interest under certain circumstances.

THE FACTS OF THE CASES The recent case before the Supreme Court was actually two separate cases that were consolidated into one. Those cases were White v. Mederi Caretenders Visiting Services of Southeast Florida, No. SC16-28, and Americare Home Therapy, Inc. v. Hiles, No. SC16-400. Both cases concerned the home health care industry, and both involved situations in which the home health care agency attempted to restrict the ability of its employees to compete with it after the termi‑ nation of employment through a contractual non-compete agreement. Those non-compete agreements were justified, as argued by the home health care agencies, by their interest in protecting their referral sources and avoiding employees from taking referral sources to direct competitors, which happened in these cases. Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision, there was some 8  |  FVMA ADVOCATE

The Florida Supreme Court held that this interest did justify a non-compete agreement in certain circumstances and that non-compete agreements would not be invalidated on the basis of legitimacy of the justification for the non-compete agreement when that justification is referral sources under certain circumstances. Florida Statutes provides the starting point for determining the permissibility of a non-compete agreement and it is where the Florida Supreme Court began its analysis. The relevant statute, Florida Statute Section 542.335, requires a legitimate business interest to support a non-compete agreement in order to enforce that non-compete agreement. The statutory provision goes on to list five legitimate business interests that would support enforcing a non-compete agreement including: protecting trade secrets, confidential information, substantial relationships with customers, patients or clients, customer, patient or client goodwill, and extraordinary or specialized training. The Supreme Court held that while the statute did not spe‑ cifically provide that referral sources were a legitimate interest that could support a non-compete, this did not preclude that from being a basis to support a non-compete agreement. Rather, the Supreme Court held that the list of legitimate interests in the statute was not exhaustive. It is important to note that the Supreme Court did not hold that protecting referral sources was automatically sufficient grounds to support a non-compete agreement. Rather, the Supreme Court held that there must be a fact and industry specific examination of the context of each case in which this interest is interposed to determine if it supports the restriction on the employee’s ability to compete with his or her former employer after the employment relationship has been terminated. An examination of the industry, how

important the referral sources are, and an employer’s efforts and investment in developing the referral sources are all facts that courts must examine to determine if the protection of referral sources is an interest that can support the enforce‑ ment of a non-compete. The Supreme Court conducted such an analysis in these cases and found that the protection of referral sources was a sufficient interest to support the non-compete agreements in these cases.

mation. A good labor and employment attorney can craft non-compete agreements to withstand court scrutiny and put your entity on the best footing to protect its livelihood and can also work with your practice to address other issues that might arise after by virtue of the employment relation‑ ship, including the protection of confidential information such as patient files from disclosure to third parties. This is truly an instance where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

PRACTICE POINTERS Non-compete agreements are a valuable tool for practices that want to ensure that employees do not take valuable information or resources with them once employment is terminated. Veterinary practices may utilize proprietary information such as client or customer lists that they do not want an employee to take down the street to a competing practice. The Florida Supreme Court’s decision in this case provides employers with another potential legitimate inter‑ est that would support the enforcement of a non-compete and also implicitly holds that just because an interest is not specifically listed in the non-compete statute does not mean that it cannot, potentially, justify a non-compete agreement. It is important to note that whether the protection of referral sources, or other legitimate interest, is sufficient to support a non-compete is a fact-intensive inquiry. Consultation with employment lawyers during the contract drafting process to evaluate the existence of a legitimate interest and whether a non-compete would be enforceable is crucial to employers exploring options to protect their relationships and infor‑ WWW.FVMA.ORG |



Jeff Slanker is an attorney at Sniffen and Spellman, PA in Tallahassee and practices Labor and Employment Law. His experience encompasses the defense of labor and employment matters, including employment discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower defense, wage and hour, Family Medical Leave Act, Employee Benefits, and disability discrimination matters, in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate level, as well before administrative forums including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Florida Commission on Human Relations. He also assists employers with employee handbooks, employment agreements, and severance agreements. He has been rated a rising star by Florida SuperLawyers. He received his law degree from Emory University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. Another version of this article was previously published in the Florida Labor and Employment Law Letter. FLORIDA-VETERINARY-MEDICAL-ASSOCIATION

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n the wake of the recent, destructive hurricane season and its impact on Florida, Puerto Rico and Texas, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association Foundation announced recently it has committed more than $60,000 to help with disaster recovery and animal relief efforts in the three regions.

