The PVMA has been exploring the opportunity to offer an association healthcare plan, known as a multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA), to the Portland veterinary community. We have developed a relationship with an insurance group and we are moving forward with the process. We are grateful to the 161 people who completed the healthcare survey we sent out in June. It was very helpful in guiding our conversation and helping develop the plan. While we are making every effort to build a plan that provides benefits well-suited to our community members with reasonable premiums and deductibles, the ability to...

Last fall, the Portland Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) began exploring a partnership with the Oregon Veterinary Technician and Assistant Association (OVTAA) to determine what was needed for the OVTAA to be sustainable and for the PVMA to be able to offer more support to our community members. Over the past 6 months, we have been communicating our plans to our community and preparing for this transition. The time has arrived! The PVMA will begin providing administrative management to the OVTAA while merging the benefits of our Veterinary Team Affiliate (VTA) program with OVTAA...

The PVMA would like to extend support and stand behind our community veterinary hospitals, many who have experienced negative online reviews and social media comments. It is important to note that there is a vast difference between critique (disagreeing or criticizing what someone did) and abuse that includes threats, harassment, and intent to inflict emotional or physical harm. We wholeheartedly condemn social media cyberbullying and the backlash that occurs. Online abuse can be so damaging especially in its anonymity, how long-lasting it is, and how easy it is for it to...

For the past 14 years, the PVMA and its sponsoring member hospitals have been partners in the Coffee Creek Puppy Program. It is sometimes difficult to convey the amazing multi-faceted impact this program has on all those involved, it truly does 'take a village'. This video shows this in the most beautiful of ways. Thank you to each and every person involved in making this program as special as it is! Our wonderful sponsoring veterinary practices: Rose City Veterinary Hospital, Murrayhill Veterinary Hospital, GabrielPark VetClinic, Fremont Veterinary Clinic, East Hills Animal Clinic, VCA Southeast Portland Animal Hospital, VCA...

The PVMA is honored to recognize three individuals that have gone above and beyond to give back to the veterinary profession. Thank you so much to Jan Latshaw, Dr. Emilio DeBess, and Cristina Keef for everything you each have done to encourage and support our community!   Veterinary Team Member of the Year Jan Latshaw, NW Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital Nominated by: Dr. Scott Shuler "Jan defines honesty and integrity.  Throughout her 10 years as the practice manager at Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital, Jan has ensured that our employees are cared for and appreciated.  She has kept...

We will be holding a traditional holiday pet food and supplies drive again this year! To be included as a collection location, please contact the PVMA office at 503‐228‐7387 or pvma@portlandvma.org so we may include your practice’s name in our promotions. To participate, veterinary practices must be able to bring collected donations to the PVMA office (located on Sylvan) for sorting and distribution.   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...

  2018 PVMA Award Nominations This will be the fifth year the PVMA Executive Board 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 September 24th.  Award recipients will be decided by the PVMA Executive Board and announced at a Fall General Membership Meeting.   The three award categories are: PVMA Veterinarian of the Year (any current PVMA member veterinarian is...

Are you an early career veterinarian? (graduate of veterinary classes 2010-2017*) Are you interested in developing your resiliency, emotional intelligence, career satisfaction, communication ability, relationships and leadership skills? What is the P10 program? A personal and professional development program for early-career veterinarians designed to foster resiliency, leadership capacity, collegiality, emotional intelligence, career satisfaction and longevity in the field. A year-long series of lectures, panels, discussions, and experiences yielding life-long, supportive relationships between cohort-members and increased engagement in organized veterinary medicine. *others may be considered on an individual basis 2018-19 Program Facilitators: Dr. Ariel Grubb and Dr....

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...

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