TVMA Blog

11 Dec Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association Offers Guidance on Unknown Canine Respiratory Disease

The Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) has compiled the following overview related to a yet-to-be-named respiratory disease that has affected canines in the United States, with cases recently identified in various locations in the state of Tennessee. The TVMA is a state-wide professional organization, networking Tennessee veterinarians in the interest of veterinary medical excellence, best practices, and legislative initiatives. Background An unidentified canine respiratory disease (the Disease) that is resistant to standard treatments, and also tests negative for common respiratory pathogens, was first identified in New Hampshire in 2022. Since that time,...

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16 Aug From the President

President’s Message By Forrest Reynolds, DVM For the sake of transparency, you should know that the last AVMA convention that I attended was as a SAVMA representative while in school at the UTCVM. For most of my veterinary career, I thought that the AVMA and its gatherings were reserved for those who were ambitious and natural born leaders (I suspect that I am not the only one). I knew that my JAVMA publications were coming from an unseen distant land, the same place that I sent my dues once a year. I did...

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28 Jun Tips for Keeping Pets Healthy This Summer

With the heat and humidity of summer days and the arrival of summertime bugs, the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association offers some tips to keep your family’s pets happy and healthy. Be weather aware. If it is warmer than 90 degrees, it may be too hot to play with your dog in the yard. Veterinarians are seeing instances of heatstroke in dogs from too much exercise or play for the weather conditions. Watch the temperature of sidewalks and roadways! Asphalt can quickly heat in the sun and can burn sensitive paw...

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24 Feb Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association Announces 2023 Award Winners

Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) announced recipients of its 2023 Awards during the Music City Veterinary Conference on Saturday, February 11. Award winners are nominated and chosen by an awards committee of their peers.   This year’s winners include: Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr. Dennis Geiser, DVM, DABVP, Professor Emeritus, UT College of Veterinary Medicine; Walter R. Clark Distinguished Service Award – Dr. John Mullins, The Animal Care Center of Ooltewah, TN; Young Veterinarian of the Year – Dr. Megan Noseda, Belle Meade Animal Hospital, Nashville; Outstanding Technician – Laura Fischer, LVMT,...

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21 Jun Veterinarians remind pet owners to update their Rabies vaccinations

An unvaccinated hunting dog in East Tennessee serves as a sad reminder to vaccinate your pet to protect them and your family from the Rabies virus. Rabies is 100% preventable with vaccinations and 100% fatal once a victim starts showing symptoms. It is a progressive viral disease of the central nervous system contracted through saliva of an infected animal. In this case, a 9-year-old male dog presented with trouble swallowing and closing his mouth. He did not have specific “foaming at the mouth” signs of Rabies and was friendly toward staff. Veterinarians...

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02 May My Two Cents: Compassion, burn out and veterinary medicine

[caption id="attachment_6530" align="alignleft" width="171"] by Walter Clark, DVM, DABVP[/caption]           “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.” - Simon Sinek Adam Grant thinks that people can fall into one of three categories: givers, matchers, and takers. A giver will put off what she is doing to help someone else in the company with a project or task. In the short term, the giver’s productivity may suffer (she put her work on the back burner to help out a colleague), but in the...

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26 Apr Meet the Power of Ten Leadership Program Participants

Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) announced its 2022-23 Power of Ten Leadership Program class. The program is designed for young veterinarians who have been in practice ten years or less. Career development, wellness, communication, social media and cyberbullying are just a few of the topics covered in Power of Ten sessions. Participants are: Dr. Christine Garrett, Parker’s Paws Animal Hospital, Nashville; Dr. Madeline Hendrix, Brentwood Veterinary Clinic, Brentwood; Dr. Mary Hurley, Arlington Pet Hospital, Arlington; Dr. Hannah Lanter, Pet Vet, Franklin; Dr. Megan Noseda, Belle Meade Animal Hospital, Nashville; Dr. Allison...

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14 Mar 2022 Award Winners Announced

Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) announced recipients of its 2022 Awards during its virtual Music City Veterinary Conference on Saturday, February 19. Award winners are nominated and chosen by an awards committee of their peers. This year’s winners include: Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr. Donald Headrick, founder of Williamson County Animal Hospital, Franklin (retired); Distinguished Service Award – Dr. Margaret Phillips, Clovercroft Veterinary Hospital, Franklin; Outstanding Practitioner of the Year – Dr. Shaun Reynolds, Williamson County Animal Hospital, Franklin; John C. New Service Award – Dr. Hayley Robinson, Belle Meade Animal Hospital,...

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18 Nov 8 Tips for Safe and Stress-Free Holiday Travel with Your Pet

The Holiday season can be a stressful and hectic time of year for families – and often their pets. When people travel to visit family over the Holidays, they often want to take their dog or cat, but there are some steps that can make or break a trip with animals. Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association offers some tips to keep your family’s pets happy and healthy when traveling. Be sure your pet is healthy enough to travel. A quick wellness check-up from your veterinarian is advisable, especially if your pet...

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08 Nov Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association Members named AVMA Delegates

              The Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association announced that Susan Moon, DVM, Memphis has been named AVMA Delegate. Joe Ed Conn, DVM, Whites Creek, has been named Alternate AVMA Delegate. Drs. Moon and Conn serve as a go-between for the AVMA members in Tennessee, representing the state at the national level, and sharing national initiatives with members of the state organization. They are interested in hearing from Tennessee veterinarians with insights, experiences, and creative suggestions that will help them fulfill their roles as Tennessee’s representatives to the AVMA....

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