The PVMA Board of Directors is introducing a new mentorship program to support OSU Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine students during their 3rd and 4th years.   Intention The goal of this program is to provide an opportunity for veterinary students to connect with veterinarians in the Portland metro area to gain insight and knowledge into the practice of veterinary medicine that is beyond the academic setting. This mentor relationship may also provide networking and added support for the student as they graduate and navigate the first years as a veterinarian. In turn, this is...

Regional Fire Response Update: The PVMA is on daily calls with MAC-G (Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization Animal Multi-Agency Coordination Group) and the group is working very well together to ensure Clackamas County Dog Services especially, has the support and resources needs to care for evacuated animals. We are grateful to those who have opted to be available if volunteer vets are needed. At this time, large animal/equine vets are in highest demand but have been organized and many large animals are starting to be moved back home or to long-term temp...

2020 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...

"The only constant in life is change." 2020 has exemplified that in many ways. We have all had to adapt to change in the world around us, but we have also been asked to look for change within ourselves. As it turns out, many of these changes are long overdue. Let us recognize the privilege that we may have, against the struggles that others have had to overcome. Let us not pretend to all be the same, but rather embrace that our differences make us stronger and more interesting. Let us...

Update: May 1, 2020 Guidance on Resumption of Non-Emergent and Elective Procedures in Veterinary Facilities On March 19, 2020, Governor Brown issued Executive Order No. 20-10 to cancel all elective and non-urgent health care procedures that require personal protective equipment (PPE) effective March 23, 2020. On April 27, 2020, Governor Brown issued Executive Order No. 20-22, which allows veterinary facilities to resume elective and non-emergent procedures that require PPE, starting May 1, 2020, if the criteria in this Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidance can be met. Authority: Executive Order No. 20-22, ORS 433.443, ORS...

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 Dolores Galindo, Enid Traisman, and Dr. Paul Scherlie for everything you each have done to encourage and support our profession and community!   Veterinary Team Member of the Year Dolores Galindo CVT Nominated by: Tiah Schwartz on behalf of the OVTAA "Dolores was a founding member of the OVTAA in 2005 and has served on the Board of Directors in various positions since then.  Dolores has been instrumental in keeping...

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 SW Barbur Blvd) 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...

2019 PVMA Awards This will be the sixth 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...

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...

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