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As many changes are taking place on a daily basis, practice owners and managers are facing new challenges in keeping up to date with the new laws and guidelines. Many are wondering how to handle this new unknown territory on staffing questions during this time. PVMA’s partner, FocusHRO, has provided a summary document to help guide you about the new laws taking effect and programs to help you, your business and your staff. If you are looking for assistance with Human Resources or Employment Benefits during COVID-19, click here. For more information on...

The new Coronavirus (COVID-19) that has been rapidly traveling the globe has been reported in Pennsylvania as infecting a few people. There has also been a report out of Hong Kong that a dog, that was owned by an infected person, tested a weak positive for the virus. This has raised concern among the pet-owning public that their pets may be a reservoir for the virus and potentially spread it. Dr. Bryan Langlois, Medical Director of the Pet Pantry of Lancaster County and Immediate Past-President of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical...

The new Coronavirus (COVID-19) that has been rapidly traveling the globe has been reported in Pennsylvania as infecting a few people. There has also been a report out of Hong Kong that a dog, that was owned by an infected person, tested a weak positive for the virus. This has raised concern among the pet-owning public that their pets may be a reservoir for the virus and potentially spread it. Dr. Bryan Langlois, Medical Director of the Pet Pantry of Lancaster County and Immediate Past-President of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical...

Source: U.S. Department of Labor The Department of Labor has just released a poster for employers to post in the workplace, as well as a FAQ to help everyone understand these new guidelines. Each covered employer must post a notice of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises. Employee Rights PosterPaid Sick Leave & Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the FFCRA FFCRA Overview for Employers FFCRA FAQ for Employers ...

This pandemic has the potential to negatively impact shelters and rescues due to temporary loss of staff and volunteers, limited resources and space, and more pets being surrendered. The Humane Society of the United States provides protocol and guidance for animal shelters to navigate the COVID-19 situation. This website is updated by animal sheltering experts on a daily basis. This link details important steps to expand foster networks during this critical time. ...

The Pennsylvania Animal Response Team (PART) is working with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) to prepare for the needs of pets should COVID-19 affect shelters or render pets in need. We encourage businesses and agricultural installations that have animals to create a plan for their care should employees become sick or access to supplies becomes limited. The Pennsylvania State Animal Response Teams are also on standby for emergency services, and their webpage is being updated with info here. ...

Pets are an important part of our families, and Pennsylvania law requires us to have a plan in place to care for them. This situation is evolving quickly so pet resources may or may not be available and pet related businesses, organizations, etc. will have to evaluate whether or not to restrict opening to the public. Pennsylvania families should properly prepare and care for their pets in the midst of this crisis. Please maintain adequate supplies of food, water, and medications for all family members including pets. ...

PVMA has received many reports of bovine technicians engaging in the practice of veterinary medicine without a license, specifically performing ultrasounds and issuing diagnoses. In the past, the state of Pennsylvania fined three individuals and ordered them to cease and desist their activities. We have received reports that some of these individuals have not stopped and flagrantly promote their use of ultrasounds on Facebook. We have filed a complaint with the Department of State, Professional Compliance Office. We encourage all PVMA Members who have knowledge of these activities to also file...

The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association is PA’s only statewide professional membership organization for the veterinary profession representing over 3,800 veterinarians, certified veterinary technicians, assistants, practice managers, and other support staff. Our mission is to ensure the vitality of the profession by promoting excellence in veterinary medicine, advancing animal health and welfare, and protecting and enhancing human health. PVMA's Position The PVMA issues the following statement regarding our concerns and opposition to Senate Bill 44, which would ban the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits by pet stores in Pennsylvania. The PVMA is in...

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