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Veterinary Industry Names Christian Malesic to Run Pennsylvania Association

Posted By Jaime Markle, Friday, April 19, 2019

Veterinary Industry Names Christian Malesic to Run Pennsylvania Association

Harrisburg, PA: Christian D. Malesic, MBA, CAE, IOM has been hired as the new Executive Director of both the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PMVA) and the Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation (PVF). The search committee was seeking a visionary, an educator, a financial craftsman, a manager, a professional, and a leader of the most ethical and highest moral character to shepherd the organizations into the next decade and beyond.

The combined Boards of Trustees of the two organizations established a Search Committee which performed a lengthy and thorough search process, according to Dr. Kate J. Harnish, DVM, Chair of the Search Committee and current President-Elect of PVMA. Harnish explained, “The nationwide search began in late August and ended just after the 2018 holiday season. Over 300 applications were received and narrowed down by job expectations and experience.” This extensive search resulted in the Search Committee choosing Christian Malesic, who possesses the education and experience in organizational management necessary to lead our industry forward. “Christian’s understanding of PVMA’s strategic plan was demonstrated from the beginning. Christian did his research about the current issues in veterinary medicine and was well prepared for the challenging and intellectually stimulating interview questions,” added Harnish.

As a native Pennsylvanian, Malesic was born and raised in Harrisburg. After 16 years as the President/CEO of CM Squared, Inc. he became Executive Officer at the Home Builders Association of Berks County (HBA) in the Reading, PA area. While there, Malesic was recognized as the best CEO in the nation in 2013 and as a trend-setting, dynamic leader by the National Association of Home Builders. “To be recognized by my peers as the best in the country, out of 736 other CEOs, was quite a humbling experience,” recalls Malesic. “It brought an overwhelming feeling of quiet reflection; and, of course, gratitude to the Board and staff and Members who had nominated me.” Additionally, the HBA was awarded four other Best-in-Nation awards and numerous PA state awards with Malesic at the helm.

From Reading, Malesic moved south to make some much-needed changes as the President of the Melbourne Regional Chamber in Melbourne, FL. “I was intrigued to learn that a 90 plus-year-old Chamber of Commerce needed a turn-around artist,” mused Malesic. The Melbourne Regional Chamber had just previously posted its 8th annual loss in a row, draining all the reserve funds saved over the previous decades. Moreover, the Chamber’s Board of Directors was looking to freshen up what they believed was a stale, tired marketing image and outdated Tourism Information Center while also digging the organization out of its financial rut. Within a year, Malesic had the building refinanced, reserves back in the bank, and the marketing program had a whole new fresh, vibrant look. Six months following, the Tourism Information Center was completely remodeled to match the marketing and color scheme plus the budget was balanced. His marketing and promotional expertise sky-rocketed event attendance to an all-time high with over six months of sold-out Business Breakfasts and an annual Valor Awards ceremony, celebrating military, fire, and police, so big that the largest venue in town couldn’t contain it.

Malesic has considerable personnel management experience gained from almost six years as a United States Air Force Officer, where he managed InterContinental Ballistics Missiles (ICBMs) at Minot AFB, ND and controlled Air Support Operations Maintenance with over 350 technicians reporting to him at Shaw AFB, SC. During his military service, Malesic also was hand-selected for a Participation With Industry program where he served as an engineering liaison to Northrop-Grumman Corporation to design and build the Joint STARS. He was honorably discharged with accommodation having achieved the rank of Captain (O-3).

Malesic earned his Master of Business Administration with distinguished honors from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in Shippensburg, PA and three Bachelor Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Government (Political Science) from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA and Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing from Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA. Malesic is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), as conferred by American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and is a graduate of the prestigious Institute for Organizational Management (IOM), the most highly-respected program nationwide for Association & Chamber management.

Christian D. Malesic, MBA, CAE, IOM lives in Harrisburg, PA with Hera (a rescue Great Dane), Dionysus (a Siamese), Atlas (a grey tabby), and Perseus (an orange tabby) plus four humans: his wife of 20 years, Valerie, and children Sarah, Skylar, and Damon.

