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In the Nov 17-19 Public Health and Wellness events, we aimed to transform feelings of isolation and fear into a network of community and compassion. What happened, indirectly, was a journey through the experiences of 25 individuals, exposing vulnerabilities that led to validation, acceptance, and to a place of mutual understanding. It is possible that you, like others who have attended these events have attested, feel a connection as you view these presentations. We hope, that if even in some small way, you feel you are validated, more comfortable in your...

MDVMA members are encouraged to host students by sharing clerkship opportunities in their practice. VMCVM has many resources in place for students during COVID, including providing PPE to each student to take with them on their external experiences. In addition, students must complete a symptom questionnaire each day that is monitored by the college. If your practice is interested in hosting students contact Dr. Jacque Pelzer to be added to the clerkship database....

Source: AVMA Division of State Advocacy There has been some discussion about the potential for veterinarians to assist in the vaccination of humans against COVID. Potential interest on the part of some veterinarians is understandable as the profession often responds to disasters and we naturally want to help. We know that having veterinarians volunteer to assist in vaccinating humans is not under consideration currently in most states. There are however some states where there have been preliminary discussions or even requests for potential volunteers to identify themselves. As organizations consider the topic,...

There has been some discussion about the potential for veterinarians to assist in the vaccination of humans against COVID. Potential interest on the part of some veterinarians is understandable as the profession often responds to disasters and we naturally want to help. We know that having veterinarians volunteer to assist in vaccinating humans is not under consideration at this time in most states. There are however some states where there have been preliminary discussions or even requests for potential volunteers to identify themselves. As organizations consider the topic, one important issue...

Updated January 6, 2021 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued emergency use authorizations (EUA) for the first COVID-19 vaccines in December 2020. Vaccines authorized for emergency use by the agency are those that, based on large clinical trials, have met standards of efficacy and safety established for emergency use. Additional vaccines are in various stages of investigation. FAQ: Vaccination against COVID-19 Vaccine access for veterinary personnel The AVMA has advocated actively and successfully at the federal level for veterinary personnel to be considered a priority group for vaccination. Based on the U.S. Centers for...

Yesterday, January 4, a letter from MDVMA on behalf of its members was sent to the Governor and secretaries of the departments of agriculture and health requesting that veterinarians and veterinary team members be included and listed, after front-line health workers, for receiving the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. As of this writing, we have not received confirmation that veterinarians and their staff have been assigned to a specific phase of the vaccination rollout plan, however, prioritization is subject to change. In the meantime, we will monitor the process and continue to seek clarification. When...

Congress has passed a fourth COVID-19 relief bill and a comprehensive spending package to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2021. These packages include many of AVMA’s top advocacy priorities, including fixing the unfavorable IRS tax treatment of expenses paid with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, streamlined PPP loan forgiveness for loans of up to $150,000, up to $20 million for animal health infrastructure’s role in the COVID-19 response, AVMA-led One Health report language, and funding for key federal programs important to veterinary medicine. Leveraging the AVMA...

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MDVMA members are encouraged to host students by sharing clerkship opportunities in their practice. VMCVM has many resources in place for students during COVID, including providing PPE to each student to take with them on their external experiences. In addition, students must complete a symptom questionnaire each day that is monitored by the college. If your practice is interested in hosting students contact Dr. Jacque Pelzer to be added to the clerkship database....

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