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An employee’s mental health includes how they think, feel and act, and includes their emotional and social well-being. It can change over time depending on factors such as their workload, stress and work-life balance. DID YOU KNOW that 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness annually? A recent study by Deloitte revealed that less than half receive treatment. A study from the Mental Health in the Workplace Summit also found that mental illness is the leading cause of disability for U.S. adults aged 15 to 44 and that more...

The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) announces that The Association Partner will be an exclusive partner in creating the Digital Advertising, Sponsoring & Retargeting Program. The Association Partner takes a unique approach to promote PVMA’s most important initiatives while creating a strong relationship between top industry suppliers and PVMA Members. The Digital Advertising, Sponsoring & Retargeting Program allows companies to effectively interact with top veterinary professionals in the industry, in addition to PVMA conference attendees. “We are very excited to partner with PVMA, as we recognize PVMA as an industry-leading veterinary association,” said...

Veterinary clinics should follow the masking guidance for the general public. While veterinarians are considered clinicians, the settings in which they work are not used to treat humans with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, and instances of animal-to-human transmission appear to be very rare. Veterinary clinics should consider local transmission and vaccination rates when creating clinic policies for PPE use and interactions with clients. The following guidance is among that available from the CDC: When You've Been Fully Vaccinated Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People Guidance for Unvaccinated People: How...

Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam announced that the department has updated its mask guidance to reflect the announcement made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier today. "Today’s CDC announcement allows those who are fully vaccinated the opportunity to spend time outdoors, in some situations, without wearing a mask,” Acting Secretary Beam said. “This is both welcomed and exciting news for individuals who are fully vaccinated and are at a significantly lower risk to serious illness from COVID-19. However, those who are not vaccinated will still...

Accepting Nominations until May 21, 2021   Dear friends and colleagues, I need your help. Please help me nominate some of our exceptional colleagues, coworkers, bosses, and allies in veterinary medicine for the amazing things they accomplished throughout the past year, or for their cumulative accomplishments during their careers in veterinary medicine. Why should you nominate a colleague or co-worker for one of the prestigious PVMA Hall of Fame Awards this year? This has been a tremendously difficult year for all of us in Veterinary Medicine due to the global pandemic. Your nomination can be...

Persons pretending to be from one of the health-related licensing boards are contacting licensees by phone and mail about the status of their licenses. The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) received reports that persons pretending to be from one of the health related boards are contacting licensees by phone and mail about the status of their licenses. The scammers are altering their information that shows on caller ID to appear to be from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with the Board phone number ("spoofing") and have also forged Department of...

Various measures have been taken to boost the number of health care professionals available to administer COVID-19 vaccines. This includes a Declaration made by the former U.S. Acting Secretary of HHS on March 10, 2020, under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act for Medical Countermeasures Against COVID-19 (PREP Act). That Declaration has since been amended several times. The current Acting HHS Secretary anticipates that significantly more vaccines will be available to the public in spring and summer 2021 and wants to ensure that states have the greatest flexibility in mobilizing...

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