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Getting in front of issues affecting veterinary medicine. MVMA QUARTERLY - SPRING 2019

MVMA Stands Up, On Behalf of Its Members, Against Cyberbullying A high profile event transpired in recent weeks when Stray Rescue in St. Louis, accused Veterinary Specialty Services, and the St. Louis Animal Control, of acting improperly in euthanizing a dog after a biting incident. Through efforts of Stray Rescue, a torrent of social media activity was unleashed against VSS and Animal Control. The vicious cyberbullying against VSS raised to the level of death threats in some instances. After conversations with VSS, MVMA was satisfied that proper actions were taken when the private practice notified animal control immediately after their technician was bitten by the animal.

a technician was bitten. We immediately notified the local rescue group, and per Missouri statue, filed a bite report with the St. Louis County. Following the report, St. Louis Animal Care and Control took custody of the patient from VSS. The St. Louis County Health Department made the difficult decision to euthanize the patient per Missouri law. Everyone is saddened by this outcome.

Given the level of social media attacks after the incident, MVMA Despite a veterinary/client relationship leadership issued the following email to MVMA members: of over 20 years, the rescue group has Missouri Veterinary Medical engaged in a major cyber-bullying Association Members: campaign vilifying VSS and Animal Care We are sharing this and Control for following the regulations of information with you to help St. Louis County and the State of Missouri. you understand the issues The technician who is injured will physically 18 involved in a cyberbullying NG 20 be fine. We are all “hanging in there” and LY - SPRI UARTER Q A MVM event taking place in St. Louis greatly appreciate the incredible support F cebobeen Monday night February l a ok coreceiving weahave the veterinary s r e v mmentsfrom e R n d o i Bureau of Narcoticrescs anribe s 11th, and today, Tuesday i c community, near and far.from our m e D e s p ri embers... 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