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Rounded Rectangle: “The MVMA's awards and recognition programs provide a great way to highlight the amazing work that veterinarians do in all aspects of our profession and society. The awards raise awareness of the important relationship between people and their animals and how veterinarians contribute to that partnership. Hearing their accounts makes me even prouder to be a Minnesota veterinarian!”  Dr. David Lee- U of M VMC  Dan Tjornehoj  Executive Director   nominated Millie (dog) for an Animal Hall of Fame Award who passed away shortly after receiving her award.  This award ceremony is one of the best things about the MVMA”    Dan Tjornehoj  Executive Director     AVAILABLE RESOURCES, WEBSITE, NEWSLETTER AND MORE

  • MVMA skilled staff available to research and answer your questions, or direct you to where the answers can be found
  • Practice and disease brochures and manuals available to members for their office and/or their clients
  • Career Center online employment ad opportunities provided to members including access to VCN (Vet. Career Network)
  • Clinic services can be advertised in newsletter (ad fees apply) and listed on the MVMA website
  • FREE to members - Newsletter that provides useful information, updates on key issues, ads, and calendar of events
  • Website with useful information and links to classifieds, convention, seminars and more (Go to www.mvma.org)
  • “Find a Vet” on the MVMA website which identifies member veterinarians and is a referral source to members and clinics
  • MVMA maintains a strong relationship with national AVMA organization and has access to their valuable resources
  • Resources readily available for responding to media requests
  • FDA pet food recall alerts and other federal/state government special announcements sent to members or on websiteRounded Rectangle:  “Having interacted with VMAs in several states through my role as a veterinarian in industry, I have become especially proud of all the MVMA does to support Minnesota's veterinarians.  Through high quality CE seminars, the annual convention and The Power of Ten Leadership Initiative (just to name a few examples) the MVMA supports its members with high quality education and promotes personal development.  I also value all the MVMA does to advocate for animals and veterinarians in our state and believe our profession is strengthened when we come together through organized veterinary medicine.” Karen Shenoy, DVM      Karen Shenoy, DVM  Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. |





  • Networking opportunities through Annual meeting, seminar and committee activities and involvement.
  • Student mock interviews, etiquette dinners, receptions and job fairs held at recent annual meetings.
  • “Like Us” on the MVMA Facebook page and start receiving regular updates and veterinary news postings.
  • MVMA members support and participate in fun foundation activities such as the Annual Golf Classic and Clay Shoot events
  • Supports a host of student activities (Annual BBQ, SCAVMA activities, and graduation and White Coat events).
  • Recent graduates can participate in the Power of Ten Leadership training and meet other recent gradsRounded Rectangle: “I enjoy getting together with old classmates and friends to have a leisurely outing on the golf course.  It is a once a year event that I reconnect and have lots of laughs. The bonus is I feel great about contributing to the veterinary community via the MVMF.  There is a time to learn, a time to earn, and now a time to return.”    Dr. Paul Draheim


  • Special recognition and veterinary awards given to veterinarians, industry and others (Submit a colleague for an award)
  • Animal Hall of Fame program awards outstanding animals annually (Nominate a client nominee for the Hall of Fame)


  • Members save on average $400 annually through discounts at the annual convention, seminars, marketing materials and advertising discounts.
  • FREE  - Classified ads placed with first 35 words free for  members (ads posted online and/or in newsletter)
  • FREE - Lunch N Learn live or webinar continuing education lunches worth 1 CE credit to members
  • FREE -Pharmaceutical flow charts for food animal veterinarians (Dairy producer card available to members!)
  • Mentor program available to those wanting to guide and teach and to those needing advice and direction.
  • The Power of Ten Leadership Program available to recent graduates that will be taught to lead and improve personal skills
  • Gain access to member portal of the MVMA website with additional information and resources for members only
  • Member relief list for members vacationing or temporarily away from their practice (frequent posting of relief veterinarians)
  • Grievance program designed to effectively handle animal owner complaints
  • Veterinary students can receive discounted membership through their university activity fee paymentRounded Rectangle: “The key to developing a progressive and personally satisfying veterinary practice is to explore high-quality continuing education on a regular basis.  Having access to a variety of specialists from various institutions and parts of the country brings different perspectives to a medical practice.  We are fortunate in that MVMA and the University of Minnesota CE programs offer a wide variety of educational opportunities to Minnesota veterinarians.  There is ample opportunity for suggesting topic input and the webinars have made Minnesota CE even more accessible.”   Keith D. Hedges, DVM
  • Half price dues for first and second year early practice veterinarians. Ask about discount for 3rd year recent graduate
  • Retired members  and Life members are eligible for special discounts and reduced rates
  • Recognizes and supports senior veterinarians with complimentary “life” membership and an active Sr. Vets Council
  • FREE - Members receive complimentary office decals to proudly display their organizational membership
  • Members receive limited time special promotions and discounts offered periodically to MVMA members
  • Chemical dependence program available to members (Special program planned during the MVMA annual convention)
  • MVMA members can receive legal referral and assistance to skilled attorneys familiar with veterinary practice issues