The FVMA’s role as part of the disaster response coalition was the maintenance, call-out, and deployment of the Florida Veteri‑ nary Corps (FVC), a voluntary group of more than 400 veteri‑ nary professionals tasked with providing assistance in the event of disasters that result in an executive order or declaration of a state of emergency. The FVC is the only such disaster response In Florida, more than $30,000 has been raised by association corps of its type in the country, and in September, 117 veterinar‑ members and others ian and veterinary techni‑ to support local vet‑ cian members volunteered erinarians and animals and made themselves impacted by Hurricane available for statewide We are very grateful to the FVMA FounIrma last September. relief and recovery efforts dation, and everyone who has donated The foundation will use if they were needed. these donations to offer to this cause,” said Dr. Jose Arce, board assistance to association In addition to managing member for the Colegio de Medicos Veterimembers who helped the FVC, the FVMA staff narios. “A number of clinics were damaged with rescue, relief, and conducted emergency out‑ recovery efforts during reach to veterinary clinics or destroyed by winds and flooding, and and following the storm. in the most devastated local veterinarians with working hospitals areas of the state in the were caring for as many animals as pos“Hurricane Irma week following Hurricane significantly impacted Irma. Several thousand sible. This thoughtful gift greatly helps the Florida, and because phone calls were made to veterinary community and local animals of the generous gifts by 600 clinics in south, south‑ in Puerto Rico recover from the terrible our association mem‑ west and central Florida bers and the public, the to assess damage, clarify losses following the recent hurricanes. foundation is honored members’ ability to serve to be able to help those as triage and emergency in need,” said FVMA clinics and shelters, and Executive Director to evaluate any emergency Philip Hinkle. needs necessary to return their businesses to normal operations.

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FVMA members who took part in emergency relief efforts may apply for reimbursement of expenses, and member veteri‑ narians who provided emergency boarding to animals also are eligible. Also, members who are facing unreimbursed losses as a result of this storm may be considered for FVMA grant

assistance. For more information, please contact the FVMA tollfree at (800) 992-3862, or by email at Funds raised separately from the FVMA’s post-Hurricane Irma relief campaign will benefit both Puerto Rico and Texas in their own recovery efforts. The Colegio de Medicos Veterinarios de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico’s veterinary medical association, will benefit from a $25,000 donation for hurricane assistance, while the Texas Veterinary Medical Association Foundation will receive $5,000 to put towards local recovery efforts. “It was imperative that we respond as quickly and thoroughly as possible to our local veterinary community impacted by Irma here in Florida,” said Dr. Richard Sutliff, past FVMA president and president of the FVMA Foundation’s executive board. “But we also realize the hurricane season’s damage extended far beyond Florida, and we wanted to help our veterinary colleagues and the animals displaced in Puerto Rico and Texas as well,” he said. “We know from our VMA partners in these areas that this donation will be used where it’s needed most and in areas where it will have the greatest impact for veterinarians and local ani‑ mals affected by the hurricanes.”

The donations will be used for disaster relief for veterinarians whose hospitals and practices sustained major damage during the hurricanes, and for veterinary professionals who provided emergency medical care or housing for significant numbers of displaced animals in Puerto Rico and Texas. “We are very grateful to the FVMA Foundation, and everyone who has donated to this cause,” said Dr. Jose Arce, board member for the Colegio de Medicos Veterinarios. “A number of clinics were damaged or destroyed by winds and flooding, and local vet‑ erinarians with working hospitals were caring for as many ani‑ mals as possible. This thoughtful gift greatly helps the veterinary community and local animals in Puerto Rico recover from the terrible losses following the recent hurricanes.” The FVMA Foundation is still accepting donations for relief and recovery support in these regions. For more information, or to donate, please visit, call the FVMA toll-free at (800) 992-3862, or contact the association by email at

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THE FVMA’S NEW AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATIONS The FVMA is excited to announce our new affiliate membership program, recognizing the outstanding contributions of veterinary care team members throughout the state, supporting their professional development, and providing an opportunity for them to become more engaged in organized veterinary medicine. These are the dedicated and passionate team members you rely on to support your practice and assist your clients and patients on a daily basis. Extending affiliate membership and the associated benefits to these team members furthers the FVMA’s mission of advancing veterinary medicine and ensuring animal health and well-being across the state of Florida. Your team members’ participation in the FVMA will amplify the voice of veterinary medicine in Florida, broaden our reach and strengthen our collective voice regarding legislative and regulatory initiatives. The FVMA's goal is to boost the professional growth of all its members by providing discounted continuing education, networking opportunities, and avenues to participate in organized veterinary medicine through involvement in task forces and committees. Recognition for the invaluable contributions that your staff contributes to your practice will reinforce pride in their work, the profession, and animal health in Florida. The FVMA is one of the strongest and most respected veterinary medical associations in the country, numbering more than 5,000 members and representing nearly 80% of practices statewide. You can rest as‑ sured that you and your team’s best interests are paramount; we’re here for you and your staff to ensure your continued success and professional growth. So sign up your team members today by visiting our website at where more information about this valuable program is also available.

