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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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Mental Health Survey

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, May 17, 2018
Updated: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Mental Health Survey

You are being invited to participate in a research study about mental health experiences and attitudes toward seeking mental health services among veterinary professionals. This study is being conducted by Kerry Karaffa, PhD and Tamara Hancock, DVM, MS, DACVP, PhD. Dr. Karaffa is a licensed psychologist and Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator for the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Hancock is a veterinarian and Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Missouri. This study will provide information that may ultimately be used to better understand mental health concerns and barriers to seeking mental health services among veterinary professionals.


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Participation involves completing a 100-item electronic survey about your personal mental health experiences and your attitudes and perceptions about mental health services, including potential barriers to seeking services. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.  Participation is voluntary and there are no direct incentives for participating in the study. However, information gained during the study may help improve mental health services for veterinary professionals. You may choose not to participate or discontinue participation at any time without consequence. 

Due to the personal nature of some of the questions and to encourage honest responses, you will not be asked to provide your name or employment affiliation. Computer IP addresses will not be collected, and any demographic information (such as your age, ethnicity, or years in practice) will be presented in summary form when findings are reported. The data will be password-protected, and only the researchers and individuals responsible for research oversight at the University of Missouri Institutional Review Board will have access to the records. 

Completing the survey may produce minor discomfort as you reflect about your mental health experiences. Otherwise, there are no risks involved in participating in the study in excess of those you would experience in everyday life. Your participation in this study will not affect any professional opportunities. 

Your consent to participate is granted by selecting that you are over 18 years old, and by acknowledging that you have been fully informed about the procedures listed here, and you are aware of what you will be asked to do and the benefits and risks of participation. If you have any questions or concerns about this study you may contact the researchers. If you would like a copy of the results of this study, please contact the researchers and arrangements will be made. 

Kerry M. Karaffa, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine
1600 Rollins Rd, Columbia, MO 65211 
Phone: 573.882.4629
Fax: 573.884.9607

Tamara S. Hancock, DVM, MS, DACVP, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor
University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine
1600 Rollins Rd, Columbia, MO 65211 
Phone: 515.771.9376

If you have any questions regarding your rights as a participant in this research and/or concerns about the study, or if you feel under any pressure to enroll or to continue to participate in this study, you may contact the University of Missouri Institutional Review Board (which is a group of people who review the research studies to protect participants’ rights) at 573.882.3181 or

If you would like to participate in this study, please select the link provided below: 

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Save the Dates for 2 Upcoming PVMA Committee Days

Posted By Jaime Markle, Friday, April 6, 2018
Updated: Friday, April 6, 2018

Committee Day

We Want To Hear From Our Members

May 9 - The Inn at Leola Village

October 10 - Location to be announced

We value your input and want to make PVMA the best it can be! We count on our members to help us with that, so we invite you to our 2 upcoming Committee Days. These events are a day of learning and networking with other veterinary professionals while giving back to the profession and helping PVMA advance its goals.

Schedule of Events:

  • 10:00 am: Educational Forum
  • 12:00-12:30 pm: Lunch
  • 12:30-4:00 pm: Committee Meetings

The following committees will be meeting:

  • Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee
  • Communications and Outreach Committee
  • Scientific Program Committee
  • Member Services Committee

These days are great opportunities for members outside the committees to provide valuable feedback on PVMA's direction. Each Committee Day will feature an educational forum in the morning, followed by lunch, then in the afternoon, the committees meet to work on their projects.

RSVP for May 9    RSVP for October 10


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