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...

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...

Please visit the Community News Section for updates: www.portlandvma.org/community-news     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...

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