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FLORIDA VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION Your contributions deserve recognition

We recognize the invaluable contributions members of the veterinary team make to animal health and well-being and the advancement of veterinary medicine in Florida

WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN THE FVMA FAMILY TOGETHER WE CAN ACCOMPLISH GREAT THINGS Since 1929, the FVMA’s mission has been to advance the veterinary profession, promote animal health and well-being, and protect public health in Florida. As the voice of veterinary medicine in Florida, we are the largest, strongest, and oldest veterinary professional association in the state. We represent more than 5,000 members and nearly 80% of the veterinary practices statewide, who employ talented professionals like you. The FVMA is highly-regarded as a national leader, expert, and advocate for the veterinary profession, with a rich and reputable history of service to our members.

THE FVMA SALUTES YOUR DEDICATION TO VETERINARY MEDICINE Veterinary care team members are a trusted and vital component in pursuing the FVMA’s mission – your hard work, passion, and commitment to delivering the highest quality care possible to patients and their owners strengthen our profession every single day and safeguard the health and well-being of Florida’s animals. We are honored to extend affiliate membership in the FVMA to you as a member of the veterinary team, and we look forward to providing you with services to support your professional development and ensure a successful career in veterinary medicine. Participation in an FVMA affiliate association connects you to a network of your peers with the shared goal of improving animal health and welfare and advancing the veterinary field in Florida.


Encourages professional development for every member of the veterinary care team Promotes clients’ confidence in the team entrusted with the care of their animal family members Enhances the veterinary practice’s professional image




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VETERINARY PRACTICE MANAGERS (FAVPM) MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA Open to any graduate of a veterinary practice management program, or on-the-job trained individual who is or has been employed as a veterinary hospital or office manager.

Membership in the FAVPM will greatly expand your network of colleagues and strengthen your position and capabilities in the veterinary profession by providing you with the latest developments in veterinary practice and hospital management and offering you discounted, world-class CE for your continued professional development.

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CREDENTIALED VETERINARY TECHNICIANS (FACVT) MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA Open to any graduate of an American Veterinary Medical Associationaccredited veterinary technology program who has successfully passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). (Membership is included with FVMA certification) The FACVT functions under the operational umbrella of the FVMA, the veterinary profession’s leading certifying body for veterinary technicians in Florida for over 40 years. The FVMA also represents nearly 80% of the veterinary practices in the state, who seek to employ talented and certified professionals.


Full-time, professional staff dedicated to your success: The FVMA staff is here to help you and answer any questions you might have, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Your professional interests and success are the FVMA’s focus every day. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll do our best to find it for you. Discounts on world-class continuing education and elite veterinary conferences: Our association offers industry-leading conferences and events, featuring world-class programs and speakers, cutting-edge lectures, and hands-on instruction. Distinguished, wearable enamel pin denoting your affiliate organization and term of membership and/or certification


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ANIMAL CARE TECHNICIANS (FAACT) MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA Open to any on-the-job trained veterinary team member who has worked in the capacity of a technician for at least three years. The FAACT offers you, as a dedicated technician, the professional representation of the FVMA, the voice of veterinary medicine in Florida, and the recognition you deserve as an invaluable member of the veterinary team. Affiliate FVMA membership provides you with the distinguished services and support offered by the FVMA to ensure your continued success and professional development.


Extensive career networking opportunities with thousands of veterinary colleagues across Florida and the country: As a recognized state and national leader in our industry, we proudly represent more than 5,000 members and nearly 80% of veterinary practices statewide. We strongly encourage peer-to-peer networking, collaboration, and partnership across the veterinary medical profession. Enrollment in an affinity benefits program: Exclusive membership to iBennie through the FVMA grants you access to incredible savings and cash back on hotels, groceries, restaurants, event tickets, and more! Updates on the latest news and issues impacting veterinary medicine: The FVMA is committed to providing our members with the most current news and information to advance their career development and animal health and well-being.





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CERTIFIED VETERINARY ASSISTANTS (FACVA) MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA Open to any graduate of Animal Care Technologies’ Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) program who has completed the requisite 500 hours of practical experience. (Membership is included with FVMA certification) Membership in the FACVA rewards your contributions and strengthens your position on the diverse veterinary team through the provision of programs and services designed for your professional development and long-term success. To learn more about the Animal Care Technologies program and to sign up your clinic, please visit


Professional membership certificate suitable for framing, indicating your respective member organization and FVMA affiliation, and corresponding membership/certification card Legislative and regulatory advocacy: As the voice of veterinary medicine in Florida, we work tirelessly each year to ensure veterinary interests are protected as thousands of new legislative bills are introduced. The FVMA’s advocacy program is the single most important intangible benefit our association provides. We aggressively work to implement legislation that enhances the practice of veterinary medicine and promotes and enhances animal health and well-being.


