F V M A ADVOCATE Issue 3 - 2010
Legislative Session Ends FVMA Savors Legislative Victories USDA’s Restructured Accreditation August 2, 2010 Is The Renewal Deadline FVMA’s 81st Annual Conference A Tremendous Success
Sophomore Coating Ceremony
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Dear Colleagues, 7131 Lake Ellenor Drive Orlando, Florida 32809 407.851.3862 phone 800.992.3862 toll free 407.240.3710 fax Info@FVMA.com www.fvma.com
Dr. Jan M. Hasse President Dr. James A. Kanzler President-Elect Dr. Richard B. Williams Treasurer Dr. Jerry P. Shank Past President Mr. Philip J. Hinkle Executive Director
District Representatives Dr. Charles P. Hall District 1 - Big Bend Dr. Richard C. Sutliff District 2 - Northeast Dr. Jerry L. Rayburn District 3 - Central Dr. Donald H. Morgan District 4 - Tampa Bay Dr. Mark D. Dew District 5 - Treasure Coast Dr. Ronald W. Todd Jr. District 6 - South Florida Dr. Richard M. Carpenter District 7 - Southwest Dr. James M. Brechin District 8 - Northwest Dr. Christine M. Storts District 9 - Space Coast Dr. Ernest C. Godfrey AVMA Delegate Dr. Larry G. Dee AVMA Alternate Delegate Ex Officio Dr. Glen F. Hoffsis, Dean College of Veterinary Medicine
FVMA Staff Sandra P. Brooks Accounting/Membership Director Ralph E. Huber Conferences Director Brynn Severance Financial/Membership Coordinator Beni Jean Price Executive Administrative Assistant Brenda Eggert Brader Communications & Public Relations Director Kevin R. White Multimedia Art & Design Director Dr. James E. Pennington Senior Consultant of Veterinary Affairs
ow is the best way to describe the FVMA’s 81st Annual Conference recently held in Tampa. Phil Hinkle, his competent professional team, and Dr. Ernest Godfrey, need to be congratulated for all of their efforts in putting together the very successful meeting. The continuing education, with its quality of speakers, was diverse, practical and provided excellent value to all attendees. A number of the exhibitors expressed how this conference is becoming one of the key conventions in which their organizations want to be a part. We were blessed to have many out-of-state veterinarians in attendance. Start planning now to be a part of the 82nd Annual FVMA Conference April 28 to May 1 as we move back to Orlando to the Buena Vista Palace Resort and Spa. Many activities are being planned to include our families as well as providing members with top notch continuing education opportunities. The Florida Legislative session in Tallahassee ended April 30. Our legislators wrestled with ﬁscal cuts and shortfalls in the state budget. The FVMA Legislative Committee, led by Dr. Stephen Shores and our lobbyists, met with legislators in March and was able to successfully help scuttle the attempt to remove the sales tax exemption on veterinary purchases. The FVMA defeated a bill that would have removed the prohibition in the Florida statute that prevents local governments from banning ownership of specific breeds. We were also successful in closing a loophole in F.S.474 that allows unlicensed veterinarians to practice in Florida. This was a major victory for Florida veterinarians! (A complete legislative report is included on page 7.) The entire FVMA membership needs to continue to be ever vigilant on legislative issues that can have
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lasting effects on our profession. A new hurricane season began on June 1. Many experts predict a very active season. One of my goals, as president of the FVMA, is to see every veterinarian and every local VMA have a comprehensive disaster response plan. We learned after the storms of 2004 and 2005 those FVMA members who had a plan in place before the storm were able to recover and get back to some sort of order much faster than those who did not have a viable plan in place. Needless to say, this is a massive undertaking and many people are involved in making this happen. Dr. Terry Clekis, chairman of the FVMA Disaster Response Committee, is recruiting veterinarians from all areas of the state to help this become a reality. The Florida Veterinary Corps along with the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine VETS Team and the FVMA are all part of the total plan for responding to a major disaster(s) such as hurricanes, tornados and wildﬁres. Anyone who has an interest in disaster response may contact me, Dr. Clekis or the FVMA office for more information. The FVMA leadership is excited to announce the launch of the FVMA’s new website that will debut the end of July. This long awaited membership service upgrade will allow the FVMA to better disseminate information to you -- the membership. I am excited, honored and humbled to be serving as your president. Members of the Executive Board, Phil Hinkle and his entire staff and I, will work tirelessly in meeting the challenges and opportunities that confront this organization in the coming year. We need your help. Please consider serving on one of the various FVMA committees when asked. Finally, I would like to thank our past president, Dr. Jerry Shank. His enthusiasm and unselﬁsh efforts to promote organized veterinary medicine during difficult economic times should be applauded. His leadership has been an encouragement to all he has touched.
