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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


This CDC link from the text below provides additional info:


CDC Primary link:


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 board and I hope everyone is staying safe following guidance from local officials and the CDC. This has been an incredibly difficult year for us all, but we admire everyone’s resilience and continued dedication to animal welfare. We will be starting monthly webinars to continue our CE, please be on the lookout for more info. I also wanted to share some important information from local members as well as the CDC about our current situation.
Recently, we sent out two survey requests on 6/4 and 6/22. Thank you so much to the hospitals and members that participated: Dorinda Odell, CVT,  at Tarpon Animal Hospital, Dr. Mark Brown at Central Animal Hospitals, Dr. Julie White at Animal Hospital of Seminole, Dr. Robin Moore at East Bay Animal Hospital, Dr. Chérie Buisson at Helping Hands Pet Hospice, Jennifer Ballinger, CVPM, CVT,  at Pinellas Animal Hospital,  Dr. Kim Donovan at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, Jen Parenti , CVT, at Westlake Animal Hospital, Dr. Cindy Culpepper at Paws and Claws Animal Medical Center,  Dr. Michael Rumore at Lake Seminole Animal Hospital,          Dr. William Slocumb at Skyway Animal Hospital, and Dr. Brooke Certa at Coastal Animal Clinic.
The survey responses indicated that the majority of hospitals are operating at normal hours and offering full services using curbside. Those that are not, are practicing social distancing in the hospital or in client homes for mobile services. Also, nearly all respondents indicated that euthanasias were an exception and that limited clients could come into the hospital wearing full PPE.
These results are in line with the updated CDC recommendations for veterinarians and veterinary hospitals. The main points include education that animals are not spreading the disease but they can rarely become infected from humans. It’s important to rule out all other causes of the clinical signs in an ill pet before contacting the state veterinarian and pursuing COVID testing. The CDC recommends using curbside and telemedicine whenever possible, conserving PPE and opting for reusable/washable items, and regular cleaning/disinfecting. It is also important to discuss signs of COVID with owners prior to appointments and have a protocol in place if you must see a sick/injured animal that has been exposed to a person with symptoms or a positive test result. Please visit the CDC website for more information as their guidelines may change or become updated.
As always, please reach out to your board members at any time to discuss your concerns or let us know if there’s any way we can help. Have a great July 4th!
CDC guidelines included in this newsletter!



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


 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.


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




 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.