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Meeting Update: March 2

Jennifer Johnson, VMD, CVPP
Morton, PA

  • Creating Your Own “Practice Pain-Ometer”
  • Chronic Pain in Dogs & Cats
  • Beyond Pharmaceuticals
  • Palliative, Hospice, End of Life Care

Program Co-Chairs
Suzanne Cavadel and Neal Peckens

Food for Thought
roast turkey
  • Salad
  • Roast Turkey/Stuffing
  • Vegetarian Entrée
  • Mashed Potatoes/Gravy
  • Green Beans
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Assorted Rolls/Butter
  • Ice Cream Specialties

Remote Viewing Sites
Please remember that we have many simulcast sites open to DC Academy members. The sites are located in the following towns: Dover, DE; Washington, DC; Annapolis Junction, Baltimore, Bowie, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Waldorf, MD; Leesburg, Winchester, & Yorktown, VA; Morgantown, WV. 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: Remote site registrants must provide 48 hour cancellation notice to avoid the $25 no-show administration fee. 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 at contact Larry Koffer or 703-733-0556.

Sponsors Exhibition
A third of our sponsors will be exhibiting at the March seminar in Fairfax at the Elks Lodge and we will have a special coffee / espresso bar set up in the exhibit hall hosted by Community Veterinary Partners (CVP). We have contracted with Maui Wowi to provide premium coffee and espresso to our members and guests at the Elks Lodge in March. Many members at the October seminar commented that this premium coffee service was a very nice touch to the exhibition hall.

April 6 Urology Seminar
The seminar on April 6, 2017 is on Urology and will be presented by Julie Fischer, DVM, DACVIM, of Veterinary Specialists.

Letter to the Editor:

I would like to voice a concern about relief veterinarians listed on the web site. I doubt there is anything you can do about it, but the lack of consideration, and professionalism exhibited by many of them is disgraceful. The issue is their lack of responsiveness. I'm not referring to one or two, but the majority. I have emailed and called many of them more than once to ascertain whether or not they can fill in for me, and I get no responses, or those that are delayed reply up to a month later. You can't tell me in this day in age of I-phones, email accessibility, etc. that there is a legitimate excuse. I thought we were colleagues who, in so many ways, help each other. However, I find this behavior inexcusable and appalling. I am a solo practitioner working 6 days a week who relies on his "colleagues" for support, or at least consideration. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely, Robert Adelman, DVM

Technician Seminar Series
The technician seminar series continues on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at the Elks Lodge from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Individual seminar attendance cost is $65 and is payable at the door. Those technicians registered for the entire series will receive meeting announcements by email and have access to seminar handouts on the DC Academy website in the Technician section. Also, the DC Academy will archive continuing education credits for series-registered technicians as it does for DC Academy members.

Jennifer Johnson, VMD, CVPP will be presenting on chronic pain at the March 1 technicians seminar. The topics Dr. Johnson will present include:

  • Creating Your Own “Practice Pain-Ometer”
  • Chronic Pain in Dogs & Cats
  • Beyond Pharmaceuticals
  • Palliative, Hospice, End of Life Care

Technician/Receptionist Seminar Information
At the February 2 seminar, there was information regarding a technician/receptionist seminar that was available on the DC Academy registration table at the Elks Lodge and also placed on many cars in the Lodge parking lot. We wanted to let our members know that the DC Academy did not authorize the distribution of this material, does not endorse the seminar and is not familiar with the producers of this seminar. We have contacted the producers of this seminar by email and voice mail to inform them of our position but have not had any response. From time to time, established groups ask the DC Academy to help promote their seminars and, after review by our board, we often approve placement of this type of material on our registration table (e.g. The ACVIM conference this June, 2017).


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