IN THIS ISSUE 4 | Installation of New Officers
and Executive Board
7 | Legislative Session Ends 12 | Closing the Gap
16 | FVMA Congratulates UF Class of
20 | FVMA’s 81st Annual Conference
10 | Members in the News
2012 - Sophomore Coating Ceremony A Tremendous Success
24 | FVMA’s Annual Membership
2 | President’s Message 30 | Calendar of Events
Recruitment & Retention Campaign
31 | Classifieds
27 | USDA Accreditation Deadline
IN REMEMBRANCE Kevin J. Anderson, Ph.D., 54, an associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, died June 15, 2010 after a long and courageous fight with brain cancer. Anderson had been a member of the UF CVM faculty since 1988, and taught gross anatomy to every veterinary student class since then. UF veterinary students chose him several times to receive their top teaching awards, given by individual classes and also by the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. This past spring, he was named the college’s College Council 2010 Teacher of the Year, the highest teaching honor bestowed by the council based on criteria including knowledge of subject matter, clarity of presentation, concern for students’ mastery of subject, fairness, enthusiasm for teaching and overall interest in student welfare. Anderson also received the award in 1990. In 1994, the college awarded Anderson its prestigious C.E. Cornelius Young Investigator Award for his
research. His most recent research focused on the biomarkers of traumatic brain injury, and had received funding support from the Veteran’s Administration and other sources. Anderson received his undergraduate degree in biology and subsequently a master’s degree in zoology, both from Washington State University. His devotion to and interest in anatomy took him to the University of Kentucky where he completed a Ph.D. in anatomy in 1984. Subsequently, Anderson conducted four years of postdoctoral research at the University of California, Irvine. Anderson served for many years as the faculty advisor and ride team leader for Team Vet Med, a group of cyclists that ride regularly throughout the year and also raise money for student scholarships. In recognition of Anderson’s contributions to the group, the scholarship funded by the annual Horse Farm Hundred ride was renamed in his honor last year. A celebration of Anderson’s life will be held sometime in August when many of UF’s veterinary students will return to Gainesville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kevin Anderson Team Vet Med Scholarship at the UF veterinary college; to UF, to Haven Hospice, or to a memorial of your choice. www.FVMA ADVOCATE.com
Installation of New Officers and Board
an M. Hasse, DVM from Sarasota, was installed as president of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association’s Executive Board on April 9 during the Awards and Installation Ceremony held at the 81st Annual FVMA Conference in Tampa. Other installation of officers and board include the following: Dr. James A. Kanzler, president-elect, Dr. Jerry P. Shank, past president; Dr. Richard B. Williams, treasurer;
Jan M. Hasse, DVM - President
President Hasse, a 1977 graduate of Oklahoma State College of Veterinary Medicine, worked as an associate for one and a half years before opening a Sarasota Animal Hospital with his wife and fellow veterinarian, Dr. Debbie Hasse, in February of 1979. He and his wife owned and managed the exclusively small animal practice for more than 30 years, selling the AAHAcertified hospital practice in August of 2009. “The FVMA is one of the most respected (state veterinary medical associations) in the country,” Dr. Hasse said. “We are a resourceful group, especially in this economy. We will come out on top.” The drive, ambition and vibrancy of the FVMA were shared by an enthusiastic Dr. Hasse at the installation ceremony. He has been a member of the FVMA since 1977 holding six positions within the organization before his current presidency. Dr. Hasse has served as FVMA District VII representative for six years, as co-chairman of the FVMA Disaster Response Committee, president to FVMA Foundation, chairman of the budget and finance committee for FVMA, Board of Governors of FVMA, and FVMA president-elect. He