About the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA)

Founded in 1883, PVMA is PA’s only statewide professional membership organization for the veterinary profession representing over 3,400 veterinarians, certified veterinary technicians, assistants, practice managers, and other support staff. Our mission is to ensure the vitality of the profession by promoting excellence in veterinary medicine, advancing animal health and welfare, and protecting, and enhancing human health. To learn more visit

About the Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation

The Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation (PVF), which is transitioning to Animal Care PA, was established in 1983 and serves as the charitable arm of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, but functions as an independent Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation and is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Our core programs help feed, aid, and educate people, pets and veterinary students of the Commonwealth. To donate to our causes or for more information, please visit



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Christian D. Malesic, MBA, CAE, IOM
Executive Director
P: 888.550.7862

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A Reminder to All Animal Owners to Take Proper Precautions to Protect Their Animals from the Extreme Cold Expected to Hit the Region

Posted By Jaime Markle, Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Harrisburg, PA: The current President of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA), Bryan Langlois, DVM, wants to remind all animal owners that the extreme cold weather in over the next few days can present life-threatening dangers to their pets and farm animals. Owners are urged to take the proper precautions to prevent excessive exposure of their animals to this cold.

“While some animals are bred to handle the cold better than others, the extreme cold snap coming presents dangers to all animals,” says Dr. Langlois. Animal owners should keep these tips in mind:

  • Limiting time outdoors and walks for dogs to 10-15 minutes. Shorter coated breeds and those less tolerant of the cold should wear some kind of jacket. Frostbite can affect the ears and feet of these animals.
  • Any dog that is outside should have adequate shelter that is protected from all the elements and wind to allow the dog to maintain warmth. Do NOT use blankets in these shelters but rather straw, as blankets can get wet and thus actually pulls heat from the dog. Even breeds that are very cold tolerant, such as Huskies, Malamutes, and Newfoundlands should still have a shelter available to them.
  • When using any sort of ice melter or salt, please try to find pet-friendly varieties. When finished walking your dog, wipe off their paws with a dampened towel to remove any salt or ice melt residue to prevent them from ingesting it by licking it off their paws. This can cause some vomiting and diarrhea in your dog.
  • Do not tether your dog outside for any longer than 10-15 minutes when the temperatures are below 32 degrees. Pennsylvania law states it IS illegal to tether them for longer than 30 minutes in such temperatures.
  • Do not leave pets locked in cars during the extreme cold weather, as they can easily start to suffer the effects of hypothermia even though they are in the car.
  • Make sure to completely dry off your dog if they become wet for any reason, as a wet coat does not allow them to conserve heat normally.
  • If ice/snow balls accumulate on your dog’s coat, please gently remove them to prevent frostbite setting in on the skin just under them.v
  • If you are taking care of feral cat colonies, please make sure dry shelter is available to them and bring them fresh water a few times a day as water will freeze very quickly in these temperatures. Heated outdoor water bowls are a good idea for them as well.
  • For those who own livestock or horses, please check on them regularly. For horses, make sure their shelters are sturdy and properly bedded with straw. If automatic waterers are used, make sure they are working and do not freeze. Oftentimes, fresh water needs to be brought to them multiple times a day. Colic in horses is a very severe concern due to lack of adequate water intake. Horses should be monitored to make sure they do not need to have blankets put on during this weather.
  • Remember, that in cold temperatures animals burn more calories to stay warm, so make sure pets and livestock are fed appropriately for the weather conditions.
  • Monitor your animals for any signs of early hypothermia (being listless, disorientated, uncontrolled shivering, etc.) and alert your veterinarian immediately if any of these conditions are seen.

“Cold-related deaths of animals are 100% preventable, so we urge everyone to take the proper precautions now for the health and wellbeing of their animals,” says Dr. Langlois. “In addition, if you see any animal out in the elements that is not properly cared for or in danger because of the cold, please contact your local law enforcement agency about it immediately so the situation can be corrected.”

