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Meeting Update: May 4

Ian Herring, DVM
Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

  • Canine Corneal Ulcers
  • Canine Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
  • Canine Cataracts
  • Vision Loss in Dogs & Cats
  • Feline Corneoconjunctival Disorders
  • Glaucoma in Dogs & Cats

Program Co-Chairs
Suzanne Cavadel and Neal Peckens

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

Graduates of Virginia-Maryland RCVM Alumni Luncheon on May 4, 2017
The DC Academy will host an alumni luncheon for graduates of VMCVM. The luncheon will take place during the noon hour of the May 4, 2017 DC Academy seminar on the lower level of the Elks Lodge. The luncheon is free of charge for DC Academy members and non-member alumni. If you have not already done so, please RSVP or by phone at 703-733-0556 if you plan on attending the VMCVM luncheon.

DC Academy Practice Management Seminars
Our practice management seminar series resumes on Wednesday, May 3, with Karen Felsted, MS, DVM, CVPM, CPA, Founder of PantheraT, presenting on Key Trends in Veterinary Medicine – What You Need To Know to be Successful in the Future and concludes on May 31 with Shelley Johnson, MS, CVPM, presenting on Inventory & Marketing in the Patient Focused Practice. The seminar registration form is available here.

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. 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.

President’s Column
The following is taken from Dr. Amy Yam’s State of the Academy talk at the Annual Membership meeting on April 6, 2017: Dr. Amy Yam presented the State of the Academy address. Currently, we have 713 members (largest membership ever) with 36 Sponsors - contributing over $75,000 to our operating budget and reducing membership dues by over $100 per person. We have 15 remote sites including the new site just opened in Bowie, Maryland. The remote sites first opened approximately 8 years ago with the first site in Morgantown, WV. We are in the second year of the DC Academy Practice Management Series with nearly 100 registrants: still time for folks to register for the May & June seminars.

The DC Academy plans to award $5,000 in externship grants in 2017 to five students from the DC Metro area or externing in the DC metro area. If you would like additional information, please contact Larry Koffer . The DC Academy made a $3,000 donation to “The Dogs of Otavalo,” a group that does charitable veterinary care in Ecuador. Finally, the DC Academy Baseball Social last June was very successful and we will have another social this summer. Please look for more information in upcoming newsletters/emails.

Dr. Yam put into nomination the following candidates:
Vice President: Dr. Justin Ganjei (Veterinary Surgical Centers) Treasurer: Dr. Jessica Wootton (NOVA Cat Clinic)
Directors: Drs. Amjad Chaudhry (FDA) and Jennifer Gilbert (VCA Alexandria AH)

There was a call for nominations from the floor. As there were no additional nominations, a motion was made and approved to close nominations. The slate was approved by voice vote.

There was no old business and, under new business, Dr. Yam made mention of Dr. James Reid’s passing and the Celebration of Life in his memory on Sunday, April 23, here at the Elks Lodge between 1:00 pm – 4:00pm.

Note: The DC Academy is in good financial health and will end our program year in the black. To maintain this positive financial position, at the Financial Steering Committee’s recommendation, the DC Academy Board approved a $1 per meeting/$10 per program year dues increase for 2017-2018.

DC Academy Baseball Social Nationals Park
Our baseball socials have been so successful, we are doing one this June. We would like you to choose which day we hold our social, either Saturday, June 24 at 4:05pm or Sunday, June 25 at 1:35 pm, both versus the Cincinnati Reds. If you have not already done so, please tell us via our Survey Monkey link which day you would prefer.

Each DC Academy member may reserve one free complimentary ticket which includes $15 in concession funds, each additional ticket will be $35. As before, all recent graduates, DC Academy member or non-member, will be eligible for a complimentary ticket. Please let us know which day you would prefer via the survey.

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.


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