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August 15 is Check the Chip Day

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, August 2, 2018

Save the Date: August 15 is "Check the Chip Day"

Check the Chip Day is meant to serve as a reminder to pet owners to check and update their pets’ microchip registration information. Microchips are very effective for identifying lost pets and reuniting them with their families, but the happy ending can’t occur if the microchip registration isn’t correct – or if the chip has never been registered at all.

Share this infographic with your clients to help spread awareness.

Infographic: Microchip Your Pet

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2018 Small Business Advantage Grant Now Available

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, July 26, 2018
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2018 Small Business Advantage Grant Now Available

The Department of Environmental Protection’s 2018 Small Business Advantage Grant is now available. This grant provides Pennsylvania small businesses the opportunity to acquire energy efficient or pollution prevention technologies with a 50% matching grant for equipment or materials.

Who is eligible?

  • Pennsylvania small businesses with fewer than 100 employees are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be for-profit entities, be located in Pennsylvania, and registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State. 
  • Eligible projects must save the applicant a minimum of $500 annually and reduce their costs by a minimum of 25%. 
  • Applications are reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

New this year is the opportunity for small businesses in the Agricultural Sector to implement natural resource protection projects designed to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff into the Commonwealth’s streams and rivers. Eligible projects will include riparian buffer plantings, installation of exclusionary streambank fencing, or other agricultural stormwater best management practices as defined in the official Grant Guidance Document. Natural resource protection projects are exempt from the $500/25% minimum savings, however, the projects must be able to quantify nutrient and sediment runoff from the receiving waterway. Our staff can assist with those calculations.
Also new this year, we’ve created short instructional videos to assist applicants with completing the application. The videos are project specific (Lighting Upgrades, Medical X-Ray Upgrades, Natural Resource Protection, and All Other Projects) and are designed to make the application process as easy as possible. I highly recommend viewing the videos before starting the application process.

All documents needed to apply for the grant, as well as the instructional videos, can be found at the bottom of the Small Business Advantage Grant webpage. If you have any questions, please feel to contact Caroline Zepp at 717.772.5160.  


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Posted By Jaime Markle, Friday, June 1, 2018

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The following ‘SPECIAL NOTICE TO VETERINARIANS’ was recently posted by the State Board of Veterinary Medicine.


In July 2007, the Board of Veterinary Medicine amended its regulation related to recordkeeping to specifically address the records that must be kept by a veterinarian participating in a public health or animal health vaccination clinic. The minimum required veterinary medical record must include an identification of the client and patient, the vaccine lot number, and the date and dosage administered. In contrast to the record required for a vaccination clinic, the veterinary medical record for a patient with which the veterinarian has established a valid veterinarian client patient relationship must reflect the complete evaluation and treatment of the patient.

The Board has received a number of complaints regarding animal health vaccination clinics at which, in addition to providing animal health vaccinations, veterinarians or those under the veterinarian’s supervision are administering, prescribing, or dispensing drugs such as flea/tick treatments and heartworm preventative drugs. In order to administer, prescribe, or dispense any treatment, biologic, or drug other that an animal health vaccination, a veterinarian is required to establish a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship and create and maintain complete veterinary medical records on the patient. Establishing a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship requires and appropriate, complete physical examination and history of the animal, and recording the findings related to function of all body systems in the patient’s
veterinary medical record, as set forth in the Board’s recordkeeping regulation, 49 Pa. Code §31.221.

The Board’s mission is to protect the public, which includes ensuring that consumers understand the services they choose for their animals.

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The parameters of an “appropriate” examination may depend on the circumstance under which the veterinarian is seeing the animal. By way of example, a veterinarian is not required to examine the ears of an HBC animal brought to the veterinarian suffering from profuse bleeding in order to commence treatment, including administering drugs.



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New Brucella Canis Tests Available At PADLS

Posted By Jaime Markle, Friday, June 1, 2018

Brucella canis bacteria

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New Brucella Canis Tests Available At PADLS

Authored by: David L Thompson MS, PhD, and Deepanker Tewari BVSc PhD DACVM

Canine brucellosis is an important, incurable reproductive disease of dogs that is caused by Brucella canis. Natural transmission of canine brucellosis can occur by several routes. B. canis organisms are present in abundance in aborted material and vaginal discharge. Shedding of B. canis may occur for up to six weeks after an abortion. Semen, seminal fluid and urine from infected males have also been shown to be sources of infection. The organism can be present in blood, milk, saliva, nasal and ocular secretions, and in the feces. Carrier animals shed the organisms intermittently and present a risk to other dogs and even for humans. The carrier animals must be identified and removed from the breeding population to stop the spread of disease.

