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For your information, IDEXX issued a press release this morning on its new commercially available IDEXX SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) RealPCR Test for animals. A link to that press release appears below, along with links to a diagnostic update, and FAQs and product information page. Press release: idexx.com/covid19testnews Diagnostic update:  idexx.com/covid19-dx-update FAQs and Product information page:  idexx.com/covid19-pet-test AVMA updated its website to include additional information on animal testing yesterday, including creating a new webpage Testing Animals for SARS-CoV-2,  as well as updating our FAQs. CDC has also updated its guidance here: Coronavirus Disease...

Ashley S. Morgan, DVM, CAE, Director of the Division of State Advocacy for American Veterinary Medical Association, shared the following: A few updates: (1) AVMA has launched a new (hopefully more user-friendly!) COVID-19 landing page: www.avma.org/coronavirus. Two items raised during previous discussions and now addressed on the website: the international perspective and the use of masks following CDC’s recommendation to wear cloth face coverings. This is what’s currently on the AVMA website regarding face coverings (but information related to COVID-19 seems to change rapidly so check back often or reach out to...

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE—The COVID-19 crisis has created unprecedented disruptions in veterinary practices and animal shelters, making it challenging for many professionals to deliver wellness care, as well as certain medical treatments, to patients. As veterinary practices and animal shelters strive to provide the best possible care for their patients, questions frequently arise about heartworm prevention, testing and treatment. To address these questions, the American Heartworm Society (AHS) has released recommendations to help clinics and shelters deploy optimal strategies for heartworm management in today’s challenging environment. “The COVID-19 pandemic has made it necessary for veterinarians and...

Existing SBA lenders can start accepting applications from small businesses and sole proprietors on April 3 As expected, the CARES Act cleared the Senate by a vote of 96-0 just before midnight on March 25, and the House passed the bill on Friday, March 27. President Trump signed the legislation Friday afternoon. Notably, the CARES Act represents the most significant stimulus package in our nation’s history. It contains many complicated and intersecting provisions that will take time to interpret, particularly as we await further clarifications from the Department of Treasury, Department of...

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine has placed our Emergency Operating Procedures (EOPs) and an Individual Risk Management tool online and made them available to the community. The Infection Control Team, led by Dr. Jennifer Zambriski, have developed these over the last 3 weeks for use in our Veterinary Teaching Hospital and we believe they can be used as a guideline for how to help other clinics keep themselves and their clients safe. Please let us know if we can be of assistance in any way. Emergency Operating Procedures: https://www.vetmed.vt.edu/vth/eop/...

The second version of DHS CISA's guidance has been issued. Notable additions and omissions are as follows (thank you to Ashley Morgan for compiling the summary): Under the Healthcare/Public Health sector, DHS CISA did not add veterinarians to their list of caregivers as AVMA has requested. We will continue to discuss with DHS CISA. Under the Food and Agriculture sector, DHS CISA added language that appears to broaden the veterinary reference (page 7, bullet 2): Animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health (including those involved in supporting...

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...

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