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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.

 

Take Survey

 

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 
Email: karaffak@missouri.edu
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 
Email: hancockts@missouri.edu
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 irb@missouri.edu.

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

Take Survey

 

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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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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.

Volunteer

 

 

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Heroes for Healthy Pets Program Helps Veterinary and Pet Businesses Maintain Disease-Free Facilities

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, March 8, 2018
Updated: Thursday, March 8, 2018

Heroes for Healthy Pets Program Helps Veterinary and Pet Businesses Maintain Disease-Free Facilities

Infectious Disease Management Certification Program Launches 

LAS VEGAS, Nev., March 5, 2018 – Over the past few years, the incidence of infectious disease outbreaks in dogs in the United States has increased, and one of the best ways to combat this growing risk is through education and proactive healthcare for dogs. Today at the 90th annual Western Veterinary Conference, Clorox Healthcare and Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) in coordination with the International Boarding and Pet Services Association, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, Pet Sitters, International, VETgirl, and Barkleigh Productions, are proud to announce the launch of the Heroes for Healthy Pets™ Infectious Disease Management Certification Program to educate veterinary and pet professionals on the risks of infectious diseases. The program provides best practices for preventative care, including strategic vaccination and cleaning and disinfection protocols to help maintain disease-free facilities and keep pets healthy. 

“The Heroes for Healthy Pets™ certification program provides essential support to the veterinary and pet professional community to help keep pets healthy,” said Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP (Emeritus), chief executive officer of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). “The program is complementary on VetFolio and provides professionals an excellent opportunity to better understand infectious diseases and preventative care.”

The Heroes for Healthy Pets™ Infectious Disease Management Certification Program consists of two free educational modules taught by three renowned veterinary experts in infectious disease: Understanding Infectious Diseases led by Dr. Jason Stull and Dr. Michelle Evason, and Effective Infectious Disease Control led by Dr. Melissa Bourgeois.

“Dogs that are social or visit pet facilities, such as doggie daycares and boarding kennels, are at higher risk for infectious diseases, such as canine influenzai,” says Dr. Ernie Ward, America’s Pet Advocate and supporter of the Heroes for Healthy Pets™ program. “Fortunately, through better understanding of infectious diseases and preventative care, including effective vaccination and cleaning and disinfecting protocols, we can help keep pets healthy when they enjoy travel and play.”

The Heroes for Healthy Pets™ certification is free and open to all veterinary and pet professionals. To become certified, participants must complete both educational modules and pass the certification exam. The certification provides two hours of Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) approved continuing education credits for veterinary professionals. Individual pet professionals and veterinary and pet care facilities can also apply for certification.  
 
In addition to the certification, the Heroes for Healthy Pets™ program also supplies veterinary and pet businesses with the following resources:

  • Heroes for Healthy Pets™ Podcasts, a collection of educational podcasts on infectious diseases hosted by Dr. Courtney Campbell 
  • Heroes for Healthy Pets™ Infectious Disease Handbook, a resource for all pet professionals written by experts in infectious disease, including information on viral and bacterial pathogens and best practices for infection prevention
  • Heroes for Healthy Pets™ promotional materials to help pet businesses promote their “Hero status,” including a virtual marketing toolkit consisting of template e-Blasts, social media content, signature badges, and website banners, as well as educational tools for pet owners. 

“Merck Animal Health is very excited to partner up with Clorox Healthcare and these other great organizations for this program,” says Dr. Madeleine Stahl, Associate Director, Scientific Marketing Affairs. “The Heroes for Healthy Pets™ certification program was created to help veterinary professionals and pet businesses create facilities dedicated to being disease-free.” 


For Clorox Healthcare, the collaborative program was a natural fit. “Vaccination, hand hygiene and cleaning and disinfecting all play a vital role in preventing infectious diseases,” said Sarah Bell-West, PhD, Scientist, Clorox Healthcare. “These practices serve as the foundation of efforts to help keep pets happy and healthy and the Heroes for Healthy Pets™ program will help empower more veterinary and pet care professionals with the education and resources they need to keep their facilities clean, healthy and infection-free.”

To learn more about the Heroes for Healthy Pets™ Infectious Disease Management Certification Program or register for certification, visit heroes4healthypets.com. Attendees at this year’s WVC annual conference can also visit the Clorox Healthcare booth (#1315) and Merck Animal Health booth (#3527) to learn more. 

About Merck Animal Health

Merck is a global health care leader working to help the world be well. Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Through its commitment to the Science of Healthier Animals™, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit www.merck-animal-health.com or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter at @MerckAH.

About Clorox Healthcare

Clorox Healthcare understands that safeguarding veterinary medicine and pet care environments requires advanced and evolving solutions. We offer a broad range of innovative disinfectants like bleach, hydrogen peroxide, and enhanced UV technology, as well as cleaning and odor removal products and hand hygiene solutions designed for the needs of healthcare professionals.  Our comprehensive portfolio offers best-in-class solutions to help reduce the risk of infection in your facility and protect patients, staff and visitors. For more information, visit www.CloroxHealthcare.com or follow @CloroxHealth on Twitter.

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Media Contacts:

Katherine Vossen
973-937-5508
Katherine.Vossen@merck.com 

Brad Ferris
Brad.Ferris@clorox.com

 


i Stull, JW, et al. Risk reduction and management strategies to prevent transmission of infectious disease among dogs at dog shows, sporting events, and other canine group settings. JAVMA. September 15, 2016, Vol. 249, No. 6, 612-627.

 

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FDA Recall Alert: February 26, 2018

Posted By Jaime Markle, Monday, February 26, 2018
Updated: Monday, February 26, 2018

Recall Alert

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

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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2018 Member Awards

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, February 1, 2018

Hall of Fame Awards

Do you know someone deserving of an award? 

Maybe a friend, colleague, mentor, or associate is an unsung hero, has been a longtime champion for the profession, or has given countless hours to charity? 

Read more about the awards up for grabs this year and how to nominate someone on our Member Awards page

 

Nominate Someone

 

 

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