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Quarterly Missouri Veterinary

Chuck Barry, DVM 2019 MVMA Veterinarian of the Year

Inside: MVMA Combats Cyberbullying A Publication of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association

Spring 2019

MISSOURI VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION 2500 Country Club Drive Jefferson City, MO 65109 Phone 573-636-8612 Fax 573-659-7175 email: website: BOARD OF GOVERNORS Dr. Carol Ryan President Dr. David Gourley President-Elect Dr. Marcy Hammerle Vice-President Dr. Shelia Taylor Secretary/Treasurer Dr. Cynthia Vedder-Penrod Board Chair EXECUTIVE BOARD Dr. Sonia Serad-Wright Northwest District Delegate Dr. Jennifer McLain-Link North Central District Delegate Dr. Christopher Perry Northeast District Delegate Dr. Matthew Silvius Greater Kansas City District Delegate Dr. Chad McNeal West Central District Delegate Dr. Jessica Farris Greater St. Louis District Delegate Dr. Kacie Ulhorn East Central District Delegate Dr. Philip Brown Southwest District Delegate Dr. Catherine Hicks Southeast District Delegate Dr. Carol Ryan AVMA Delegate Dr. Chuck Barry AVMA Alternate Delegate Dr. Carolyn Henry (Ex-officio) MU College of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Chuck Lemme (Ex-officio) AVMA District 7 Representative Sonja Perry Student Board Member Katie Molind Alternate Student Board Member STAFF Richard Antweiler Executive Director Julie Braun Operations Manager Luann Avalos Bookkeeper Kim Ralston Communications Specialist Lori Muhlenbruch Program Coordinator Michelle Gentges Executive Assistant Dawn Felger Administrative Assistant Denise Colvin Museum Archivist 2


Inside this issue... Convention Highlights................................................................................. 4-5 Highlights & Actions of the Board ........................................................... 8 Upcoming CE & Events..................................................................................12 MVMA Stands Up Against Cyberbullying.................................. 14-15 Summer’s Coming: APHIS Updates Pet Travel Website..............16 Our Committees@Work.............................................................................. 18 Leadership Directory (Pull out & save) ............................................. 19-22 National Pet Week............................................................................................26 MVTA Tech Notes ......................................................................................... 28 Associate Member News ............................................................................30 Foundation Update ................................................................................ 32-33 Classifieds ..................................................................................................... 34-38 2018/2019 Partners For Progress Sponsors ......................................39

On the Cover... Chuck Barry, DVM, Warrensburg, Mo. was honored at the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association’s 127th Annual Convention on January 26th as the recipient of the coveted Veterinarian of the Year Award. He was recognized for his lifelong dedication to his community, his clients and to the veterinary profession. Dr. Barry is past president of the MVMA and currently serves as AVMA Alternate Delegate. He is owner/practitioner at Lifetime Animal Center, Warrensburg, Mo.

Cover photo by Richard Antweiler.


From the President You may have heard a saying in this great state of Missouri “If you don’t care for the weather today, hang in there because tomorrow it’s bound to change.” I think Carol Ryan, DVM veterinary medicine endures the same philosophy. We are so fortunate to have a profession that spans an array of diversity. I feel blessed to practice as a mixed animal practitioner. Schedules have the authority to change by the hour--just like our weather! I may start with a c-section on a dog, followed by a consult on a camel with diarrhea. Next may be the marathon running goat that got an old extension cord tangled in his horns. “Don’t forget there is a sugar glider coming in that got into a fight with his brother. The good news, there is only

part of his skin that is dragging.” Let’s not forget about the ram with frost bit privates. “Doc, should he wear a sock over his scrotum daily?” Is it really possible that the sign of the moon dictates a veterinarian’s daily schedule? Some days you just have to laugh and enjoy your time in practice. Cases will tug on your heart and challenge your inner core with difficult decisions to relay to a pet owner. Compassion fatigue can wear down a soul. Take in a deep breath and relax. Talk to your family and friends and release some tension. Making time for your family is imperative. It is crucial to keep your chin up and smile. Try to remember, we are devoted, animal loving individuals who strive to make a positive little difference in the world each day.

They have paved the road with labored love. I will do my best to walk in their footsteps and carry the torch forward to make our profession shine with pride. I feel very blessed to represent our Missouri Veterinary Medical Association as president. I pray we may all build a stronger bond as we learn that it is ok to lean on each other when we feel like the world is crashing down. We need to reach out to classmates and laugh at those glory days where it all started. Life is too short to get down when it rains. Just relax. The weather will be changing, so enjoy your rainbow! Sincerely, Carol Ryan, DVM

The practice of veterinary medicine is truly an amazing field. I have been mentored by many past MVMA leaders.

From the Vice President After a whirlwind weekend at the MVMA conference in Columbia, I have had time to reflect on why I am so proud to be a part of the leadership of this organization.

We are so fortunate to have a strong organization to protect us. Every year I learn more about the things that threaten our profession. The MVMA legislative committee works tirelessly to stay on top of laws and regulations that could harm us and I think very few people understand how much goes on behind the scenes.

The annual MVMA meeting has always been my favorite CE. I go to several meetings a year in different locations, but the camaraderie and friendship at the MVMA meeting is unlike any other. The CE lectures are always great, but I honestly learn SO much more from spending time with other practitioners. The relationships that I have made at this meeting are such a huge support both professionally and personally.

Having the meeting in Columbia has also been a great move for all of our members. It has allowed us to form a closer relationship with the CVM and I really appreciate the opportunity to utilize their facilities and their faculty. The location has also allowed many more students to attend the conference. The future of this organization is in their hands and we need to teach them about the importance of organized veterinary medicine.

Marcy Hammerle, DVM


You may not know, but on Sunday after everyone leaves, we have the planning meeting for the next year’s conference. I have been lucky to be part of the planning committee for many years. It is truly amazing how much gets accomplished in those few hours when everyone works together. We look at reviews and recommendations and do our best to locate speakers and topics that will benefit our members. Then the MVMA staff takes over and the fun of planning begins again. It is always a bit of a let down for it to be over, but I always look forward to the next year. I can’t wait to be part of the MVMA Executive Board over the coming year. Sincerely, Marcy Hammerle, DVM


Convention Highlights N

A Gathering for the Mind and Spirit.

early 600 veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and their families attended the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association’s 127th Annual Convention on January 24-27 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia, Mo. The convention offered over 90 continuing education lectures to participants. This was the third convention offering flexible day-by-day registration which proved again to be a successful alternative for those who could not attend the full four-day event. The convention was sponsored by numerous companies and 60-plus exhibitors, and major support from the MVMA Partners For Progress members: Addison Biological Laboratory, Inc., Bayer Animal Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, Elanco Animal Health, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., MDIS, MWI Animal Health, Nestle Purina, Patterson Veterinary, ProPartners Wealth/AVMA-LIFE, Simmons Veterinary Sales, Stopp & VanHoy CPAs, and Zoetis Animal Health. Also thanks to our Affinity Program, Nxgen with additional support from IDEXX. After two days of continuing education lectures, attendees enjoyed a fun Friday evening with hors d’oeuvres, Missouri wine, a silent auction, and friendly conversation while prize winners were drawn in the annual Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation Drawing. Congratulations to Dr. Richard Linn and Dr. Steve Strubberg, who decided to split the $10,000 prize, and to all of the other winners at this year’s drawing! See page 32 for the lucky winners. The Saturday morning General Membership meeting saw the installation of officers for 2019. Newly installed officers include: Dr. Carol Ryan, President, Troy, Mo.; Dr. David Gourley, President-Elect, Mountain Grove, Mo.; Dr. Marcy Hammerle, Vice President, O’Fallon, Mo., Dr. Shelia L. Taylor, Secretary/Treasurer, Springfield, Mo. and Cynthia Vedder-Penrod, DVM, Board Chair, Fulton, Mo.

On Friday, veterinary students visited with practicing veterinarians during the Speed Networking event sponsored by the Veterinary Business Management Association. The roundrobin event is always a hit with both students and doctors. On Sunday, after the convention, the MVMA and MU CVM hosted a Job Fair with over 35 clinics exhibiting at the hotel. Prior to the banquet, the Missouri Veterinary Technician Association held a reception for technicians and practice staff members attending the convention. In addition, the Recent Graduate and Collegiate Task Force hosted a forum where new veterinarians were able to sit down with Dr. Andy Roark and have an interactive discussion. The highlight at Saturday evening’s Awards Ceremony, was the presentation of the 2019 MVMA Veterinarian of the Year award to Dr. Chuck Barry, Warrensburg, Mo.. Dr. Barry’s sister-in-law, Mrs. Diane Thompson, presented the award to Dr. Barry. Others who received honors during the evening included:

Dr. Abby Whiting, St. Louis, 2019 MVMA Executive Board Mo. was presented the Members are as follows: MVMA’s 2019 President’s Dr. Sonia Serad-Wright, Award by Dr. Cynthia VedNorthwest District Delegate; der-Penrod, 2018 MVMA Dr. Jennifer McLain-Link, North president. Central District Delegate; Dr. The Christian Veterinary Christopher Perry, Northeast Mission, was presented the District Delegate; Dr. Matthew MVMA’s 2019 William A. Silvius, Greater Kansas City District Delegate; Dr. Chad Wolff Volunteerism Award for McNeal, West Central District MU-CVM students and association members gather for a photo after the Student Welcome. its many years of service to Delegate; Dr. Jessica Farris, Greater St. Louis District Delegate; Dr. Kacie Ulhorn, veterinary medicine in Missouri and around the East Central District Delegate; Dr. Philip Brown, Southwest District Delegate; Dr. world. The award was presented to Dr. Richard Catherine Hicks, Southeast District Delegate; Dr. Carol Ryan, AVMA Delegate; Dr. Linn, a volunteer for the organization, by Dr. Bill Carolyn Henry, Dean - MU College of Vet. Med.; Dr. Chuck Lemme, AVMA District Jones. 7 Representative; Sonja Perry, Student Representative; and Katie Molind, Alt. Dr. William Shore, Woodstock, Ga., received Student Representative. the Distinguished Service Award from the MisAs last year, the convention offered a day-by-day registration with a nine- hour souri Veterinary Medical Foundation (MVMF). CE program on Thursday and five-hour program on Friday for those who were Dr. Shore served on the Foundation’s board for unable to attend the usual four-day program. All convention continuing education many years and is past chairman. and activities were open to veterinary technicians and practice staff throughout We hope all attendees had an enjoyable experithe weekend. The convention also hosted over 90 MU-CVM students this year ence and that you will plan to join us next year who were able to take a break from their classes and attend advanced educational in Columbia on January 23-26 for more great sessions and visit with other MVMA members. education, fellowship and fun.



Dr. Chuck Barry Awarded 2019 Veterinarian of the Year Due to his lifelong dedication to his patients and to veterinary medicine, Dr. Chuck Barry, Warrensburg, Mo., was honored at the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association’s (MVMA) 127th Annual Convention on January 26th as the recipient of the coveted Veterinarian of the Year Award. Dr. Barry’s sister-in-law, Mrs. Diane Thompson, presented the award to Dr. Barry at the ceremony. Dr. Barry is a 1987 graduate of the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine. He is the owner of Lifetime Animal Center, a two doctor, mixed animal practice located in Warrensburg, MO. Professionally, Dr. Barry has been a lifelong member of the AVMA, MVMA, and the MVMA Academy. He also has had long term membership over the years with the AABP and AAEP. In his community, Dr. Barry has been a member and deacon of Grover Park Baptist Church, serving on several committees, the board of directors, and leading Sunday school classes. He also is a member of the Warrensburg Rotary Club and is currently serving with the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. An Eagle Scout, Dr. Barry has continued supporting the Scouting organization as Scoutmaster for BSA Troop 513. Dr. Chuck Barry, the 2019 MVMA Veterinarian of the Year, is all smiles as he poses with the The MVMA Board of Directors selects the Veterinarian of the Year based on the candidate’s awards presenter, Mrs. Diane Thompson. contributions to their community, their state, and to people whose lives they have touched.

Dr. Abby Whiting Receives 2019 President’s Award The MVMA’s annual President’s Award is given to individuals who were instrumental to the President’s efforts to advance the veterinary profession for the betterment of animal health in the state. Dr. Cynthia Vedder-Penrod, MVMA past-presDr. Abby Whiting, recipient of the 2019 Presidents Award. The award was presented by Dr. Cynthia ident, presented this year’s award to Vedder-Penrod, 2018 MVMA president. Abby Whiting, DVM. Dr. Whiting is a practitioner at Veterinary Specialty Services in St. Louis. In addition to her work as a veterinarian she is also a moderator for Not One More Vet (NOMV) which strives to prevent veterinarian suicide. She is a former graduate of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinary Leadership Experience and chair of the MVMA Wellbeing Task Force.

Christian Veterinary Mission Receives 2019 Volunteerism Award

Members of the Christian Veterinary Mission with their 2019 William A. Wolff Volunteerism Award following the awards ceremony.

The Christian Veterinary Mission was awarded the MVMA’s 2019 William A. Wolff Volunteerism Award for its many years of service to veterinary medicine in Missouri and around the world. The award was presented to Dr. Richard Linn, a volunteer for the organization, by Dr. Bill Jones.

Join fellow MVMA members at the Holiday Inn Executive Center for our next convention in Columbia, Mo. on January 23-26, 2020 for more education, fellowship & fun. 5


2019 MVMA Officers Installed During Annual Convention

MVMA Academy Installs Officers; Julie Braun Receives 2019 Distinguished Service Award The MVMA Academy installed officers for 2019 at their business luncheon held January 26 during the MVMA convention at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia, Mo.

