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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...

AGNR Showcases Leadership and Innovation Across One Health UMD Researcher Receives NIH Funding to Develop a Novel Approach to Vaccination Check-in With New Owners to Prevent Surrenders The Ins and Outs of Severe Equine Asthma Moose Davis, Beloved Therapy Dog, Remembered for Exemplary Life of Service Universities Partner to Study Antimicrobial Use in Food Animal Production Christmas Comedy Cracker for Veterinary Professionals Large Animal Veterinarians Practice as Normal During COVID Veterinary Social Work Summit Focuses on Animals, Poverty New Cat Food Reduces Allergen Found in Cat Hair & Dander New Vaccine for Free-Range Cattle Protects Against Fetal Calf Loss IRS Clarifies...

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....

Dear Maryland Veterinarians, Thank you for your continued efforts to safely prescribe and dispense controlled dangerous substances (CDS) in Maryland while protecting and promoting animal health and welfare. This letter seeks to provide guidance regarding the registration and use of PDMP by veterinarians. Registration Under HB437 (Chapter 147, 2016), all CDS prescribers and pharmacists licensed to dispense CDS in Maryland must be registered with the PDMP by July 1, 2017. Effective February 15, 2018, a prescriber must be PDMP-registered before being issued a new or renewal CDS Permit by the Office of Controlled...

Based on feedback from member veterinarians and other stakeholders, the AVMA has compiled a list of key points to share with the FDA in our formal comments on the proposed FDA Draft Guidance for Industry #256: Compounding Animal Drugs from Bulk Substances. The deadline for commenting on the draft guidance is October 15, 2020. The AVMA has been gathering input from members and others since the proposed guidance was released in November 2019. AVMA’s formal comments to the FDA will include, among others, support for these provisions: Three sets of circumstances in which...

The Board office has received a number of complaints from consumers who do not like curbside service. You have probably heard the same complaints. We want to clarify the Board’s position. Although you are required to operate in a manner that adheres to the Governor’s Executive Orders and local laws, and is consistent with CDC guidelines, you are not required to provide strict curbside service IF you can operate safely some other way, based on the physical size and configuration of your facility. The Board believes curbside service is the safest...

An AVMA blog post (New webinar explains proposed rules on bulk compounding) relays information about a new on-demand webinar on AVMA Axon that shares more information about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Draft Guidance for Industry #256, which addresses veterinary drug compounding from bulk substances. The webinar, presented by an FDA veterinarian, gives important background to help veterinarians provide informed feedback on FDA’s proposed guidance while it’s open for public comment. The AVMA requested an extension of the deadline for commenting and believe it will be granted this...

By: Ashley S. Morgan, DVM, CAE, Director | Division of State Advocacy, American Veterinary Medical Association In 2018, the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)—the organization that develops and disseminates public compendial quality standards for medicines and other articles—published proposed revisions to General Chapters <795> and <797> of Pharmaceutical Compounding regarding nonsterile and sterile preparations, respectively. The AVMA received input from our councils and committees, various species-specific veterinary organizations and members, then met with USP staff to provide feedback on the revisions. On June 1, 2019, the USP posted updated revisions, and AVMA...

The American Veterinary Medical Association respectfully requests at least a 120-day extension to the comment period for Docket ID: FDA-2018-D-4533; Compounding Animal Drugs From Bulk Drug Substances; Draft Guidance for Industry; Availability. The COVID-19 pandemic has required the AVMA to focus its efforts on ensuring veterinary practices are deemed essential businesses and providing information and resources for veterinarians so that they are able to continue protecting animal health and welfare and public health, while ensuring to the greatest extent possible the safety of their practice teams and clients. As such, we...

The CDC just notified us that the agency has posted an updated version of Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Veterinary Clinics Treating Companion Animals During the COVID-19 Response. Revisions were made to clarify PPE recommendations based on situational risk factors and to update guidance for returning to normal clinic practices. We sincerely appreciate the CDC's attention to AVMA members' concerns regarding the original document. A review of the updated version indicates CDC was able to accommodate many of our requested revisions and within a very short internal agency clearance...

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