MVMA 2022 Summer Meeting
Register Before June 1 for Early Bird Discounted Rates
June 23-25
DoubleTree by Hilton
Billings, Montana

Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians and Clinic Staff

 Agenda and Registration Information

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Allied Businesses:  Trade Show and Sponsorship Information and Registration  

Book your hotel room now at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Billings!  Discounted rate of $129/night plus taxes - available until block is sold out or May 26.  


New MVMA Committee Structure
Zoom Meeting Dates and Times

            Please Note:  The Large Animal Practice Committee will meet next Tuesday, May 17, 6:30 pm

As shared in an earlier member email and in the Spring 2022 newsletter, the MVMA Board recently voted to revise the Association’s committee structure and host the meetings virtually prior to the 2022 Summer Meeting.  This decision was based on member feedback during the past year regarding members’ inability to engage in the committee discussion when they were not able to attend the Winter or Summer meetings, as well as the general effectiveness of the lunch meeting time frames.  The new structure and Zoom meetings will allow broader participation and provide ample time in advance of the MVMA Summer Membership Meeting for the Board to review and discuss committee recommendations.
 
The new structure, board liaison assignment and Zoom meeting date, time and access information can be found here.  Please note, committee leadership appointments will be discussed during the committee meetings.  Committee meeting reminders will be sent each week.  Please plan to attend any committee meeting you are interested in.  In addition, if you have an agenda item to be considered for a committee discussion, please email Jenny Bloomquist at [email protected] at least one day prior to the meeting.


Montana Equine: Climbing MT Debt - Repay Wiser
Zoom Seminar - Wednesday, May 25, 5:00 pm

Student loans are often a necessity to pay for your veterinary education but understanding your debt and how to Repay Wiser will reduce your stress and let you get on with enjoying your career and life.

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) recently extended the student loan payment pause through August 31, 2022 and expanded forgiveness through income-driven repayment. What does that mean for your student loans and your repayment strategy?

Join Tony Bartels DVM, MBA (a leading authority on U.S. veterinary student debt) via Zoom on Wednesday, May 25, 5:00 pm to get the answers you need along with up-to-date changes made by Congress and ED. Regardless of your familiarity with student loan repayment programs, you’re bound to learn helpful information.

Zoom Registration Link:  https://VIN.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NLfGmzUDQPG9RsytXpIdew


Avian Influenza Reported in Poultry in Judith Basin and Cascade Counties

On Friday, April 8, the Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) announced the confirmation of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in two Montana flocks.  These are the first cases of HPAI reported in domestic poultry in Montana since 2015.  Montana is the 25th state to report cases of HPAI in domestic poultry in 2022.  Click here for more information. 


2022 MVMA $2,000 Veterinary Student Scholarship Applications Due Friday, May 27

MVMA is now accepting applications for a $2,000 scholarship for Montana veterinary students enrolled in the WIMU program as upperclassman or enrolled in another Veterinary School across the country.  Click here to obtain an application.  Applications are due Friday, May 27.


USDA Defend the Flock Program

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been detected in domestic poultry in the United States. Birds can be infected with HPAI and show no signs of illness. They can carry the disease to new areas when migrating. All bird owners should prevent contact between their birds and wild birds and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to State/Federal officials, either through their state veterinarian or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) urges all poultry growers to make sure they are doing everything possible to keep their birds healthy and reduce the risk that an infectious disease will spread from their property to other flocks. Anyone involved with poultry production—commercial or backyard flocks alike—should review their biosecurity plan and enhance their biosecurity practices to assure the health of their birds.

The APHIS Defend the Flock public education program provides checklists, videos, webinars, and educational resources to help poultry growers learn good biosecurity. All materials can be found at bit.ly/DefendtheFlock-Resources2022 and are free and available 24/7.

Biosecurity is the key to keeping our nation’s poultry healthy, and a responsibility that we all share. Let’s keep our poultry healthy together!


University of Minnesota's Partners for Wildlife Fellowship Program Releases Educational Video

Below is a link to a brief video presentation developed to provide introductory information to veterinarians on how to render medical assistance to wildlife before transfer to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. It emphasizes the importance of the partnership between wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians, and discusses the role each profession plays in the treatment of wildlife patients. It also discusses the legal aspects of providing such care.

This video is not a substitute for training and education in wildlife medicine; rather, it is designed to be an introduction to the topic that will motivate veterinarians to learn more and partner with wildlife rehabilitators.  There are links both within the video and in a document accompanying it that contain resources that practitioners who desire additional knowledge can access for no or minimal cost. 

This presentation and supporting documents were developed as a product of the Partners for Wildlife Fellowship Program.  Partners for Wildlife (P4W) is an initiative of the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center that works with wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians to improve the welfare of orphaned, ill, and injured wildlife of all species.

For further information or questions please contact Dr. Laura Johnson ([email protected]) or Partners for Wildlife ([email protected]).

LINK: https://sites.google.com/umn.edu/wildlifeinvetpractice/home 


We are the voice of the Montana Veterinary Medical Association.

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

Message from Executive Director

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.

Stuart Doggett

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MVMA offers two meetings each year for continuing education credits:

2022 Summer Meeting - June 23-25 - Billings
2023 Winter Meeting - January 26 - 28 - Bozeman
2023 Summer Meeting - June 22 - 24 - Missoula