For more information about protecting animals from cold weather, visit

About the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA)

Founded in 1883, PVMA is PA’s only statewide professional membership organization for the veterinary profession representing over 3,400 veterinarians, certified veterinary technicians, assistants, practice managers, and other support staff. Our mission is to ensure the vitality of the profession by promoting excellence in veterinary medicine, advancing animal health and welfare, and protecting, and enhancing human health. To learn more visit



Media Contact:

Jaime Markle
Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA)
Director of Marketing & Communications
8574 Paxton Street
Hummelstown, PA 17036
P: 717.220.1437 x103

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Review Of Veterinary Education Accreditation Standards Underway, Open To Public

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, December 13, 2018

From the AVMA Press Room

Review Of Veterinary Education Accreditation Standards Underway, Open To Public

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education (COE) is seeking input from the public through the end of the year as part of its review of accreditation standards for veterinary education.

Every four years, the COE conducts an assessment of its standards of accreditation to determine their ease and consistency of interpretation, as well as to review how each of the 11 standards contributes to preparing veterinary school graduates to work in the profession.

There are currently two surveys underway to inform the COE's review:

  • A public survey is available for all interested parties to provide their input for the review. This survey, which is open through Dec. 31, 2018, is available here, as well as on the AVMA website.
  • A second survey will include a statistically representative sample of veterinarians, veterinary school faculty, and veterinary students, as well as the executive director of each state veterinary medical association and deans from the 30 U.S. veterinary colleges. This survey will also close at the end of 2018.

After both surveys have been completed, the responses will be analyzed and reviewed by the COE academic affairs committee, which will make recommendations to the full council.

About the COE

The Council on Education recommends standards for veterinary medical education and evaluates and accredits veterinary colleges based on approved standards. The Council is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the official accrediting body for veterinary colleges in the United States. The Council acts independently in making its accreditation decisions.

The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 91,000 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities and dedicated to the art and science of veterinary medicine.

Michael San Filippo
Phone: 847.285.6687
Cell: 847.732.6194

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Veterinary Task Force on Feline Sterilization for Age of Spay and Neuter Surgery

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, September 27, 2018

Veterinary Task Force on Feline Sterilization for Age of Spay and Neuter Surgery

Did you know that the AVMA has recently endorsed the consensus document from the Veterinary Task Force on Feline Sterilization for Age of Spay and Neuter Surgery, which recommends cats not intended for breeding be sterilized by five months of age? In attempting to determine the level of understanding of, and agreement with this endorsement the Marian’s Dream Foundation which created the Feline Fix by Five campaign is asking that you complete a very brief survey. This should take less than 5 minutes of your time.

Take Survey

The survey will remain active until the end of December 2018.

The Feline Fix by Five campaign was started a few years ago to promote sterilization of cats on or before 5 months of age. This campaign is in response to the number of cats that are euthanized in shelters all across the United States. Female cats can come into heat and become pregnant by 5 months of age and unplanned unwanted litters of kittens make up a significant percentage of the cats relinquished to animal shelters. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that there are no long-term adverse effects of ovariohysterectomy or castration of cats under 5 months of age.

If you would like to know more about this endorsement please read the following:

While there is a growing debate about the most appropriate age to spay or neuter dogs, this debate does not include cats. There is no research that shows that early-age spay or neuter of cats is associated with any orthopedic issues. The only proven association between the incidence of cancer and early age sterilization in cats is a marked decrease in mammary neoplasia in cats that are spayed prior to their first heat cycle.

Given the positive impact on population dynamics and lack of adverse physiologic effects of early age spay or neuter in cats, the Feline Fix by Five campaign has been endorsed by numerous professional and humane organizations. These include:

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2018 Hall of Fame Awards Presented at Keystone Veterinary Conference

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, September 27, 2018

2018 Hall of Fame Award Winners

The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association and the Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation proudly presented the 2018 Hall of Fame Awards During our annual Hall of Fame Luncheon, which was held at the Keystone Veterinary Conference (KVC) on August 16, 2018. Together they recognized some of Pennsylvania’s and veterinary medicine’s finest!