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FLORIDA VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION Application for Affiliate Membership Please complete front and back and return to the FVMA via mail or email.


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Date of Birth ________________________________________ Cell Phone _________________________________________ Clinic or Work Name (If Applicable) ________________________________________________________________________ Clinic or Work Address ___________________________________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip ___________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________ Work Email _____________________________________ Clinic Website __________________________________________ Home Address __________________________________________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip ___________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________ Home Phone ____________________________________ Email _________________________________________________ Preferred Mailing Address:  Office




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 Veterinary Practice Manager (VPM)

 Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

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(Note: Certified Veterinary Assistants do not have an application as they are automatically enrolled upon completing their practical experience.)



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Name of AVMA-Accredited Veterinary Technology School ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ — OR —

Name of Veterinary Practice Management School ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address __________________________________________________ City, State, Zip________________________________ Year Graduated _____________ Type of Degree Conferred ____________________________ (Note: If you are applying as a CVT and took the VTNE in a state other than Florida, you will be required to have your school forward a sealed copy of your transcript.)


VETERINARY TECHNICIAN NATIONAL EXAM (VTNE) SCORE Please Print (CVTs Only) I have taken the VTNE in (State) _____________________________________________ on (Date) _____________________. (Note: If you took the VTNE in Florida, we may already have your score report and no further action will be required on your part, otherwise you will need to contact the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) and have your scores transferred to the FVMA.)


VERIFICATION OF ON-THE-JOB TRAINING Please Print (VPMs/ACTs, If Applicable) I, (Veterinarian Name) _______________________________________________________________________________, DVM, do hereby verify that (Applicant Name) _____________________________________________________________________ has worked in the capacity of a (please select one):  Veterinary Practice Manager

 Veterinary Technician for at least 3 years

DVM Signature X _________________________________________________________ Date __________________________


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FLORIDA VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION Application for Affiliate Membership Please complete front and back and return to the FVMA via mail or email.


Please Print Name and Sign (Required for All)

I, (Applicant Name) _____________________________________________________________________________________, affirm that I am the person referred to in this application FVMA certification and/or affiliate membership. To the best of my knowledge, the information contained herein is true. I further affirm that I have never been convicted of a felony or any other crime involving moral turpitude. Signature of Applicant X ___________________________________________________ Date __________________________


PLEASE SELECT MEMBER TYPE AND PAYMENT METHOD Membership fees below are for two years of membership ending December 31st, 2019  Veterinary Practice Manager $55  Certified Veterinary Technician $55 Includes membership and certification  Animal Care Technician $35  Check enclosed (made payable to FVMA)  Charge my credit card





Name As It Appears on Card ______________________________________________________________________________ Credit Card Number ___________________________________________________ Expiration Date _____________________ Signature X ____________________________________________________________________________________________ For more applications, and for pdf form versions that can be filled out and submitted online, please visit, email, or scan the applicable QR code below with your mobile device (note: you may have to download a QR code reader in order to scan the codes and Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to fill out the form digitally):




CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME TO THE FVMA AS AN AFFILIATE MEMBER! You will receive an email at the address or addresses you listed with a receipt acknowledging your payment as well as a physical packet containing your membership card, certificate, and pin. You will start receiving regular correspondences from the FVMA and your respective affiliate entity as soon as your payment processes. Please notify us of any changes in your name, address, or place of work so we have your latest contact information. Any questions, comments, or concerns please call the FVMA at (800) 992-3862 or email


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Make every dog a GARD dog.

FVMA 2018 ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET APPROVED The FVMA Executive Board approved the association’s 2018 operating budget in Decem‑ ber, with a balanced budget of more than 3 million dollars. The budget reflects the FVMA’s continued growth, as well as its commitment to the sus‑ tainability of the association’s current programs and services, to advancing strategic goals, and to broadening the delivery of high-quality services to the diverse veterinary professional community of our state. We are equally committed to exercising sound stewardship of the fiscal resources of the FVMA membership. Membership dues will remain the same in 2018. The strength of the FVMA has enabled us to expand our continuing education services and grassroots advocacy efforts, allowing the association to become the premiere voice of veterinary medicine in Florida. I encour‑ age you to join the FVMA Political Committee with a financial contribution; and we ask members to become more engaged at the local level to support your association’s legislative and regulatory initiatives in 2018. The FVMA is proud to announce new membership programs for 2018, including the recent launch of our affiliate mem‑ bership organizations, as highlighted in this issue of the Advocate. We recognize the invaluable contributions members of the veterinary team make to animal health and well-being, and the advancement of our profession in Florida, and invite these professionals to join our ranks to strengthen the voice of veterinary medicine in our state. We are excited to offer FVMA regional continuing education programs in 2018. These meetings will provide CE op‑ portunities for veterinary team members and veterinary practices, and serve as valuable outreach to underserved areas of the state. Stay tuned for finalized regional conference details, which we will share very soon! The FVMA has the fiscal resources, experienced leadership and a dedicated professional staff to expand and enhance our membership services and outreach. Its all-encompassing efforts continue to serve our membership well, and serve to protect and advance the veterinary profession in Florida. The 2018 budget equips the FVMA to perform efficiently in all areas of operation, and to carry out all of its important functions. Let us be inspired by the FVMA’s mission statement, “The mission of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association is to advance the veterinary medical profession, promote animal health and well-being, and protect public health.” If you have any questions regarding the 2018 fiscal operating budget, they may be directed to Executive Director Phil Hinkle, or to me. Thank you for the opportunity to serve this great profession. Respectfully,

