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...

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...

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