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Controlled Substance Prescriptions Survey

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, September 20, 2018

Controlled Substance Prescriptions Survey

Dear Colleagues:

As the opioid crisis grips the nation, states are looking to the veterinary profession as a potential source of additional regulation to quell diversion and abuse. In many states, veterinarians are required to log into that state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) database every time a controlled substance is dispensed. In other states, veterinarians are completely exempt from any additional type of regulation beyond what is required by the DEA and the state board of pharmacy. In others, veterinarians are required to self-report all controlled substance prescriptions on a regular basis to the state department of health. When Pennsylvania introduced its PDMP several years ago, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) was successful in convincing legislators that veterinarians should be exempt. The law that was passed exempted our profession from being a mandatory reporter of dispensed controlled substances.

Because the opioid crisis has increased in intensity, we again face the possibility of being included as a mandatory reporter of dispensed controlled substances. Our state legislators in Harrisburg have enlisted PVMA’s assistance to try to determine the most effective and equitable course of action in Pennsylvania with regard to the veterinary profession. In an effort to be part of the solution to this debilitating epidemic, PVMA is working cooperatively with lawmakers to identify where veterinarians can be beneficial.

Our goal is to provide legislators with data that actually reflects the real prescribing, dispensing, and administering practices of the profession and dispel the myths that currently exist about our potential role in the epidemic. The first step in this effort is fact gathering, through this survey. Please take the time to answer the questions as accurately as possible. The survey consists of 30 questions and should take about 15 minutes to complete. Please answer to the best of your ability.

Take Survey

Thank you so much for your help. We are working hard to advocate for you as a member of our profession. If you are not currently a member, we encourage you to join our efforts at


Mary Jane McNamee, JD, VMD

PVMA's Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Committee

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3-Part Video Series: Poultry Respiratory Diseases

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, September 13, 2018

Check out these helpful videos from Penn State Extension about poultry respiratory diseases:

Preventing Respiratory Disease in Small Poultry Flocks

Common Respiratory Diseases of Small Poultry Flocks

Getting Help for Respiratory Diseases in Small Poultry Flocks

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Congratulations Dr. Harvey: 2018 Global Scientific Achievement Award

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, September 6, 2018

Dr. Colin Harvey

Champion of Veterinary Dentistry to receive the 2018 WSAVA Scientific Achievement Award

PVMA wanted to congratulate one of our members, Dr. Colin Harvey, as he has been awarded the WSAVA 2018 Global Scientific Achievement Award that will be officially presented to him at the upcoming WSAVA Congress in Singapore at the end of the month. Dr. Harvey has devoted his career to veterinary dentistry in small animals and made many great advancements in the field. In addition to this, though, he has also been a champion for animal health and welfare in all areas. PVMA President, Dr. Bryan Langlois, first met Dr. Harvey when they were both appointed to the Canine Health Board as part of the revamped Dog Law in 2008. Bryan found him to be incredibly knowledgeable and fair in all aspects we were asked to deal with during that time. Always one to give back, he has also been a regular volunteer at events like the PA Farm Show PVMA booth, answering questions and sparking young minds that will hopefully go on to follow in his footsteps to make animals happier and healthier, one pearly white tooth at a time. PVMA cannot think of a more deserving recipient of such a prestigious award!

About the Award Recipient:

Excerpt from official press release

Emeritus Professor Colin Harvey is the recipient of the prestigious 2018 World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Award for Scientific Achievement in recognition of his work to highlight the importance of veterinary oral and dental conditions in companion animals and in developing tools to support the incorporation of dental procedures and dental preventive strategy into daily veterinary practice. The Award, given annually to an individual judged to have made a significant contribution to the field of small animal medicine, will be presented during this year’s WSAVA World Congress, which takes place from 25-28 September in Singapore.

