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The House of Representatives has just passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The President is expected to sign the bill into law very quickly.  Attached are three documents we have prepared. Highlights of the FFCR Act and the CARES Act Section by Section Analysis of portion of the CARES Act most relevant to veterinary practice FAQ on Small Business Loans These documents will be updated as more information comes out over the next few days.  There has been information to suggest that the Small Business Administration may have...

In light of the State's COVID-19response and the Governor's call for social distancing, the Maryland State Board has voted to allow Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) to meet all of their CE requirements with online courses when renewing their license registration for FY 2021 only. Normally, only 8 of the 24 CEs required during the three previous years may be done online. This requirement is being waived for FY21 license registration renewals only. The Board previously voted to allow veterinarians to meet all of their CE requirements with online courses when renewing...

The Dept. of Labor just released a Frequently Asked Questions document on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  Attached are 3 documents: 1) DOL FAQ and link is: www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions 2) DOL Fact Sheet for Employers and link is: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave 3) DOL Fact Sheet for Employees and link is: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave Significantly, in the FAQ DOL indicates the effective date for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act is APRIL 1, 2020, and apply to leave taken between April 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020.  For the exemption for business with fewer than 50 employees when providing the leave under...

(March 23, 2020) -The Drug Enforcement Administration, Diversion Control Division, is asking State Veterinary Boards to get the below message out to their DEA registration population: The mission of Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA), Diversion Control Division is to prevent, detect, and investigate the diversion of controlled pharmaceuticals and listed chemicals from legitimate sources while ensuring an adequate and uninterrupted supply for legitimate medical, commercial, and scientific needs. During this National Emergency, the Diversion Control Division will continue to work with our Federal partners, DEA registrants, and their representative association to assure that...

Veterinarians qualify as a critical infrastructure business which may remain open in Maryland under the new guidance from Governor Hogan.  I want to highlight a few things for MDVMA members. One, Maryland has activated their medical reserves - veterinarians can sign up here: https://mdresponds.health.maryland.gov/ If layoffs or closures are imminent (even just for a short period of time). The Maryland Departments of Commerce and Labor are adjusting programming and availability to make sure businesses and employers are covered whether it's through loans, grants, or easing up on unemployment insurance. https://govstatus.egov.com/md-coronavirus-business Cases of covid-19 continue to...

The Governor of the State of Maryland has proclaimed a State of Emergency and a catastrophic health emergency related to COVID-19.  On March 12, 2020, an order was issued extending state licenses and registrations until 30 days after the State of Emergency and catastrophic health emergency is terminated. See notice. In accordance with the Order, the Secretary of State has issued a Public Notice extending registrations for charitable organizations, professional solicitors, fundraising counsels, and public safety solicitors due during this period are automatically extended until 30 days after the State of...

A number of you have seen the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidance (attached). This document has been referenced by a couple of states. For example, California’s most recent order requires a statewide shelter-in-place “except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors as outlined” in CISA’s guidance: https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19. AVMA was involved in discussions with DHS and development of this guidance. This guidance applies to veterinarians in all practice sectors. This document was created very quickly in response...

The MDVMA appreciates your support and patience during this challenging time. We know personal protective equipment (PPE) in veterinary medicine facilities are likely already limited due to current demand and backorders. However, MDVMA has been working with the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) to collect PPE supplies if you are in a position to do so. The following items are needed: N95 respirator masks, all sizes Viral swabs Face Shields Nitrile gloves (all sizes) Non-latex gloves (all sizes) Eye goggles Shoe covers Standard isolation gowns Standard face masks Surgical masks, yellow with...

As the State of Maryland continues its unprecedented response to COVID-19, the Maryland Department of Agriculture is emphasizing the need for businesses involved in the state’s food supply chain to continue production. As a key stakeholder, we are asking for your assistance in delivering this message to your customers, employees and related supply chain partners. Reliable access to food is a human right and it is critical that our food supply chain maintain - and even be prepared to expand  - operations throughout this state of emergency. Any business involved in...

Here at the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, it is our passion and privilege to be the guardian of your pet’s healthcare. As your trusted advisor, it is also our responsibility to keep you apprised of any potential threats to your animal’s welfare. Can my pet be infected by COVID-19? According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, currently, there is no evidence that pets can become sick. Infectious disease experts, as well as the CDC, OIE, and WHO indicate there is also no evidence to suggest that pet dogs or cats can be...

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