Newly installed MVMA officers with Dr. John Howe, American Veterinary Medical Association president-elect (far left): Dr. Carol Ryan, president, Troy, Mo.; Dr. David Gourley, president-elect, Mountain Grove, Mo.; Dr. Marcy Hammerle, vice-president, O’Fallon, Mo.; Dr. Cynthia Vedder-Penrod, board chair, Fulton, Mo. (Dr. Shelia Taylor, secretary-treasurer, not pictured.)

Dr. Marcy Hammerle Installed as 2019 MVMA Vice President Dr. Marcy Hammerle, O’Fallon, Mo. was installed as vice-president at the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association’s (MVMA) Annual Convention held January 24-27 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia, Mo. As vice-president, Dr. Hammerle will chair the MVMA’s Statewide Membership Committee, serve as a member of the Budget Committee, and fulfill the responsibilities of the president and Marcy Hammerle, DVM president-elect in their absence. Marcy Hammerle, DVM, DABVP is a 2003 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She is the owner of The Pet Doctor, an AAHA accredited, three doctor small animal practice in O’Fallon, MO. She is a member of the AVMA, MVMA, ABVP, AAHA and attends over 50 hours of medical and management continuing education yearly. In 2017, Dr. Hammerle also became certified in canine rehabilitation (CCRP). She has been active in the MVMA since graduation and has been involved in organized veterinary medicine by serving on many different committees and task forces. She is currently the chair of the MVMA Veterinary Technician and Practice Staff committee and is on the board of the MVMF (Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation). Dr. Hammerle is also a past president of the Greater St. Louis Veterinary Medical Association. 6

Julie Braun, Osage Bend, MVMA Academy 2019 officers: Dr. Bruce Mo., received the MVMA Whittle, president with Dr. Julie King, vice Academy Distinguished president. Service Award. The award was presented to Mrs. Braun by Dr. Jessica Stroupe, president of the MVMA Academy. Mrs. Braun is the operations manager for the MVMA. She has worked for the association for 13 years. In the course of these duties she coordinates over 60 speakers and various sponsors for over 100 hours of presentation that comprises one of the major veterinary continuing education programs in the state of Missouri. She was the recipient of the MVMA Presidents Award in 2010.

Julie Braun 2019 recipient of the the Honorary Membership Award from the MVMA Academy.

Dr. William Shore Honored With MVMF Service Award William Shore, DVM, Woodstock, Georgia, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation (MVMF). Dr. Scott Fray, vice chair of the Foundation, presented the award to Dr. Shore. Dr. William Shore (left) with presenter, Dr. Scott Fray. Dr. Shore served as chairman of the Foundation from 20142017. He is a lifetime retired member of the MVMA. Since 1992, Dr. Shore was the owner-practitioner at Brentwood Animal Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was honored by the St. Louis Magazine as a Five Star Veterinarian in 2010.


Past Presidents Luncheon...

Shining Memories & Long-time Friendships Past presidents gathered at the MVMA convention on January 25th to share highlights of their term in office and discuss the future of veterinary medicine. Pictured starting with seated front row, left to right: Dr. Frankie Bowers, Dr. Robert Hertzog, Dr. Cliff Miller, Dr. Ron Cott, Dr. Chip Kammerlohr, Dr. R.C. Ebert, Dr. Carol Ryan, Dr. Bruce Whittle. Back rows, left to right: Mr. Richard Antweiler, Dr. Chuck Barry, Dr. George Fischer, Dr. Roger Dozier, Dr. Clark Fobian, Dr. Dana Gillig, Dr. Ken Vroman, Dr. Rodney Chapman, Dr. Mel Falk, Dr. Scott Fray, Dr. John Howe (AVMA President-Elect), Dr. Cynthia VedderPenrod, Dr. Michael Pfander, Dr. Marcy Hammerle, Dr. David Gourley, and Dr. Steve Strubberg.

Members Attend AVMA’s 2019 Leadership Conference

In Memory Arthur “Doc” Norman Griswold

Paris, Mo. Passed Away: November 24, 2018 Survived by his wife, Joyce; and one daughter, Suzanne.

R. Duane “Sam” Holder, DVM

Independence, Mo. Passed Away: December 22, 2018 Survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Kristie; and son, Bruce.

Donald A. Schmidt, DVM, PhD Pictured (from left): Dr. Chuck Barry, Julie Braun, Richard Antweiler, Dr. Brandon Thornberry, Dr. Lauren Delaney, Dr. Lillie Fitzpatrick, Dr. Carol Ryan, Dr. Cynthia Vedder-Penrod, and Dr. David Gourley.

MVMA members attended the AVMA Leadership Conference held January 11-13, 2019 at the Marriott Hotel in Chicago, IL. The conference included a meeting of the House of Delegates along with workshops for emerging leaders covering a variety of topics on professional and personal relationships.

Columbia, Mo. Passed Away: December 29, 2018 Survived by his three daughters, Jo Ann, Cheryl and Katherine.

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Highlights and Actions of the MVMA Executive Board Meeting January 24, 2019 Columbia, Mo. The Missouri Veterinary Medical Association met January 24, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri. The following are highlights. All formal actions were moved and seconded by board members, and all motions carried, unless noted otherwise: • The MVMA Executive Board reviewed and approved the minutes and financial reports of the association. • Reviewed the Strategic Plan

Missouri Veterinary Medical Association Executive Board Meeting january 24, 2019 Columbia, MO


• Heard statements from AVMA President-Elect candidates Dr. Douglas Kratt and Dr. Gary Brown. • Heard of AVMA’s plans to return to the health insurance market. • Voted to include a clause in MVMA exhibitor guidelines outlining reasons an exhibitor can be refused a booth in the exhibit hall. • Approved an MVMA Policy Manual change that outlines how to present future bylaw changes by topic, and

how to ensure maximum opportunity for discussion among the membership. • Reviewed plans to go before the Missouri licensing board to ask for them to work with the Missouri pharmacy board to change rules related to stocking compounded drugs in the clinic. • Heard a report of legislation and policy currently active in the Legislative Committee. • Reviewed plans for the 2019 and 2020 conventions, both in Columbia, Missouri. • After input from the Animal Health and Regulatory Medicine Committee, the board sunsetted the committee with the understanding that task forces will be formed for issues that arise in this area, while continuing to host a market veterinarian meeting with the state veterinarian each year at the annual convention. • Heard a report of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine by Dean Carolyn Henry. • Heard a report of the AVMA Delegates • Hosted the Mo. Veterinary Medical Board for a question and answer session. • The Board also reviewed the minutes of all MVMA committees and other entities.

Minutes of this board meeting and other committee meetings can be accessed through the MVMA website, under the “Volunteer” tab.

Dr. Bruce Whittle Honored by Mizzou Alumni Association University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine alumnus and MVMA-member, Bruce Whittle, DVM ’94, was named a recipient of a 2018 Faculty-Alumni Award. The Mizzou Alumni Association selects the recipients of the award, which began in 1968 to recognize the achievements of faculty and alumni. The award focuses attention on individuals and their accomplishments, Bruce Whittle, DVM and on the relationship between faculty and alumni in promoting the best interests of MU. Through the awards program, the Mizzou Alumni Association expresses its appreciation for recipients and their service to higher education. Whittle was among six alumni winners this year. CVM Dean Carolyn J. Henry nominated Whittle for the award. He previously received both the 2017 CVM Alumnus of the Year Award and the Dean’s Impact Award, which is presented for sustained and significant positive impact on CVM programs.

Dr. Tom Lenz Receives AAEP Sage Kester Award Lifetime MVMA Member, Thomas R. Lenz, DVM, MS, DACT, semiretired equine veterinarian of Louisburg, KS, received the AAEP’s Sage Kester Beyond the Call Award for his unparalleled commitment to equine welfare and veterinary medicine. He was honored during the Dec. 4 President’s Luncheon at the AAEP ‘s 64th Annual Convention in San Francisco, Calif. The “Beyond the Call” Award is Tom Lenz, DVM named in honor of its first recipient, the late Wayne 0. “Sage” Kester, DVM, and recognizes a current or former AAEP member who has made significant and long-lasting contributions to equine veterinary medicine and the community. Dr. Lenz’s vast contribution to the AAEP includes service on 26 committees and task forces; sitting on the board of directors; serving as president; delivering the Keynote presentation at the 56th Annual Convention; and receiving both the Distinguished Service and Lifetime Member Awards. 10


Call for Candidates for MVMA Board At-Large Delegate Positions

Are you a young MVMA member and have an interest in getting a taste of organized veterinary medicine without long-term commitment? Consider becoming an At-Large Delegate. These positions were approved with the bylaw changes of 2018 and will be in effect for the elections of 2019. In order to run, we must be notified of your candidacy by March 31, 2019. Any number of candidates can run for the three positions. The top three vote-getters will win the positions. We hope to have a good number of candidates who give it a try. The At-Large Delegate one-year terms will begin with the January 2020 convention. Here is more about the At-Large Board Delegate: • Serves at least a one-year term, and no more than two consecutive one-year terms. • Must be an MVMA member two to 10 years out from graduation at the time they take office. • Would run on ballot with officer elections. • No limit to the number of candidates running. • Those three receiving the most votes are elected. • If fewer than three candidates (including zero candidates) run, then unfilled At-Large Delegate seats will be vacant for one year. • Serves as an active voting Executive Board member at three board meetings: January, April and September. Board meetings are generally four to six hours. A form to submit your candidacy is available at www.movma. org/page/Delegate. Questions? Contact the MVMA office: or 573-636-8612.

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6 MU-CVM Open House. Join CVM students in opening the college’s campus to visitors. Lots of exhibits, entertainment, and educational fun.

13 32nd Annual MU-CVM Gentle Doctor Benefit. To be

held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 Interstate 70 Dr. SW, Columbia, Mo. 65203. Great fun and great food.

& Events

May 2019

5-11 National Pet Week. Get your clinic involved by celebrating the human/ animal bond. Go to See page 26 for more information on how you can get your clinic and clients involved.

June 2019

22-23 MVMA Summer Equine Program. Diagnosing & Treating the Equine Axial Skeleton and Equine Nutrition. Dr. Kent Allen and Dr. Abigail Velting. MU-CVM Adams Conference Center, Columbia, Mo. More info to come at www.movma. org.

July 2019

20 Emergency Pet Sheltering Workshop. MU-CVM Adams Conference Center, Clumbia, Mo. Designed to better prepare practicing DVMs to respond effectively at a mass care pet shelter. Designed for MOVVC members and other interested MVMA members. Go to Calendar of Events for information.

mark your April 6, 2019

MU-CVM Open House Lots of exhibits, entertainment, and educational fun. More information coming.

April 13, 2019 MU-CVM Gentle Doctor Benefit 31st Annual MU-CVM Gentle Doctor Benefit. To be held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 Interstate 70 Dr. SW, Columbia, Mo. 65203.

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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. Given the level of social media attacks after the incident, MVMA leadership issued the following email to MVMA members: Missouri Veterinary Medical Association Members: We are sharing this information with you to help you understand the issues involved in a cyberbullying event taking place in St. Louis Monday night February 11th, and today, Tuesday February 12th, regarding Veterinary Specialty Services, Stray Rescue, and the St. Louis County Public Health Department. We have been in contact today with VSS, and have offered them our assistance in whatever way we can. It is important we share the following with our MVMA members so you may know all the facts, and in turn, explain them to your own clients. We have been in contact with the GSLVMA, VSS, and The Social DVM, and have had a well-rounded discussion of our MVMA Board of Governors regarding the handling of this issue. We have also passed along resources available through the AVMA. Dr. Gorse of VSS has thanked us and our members for our solidarity with them. We wish VSS the best of luck in this unfortunate situation and have asked them to let us know of anything we can do for them. This communication to our members then carried the following statements by VSS and Animal Control. VSS gave MVMA the following information: Veterinary Specialty Services was providing care to an extremely critical stray that had been brought in to us by a local rescue group. The patient became aggressive during hospitalization, and, despite appropriate protective measures, 14

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. Despite a veterinary/client relationship of over 20 years, the rescue group has engaged in a major cyber-bullying campaign vilifying VSS and Animal Care and Control for following the regulations of St. Louis County and the State of Missouri. The technician who is injured will physically be fine. We are all “hanging in there” and greatly appreciate the incredible support we have been receiving from the veterinary community, near and far. Animal Control, under the City of St. Louis Department of Health, subsequently released this statement regarding the incident: St. Louis County Interim Health CoDirector Spring Schmidt’s Statement on Faust On February 11, St. Louis County Animal Care and Control took in Faust, a 6 year-old female pitbull from Veterinary Specialty Services, after VSS reported that she bit one of its staff. Missouri law and St. Louis County ordinance require all dogs who have bitten a human and broken skin to be quarantined for rabies observation for a minimum of 10 days unless signs of neurological defects indicate rabies and in that case, the animal should be euthanized. Rabies observation consists of looking for neurological defects or issues. VSS had already observed serious signs of


neurological defects in Faust prior to the bite including being comatose and nonresponsive to stimuli. Faust was in critical condition. The St. Louis County Animal Care and Control veterinary staff immediately observed Faust had multiple signs of neurological damage and other potential signs of rabies with no other presenting cause such as a head trauma. Faust was stumbling, had difficulty lifting herself up and expressed inappropriate neurological responses. We confirmed Faust was suffering and in obvious distress. St. Louis County consulted with the State Veterinarian on the observation and the rabies protocol. Dr .Pue, Missouri Public Health Veterinarian, agreed that the rabies protocol was required in this case. Missouri statute and St. Louis County ordinance prohibit the transfer of an animal with potential rabies to any other facility or rescue and require that the animal be euthanized. That protocol was followed in this case. The person who was bit is receiving attention at a local hospital and also will require follow-up on rabies protocol. The mission and priority of St. Louis County Animal Care is to protect the welfare of every animal in our care and we take that responsibility seriously. While we regret the necessity of this outcome, it was clearly in the best interest of the animal and the public. All applicable laws and protocol were followed in this case. By the end of the week, the social media cyberbullying had reached a fever pitch, egged on by a news conference held by Stray Rescue. Most social media conflict can be resolved through reasonable engagement and reputation management practices by the business being attacked. In this case, however, it was apparent the public discourse was reeling out of control, well past any reasonable level, and understandably beyond VSS’s ability to respond to it. 15

On Friday February 15, MVMA leadership took a proactive stand on behalf of the Missouri veterinary profession, and posted the following statement on MVMA’s Facebook page: The MVMA has reviewed the facts of the recent events in the St. Louis area involving Veterinary Specialty Services and St. Louis Animal Control. We have spoken to the parties involved, and with many of you, our members. The laws of the state of Missouri, the county of St. Louis and the Missouri Veterinary Practice Act were all followed. We stand behind the actions of the veterinarians and veterinary team members involved and we will continue to support them. We condemn the social media cyberbullying and backlash that has taken place and continues to take place. MVMA supports our veterinarians and veterinary teams, and their important role. They give their hearts and their expertise in service to the public every day. If you have questions or concerns on this matter, you may email them to Veterinarians and team members: we encourage you to visit the AVMA’s Cyberbullying Toolkit for resources (see link below). Again, know that the MVMA supports you. Go to: https://www.avma. org/…/…/reputation/Pages/cyberbullying.aspx The reaction to this Facebook post was outstanding. By the following Monday, according to Facebook, over 70,000 people saw it. 23,000 engaged with it (meaning liked, commented or shared it). 165 people commented, 623 people shared it. Of the “liked” reactions one could choosethey were overwhelmingly positive.

