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Latest Information

 

Take our Curbside during COVID survey and view the results so far

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Please print and share our client resources:

Client Curbside During COVID poster

Client How to Help Your Vet During COVID Poster

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AVMA, AVMA LIFE, and AVMA PLIT Release Template for Screening Veterinary Team Members for COVID-19

 

Employers who decide to screen employees for COVID-19 should take precautions and be sure to screen all team members on a non-discriminatory basis. Employers may not ask medical questions unrelated to COVID-19 and appropriate safety measures such as PPE and social distancing should be maintained when screening.

For more information and to download a sample template, CLICK HERE.

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AVMF partners with Vet’s Best Friend to provide COVID-19 Disaster Relief Grant Program for Massachusetts Veterinarians

 

Many working in the veterinary profession have been affected by COVID-19 and are experiencing financial hardship. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), in partnership with Vets' Best Friend, is pleased to announce the launch of a COVID-19 Disaster Relief Grant program to assist AVMA-member veterinarians in Massachusetts.


The program will help veterinarians affected by COVID-19-related job loss or illness by providing a $2,000 grant. Through the generosity of Vet’s Best Friend, $50,000 in grants are being funded.


Learn more about the program and apply for a grant by visiting AVMF.org/CovidMass

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Input Requested

 

A research team at Colorado State University within the One Health Institute has put together a survey for veterinarians exploring the impact of COVID-19 on companion animal care for vulnerable pet owners and the use of telemedicine to increase access to care.

 

The first 200 respondents will be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card and all information collected will be anonymous.

http://colostate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bwosbaF1T0v06Ud

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Thinking of reopening?
Here are some considerations.

 

There is still no specific guidance for veterinarians.  It is up to the practice owner to decide when it's safe to allow non-staff into the office space.

Whether you continue to limit to curbside pickup, allow humans only into exam rooms, or open waiting rooms for pet parents, you must  continue to adhere to the Commonwealth's protocols including:

  • Social Distancing: Remain 6 feet apart, provide signage for staying distant, and require face masks for all employees

  • Hygiene Protocols: Provide plenty of hand washing capabilities, ensure frequent hand washing, and provide sanitation in high touch areas

  • Clean and Disinfect: Establish and maintain cleaning protocols and disinfect all surfaces at regular intervals


CLICK HERE  for more details about mandatory workplace safety standards.

 

The MVMA is not a regulatory body for veterinarians. It is the responsibility of the practice owner to decide how to move forward with the above guidelines.

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Evidence for Human to Mink to Human Transmission

 

The minks on Dutch fur farms first got sick in mid-April, showing symptoms ranging from runny noses to severe respiratory distress. They had caught the novel coronavirus from human handlers, the government later said, and soon farmed minks appeared to have  passed it back to two other people, in the world’s first reports of animal-to-human transmission since the pandemic began.

The International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) has numerous references to summarize research in animals related to COVID-19.  CLICK HERE to view these articles.

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COVID-19 Veterinary Conversations: Navigating the Pandemic

Together  Webinar Series 

 

The MVMA and the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University are partnering to offer a webinar series to help provide relevant and current advice on best responses to address the challenges created by the pandemic.


In case you missed it...


6.17.20

Focus on Personal and Veterinary Practice Wellness

Led by Cummings School clinical social worker, Eric Richman.


6.3.20

Veterinarian to Veterinarian: COVID-19 and Animals

Led by Cummings School virologist Professor Jonathan Runstadler, DVM, Ph.D.


5.20.20

Implementing Telehealth During the COVID-19 Crisis.

Led by Dr. Deborah Linder, Chair of Cummings Veterinary Medical Center Telehealth Taskforce

 

5.6.20

Veterinary Practice Safety Measures during the COVID-19 Crisis.

Led by Dr. Cheryl Blaze, hospital director of Tufts' Foster Hospital for Small Animals.

 

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Additional Resources

 

Current US Distribution

 

Current World Distribution

 

CDC Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance 5.12.20
Revised guidelines for treating companion animals during COVID19


An important update from Serlin Haley 5.12.20

MA Announcement of 4 Phase Re-Entry  

 

Board of Registration of Veterinary Medicine

Policy Guidelines:  Telemedicine COVID19 State of Emergency

 

Board of Registration of Veterinary Medicine

COVID-19 Veterinary Essential Services

 

ASPCA Statement Concerning Spay and Neuter of Shelter Animals During the COVID-19 Crisis

 
 

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AVMA Resources

 

AVMA: Practicing Veterinary Medicine During COVID-19
AVMA COVID-19 State Orders

New COVID-19 Resources 

What veterinarians need to know

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)

Highlights of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)

Section by section analysis of the CARES Act most relevant to veterinary practices

FAQs for veterinary small businesses

Managing your veterinary practice through the coronavirus crisis    

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Preparation Resources

 

Defense plan against COVID-19

Pandemic Readiness Toolkit

Veterinary Employment Issues question and answer guide


 

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Additional Resources

 

ASPCA

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers

AVMA

CDC.gov

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Mass.Gov

Mass Dept. of Public Health

MSPCA Angell

OSHA

Ready.gov

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Veterinary Medical Association Executives

World Health Organization

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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