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At the PVMA, we support technologies that aid in improving the quality and quantity of veterinary care. However, there is no substitute for a thorough, hands-on physical exam. Equally as important is the one-on-one discussion with the client. These are integral aspects of the art of the practice of veterinary medicine. They ensure optimum patient and client safety. The delivery of veterinary services, whether it is prescribing medication, performing advanced imaging, or making treatment recommendations through the formulation of a treatment plan, must be predicated upon this solid foundation....

In a ceremony on Monday, Governor Josh Shapiro presented Governor's Awards for Excellence to Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory Director Dr. Deepanker Tewari, and nine agency veterinarians and field staff for their swift, aggressive, and effective response during the avian influenza outbreak in Pennsylvania in 2022 and early 2023....

October 4, 2023 - PVMA President Thomas Munkittrick, DVM, testified before the House Insurance Committee in support of HB 660, a bill for fair pet insurance in Pennsylvania. This bill protects pet owners by providing a framework for the sale, solicitation, and negotiation of pet insurance policies in Pennsylvania. Currently, there are no regulations for consumer protection for pet insurance....

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is celebrating the Agency’s many successful efforts to prevent African swine fever (ASF) from reaching the United States and prepare for a possible introduction of the disease.  In honor of ASF Action Week, APHIS is recognizing the continuing efforts to prevent this deadly swine disease from reaching our shores. “Keeping U.S. animals healthy is our top priority,” said Dr. Rosemary Sifford, U.S. Chief Veterinary Officer. “The United States has always had a system of interlocking safeguards in place to...

Pet owners will soon find updated packaging and labels when shopping for pet food and specialty pet food products, including treats and supplements -- the first major update in more than 40 years. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) approved the new suggested labeling guidelines that include standardized nutrition information, clear ingredient statements, and storage and handling instructions. The modern design and updated information will ensure consistency and transparency, so consumers can easily make more informed buying decisions for their pets....

Written by Robert Swift, Capitolwire.com Staff Reporter HARRISBURG (July 19) – Dog oversight legislation five years in the making will have to wait longer to be enacted with the state budget impasse changing session schedules. The legislation -- Senate Bill 746 -- to increase the dog license fee for the first time in more than 25 years and address other enforcement issues is close to final passage. The Senate approved it 43-7 last month. The bill cleared the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee with no amendments by a 17-3 vote on June...

HARRISBURG –Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) recently announced the reintroduction of legislation to create an Animal Welfare Board in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 785 would create an 18-member Animal Welfare Board to review existing laws and regulations and make recommendations to the General Assembly for action. The board would meet at least once each legislative session or at closer intervals to fulfill the duties outlined in the legislation. “It would be sensible to establish a group of experts, from various disciplines across the board, to take a look at the laws we have and make...

On behalf of the of The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, we want to thank Governor Shapiro’s Office for their quick action to hear our concerns and their willingness to work with us regarding the scheduling of xylazine as a Schedule III controlled substance. Xylazine is an FDA-approved prescription sedative with pain-relieving and muscle relaxing properties for use in animals. It is one of the most widely used veterinary drugs across many species, including cats, dogs, horses, cattle, deer, elk, rats, mice, wildlife, and zoo animals....

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