The majority of the comments thanked the MVMA for making the statement. Less than one tenth of one percent were negative. Comments of support from veterinarians came from all over Missouri, and all over the country (California, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, Texas for example). Support was even received from Canada and elsewhere outside the country. At the time of this article, Stray Rescue had taken down most of its comments. It is unknown if a future event, such as the results of the rabies test, may re-ignite the situation. Regardless, MVMA leadership is pleased, and validated with the response to our statement and is proud to represent, and support, the veterinarians of Missouri.

Visit the AVMA’s Cyberbullying Toolkit for resources Go to:…/…/reputation/ Pages/cyberbullying.aspx


APHIS Updates Pet Travel Website with New Resources


any people see pets as important family members and want to include them on international trips. For dogs and cats, there’s a lot more to do than just buying a plane ticket. To successfully complete the steps needed for pets to travel internationally and then return to the U.S., there are specific foreign country and U.S. requirements. The process varies by country and by type of pet, and there are specific timeframes when steps must take place. APHIS knows the process is complex and is committed to helping our customers human and animal - meet the requirements. With that in mind, APHIS recently made some changes to our Pet Travel website at pet-travel/ in order to make the whole process easier and less stressful. These changes will benefit travelers and their veterinarians alike. The new Helpful References page contains general information about the international pet movement process, including the steps involved and frequently asked questions (and answers). The page also contains links to new materials in Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Portuguese that explain the steps in the process and how to use the pet travel website. APHIS also made several changes to help accredited veterinarians through the process. Accredited veterinarians are private veterinarians who take special training and are authorized to perform specific animal health tasks for APHIS. In the case of pet travel, they are responsible for examining pets, completing necessary tests and filling out the required documentation. To help them out, APHIS added a color-coded banner on the country-specific pages that will provide information about whether digital or hard copy signatures must be used, both by the accredited veterinarian and by the APHIS endorsing veterinarian. USDA also updated the country-specific pages to add guidance documents and annotated certificates to help ensure the forms are completed correctly. USDA launched this page a few years ago and it remains one of the most visited pages on our website. Questions about pet travel are some of the most frequent calls received by the APHIS call center (1-844-820-2234). These new resources will provide even more detail and assistance to ensure travelers can safely travel internationally with their beloved pets.



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Our committee met January 24 during the MVMA convention. Various issues relating to emergency management were discussed and feedback on these issues was welcomed. • Training of Volunteer Vet Corps DVMs On July 21, 2018, a day-long training session covering how the Corps DVMs might respond to a foreign animal disease outbreak was held at SEMA headquarters in Jefferson City, MO. The session covered ICS, biosecurity concepts, practice in donning/doffing PPE, and participation in a tabletop exercise in which Foot and Mouth Disease occurred on a Missouri Farm. Eighteen Corps members attended. One new member joined the Corps. • Opportunity for interested Corps members to obtain training in technical emergency large animal rescue The Boone County Large Animal Rescue Team and College of Veterinary Medicine invited members of the Corps to attend their Awareness/Operations courses on September 22-23, 2018. The course was attended by DVMs from MDA and USDA, as well as an equine practitioner. • Maintaining visibility and interest in the Corps Some members of the Corps staffed a booth at the annual MVMA convention in Columbia, Mo. A horse rescue equipment demonstration attracted attendees. Recruitment forms and information about the Corps was distributed. • Other issues discussed It might be helpful for Corps recruitment if the Corps could be a larger presence at the district meetings. Perhaps Corps members in each district would be willing to share updates & inform attending DVMs about upcoming training activities. - Dr. Cathy Vogelweid, Chair

Equine Committee

The Equine Committee met at the MVMA Convention on January 24, 2019. The dates for the summer equine meeting had not been set at that time but have since been scheduled for the weekend of June 22-23, 2019. Drs. Kent Allen and Abigail Velting will be presenting a lecture and wet lab on Saturday on the topic of “Diagnosing and Treating the Equine Axial Skeleton”. The speaker for Sunday has not been finalized but the topic is planned to be “Equine Nutrition”. The dates have been set for the Fall Equine Dentistry Seminar and Wet Lab. It will be held on September 6 - 8, 2019 with a similar format to previous years with Dr. Dennis Rach again teaching the course. Participation will again be limited to 10 veterinarians to maximize the hands-on experience with live horses. Though no legislation has been proposed in Missouri regarding equine veterinary scope of practice issues, we discussed issues occurring in other states, primarily involving equine dentistry and equine massage therapy. The most pressing issue involving equine veterinarians across the United States seems to be methods of euthanasia and carcass disposal. In many areas, carcasses that had been euthanized with pentobarbital are not accepted by renderers. Our goal is to get communication out to the members regarding accepted alternative methods of euthanasia and resources for carcass disposal.

-Dr. Bruce Whittle, Chair

Legislative Committee

Your MVMA legislative committee convened in Columbia at the annual convention in January. Many important pieces of legislation were discussed that have been submitted during the early stages of this year’s legislative session. Also, the topic of compounded drugs which affects nearly all practitioners on a regular basis was discussed in depth. Several bills regarding controlled drug monitoring programs or opioid bills are being pursued and thanks to the continued efforts of the MVMA, all of the proposed have language which exempt veterinarians from the reporting requirements. The legislative committee recommended to the MVMA board, whom agreed, to support SB 115 and HB 204 regarding the confiscation of animals. Both of the bills provide language to insure the compensation for services provided by veterinarians when caring for animals that have been confiscated from owners when neglect is suspected or accused. We also voted to support HB 297 which would prohibit municipalities of breed specific bans. The most pressing issue that is still being pursued by the MVMA and the Legislative committee is the use of compounded drugs from stock supply for administering and dispensing to our patients. Missouri is currently 1 of only 4 states that specifically prohibit use of stock compounded drugs without a patient specific prescription. We have been working with both the State Pharmacy Board as well as the State Veterinary Board to allow for use of compounded drugs and dispensing to patients from a stock supply. The framework of such an allowance is drawn up such that the Pharmacy Board will allow the delivery/sale to veterinary clinics without a patient specific prescription and the Veterinary Board would then be tasked with regulating the judicial use. If long term use (greater than 1 week) would be required, we would then need to have a patient specific prescription. This work is ongoing, but we are optimistic of a favorable outcome for our patients as we have the cooperation of both boards to satisfy a known need. Respectfully Submitted, Dr. Cliff Miller, Chair 18


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2019 Leadership Directory MVMA Executive Board Officers President Carol Ryan, DVM 224 Deer View Dr., Troy, MO 63379 636-327-6488 • President-Elect David L. Gourley, DVM 9493 Highway N, Mountain Grove, MO 65711 417-926-6277 •

East Central District Kacie Ulhorn, DVM 2094 Hwy 100, Hermann, MO 63014573-486-2515 • Southwest District Philip Brown, DVM 2424 S. Campbell Ave., Suite 110 Springfield, MO 65807 417-883-7600 •

Vice President Marcy Hammerle, DVM 265 Spring Drive St. Charles, MO 63303 636-561-9122 •

Southeast District Catherine Hicks, DVM 1600 Highway 53, Poplar Bluff MO 63901 573-686-1281 •

Secretary-Treasurer Shelia L. Taylor, DVM 2878 S Eldon Ave., Springfield MO 65807 417-447-8245 •

Northwest District Tyler Rolofson, DVM 1302 W. Hwy. 71, Savannah, MO 64485 816-324-4838 •

Board Chair Cynthia Vedder-Penrod, DVM 2540 N. Bluff St., Fulton, MO 65251 573-642-9346 •

District Delegates Northwest District Sonia Serad-Wright, DVM 20994 St. Rt K St. Joseph, MO 64505 816-364-1089 • North Central District Jennifer McLain-Link, DVM 1706 Clay St. Chillicothe, MO 64601 660-646-3670 • Northeast District Christopher Perry, DVM 309 N. 5th Edina, MO 63537 660-676-5010 • Greater Kansas City District Matthew Silvius, DVM 3613 Sunburst Dr., Smithville, MO 64089 816-741-2345 • West Central District Chad McNeal, DVM 1201 Thompson Blvd., Sedalia, MO 65301 660-827-5310 Greater St. Louis District Jessica Farris, DVM 4540 Flora Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110 314-540-8546 • 19

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North Central District Jeff Sparks, DVM 231 E. Lockling Street, Brookfield, MO 64628 660-258-3308 • Greater Kansas City District Amy L. Waltz, DVM East Central District Angela Humphreys, DVM 3471 CR 318, Fulton, MO 65251 573-228-1478 • angelahumphreys99@gmail. com

Ex-Officio Members Carolyn J. Henry, DVM Dean, MU-College of Veterinary Medicine 1600 E. Rollins Rd., W-203 Columbia, MO 65211 573-882-3768 • Carol Ryan, DVM AVMA Delegate 224 Deer View Dr., Troy, MO 63379 636-327-6488 • Charles Barry, DVM AVMA Alternate Delegate 227 S.E. State Rt. 13, Warrensburg MO 64093 660-422-7839 • Chuck Lemme, DVM AVMA District 7 Representative 819 Fernwood Dr. NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Sonja Perry Student Board Member 573-253-4175 • Katie Molind Alternate Student Board Member 802-595-3305 •

MVMA Committee Members Advisory Committee to the College of Veterinary Medicine Rodney Chapman, DVM, Chair, West Central Christopher Baughman, DVM, Northeast Gregory Boyer, DVM, East Central Terry Ann Chapman, DVM, West Central Donna Clayton, DVM, GSLVMA Roger Dozier, DVM, East Central Peggy Fisher, DVM, Southeast Clark Fobian, DVM, West Central Carolyn Henry, DVM, West Central Clinton Jones, DVM, Southeast Deborah Leach, DVM, West Central Edward Migneco, DVM, Greater St. Louis Forest Miller, DVM, Northwest Ryan Montgomery, DVM, North Central Ronald Palmer, DVM, Northwest Darrell Payne, DVM, West Central Ed Powell, DVM, Northwest Kaitlin McDaniel, Member-Student Animal Welfare Committee Philip Brown, DVM, Co-chair, Southwest Jill Stohs, DVM, Co-chair, Greater Kansas City John Bates, DVM, Greater St. Louis Frankie Lynn Bowers, DVM, Southwest Peggy Callow, DVM, Southwest Rachael Cohen, DVM, Non-resident Marcy Hammerle, DVM, Greater St. Louis Cia Johnson, DVM, Greater Kansas City Lawrence Kovac, DVM, Greater Kansas City Kellien Kuschel, DVM, West Central Thomas Lenz, DVM, Greater Kansas City Cynthia McDowell, DVM, Southeast Jamilon Niemann, DVM, Greater St. Louis Erin Reiter, DVM, West Central Jean Schmidt, DVM, West Central Steve Strubberg, DVM, East Central Kelvin Urday, DVM, Greater St. Louis Kristen Wischmann, DVM, Greater St. Louis Chelsea Mathews, Member-Student Jamie Woodworth, Member-Student Convention Planning Committee David Gourley, DVM, Chair Craig Barnett, DVM Caitlin DeWilde, DVM John Dodam, DVM Whitney Fahrendorf, RVT (continued next page.) 19


