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PVMA is working hard to give you timely, accurate information during the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge you to check our website, PaVMA.org frequently, as we will update it as the situation evolves. If you have questions not addressed in this post, click here and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.   Is Veterinary Medicine an essential business? On Monday, March 16, Governor Wolf announced that Pennsylvania is entering aggressive mitigation to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes the closing of all non-essential facilities. Are veterinary hospitals and ambulatory practices considered essential? According to...

We have received a flurry of inquiries regarding Governor Wolf’s executive order that expands the delivery of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because veterinary medicine is considered essential and life sustaining, and falls under the “Medicine” category, this has raised some issues pertaining to veterinary telehealth. First of all, it is important to consider the underlying purpose of the Governor’s action. Of utmost importance is the mitigation of human-to-human contact as we attempt to slow down the transmission of the virus and to conserve supplies. That is why medical professionals, human...

Excerpt Source: AVMA.org As expected, the CARES Act cleared the Senate by a vote of 96-0 just before midnight on March 25, and the House passed the bill on Friday, March 27, 2020. President Trump signed the legislation Friday afternoon. Notably, the CARES Act represents the most significant stimulus package in our nation’s history. It contains many complicated and intersecting provisions that will take time to interpret, particularly as we await further clarifications from the Department of Treasury, Department of Labor, and the Small Business Administration. Read More ...

PVMA has received several inquiries from veterinary professionals wanting to help their local healthcare communities in regards to supplies, especially PPE. Our State Public Health Veterinarian has suggested that the best place veterinary providers to start is to reach out to their county Emergency Managers. The local EMAs will have a sense as to where the needs are, and it has the added benefit of keeping the donated materials in the community. VIEW COUNTY EMERGENCY Managers ...

Excerpt Source: Governor.PA.gov The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) recently authorized the transfer of $40 million to the Small Business First Fund for CWCA. PIDA authorized making $60 million available to provide loans of $100,000 or less to for-profit businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees. Funds are expected to become available this week. Read more …Eligible costs include working capital, which for purposes of this program is considered capital used by a small business for operations, excluding fixed assets and production machinery and equipment. Any eligible working capital cost, as defined...

On March 24, 2020, FDA has issued guidance, for immediate implementation, that temporarily suspends the enforcement of certain aspects of the federal veterinarian-client-patient-relationship (VCPR) requirements. Those federal requirements apply to extralabel drug use, the issuing of veterinary feed directives and the creation and use of certain veterinary biologics. The guidance acknowledges individual state VCPR requirements that may continue to exist, acknowledges current federal VCPR requirements related to in-person examinations or premises visits, and indicates suspension of requirements outlined in guidance are temporary measures during the COVID-19 outbreak. PA Specific Guidelines:Health care...

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