Dr. Matthew Weeman, DVM, MS Board of Directors Food Animal Representative Chair, Legislative Committee This past session your MDVMA and AVMA both used membership dollars to work hard on your behalf testifying on multiple, critical legislative items. For the first time in Maryland’s history a bill to reward non-economic damages was introduced. This bill was more damaging than any introduced in any other state prior. If passed, veterinarians would be subject to pain and suffering damages in the event a client were to sue for malpractice. The association encourages all veterinarians to practice...

Certified Safety Training offers MDVMA members fully customized and discounted Veterinary OSHA Safety Programs including unlimited online training modules, Certified Safety Data Sheets and dedicated compliance consulting. Veterinary OSHA Compliance Programs give veterinarians and practice managers a comprehensive review of the requirements of select health and safety standards. Each program comes with a written compliance plan, including recordkeeping requirements, fact sheets, customizable forms and other resources. Programs offered are: Emergency Action and Fire Safety Program Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Program Hazard Communication Program Respiratory Protection Program Personal Protective Equipment Program Spill...

By Jessica DeCesare, Chief People Officer, VetEvolve People rarely (if ever) go into the veterinary industry without having a true passion for it. You may even remember the specific moment when you decided to have a career in veterinary medicine. Maybe it was when you got your first puppy, your first time riding a horse on a farm, meeting a pet in need or simply a nondescript moment when you realized that working with animals was your calling. The veterinary industry offers exciting and rewarding opportunities for doctors, veterinary technicians, support staff...

The American Association of Feline Practitioners and EveryCat Health Foundation Announce Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) Diagnosis Guidelines BRIDGEWATER, NJ; WYCKOFF, NJ; September 1, 2022 – The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and EveryCat Health Foundation have released the 2022 AAFP/EveryCat Feline Infectious Peritonitis Diagnosis Guidelines. These landmark Guidelines are published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery and will provide veterinarians with the essential information necessary to provide a FIP diagnosis in cats. FIP is a viral disease that can affect any organ in the body and is caused...

The American Veterinary Medical Association and the vast majority of your clients sincerely appreciate your dedication and the quality of care you provide for your patients. That’s why it’s so incredibly difficult when your wellbeing and ability to deliver those services are negatively impacted by bullying, cyber and otherwise. Such has been the case at the Maine Veterinary Medical Center this week and last week. While the urgent care provided by our colleagues there appears to have resulted in yet another life saved, a news story, augmented by social media, has...

Merck Animal Health released findings of its third comprehensive veterinary wellbeing study in partnership with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) examining the wellbeing and mental health of U.S. veterinarians. Conducted in the fall of 2021, it is the first since the COVID-19 pandemic began with a goal to examine and bring critical awareness to the challenges impacting the veterinary profession, while highlighting the impact the pandemic has had on practitioners and staff. For the first time, the study includes responses from veterinary technicians and support staff and their perspectives...

Ensuring veterinarians have access to compounded products  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the process of finalizing a guidance document on the use of bulk drug substances for compounding animal medications. As currently written, the draft guidance would not allow the use of compounds made from bulk drug substances to be kept in office stock for administration or dispensing by a veterinarian unless the compound is identified on a list maintained by the FDA. The AVMA has previously filed comments opposing the use of a list in this manner. As...

The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has continued concerns that there are people using animal formulations of ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19 in humans. They have posted the following information: Letter to Veterinarians and Retailers Printable poster And in case you need them, here are links to existing resources: Consumer Update: Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19 (this one will be getting some updates soon) FAQ: COVID-19 and Ivermectin Intended for Animals CDC Health Advisory: Rapid Increase in Ivermectin Prescriptions and Reports of Severe Illness...

While the delta and lambda variants of SARS-CoV-2 continue to challenge us, we also see hints of post-pandemic normalcy with the return of some in-person meetings, reopened retail establishments, and get-togethers with extended family and friends. Despite these positive signs of recovery, many of us in the veterinary profession are still reeling, professionally and personally, from the pandemic’s effects on our practices, patients, and clients. Stress continues to run high, and our teams are feeling overworked and overwhelmed.  Keep reading....

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