Vermont Veterinary Medical Association

Recent News

Online registration for the VVMA Summer CE Meeting is CLOSED.
To register, contact the VVMA office at 802-878-6888.

Friday, June 21 - Burlington Hilton Hotel
6+ CE credit hours
Click here for more information

***Governor Scott signs Veterinary Sales and Use Tax Exemption Law!***  More information

Remember to renew your veterinary license by May 31, 2019!  
The Vermont Office of Professional Regulations has emailed reminders to veterinarians to login to your online account to complete the renewal process. Paper applications are no longer available.  OPR has a new online licensing platform that may require you to reset your password and choose security questions. Use the User ID provided in the OPR email to begin this process.  Please note, the online platform is only compatible with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge and is not compatible with tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices at this time.  If you have any questions regarding renewing your license, contact


National Pet Week is May 6-12.  For ideas on how to celebrate it, visit

The VVMA Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2019/2020 academic year!  If you are a Vermonter attending veterinary school, click here for more information on this scholarship opportunity.


Study of the economic impact of equine events in Vermont
The Vermont Horse Council just released a study on the economic impact of equine events in Vermont.   A second phase of the study will look at expenditures of Vermont residents who own horses, including feed and hay, veterinary and other service fees, transportation, barn and fencing costs and other costs associated with equine ownership.  To learn more about the results of Phase One of the Study or to donate to support Phase 2 go to  The VVMA was pleased to support this study.

VVMA Dog Bite Prevention Program
Between 2012-2016, 550 Vermont children were treated at the hospital by dog bite wounds.  That number doesn't include children who were bitten for whom medical help was not sought or needed, or where actual contact didn't occur but unsafe interactions happened. 

The VVMA recently introduced a program geared to elementary school-aged children to teach them how to interact safely around dogs in order to avoid bites.   National Dog Bite Prevention Week is April 7-13.   If you are interested in participating in the VVMA's effort or in learning more about bringing the program to your local school, please contact VVMA Executive Director Kathy Finnie at 802-878-6888 or  VVMA Members:  login to the Members Only section of our website for information on our programPublic information on dog bite prevention is available here on our website, and educators interested in learning more about our program click hereVVMA press release on the program.

Vermont Legislature
The VVMA monitors the legislature for bills impacting animal health and welfare, and the practice of veterinary medicine.  The 2019/2020 Legislative Session has begun, and the VVMA will post here the bills we are tracking 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

Recent VVMA Press Releases:
Dogs and Nature Preserves - Compromise Needed!
Summertime Concerns for Dog Owners
Service Animals and More!
Dog Bite Prevention Program

All VVMA press releases

In 2019, 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!

For VVMA Members...

Get a Laugh Out of a VVMA Member Benefit!  Click here for more information!

Upcoming VVMA 

CE Programs
 June 21
Summer Meeting
Burlington Hilton Hotel

 Welcome New   Members!  

   Samuel Scheu
Riverbend Veterinary Clinic   

   Elizabeth Wheeler
River Road Veterinary Clinic

   Laura Jesseman
Ryegate Small Animal Hospital

   Amanda LaCroix
   River Cove Animal Hospital

   Kathryn Hazard
   Norwich Regional Animal Hosp

   Jacqueline Wagner
   VCA Brown Animal Hospital

  Lauren Marsh

   Jeanne Harding

   Allaire Smith-Miller

   West Pawlet

   Michael Romp
VT Air National Guard

   Kathereen Tamburello
Newport Veterinary Hospital

   Krista Jones

   Nicole Poppenger

   Animal Hospital of Hinesburg

   Kathryn Miller

   West River Valley Veterinary       Service

   Matthew Reimert
East Haven Veterinary Service

   Brian Hurley
 Gardner Animal Care Center

   Ashley Ackert
   Green Mtn. Veterinary Hospital

   Jaclyn Torzewski
   VT-NH Veterinary Clinic

   Dana Ames
   West Mountain Animal               Hospital 

 The VVMA One Health Committee is now on Twitter.  Follow us here for the latest information!