2021 PVMA Awards This will be the seventh year the PVMA Board of Directors has honored our amazing members and affiliated individuals by recognizing those who have given to our community and profession in exceptional ways. Any current PVMA member veterinarian will be eligible to submit one nomination for each award. Nominations will be accepted through October 15th.  Award recipients will be decided by the PVMA Board of Directors and announced at our November General Membership Meeting. The three award categories are: PVMA Veterinarian of the Year (any current PVMA member veterinarian...

In preparation for PVMA Board elections to be held in May, please find an application linked below, to be considered for inclusion on the ballot. We have TWO Director position that will become available. Current PVMA member veterinarians are eligible to apply and we welcome those with or without experience serving on a non-profit board. Because of the small size of our board, it is imperative that board members are engaged, enthusiastic, and communicative. We accomplish a lot and have fun doing so! We continued to develop new programs and expand member...

The PVMA is excited to share that we are a founding organization of the Veterinary Visionaries collaborative initiative. PVMA and OVTAA members and your teams, are invited to participate in this virtual event, at no cost. About Veterinary Visionaries Veterinary Visionaries is a collaboration of veterinary associations coming together to share ideas, co-create solutions, and form a unified front to face the future by providing common ground and collective leadership in a time when the profession faces unrelenting challenges and evolving opportunities. Changemakers Virtual Event- April 7th Join us for the inaugural Veterinary Visionaries...

WAKE UP, VET MED. Diversity is one of the most critical challenges facing veterinary medicine today. Beyond the indisputable fact that our profession is one of the least racially and ethnically diverse in the nation, it can no longer be ignored that the future relevance of our field hinges upon the growth and development of a workforce that more closely resembles the American population at large. The veterinary community has discussed and explored the issue of diversity, equity, and inclusion enough. The time for talk is over. The time for decisive, committed...

While many things have changed in 2020, we are committed to maintaining support of two organization that rely heavily on donated supplies and funds to do the important work they do. For PAW Team especially, the need for their services will only continue to increase as people in our community are impacted by loss of work, income, and shelter more then ever. We are so grateful to this organization (and all our community members who volunteer with them) for helping those in need, care for their beloved pets. To encourage safety and...

This year, the PVMA is honored to recognize two individuals and an organization that have gone above and beyond for the veterinary profession and the people in it. Thank you so much to Tiah Schwartz, Dr. Bob Mack, and the Portland Animal Welfare Team for your dedication to our profession and community! Veterinary Team Member of the Year Tiah Schwartz CVT Oregon National Primate Research Center Oregon Veterinary Technician and Assistant Association “I have had the utmost pleasure of knowing and working closely with Tiah for almost ten years now in the Surgical Services Unit...

In response to the continued increase of COVID-19 cases and the ongoing efforts to navigate the pandemic, Oregon Occupational Safety And Health Authority (OSHA) has adopted a temporary enforceable workplace rule. The new rule is similar in many parts to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidance that has been shared out over the past 7 months, including physical distancing and face coverings. Additional layers are now included relating to infection control, notice to employees, requirements to assess COVID-19 exposure risk, and workplace monitoring that are new to Oregon employers, including those in veterinary...

Well, September was just terrible (we can all list off many reasons, so I won’t start). I thought things had surely hit a low point….and then I heard the news of the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. The loss of RBG, of such a warrior for women’s rights, was certainly disheartening and felt like another blow when we were already down. But it made many of us more closely review and remember her career and accomplishments, and that is helping to transform the loss into gratitude and inspiration. Without women...

With the arrival of fall comes what has traditionally been considered flu (and cold) season. While it is difficult to predict what things will look like this year, there are some considerations that can be made given the addition of COVID-19. Although wearing face coverings for COVID-19 prevention may result in decreased flu infection and cases this season, the first cases of Influenza in Oregon have already been documented. Now more than ever, it is important for anyone with symptoms of viral illnesses to stay home from work and keep a...

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