Melissa Gourley, DVM Marcy Hammerle, DVM David Hertzog, DVM Chip Kammerlohr, DVM Julie King, DVM John McDonald, DVM Craig Payne, DVM Cindy Vedder-Penrod, DVM Bradley Quest, DVM Neal Roetemeyer, DVM Amy Rucker, DVM Julie Rutherford, RVT Carol Ryan, DVM Michael Spragg, DVM Jill Stohs, DVM Emergency Management and Public Health Committee Cathy Vogelweid, DVM, Chair John Bates, DVM, Greater St. Louis Peggy Callow, DVM, Greater St. Louis Peggy Fisher, DVM, Southeast Ashley French, DVM, East Central Dana Gillig, DVM, West Central John Holste, DVM, West Central David Hopson, DVM, East Central Steven Howerton, DVM, Southwest Bill Jones, DVM, West Central Marie Kerl, DVM, West Central Karen Kreiensieck, DVM, West Central Charles Massengill, DVM, East Central Kenneth Moorman, DVM, Greater St. Louis Christine Nagel, DVM, Greater St. Louis Stephen Patterson, DVM, Northeast Michael Pfander, DVM, Southwest Howard Pue, DVM, East Central Gerald Rainey, DVM, Northwest Thomas Rouse, DVM, Southwest Loren Schultz, DVM, West Central Sonia Serad-Wright, DVM, Northwest Randel Smith, DVM, Southeast Kelvin Urday, DVM, Greater St. Louis Christina Venner, DVM, North Central William Wolff, DVM, West Central Kaitlin McDaniel, Member-Student Rachael Schulte, Member-Student Tyler Sneft, Member-Student Sydney Young, Member-Student Equine Committee Bruce Whittle, DVM, Chair, North Central Christy Buckley, DVM, Non-resident Dane Frazier, DVM, Southwest Amanda Gruber, DVM, Greater Kansas City Catherine Hicks, DVM, Southeast Patricia Homeyer, DVM, East Central John Houtsma, DVM, West Central David Leighr, DVM, Greater Kansas City Kenton Morgan, DVM, West Central Dawn Mrad, DVM, Greater St. Louis Lauren Pastewka, DVM, East Central Ed Powell, DVM, Northwest David Wilson, DVM, West Central Natasha Frost, Member-Student Kaitlin McDaniel, Member-Student Melissa Siegrist, Member-Student 20 20

Legislative Committee Clifford Miller, DVM, Chair, Northeast Gregory Boyer, DVM, East Central James Fallert, DVM, Southeast Clark Fobian, DVM, West Central Robert Hertzog, DVM, Greater Kansas City Stacy Martin-Beamer, DVM, Northwest Sean McCaul, DVM, Northwest Michael Pfander, DVM, Southwest Sadina Scott, DVM, Greater Kansas City Matthew Silvius, DVM, Greater Kansas City Daniel Tappmeyer, DVM, East Central Kenneth Vroman, DVM, West Central Bruce Whittle, DVM, North Central David Wilson, DVM, West Central Kaitlin McDaniel, Member-Student Rachael Schulte, Member-Student Melissa Siegrist, Member-Student Missouri Stocker/Feeder Quality Assurance Program Committee Jason Nickell, DVM, Chair, Greater Kansas City John Bolinger, DVM, West Central Roger Borgmeyer, DVM, West Central Voyd Brown, DVM, Southwest Karen Chandler, DVM, West Central John Groves, DVM, East Central Joseph Iliff, DVM, Northeast Richard Kent, DVM, North Central Brent Lower, DVM, Southwest Tony Martin, DVM, West Central Charles Massengill, DVM, East Central Justin Nash, DVM, East Central Craig Payne, DVM, West Central Darrell Payne, DVM, West Central Christopher Perry, DVM, Northeast Ed Powell, DVM, Northwest Charlie Robinson, DVM, Southwest Steve Strubberg, DVM, East Central Daniel Tappmeyer, DVM, East Central Alyssa Thomas, DVM Membership Committee Mel Falk, DVM, Co-chair, Greater Kansas City David Gourley, DVM, Co-chair, Southwest Jessica Farris, DVM, Greater St. Louis Dan Goehl, DVM, Northeast Marcy Hammerle, DVM, Greater St. Louis Brittany Kennedy, DVM, Greater St. Louis Cindy Penrod, DVM, East Central Jonathon Renfro, DVM, Greater Kansas City Carol Ryan, DVM, Greater St. Louis Jill Stohs, DVM, Greater Kansas City Jessica Stroupe, DVM, West Central David Wilson, DVM, West Central Recent Graduate & Collegiate Task Force Sarah Meineka, DVM, Chair, West Central Stacey Beddoe, DVM, East Central Susan Boedges, DVM, Northeast Sarah Buchanan, DVM, Southwest Peggy Callow, DVM, Southwest Ashley Chaligoj, DVM, West Central Elizabeth Farnan, DVM, Greater St. Louis Kelsey Fisher, DVM, West Central Natasha Frost, DVM, Greater Kansas City Amanda Gruber, DVM, Greater Kansas City

Marcy Hammerle, DVM, Greater St. Louis Laura Harbke, DVM, West Central Laurel Harrison, DVM, Northeast Lauren Henderson, West Central Julie King, DVM, Southwest Victoria Landing, DVM, Southeast Katherine LaVallee, DVM, West Central Natalie Liberman, Member-student Andrea Lohr, Member-student Kristen McCullough, DVM, West Central Clifford Miller, DVM, Northeast Cassie Moens, DVM, West Central Kira Moore, DVM, Greater St. Louis Justin Nash, DVM, East Central Abigail Oleshchuk, DVM, Greater Kansas City Christopher Olson, DVM, Greater Kansas City Sonja Perry, Member-student Sarah Pierson, DVM, Greater Kansas City Charlie Robinson, DVM, Southwest Lauren Ross, DVM, West Central Catherine Ruggiero, DVM, West Central Kamila Sandoval, Member-student Lauren Shipp, DVM, East Central Melissa Siegrist, Member-student Lauren Smith, DVM, Greater Kansas City Sydney Stein, DVM, Southeast Jessica Stroupe, DVM, West Central Andrew Swatek, DVM, Greater St. Louis Shelia Taylor, DVM, Southwest Michelle Thornberry, DVM, Greater St. Louis Kelvin Urday, DVM, Greater St. Louis Carly Vandas, DVM, Greater St. Louis Hunter Wallace, Member-student Abigail Whiting, DVM, Greater St. Louis Kristen Wischmann, DVM, Greater St. Louis Chelsea Zorn, Member-student Scope of Practice Committee Mark Lux, DVM, Chair, Greater St. Louis Dan Brown, DVM, East Central John Clark, DVM, Greater St. Louis James Crago, DVM, East Central Aarah Craig, DVM, Greater St. Louis Clark Fobian, DVM, West Central Ava Frick, DVM, East Central John Koch, DVM, Southeast Kellien Kuschel, DVM, West Central Marc Markway, DVM, East Central Kenton Morgan, DVM, Greater Kansas City Gary Nie, DVM, Southwest Michael Opsomer, DVM, Southwest James Schuessler, DVM, Greater St. Louis Dewey Waide, DVM, Southwest Veterinary Technician and Practice Staff Committee Marcy Hammerle, DVM, Chair, Greater St. Louis Thomas Dorsey, DVM, Northeast Shawna Estep, RVT Whitney Fahrendorf, RVT Kevin Kohne, DVM, Greater St. Louis Sean McCaul, DVM, Northwest Tiffany Mense, RVT Christopher Morrow, DVM, Greater Kansas City Cindy Vedder-Penrod, DVM, East Central David Prigel, DVM, Southwest Julie Rutherford, RVT Angela Scherer, DVM, Southeast


Wellbeing Task Force Abigail Whiting, DVM, Chair, Greater St. Louis Joan Coates, DVM, West Central Tad Coles, DVM, Greater Kansas City Ginger Geeding, BCC Phillip Geeding, DVM, Northeast Kerry Karaffa, Ph.D. Brittany Kennedy, DVM, Greater St. Louis Kelly Lenhart, MSW Jill Luther, DVM, West Central Clifford Miller, DVM, Northeast Michael Pfander, DVM, Southwest Carol Ryan, DVM, Greater St. Louis Shelia Taylor, DVM, Southwest Elizabeth Trepp, DVM, Greater Kansas City

MVMA District Officers East Central District President: Kerry Parsons, DVM, Sullivan, Mo. President Elect: Shannon Klepper, DVM, Beaufort, Mo. Secretary-Treasurer: Patricia Homeyer, DVM, Union, Mo. West Central District President: Ben Potter, DVM, Boonville, Mo. Vice President: Stephanie Schlotzhauer, DVM, New Franklin, Mo. Secretary-Treasurer: Lauren Delaney, DVM, Columbia, Mo. North Central District President: James Montgomery, DVM, Brookfield, Mo. Vice President: Douglas Cleveland, DVM, Brookfield, Mo. Secretary-Treasurer: John Sheerman, Marceline, Mo. Northeast District President: Catherine Webb, DVM, Macon, Mo. Vice President: David Hudson, DVM, Palmyra, Mo. Secretary/Treasurer: Mac Wilt, DVM, Paris, Mo Northwest District President: Johanna Wombwell, DVM, St. Joseph, Mo. Vice President: Tyler Rolofson, DVM, Savannah, Mo. Secretary-Treasurer: Mark Gutzmer, DVM, Saint Joseph, Mo. Southeast District President: Brian Heuring, DVM, Cape Girardeau, Mo. Vice President: Karen Fieser, DVM, Millersville, Mo. Southwest District President: Charlie Robinson, DVM, Bolivar, Mo. Vice President: Julie King, DVM, Ozark, Mo. Greater Kansas City District President: Cristina Nelson, DVM, Lee’s Summit, Mo. President Elect: Stacey Nickell, DVM, Riverside, Mo. Vice President: Sadina Scott, Kansas City, Mo. Secretary-Treasurer: Leo Becker, DVM, Kansas City, Ks.

Greater Saint Louis District President: Chrissy Nagel, DVM, Lake Saint Louis, Mo. Vice President: Kristen Doss, DVM, Manchester, Mo. Treasurer: Laura Kee, DVM, Kirkwood, Mo. Secretary: Brandon Thornberry, DVM, Wildwood, Mo.

Missouri Veterinary Medical Board

MVMA Academy Officers

MU-College of Veterinary Medicine Class Liaisons

President: Bruce Whittle, DVM, Trenton, Mo. Vice President: Julie King, Ozark, Mo.

MVMA, LLC Officers Chair: Gregory Popp, DVM, East Central Vice Chair: Roger Dozier, DVM, East Central Secretary: George Buckaloo, DVM, Greater Kansas City Philip Brown, DVM, Southwest David Gourley, DVM, Southwest Edward Migneco, DVM, Greater St. Louis Carol Ryan, DVM, Greater St. Louis Cynthia Vedder-Penrod, DVM, East Central Richard Antweiler, Executive Director

AVMA Delegate Carol Ryan, DVM 224 Deer View Dr. Troy, MO 63379

AVMA Alternate Delegate Chuck Barry, DVM 227 S.E. State Rt, 13 Warrensburg, MO 64093

AVMA District 7 Representative Chuck Lemme, DVM 819 Fernwood Dr. NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation Board of Directors Philip Brown, DVM, Chair Scott Fray, DVM, Vice Chair George Buckaloo, DVM, Secretary/Treasurer Gregory Popp, DVM, Fundraising Chair Roger Dozier, DVM, Museum Director Bruce Addison, DVM Trenton Boyd Caitlin DeWilde, DVM George Fischer, DVM James Montgomery, DVM Marcy Hammerle, DVM Edward Migneco, DVM Colie Payne

Michael Pfander, DVM, Chair David Hertzog, DVM, Vice-Chair Christopher Rohlfing, Public Member Linda Scorse, DVM, Member Maynard Bill Jones, DVM, Member State Veterinarian, Ex-officio

Kamila Sandoval, 2018 Melissa Siegrist, 2019 Natalie Liberman, 2020 Jordynne Walker, 2021 Andrea Lohr, 2022

2019 MVMA Award Winners

Veterinarian of the Year Award: Charles Barry, DVM, Warrensburg, Mo. President’s Award: Abby Whiting, DVM, St. Louis, Mo. Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation Distinguished Service Award: Bill Shore, DVM, Woodstock, Ga. MVMA Academy Distinguished Service Award: Julie Braun, Jefferson City, Mo. William A. Wolff Volunteerism Award Christian Veterinary Mission

2019 Lifetime Members

Douglas Baker, DVM Everett Mobley, DVM Sally Burd, DVM Mitchel Oltman, DVM Stanley Goodwin, DVM Howard Pue, DVM William Johnson, DVM Pete Rucker, DVM Paul Knoernschild, DVM Dennis Schmitt, DVM Tony Martin, DVM Daniel Shaw, DVM Jack Mauck, DVM Steven L. Smith, DVM James McNeill, DVM Robert Max Thornsberry, DVM

2017 Animal Archives Pet of the Year “Tori”: Dog owned by Connie & Wayne Lemon, St. Joseph, Mo. Veterinarian: Mark Gutzmer, DVM All Creatures Animal Hospital, St. Joseph, Mo.

