TVMA Blog

25 Apr TVMA Sponsors Tennessee FFA Veterinary Proficiency Award

From left: Abby Gass State FFA Treasurer, Amy Hankins of Chuckey-Doak FFA Chapter , Dr. Russell Reel TVMA President-Elect. Photo Courtsey of The Tennessee FFA TVMA's President-Elect Dr. Russell Reel presented Amy Hankins of Chuckey-Doak FFA Chapter in East Tennessee the 2017 Veterinary Science Proficiancy Award. The award was presented at the 2017 FFA State Convention in Gatlinburg, March 26-29. TVMA has sponsored the TN FFA Veterinary Science Proficiency award for several years. The purpose of this award is to provide FFA members the opportunity to aid in the general health and welfare...

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24 Apr Forward Booking

When your vet asks to schedule your next appointment… Think of it like leaving the dentist. The last thing the receptionist asks is for your availability in six months; you give her a date, she hands you a reminder card. Veterinarians know that the clients and pets they see on a regular basis receive the highest possible quality of care. Even though you may not be certain of your availability six months or a year from now, scheduling that appointment offers many benefits for you (and your pet.) You will receive reminders...

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18 Apr April is National Heartworm Awareness Month

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month! Both dogs and cats can be infected by heartworms. Infection is preventable – and if left untreated, can be deadly. Heartworms are transmitted to dogs and cats via mosquitoes. During your pet’s annual check-up, your veterinarian will test your pet for heartworms and prescribe a heartworm preventative (usually a pill or chew that you will give once per month). It is much cheaper to prevent heartworm infection than it is to treat a pet who becomes infected! Learn more: https://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/heartworm-basics...

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13 Feb February is Pet Dental Health Month

Dental health is an important part of your animals’ overall health. In fact, periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in cats and dogs even though it is completely preventable. Whether your animal of choice is a cat, dog, rabbit, horse, or donkey, annual dental check-ups by your veterinarian are of utmost importance in your pet’s overall health. Some signs of dental problems include: bad breath, teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar, abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth, reduced appetite or refusal to eat, pain...

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06 Feb The Music City Veterinary Conference February 24-26, 2017.

The annual Music City Veterinary Conference will be held February 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Nashville SE, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Sponsored by The Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association, 2017 marks the seventeenth year of the Music City Veterinary Conference (MCVC) - an event planned FOR practitioners, BY practitioners. We know that this conference will be an extraordinary opportunity for you to learn and receive top quality CE. Your colleagues are in touch with exactly what you want to know- and deliver! It is also a great place to meet experts in your field...

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01 Feb Legislation on Professional Privilege Tax

The professional privilege tax of $400 that veterinarians and 21 other professions pay is getting a lot of attention at the beginning of the 2017 legislative session. The TVMA has been at the forefront of discussions for eliminating the tax since last year when a bill was amended to create a study of the tax. The study by the TN Advisory Commission for Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) found that only six states have a professional privilege tax and that Tennessee’s tax collects more than any of the other states. There are two...

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30 Nov East Tennessee Wildfire Impact – Veterinary Update

Tri County Veterinary Hospital, owned by Dr. Chris Biggs: All staff and families accounted for. They are delivering pet food and emergency prescriptions to their clients who had to evacuate or lost everything and have their pets at hotels or other safe areas with them. They also have very sadly had clients report that their pets did not make it out of the fires. They appreciate everyone’s concern and prayers. The Animal Clinic of Pigeon Forge, owner Dr. Bob Dennis: One employee and family lost their home in the Dollywood area; they and...

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15 Nov Considerations for pet safety during the holiday season

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and beyond can be a busy time for families; traveling, visiting, decorating and trying to keep everything and everyone organized. Pets add a special element to this time of year, as cold weather and crazy schedules affect 4-legged family members as well as 2-legged family members.  Both you and your dog will probably prefer shorter walks in very cold weather. Be aware of ice and snow build-up in your dog’s pads and remember to towel-dry your dog to remove any salt or chemical de-icers he may pick up...

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31 Oct #GivingTuesday November 29th, 2016.

This #GivingTuesday, we encourage you to give to the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Foundation.   Are you looking for a way to memorialize your pet? Have you been thinking of honoring your veterinarian? This #GivingTuesday, November 29, 2016, we ask that you consider a gift to the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Foundation. This organization honors pets through the Tennessee Animal Hall of Fame; assists future veterinarians by awarding scholarships to veterinary students; assists veterinarians with various wellness and educational programs, and more.  To learn more about TVMF, click here. Pet owners, donating $5 you would...

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