Diagnosis of canine brucellosis is best accomplished by use of diagnostic aids such as serology, PCR and culture.  PADLS-Harrisburg now offers both serology and culture tests for B canis detection. The lab has recently expanded serology test offerings for detection of canine brucellosis.  The Rapid Slide Agglutination Test (RSAT), both with and without 2-mercaptoethanol (2-ME), will continue to be used as an initial screening tool.  While this test produces few false negative results, false positive results are common.  Previously, a serum sample yielding an “RSAT pos./RSAT-2ME neg.” result would prompt a request for a client to resubmit another serum sample after 4 weeks to distinguish an acute from a chronic infection. In an infected animal, this follow up testing conducted after 4 weeks normally will show the RSAT-2ME test to be positive following conversion of IgM to IgG antibodies against Brucella.  However, in a number of scenarios we examined, when a second sample was received, no change was seen in the original reactivity.  This result prompted us to introduce additional tests during primary screening in our testing algorithm to address false positives.  In addition to the RSAT -/+ screening test, clients can now request the B. canis indirect immunofluorescent antibody (IFA) test.  The IFA test, is a supplementary screening tool and can help resolve false positives seen with the RSAT test--particularly when RSAT is positive and the RSAT-2ME is negative.  Generally, an “RSAT pos./RSAT-2ME pos.” result indicates infection.  These samples were previously forwarded to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory for performance of the Tube Agglutination Test (TAT+2-ME) confirmation.  The TAT+2-ME test is a semi-quantitative test with increased specificity.  The TAT+2-ME test has now been validated by PVL and is offered as a follow up test.  This new test reduces both the turn-around time and the client shipping fee required for forwarding samples. The serological testing strategy used at the lab is summarized in the diagram (below). 

B canis serology algorithm at PADLS

The isolation of B. canis from a clinical specimen remains the diagnostic gold standard, but because of intermittent shedding, up to 3 consecutive cultures may be necessary to rule out the disease in suspect animals. Recently, PVL added culture option too to enhance the B. canis diagnostic test options. Clinicians should consider B. canis anytime reproductive problems occur whether chronic or acute and all dogs for breeding purposes should be screened for brucellosis.

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PADLS-Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory is located at 2305 N Cameron St. Harrisburg, PA.


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Summer Holiday Safety Tips For Pets

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, May 24, 2018

For many of us, summer holidays means backyard barbecues, drinks, and fireworks. While this can make for a fun holiday for neighbors, friends, and family, it can be bad news for your pet. While it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets. 

  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
  • Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
  • Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.
  • Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pets severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes and raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.
  • Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the 
    plastic containers.
  • Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingestions can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
  • Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.
  • Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.


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This information was provided courtesy of the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

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Mental Health Survey

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, May 17, 2018
Updated: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Mental Health Survey

You are being invited to participate in a research study about mental health experiences and attitudes toward seeking mental health services among veterinary professionals. This study is being conducted by Kerry Karaffa, PhD and Tamara Hancock, DVM, MS, DACVP, PhD. Dr. Karaffa is a licensed psychologist and Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator for the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Hancock is a veterinarian and Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Missouri. This study will provide information that may ultimately be used to better understand mental health concerns and barriers to seeking mental health services among veterinary professionals.


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Participation involves completing a 100-item electronic survey about your personal mental health experiences and your attitudes and perceptions about mental health services, including potential barriers to seeking services. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.  Participation is voluntary and there are no direct incentives for participating in the study. However, information gained during the study may help improve mental health services for veterinary professionals. You may choose not to participate or discontinue participation at any time without consequence. 

Due to the personal nature of some of the questions and to encourage honest responses, you will not be asked to provide your name or employment affiliation. Computer IP addresses will not be collected, and any demographic information (such as your age, ethnicity, or years in practice) will be presented in summary form when findings are reported. The data will be password-protected, and only the researchers and individuals responsible for research oversight at the University of Missouri Institutional Review Board will have access to the records. 

Completing the survey may produce minor discomfort as you reflect about your mental health experiences. Otherwise, there are no risks involved in participating in the study in excess of those you would experience in everyday life. Your participation in this study will not affect any professional opportunities. 

Your consent to participate is granted by selecting that you are over 18 years old, and by acknowledging that you have been fully informed about the procedures listed here, and you are aware of what you will be asked to do and the benefits and risks of participation. If you have any questions or concerns about this study you may contact the researchers. If you would like a copy of the results of this study, please contact the researchers and arrangements will be made. 

