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A Message From the Board

November/December 2015

Happy Holidays!!  Most of us have a busy few months ahead trying to get ready for the holidays as well as work and spend time with family and friends.  This also means that the New Year is right around the corner.  It will be time to make new resolutions and think back on old ones.  I wonder how many followed my suggestion regarding work/life balance and spending more time outside of the office.

Speaking of time, have you taken our newsletter survey?  If not, please visit and click on the link at the top right.  Based on what our final survey responses are, there could be drastic changes to the newsletter moving forward.  This is in an effort to be mindful of how your dues are spent; production of the newsletter requires a healthy portion of our budget.

Due to scheduling conflicts, we were very sorry to announce that Bayer was unable to host our day-long Sunday CE this year.  It should be back in normal rotation for 2016.  We will instead have a two hour CE this month, on Thursday November 19th at the Hereford House in Leawood, KS.  If you haven’t registered yet, please visit and click the icon in the upper right of the page.  Please remember we are always looking for new ideas (we have discussed different topics like Exotics, Practice Management, etc.), so feel free to give us feedback!

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As 2015 draws to a close and we prepare to celebrate 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 by advocating 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 by January 1st. 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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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!

Chronic Pain

By: Matt Peuser, DVM, CVPP, CVA

Chronic pain is not just acute pain that has gone on too long; it is a complex situation involving changes that occur within the nervous system.  Causes of chronic pain can include chronic stomatitis in cats, chronic otitis, cancer and cystitis.  However, the most common cause of chronic pain in dogs (and likely cats) is degenerative joint disease.  Not only are there inflammatory and degenerative changes in the joints, the misuse and compensation that occur when animals shift their weight causes myofascial trigger points.  Myofascial trigger points are areas of contracture within the muscle that occur when a muscle is overused or misused...

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