COVID-19 Vaccination Update 

The MVMA staff have been in close contact with Montana Department of Health officials engaged in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout as it relates to our veterinarians and your staff.  We appreciate your patience in receiving guidance on this situation and ask that you understand we are attempting to advocate for our members while being respectful of the higher priority for vaccination of disadvantaged communities who are at high risk.  

On January 5, 2021, the State of Montana updated the COVID-19 vaccination distribution recommendations.  Please review the phase listing found on the following website to evaluate you and your staff’s priority level:  https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusvaccine

Most importantly, please note that, ultimately, your county health department and person medical provider will be the best reference regarding your access to the vaccination given supply and demand in your local community. 

MVMA will continue to monitor the recommendations and keep our membership informed as we receive information. 

Additional resources from AVMA:  https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19/covid-19-vaccines-and-vaccination 


MVMA Cancels Winter 2021 Meeting

The MVMA Board has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 MVMA Winter Meeting scheduled for late January in Bozeman.  The decision was a result of the ongoing COVID meeting restrictions in Bozeman and the lack of speakers able to present in person.  The Board also debated the option of offering the Continuing Education (CE) portion of the meeting in a virtual format but ultimately concluded there was an abundance of online CE options available and it would not be prudent to invest resources in offering additional CE at this time.  MVMA plans to host a virtual business meeting and is investigating the possibility of teaming up with the Department of Livestock to discuss their new procedures and guidelines for health certificates.  More information will be provided in December outlining those plans.

Regarding Continuing Education, please remember the Montana Board of Veterinary Medicine extended the deadline to obtain credits to January 31, 2021 and is allowing all 20 credits to be obtained online, with 10 to be earned from a live virtual format.  Questions about Continuing Education requirements should be directed to the Board of Veterinary Medicine at 406-444-5711 or boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/vet.

MVMA will continue to source and post available Continuing Education virtual opportunities on our website.  If you have recommendations for quality virtual options you have used, please share those with Jenny Bloomquist at the MVMA office – [email protected]- so that we can post them on the website.  In addition, if you might know of MVMA members in your community who may have difficulty accessing or using online CE options, please consider reaching out to them and offer assistance.  


AVMA Launches Trust Retirement Plan 

The AVMA Trust Retirement Plan provides a robust 401(k) solution offered exclusively to AMVA members. Participating members, whether they are practice owners or self-employed veterinarians, will enjoy cost efficiencies, simplified administration, and reduced fiduciary burden. In addition, the AVMA Trust Retirement Plan will give staff veterinarians, practice managers and plan participants access to comprehensive financial tools, resources, and education. The AVMA Life Trust has partnered with Transamerica and other leading providers for the record keeping, investment and fiduciary aspects of the plan in order to offer benefits customized to AVMA members' needs. Click here for more information.


Montana Board of Veterinary Medicine Extends CE Deadline

On August 31, 2020, the Board of Veterinary Medicine voted to extend the Continuing Education (CE) deadline for licensees to January 31, 2021.

ARM 24.225.511 requires that a licensee obtain no more than 10 hours of their 20-hour CE requirement from online courses. An "online course" is a course designed to be taken at the licensee's convenience and that does not allow for back and forth interaction between the licensee, instructor/presenter, or other attendees. A presentation that has a live platform and allows for interaction between attendees and the presenter is considered an in-person course.

If you have any questions, please contact board staff at [email protected].

Rhonda Morgan
Executive Officer

Board of Veterinary Medicine
Montana Department of Labor & Industry
Business Standards Division
PHONE (406) 841-2320 


Virtual CE Opportunities

 

Live Online CE Opportunities Available Prior to January 31 Deadline
With the January 31 deadline for CE credits quickly approaching, some of you may still be looking for live, interactive webinars.  Torigen has created a free, one-hour webinar for MVMA members this Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 7:00 pm featuring Michael D. Lucroy, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM (Oncology) titled “Cancer Immunotherapy in Practice: Options and Opportunities.”  Please refer to the attached invitation for more details.

 

This presentation will briefly review the interactions between the immune system and cancer and describe various immunotherapy strategies.  Then, practical options for immunotherapy in clinical practice will be discussed, including metronomic chemotherapy and autologous cancer vaccines.  Time will be allotted at the end for questions and discussion. 

 

To reserve your spot, please call Mike Vaughn at 206-305-2720 or email [email protected].

 

Additional Opportunities include:

 

January 14-16 – Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners (WCABP) Annual Conference

 

January 28-29 – Nebraska VMA Annual Conference

 

January 14, 20, 27 – Hill’s CE Events

 

 


Please note:  While some of the conferences listed below have already taken place as live events, most are offering "on-demand" recorded webinars.  Please visit the websites to learn more about available online Continuing Education opportunities.


Washington State University Fall CE Event

go.vetmed.wsu.edu/FallCE

AVMA Webinars
https://axon.avma.org/

Mid American Conference
https://www.kvma.org/kvma-mid-america-conference/

Veterinary Law and Ethics
https://www.animalandveterinarylaw.com/courses

Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society Conference
https://tools.eventpower.com/reg/search_user?show_id=1856

Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference
https://pnwvc.wsvma.org/pacific-northwest-veterinary-conference/program-on-demand/
-MVMA members may register for discounted member pricing
-Access to all sessions for 12 months.

New York Veterinary Medical Society
https://online.nysvc.org/

American Association of Feline Practitioners
https://catvets.com/education/conference/

National Kitten Coalition Veterinary Conference
https://kittencoalition.org/programs/national-kitten-coalition-veterinary-conference/
 

 


COVID-19 Updates

 

AVMA COVID-19 Resources: https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19

COVID -19 Guidance to Livestock Markets and Related Businesses: click here

Small Business Owner's Guide to Cares Act: click here

Click button below for Montana Coronavirus Information & Resources from Dept. of Health & Human Resources - Check back for daily updates!

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Objectives of the association are to advance the science and art of veterinary medicine including their relationship to public health and agriculture.

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I encourage you to take full advantage of the many opportunities available to members of MVMA. Our association advocates for members through the legislative and rule-making processes and negotiates special rates for a variety of products that will enhance your bottom-line. MVMA is also the leading provider of CE for veterinarians in Montana with two programs per year. Please browse through our website to become more familiar with our CE meeting dates, current members and membership benefits.

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MVMA offers two meetings each year for continuing education credits:

2021 Summer Meeting - June 25-27 - Butte
2022 Winter Meeting - January 21-22 - Bozeman
2022 Summer Meeting - June 20-21 - Billings