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Helpful Resources Agricultural Security & Operations Merrel Breyer, Agri-Security Specialist (573) 522-1802 American Assn. of Veterinary State Boards James Penrod, CAE, FASLA, Executive Director 4601 Central St., Kansas City MO 64111 816-931-1504 • 816-931-1604 (Fax) American Veterinary Medical Association 1931 N. Meacham Rd., Suite 100 Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360 800-248-2862 • 847-925-1329 (Fax) AVMA Executive Board District VII Rep. John Howe, DVM 1125 E Hwy 169, Grand Rapids, MN 55744 AVMA Governmental Relations Division 1910 Sunderland Place, NW Washington DC 20056-1642 800-321-1473 • 202-842-4360 (Fax) Drug Enforcement Administration 317 South 16th Street St. Louis, MO 63103 314-538-4600 Equine Clinic, Large Animal Clinic, & Small Animal Clinic, Veterinary Teaching Hospital 900 E. Campus Dr., Columbia, MO 65211 573-882-7821 • 573-882-4589 (After Hours/ Emerg.) Missouri Department of Agriculture Jefferson City Diagnostic Laboratory 101 N. Chestnut St., Jefferson City, MO 65101 573-751-3460 • 573-751-5279 Missouri Department of Agriculture Springfield Diagnostic Laboratory Beth Melton, Manager P.O. Box 2510, Springfield, MO 65801 417-895-6863 • 417-831-4766 (Fax) Missouri Board of Pharmacy Kimberly A. Grinston, JD Executive Director (573) 751-0093 E-mail: Missouri Bureau of Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs (controlled substances information) Michael Boeger, Asst. Administrator P.O. Box 570 1500 Southridge Drive Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570 573-751-6321 • 573-526-2569 (Fax)

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Missouri Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian P.O. Box 630 Jefferson City, MO 65102 573-751-3377 • 573-751-6919 (Fax) Missouri Department of Agriculture Operation Bark Alert - Report unlicensed breeders. barkalert/ Missouri Department of Health Dr. Howard Pue, Public Health Veterinarian P.O.Box 570 Jefferson City, MO 65102 573-751-6113 • 573-526-0235 (Fax) Missouri Department of Natural Resources Sharps and Medicine Disposal 573-751-5401 Missouri Veterinary Medical Association Richard Antweiler Executive Director 2500 Country Club Drive Jefferson City MO 65109-1190 573-636-8612 • 573-659-7175 (Fax) Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation & Museum 2500 Country Club Drive Jefferson City, MO 65109 573-636-8737 • 573-659-7175 (Fax) Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation Animal Archives 573-636-8737 • Missouri Veterinary Medical Board Dana K. Fennewald, Executive Director P.O.Box 633 Jefferson City, MO 65102 573-751-0031 • 573-526-3856 (Fax) MU-College of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Carolyn Henry, Dean W-203 Vet. Med. Bldg. Columbia MO 65211 573-882-3768 • 573-884-5044 (Fax) USDA-APHIS-VS Dr. Jack Shere 1715 Southridge Drive Jefferson City, MO 65109 Mailing address: P.O.Box 104418 Jefferson City, MO 65110-4418 573-636-3116 • 573-636-4384 (Fax)



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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: NexGard is for use in dogs only. The most frequently reported adverse reactions include vomiting, pruritus, lethargy, diarrhea and lack of appetite. The safe use of NexGard in pregnant, breeding, or lactating dogs has not been evaluated. Use with caution in dogs with a history of seizures or neurologic disorders. For more information, see the full prescribing information or visit NexGard® is a registered trademark of the Boehringer Ingelheim Group. ©2019 Boehinger Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc., Duluth, GA 30096. All rights reserved. PET-1163-NEX0119.


CAUTION: Federal (USA) law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. Description: NexGard® (afoxolaner) is available in four sizes of beef-flavored, soft chewables for oral administration to dogs and puppies according to their weight. Each chewable is formulated to provide a minimum afoxolaner dosage of 1.14 mg/lb (2.5 mg/kg). Afoxolaner has the chemical composition 1-Naphthalenecarboxamide, 4-[5- [3-chloro-5-(trifluoromethyl)-phenyl]-4, 5-dihydro5-(trifluoromethyl)-3-isoxazolyl]-N-[2-oxo-2-[(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl)amino]ethyl. Indications: NexGard kills adult fleas and is indicated for the treatment and prevention of flea infestations (Ctenocephalides felis), and the treatment and control of Black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis), American Dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis), Lone Star tick (Amblyomma americanum), and Brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) infestations in dogs and puppies 8 weeks of age and older, weighing 4 pounds of body weight or greater, for one month. NexGard is indicated for the prevention of Borrelia burgdorferi infections as a direct result of killing Ixodes scapularis vector ticks. Dosage and Administration: NexGard is given orally once a month, at the minimum dosage of 1.14 mg/lb (2.5 mg/kg). Dosing Schedule: Body Weight 4.0 to 10.0 lbs. 10.1 to 24.0 lbs. 24.1 to 60.0 lbs. 60.1 to 121.0 lbs. Over 121.0 lbs.

Afoxolaner Per Chewables Chewable (mg) Administered 11.3 One 28.3 One 68 One 136 One Administer the appropriate combination of chewables

NexGard can be administered with or without food. Care should be taken that the dog consumes the complete dose, and treated animals should be observed for a few minutes to ensure that part of the dose is not lost or refused. If it is suspected that any of the dose has been lost or if vomiting occurs within two hours of administration, redose with another full dose. If a dose is missed, administer NexGard and resume a monthly dosing schedule. Flea Treatment and Prevention: Treatment with NexGard may begin at any time of the year. In areas where fleas are common yearround, monthly treatment with NexGard should continue the entire year without interruption. To minimize the likelihood of flea reinfestation, it is important to treat all animals within a household with an approved flea control product. Tick Treatment and Control: Treatment with NexGard may begin at any time of the year (see Effectiveness). Contraindications: There are no known contraindications for the use of NexGard. Warnings: Not for use in humans. Keep this and all drugs out of the reach of children. In case of accidental ingestion, contact a physician immediately. Precautions: Afoxolaner is a member of the isoxazoline class. This class has been associated with neurologic adverse reactions including tremors, ataxia, and seizures. Seizures have been reported in dogs receiving isoxazoline class drugs, even in dogs without a history of seizures. Use with caution in dogs with a history of seizures or neurologic disorders (see Adverse Reactions and PostApproval Experience). The safe use of NexGard in breeding, pregnant or lactating dogs has not been evaluated. Adverse Reactions: In a well-controlled US field study, which included a total of 333 households and 615 treated dogs (415 administered afoxolaner; 200 administered active control), no serious adverse reactions were observed with NexGard. Over the 90-day study period, all observations of potential adverse reactions were recorded. The most frequent reactions reported at an incidence of > 1% within any of the three months of observations are presented in the following table. The most frequently reported adverse reaction was vomiting. The occurrence of vomiting was generally self-limiting and of short duration and tended to decrease with subsequent doses in both groups. Five treated dogs experienced anorexia during the study, and two of those dogs experienced anorexia with the first dose but not subsequent doses. Table 1: Dogs With Adverse Reactions. Treatment Group Afoxolaner N1 % (n=415)

Oral active control N2 % (n=200)

Vomiting (with and without blood)





Dry/Flaky Skin





Diarrhea (with and without blood)















Number of dogs in the afoxolaner treatment group with the identified abnormality. Number of dogs in the control group with the identified abnormality. In the US field study, one dog with a history of seizures experienced a seizure on the same day after receiving the first dose and on the same day after receiving the second dose of NexGard. This dog experienced a third seizure one week after receiving the third dose. The dog remained 1 2


enrolled and completed the study. Another dog with a history of seizures had a seizure 19 days after the third dose of NexGard. The dog remained enrolled and completed the study. A third dog with a history of seizures received NexGard and experienced no seizures throughout the study. Post-Approval Experience (July 2018): The following adverse events are based on post-approval adverse drug experience reporting. Not all adverse events are reported to FDA/CVM. It is not always possible to reliably estimate the adverse event frequency or establish a causal relationship to product exposure using these data. The following adverse events reported for dogs are listed in decreasing order of reporting frequency for NexGard: Vomiting, pruritus, lethargy, diarrhea (with and without blood), anorexia, seizure, hyperactivity/ restlessness, panting, erythema, ataxia, dermatitis (including rash, papules), allergic reactions (including hives, swelling), and tremors. Contact Information: For a copy of the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) or to report suspected adverse drug events, contact Merial at 1-888-637-4251 or For additional information about adverse drug experience reporting for animal drugs, contact FDA at 1-888-FDA-VETS or online at Mode of Action: Afoxolaner is a member of the isoxazoline family, shown to bind at a binding site to inhibit insect and acarine ligand-gated chloride channels, in particular those gated by the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), thereby blocking pre- and post-synaptic transfer of chloride ions across cell membranes. Prolonged afoxolaner-induced hyperexcitation results in uncontrolled activity of the central nervous system and death of insects and acarines. The selective toxicity of afoxolaner between insects and acarines and mammals may be inferred by the differential sensitivity of the insects and acarines’ GABA receptors versus mammalian GABA receptors. Effectiveness: In a well-controlled laboratory study, NexGard began to kill fleas four hours after initial administration and demonstrated >99% effectiveness at eight hours. In a separate wellcontrolled laboratory study, NexGard demonstrated 100% effectiveness against adult fleas 24 hours post-infestation for 35 days, and was ≥93% effective at 12 hours post-infestation through Day 21, and on Day 35. On Day 28, NexGard was 81.1% effective 12 hours post-infestation. Dogs in both the treated and control groups that were infested with fleas on Day -1 generated flea eggs at 12- and 24-hours post-treatment (0-11 eggs and 1-17 eggs in the NexGard treated dogs, and 4-90 eggs and 0-118 eggs in the control dogs, at 12- and 24-hours, respectively). At subsequent evaluations post-infestation, fleas from dogs in the treated group were essentially unable to produce any eggs (0-1 eggs) while fleas from dogs in the control group continued to produce eggs (1-141 eggs). In a 90-day US field study conducted in households with existing flea infestations of varying severity, the effectiveness of NexGard against fleas on the Day 30, 60 and 90 visits compared with baseline was 98.0%, 99.7%, and 99.9%, respectively. Collectively, the data from the three studies (two laboratory and one field) demonstrate that NexGard kills fleas before they can lay eggs, thus preventing subsequent flea infestations after the start of treatment of existing flea infestations. In well-controlled laboratory studies, NexGard demonstrated >97% effectiveness against Dermacentor variabilis, >94% effectiveness against Ixodes scapularis, and >93% effectiveness against Rhipicephalus sanguineus, 48 hours post-infestation for 30 days. At 72 hours postinfestation, NexGard demonstrated >97% effectiveness against Amblyomma americanum for 30 days. In two separate, well-controlled laboratory studies, NexGard was effective at preventing Borrelia burgdorferi infections after dogs were infested with Ixodes scapularis vector ticks 28 days post-treatment. Animal Safety: In a margin of safety study, NexGard was administered orally to 8 to 9-week-old Beagle puppies at 1, 3, and 5 times the maximum exposure dose (6.3 mg/kg) for three treatments every 28 days, followed by three treatments every 14 days, for a total of six treatments. Dogs in the control group were sham-dosed. There were no clinically-relevant effects related to treatment on physical examination, body weight, food consumption, clinical pathology (hematology, clinical chemistries, or coagulation tests), gross pathology, histopathology or organ weights. Vomiting occurred throughout the study, with a similar incidence in the treated and control groups, including one dog in the 5x group that vomited four hours after treatment. In a well-controlled field study, NexGard was used concomitantly with other medications, such as vaccines, anthelmintics, antibiotics (including topicals), steroids, NSAIDS, anesthetics, and antihistamines. No adverse reactions were observed from the concomitant use of NexGard with other medications. Storage Information: Store at or below 30°C (86°F) with excursions permitted up to 40°C (104°F). How Supplied: NexGard is available in four sizes of beef-flavored soft chewables: 11.3, 28.3, 68 or 136 mg afoxolaner. Each chewable size is available in color-coded packages of 1, 3 or 6 beef-flavored chewables. NADA 141-406, Approved by FDA Marketed by: Frontline Vet Labs™, a Division of Merial, Inc. Duluth, GA 30096-4640 USA Made in Brazil. ®NexGard is a registered trademark, and TM FRONTLINE VET LABS is a trademark, of Merial. ©2018 Merial. All rights reserved. 1050-4493-07 Rev. 05/2018

QUICK TIP The 3 Top Drivers of Prac�ce Value As a prac�ce owner, you should always be thinking about your exit strategy and how to maximize your investment. If you are thinking about selling in the near future, you should understand what makes your prac�ce valuable to a buyer. #1—Profitability Profit is the #1 driver of prac�ce value. The old myth is s�ll out there that prac�ce value is determined from gross revenue but this is simply not true. The value of your prac�ce to a buyer comes from the poten�al return on investment (cash flow stream) that it generates. #2—Desirability The loca�on of your prac�ce is a large factor in both the value of your prac�ce and how quickly it will sell. The type of prac�ce (small animal, large animal, mixed animal, specialty, ER, etc.) is also a large factor as is the moderniza�on of your facility and equipment. #3—Transferability In a financially healthy prac�ce, the majority of the value and sale price is going to be Goodwill. Goodwill is only valuable to a future owner to the extent that it is passed on to them. A prac�ce that is heavily reliant on the owner will have more risk to a buyer than a prac�ce where the owner has removed himself/herself from the daily opera�ons. The most desirable prac�ces possess the following quali�es: 1. Prac�ce type is small animal 2. Loca�on is a populated and growing area 3. Modern facility and equipment 4. Profits at 20% of revenue 5. Minimal need for the owner in day to day opera�ons Give us a call today if you would like us to determine the current value of your prac�ce and provide you with guidance on how to improve the value over �me.

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AVMA Trust Announces Return of Association Health Insurance In 2019 ssociation-provided health insurance, a core benefit A of American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) membership for nearly 60 years before regulatory changes forced an end to those plans in 2013, will once again be available to AVMA members in several states beginning in July.

Speaking at the 2019 Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago, Dr. Joe Kinnarney, chair of AVMA LIFE Trust, announced that the Trust’s development of an association health plan (AHP) for AVMA members is currently underway. AVMA LIFE—formerly known as AVMA Group Health & Life Insurance Trust (GHLIT)—stopped offering health insurance in 2013 because of provisions in the Affordable Care Act. However, a 2018 regulation by the U.S. Department of Labor made it possible for small businesses to band together through associations (by location or industry) to offer health care insurance for their employees.

On July 1, 2019, the AVMA association health plan will be available to AVMA member practices with between 2 to 50 employees in at least 10 states. The program will build over time.

