Latest MVMA News and Stories 

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Member Spotlights

Check out our latest newsletter which includes a number of member spotlights. We caught up with the Minnesota Department of Health Zoonotic Diseases Unit. The Zoonotic Diseases Unit was working seven days a week for two and a half years straight from the time the COVID-19 pandemic began until just recently. They have been a trusted resource across Minnesota and for the MVMA. Read the full story here.


The MVMA checked-in to see how the work study partnership at Mission Animal Hospital with Cristo Rey Jesuit High School is going two months in and are happy to report the students are getting a true hands-on experience and understanding about what goes into working at a veterinary clinic.

The students all have shadowed various roles throughout Mission Animal Hospital to see where the best fit would be. Edison, a senior high school student, said his favorite role so far has been working on the appointment side where he helps gather pet history and works with clients to schedule check-ups, vaccine appointments and much more.

“I was excited. I really like animals so I was looking forward to experiencing what it would be like to be a veterinarian,” Edison said when asked about his work study opportunity. “If a pet is struggling, I have seen the staff find different ways to solve the problem. I can use that problem solving experience no matter what I do in life.”

MOVE Presents: Light Your Own Path

In October, MOVE hosted an event at the Minnesota Zoo Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular! The theme was “Light Your Own Path” and we were able to share important mental health resources as we head into the seasonal change and darker months. We gave away two sunrise alarm clocks and loved hearing various ways attendees “Carve Out Me Time” for themselves. We had nearly 50 members and are already looking forward to doing the event again next fall! If you have any ideas for a MOVE event or would be interested in joining the MOVE team, please reach out to [email protected] and don’t forget to carve out time for yourself this season!

Introducing Mental Health and Wellness Benefit 

We are excited to introduce a new MVMA benefit that will focus on mental health and wellbeing in partnership with Restorative Path Counseling and Wellbeing. ANY team member, working at a practice where an MVMA member is employed will be able to take advantage of this benefit.

 MVMA members and their team will have access to…

• Individual therapeutic consultation
• Access to 5 additional sessions covered by MVMA to allow time to gain additional skills, tools or coping strategies to manage situations regardless of insurance or financial barriers
• Ability to reach Restorative Path Counseling and Wellbeing on short notice for crisis debriefing and emotionally charged/sensitive situations

Visit or reach out to [email protected] to learn more. You can also catch our new health and wellness column each newsletter. The first article in the series can be read here and the second article can be read here.