Donald H. Morgan, DVM Treasurer


FVMA 2018 FISCAL OPERATING BUDGET INCOME Membership Dues $ 691,257 FVMA Political Committee $ 25,000 Continuing Education/Certification Programs $ 2,109,837 Publications $ 135,700 FVMA Foundation $ 2,500 Member Services Income $ 108,400


$ 3,072,694

EXPENSES Facility Costs & Upkeep $ 97,000 Membership Services & Administration $ 1,531,879 Legislative Advocacy $ 128,000 Educational Program Expenses $ 1,171,047 Communications & Public Relations $ 118,568 Inter-Professional Relations $ 26,200


$ 3,072,694






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.


I graduated from veterinary school in 2016 and became licensed in Florida. My license will be up for renewal in May 2018. Where do I turn in my CE hours? As long as they are RACE approved, they count, right? A: If this will be your first license renewal, you actually don’t have to turn in any CE hours. Florida Administrative Code 61G18-16 states: ht tps: //w w w. f lrules .o rg /gate wa y/Cha pte rH o m e . asp?Chapter=61G18-16 61G18-16.002 Continuing Education Requirements for Active Status License Renewal. (5) A licensed veterinarian shall not be required to complete a continuing education requirement prior to the first renewal of his license, but it shall be required prior to any subsequent renewal. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) Board of Veterinary Medicine is the regulatory and licensing agency in our state for the practice of veterinary medicine. When you receive your renewal notice in late April or early May in 2018 (renewal is every May on the even years) you will affirm your CE attendance or confirm your CE exemption, but you do not have to turn in any proof of CE hours. We recommend you keep a file of all your CE certificates in a safe, retrievable place as the department performs a random audit each renewal cycle. Any programs approved by RACE are acceptable for your continuing education requirements. Here is an excerpt of section of 61G18-16.003 with some additional approved course providers: ht tps: //w w w. f lrules .o rg /gate wa y/Cha pte rH o m e . asp?Chapter=61G18-16 61G18-16.003 Continuing Education Standards. (2) Approved courses are deemed scientific if continuing education courses are provided by: (a) National, State and International veterinary association meetings and Board meetings; (b) Board Certified Specialties recognized by the AVMA; (c) University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine sponsored courses, including clinical grand rounds, veterinary resident’s seminars and Board specialty review sessions;


(d) The Registry of Approved Continuing Education Courses (RACE); and (e) United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services. And finally, here is the DBPR contact information for future reference: DBPR Board of Veterinary Medicine 1940 N Monroe St Tallahassee, FL 32399 (850) 487-1395


Can you tell me what the legal requirements are for controlled drug logs? We use Avimark as our practice management software. Do we need a written, bound, log book or can we do our controlled drug log electronically? A: The Code of Federal Regulations lists the information that is required to be maintained, but it doesn’t say how. The records must be "readily retrievable." he definition of “readily retrievable” is: "Readily retrievable means that certain records are kept by automatic data processing systems or other electronic or mechanized recordkeeping systems in such a manner that they can be separated out from all other records in a reasonable time and/or records are kept on which certain items are asterisked, redlined, or in some other manner visually identifiable apart from other items appearing on the records." So, electronic records are allowed as long as they are readily retrievable.