Though the situation is complex and the law varies by state, several states will allow AHPs in 2019. The AVMA Trust is developing an AHP program to provide affordable, competitive health insurance to AVMA members and their employees in these states. “I am so excited to make the first public announcement that AVMA LIFE Trust will begin offering health care plans to our members,” said Dr. Joe Kinnarney, chair of AVMA Life. “This is a big win for our members. As the program gradually rolls out, more and more AVMA members will be able to provide competitive benefits to their employees.” On July 1, 2019, the AVMA association health plan will be available to AVMA member practices with between 2 to 50 employees in at least 10 states. The program will build over time. “Generations of veterinarians benefited from the health insurance program offered as part of their AVMA membership, so it was a major blow when this option was taken away in 2013,” said AVMA President Dr. John de Jong. “Now, after years of hard work and advocacy, the AVMA will be able to roll out an association health plan that will benefit many of our members, and we couldn’t be more pleased to once again provide this valuable member resource.” 26

National Pet Week May 5-11, 2019

Over the years, everyone has celebrated National Pet Week. Veterinary clinics across America have hosted everything from fun runs, dog washes and most unusual pet contests during the first full week of May since National Pet Week launched in 1981. National Pet Week is a week of education, fun, and a focal point for celebration in the community. National Pet Week is scheduled for May 5-11, 2019, with the theme “A Lifetime of Love”. Missouri veterinarians, their hospitals and clinics, and communities are encouraged to celebrate National Pet Week.

Simple Tips for Celebrating National Pet Week In Your Clinic Throw a party — Everyone loves a party. Host an open house in your clinic. Give a behind the scenes tour, have refreshments, and play a few games that will help your clients see that veterinarians do much more than keep their companion safe from disease…they keep humans safe from disease, too. Visit for information on tools to help your clinic become part of the celebration. Coloring and Essay Contest — Pets inspire creativity. Sponsor a coloring or essay contest with your local library, restaurant, schools, and or churches. A simple solution if you are short on time and manpower is to copy pages from the AVMA coloring books and other classroom materials. For some inspiration, visit: Community Outreach — Get the entire community involved with these fun activities: Initiate a pet visitation program for hospitals, extended care homes and hospices; adopt an animal at the local zoo; participate in a local shelter adoption program; bring the National Pet Week message into the classroom. Career videos, lesson plans and supplemental materials are available at low or no cost from the AVMA. Fundraise — Sponsor a fundraiser like a dog wash, a fun run, or food drive. Donate proceeds to a foundation for a disease or human-animal bond research, fund a scholarship for a local veterinary student, or help local humane programs.

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African Swine Flu Causing Concerns African swine fever (ASF), first described in the 1920s in Kenya, is a highly contagious hemorrhagic disease of wild and domestic suids with extremely high morbidity and mortality rates. ASF is a notifiable disease with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) due to its ability to spread rapidly and cause severe illness. ASF does not pose a risk to public health. ASF is unique, as it is the only known arthropod-borne, DNA virus. The disease is endemic in Sardinia, most countries of sub-Saharan Africa, and some West African countries. Spain and Portugal eradicated ASF in the mid-1990’s; it was also eradicated from the Caribbean following outbreaks from 1977–1980. However, the unimpeded spread of ASF through Russia, the Caucasus and recent introduction into China is cause for concern. ASF has never been reported in the United States, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. For more info, go to: publications/animal_health/asf.pdf. During the recent Emergency Management & Public Health Committee meeting held during the recent MVMA convention, Dr. Shuping Zhang noted that the CVM Veterinary Medical Lab is certified to handle testing of this if needed and is able to provide real time data to the national database.

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Tech Notes from the MVTA The Missouri Veterinary Technicians Association is looking forward to 2019 with a new look! The NEW MVTA website is up and running! The new website ( should be much easier to navigate and find the information you are looking for. This includes signing up for membership, scholarship information, job postings and CE information. If you have any feedback let us know! MVTA attended the 2019 MVMA Convention in Columbia, MO. We hosted a booth as well as a veterinary technician reception. Melissa Bartlett, RVT was our Key Note speaker at the veterinary technician reception. She discussed her travels and experiences with World Vets on missions to Albania, Cambodia and Ecuador.

2018 MVTA scholarship award winner, Natalie Hitchcock (center), with Dr. Dave Prigel and Shawna Estep, RVT.

In other news, the 2018 MVTA scholarship award was presented to Natalie Hitchcock from Crowder College Veterinary Technician Program. Every year MVTA offers a $200 scholarship to a veterinary technician student to use towards their degree. Please refer to our website for more information. Whitney Fahrendorf, RVT Missouri Veterinary Technicians Association MVMA Chair

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Veterinary Technology Programs Accredited by the AVMA CVTEA Crowder College 601 LaClede Avenue, Neosho, MO 64850 417-455-5772 Stephanie Watson, DVM Director Jefferson College 1000 Viking Dr., Hillsboro, MO 63050 636-942-3000 Dana Nevois, RVT Director

Board members Melissa Bartlett, Julie Rutherford and Whitney Fahrendorf with Dr. Andy Roark at the MVMA Convention.

Coming up on September 29th, 2019 is the MVTA Annual Conference. This year it will be hosted at The Yellow Rock 28

Barn at Messner Bee Farm in Raytown, MO. As always, this conference is FREE to members and offers at least 5 hours of CE. This event is open to registered techs and staff. So be sure to include all staff for membership.

Maple Woods Community College Veterinary Technology Program 2601 NE Barry Rd., Kansas City, MO 64156 816-604-3235 Chris Morrow, DVM Director Midwest Institute Veterinary Technology Program 962 S. Highway Drive, Fenton, MO 63026 800-695-5550 Jeffrey Vemmer, DVM, Director




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News Briefs

Performance Livestock Analytics, Inc. and Elanco Animal Health Incorporated, today announce an agreement to provide joint customers data from PLAโ€™s fast-growing Performance Beef TM platform and access to Elancoโ€™s Benchmarkยฎ service. This alliance is designed to deliver continuous, real-time data to help cattle producers optimize their practices and products, paving the way for improved profitability.

AVMA Offers Website for New Veterinarians is the AVMAโ€™s new one-stop resource to help veterinary students and early-career veterinarians grow and prosper. Youโ€™ll find helpful tools and resources that support these three areas of critical importance: career development, financial health, and wellbeing. Hereโ€™s a peek at what youโ€™ll find: โ€ข Wellbeing assessment for veterinarians โ€ข Veterinary salary estimator โ€ข Student externship locator โ€ข Lessons on financial literacy

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โ€œThe access, analysis, and interpretation of animal production and health data are essential to optimizing performance in todayโ€™s livestock operations,โ€ said Chris Chavis, Vice President, Elanco US food animal operations. โ€œThe integration with Performance Beef will help feedlots and farmer-feeders introduce greater performance predictability and improved efficiency into their feeding programs.โ€ Simmons Midwest is dedicated to helping veterinarians achieve career, financial, and lifestyle dreams by: โ€ข Helping sellers maximize the return on their investment and successfully pass along the legacy of their practice to a new owner โ€ข Helping buyers achieve the American dream of entrepreneurship, to take control of their career and financial future by purchasing a practice โ€ข Helping owners improve the profitability of their practice through the education and guidance of a practice valuation Hillโ€™s Pet Nutrition has donated the largest corporate gift in the history of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine will fund a major makeover of Mosier Hall. The size of the donation from food maker Hillโ€™s Pet Nutrition was not disclosed, but it is reported that the gift was more than $2 million. Some 16,000 square feet inside Mosier Hall will be renovated to create the Pet Health & Nutrition Center on the first floor, a research suite on the second floor and additional classrooms. The building now houses the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital and the department of veterinary clinical sciences. Purina announced the launch of the new Purina Institute, the global voice of Purinaโ€™s science representing its more than 500 scientists, veterinarians, and pet care experts who are on a mission to advance nutritional science to help pets live longer, healthier lives. By working together with the veterinary community, the Purina Institute seeks to elevate the topic of pet nutrition with veterinarians to drive conversations with pet owners about the important role that scientifically-based nutrition plays in the overall health of their pets. Research with veterinarians and their clients highlights this need. While 83 percent of pet owners say they completely trust veterinarians to provide helpful information on pet food, only 22 percent of veterinarians report initiating nutrition conversations with their clients. For more information about the Purina Institute, please visit:



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MVMA’s Quality Assurance Program What Is the Missouri Stocker/Feeder Quality Assurance Program? The Missouri Stocker Feeder Quality Assurance Program is designed to meet the quality improvement and pre-conditioning needs of producers, feeders, and consumers. This program educates participants in immunology, animal well-being and the economics of disease. Participation in the program increases producer accountability for quality and safety of the product they sell.

How Does the Program Work? Veterinarians and producers must be certified. Veterinarians are certified by MVMA MSFQAP Committee members. Producers are certified by their veterinarian. Veterinarians and producers learn how they can influence carcass quality and consumer confidence by monitoring where and when injections are administered. Once certified, the producer may participate in the program at one of three levels (white, red or blue tag). The three-level approach allows all producers the opportunity to match their level of management and facilities to the level of participation.

Level 1: Show-Me Select (White Tag) • Participating veterinarians and producers must be certified. • Calves must be properly identified with an approved ear tag. Tag numbers will be listed on an approved certificate. • External and internal parasite control is adminis- tered. • Calves will be dehorned and healed. Calves will also be castrated with a knife and healed or verified to be steers. • Vaccinations: 7-way clostridial, IBR, BVD, PI3,

BRSV, Mannheimia haemolytica with leukotoxoid, (Histophilus is optional.) • Cattle must be born on the producer’s farm. A range of birthdates or the birthdate of the oldest calf in the group must be recorded. • Bull in and out dates will be provided. • Individual calf treatments will be recorded to include date, product, dosage, route of administra- tion and injection site. • Vaccinations must be given no younger than four months of age and at least 21 days before sale.

Level 2: Show-Me Superior (Red Tag) • Weaned 45 days before offering for sale. • Meet Level 1 requirements - NOTE: Initial vac- cinations may be given at an age determined by an attending veterinarian. • In addition, a second round of vaccinations must be given using the following guidelines: • A 7-way clostridial as well as a modified live vaccine containing IBR, PI3, BVD and BRSV must be administer- ed; • Histophilus somni is optional; • Only one dose of Manheimia heamolytica is required if that dose is administered to calves 5 months of age or older; • The time frame between initial and second vaccinations must be a minimum of 21 days and all vaccinations must be completed at least seven days prior to sale; • If a veterinarian determines initial vaccinations should be given to calves less than 4 months of age then second vaccinations must not occur until calves are 5 months of age or older.

Level 3: Show-Me Supreme (Blue Tag) • Meet Level 1 and Level 2 requirements. • All cattle must be tested and be negative for persistent BVD infection. • Genetic information is optional.

For more information, visit the MVMA website at www.movma. org. An online MSFQAP Producer Manual, online veterinarian certification, and other materials are available. 31

All the Winners!

Foundation Update

Event Highlights from Your Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation

2019 Drawing & Silent Auction

The MVMF is grateful to all those who support its mission. The annual Foundation Drawing is one way to show your financial support. Because of your generous contributions, hard work and participation, we are enjoying great success in fulfilling our goals for the good of the human/animal bond and veterinary medicine. Many thanks to all who came to the event and the many volunteers who gave their time to make this year’s event something special. Also, a big thanks to the sponsors of the Foundation Drawing event: Missouri Grape & Wine Board, Nestle-Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets, and Henry Schein.

Top left: Dr. Steve Strubberg and Dr. Richard Linn share the $10,000 Drawing Grand Prize. Top right: The Drawing always allows for a great time to socialize with friends and colleagues.. Bottom left: Silent Auction items ready for bids. Thanks to all those who donated. Bottom right: Dr. Gourley using gentle persuasion to boost bid prices during the live auction. Actually, it was one of the many great items up for bid.

Drawing Winners: Richard Linn and Steve Strubberg - Grand Prize: $5,000 each

$1,000 – John & Monica Bates, Dennis Henks $200 – JoAnn Boyd, George Fischer, Carla & Stephen Stevens, Shelia Taylor $150 – Greg Cline, Mark Lux, Marcus Mueller, Jeff Vemmer $100 – Lonnie Blum, Linda Hicks, David Gourley, Bruce Addison

50/50 Winner: Tom Blumhorst


Early Bird Winner: Kathleen Bisges


Thanks to All, Highlights and Actions of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation

I want to thank everyone who attended the Foundation’s fundraising event at the annual MVMA convention in Columbia, Mo.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 The Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation met Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia, Mo. The following are highlights: All formal actions were moved and seconded by board members, and all motions carried unless otherwise noted. • Dr. James Montgomery was welcomed as the newest member of the Foundation Board. • The minutes from the September 8, 2018 board meeting was approved.

• Dr. Clark Gwin will retire from the Foundation Board.

• Dr. Marcy Hammerle nominated her entire staff to the Practice Staff Group Honor Roll. • All Committees remained the same with the exception of the following two:

Long Range Planning Committee: Dr. Clark Gwin retired from the committee and Dr. James Montgomery was nominated to the committee. Public Relations Committee: Dr. Clark Gwin retired from the committee and Mrs. Colie Payne was nominated to the committee. The next Foundation Board meeting will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019 immediately following the 1:00 p.m. Honor Roll Inductions.

Full minutes of the MVMF Board and all other boards and committees can be accessed through the MVMA website, Go to the home page, click on the Volunteer tab.


