SFVMA News — Winter 2017

support the community… join the SFVMA board!

Another way to continue to support the community is to join the SFVMA board! Please email me at sfvmapresident@gmail.com if you are interested in running for treasurer, secretary, or president. We will be voting at the November meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting please let me know and we can still put in your nomination. Being part of the board only requires you to attend 4 board meetings a year. When all positions are filled this is a minimal commitment that really helps keep everything running smoothly. There is also the opportunity to join committees — these only require a commitment when certain issues arise — i.e. a complaint to the board, a natural disaster requiring fundraising/support organization/etc. Please email me if you are interested in joining a committee.

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Open Seat on the Animal Control and Welfare Commission

The Commission of Animal Control & Welfare is made up of seven voting commissioners and four non-voting commission members; four seats on the Commission are currently coming to term.

In addition a fifth seat, reserved for a licensed veterinarian practicing in San Francisco, is also vacant due to a resignation from the Commission. If you are interested in serving on the Commission of Animal Control and Welfare, you can download an application and receive further information here.

Learn more about The Commission of Animal Control & Welfare on their website.

SFVMA News — Fall 2017

President’s Message

As the seasons change so do things in the SFVMA. I am sad to announce that Dr. Katie Kennedy will be leaving the Bay Area to pursue an amazing opportunity with the Animal Medical Center in NYC. Our loss is definitely their gain and we wish her the best in her new endeavors! This means that we have an opening for a new SFVMA secretary! All board positions are for a year, however most people remain part of the board for more than one year. Joining the SFVMA board is a great opportunity to become a more influential part of the local veterinary community. We have meetings once a quarter to discuss CE, local events, scholarships, and any community concerns. If you are interested please e-mail me at sfvmapresident@gmail.com

Canine Influenza

Please be aware that cases of canine influenza (H3N2) have recently been confirmed in Maricopa County (Phoenix, AZ) and Los Angeles, with suspected cases in Montana and Central Florida. Please be alert for possible cases in the Bay Area and let us know as we will be tracking possible cases. Cases present with respiratory signs similar to Kennel cough, including rhinitis, tracheitis, bronchitis and bronchiolitis, and can predispose to secondary bacterial infection. For more information on transmission, clinical signs, and diagnosis, please review the AVMA website at https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/Pages/Canine-Influenza-Backgrounder.aspx.

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SFVMA News — Spring 2017

Leptospirosis in Bay Area

There has been an apparent increase in the incidence of leptospirosis across the country, including within San Francisco. Please be keep this in mind when presented with dogs showing possible clinical signs (fever, lethargy, gastrointestinal upset, renal failure with or without liver failure). Consider discussions about preventative measures with at-risk pets, and remember that this is a zoonotic disease. If you have a suspected or confirmed case, please email Katie Kennedy at sfvmasecretary@gmail.com; SFVMA will be tracking the incidence and report back.

2017 SFVMA Membership

Now that we are solidly into 2017, don’t forget to pay your SFVMA membership dues. Annual membership dues are unchanged at $230/doctor and continue to include dinner at all 4 CE meetings at the Cliff House and a 25% discount for newsletter advertisements. Please complete the Membership Application on the website; payment can be submitted by credit card via PayPal or by check. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Katie Kennedy at sfvmasecretary@gmail.com.