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PCVMA Important News – 21st BOWser and CATsino Ball

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The next BOWser and CATsino Ball will be held October 10, 2020! Hope to see you there!

The Bowser and Catsino Ball is our signature yearly event where all proceeds go to the Veterinary Technician program at St Petersburg College. Our next BOWser and CATsino Ball (20th) will be held Saturday, October 10, 2020, from 6:00 – 10pm at the Belleair Country Club.

Call 727-397-7387 for more information about the upcoming 20th BOWser and CATsino Ball and Auction in 2020.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy an evening of festivities including Casino Games, Dinner, Dancing and a Silent and Live Auction.

Proceeds from the event will provide a donation to the St Petersburg Veterinary Technician scholarship program.

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CDC GUIDELINES

This CDC link from the text below provides additional info:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/critical-workers/implementing-safety-practices.html

CDC Primary link:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/veterinarians.html

Advise veterinary clinic staff who are sick to stay home

Follow CDC’s guidance on what to do if you are sick. Ask staff to stay home if they are sick.  Employees who appear to have symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) upon arrival at work or who become sick during the day should immediately be separated from other clinic employees, customers, and clients and sent home. Inform the staff’s team members if they have been exposed to someone who might have COVID-19, while maintaining confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Notify the local health department of the potential exposure as well. Ill staff should not return to work until their fever (defined as ≥100.4°F) is absent for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, other symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset.

Implement sick leave policies for veterinary clinic staff that are flexible, nonpunitive, and consistent with public health guidance, allowing employees to stay home if they have symptoms of respiratory infection.

Follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting areas the sick employee visited. If possible, staff should each have their own workspace/equipment and avoid sharing desks/work tools. If these items must be shared, they should be frequently disinfected.

Critical workers, like veterinarians and their staff, can be permitted to continue to work following a potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the workplace. Everyone who enters the clinic, including employees and visitors, should wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth to contain respiratory secretions, unless engaged in an activity that requires a different form of PPE.

 

PCVMA Officers: 

President – Dr. Hillary Maedel – Westchase Veterinary Centeer and Emergency

President – Elect: Dr. Dan Jones – PSIvet

Past President – Dr. Don Howell – Midway Animal Hospital

Secretary – Dr. Samantha McHenry – Relief Veterinarian

Treasurer – Dr. Ernie Godfrey – Pinellas Animal Hospital

 

Board of Directors:

Dr. Brooke Certa (Coastal Animal Clinic)

Dr. Kim Donovan (Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital)

Dr. Janell Dowling (Vet 2 Door Mobile Veterinarian)

Dr. Brett Zager – (Animal Emergency Clinic – St. Petersburg)

Dr. Joel Murphy (Animal and Bird Center of Palm Harbor)

PCVMA News Letter:

Dr. Don Morgan – Donmorgansr@aol.com

President’s Message

Dear PCVMA Members,

The crazy times we’ve experienced this year have continued into the Fall. I can’t believe that it’s already September and that it’s been so many months since we were all together! I hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy.

Last month, the Florida veterinary community suffered a huge loss with the passing of Phil Hinkle, the Executive Director of the FVMA. For those of us that knew him, Phil was a shining example of kindness and dedication to the veterinary profession. He will be greatly missed as a friend, a mentor, and a leader in our field. The PCVMA has chosen to honor Phil by providing a donation in his name, which was unanimously approved.

This month, the PCVMA is continuing its commitment to responsible social distancing by presenting a webinar by Dr. Hatcher with Royal Canin. I know there were some technical issues last month, but hopefully we will have everything in working order and easy to use. Our meeting time will changed to Thursday Night September 24th and at 7pm. . Please see below for more information about the meeting and how to RSVP. As always, please feel free to reach out to me or your board members at any time with questions, concerns, announcements, etc.

Sincerely,

Hillary Maedel, DVM
Plantation Animal Hospital, Tampa, FL
Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association – President
Pinellas Animal Foundation – Executive Board
(502) 693-4706
Hillary.maedel@gmail.com

 

CANCELATION OF PCVMA/PAF EVENTS

 All  PCVMA  MEETINGS are currently on hold or canceled for the rest of 2020.   Scheduled sponsors pulled out for the rest of this year.  We are continuing to monitor and perhaps schedule a meeting funded entirely with PCVMA dues money.  We have many great local speakers and can get CE approval from the BVM as we have many times,  The PCVMA has a provider number  for CE courses.

 The  PCVMA  Baseball  Outing  at  Tropicana  Field  scheduled for Saturday August 29th is on hold till we hear what the MLB season will look like,  Too early for any information.

The  PAF  BOWser  &  CATsino  Ball  scheduled for Saturday October 10th has canceled for this year and rescheduled for October 9, 2021, at the Belleair Country Club.

Your Florida License renewal deadline is Monday June 1, 2020.

Even though you may not have completed your CE requirements, you must still apply for renewal by Monday June 1, 2020.  Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the DBPR and BVM has extended the audit time to December 31, 2020, since most available conferences and courses were canceled.

Courses completed during this extended time may not be counted toward your license renewal for June 1, 2022.

