TVMA Blog

02 Jan 6 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Healthy in the Cold

With the arrival of cold temperatures, Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association offers some tips to keep your family’s dog healthy and happy in the midst of winter’s chill. Dogs with certain medical conditions and those who are very young or very old may be overly sensitive to temperature extremes and cold weather. A preventive wellness check-up can help keep your dog comfortable by treating underlying health issues. Know your pet’s limits. Depending on your animal’s coat, weight, and health, he may have less tolerance for cold weather than you do. Adjust...

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19 Dec Meet TVMA Member Dr. Frankie Locklar

We’re pleased to introduce Frankie Locklar, Jr., who serves as TVMA’s legislative liaison.  Frankie is with Maury County Veterinary Hospital in Columbia, Tennessee. How long have you been a TVMA member? I think I joined when I graduated in 1982.  If not, shortly thereafter. What do you see as the highest return/value of being a TVMA member? I feel the most important value of our membership is our lobbying group as it affords us as a group the ability to affect our profession positively in the legislature.  We are more effective as a group...

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05 Dec Meet TVMA Member Dr. Julie Buford

Dr. Julie Buford is the program chair for the Power of Ten Leadership program. She is with Pet Community Center in East Nashville. How long have you been a TVMA member?  5 Years Do you have a particular practice area of interest?  Non-Profit, High Volume, High Quality, Spay, Neuter, Wellness and Mobile Clinic What is one professional goal you have for yourself in the next 5 years?  My professional goal is to continue to work to increase access to veterinary care in underserved communities.  I am also hoping to stay active in organized veterinary...

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15 Nov Meet TVMA member Dr. Lauren Dabney

This month, we’re pleased to introduce 2019-2021 West TN Member-At-Large, Lauren Dabney.  Lauren is with Northside Animal Clinic in Jackson, Tennessee. How long have you been a TVMA member?  3 years Do you have a particular practice area of interest?  Feline medicine What is one professional goal you have for yourself in the next 5 years?  To be a practice owner. What are your hobbies outside of work?  I love being outside, whether it be playing frisbee with my dog, gardening, hiking or fishing.  What is one personal goal you’ve set for yourself in...

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12 Nov Continuing Education Conference for Food Animal Veterinarians

The UT Institute of Agriculture invites Tennessee Food Animal Veterinarians to a Continuing Education Conference. The idea for this conference, held in conjunction with the Tennessee Cattleman’s convention, is to allow open exchange between presenters, veterinarians, and cattle producers. The topics covered will include relevant information for food animal practitioners and applications to their everyday practice. This conference will provide pertinent information enhancing food animal practice. The event will be: January 10 - 11, 2020 Embassy Suites Conference Center 1200 Conference Center Blvd Murfreesboro, TN Download the registration information:  2020 FoodAnimalVet CE flyer...

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02 Nov 6 Tips for Safe 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...

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12 Oct Meet TVMA member Dr. Jeremy Keen

Jeremy Keen, DVM, is with Precious Paws Animal Hospital just across the state line in Southaven, MS. How long have you been a TVMA member?  I have been a TVMA member since 2012.  I moved to TN in July 2012 from North Carolina.  My plan was to try to become actively involved in TVMA right off the bat.  So, I contacted TVMA and had the opportunity to talk with Deloris and share some ideas that I had for new graduates and early career veterinarians.  From there, I was able to get...

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18 Sep Meet TVMA member Dr. Joanne Hibbs

Dr. Joanne Hibbs is with Tazewell Pike Animal Clinic.  She has been a TVMA member for 32 Years. Do you have a particular practice area of interest?    Client Education. I feel that educating our clients is one of the most important things we can do.  I often get accused of spending too much time in the exam room with my clients. I want to be sure they are well informed on preventative care and diseases. What is one professional goal you have for yourself in the next 5 years? I am not generally...

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31 Aug Assisting Pets in Hot Cars

Did you know that on a 70-degree day, it only takes 20 minutes for the temperature inside your car to reach 99 degrees? During the heat and humidity of summer days, the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association offers some tips to avoid a “hot car” emergency with your pet, and what to do if you find a dog locked in a hot car. As of July 2015, Tennessee law allows people to break into hot cars if an animal is trapped inside, without fear of punishment, when certain steps are followed. The...

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27 Aug TVMA Congratulates 2018-2019 Power of Ten Program Graduates

Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) announced its 2018-19 Power of Ten Leadership Program graduates. 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. Dr. Jeremy Keen, 2018 Program Chair, works in the Memphis area. He recently received the 2019 TVMA Young Veterinarian of the Year Award. Dr. Keen currently serves on the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Early Career Development Committee. Dr. Julie Buford,...

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