Monthly Archives: October 2012

Do you Know the Difference between a DVM and a VMD Degree in Veterinarians?

The Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) degree is only awarded to veterinarians by the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA. It is equivalent to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree awarded by all other US veterinary schools. The difference stems from the origin of the Penn School of Veterinary Medicine as the Veterinary Department of the Medical School. As the Medical School awarded the Medicinae Doctoris (MD) degree to graduate physicians, it was consistent to use a similar Latin format for the veterinary degree. With a similar origin, the Penn School of Dental Medicine awards the Dentariae Medicinae Doctoris (DMD) to dentists.

Next Monday’s FREE Workshop: Pet Loss & Bereavement with Marianne Sharon

For those of you who don’t know Marianne, she is a master’s level clinician working in behavioral and mental health with clients across their pet’s life span . She has volunteered and worked in bereavement counseling for 5 years. She runs an ongoing support group in the area since February 2011. The topics that she will be discussing include:
  • Feelings associated with losing a pet – similarity and differences between pet loss and human loss.
  • Societal expectations and the impact on grieving for our animals.
  • How to cope with comments “get over it… it was just an animal.”
  • Gender differences and the impact on losing a pet in couple relationships.
  • The spiritual beliefs associated with animals and how to incorporate this into caring for the remains of pets.
  • How to talk with veterinarians about negative feelings associated with the care of
When: Oct 8th from 7:00 to 8:00 Where: Bernville Veterinary Clinic, 7135 Bernville Road, Bernville, PA 19506 The workshops are FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP to or 610-488-0166