I have recently been informed that we may be incorrectly dispensing medications at our Humane Society shelter. Oftentimes, a shelterowned animal (not yet adopted) has a surgery performed that requires multiple days of medications. For example, if we perform surgery on a Monday, and the animal is adopted on Tuesday with a transfer of ownership, it will have multiple days of medications left to take. We have recently been informed that in order to send this

medication home with the new owner, that owner will need to speak directly with a veterinarian. Usually, an adoption counselor or technician is the one who goes over the medications with the owner. The confusion for us lies in the fact that at the time of prescribing, the shelter veterinarian has a relationship with the pet, as well as a relationship with the owner (the shelter is the owner), which satisfies the VPCR. After the official transfer or ownership, we have no relationship with the client, only the patient. Does this require a dispensing license, do we need to figure out a way for each and every new adopter to speak with a vet, or are we okay to continue as we are? A: FVMA legal counsel advises: Due to unusual circumstances, there isn’t a clear answer for your question. The easy way out is to opine that the shelter cannot do this and that a new prescription should be written and dispensed, and that the veterinarian should talk to the new owner. However, shelters work under very challenging conditions and may have volunteer or part-time veterinarians who may not be there at all times. The pragmatic opinion is based on these realities and the possibility of getting into trouble, which is on the low side. Counsel cannot guarantee that this is 100% legal from a regulatory standpoint, but perhaps with some modifications the goal can be achieved and the risk minimized. Having the new owner speak with the veterinarian is not absolutely necessary. The shelter vet had a legitimate VCPR and now there is a new owner. The main aspect of the VCPR is the knowledge of the animal’s condition, not necessarily who the owner is. The veterinarian should be available in case there are any questions. So, the proper procedure is for the counselor or technician to go over the medication AND to let the new owner know that if they have any questions about the medication, that they can call the veterinarian. The technician or counselor should then place a new label on the vial containing the medication with the new owner’s name and address (and containing all other required information). That way, when the drugs leave the shelter, they will be in a proper vial with the new owners’ name and address. As long as the shelter veterinarian is advised of the new protocol and in agreement, the drugs can then be considered to have been transferred to the new owner and that a new VCPR has been established.




We believe at least two local boarding facilities are giving dogs Bordetella vaccines. Is that allowed? They are not affiliated with veterinary facilities. Can you please advise? A: As described, these boarding facilities are practicing veterinary medicine without a license and that activity should be reported to the state board of veterinary medicine. For clarity, below are the related state laws and rules, for your guidance: 1. F.S. 828.29 Dogs and cats transported or offered for sale; health requirements; consumer guarantee.- requires that the Bordetella vaccine be "administered by or under the direction of a veterinarian, licensed by the state and accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture, who issues the official certificate of veterinary inspection." 2. Further, FAC 61G18-17 directs that the administration of vaccinations by someone other than a licensed veterinarian must be performed under "immediate supervision" of a licensed veterinarian which means the veterinarian must be on the premises when the veterinary service is provided. Administering Bordetella without the immediate supervision of a licensed veterinarian therefore, is a violation and can be classified as unlicensed activity, which may be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 for each count. 3. Failure of a veterinarian to report any person they know to be in violation of the Practice Act or rules of the Board of Veterinary Medicine, could result in issuance of a reprimand and an administrative fine of up to $1,000 in the first instance. (FAC 61G18-30.001 Disciplinary Guidelines.)

END NOTE: The ultimate responsibility in the

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



Kugler Student Research Grant Recipient Presents at TGAVC 2017


r aroline Reckelhoff, a University of Florida vet‑ erinary medicine major and 2017 Kugler Student Research Grant recipient, recently presented her research to the FVMA Foundation Board at the 5th Annual Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference, which took place November 30th – December 3rd in Boca Raton. The Kugler Student Research Grant is a program of the Lois A. Kugler Trust, which was established in 2008 to support veterinary research that improves the lives of dogs and cats. He research took place this past summer in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences within the UF College of Veteri‑ nary Medicine, under the mentorship of Dr. Amandine Lejeune, Dr. Keijiro Shiomitsu, and Patrick Thompson. Her presentation, titled “In Vitro Effects of the Chemotherapy Agent Water Soluble Miclelar Paclitaxel (Paccal Vet) on Canine Hemangiosarcoma Cell Lines,” explores the use of Paclitaxel, a chemotherapy medication typically used in humans, as a poten‑ tial treatment for specific types of canine cancer. The results sug‑ gest Paclitaxel (micellar) could be used in further clinical trials to evaluate as a potential chemotherapy treatment in dogs diag‑ nosed with hemangiosarcoma, with the goal to improve survival time in patients. She anticipates her research will be published in the near future. Reckelhoff, a second-year veterinary student with a biomedi‑ cal degree and interest in cellular research and biology, intends to pursue a residency in equine veterinary medicine.


“The Kugler fellowship enabled a great research experience, and provided important insights into new ways we might be able to fight a specific type of canine cancer,” she said. “I’m very grate‑ ful for this opportunity, and to the FVMA Foundation and Kugler Trust for their support.” The Kugler Trust and FVMA Foundation will continue to fund additional research projects aimed at improving the quality of life for both dogs and cats. For more information, please contact the FVMA by email at, or by phone toll-free at (800) 992-3862.


