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The Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture and Health recently confirmed that a 16-year-old cat in Cumberland County tested positive for COVID-19. The companion animal lived in a household with multiple individuals who had previously been diagnosed with COVID-19 and was in close contact with these individuals. Unfortunately, the cat was humanely euthanized due to its respiratory distress. Its primary cause of death is still under investigation. This is one of eight confirmed COVID-19 positive cats in the United States and, to this point, none appear to have died of COVID-19. The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical...

On October 20, 2020, the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee discussed the PA Dog Law and animal welfare issues during a Capitol hearing. In summary, PVMA absolutely opposes overbreeding, inhumane breeding of dogs, as well as breeders that are acting illegally. PVMA opposes SB 44 (Victoria’s Law) and supports SB 1267.  Dr. Mary Jane McNamee, PVMA's Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee Chair, explained that rather than add another law on the books that does little to nothing to stop puppy mills and increases enforcement for the Dog Law Bureau, which is...

Today, the Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture and Health confirmed that a 16-year old cat in Cumberland County tested positive for COVID-19. The companion animal lived in a household with multiple individuals who had previously been diagnosed with COVID-19 and was in close contact with these individuals. Unfortunately, the cat was humanely euthanized due to its respiratory distress. Its primary cause of death is still under investigation. This is one of eight confirmed COVID-19 positive cats in the United States and, to this point, none appear to have died of COVID-19. The...

PVMA needs your help! Veterinary practices were deemed essential from the start of the pandemic, but were excluded from receiving Hazard Pay. Veterinarian professionals play critical roles in food production, public safety, and ensuring optimal health for animals to sustain our economy. There is power in numbers, so let's work together to change this by doing the following: Calling the Governor’s office at 717.787.2500Calling the PA Department of Community and Economic Development at 866.466.3972Emailing the Governor’s officeEmailing the PA Department of HealthSigning the petition on Change.org ...

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...

Expanding on the business safety order signed by Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine in April 2020 that requires the wearing of masks in businesses, Governor Tom Wolf announced a new order signed by Dr. Levine that takes the mask-wearing directive one step further. With this order, signed under Dr. Levine’s authority under the Disease Prevention and Control Act, masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home. The order takes effect immediately. Read More ...

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That's right! PVMA is proud to introduce the Education Center as a new benefit for our Members. This learning management system offers continuing education (CE) and professional development courses for FREE to all PVMA Members! With PVMA's Education Center you can: View a growing library of courses Watch and replay courses on demand Receive PVMA PA-state approved CE for eligible courses Maintain your CE records Evaluate and review speakers and courses View on any monitor or smart device Access using your PVMA website login VIEW COURSES Do you have a friend or colleague that's not...

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association President Dr. Kate Harnish today reminded Pennsylvanians of the importance of getting back on track with regularly scheduled pet vaccinations and boosters. Maintaining up-to-date vaccines is not only important for the health and well-being of cats and dogs, but for the health and safety of Pennsylvanians. "As we work to safely reopen Pennsylvania and counties move from red to yellow and green phases, it's important for Pennsylvanians to schedule well visits for their four-legged companions to keep them up to date with...

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