Vermont Veterinary Medical Association

Tax Department Releases Guidance on new Sales & Use Tax Statute:  click here to read it!  


Blue Green Algae on the 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


It's Fair Time!  Here is some information on how to stay healthy at the fair.


Rabies Drops are underway!  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 State of Vermont's website.


2019 NEVMA Conference in Portland, Maine, September 26-29. 

Registration is Open!  Click here for more information.


2019 Animal Welfare Investigation Training Dates - Scholarships Available for VVMA Members.  For more information, click here.

Free arboviral testing July 1 - November 15, 2019.  More info




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.

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 has a 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 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.  We are mid-way through the 2019/2020 Legislative Session, and the VVMA has a list of all the bills we are tracking.  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 Chair Dr. David Hyde at

Recent VVMA Press Releases:
September is Happy Cat Month!

Blue Green Algal Blooms

VVMA Foundation 2019/20 Scholarship Awards

Fourth of July Safety for Pets
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
  Saturday and Sunday,           
 February 8-9
  VVMA 2020 Winter Meeting
  Burlington Hilton Hotel

  Friday, June 19
  VVMA 2020 Summer              Meeting
  Burlington Hilton Hotel

 Welcome New   Members!  
   Allana Mather

   Mt. Mansfield Animal Hospital

   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

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