Latest MVMA News and Stories 

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Annual Meeting Recap

Check out our latest newsletter which includes a full recap from the 2023 MVMA Annual Meeting. Congratulations to our 2022 MVMA Award winners and Animal Hall of Fame honorees. We were inspired by amazing stories and important reminders about what makes this profession great. Read full spotlights here.

Award Winners:  
Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Roger Madison 
President's Award: Dr. Connie Sillerud
Outstanding Faculty Award: Dr. Lindsay Merkel 
Outstanding Industry Representative: Ms. Maria O'Connor Vetscher
Distinguished Veterinary Service Award: Ms. Kim Horne 
Emerging Leader: Dr. Majorie Schleper 

Dr. Madison was featured in the Rochester Post Bulletin. They spotlighted his career and what he meant to him to win the MVMA Veterinarian of the Year. He reflected on how he is still living his dream 57 years into his career. Read the full story here.

"My financial adviser says to me, 'Roger, people at your age are supposed to be spending down their retirement fund, not building it up,'" Madison said. "I've just enjoyed it. ... I'm still living my dream."


The MVMA checked-in to see how the work study partnership at Mission Animal Hospital with Cristo Rey Jesuit High School is going two months in and are happy to report the students are getting a true hands-on experience and understanding about what goes into working at a veterinary clinic.

The students all have shadowed various roles throughout Mission Animal Hospital to see where the best fit would be. Edison, a senior high school student, said his favorite role so far has been working on the appointment side where he helps gather pet history and works with clients to schedule check-ups, vaccine appointments and much more.

“I was excited. I really like animals so I was looking forward to experiencing what it would be like to be a veterinarian,” Edison said when asked about his work study opportunity. “If a pet is struggling, I have seen the staff find different ways to solve the problem. I can use that problem solving experience no matter what I do in life.”

MOVE Presents: MOVE in the Grooves

The end of February snowstorm came at the perfect time for our latest MOVE event, "MOVE in the Grooves!" We spent the afternoon cross-country skiing at Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center. It was a day well spent for skiers of all levels to connect and enjoy the outdoors together.

Introducing Mental Health and Wellness Benefit 

We are excited to introduce a new MVMA benefit that will focus on mental health and wellbeing in partnership with Restorative Path Counseling and Wellbeing. ANY team member, working at a practice where an MVMA member is employed will be able to take advantage of this benefit.

 MVMA members and their team will have access to…

• Individual therapeutic consultation
• Access to 5 additional sessions covered by MVMA to allow time to gain additional skills, tools or coping strategies to manage situations regardless of insurance or financial barriers
• Ability to reach Restorative Path Counseling and Wellbeing on short notice for crisis debriefing and emotionally charged/sensitive situations

Visit or reach out to [email protected] to learn more. You can also catch our new health and wellness column each newsletter. The first article in the series can be read here and the second article can be read here.