has been a member of the Southwest Florida Veterinary Medical Association since 1977, serving as secretary/treasurer, vice president and president. Dr. Hasse has been a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association for 33 years. Married for 34 years, Dr. Hasse has three grown children and four grandchildren. During his years of raising a family, he became a charter member helping to establish the Sarasota Baptist Church in 1984 where he has served as a deacon and as head of the finance committee. Serving on past boards and taking on many responsible, leadership positions have prepared Dr. Hasse to be a strong and beneficial president for the FVMA. A member of the Sunset Kiwanis Club, he has served almost every office in that organization and served on the boards of the Faith Christian School and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. When not serving on a board, he enjoys fishing, hiking, snow skiing and his grandchildren. 2010 • FVMA ADVOCATE • Issue 3
Dr. Charles P. Hall of Tallahassee as the new District I — Big Bend representative; Dr. Richard C. Sutliff of Jacksonville, District II – Northeast representative; Dr. Richard M. Carpenter of Fort Myers, District VII – Southwest representative; and Dr. James A. Brechin of Destin who will fill the unexpired term for District VIII – Northwest representative left open by Dr. Wallace R. Belcher who moved out-of-state.
James A. Kanzler, DVM - President-Elect
The new FVMA president-elect is Dr. Kanzler of Bradenton, a graduate of Auburn University, Class of 1978. He started his general veterinary practice in 1980 and later limited it to a small animal medicine and surgery practice in 1985. Dr. Kanzler is also a past president of the Southwest Florida VMA, has served on the board of directors for the Southeastern Guide Dogs for many years, has been on the FVMA Executive Board for five years, and has been both a member of the FVMA and AVMA since graduation.
Richard B. Williams, DVM - Treasurer
Dr. Williams of Jacksonville is the newly-elected FVMA treasurer. The former District II representative, he is a member of the Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society since 1981, the continuing education chairman and a former president. Dr. Williams has been a member of the AVMA, FVMA and American Animal Hospital Association, all since 1981. He was named Veterinarian of the Year at the 2010 FVMA 81st annual conference held in Tampa in April.
BOARD MEMBERS REPRESENTATIVE TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
Charles “Pat” Hall, DVM -District 1
Dr. Hall of Tallahassee is the new District 1 Big Bend representative for the FVMA Executive Board. He earned his DVM degree in 1976 from Auburn University, School of Veterinary Medicine and practices small animal medicine and surgery at Westwood Animal Hospital in Tallahassee. For 34 years he has been a member of the FVMA, the AVMA and the Big Bend Veterinary Medical Association. REPRESENTATIVE TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD Richard M. Carpenter, DVM - District 7
Dr. Carpenter of Fort Myers, appointed the FVMA District VII representative, is a 1974 graduate of Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He practiced in Iowa until 1986, relocating to Virginia where he was an assistant professor for the University of Virginia Medical School. In 1997 Dr. Carpenter established his first practice in Fort Myers and currently practices at the Animal Clinic at Kelly Crossing. Dr. Carpenter is a member and officer for the Caloosa Veterinary Society of Lee County, a board member for the Animal Rescue Center, a no-kill shelter, and a member of AVMA and the Iowa VMA.
Jerry P. Shank, DVM - Past President
Dr. Shank fulfilled his 2009 presidential year and is now performing the many past presidential duties that include the responsibility of the 82nd FVMA Conference Awards Committee chairmanship for 2010 to be awarded at the 2011 82nd conference at the Buena Vista Palace and Spa in Orlando on April 29 through May 1. Dr. Shank of Ft. Lauderdale earned his DVM degree in 1970 from Ohio State University and is president and chief veterinarian for the small animal practice at his Shank Animal Hospital.
