Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Assoc

P. O. Box 4030 - Southfield, MI 48037
Southfield, MI, MI 48037

248-651 x6332

What is the SEMVMA Academy?

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 application here!


The following are recognized 2017 Academy members:          *Joined Academy

Steve Bailey, DVM, DABVP – Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital  *2006
Julie Cappel, DVM – Warren Woods Veterinary Hospital *2006
Michelle Carter, DVM – Gasow Veterinary Hospital *2014
Grace Chang, DVM – Southfield Veterinary Hospital *2011
Kathy Christy, DVM – Oakland Hills Veterinary Hospital *2010
Jayme Cicchelli, DVM – Warren Woods Veterinary Hospital *2016
Jill Crisp, DVM – VCA Animal Hospital/Beach Road *2006
Lauren Demos, BVMS HonsBSc – Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hospital *2013
Melissa Doolin, DVM – Serenity Animal Hospital *2016
Ashley Elzerman, DVM, MS – Oakland Veterinary Referral Services *2016
Marj Field, DVM – Furever Friends Veterinary Services *2003
Melissa Holahan, DVM, DACVECC – Oakland Veterinary Referral Services *2012
Tari Kern, DVM, CCRP, CVMA, CVSMT – Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Therapy for Pets *2008
Nathan Kleefisch, DMV – Animal Emergency Center *2016
Laura Kulinski-Masell, DVM – Levan Road Animal Hospital *2016
Molly Lynch, DVM – Country Cat Hospital *2013
Michelle Meyer, DVM – Serenity Animal Hospital *2007
Karen Michalski, DVM – Serenity Animal Hospital *2009
Kathleen Murphy, DVM – Nucci Veterinary Hospital *2012
John S. Parker, DVM – Briarpointe Veterinary Hospital *2013
Heather Robertson, DVM – Animal Emergency Hospital *2011
Julie Sherman, DVM – Serenity Animal Hospital *2005
Dave Smith, DVM – Leader Dogs for The Blind *2005
Sandy Smith, DVM – Animal Health Clinic of Fenton *2011
Emily Socks, DVM – Oakland Hills Veterinary Hospital *2015
Steve Steep, DVM – Oxford Veterinary Hospital *2012
Lauran Van DeGrift, DVM – Warren Woods Veterinary Hospital *2015
Kelly Wilson, DVM – Leader Dogs for The Blind *2004
Caralyn Zalewski, DVM – Forest Veterinary Clinic *2016
Andrea Zelten, DVM – Jeffrey Animal Hospital *2009

View previous years Academy Members here


The Veterinarian's Oath


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. 


Advances in Veterinary Medicine


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.