NAVTA formed the Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI) coalition seeking to unite the profession under a single title, credentialing requirements and scope of practice. Through the standardization and public awareness of the credential, the profession will make strides towards better recognition, mobility and elevated practice standards, leading to better patient care and consumer protection.  VNI is pursuing legislative amendments: (1) to establish the credential of Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN); and (2) to substitute the title of Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), Certified Veterinary...

The PVMA offers to its members a large and varied selection of continuing education lectures, symposia, and labs throughout the year. As our membership grows, we have been able to increase and improve this primary membership benefit, and the Continuing Education Committee and the Executive Board are committed to making these offerings the highest quality that we can. We take member surveys and comments very seriously as we plan meetings and topics each year. In keeping with this goal, we have recently implemented several new policies that are intended to improve...

The PVMA is a proud associate member of Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP) and we are very pleased to announce a collaborative program between PHP, Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE) and our association. We believe this initiative will have a significant impact on the health of your patients and your practice. About Forward Booking This collaborative program focuses on the importance of forward booking, which simply means scheduling all patients’ next appointments before they leave your practice, regardless of the reason for their current visit. This includes medical progress exams and preventive healthcare exams....

An outbreak of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) began in December in the Bay Area of California. We are closely watching as more information becomes available and we have shared recommendations with the Portland veterinary community to help minimize the impact on dogs in our community. The outbreak of CIV is in the South Bay Area of California as well as smaller incidence in Fresno, Reno, and around Sacramento. As of February 15th, two positive cases have now been identified in Idaho and one in Grants Pass, Oregon. Details of the current outbreak...

The Portland Veterinary Medical Association is a professional membership organization representing 600 veterinarians and their practices across the Portland Metro area. The PVMA is dedicated to supporting and representing its members and the local veterinary community. Along with many other local organizations and agencies, we strive to educate the general public in an effort to improve animal welfare and promote the human animal bond. The recent Fox 12 News call for followers to submit their veterinary bills in an effort to determine variability between costs is concerning to the veterinary profession...

Changes to this year’s drive We will be unable to accept any prescription medications whether new, opened, or expired. Please contact PAW Team directly if you have some of the items they are in need of, listed on their website: www.pawteam.org/donate/#anchor-medical-donations-wishlist Recipients of the donations will be: Portland Animal Welfare Team:  www.pawteam.org The Portland Animal Welfare (PAW) Team saves lives, alleviates suffering, and keeps pets and people together by providing free veterinary care to the pets of people who are experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty. Coffee Creek Puppy Program: www.cci.org A small group of female inmates at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility...

On Thursday, September 28th, the Coffee Creek Puppy Program held its annual matriculation celebration to recognize dogs who have or will be moving on to professional training as well as all the inmates, volunteers, and veterinary sponsors who participate in the program. Coffee Creek Correctional Facility is the state women's prison located in Wilsonville, Oregon. The puppy program was created in the late 1990s in partnership with Canines Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that provides adults and children with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities with highly trained companion dogs. In 2005, due...

We are thrilled to celebrate our amazing members and affiliated individuals by recognizing just a few of those who have given to our community and profession in exceptional ways. Veterinarian of the Year Dr. Jo-Anne Wisniewski, Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin Nominated by: Dr. Nicole Chamberlin, Bethany Family Pet Clinic “I first met Jo-Anne 10 years ago, when I was a young veterinarian with two kids under the age of two years.  I submitted my CV and a cover letter for relief work at the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin. I was trying to find a way...

  What is Power of Ten? The Power of Ten Program will offer ten early-career veterinarians the opportunity to complete a personal and professional development program comprised of in-person educational opportunities and activities over a 12 month period. The PVMA will provide topic experts, meals, and meeting expenses at no charge to the participant. Modules will be held at locations around the Portland area and mid-Willamette Valley with the exception of attendance at the AVMA’s Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago.   Our 2017-18 participants will be: Dr. Ben Carter, VCA North Portland Veterianry Hospital- The Ohio State University 2016 Dr....

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