VETERINARIAN WANTED – FLORIDA, MOBILE EUTHANASIA VETERINARIAN - FLORIDA: Florida Home Euthanasia is adding compassionate veterinarians to our growing team of home euthanasia providers, dedicated to helping pets and their families say goodbye in the comfort of home. Our clients are greatly appreciative of the opportunity to be in a familiar, relaxed setting. Enjoy minimal record-keeping and financial discussions with clients. One-hour visits allow for unhurried time with families. Positions are located in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and Miami. Our team provides extensive training and support, including sharing best practices and using trusted protocols that allows for a peaceful experience. Current position is part-time to full-time with full benefits. Maximum of 5 visits per day with no on-call or overnight responsibilities as well as flexibility in determining your schedule allows for work-life balance. Visit scheduling is handled by our trained support team. To learn more, visit and contact Dr. Heather at or 612-808-9889. (6/17: ID#10622) VETERINARIAN WANTED – MID-COAST MAINE: Ideal work/life balance! Come spend 4-6 months in Maine during the heat of Florida summers and return in the late fall. Atlantic Veterinary Care in Mid-Coast Maine is seeking a veterinarian to join our outstanding team. We are a small animal practice that provides conventional as well as Complimentary veterinary medicine. The optimal candidate should at minimum be interested in or open to Herbal and Homeopathic modalities as well as Acupuncture. If the candidate is trained in any of those modalities, even better! An interest in Dentistry is a bonus. We are currently a 1+ doctor hospital looking to add a ¾ - full time associate during the busiest times of the year, April – October. Great work schedule with no on-call duties. Experience preferred, but the right new graduate will be considered. Salary and benefits negotiable. Please email resume to Dr. Tichy at (6/17; ID#39262) VETERINARIAN WANTED - ZEPHYRHILLS, FL : (30 mi. from Tampa). Salary range 85 K to 140 K (depending on clinical and surgical experience.) Fran 407-529-5651 (6/17; ID#28095) VETERINARIAN NEEDED FT OR PT: Fox and Friends Animal Hospital in Sun City Center, FL is seeking a Veterinarian. We are located in Hillsborough County, approximately 30 minutes south of Tampa. We are very close to the Tampa Bay beaches, fishing, golfing, etc. We are in a newly built (6 years old), free standing building. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 8 am - pm, Saturday 8 am -12 pm. Please call 813-633-2443, fax 813-633-8084, or email (attention Dr. Steven Fox, Amanda or Joy). (6/17; ID#11141) VETERINARIAN WANTED - POLK COUNTY, FL: NOW HIRING Animal Control Veterinarian- Are you looking for a professional career that offers unique and rewarding challenges, excellent benefits, and an opportunity to make a difference? Consider employment with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office as an Animal Control Veterinarian. We are actively searching for a highly motivated, qualified, and self-disciplined individual, dedicated to performing to the best of their ability. Salary: MINIMUM ($87,290) - MAXIMUM ($100,167) Please send resume to (6/17; ID#7436) VETERINARIAN WANTED – LARGO, FL: Wanted: Full time DVM Island Hammock Pet Hospital, 3 doctor companion animal practice, Key Largo, Florida. Strong compensation package, experienced staff, rewarding work environment. We operate a new, AAHA accredited, AAFP designated Cat Friendly, state of the art facility, utilizing efficient business practices. Learn more at The Keys offers some of the best fishing and SCUBA diving available in North America. Island life is a laid back, semi-rural lifestyle. All of the advantages of a large metropolitan area are within a 45 minute drive. If you love the water



and sun, the Florida Keys is a great place to live. To learn more about the position, please send your resume to; ID#10524)


RELIEF/PART-TIME VETERINARIAN AVAILABLE – TAMPA, FL: Relief or part-time veterinarian available in the Tampa area: 30 years of experience as a practice owner. Enjoy surgery and working with people, small animal only. Call Dr. Joe Priest at (813) 230-5998 or email (6/17 & 1/18: ID#2492)


