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The Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association developed the SEMVMA Academy to celebrate the commitment of veterinarians to the continual improvement of their professional knowledge and competence achieved through continuing education. The Academy is the first institution in the State of Michigan to recognize and reward veterinarians for their commitment to advance their continuing education.

Applicants must be a member of the SEMVMA, and have earned at least fifty (50) hours of continuing education in scientific sessions (business management excluded) from January 1 to December 31 of the year the application is being submitted. Applications are evaluated by the SEMVMA Academy's Membership Committee.

Membership is free of charge. Download your Academy application here!

The following are recognized 2016 Academy members:

Tracy Adams, DVM – Plaza Veterinary Hospital
Christian Ast, DVM – Plaza Veterinary Hospital
Steve Bailey, DVM, DABVP – Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital
Michelle Carter, DVM – Gasow Veterinary Hospital
Grace Chang, DVM – Southfield Veterinary Hospital
Kathy Christy, DVM – Oakland Hills Veterinary Hospital
Jill Crisp, DVM – VCA Animal Hospital/Beach Road
Lauren Demos, BVMS honsBSc – Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital
Marj Field, DVM – Furever Friends Veterinary Services
Alicia Findora, DVM – Fox Run Animal Hospital
Melissa Holahan, DVM, DACVECC – Oakland Veterinary Referral Services
Tari Kern, DVM, CCRP, CVMA, CVSMT – Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Therapy for Pets
Ellen LaFramboise, DVM – Animal Emergency Center
Molly Lynch, DVM – Garden City Veterinary Hospital
Alice Marczewski, DVM – Jefferson Veterinary Center
Michelle Meyer, DVM– Serenity Animal Hospital
Karen Michalski, DVM – Serenity Animal Hospital
Kathy Murphy, DVM – Nucci Veterinary Clinic
John S. Parker, DVM – Briarpointe Veterinary Clinic
Cheryl Rice, DVM, DACVIM - Oakland Veterinary Referral Services
Heather Robertson, DVM – Animal Emergency Center
Julie Sherman, DVM – Serenity Animal Hospital
Joel Smiler, DVM – Relief Veterinarian
Dave Smith, DVM – Leader Dogs for The Blind
Sandy Smith, DVM – Animal Health Clinic
Emily Socks, DVM – Oakland Hills Veterinary Hospital
Stephen Steep, DVM – Oxford Veterinary Hospital
Melissa Theyyunni, DVM – Animal Emergency Center
Laura Van de Grift, DVM – Warren Woods Veterinary Hospital
Kelly Wilson, DVM – Leader Dogs for The Blind
Kevin Windsor, DVM – Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates
Michael Wolf, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology), CCRT - Animal Neurology & MRI Center
Andrea Zelten, DVM – Jeffrey Animal Hospital

View previous years Academy Members here


Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of livestock resources, the promotion of public health and the advancement of medical knowledge.

I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.

I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.


Read the above words carefully. This is our professional oath as adopted by the American Veterinary Medical Association in November 1999. These words encompass the basic beliefs of veterinarians. They are recited at oath and hooding ceremonies during graduation from colleges of veterinary medicine throughout the United States. The rate of rapid advancements in all areas of veterinary medicine and surgery prompted the addition of the last sentence.

Continuing education opportunities are available throughout the state, the nation, and in fact, throughout the world. Consider the achievements made in veterinary medicine in just the last 10-15 years.

As significant advancements continue to be made, improvements in the quality of life for our patients and clients may be realized. Continuing education is what delivers this advancement into your practice and taught you how to add them to your arsenal of treatment options.



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