Vermont Veterinary Medical Association

Announcing Speakers for the VVMA online Winter Meeting
February 13-14, 2021

Feline Urinary and Renal Disease - Jessica Quimby, DVM, Ph.D, DACVIM

Updates in Small Animal Nutrition - Deborah Linder, DVM, DACVN
Small Ruminant Medicine - Sherrill Fleming, DVM
Equine speaker tbd
More information and registration available soon!


Learn about 
The Birds and the Bees 
at the VVMA Online CE Conference!


Did you miss the online streaming of our programs?  You can still view them on demand!  The Backyard Chicken program will be available until November 25 and the Bee program until December 7. Backyard Chicken (3.5 CE credit hours) and Honey Bee (3 CE credit hours).  Registration required.  You will be sent a link to access the recording.  REGISTER NOW!  Click here for more information and to register online.

Veterinary Resources on COVID 19
Updated regularly.  Please bookmark this page. Also check our VVMA for Veterinarians Facebook page.  (Must be a VVMA member, must request to join the FB group.)  The general public can access our public Facebook page Vermont Veterinary Medical Association.

Congratulations to Dr. Millie Armstrong (Petit Brook Veterinary Clinic) who received the VVMA Dave Walker Award at our Winter Meeting in recognition of her exceptional dedication and service to the VVMA and the veterinary community!





VVMA President Laurie Schneski (l) and Millie Armstrong (r)



Do you have questions about Vermont's new sales and use tax for veterinarians?  Please read our FAQ document for answers.  This is a dynamic document that we will update periodically. 

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Compounding Animal Drugs.  If you are at all involved in compounding animal drugs, please be sure to read the draft.  The deadline to comment has been extended to October 15, 2020.   

AVMA issues legal guidance on CBD use in animals - click here to read it.

VVMA Free 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 has a free program geared to elementary school-aged children to teach them how to interact safely around dogs in order to avoid bites.  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 Associate Director Linda Waite-Simpson at 802-878-6888.  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.  To view a list of bills we were tracking in the 2019/2020 Legislative Session, click here and 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 Co-Chairs Drs. Jill Skochdopole and Kent Henderson.

Recent VVMA Press Releases:

World Rabies Day - September 28, 2020
Running With Dogs
Pets Feel Pain Too - Learn How to Manage It
Pets and Pesky Parasites

Fireworks, Barbecues and Heat Can Be Dangerous Trio for Pets
Prevention is Key to Keeping Your Dog Safe This Spring
Updated COVID-19 and Your Pets
COVID-19 and Your Pets
Preparing Your Outside Animals for Winter

Holiday Hazards for Pets
Effects of Smoking on Pets

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
Birds and the Bees
Sunday, October 25 
Saturday, November 7
Available on demand for 30 days.   

    VVMA Winter Meeting
    Saturday and Sunday,
    February 13-14, 2021
More info 

   Welcome New     Members!  
   Rebecca Stevens
   Burlington Emergency & 

   Veterinary Specialists   

   Peter Cournoyer
   East Bay Animal Hospital

   Kaitlin Manges
Tanneberger Veterinary  Hospital 

Laura Audette
   Montpelier, VT
   Megan Gibeley

   Burlington Emergency &
   Veterinary Specialists

   Jennifer Glenn
Burlington Emergency &
   Veterinary Specialists

   Jacob Helmick, DACVS
   Burlington Emergency &
   Veterinary Specialists

   Jamie Peake
Burlington Emergency &
   Veterinary Specialists

   Carter Wallinger
   Northwest Veterinary Assoc.  

   Kara Palac

   Animal Hospital of Hinesburg

   Noemi Benitah
   Peak Veterinary Referral Ctr.   

   Elizabeth Martens

   Valleywide Veterinary Services

   Erica Sebastyan

   Northwest Veterinary Assoc.   

   Dayna Locitzer
   Green Mountain Bovine Clinic

   Sean Blouin
   Onion River Animal Hospital

   Katryna Fleer
   VIP Petcare

Lee Garrod
 Veterinary Emergency Critical     Care and Referral Ctr. of NH

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