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PCVMA News Letter 01/2020 Volume:31 No. 1

PCVMA News Letter 02/2020 Volume:31 No. 2

PCVMA News Letter 03/2020 Volume:31 No. 3

PCVMA News Letter 04/2020 Volume:31 No.4

PCVMA News Letter 05/2020 Volume:31 No.5

PCVMA News Letter 06/2020 Volume:31 No.6

PCVMA News Letter 07/2020 Volume:31 No. 7

PCVMA News Letter 08/20 Volume:31, No. 8

PCVMA News Letter 09/20 Volume:31, No.9

PCVMA News Letter 10/20 Volume:31,No10

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,

Happy Halloween! Our crazy, turbulent year continues, but our organization is still active and making great plans for next year! We’re continuing our monthly webinar series this month with our very own

Dr. Jim Cook of SCAN. He’ll be speaking about animal models of human neurologic diseases, so make sure to sign up using the link included in the email announcement!

We recently conducted a poll to see how our members and their hospitals are managing during COVID. Of the 37 respondents, 80% reported that they are still curbside and plan to remain so for the time being. We also asked when everyone would like to resume in-person monthly meetings, with nearly all agreeing that we should continue virtual meetings through the end of the year. As time progresses, we’ll keep you all updated on our plans so that we can best serve the group. As always, please let me or your board members know if you have any questions or concerns!

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