Kerry M. Karaffa, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine
1600 Rollins Rd, Columbia, MO 65211 
Phone: 573.882.4629
Fax: 573.884.9607

Tamara S. Hancock, DVM, MS, DACVP, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor
University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine
1600 Rollins Rd, Columbia, MO 65211 
Phone: 515.771.9376

If you have any questions regarding your rights as a participant in this research and/or concerns about the study, or if you feel under any pressure to enroll or to continue to participate in this study, you may contact the University of Missouri Institutional Review Board (which is a group of people who review the research studies to protect participants’ rights) at 573.882.3181 or

If you would like to participate in this study, please select the link provided below: 

Take Survey


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SAVE THE DATE! Certification Training to Inspect Gill Lice in PA Trout

Posted By Jaime Markle, Monday, May 7, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Gill Lice

UPDATE:  This event has been postponed. PVMA will update when new details are confirmed.

Due to some recent changes made by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission at the end of March, there is an urgent need for USDA-accredited, Pennsylvania-licensed veterinarians who are trained and certified to inspect Pennsylvania trout for the presence of gill lice. 

Certification training will be offered on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and is limited to 30 licensed and accredited veterinarians.  Three hours of approved continuing education credit will be offered through the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine.  Beginning at 1:00 pm, a one-hour lecture will be held at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission in Bellefonte, followed by a two-hour wet lab at Benner Spring Fish Hatchery in State College.

For more details and to register, please contact Dr. Lisa Murphy at

Directions to Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

450 Robinson Ln
Bellefonte, PA 16823



Directions to Benner Spring Fish Hatchery

1735 Shiloh Rd
State College, PA 16801


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Save the Dates for 2 Upcoming PVMA Committee Days

Posted By Jaime Markle, Friday, April 6, 2018
Updated: Friday, April 6, 2018

Committee Day

We Want To Hear From Our Members

May 9 - The Inn at Leola Village

October 10 - Location to be announced

We value your input and want to make PVMA the best it can be! We count on our members to help us with that, so we invite you to our 2 upcoming Committee Days. These events are a day of learning and networking with other veterinary professionals while giving back to the profession and helping PVMA advance its goals.

Schedule of Events:

  • 10:00 am: Educational Forum
  • 12:00-12:30 pm: Lunch
  • 12:30-4:00 pm: Committee Meetings

The following committees will be meeting:

  • Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee
  • Communications and Outreach Committee
  • Scientific Program Committee
  • Member Services Committee

These days are great opportunities for members outside the committees to provide valuable feedback on PVMA's direction. Each Committee Day will feature an educational forum in the morning, followed by lunch, then in the afternoon, the committees meet to work on their projects.

RSVP for May 9    RSVP for October 10


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FDA Recall Alert: March 27, 2018

Posted By Jaime Markle, Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Recall Alert

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued recalls on the following pet food:

Veterinary practices, please share with your clients. Pet owners, if your pet has consumed these recalled products please contact your veterinarian.



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Veterinarians to Share the Love for Chester County Senior Citizens' Pets

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, March 22, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Veterinarians to Share the Love for Chester County Senior Citizen’s Pets

The Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation (PVF), the charitable arm of PVMA, will be hosting a Share the Love event on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Phoenixville Area Senior Center located at 153 Church Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460. This veterinary care event is for dogs and cats of local senior citizens and will feature local veterinarians and technicians sharing the love of their profession and animals by donating their time to provide:

  • Basic exams,
  • Vaccinations,
  • Flea and tick treatment,
  • Microchipping, and
  • Nail trims.

This event coincides with World Veterinary Day, which is celebrated annually on the last Saturday in April. Share the Love will be from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

PVF began sharing the love for senior citizens in Chester County in 2016 when it created its Henry’s Helping Paws Fund. This pilot program began with a partnership with Meals on Wheels in Chester County. It provided free pet food to senior citizens’ pets, which allowed owners and their beloved pets to stay together. In an effort to expand the program to not only offer pet food, but to also provide veterinary care grants to the animals, PVF was able to secure a grant from PetSmart Charities®. This grant made the Share the Love event possible, along with The Last Chance (TLC) Fund, PVF’s grant program that helps to pay for veterinary care for animals in need.

Who qualifies for a free veterinary exam?

Seniors, age 62 and over, who are on a fixed or low income and are located in Chester County, PA are eligible for this event. Seniors who would like to take advantage of these free services are encouraged to call PVF at 888.550.7862 to make an appointment for their pet or click here. This is an appointment-only event, and unfortunately, cannot accommodate walk-ins. This event will provide basic care for pets. PVF will provide a care voucher up to a certain amount that can be redeemed at a participating veterinary practice in Chester County. 

How can PVMA members you help? Sign up to volunteer that day!

We are looking for veterinarians, CVTs, veterinary assistants and CVPMs to help us at the event. To sign up as a volunteer, click here.




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