2020 PCVMA DUES

Please support your county organization providing you with information and opportunities on continuing education, political/legislative issues, business/financial issues, Pharmacy & Laws and Rules required CE and social events throughout the year.   Practice owners, please help your associates with their membership  and the PCVMA with your continued support.

Dues are $125.00 per year per veterinarian.

Checks and inquires can be address to:

Dr. Ernest Godfrey
PCVMA Treasurer
Pinellas Animal Hospital
7791 52nd Street North
Pinellas Park, FL 33781

WOULD EVERYONE  TAKE A MINUTE TO REVIEW ANY CLASSIFIED ADS YOU MAY HAVE POSTED IN THIS NEWS LETTER.   PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU WANT THEM REMOVED,  OTHERWISE YOU MAY CONTINUE TO GET LOTS OF UNNECESSARY PHONE CALLS OR E-MAILS.   ANY CORRECTIONS ARE ALSO WELCOME.

Donmorgansr@aol.com

THE PINELLAS ANIMAL FOUNDATION HIRING

 We are in need of an additional North Pinellas Pet Professor.

The job description would primarily be visiting kindergarten and elementary age children in their classrooms discussing proper animal care, safety around animals and the human/animal bond.

There are many other opportunities to visit summer camps and  outreach events throughout the year.

We would prefer a Certified/Credentialed Veterinary Technician to fill this position but not required.  Salary is based on the number of students visited, travel and time spent at Outreach Events.

Please call 727-397-7387 or 727-410-7856 for more information.

admin@pinellasanimalfoundation.org

PAF News

21st BOWser and Catsino Ball | October 10, 2020

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21st BOWser and CATsino Ball

21st BOWser and Catsino Ball | October 10, 2020

 

The next BOWser and CATsino Ball will be held October 10, 2020! Hope to see you there!

The Bowser and Catsino Ball is our signature yearly event where all proceeds go to the Veterinary Technician program at St Petersburg College. Our next BOWser and CATsino Ball (20th) will be held Saturday, October 10, 2020, from 6:00 – 10pm at the Belleair Country Club.

Call 727-397-7387 for more information about the upcoming 20th BOWser and CATsino Ball and Auction in 2020.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy an evening of festivities including Casino Games, Dinner, Dancing and a Silent and Live Auction.

Proceeds from the event will provide a donation to the St Petersburg Veterinary Technician scholarship program.

 

Sincerely,

Donald H. Morgan DVM
President – PAF

Humane Society of Pinellas

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The Humane Society of Pinellas (HSP) is dedicated to reducing the rate of euthanasia in Pinellas County. Neonatal kittens are a particularly vulnerable population with more than 2,000 euthanized in Pinellas last year due to lack of resources. HSP is seeking the public’s partnership to drastically reduce this number through our Kitten Crusaders Program. Together, with the help of veterinary clinics, animal hospitals, shelter/rescue partners, and citizen foster homes, we can provide loving care to kittens in need. There are many ways to be a part of the solution! Please contact Amanda Audia, HSP’s Director of Operations at AmandaA@HumanePinellas.org to join the Crusade to save these precious animals and make a positive impact in our community!

Dr. Brenton Gallas                                        
 Medical Director
 Humane Society of Pinellas

Animal Services News

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Pinellas County Animal Services News

As September approaches, please remember this month is the peak of hurricane season.  The pet friendly shelter locations for Pinellas County are Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg and Largo High School in Largo. PCAS requests all veterinary staff remind all your clients to have medical records, medications, crates, and supplies prepared in the event of a hurricane that may require evacuation.

October 1st begins a new fiscal year for Pinellas County and a new year for PCAS initiatives to assist low income citizens with preventive care and sterilization utilizing the Animal Welfare Trust Fund.  The AWTF is supported through donations in order to benefit and assist animals of Pinellas County both in the shelter and in the community.  This fiscal year, PCAS will be providing vouchers to qualified citizens for these services.  If your clinic would like to participate in the program, please review the attached letter and sample voucher with the approved fee schedule.  Participating clinics collect the voucher with approved services at time of check in for the appointment.  Once services are provided, the voucher and the attached invoice for completed services is submitted to PCAS for payment.  If you would like to participate, please contact Kelli Coppla at 727-582-2675.   Thank you for all you do for the pets of Pinellas County.

Doug Brightwell, MBA, CAWA
Bureau Director
Pinellas County Animal Services
12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33774
Phone 727-582-2607
dbrightwell@pinellascounty.org

SPCA Tampa Bay News

SPCA Tampa Bay

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SPCA Tampa Bay

Clear The Shelters

Although Clear The Shelters was a month-long event this year, August 29 was our day for fee-waived adoptions.  As we opened our gates, over 40 cars rolled down our lane.  We started the day with 62 animals available for adoption – we adopted 61.  Our “last man standing” was Pepper the pig, who got adopted the next day.  We thank Hill’s Science Diet and NBC for helping to make the event such a huge success.

Shelters Helping Shelters

While Hurricane Laura slammed into our neighbors to the west, shelters around the country got ready to offer assistance where needed.  Louisiana SPCA started emptying their shelters in order to have space to assist with animals displaced by the storm.   As partner, we prepared to take in 30 of their adoptable dogs, some of whom will be on the adoption floor here as soon as Wednesday, September 2.

Tara Yurkshat, COO
SPCA Tampa Bay