Dear friends and colleagues,
Welcome to the finale of the spring 2021 series. It might not yet be the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded, but surely, we have hit the seventh inning stretch?
Despite all that the pandemic and associated society craziness has thrown at us, we (and veterinary medicine as a whole) are still standing. May we all get a chance to draw a long deep breath sooner rather than later.
Thank you all for your support and patience as we have adjusted to the temporary changes. The online platform has allowed us to enjoy our speakers and keep our knowledge fresh, as well as satisfy our licensing boards. I do know that I speak for many of us when I admit that I am very much hoping to see everyone in person again soon.
In the meantime, letís hear it for Larry and Phil, who keep the communication up online, Paula and Ted who set up an excellent roster of topics and presenters, and our speakers this year who managed to keep up the energy and enthusiasm while sitting alone in a room speaking into a microphone while secretly wondering if anyone was even listening.
Sheila Levie VMD
DELAWARE ACADEMY OF VETERINARY
June 9, 2021
Lynne Seibert, DVM, DACVB
Veterinary Behavior Consultants, Georgia
- Consequences of Aversive Training in Dogs
- Keeping the Peace in Multicat Households
- Separation-Related Anxiety in Dogs
- Reducing Stress During Veterinary Visits
Program Co-Chairs: Paula Colletti and Ted Robinson
DV Academy 2021 Spring Seminars will be Webinars Only!
The DV Academy Board, after lengthy discussion, has unanimously decided that the three Fall seminars of our 2021-2022 program will be webinars only on September 22, 2021, October 13, 2021, and November 10, 2021.Frankly, some of our Fall speakers would not commit to presenting unless we guaranteed that we would be virtual. We will probably resume in-person meetings in the Spring of 2022. We will be investigating the possibility of continuing individual access to the seminars via the internet when in-person meetings resume. The board feels that for the safety of its membership, continuity in fees and delivery systems, the webinars only policy makes the most sense until the virus contagion is more controlled.
In January 2022, the board will meet to discuss and confirm our plans for the Spring 2022 seminars.This decision will be made after considering the situation from all perspectives. Thank you for your understanding.
We will be sending out the program schedule and registration form first by email in mid-June, then by regular snail mail. You may renew now to help reduce mailing costs, please renew early and take advantage of the early registration discounts and no credit card surcharge. For those of you who have not already done so, you may rejoin / re-register using our online process to pay for your dues by credit card at no additional fee. If your contact information has not changed, simply charge your renewal online. If your contact information has changed, please use our online process and complete / return the 2021-2022 membership form. After lengthy discussion regarding fee structure for next year, the decision was made to maintain the same current dues. The fees for 2021-2022 will be the same as this year and there will be no credit card surcharge fee.
For those of you who are interested, we wanted to share with you some thoughts we received from J. Scott Weese, DVM, DACVIM, when asked about our decision to continue virtual seminars through 2021. Dr. Weese, an infectious disease specialist at Univ. of Guelph, presented the infectious disease seminar earlier this month and his presentation included aspects of dealing with the covid situation. Larry Koffer asked Dr. Weese what he thought of the Academy's decision to continue with virtual seminars through December 2021. He took the time to respond in a detailed and thoughtful way. His response follows.
In terms of meetings, I think waiting until 2022 for in person meetings is wise. We’re moving in the right direction but opening too soon has been shown many places to be an issue. Large numbers of people in an auditorium is a high risk activity and something we’d want to avoid until we clearly have good control and high vaccine coverage. The status of the US is a bit at a tipping point now. Vaccination rates are slowing down dramatically since there’s a lot of vaccine hesitancy, and that’s compromising getting enough vaccine coverage to have good control of the virus.
Ultimately, that may just be accepted and the virus will circulate at a moderate level, causing severe disease prominently in unvaccinated people (unless a new vaccine breakthrough variant emerges…still a possibility). Vaccine passports are still under a lot of discussion and seem to be mentioned a lot in the US (a bit surprising to me, since I would have thought there’d be more pushback). That may ultimately be how things like large group events ease back to normal, with vaccinated people allowed to attend initially. However, that has the potential for a lot of hassles and grief for small organizations who would have to police it and probably take some abuse from unvaccinated people.
Once we have enough control that it’s clear that hospital capacities will not be overwhelmed with a resurgence, it will be easier to open, as anyone who wants to be vaccinated should have been able to. That will be the point where broad re-opening makes the most sense. It’s possible that will be in the fall but given the hassles of changing plans and the ability to run CE online reasonably well, I think waiting a bit longer makes sense. It’s the safer (disease and hassle) option and lets you see how things develop with other group activities. If you’re an early adopter, it’s more work since you’d presumably have to do a lot more of your own legwork developing safety plans and contingency plans.
2020 Ė 2021 DV Academy Program Year Recap
This has been an unusual year to say the least. The DV Academy hosted a full year of virtual seminars. The six seminars since September 16, 2020 have had an average participant rate of 199 veterinarians with a high of 207 at our May 12 infectious disease seminar. To date, all of the presenters received high evaluations. The average evaluation for our presenters was 4.7 with 5 being excellent and an average of 98% wishing the presenters to return for a future presentation. These averages were among the highest ever for a program year. Kudos to our program chairs who put this superior schedule together, Drs. Paula Colletti and Ted Robinson.