Vermont Veterinary Medical Association

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Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Anson Tebbetts' Op Ed on Milk Safety
November 7, 2018

One Health Day is November 3!
In 2018, the VVMA One Health Committee celebrates One Health Day by putting on our second annual non-traditional continuing education meeting for veterinarians. Alan Graham, recently retired state entomologist for Vermont’s Agency of Ag, Food, & Markets presents a timely Tick ID Session, allowing practitioners to build on knowledge acquired in our January 2018 session on vector-borne infectious diseases.  In two separate sessions from which practitioners can choose, Mr. Graham offers material regarding the most important and medically relevant tick species in Vermont followed by a laboratory session on learning to identify these ticks.  Additionally, One Health information on comparative epidemiology of tick-borne diseases, with a focus on Lyme Disease and Anaplasmosis, will be presented by the One Health Committee.  Veterinarians will have the opportunity for round table discussion of the changing nature of vector-borne diseases being seen in their clinics.  See our workshops on the map of One Health Day events. 

Register today!
Tick ID workshops on November 8 in Williston and November 13 in White River Jct
Registration and more information.  Limited to 25 people at each location.

Windham county horse tests positive for West Nile Virus (Sept. 11)

It's fair time in Vermont!  Here's information on how to stay healthy at the fair!

Blue Green Algae on lakes
Pet owners need to be mindful around algae blooms. If animals ingest the toxin, they can be quickly paralyzed and die. Signs of poisoning include weakness, staggering, difficulty breathing, convulsions and death. For more information on the dangers of blue green algae and a map of current conditions, please visit

Rabies Bait Drop begins in August
To prevent the spread of disease among wildlife, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is conducting an aerial bait drop in eight Vermont counties (Addison, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille and Orleans). The baits will be dropped by plane into carefully plotted corridors of remote lowland areas and valleys in Vermont and will also be placed by hand in urban areas. Officials say the baits are not harmful to children or pets if touched or eaten, but say they should not be handled or disturbed. If you have any questions, contact the Vermont Rabies Hotline at 1-800-472-2437. More information is available on the Department of Health's website:

Every year, hundreds of pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles. Vermont state law shields people from civil liability when they break into a locked vehicle to rescue a dog in "imminent danger of harm."  The law requires people to call 911, fire or police before breaking into a car.  They must check that the doors are locked, must use no more force than necessary to enter the vehicle, must stay with the child or dog until emergency personnel arrive, and must leave a note on the vehicle about what happened. 

The Vermont State Police recommends that people call police rather than take matters in their own hands.  This law is intended to be used only in emergency situations.




Dr. Janet Carini Receives David Walker Award!
At our June 22 Summer Meeting, Dr. Janet Carini (Rutland Veterinary Clinic at Castleton Corners) received the VVMA’s highest honor, the David Walker Award, for her commitment to the VVMA, animal welfare, animal cruelty investigations, animal disaster relief organization, and to the Rutland County Humane Society.  Dr. Carini’s volunteer leadership has spanned over 30 years.  Her tireless drive and dedication have never waned, and she continues to make improvements for animal welfare in Vermont.  We are very grateful for her wisdom, efforts and the countless hours she devotes to us and to improving the veterinary profession and animal welfare. Congratulations Janet on this well-deserved recognition!     

Recent VVMA Press Releases:
September is Animal Pain Awareness Month
August 22 is Bring your Cat to the Vet Day
Scholarships Awarded to Vermonters Attending Veterinary School

All VVMA press releases

Vermont Legislature
The VVMA monitors the legislature for bills impacting animal health and welfare, and the practice of veterinary medicine.  Click here for information on our state government relations and the bills we tracked during this legislative session.  You will be directed to log in as a VVMA member to view this information, then go to Government Affairs - State Government.  If you have any questions about legislative activity, or would like information on becoming part of the VVMA Government Relations Committee, contact GRC Chair Dr. David Hyde at

The Vermont legislature approved a bill legalizing the possession of small quantities of recreational marijuana. Click here for a bulletin from the AVMA which reviews the toxicity of marijuana and cannabis-related products, and a veterinarian's obligation to clients and patients.   


L-R Drs. Lisa Nelson, Shelley Mehlenbacher, Colleen Bloom, VVMA President Millie Armstrong, Joel Russo, VT Secretary of Agriculture Anson Tebbetts, Drs. Ruth Blauwiekel, Kristin Haas, and Eileen Wolfe with Governor Phil Scott

The VVMA has joined in an effort to increase the professional and community awareness of the need for safe use, safe storage and safe disposal of prescription medications. In partnership with the Bennington County Prescription Drug Task Force, an information packet created specifically for the veterinary profession was mailed to Vermont veterinary clinics, included in the VVMA e-newsletter, and put on our website. It also includes the VVMA’s Veterinary Practice Guide to DEA Regulations. Check it out and join us in our goal of making sure the veterinary profession is aware of how to prevent substance abuse!

Upcoming VVMA 

  CE Programs
November 8 - Tick ID                 workshop - Williston

  November 13 - Tick ID 

  workshop - White River Jct.

   February 9-10 - Winter  Mtg.     June 21 - Summer Meeting 

 Welcome New   Members!  

   Dana Ames
   West Mountain Animal               Hospital 

   Earl Brady
   Cold Hollow Veterinary               Services (2017 recipient
   of a VVMA Foundation


   Charley Abernathy
​   Burlington Emergency &             Veterinary Specialists 

   Lainie Springer

   Burlington Emergency &             Veterinary Specialists

   Mallory Sullivan
urlington Emergency &             Veterinary Specialists

   Elisabeth Zenger
urlington Emergency &             Veterinary Specialists

   Lauren Blume
   Peak Veterinary Referral Ctr.

   Shannon Bradley
   Essex Veterinary Center

   Andrew Koenitzer
   Ark Veterinary Hospital

   Daniel Kelly
   Stonecliff Animal Clinic of NH

   Nicholas Sherman
   Essex Veterinary Center

   Courtney Zwahlen
   Peak Veterinary Referral Ctr.
   Kayla Miner
Affectionately Cats
   Miranda Fritz
Mountain View Animal  Hosp.

   Sarah Smets

   Ark Veterinary Hospital

   Tyler McGill
   Wood Pond Vet. Service

Joseph Wagner
Sugar Run Equine Vet. Ser.

   Lori Tumpowsky 
   West Haven, VT  
   Amanda Spector
VT Large Animal Clinic
   Alan Younkin
   Alan C. Younkin, DVM

   Kara Wilson
   VT Large Animal Clinic
   Julia Chant
Qi Veterinary Clinic

   Natalie Kwitt
VT Department of Health   


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