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A Message From the President

January/February 2016

Hello, KCVMA members.  As 2015 has come to a close, 2016 is a fresh start.  With the new year we have time to reflect on the previous year and plan changes for 2016.

2015 brought with it many lessons for our profession, including the consequences of not thinking carefully about the posts we make on social media.  When Texas veterinarian Kristen Lindsey posted a photo showing herself holding a dead cat with an arrow through its head and proclaiming her first kill, the news spread worldwide.  Though a grand jury declined to indict her, the Texas Board of Veterinary Examiners took action to revoke her license.  The case now sits with the State Office of Administrative Hearing for further review.  This is a lesson to all of us to think before we post, as social media can have grave consequences when we do not consider all of the possible repercussions and other points of view.

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As we reflect on 2015 and look forward to a new year, the KCVMA would like to express our appreciation for each of our members. Our goals as an organization are simple - to support and celebrate Kansas City-area veterinarians through continuing education and networking opportunities, and advocate on behalf of our members and our profession. Your membership in the KCVMA allows us to strive for the best quality speakers, venues and resources possible. Without you, the KCVMA wouldn’t be what it is today.

Membership payments are due at the beginning of each calendar year. Please visit and follow the instructions provided to renew your membership for 2016. Remember – only dues-paid members may attend continuing education opportunities and social events. If you have questions about the renewal process please contact our website administrator (Darin Nadler,

Note to Life Members: Even though your membership is complimentary, we ask that you complete the renewal process. This critical step keeps you in our system as an active member. If you choose not to renew, we’ll assume you no longer wish be an active member and we’ll remove you from our contact lists. If you would prefer to renew via email please feel free to contact Darin Nadler ( or Wanda Geis (

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Joint Replacement Research Translates Into Better Care for Animals and Humans

By: Jen Nigro

When Buddy, a high-powered hunting dog, started to experience knee joint failure after a torn ACL, his owner tried everything.  Four surgeries later with no improvement, he turned to Dr. Jimi Cook at the University of Missouri.  By then, Buddy could not put any weight on the injured leg and refused to eat.  “A working dog has to go to work, it’s their mentality,” says Dr. Cook.  “Because he was so debilitated the dog had just about given up.  Other surgeons didn’t think a metal and plastic knee replacement would work for what he wanted to do, so we replaced Buddy’s whole knee with a biologic knee using osteochondral and meniscal allografts.”

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Welcome to the official website for the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association! Our members include veterinarians and veterinary technicians in the greater KC area. We provide continuing education opportunities to help advance the knowledge and skill of our members, and promote the dissemination of information on subjects pertaining to veterinary medical activities, including social events that promote a fraternal spirit within our profession. The Board of the KCVMA develops and advocates specific legislative positions to inform members about important issues that affect our field. We respect and promote compliance of laws relative to the practice of veterinary medicine in both Missouri and Kansas. We hope you find our website useful and informative. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

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