REPRESENTATIVE TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD Richard C. Sutliff, DVM - District 2
Dr. Sutliff of Jacksonville is the new District II Northeast representative for the FVMA Executive Board. He studied Organic Chemistry and Animal Science at New College in Sarasota and Morehead (KY) State University. Upon graduation, he became an insurance underwriter specializing in equine mortality insurance and farm owners insurance and was an emergency veterinary tech/adjunct college instructor at UNF. Dr. Sutcliff graduated with honors in 1999 from the UF College of Veterinary Medicine at the age of 36. He is the owner of the Scott Mill Animal Hospital since 2003. Dr. Sutliff has served as the secretary for the Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society from 2004 to 2007, vice president from 20072008 and president 2008-2009. REPRESENTATIVE TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD James M. Brechin, DVM - District 8
Continuing to offer his services to the board is Dr. Brechin of Destin as District VIII Northwest representative to fulfill the unexpired term of Dr. Wallace Belcher. Dr. Brechin earned his DVM degree from Auburn in 1974 and practiced as an associate veterinarian in Jacksonville from 1974 to 1975 and in Nashville, TN from 1975 to 1977. He has been the owner of the Destin Animal Clinic from 1977 to present. Dr. Brechin helped organize the Miracle Strip VMS in 1981, and served the MSVMS as president and CE chairman. He has held several positions including president of the FVMS since 2000, his local Destin Chamber of Commerce 1982-1983 as president and 1987-1988 as president of the Destin Rotary Club.
All new positions became effective April 12. www.FVMA ADVOCATE.com
Legislative Session Ends The FVMA Takes Its Place at the Legislative Table
hen we tell you that nearly 2,500 general bills were filed jointly between the Florida House and Senate during the 2010 Legislative Session, it may surprise you that only 301 bills passed. Of the 301 bills passed, 16 of those did not survive Governor Charlie Crist’s veto. Only 12 percent of the bills made the cut. With the state still plodding through a looming recession, thousands of bills were bogged down either by their fiscal impacts, their controversial nature or by Governor Crist. The FVMA was “at the table” every step of the way. Our legislative team fought for and against bills until the last minute of the last day of session; demanding that state government keep its nose out of veterinary businesses. Relationships were tested and strengthened as the FVMA learned that a “you’re either with us or against us” attitude does not hold true in the legislative session. We scrambled alongside the animal control group to kill breed-specific bills. Later we would oppose the same group wholeheartedly, as it pushed for using government funds to subsidize shelter spays and neuters for the public regardless of their ability to pay. Similarly, Sen. Nan Rich (D, Sunrise) and the sponsor of the anti-bestiality bill, carried one issue for us, but also supported the spay/neuter subsidies that would leave animal shelters with a financial advantage over veterinarians. One issue FVMA got passed was done quietly in order to preserve its integrity. The bill demands that one must be licensed by the state to practice veterinary medicine. Although the law seemed clear about this necessary standard, many foreign-trained and out-of-state veterinarians were practicing in Florida temporarily without adhering to state standards, thus posing a safety risk to Florida’s animals and to Florida’s fragile economy.
