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Meeting Update: May 3

Theresa DePorter, DVM, MRCVS
Oakland Veterinary Referral Services

  • New Perspectives on Canine Socialization
  • Puppy Class at the Vet Hospital
  • Aggressive Dogs: Reading the Signs
  • Aggressive Dogs at the Vet Hospital

Program Co-Chairs
Suzanne Cavadel and Amy Mohl

Food for Thought
  • Salad
  • Chicken and Vegetarian Fajitas
  • Refried Beans
  • Mexican Rice
  • Tres Leche Cake

DC Academy Practice Management Seminars
Our practice management seminar series resumes on Wednesday, May 2, with James DeLano, DVM, presenting on Onboarding a Better DVM and concludes on June 6 with Dawn Burdett, presenting on Practice Revenue Generation. The seminar registration and remote site registration forms can be found on our website.

Remote Viewing Sites
Please remember that we have many simulcast sites open to DC Academy members. The sites are located in the following towns: Morgantown, WV; Washington, DC; Baltimore, Bowie, Frederick, and Gaithersburg, MD; Leesburg, Winchester, & Yorktown, VA; Dover, DE. There are no walk-in registrations at remote sites. DC Academy members may attend at no charge at simulcast sites, but members must pre-register by sending an email with their name and site they wish to attend by 5:00 pm Monday prior to the seminar.

NOTE 1: Remote site registrants must provide 48-hour cancellation notice to avoid the $25 no-show administration fee.

NOTE 2: The Dover site has a registration deadline of Friday, 5:00pm before the seminar and Bowie has a registration cap of 16 so please register early for both of these sites. The intention of setting up group viewing simulcasts is to foster the collegial nature of our seminars.

If you have any questions about the simulcasts, please contact Larry Koffer or 703-733-0556.

DC Academy Baseball Social Nationals Park on Sunday, September 23 – One Free Ticket For DC Academy Members – Guest Tickets are Only $15 Each!
Our first three baseball socials were sold out affairs in 2015, 2016 and 2017. We are doing another one on Sunday, September 23 at 1:35pm, versus the New York Mets. DC Academy members or any recent graduate, member or not, (after 1/1/2013) may have one ticket at no charge. Each additional ticket may be purchased for only $15. All tickets will have $15 in concession funds included. We have purchased 225 tickets for the event.

If you would like to reserve your seat(s), please email us with your name, how many tickets you would like to reserve, including your free ticket, and where you would like them mailed in September. No funds will be collected for extra tickets until August. Because of our sponsors — Antech, Aratana, BestPetRx, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Idexx, PRN Pharmacal, Prosperity Pharmacy and the DC Academy — the guest ticket prices are the lowest we’ve ever offered – only $15 per ticket and these tickets include $15 of concession funds!

President's Column
The following is taken from Dr. Erica Barron’s State of the Academy talk, presented by Dr. Donna Krochak at the Annual Membership meeting on April 5, 2018:

In Dr. Jessica Wootton’s absence, Donna gave the treasurer’s report: Balances from Money Market Account/Checking Account=$669,342, Reserve Fund=$497,571 and Memorial Scholarship Fund=$171,757. Due to our good financial standing, there will be no dues increase for 2018-2019.

Donna Krochak gave the following State of the Academy address:

  1. Current membership is 698 vs 711 last year.
  2. We currently have 37 sponsors who contribute $75,500 which reduces membership fees by over $110 per person. Please visit their exhibit booths to thank them for their support.
  3. This year we will have three lunch and learns designed to enhance the ability of our members to deal with compassion fatigue, stress and other issues outside of our program area presentations.
  4. We will have at least two socials this year – our Hockey Social will be this weekend (4/7) at the Capitals game on Saturday night. Our Baseball Social will be on Sunday, September 23. All members are entitled to one free ticket and may purchase an additional ticket for only $15. All tickets come loaded with $15 of concession funds. You may reserve your tickets at the registration table. Our socials would not be possible without their unique sponsors.
  5. We will be awarding 5 $1000 externship grants this year to students who are either externing in the DC area or are from the DC area.
  6. We will be giving the DC Academy Harvey Braaf Memorial Award of $8,000 to one student with financial need from Virginia Maryland CVM.
  7. We currently have 12 remote viewing sites with approximately 35% of our attendance. We have 5 technician remote viewing sites with approximately 25% of our attendance.
  8. Our drive for Puerto Rico aid generated over 10 large containers of supplies.
Donna read the nominees for the current open board positions: Vice President: Dr. Amy Mohl Secretary: Dr. Gary Gackstetter Directors: Dr. Suzanne Cavadel and Dr. Nadine Ramos As there were no additional nominees from the floor, a motion was made, duly seconded and approved to close the nominations. The slate of officers was approved by unanimous voice vote. As there was neither old or new business to discuss, a motion was made, duly seconded and approved to adjourn the meeting at 11:55 am.

Job Board Postings
In order to expedite the placement of classified notices on the seminar bulletin boards and on the classified section of the website, please send your notices 48 hours prior to the seminar. This insures that the correct wording is on both the bulletin board and the website. We will not be able to accept notices for immediate posting during the seminar.

June 7 Nutrition Seminar
The seminar on June 7, 2017 is on Nutrition and will be presented by Dr. Joseph Wakshlag. Cornell.

Continuing Education Statements
CE statements will be emailed the weekend following the June 7 seminar. This should allow time for all veterinarians to submit the required documentation for Maryland state licensure.


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