  • MVMA employs skilled lobbyists in the state to support needed legislation or fend against harmful legislation
  • Advocacy program that actively monitors state/federal legislation (Please sign up to be a legislative key contact!)
  • Legislator clinic visits available,  scheduled at your convenience (contact the MVMA office to arrange a free visit)
  • VET-PAC program funded by MVMA members provides important access and assistance to legislators
  • Forge alliances with other professional and agriculture organizations (AVMA and Agrigrowth Council Partners)

Rounded Rectangle: “I love volunteering at the MOBC  because people love animals, especially newborns.  The MOBC is an opportunity to encourage the natural connection that the public share with animals, livestock, farmers, and veterinarians.  To see a young child pet a calf, and laugh when the calf tries to suck their hand, is priceless.  People will ask some tough questions, which forces you as a DVM to have clear thoughts on animal agriculture, food safety, and animal welfare.”  Rich Schmitz, DVM   today and to help shape the future of veterinary medicine.  those who have helped me get where I am today and to help shape the future of veterinary medicine.    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AND MEMBER RELATIONS

  • Veterinary Medical Reserve Corp program for emergency and disaster planning (Please consider being a response volunteer)
  • Nearly 20 committees and MVMA volunteer opportunities available to members (certain to be a committee for you)
  • Popular State Fair Miracle of Birth Center and Surgical Suite exhibits provide positive public relations of veterinary services.  Ask us how you can participate!
  • Foundation (MVMF) provides important scholarship and member grant opportunities (Please consider making a donation, or play golf or shoot later this year!)
  • Supportive of veterinary technician credentialing and educational program partnerships
  • MVMA works collaboratively with the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, the MAVT (Veterinary Technicians), and MVI (MN Veterinary Institute)
  • VetCamp program available for members wanting to offer veterinary profession education at schools and community
  • Dog Bite Prevention program certification and materials available for student and community education
  • Task forces are created to address emerging issues.


  • Frequent quality educational programs and seminars developed by MVMA veterinarian member CE committee volunteers
  • Academy membership available to members that serves to record and provide certificates for member CE credits
  • Quality Continuing Education (annual meeting and quarterly seminars) Registration discounts available only to members!
  • Webinar seminars now available to members for interactive CE credit!

 Rounded Rectangle: 'Understanding the impact that state and federal legislation has on my veterinary practice and on the practice act is very important to me.  The MVMA is diligent in protecting our profession through aggressive political action and I am always grateful for their efforts.  Without this protection our profession may not be in the position it is today.'  Dr. Eric Ruhland - Owner, St. Paul Pet Hospital.

Call (651-645-7533) or email (info@mvma.org) today to learn more about how the MVMA can help you and your practice!





"As a student member of the Minnesota Medical Veterinary Association, I have had the opportunity to connect with veterinarians at a local and state level. These interactions are invaluable to my future as a veterinarian."
Jen Gallus, DVM

"Veterinary Hospitals Association (VHA) has always believed in supporting veterinary medicine. In doing so, VHA has been a loyal supporter of MVMA and MVMF (the foundation). We have had the opportunity to strengthen our commitment to the veterinary community by supporting the missions of both the MVMA and the MVMF. We have participated with the MVMA Convention, Seminars and Foundation events such as the golf tournament and Clay Shoot and have established many valuable relationships along the way. It is rewarding to see the Foundation results with grants and scholarships awarded to students in the Veterinary field. The symbiosis and good will is felt by VHA members knowing they are "giving back" with long term benefits to our association through our involvement."
Dave Perry, former CEO/General Manager, Veterinary Hospitals Association

"Anchor Bank has been a member of the MVMA for several years. It has been a very beneficial association for our bank. Events that are sponsored by MVMA have given us the opportunity to visit our customers and prospects alike. The MVMA has also kept us informed and educated. I would highly encourage anyone who is contemplating joining the MVMA to do so."
Jim Friend, Vice President, Anchor Bank

"The MOBC is a great way to bring agriculture to the city. It's important for consumers to know how their food is produced. MOBC allows our community to promote both our profession and our agricultural industries, and it's a fun way to spend the day."
Kathy Jorgensen, DVM


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