Colin Harvey graduated from the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Sciences before completing an internship and surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He was trained in dental procedures by faculty of the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Until his retirement in 2013, he was Professor of Surgery and Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania, a position he held for 33 years. As a Boarded Specialist in both Surgery (ACVS, 1972) and Dentistry (Charter Diplomate of AVDC, 1988), he introduced a full range of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures into clinical, teaching and research activities. This led to improvements in the major oral surgery reconstructive techniques necessary for cancer patients, as well as in the management of oral trauma and congenital and acquired oro-nasal defects. On his retirement, the Penn Vet Dental and Oral Surgery Operatory was named in his honor.

His interest in the relationship between oral health and systemic health in companion animals led to collaborative work that resulted in confirmation of the epidemiological findings in humans that worsening periodontal disease is associated with distant organ (kidney, liver, heart) pathology. He developed the Penn Canine and Feline Periodontal Scoring spreadsheet, which takes into account the wide variation in the size and shape of teeth in dogs and cats when scoring the severity of periodontal disease; this spreadsheet is now in use by veterinarians around the world. As a result of Emeritus Professor Harvey’s passion for veterinary dentistry, he was a founder member of the first veterinary dental organization, the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS). He was also a member of the Organizing Committee and first President-Elect of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), later serving as Secretary of AVDC for 14 years. He also organized the group that founded the Veterinary Oral Health Council®, of which he has been Director for 20 years. VOHC is an independent product recognition entity that awards its Seal of Acceptance to products that meet or exceed its standard for retarding accumulation of dental plaque and/or calculus in dogs and cats.

During WSAVA World Congress, he will give one of a series of lectures presented by 2018 WSAVA Award winners. His lecture is entitled: ‘Periodontal Disease – Systemic and Distant Organ Associations in Dogs and Cats; Facts or Conjecture’. Commenting on the Award, Professor Gad Baneth, Chair of the WSAVA’s Scientific Advisory Committee, commented: “Professor Harvey has made outstanding contributions to the understanding of veterinary oral health and has influenced both the science and practice of veterinary dental medicine worldwide."


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August 15 is Check the Chip Day

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, August 2, 2018

Save the Date: August 15 is "Check the Chip Day"

Check the Chip Day is meant to serve as a reminder to pet owners to check and update their pets’ microchip registration information. Microchips are very effective for identifying lost pets and reuniting them with their families, but the happy ending can’t occur if the microchip registration isn’t correct – or if the chip has never been registered at all.

Share this infographic with your clients to help spread awareness.

Infographic: Microchip Your Pet

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2018 Small Business Advantage Grant Now Available

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, July 26, 2018
Photo credit: Pixabay

Update: Funds Still Available!

2018 Small Business Advantage Grant Now Available

The Department of Environmental Protection’s 2018 Small Business Advantage Grant is now available. This grant provides Pennsylvania small businesses the opportunity to acquire energy efficient or pollution prevention technologies with a 50% matching grant for equipment or materials.

Who is eligible?

  • Pennsylvania small businesses with fewer than 100 employees are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be for-profit entities, be located in Pennsylvania, and registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State. 
  • Eligible projects must save the applicant a minimum of $500 annually and reduce their costs by a minimum of 25%. 
  • Applications are reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

New this year is the opportunity for small businesses in the Agricultural Sector to implement natural resource protection projects designed to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff into the Commonwealth’s streams and rivers. Eligible projects will include riparian buffer plantings, installation of exclusionary streambank fencing, or other agricultural stormwater best management practices as defined in the official Grant Guidance Document. Natural resource protection projects are exempt from the $500/25% minimum savings, however, the projects must be able to quantify nutrient and sediment runoff from the receiving waterway. Our staff can assist with those calculations.
Also new this year, we’ve created short instructional videos to assist applicants with completing the application. The videos are project specific (Lighting Upgrades, Medical X-Ray Upgrades, Natural Resource Protection, and All Other Projects) and are designed to make the application process as easy as possible. I highly recommend viewing the videos before starting the application process.

All documents needed to apply for the grant, as well as the instructional videos, can be found at the bottom of the Small Business Advantage Grant webpage. If you have any questions, please feel to contact Caroline Zepp at 717.772.5160.  


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