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A Message From the President

March/April 2016

As members of the veterinary community, we all need to be active in our profession.  It’s true, many of us are very active in our positions as practitioners, as industry leaders or in academia.  But we also need to advocate for our profession.  Before taking on the role of KCVMA president, I did not realize how much our professional associations—the KCVMA, KVMA, MVMA and AVMA-- do for veterinary medicine.  KCVMA advocates for the profession by providing quality continuing education to our members.  We also discuss current affairs that impact the veterinary community and provide feedback to our veterinary schools and state associations.  Our board members have a wide range of experience – from practice to industry.

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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 (

KCVMA 2016 Membership Renewal Reminder

Fighting for Fairness

By: Jen Nigro

As pet owners demand more choice and flexibility in veterinary care, more human pharmacies are stepping in to offer their services by filling veterinary prescriptions.  They’re lobbying for a bigger piece of the market through proposed legislation that would require all veterinarians to give pet owners a written prescription for all medications. Those prescriptions could then be filled at their veterinarian’s pharmacy—or elsewhere.  But Dr. Mel Falk, a veterinarian at Hidden Valley Animal Hospital in Independence, MO, and president of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, says the legislation is anything but fair.

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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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Find out more about the great benefits the KCVMA provides its members. The KCVMA holds monthly CE events that are free to all dues paid veterinarians and veterinary technicians are welcome to come as well.

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