FVMA Annual Conference 2024 Recap

Jesse Vaughn, Communication Intern | Florida Veterinary Medical Association | Published: Issue 2 2024

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FVMA Annual Conference welcomed 1,400 guests at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld® from April 18-21 for four days of wet labs, RACE-approved lectures, and exciting special events like puppy yoga and the afterglow foam party!

This year’s event offered new and unique wet labs such as Backyard Chicken Medicine and Clinical Techniques for Emergency Medicine, and Ultrasound for Technicians. Dr. Peter Helmer and Dr. Brigetta Hughes were the lead instructors for the Backyard Chicken Medicine lab, which provided the basic information needed for veterinarians and technicians to include poultry in their practice.  

Dr. Timothy Hackett led the Clinical Techniques for Emergency Medicine lab and set out to prepare veterinarians with knowledge on essential life-saving procedures such as mastering vascular and intraosseous access techniques to perfecting peritoneal and pericardiocentesis, enteral feeding tube placements, and more.

Ultrasound for Technicians returned after last year’s overwhelmingly positive response and continues to grow into an amazing opportunity for technicians to further their education about abdominal ultrasound imaging.

Special Events

Along with the amazing opportunities to continue their education, attendees also enjoyed a lineup of exciting entertainment and unique events. For the first time, the conference hosted an afterglow foam party! An energetic night filled with fun, foam, music, and quality time with friends or family. The event was a hit among young families!

On Saturday, attendees had the chance to start their busy day with calm and relaxation at Puppy Yoga. For those seeking a moment or respite, the FVMA Foundation presented the first-ever Well-Being Lounge for those who needed a safe place to relax, talk, and reset for the rest of the day.The lounge featured a burn box to help attendees let go of negative thoughts, tea and flavored water, a “Radiate Positivity” board designed to encourage one another, and access to a variety of well-being resources.

Evening of Excellence

FVMA’s Evening of Excellence was a night honoring those who have had a remarkable impression on the growth and advancement of the veterinary field. This service award ceremony honors veterinarians, team members, citizens, and animals in the State of Florida who have made everlasting benefactions to the association, veterinary medicine, animal health, and the human-animal bond.

Award honorees were selected through a peer-nomination process and were presented with an FVMA Service Award with their friends, peers, and family present to support them.

CVT
OF THE YEAR

Jennifer Brown
CVT

VETERINARIAN
OF THE YEAR

Martha Mallicote
DVM, MBA, DACVIM

LIFETIME
ACHIEVEMENT

Michael Schafer
DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC

PRESIDENTS
AWARD

Donald Morgan
DVM

PET HALL
OF FAME

Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit

DISTINGUISHED
SERVICE

Irving Lener
DVM

CITIZEN OF
THE YEAR

Kim Bissing

TEAM MEMBER
OF THE YEAR

Stella Sligh
DVM

Congratulations to FVMA’s graduating Power of Ten class of 2023: Todd Bliss, DVM; Erin Cantwell, DVM; Abigail Farrow, DVM; Whitney Greene, DVM; Erin Nadler, DVM; Amy Piper, DVM; Nia Rametta, DVM; Sarah Randell, DVM; Kelly Schwaner, DVM; Jonathan Tubbs, DVM. 

 New board members were instated at the Evening of Excellence as well. As we say farewell to our outgoing president, Dr. Jacqueline S. Shellow, we welcome President Dr. Scott Richardson, President-Elect Dr. Thomas E. Hester, District 1 Representative, Dr. Brooke Eubanks, District 2 Representative, Dr. Erin Nadler, and District 3 Representative Dr. Stephanie Bowes.

Power of Ten

The annual leadership program, Power of Ten, is designed to foster and support the future of veterinary leadership through a curriculum built to develop foundational skills in leadership, communication, and business. Following the Evening of Excellence ceremony, the 2023 Power of Ten graduating class was recognized, and the incoming class of Power of Ten was inducted and is excited about this new opportunity.

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