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Meeting Update: June 1

Richard Ford, DVM, DACVIM
North Carolina State

  • Vaccines & Vaccination
  • Vaccines Adverse Reactions
  • Antibody Testing & Vaccination

Program Co-Chairs
Suzanne Cavadel and Neal Peckens

Food for Thought
  • Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, & Veggie Burgers
  • Cole Slaw
  • Potato Salad
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Ice Cream Desserts in the Exhibit Hall

We wish to thank those members who responded to our survey question of hot vs cold sandwiches for the picnic lunch. Approximately 60% of the responses favored hot sandwiches.

We will have the buffet line under the tent on the lower level back patio, weather permitting.

DC Academy Practice Management Seminars
Our practice management seminar series concludes on Wednesday, May 31, with Inventory and Marketing in the Patient-focused Practice / Shelley Johnson, BS, CVPM, Training Development Specialist, presenting.   We have four remote viewing sites for these seminars at Annapolis Junction, Rockville, Leesburg and Winchester.  Pre-registration is required to attend at the remote sites. The seminar registration form is available here or you may register on site at the Elks Lodge..

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; Annapolis Junction, Baltimore, Bowie, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Waldorf, MD; Leesburg, Richmond, Winchester and Yorktown, VA; Dover, DE. 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.  A $25 no-show fee will be charged if you do not provide 48 hours notice (by Tuesday morning 9:00am).  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.

June 1 Vaccines Seminar
The seminar on June 1, 2017 is on vaccines and will be presented by Dr. Richard Ford, NC State.

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 email your notices prior to the seminar. This insures 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.

Continuing Education Statements
CE statements will be emailed the weekend following the June 1 seminar.  This should allow time for all veterinarians to submit the required documentation for Maryland state licensure.

President’s Column
Hello Fellow Academy Members -

Bittersweet moment - Last column as President for the DC Academy!!! Such a wonderful group with which to be involved...really. The members and fellow officers are all people who care about animals and care about continuing education for our profession. And let's not kid ourselves - also care about socialization with each other in a low-pressure environment :)

Whenever I write columns like this, I like to recap the positives of what we did over the year. We had ten amazing veterinary continuing ed seminars. We had four amazing tech seminars and we will have had three practice management seminars. We had a wonderful group of sponsors that allowed us to keep dues reasonable. We have 720 veterinary members, 196 technician members and 94 practice management attendees. That's a lot of members and seminars! We have some challenges that face our profession, but due to the work of DCAVM, sufficient continuing education is not one of them in the DC metro area!

Rising cost of doing business, rising costs of education, increased corporate presence, reduced private independence, cultural challenges and mental health issues are all challenges that are more than just on the horizon - they are here and they are challenging how we practice medicine. Would you encourage a college senior to pursue vet school if they were to end up $250,000 in debt? Would you purchase a solo practice? Would you want to be in a larger group? Would you want to practice in a corporate practice? How do you feel about increased governmental regulation or what we do and how we do it? What about prescriptions - should written ones be mandatory? How about the dismal access to vet care in rural environments? These are problems we may not think about...

I think I have been guilty lately of living in a bubble in DC - we have it pretty good as far as practicing veterinary medicine and our economy is somewhat insulated by the federal government. But if I have learned anything over the past year, it is that nothing is certain. The challenges facing our profession are real, even if we do not personally experience them. And those challenges will change the way we practice in the future years - ignoring them will not solve the problem.

So, my challenge to everyone is to look outside the bubble - see what is out there and challenging our profession as a whole. And see what needs to be done. And do it.

Many thanks for allowing me to lead the group this year, and as always, the true kudos go to Larry Koffer for making the DCAVM machine run as smoothly as it does.

Take care -
Amy Sachs Yam

DC Academy Baseball Social Nationals Park
Our first two baseball socials were sold out affairs in 2015 & 2016.  We are doing another one on Sunday, July 30 at 1:35pm, versus the Texas Rangers.  DC Academy members or any recent graduate (after 1/1/2012) may have one ticket at no charge.  Each additional ticket may be purchased for $29.  All tickets will have $15 in concession funds included.  We have purchased 200 tickets for the event and more than 2/3 have already been reserved.  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 July.  No funds will be collected for extra tickets until early July.  Trupanion, VetCor, and VPL are sponsoring the baseball social along with additional funding by the DC Academy.


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