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President's Column

This month Dr Narda Robinson will be speaking on Non-pharmacologic Approaches to Analgesia, Wound Healing & Spinal Cord Injury. This will include discussion on uses of acupuncture, photobiomodulation (laser therapy) and botanical medicines. All of these offer new opportunities in practice and are increasingly being requested by clients. I, for one, look forward to hearing about Dr. Robinson’s experiences from over the last 20 years. Please pass on to recent graduates (after 1/1/2012) that this lecture will be free for them to attend.

One of my goals for this year is “Greening” of the Academy. This month the meeting notes are 75 pages. In an effort to have a lower impact we will be working towards no printed notes. All notes are available online at the Academy website, in the member section, and can be printed as needed. If anyone has any concerns about this or suggestions please do not hesitate to reach out and share them with me.

Another area is the use of plastic plates/cups and utensils – given the level of concern of plastic in the ocean and the impact on animal and human health, we are considering a switch to compostable plates and utensils. In the words of Sir David Attenborough “that we have a responsibility to take plastic off the menu”, and research estimates we all are already eating plastic. The average person who eats seafood swallows up to 11,000 pieces of microplastic every year – scary!

As this is the last lecture for 2017, I want to wish the Academy members Happy Holidays. I hope that we all have a wonderful holiday season with family and friends to see us through the winter. I look forward to seeing everyone back in March 2018 when Dr. Richard Goldstein will be updating us on Leptospirosis and Lyme.
Happy Holidays.

Kathryn Stoltzfus


Nonpharmacologic Approaches to Analgesia, Wound Healing & Spinal Cord Injury
November 8, 2017

Narda G. Robinson, DO, DVM, MS, FAAMD

  • Acupuncture
  • Massage Therapy
  • Botanical Medicines
  • How Cannabis Works
  • Improving Outlooks for Spinal Cord Injury

Program Co-Chairs: Ted Robinson and Paula Colletti

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Bagels/Danish Coffee/Tea in the morning

Lunch: soup & a variety of sandwiches (for Vegetarians: vegetarian wraps and vegetarian lasagna), chips, soft drinks, ice cream treats in the exhibit hall.  

NOTE: At the request of many members, we are reducing the number of sandwiches/wraps and increasing the quantity of the hot, vegetarian entrée.  While we make this transition and learn what is the appropriate amount of each offering, please try and save some of the offerings for those at the back of the line.

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Items of Note

Remember: Delaware Valley Academy seminars are open to technicians.
The fee for technicians affiliated with members is $30 per seminar. No preregistration is necessary. The fee for technicians not affiliated with members is $40 and technician students enrolled in accredited vet technology programs can attend for free.

Recent Graduate Special
Any recent graduate (after 1/1/2012) may attend our November 8 seminar at no charge. Please spread the word to your classmates who are in the Philadelphia area that they may attend our November seminar without any obligation to join the Academy.

Continuing Education Statements
After the November 8 seminar, we will email your CE statement for hours earned through the DV Academy since January 1, 2017. If there are any errors in the statement, please contact our office by email or telephone.

Sponsor Exhibitions
This year, at sponsor exhibitions, we will have Member Appreciation raffles. We are planning to raffle off three Kindle Fire Tablets. Sponsors will be exhibiting at our October seminar. Please visit all of the sponsors as their exhibit fees help reduce membership fees by over $80 per member.


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