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The CVMA encourages you to participate in events and voice your opinion. One person can make a difference. The CVMA has many committees to choose from and is always in need of fresh ideas. If you’re interested, contact the CVMA office for more information.

Continuing Education
One of the cornerstones of the CVMA is an uncompromising commitment to excellence in continuing education for its members. Seven day-long seminars provide 42 hours of continuing education credit each year, 6 hours of credit per meeting. Nationally renowned lecturers in various subject areas present these in-depth sessions. The topics are always current and vary widely to offer a broad selection to the membership. These seminars are offered to our members at highly discounted rates. On occasion, we also offer complimentary lectures to members. These lectures provide up to 2 hours of continuing education credit.

Membership & Fellowship
The CVMA offers a variety of membership and fellowship activities that promote the cooperative exchange of information, as well as an environment to meet colleagues. Past events include lunch at the Shedd Aquarium, Brookfield Zoo Days, White Sox “Dog Days of Summer”, the Chicago Canine Cruise and the Chicago Dog Jog.

Additionally, the Membership and Fellowship Committee has an active role in student participation with the University of Illinois – College of Veterinary Medicine by providing advisory meetings and offering a Student Bulletin allowing students additional access to job opportunities in the Chicago area. The CVMA also offers University of Illinois Veterinary students several financial scholarships.

Find A Veterinarian
The CVMA provides to the public, via our newly revamped Find A Veterinarian website feature or public phone-in inquiries, a detailed listing of members, hospitals, diplomates and areas of special interest.

Newsletter (Bulletin)
Published six times a year, the Bulletin keeps our members current with changes in the veterinary profession, case reports, and historical information. The bulletin also offers a listing of Chicagoland relief veterinarians, classified ads and special announcements.

Volunteer Opportunities
The CVMA committees are as strong as our volunteers. Whether a veterinarian volunteers on a one-time basis or on an ongoing basis, that one person can make a difference. The CVMA encourages you to participate in events and voice your opinion. The CVMA has many committees to choose from and is always in need of fresh ideas. If you’re interested, contact the CVMA office for more information.

Our website expands our reach to the public with current information about the CVMA, legislative alerts, education, pet loss assistance, Find A Veterinarian, and student opportunities. As part of your membership, you have access to the members’ section of our site. You can use this section to update your contact information and find minutes from past General and Executive Board meetings, notes from past CE lectures, Bulletins, Calendar of Events and more.

We encourage you to join us in these worthy endeavors, expand your professional knowledge, cooperate with your colleagues and share in the unique friendship and understanding of those who walk in your profession.


CVMA Discounts/Special Rates

The Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) signed an agreement to be a referral partner for ADP. They will provide you the best service and pricing available to you and we will get a referral fee of 10% back to the CVMA or Foundation on new business. If you do not currently have ADP, it will be worth the time for you or a designated staff member to meet with them to compare their payroll products and pricing. Click here, so they can contact you to make an appointment. Please keep us informed; if you meet with them, we would like to know your satisfaction and the outcome for future marketing efforts.

CVMA Members are eligible to receive discounts on AAA Membership, auto and home insurance. With AAA Membership comes other discounts on items like eyeglasses, apparel, entertainment, restaurants, auto repair and more. Also AAA Travel is a full service travel agency for discounts on tours, cruises, vacation packages and more. Any current AAA members should update their AAA membership information for automatic discounts on their renewal. As a member of a qualified group, you may be eligible for special Group-Discounted Auto Insurance through AAA. It’s easy to find out how much you might save. Click here for a free no obligation insurance quote. Or for more information, call 888-203-2606, or contact your local AAA Agent. Be sure to mention Group Code GTE006C. Click here to go to AAA Website.

Loyola University
Loyola Executive Education is offering CVMA members and their staff a 10% discount off the tuition rate for any Open Enrollment classes. In addition, a second 10% discount will be awarded to those who register and pre-pay at least 14 days in advance of the class start date. Programs include: Mini-MBA, Advanced Mini-MBA, Project Management and Health Care Management. To apply, contact Loyola’s Executive Education Department, Associate Director Mario Polizzi at (312) 915-6781 or Managing Director Mary Burns at (312) 915-6761.

Paradise 4 Paws Boarding Facility
20% discount for CVMA members and their employees on boarding and daycare
Access to members-only specials with discounts up to 40%
Certain block-out dates apply (i.e. holidays)
2-hr complimentary late check out
Free upgrades, based on availability
For questions, call Saq Nadeem at (847) 678-1200 or email:

Preventive Vet

Chicago VMA endorses Preventive Vet’s free “Start Off On The Right Paw” client education book program.

Pre-register your practice now to take advantage of this innovative, CVMA-vetted program that will help you and your team provide important awareness to your new pet-owning clients in a fun, efficient, and reliable fashion. Written by Dr. Jason Nicholas, the 101 Essential Tips for Your Puppy or New Dog book is a great way to provide vital education and awareness for your clients, while easing your day and bonding clients to your practice. The book is full of bite-sized information on a wide variety of topics ranging from the importance of wellness care and emergency prevention to the litany of everyday household and outdoor hazards dogs face, and a whole lot in between. This upcoming program provides the book free of charge to participating practices and provides monthly opportunities for your clients to win $250 to spend at your practice, compliments of Preventive Vet. To learn more and to sign up to participate, visit

Principal® – Income Protection

As a CVMA member you’re eligible to receive up to a 20%* discount on income protection from Principal. Watch this video to learn more about why protecting your income is so important. With over 135 years in business and offering a wide range of products and services – including retirement solutions, risk protection, and investments, Principal is a company committed to helping you live your best life.

For more information on this offer, contact Stanislav Zelivianski, DVM, PhD at or Cathy Fetzer at

*Includes a 10% association and 10% mental/nervous limitation discount.

Disability insurance (income protection) is issued by Principal Life Insurance Company, Des Moines, IA 50392. Disability insurance has limitations and exclusions. For cost and coverage details, contact your Principal representative. CMVA is not a member of the Principal Financial Group®. DI9822 03/2018 Rebate
CVMA members are eligible to receive either a 20% rebate on an annual membership or one free month of monthly membership with To apply, please fax or email your paid SitterCity membership and we will notify you of your rebate status. This is a limited time offer. Rebate eligibility is contingent upon active membership.

Wealth Steps Financial Wellness System

Chicago Benefit Associates (CBA) is offering CVMA members and their staff access to an advanced financial wellness program: Wealth Steps®. In four easy steps, Wealth Steps can teach you how to approach your todays – and your tomorrows – with security and confidence. Through a personalized website and access to a CBA Wealth Steps Professional, this system will introduce you to a unique and simple logic for improving your finances.

Wealth Steps is offered as a benefit of your membership in the CVMA at no additional cost. Learn more by watching this VIDEO. Contact Chicago Benefit Associates directly if interested in offering Wealth Steps to your practice. (312) 837-0011

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