A special thanks to the MVMF staff: Lori, Michelle, Julie, Dawn, Deidre and Richard. I have to mention the tireless efforts of Linell, Roma, Kelly, Debbie, Patty, Connie, Monica and the voice of the event, Jim Logan. Of course, it could not be done without our great volunteer MVMF board members who managed the tables and sold the tickets. The event progressed flawlessly. Dr. Gourley (MVMF’s official auctioneer) revved up the crowd and energized the event. And thank you to Dr. Divine for the donation to kickstart the event, the online auction of the rifle leading up to the convention. Our sponsors and auction donors made this fundraiser an amazing show of support for the MVMF which reflects well on the MVMA. And, of course, thank you very much for each and every one of you who bought a ticket and placed a bid. Your generosity makes it all worthwhile. The MVMF is proud to report that over $20,000 was raised through this event this year to support “People Helping Animals, Animals Helping People”. I want to remind our supporters that your donations have made an impact on our daily lives and many others through the MVMFs support of educational, scientific, humanitarian and other animal/human interactions that enhance our lives. See you next year. On behalf of the MVMF Board, a big Thank You! Gregory A. Popp, DVM Fundraising Chair Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation


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February 15, May 25, August 25, October 25

Veterinarians Wanted

Dogwood Veterinary Hospital in Cape Girardeau is seeking a full-time veterinarian to join our team. As an established practice for over 45 years, we pride ourselves in providing the very best care to our patients, as well as maintaining excellent client relationships. If you are interested in learning more about our well known, community based hospital, we would love to hear from you! Competitive salary, licenses, dues, continuing education, and retirement plan offered. Send resume to drkelly@dogwooddvms. com. Part-time associate veterinarian needed for two days a week and every other Saturday. The position would split time between our two locations, Arch Animal Hospital in Valley Park and Fischer Animal Hospital in St. Peters. Competitive compensation based on experience. Both locations have excellent support staff as well as top equipment, including digital standard and dental radiology, high speed dental equipment, ultrasound, and fully equipped surgical suites. Respond to Darland Pet Clinic in Festus, Missouri looking for experienced practitioner or new graduate comfortable with routine care and managing medical/surgical cases. Small animal with equine if desired. Excellent support staff. Modern equipment: in-house Idexx lab, digital xray, ultrasound, surgical & therapeutic laser, VetPro dental machine, dental xray. Benefits: licensing fees, IRA, CE allowance, insurance, paid vacation. No on-call, after hours or holidays. Contact us: or call 636-937-2546. Part Time or Full Time Associate Veterinarian - Eureka, MO. My Vet Animal Clinic is a companion animal practice performing general medicine and soft tissue surgery. 2 fulltime veterinarians, 1 part-time; great support staff; digital X-ray, in-house lab, Cornerstone Software, ultrasound by mobile specialist. Will consider experienced veterinarians as 34

well as recent grads. Can be flexible with hours. Compensation negotiable. Eureka is a very nice bedroom community near St. Louis. Loyal clientele spanning generations. Resume and contact information to Full-time associate wanted for established and growing, AAHA certified practice in southwest Missouri. Fear Free, client-oriented medicine and surgery with advance diagnostic tools including ultrasound & digital dental radiography. No after hour emergency. Salary commensurate with experience. New graduates considered. Benefits include medical and liability insurance, professional dues, continuing education, vacation and retirement plan. Contact: Dr. Edward Caldwell, 2850 S. Ingram Mill Road. Springfield, Missouri. 65804. Call 417-889-2727 or FAX 417-889-5456 or email Full-time veterinarian needed for a small animal practice. The Animal Medical Center of MidAmerica, operates 2 AAHA accredited non-profit full service veterinary hospitals in the St Louis area. Our facilities are modernly and well equipped with all the tools you would expect. Ideal candidate would have the same desire to practice high quality medical care and meet the expectations of clients. Our compensation is competitive to match the position. Interested applicants please send resume, cover letter and references to Staff Veterinarian: Sinclair offers biomedical research services encompassing many species and most categories of applied human and veterinary medicine. Staff Veterinarians are responsible for animal health and assist in studies. Duties: Collecting samples, tissue, and raw data. Preparing test article for administration. Performing medical procedures. Diagnoses and treatment of sick animals. Assisting in quarantine and animal acquisition procedures. Requirements: A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (D.V.M.) or equiva-

lent. Valid Missouri veterinary license and accreditation certificate is required to sign animal health papers. Otherwise, no license is required to perform the other veterinary duties. Apply at our website or email resume to Small Animal Surgeon: Hometown Veterinary Hospital & River Canine Rehabilitation is seeking a board-certified or residencytrained surgeon to join our thriving, locallyowned, 7000-square-foot veterinary hospital and rehabilitation facility in Springfield, Missouri. Our practice is booming with patients who need advanced surgical care. We can offer you: Competitive compensation, Signon bonus, Moving expense stipend, Health insurance, State-of-the-art surgical suites and recovery ICU, In-house rehabilitation, hyperbaric chamber, acupuncture, an engaged, experienced staff, No weekends or after-hours Send resume to: Hometown Veterinary Hospital & River Canine Rehabilitation in Springfield, Missouri is searching for a Full Time Veterinarian to join our team. We are currently a 3 DVM practice that is well leveraged with an experienced staff in our new, fully equipped 7000 sqf facility. Salary and benefit package is dependent on experience level. New graduates should feel free to apply. Visit & www.rivercaninerehab. com. Please send your resume to: dkstutz@ Part time /Full time veterinary position available: Centralia veterinary clinic located just mins from Columbia is looking to add a new member to our team! Our busy two dr mixed animal practice is expanding. CVC is predominantly small animal with approx 10% food animal medicine . (No equine currently) no emergency shifts required, We are seeking an enthusiastic individual with a team player attitude and excellent communication skills.New grads welcome. Pay comsurate on experience. Fun friendly work


environment . We love what we do and it shows! Please contact Dr Fitzgerald- Wisdom at We are seeking a veterinarian who will serve as a Surgeon and/or Preventive Care Veterinarian. Our surgeons are responsible for the comfort and safety of all surgical patients in their care at Carol House Quick Fix Pet Clinic and for performing highvolume spay/neuter surgery in accordance with our high quality standards and SOPs. Our Preventive Care Veterinarians provide well pet services to our patients. All Carol House Quick Fix Pet Clinic Veterinarians are responsible for sharing medical information with clients with compassion and empathy and developing professional, friendly, and mutually-beneficial relationships with local veterinarians, promoting Carol House Quick Fix Pet Clinic and our mission within the veterinary community. Our ideal Veterinarian has a deep, personal passion for our mission, is committed to serving the people and pets of the St. Louis Metro and surrounding area, and is an outstanding communicator. Candidates must have, at a minimum, a DVM and be eligible to obtain a license to practice veterinary medicine in Missouri and eligible to obtain a DEA license. At least one year of experience as a high volume spay/neuter surgeon (25-35 surgeries per day) is preferred. Training is available, however, for candidates with a strong desire and aptitude to become successful high volume surgeons and who demonstrate an outstanding culture fit. Working exclusively in preventive care is also a possibility. Our days and hours of operation reflect the needs of our clients, so some Saturdays will be required. Competitive Salary, Health Insurance, PTO, 401(k). We are a not-for-profit 501(c)3 - there are some Public Service Loan Forgiveness programs that could assist with student loans, after completing a specific number of years working for a not-for-profit organization. Please check into details. We are currently seeking an associate DVM to join our team in St. Louis, MO. If you love a fast paced environment thriving through teamwork and quality care for pets; then this is the place for you! Contact Ali at for more details! Associate Veterinarian (3-4 days/week, $90K-$100K+ Compensation +Hiring Bonus) Nebraska Animal Medical Center. We offer mentorship programs to New Grads, managed by our Director of Education. Our practice offers the opportunity to join a friendly, caring team with many opportunities for personal and professional growth. Our DVMs work three days seeing appointments and one day in surgery/week. We’d 35

love if you watched our video on why we love working here: Northland Animal Hospital is looking for an Associate Veterinarian. We are located in North Kansas City and are a full service hospital. An interest in alternative or holistic medicine is encouraged. Contact Dr Roberts at Seeking a part time veterinarian in the North Kansas City area at Animal Clinic of the Woodlands. Days are flexible. Our staff is fun and energetic and our clients are very caring and compliant. The clinic has brand new IDEXX equipment, brand new portable ultrasound, digital xrays, laser therapy, hydrotherapy and much more. Please email resume to or call 8168536589 for more information. Blue Springs Animal Hospital is seeking a veterinarian for our AAHA award-winning small animal hospital in the Kansas City area. Excellent mentorship program and learning opportunity for new/recent graduates. Positive, fun, and supportive work environment. State of the art facility, 10+ doctors, advanced orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, ultrasound, echocardiography, video endoscopy, digital radiography, chemotherapy, internal medicine, dermatology, canine reproduction. View website at Hillcrest Animal Hospital is a busy three doctor mixed animal practice that is growing quickly and needs another full time small animal doctor. We are a full service veterinary hospital with in house diagnostic capabilities and well trained staff. We are looking for someone that is comfortable with surgery, diagnosing and treating diseases in companion animal species. Hillcrest Animal Hospital is a busy full service mixed animal practice in Poplar Bluff, MO. We service many of the surrounding counties. The large animal aspect of this hospital is newer and growing but this small animal practice has been well established for many years. We offer our clients: in house lab equipment, digital radiology, ultrasound, as well as, surgical and therapeutic lasers. Please send your resume with references to to apply. Bradford Park Veterinary Hospital in Springfield, MO is seeking a Veterinary Surgeon to join our practice. We currently have eight Doctors on staff and have patients referred to us for surgery, internal medicine, dermatology, and dental along with our general practice. We are looking for a board certified or board qualified surgeon to join our team! We offer ultrasound, endoscopy,

digital dental x-ray, digital radiography, surgical laser, in house lab, hard and soft-tissue surgery suites, fully stocked pharmacy and so much more. We have been AAHA accredited since 1993. We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package. For more information visit . Please submit resumes to smoss@nvanet. com . Bradford Park Veterinary Hospital in Springfield, MO is seeking a Board Certified Ophthalmologist to join our practice. We currently have eight Doctors on staff and have patients referred to us for surgery, internal medicine, dermatology, and dental along with our general practice. We are looking for a board-certified or board-qualified Ophthalmologist to add to our team. We offer ultrasound, endoscopy, digital dental x-ray, digital radiography, surgical laser, in house lab, hard and soft-tissue surgery suites, fully stocked pharmacy and so much more. We have been AAHA accredited since 1993. We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package. For more information visit . Please submit resumes to . Weathered Rock Veterinary Clinic is seeking a part-time or full-time associate veterinarian. We are a busy, two-doctor, small animal practice in Jefferson City, MO just 30 minutes from Columbia and the Lake of the Ozarks. Our hospital has in-house IDEXX laboratory equipment (Catalyst, Lasercyte, Snapshot), AVImark practice management system, in house culture, digital x-ray, ultrasonic dental scaler, CO2 surgical laser, Tonovet, and a fully stocked pharmacy. In addition to general practice medical care, we are able to perform many soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries in house. The position offers competitive pay and benefits. Contact Dr. French at Visit our website at Hilltop Veterinary Clinic is seeking a full time associate veterinarian for a four veterinarian practice in Mount Ayr, Iowa. We are primarily cow-calf with 25-30% small animal, some equine and small ruminant work as well. You must have an Iowa and Missouri veterinary license. Our office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am to noon. The Saturdays worked are every other with one Friday off per month. After hours emergencies are shared. Salary is negotiable, based on experience, and benefits include 2 weeks paid time off, MO and IA license fee, professional liability insurance, AVMA, MVMA, IVMA and local district membership dues, annual CE allowance, phone stipend and a 3% matching IRA. Truck and mobile unit provided.

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Eagle Animal Hospital is looking to add a full-time or part-time associate veterinarian to our 6 doctor team. We strive to offer the best customer experience possible in our newly built 10K sq ft facility. Well established clientele in place. Newly upgraded equipment which includes Laparoscopic Surgery, Ultrasound and CT Scanner along with an excellent support staff make for a superior work environment. Great benefits (health, dental, vision) 401K and competitive pay available. Check out our website at Please send resume to Kirksville Small Animal Hospital seeking associate veterinarian. Wanted: Full time Associate Veterinarian for a well-established small animal practice in Northeast Missouri. We are in a rural community but located in a town with 3 colleges. Looking for a teamoriented, enthusiastic, compassionate, selfmotivated individual with a strong work ethic and good communication skills. Contact: Kirksville Small Animal Hospital, Lisa A. Doak, D.V.M., 1220 North Green Street, Kirksville, MO 63501. (Phone 660-341-5721) or email: Indianola Veterinary Clinic in Indianola, Iowa is needing a veterinarian to add to our four doctor practice. We are a mixed practice twelve miles south of Des Moines. Large modern facility with up-to-date equipment and well trained staff. Email resume to or call 515961-6201. All About Pets in beautiful southwest Missouri seeking full time associate. Practice is largely canine reproduction (65%) with the rest being small animal companion medicine. Digital xray, ultrasound, surgical laser, in-house progesterone, in-house CBC and chemistry, dental machine. Experienced and friendly support staff with 2 :1 technician to doctor ratio. Three-day weekend every other weekend, week-on/week-off for emergencies, limited emergencies with compensation for emergencies. 2 weeks paid vacation, CE allowance, dues and licenses paid. Competitive starting salary with compensation for experience. Please contact Dr Sam Harkey at All About Pets in Purdy Missouri for details. 417-442-7387 or Allaboutpets@yahoo. com MyZoo Animal Hospital looking for fulltime or part-time associate veterinarian interested in clinic ownership with a strong interest in small animal/exotic medicine and surgery. Located in scenic Central Missouri. Email a cover letter and detailed resume to Andreas P. Pahl at