CANINE REHABILITATION TECHNICIAN WANTED| MIAMI, FLORIDA: SOUTHEAST VETERINARY NEUROLOGY - MIAMI, FL FULL TIME DAY SHIFT: Southeast Veterinary Neurology (SEVN) is seeking a highly motivated, skilled, organized and outgoing full time Canine Rehabilitation Technician to join our growing specialty hospital! Founded in 2010, SEVN is south Florida’s only hospital that exclusively treats medical and surgical diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. We offer the full spectrum of expertise, compassion, and state-of-the-art equipment to provide our patients with optimal care. Our veterinary neurologists use high-field MRI, CT scans, electrodiagnostics, CSF analysis and operating microscopes to diagnose and treat our patient's neurological conditions. Our philosophy is simple: Be there when our patients need us; treat each patient as if he or she were our own; offer the latest technology, expertise and techniques. Core Values: We are always available, we choose to be positive, we go the extra mile for our team, clients and patients, we work together to consistently improve ourselves and each other, we put the well-being of others before our personal gain, we are honest about how we think and feel. Our Rehabilitation Technician’s primary focus will be in our Rehabilitation Room where they will be primarily: Performing post-surgical, inpatient rehabilitation exercises Assist in rehab examinations, evaluations, and rehabilitation plans Will use equipment to facilitate rehabilitation such as laser therapy, treadmill, Coordinates the rehabilitation schedule and interfaces with other services, Teaches rehabilitation techniques to rehabilitation assistants, Qualified candidates must be able to: Multi-task in a fast paced working environment, Maintain a high level of organization and communication, Maintain accurate medical records and rehabilitation logs, Provide consistent quality customer service to every client and patient, Work independently Minimum requirements include: CCRP Certification At least 2 years of experience as a Veterinary Technician; CVT preferred Ability to lift 50 pounds. We are proud to be an EEO /AA employer M/F/D/V. Please submit your resume to (6/17: ID#36449)


PROPERTY / PRACTICE FOR SALE - ZEPHYRHILLS, FL: Property is 30 miles from Tampa. Well established small animal hospital for sale below appraisal value. Seller financing, little down. Fran 407-529-5651. (6/17; ID # 28095) FOR SALE - MOBILE PET VACCINATION COMPANY, TAMPA, FL. AREA: Work for yourself. Mobile pet vaccination service has been providing mobile vaccine clinics to the Tampa Bay, FL for over 9 years. It operates approximately 45 days per year and has annual revenues just over $150,000. Mobile animal hospital is in excellent condition. Current owner will help with the transition and financing.



Company: • Nine year old mobile pet vaccination company • Well-established website and web presence • Currently only operating within the Tampa Bay area. • Operates approximately 45 days per mobile hospital per year Mobile Hospitals:• Florida licensed mobile animal hospitals (setup as vaccination clinics) • Each has two 15,000 BTU roof-top air conditioning units • 7kw Onan generator with outlets and fluorescent lighting • Exterior body wall is aluminum, no rusting • Flat exterior walls with room for large graphic signage • Interior floor is aluminum for easy cleanup with no odors • Sliding aluminum door separates hospital from driving compartment • Permanently mounted aluminum steps with handrails • Interior walls are cabinet grade laminate with Formica finish • Insulation in most exterior walls • Electronic floor scale • Backup camera • Refrigerator • Over 14 ft of counter space with storage under • Sink with fresh water tank • Gray water tank and discharge port Design and Construction: • Interior layout designed for functionality by user veterinarian • Construction by local cabinet shop and licensed building contractor Potential Expansion: • Add additional vaccination clinic days • Add additional services to vaccination clinic days • Expand operations to include more traditional well-pet mobile animal hospital services • Operating as mobile animal hospitals within Florida has many advantages over operating as a limited service vaccination clinic. Price: $110,000, With reasonable down payment owner will finance. For additional information, please request a confidentiality agreement by email, sign it and return by email. Shortly thereafter someone will contact you. Email: (6/17; ID #28265)

Florida Practice Listings! Southwest Florida– 1.5 Dr. Practice with 2016 gross of just over $1mm. Free standing office 3800 sq.ft. All the bells and whistles and not far from the beach. North Florida– Solo Dr. small animal, 2016 gross $887k, Well established, new digital X-ray. High net...Priced to sell. Just Listed– Central Fl.– 2 Dr. Practice with 2016 gross of $1.3mm+. 2500 sq. ft. office with 2800 sq.ft. pet resort. Well equipped and well established. New Listing– Sarasota County– 1.5 Dr. Practice 2017 gross about $730K. Nice free standing office on major 4 lane. Well established and well equipped in a rapidly growing area. Sold-Greater Tampa– Solo Dr. 2016 gross $435K, Prx.+RE Must sell...Price reduced to Real Estate, equipment & inventory Sold-West-Central Fl.– Solo Dr. 2016 gross $493K. Custom built hospital spacious, well designed. Dr. ready to retire. Are Corporate Groups contacting you about buying your Practice? If so, let us help you make sure you get your best deal!!!

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Advocate issue 6,2017 issuu  

Published by the Florida Veterinary Medical Association. Announcing THE FVMA'S NEW AFFILIATE TEAM MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM Details on Page 12

Advocate issue 6,2017 issuu  

Published by the Florida Veterinary Medical Association. Announcing THE FVMA'S NEW AFFILIATE TEAM MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM Details on Page 12