Since the 2010 Session came to an end, we have had time to reflect on what occurred and where things now stand in the world of veterinary medicine. We have outlined our successes and failures in the paragraphs below. Please take the time to read them, and make note of your profession’s place at the political table. » Breed Specific Legislation Early on in session came discussion of a bill boldly filed that would allow city and county governments the right to ban a specific breed of dogs from living in their communities, solely based on breed. The bill sought to remove the prohibition in Florida Statute that prevents local governments from banning ownership of a specific breed of dogs. The FVMA carried the message to the legislature that education and enforcement of current law was the real answer to this problem. The bill was not only poor in its conception, but it had many fundamental issues. As expected, most of the public hearings made mention of pit bulls over and over again. However, there was no notable strategy for handling dogs that are part bulldog or part pit bull. We brought forward concerns that other large breeds could be banned, while smaller breeds with smaller bites may not be. The FVMA’s biggest concern was that families would hide their animals or not assure proper veterinary care because they would be afraid their pets would be taken away. The committee hearings lasted for hours and received a good bit of media coverage. Nearly all of the animal welfare groups were opposed to the measure to overturn the prohibition on government deciding “which dogs rule and which dogs drool.” These concerns were enough to kill the bill before it made it to the House and Senate floors. However, this issue is not going away and our firm will
continue to take a strong position on this bill and any others that would limit personal rights to own dogs. Miami-Dade County currently has a ban on pit bulls. This is the only county in Florida that currently has such a ban. » Bestiality Bill Sen. Nan Rich, (D, Sunrise) finally put to rest a fellow senator’s confusion on the definition of animal husbandry and why “are people taking animals as their husbands?,” for the third year she filed a bill that would have made having sexual activities with animals a first degree misdemeanor. The FVMA worked diligently with the senator again this year to pass this important animal protection bill. A no-brainer in concept, the bill traveled through all of its committees of reference with few snickers or questions. Later the bill traveled to the Senate floor where it passed unanimously sending it over to the House to await a hearing. The bill was a victim to the legislative process. As House members spent the last two days of the legislative session arguing a bill that would require women to pay for ultrasounds prior to having abortions, many bills died. The emotional party line debate consumed a great amount of time in the last few days of the 2010 session, only to be vetoed by Governor Crist. In the final hours of session Sen. Rich was able to amend her bill to a number of Senate bills, but they failed to pass. We are sure that Sen. Rich will decide to tackle this bill again in 2011. If she decides not to run the bill again, the FVMA representatives will find another bill sponsor for the 2011 legislative session. » Closing Loopholes … Protecting the Public The FVMA’s highest legislative priority is to protect the public from individuals who practice veterinary medicine below the standard of care. Such was the case of 23 polo horses that died in Palm Beach who were under the care of a Venezuelan veterinarian not licensed to practice in Florida. The veterinarian ordered compound drugs that had contradictions and interaction that proved lethal. Florida law (474 F.S.) provides an exemption that allows veterinarians and many others from other states and countries to practice in Florida. Those traveling with sports teams and owners of certain sports animals could come to Florida, practice and bypass Florida licensure. The FVMA adamantly opposes this practice. During FVMA Legislative Days, the participants found an opportunity to begin closing this loophole. Meeting with Rep. Rodolfo Garcia (D,
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Miami) and Rep. Joseph Abruzzo (D, Palm Beach), as well as the staff from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the Department of Agriculture and others, the group crafted an amendment to Section 474 F.S. that eliminated part time and independent contractors from practicing veterinary medicine in Florida without a Florida license. The FVMA gratefully acknowledges Dr. Scott Swerdlin for initiating this legislative effort. This was a major victory for Florida veterinarians! There is still much to be done to correct this issue. The FVMA will be hard at work this summer and fall preparing to amend other laws that allow for unlicensed veterinary practice in the state. » Save Veterinary Medicine’s Tax Exemption Veterinarians who dispense drugs for treatment of animals enjoy a tax exemption on their purchase. For the last two years legislative committees have examined this exemption as they have struggled to fund the state budget. Even though the tax would be passed on to the consumer it would have a significant impact on veterinary medicine. A tax on veterinary medicine could result in fewer client veterinary visits and a reluctance to treat animals with needed medications due to the increased cost. Clients would automatically pay a substantial six percent or more tax increase. Other clients would simply buy more of their pet drugs on the internet thereby circumventing the law. The cost of the collection and accounting for the tax would be an added cost for the veterinary practice. The FVMA will remain vigilant and continue to work to kill any proposal that would impose a tax on veterinary medicine. The FVMA will work over the summer to plan a strategy for the coming year to be proactive, especially when laws are proposed that will impact the veterinarians’ practices, patients and clients. With the continued hard work of the FVMA executive director, staff, board and legislative team, we will work diligently to improve veterinary medicine in Florida.
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