Brentwood Animal Hospital in Brentwood, MO is hiring for a full time and a part time veterinarian! Our AAHA-Accredited, CatFriendly and Fear-Free Certified practice is growing! We have four exam rooms, a dedicated cat-only exam room, a “comfortâ€? room, and a separate surgical suite. Most importantly, we treat our clients, patients and staff like family. We want the highest caliber of medical treatment, patient care and client satisfaction. Experience preferred, must be comfortable with both patient examinations and common surgical procedures (spay, neuter, dental cleanings, mass removals). For information on how to apply call (314) 9622900 or email Mountain View Animal Clinic seeking a full time small or mixed animal associate. The practice is 48% large animal and 52% small. The large animal consists mainly of establishing and maintaining heard health programs and providing routine services for our clients. We have in house lab facilities for large and small patients, as well as digital and portable x-ray facilities. We do provide emergency services for both our large and small animal clients. Compensation and benefits package is based on experience. Buy in available. For more information please contact me at I can be reached by phone at 417-934-2323 during day or 417934-2492 in evening. Lake Hills Veterinary Clinic in Osage Beach, Missouri is seeking an enthusiastic veterinarian to join our growing practice. We are looking for a caring veterinarian, who is motivated with good communication skills and a desire to practice quality medicine. Candidate should be interested in all aspects of a small animal practice.. The clinic has been in practice for 18 years and has an loyal, established clientele and great staff! Our practice is equipped with an updated surgery suite, new IM3 dental machine, digital x-ray, Avimark software, and abaxis in house lab equipment. This position is part time, or can be full time for the right individual. Salary is competitive and based on experience. License dues, CE, 401K, health care benefits and paid time off included. Feel free to email us at Golden Valley Animal Clinic is a companion animal practice located in Clinton, MO. We are a 1 ½ doctor practice, in need of an additional doctor. We will consider any experience level though preference is given to those with 5+ years. We would also entertain prospective relief veterinarians or part-time though full-time is preferred. Golden Valley Animal Clinic offers: Generous compensation package, Flexible schedule, CE allow-

ance, Benefits including: medical, dental, and vision options, short and long-term disability, 401 (k) retirement plan and In-house laboratory, digital radiography. Submit resumes to or call (660) 885-7733 and ask for Dr. Haley Dingfelder. Staff Veterinarian: Sinclair offers biomedical research services encompassing many species and most categories of applied human and veterinary medicine. Staff Veterinarians are responsible for animal health and assist in studies. Duties include collecting samples, tissue, and raw data. Preparing test article for administration. Performing medical procedures. Diagnoses and treatment of sick animals. Assisting in quarantine and animal acquisition procedures. A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (D.V.M.) or equivalent is required. Valid Missouri veterinary license and accreditation certificate is required to sign animal health papers. Otherwise, no license is required to perform the other veterinary duties. AALCAM Board Certification is preferred. Hannibal Veterinary Clinic in Hannibal, Missouri is seeking an enthusiastic full time veterinarian to join our growing practice. We are looking for a caring veterinarian, who is motivated with good communication skills and a desire to practice quality medicine. Candidate must be interested in all aspects of a small animal practice. Large animal experience would be a plus, but not required. The clinic has been in practice for 33 years and has an established cliental and great staff. Our practice is equipped with its own surgery suite, digital x-ray, avimark software, and abaxis in house lab. Please contact LeAnn Welch at 573-221-0915 or email at Wanted: Part-time Equine/Food Animal position within twenty miles Springfield, Missouri. Call 417/777-0658 Seeking a Full Time/ Part time Veterinarian for our small animal hospital located in the Springfield MO area . We offer digital X-Rays , Laser Therapy, Full in-house lab and more . We practice high quality medicine , dedicated to provide outstanding service and delivering exceptional client experience . Excellent support staff . Two to three years of experience preferred but not mandatory . Compensation package includes competitive salary , CE support , Paid vacation , Licensing Fee etc. Email resumes to Jones Animal Health Clinic looking for veterinarian. Full time associate and part time associate needed for busy 4 doctor practice. We are a very progressive practice and have all the bells and whistles, (blood analyzing


equipment, digital x-ray, digital dental x-ray, laser therapy, laser surgery, ultrasound, and more). Our recently expanded facility is small animal only. We offer a VERY competitive salary(negotiated based on experience), 401k, insurance and much more. There are no emergency hours and all holidays off. Please contact Dr. Butch Jones from Jones Animal Health Clinic. Our phone number is 636-937-9000. You may also e-mail at jahc. Deerfield Veterinary Hospital looking for Veterinarian. Full-time associate wanted for established and growing, AAHA certified practice in southwest Missouri. Fear Free, client-oriented medicine and surgery with advance diagnostic tools including ultrasound & digital dental radiography. No after hour emergency. Salary commensurate with experience. New graduates considered. Benefits include medical and liability insurance, professional dues, continuing education, vacation and retirement plan. Dr. Edward Caldwell, 2850 S. Ingram Mill Road. Springfield, Missouri. 65804. Call 417-889-2727 or FAX 417-889-5456 or email The Veterinary Clinic of the Mineral Area is seeking an associate doctor. We have full service hospitals in Farmington and Fredericktown, MO, Our practices operate with 9-10 doctors and great support staff. We offer digital radiography, in-house blood analyzers, and large animal haul-in facilities. Farmington has great schools, shopping, dining and state parks. The benefits include competitive salary, paid vacation, paid licenses, health, vision, dental insurance, retirement and continuing education allowance. Contact Paul Odenthal at 573-756-9400 or email Florissant Animal Hospital in Florissant, MO ( just outside of St. Louis) seeks an Associate DVM to join our practice. We are a 6 doctor practice that was established in 1958 and has been AAHA accredited for over 50 years. Florissant Animal Hospital is North County’s only full service veterinary hospital offering small animal medical and surgical services, boarding and grooming. We are looking for an enthusiastic DVM to join our dedicated and experienced team. All experience levels welcome. We offer in-depth onboarding and mentoring of new hires. No on-call or after hour emergency responsibilities. Part-time or full-time hours available. Our hospital offers a modern building with 5 exam rooms, surgery suite, 5 wards, inhouse IDEXX lab, ECG’s, state of the art dental suite and equipment, separate waiting area, boarding, and hospital wards for cats, fear free practices, complete pharmacy, Avi37

mark software, and so much more. Excellent compensation and benefits package. More information at Please submit resumes to Bogey Hills Animal Hospital in St. Charles, MO (a suburb of the St. Louis metropolitan area) is seeking an experienced Associate Veterinarian to join our enthusiastic and compassionate team (Generous Sign-on/ Retention Bonus)! We are a small animal hospital providing primary care, dentistry and surgery for dogs, cats, and pocket pets, which has been serving the community for over 30 years. We welcome and cultivate our doctor’s special veterinary interests. If you are a go getter with strong medical skills and a desire to learn new things we want you to be a part of our practice and community. We pride ourselves on the level of customer service we offer and value the clients feeling like they are part of our family. We offer four exam rooms, treatment area, pharmacy, grooming, paperlite medical records, inhouse lab, digital x-ray, isoflurane anesthesia, and ultrasound. Excellent compensation and benefits package. More information at . Please submit resumes to Wayside Waifs is hiring for a full-time Associate Shelter Veterinarian to manage all aspects of health care and disease control for the animals owned by Wayside Waifs. Primary functions include performing spay/ neuter surgeries on Wayside Waifs animals, providing medical assessments, and treatments to improve and ensure the health of sheltered animals. Please apply online at and follow the links: “About Us”, “Job Openings”, “Veterinarian”. Mexico Animal Hospital is seeking a full time veterinarian. We are a progressive two doctor practice in the heart of rural Missouri. Centrally located, only 40 minutes from Columbia, we have a wonderful community to practice in. The position is in a high quality mixed animal practice. Our focus is on preventive medicine, especially small animal medicine and surgery. We offering digital X-ray, in-house lab, gas anesthesia, vital sign monitor, tonometry and ultrasound within a wonderful work environment. We have an amazing support staff and great clientele. Our practice can expand into a variety of specialties dependent upon your interest. We are excited to help you grow in your career. We offer a competitive salary, professional liability insurance, retirement, licensing fees, paid vacation, continuing education and professional organization dues. Send resumes to:, Fax (573) 581-5093 or call (573) 721-3838.

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Veterinary Technicians and Practice Staff Wanted

Full time Veterinary Technician needed for a busy 4 doctor small animal practice in Columbia Missouri. Registered technician preferred but not required. We have in-house diagnostics, digital and dental radiography, computerized medical records and ultrasound. Duties include running in house lab work, catheter placement, drawing blood samples, administering medications, and monitoring anesthesia during surgeries. We practice high quality veterinary medicine in a friendly and fun work environment. Offering health insurance, paid vacation, and a competitive salary based on experience. Please bring resume to Pet Center Ltd 2504 W Worley St. Columbia MO 65203 or call 573-445-3000 if you have any questions. Westwood Animal Hospital is seeking an experienced, compassionate RVT to join our busy three-doctor AAHA practice. Job responsibilities include assisting veterinarians with anesthetic and medical procedures, operating laboratory equipment, nursing care of hospitalized patients, admitting and discharging patients, maintenance and cleaning of medical equipment and stocking and cleaning of examination rooms. We have digital XR, digital dental XR, a new IM3 dental, and in-house lab equipment with upgrades on the way. Benefits include a 401K program, paid continuing education, supplemental insurance, paid holidays, personal days and a personal pet discount. Our employment application and information can be found at: Heartland Animal Hospital in Ashland, Missouri is seeking an addition to our growing team. We have numerous positions available; part-time or full-time. All of our employees, who have worked together for many years, are cross-trained and then spend most of their time on their particular area of excellence. We are open Monday through Saturday. Ours is at times a fast-paced primarily small animal clinic with some large animal and equine. We are growing and looking for someone with lots of energy, the ability to think on their feet and treat our clients with the respect that they receive here as a member of our clinic family. Please e-mail us at or contact us via our website at (continued next page.)


Relief Veterinarian Wanted

El Dorado Springs Vet Clinic seeking relief veterinarian. Mixed animal relief/part-time veterinarian needed from May-October 2019. Work would include small animals, small ruminants, equine, dairy and beef cattle along with 2 small livestock sales. Position could become permanent if desired. Compensation negotiable.

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Businesses For Sale/Lease

5 Exam Room Practice For Sale Tulsa OK Area. Great Opportunity to become an onsite owner of a lovely, well equipped veterinary hospital in the Tulsa area, Oklahoma. The building is in great shape, over 3000 square ft, 5 exam rooms, grooming area, with digital radiography, computerized practice management software and dental radiography. Currently one full time doctor with multiple relief doctors and an exceptional staff (they get along wonderfully). This represents an exceptional opportunity for a veterinarian who is looking to own and be an on -site doctor. I am happy to discuss the financial situation with qualified buyers. The Owners are open to selling the practice by itself with a long-term lease or with the building. For the practice and real estate the asking price is $849,000 or $399,000 for the practice without the real estate. Please send me an email as currently accepting offers and due to the location and size of the facility this practice will go quickly. NEW LISTING!! Great 1 doctor practice located on the eastern side of Missouri, just southwest of St. Louis. The facility has 1,800sf plus an additional 800sf in attached kennels. Plenty of space to expand the practice if desired. The revenue is growing annually with roughly 93% generated by small animal clients. Both the practice and real estate are for sale. Contact Simmons Midwest for more information. Simmons@SimmonsMidwest. com 877-322-6465 For Sale- Northern Kansas City area previous small animal practice, owner has retired, 2100 sq ft free standing building with cages, basic equipment, ready to resume business. Great opportunity to own your own business with a minimum cost to get started. Sale price is the price of the real estate. Community needs another practitioner. More information at 816-858-5309. North Kansas City practice with Real Estate grossing over $800k. Very good equipment with great opportunity for growth. Owner retiring. Financing available. Please contact 38

Dave Davenport with Total Practice Solutions Group at 816-804-2861 or dave@tpsgsales. com for more information. Visit for additional listings. Small animal clinic with Real Estate within 50 miles of St. Louis. Very clean, newer facility in an excellent school district. Owner only works 30 hours a week with emergency clinic availability. Owner wishes to relocate. Excellent opportunity and can be purchased at a very reasonable price of $305,000. Please visit us at www.TotalPracticeSolutionsGroup. com or contact Dave today! 816-804-2861 or Small animal practice in strip center of Springfield, MO suburb. Grossing nearly $1 Million and extremely profitable. Owner may remain on as employee if desired. Please contact David Davenport with Total Practice Solutions Group at 816-804-2861 or for more information. For additional listings, please visit www. 90% Small animal hospital near Poplar Bluff in SE Missouri grossing $500k with Real Estate. This hospital is well-equipped and ready for growth with the current owner retiring. Financing available. Please contact David Davenport with Total Practice Solutions Group at 816-804-2861 or dave@ for more information. For additional listings, please visit Small animal practice in Central, MO town with Real Estate grossing $500k. Owner retiring. Financing available. Please contact David Davenport with Total Practice Solutions Group at or 816804-2861 if interested. Visit for more listings. Rural southern Missouri practice with 80% small animal. Priced at $300,000 with Real Estate for a quick sale. Financing available. Please contact David Davenport with Total Practice Solutions Group at dave@tpsgsales. com or 816-804-2861 if interested. Visit for more listings. Mixed animal practice 30 minutes north of Kansas City, MO. Grossing over $1.2 Million. Owner and two full time veterinarians. Very lucrative and priced to sell. Owner retiring but will stay for a transition period. Please contact David Davenport with Total Practice Solutions Group at dave@tpsgsales. com or 816-804-2861 if interested. Visit for more listings.

Southern Missouri mixed animal clinic with 68% small animal grossing $1.2 Million with Real Estate in two locations of reasonable proximity. Very profitable and priced to sell! Please contact David Davenport with Total Practice Solutions Group at dave@tpsgsales. com or 816-804-2861 if interested. Visit for more listings. Small animal practice for sale in the St. Louis area. Want to earn a stellar income? Why work for someone else for small dollars when you can be your own boss and make what you are worth. Basically a 4 day work week with no weekends. Great clients. 2015 net from Schedule C (sole proprietorship) of $167923 (42% of gross) not including the rent of $36000 I paid myself. 2016 – net $232389 (49%) plus $39000 rent. 2017 – net $262158 (52%) plus $42000 rent. Call 314-630-6166.

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