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We are receiving many questions regarding safety measures to follow for businesses to maintain in-person operations from PA's Department of Health (DOH). The DOH has provided some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to answer questions you may have to continue running your essential business. Page 9 addresses social distancing and veterinary medicine. See excerpt below: Q. With veterinarian workers not being characterized as health care workers how can they continue to function with social distancing? A. Veterinary offices should comply with all aspects of the Order while attempting to utilize social distancing. It...

Our first Financial Focus webinar series was held on April 14, 2020. This webinar focused on the financial aspect of COVID-19 federal legislation. Resources: Download presentationPPP Loan Forgiveness Workbook As of April 16, 2020: the SBA has stated on its website that it is officially not accepting any more PPP loan applications. This means that the entirety of the $349 Billion under the PPP has been allocated to loan applicants. ...

Below you will find information from the HR webinar that was held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 with PVMA staff, as well as Wendell Courtney, Esquire with Smigel, Anderson & Sacks. This webinar included summarized information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), as well as questions submitted by veterinary professionals about how to handle HR related matters in practices related to COVID-19. ...

You may have read in the news recently that a female tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19. Some of the other tigers and a few lions were showing mild signs of the infection as well. This news will most likely cause cat owners to become concerned, asking themselves if COVID-19 can infect their cats, and if their cats can transmit the infection to humans. Dr. Bryan Langlois, the Medical Director of the Pet Pantry of Lancaster County and the Immediate Past-President of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association,...

On March 6, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf proclaimed the existence of a disaster emergency throughout the Commonwealth as a result of COVID-19. On March 19, 2020, Governor Wolf ordered that no person or entity shall operate a place of business in the Commonwealth that is not a life-sustaining business regardless of whether the business is open to members of the public, and a list was provided to help citizens understand what business were to be considered “life sustaining businesses.” Since that time, there has been some confusion in the veterinary community as to whether...

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