It’s a Process! Keep Going! Chantal Faraudo, CVT, CVPP OVTAA Board Director Having skilled credentialed veterinary technicians on veterinary teams is an essential part of building an efficient and healthy practice. Utilizing the skills of the credentialed technician to the fullest extent is critical for the credentialed technician’s job satisfaction, the practice’s bottom line and healthy work culture. Credentialed veterinary technicians are qualified and trained to do many skills and tasks in a practice so veterinarians can leverage their time within the practice, generating additional revenue. Freeing up the veterinarian to be able...

For most of us, if not all of us, being a part of the veterinary community is something we take extreme pride in.  While we face many issues as a profession, some unique and some not, we often come to ask ourselves: “what more can we do for those around me?”  Chances are you have worked with, or currently, work with folks who identify as a gender other than one that was assigned to them.  It brings me great joy to be able to share a workspace with such courageous individuals who find comfort and safety...

Nearly 20 years ago, a scholarship endowment was set-up at the Oregon State University’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine to help support 3rd year students from the Portland Metro Area. Last year, we were able to contribute $15k to ensure the endowment continues to be sustainable, and we updated the award description to be more inclusive and accessible to more students. We now have the opportunity to provide two ways for our members to help either grow the endowment or contribute directly for us to be able to provide a larger award...

  Tis the Season of Giving! 2021 PVMA Pet Food & Supplies Drive While many things have changed over the last nearly 2 years, we are committed to maintaining support of two organization that rely heavily on donated supplies and funds to do the important work they do - PAW Team and the Coffee Creek Puppy Program. Your donations to our holiday food and supplies drive will have a direct impact on these organizations and support their increasingly vital services. For PAW Team especially, the need for their services will only continue to increase...

PVMA is honored to recognize three individuals that have gone above and beyond for the veterinary profession and the people in it. We are proud to announce the following 2021 PVMA Awards recipients:   Veterinary Team Member of the Year: Morgan Castaneda Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic Nominated by Dr. Cheryl Lopate: I would like nominate our practice manager, Morgan Castaneda, as the veterinary team member of the year. Morgan initially joined our practice in 2006 when it was still owned by Ray Calkins, and worked as an assistant and customer care team member for 2...

Since the summer of 2021, the PVMA has had the pleasure of hosting Wellness Days in partnership with Discover Balance Wellness center in Vancouver, supported by Trupanion. These events are an opportunity for PVMA and OVTAA members to receive complimentary spa and wellness services and enjoy a well-deserved day of self-care with colleagues. A variety of services are available (vary for each date), including acupuncture, mineral bath, float,  sauna, reiki, chair massage, yoga, and more. PVMA Wellness Days are ongoing and hosted one Sunday a month in Vancouver, WA. We look...

Like most everyone else this past year and a half, the Coffee Creek Puppy Program had to make some changes to navigate the evolving pandemic, but have successfully been able to move forward with the training of these Canine Companions’ dogs. The PVMA is proud to have been a partner of this program for the past 16 years and are immensely grateful to all PVMA member hospitals who have provided sponsored veterinary care, past and present! Coffee Creek Correctional Facility is the state prison located in Wilsonville, Oregon. The puppy program...

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...

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