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  • 05/27/2020 11:33 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    We’re excited to offer a brand new learning opportunity this summer—a virtual option for the Great Lakes Veterinary Conference. While we are planning to host GLVC as normal on Aug. 16-18 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, we want to make sure the content of this conference is accessible to anyone who wishes to attend.

    Attendees now have the choice to register for the in-person event or the virtual option that allows you to participate from just about anywhere. MVMA has contracted with Motown Digital to provide this opportunity. The software is easy to use and will allow you to feel as if you were in the room. You will be able to participate fully, including asking questions and interacting with in-person attendees.

    We wanted to offer this new option in the event we are not able to meet in person in August, or if group sizes are limited. Below is a short FAQ. If you have other questions that have not been answered, please email us and we will provide the answer. Registration is now open for both opportunities so be sure to claim your spot.

    So, what happens if I register for the event at the Grand Hotel and it’s canceled due to COVID-19? You will be able to participate in the virtual setting, or you will be given a full refund with no cancellation fees.

    What if a limited group can meet on the island and more people have registered than there are spots? For example, if only 50 people can gather in one place, the first 50 people to register for the event have the right of first refusal. If all want to be at the Grand Hotel, everyone who registered after the first 50 will automatically be placed in the virtual option, so it’s important to register early. If you’re not interested in the virtual option, you will be given a full refund.

    Will the virtual option still be available if restrictions are lifted and there is no limit to the amount of people who can gather at the Grand Hotel? Yes. We want everyone to be able to access this material in the safest way possible. If you don’t feel comfortable meeting in a large group, you can still participate virtually. The plan is to offer a blend of in-person and online content. The virtual option will move forward regardless.

    Click Here to Register for the Great Lakes Veterinary Conference Today!


  • 05/18/2020 7:20 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    MICHIGAN ANIMAL HEALTH FOUNDATION (MAHF) CALL FOR GRANT REQUESTS

    MAHF Grant Applications are Due June 1

    Did you know that MVMA's non-profit arm, the Michigan Animal Health Foundation (MAHF), awards grants each year for education and research projects?

    MAHF was created to allow those who love animals an opportunity to offer monetary support for critical research and education that benefits the health and welfare of animals. The MAHF offers grants of up to $10,000. Learn more about MAHF and its grant opportunities. The Research and Educational Grant Application Instructions, Application Form for Educational Grants and Application Form for Research Grants will provide the additional information you will need in order to apply.

    Michigan Animal Health Foundation's Mission

    To provide financial assistance to individuals and institutions for educational and scientific purposes in order to advance science to benefit the health and welfare of animals.


  • 05/15/2020 12:51 PM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    New Date: August 16-18, 2020

    In the interest of keeping everyone safe, as well as being able to continue to provide cutting edge continuing education, we have decided to move the Great Lakes Veterinary Conference from July to August 16-18, 2020.

    If you have already registered for the GLVC you will receive a message from us regarding this change. Please note if you have not yet registered but have already made your hotel reservation, or if you have made a reservation at any hotel other than the Grand Hotel, you will need to reschedule with them directly. 

    We will be hosting a member webinar next week with more information and new plans regarding the 2020 GLVC. CEO John Tramontana will lead a discussion on the changes and be available to answer your questions. Register for free now!

    Thank you for your understanding at this most difficult time. We are trying to make this a great conference and your health and safety are paramount.

    Please contact us with any questions or concerns. 


  • 05/12/2020 1:44 PM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    MEMBER UPDATE

    Letter to Gov. Whitmer Asking for Practices to be Reopened


    Today, we sent a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asking that she allow veterinarians and their staff to perform both essential and non-essential services. We firmly believe veterinarians are equipped and prepared to operate at full capacity in a safe and responsible manner.

    We also included a letter from AVMA as well as recommended guidelines for veterinarians to followfollow if they are allowed to reopen fully.

    While we are lobbying the Governor and her staff, we need your help to lobby the Legislature. Please take just a few minutes to contact your local State Representative and State Senator. We need to build momentum for our case so we cannot be ignored. Hearing from constituents can be very powerful, especially from medical professionals and small business owners. Let them know how these restrictions have affected your business, your staff, and your ability to do your job. We encourage you to contact your legislators based on your business locale. You can find their information by clicking the links available below.

    Contact your House Representative: https://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/frmFindaRep.aspx

    Contact your Senator: https://www.senate.michigan.gov/fysbyaddress.html

    We will continue to fight for you and won’t stop until you are allowed to perform services and procedures that are in the best interest of animals and the public’s health. Thank you in advance for your efforts to help us safely move this industry forward. Please stay safe and healthy.

    Sincerely,

    John Tramontana, MS, CAE

    CEO

    For more up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit: www.michvma.org/Coronavirus


  • 05/05/2020 3:19 PM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Register Now for this Webinar on Thursday, May 7, 2020

    As we continue our free webinar series during this pandemic, we wanted to offer you an update from the Capitol with State Representative Dr. Hank Vaupel this Thursday, May 7 from 1:00 - 1:30 pm.

    This free webinar will give you the opportunity to hear directly from Rep. Vaupel and find out what we can expect moving forward. He will also be available to answer any questions you may have. If you have some in advance, please submit them here.

    Be sure to claim your spot by registering today.

    Webinar instructions will be sent after registration. This event is a free member benefit so don’t miss out.

    We hope you’re staying safe and healthy!

    Please note that this webinar will be rescheduled if Rep. Vaupel is called into session. All registrants will be contacted directly.


  • 04/27/2020 7:11 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Taking Care
    of Your Mental Health

    Register Now for this Webinar on Wednesday, April 29, 2020

    We’re all adjusting to the new reality this pandemic has brought upon us. Now more than ever, it’s crucial that we take care of our mental health. Whether you’re struggling with the stress of running a business or adjusting to the influx of emergency cases or you’re simply lacking peer support, we’re here to help you through this.

    Join us Wednesday, April 29 at noon EST for a free webinar on mental health. We’ll be joined by Dr. Melanie Goble from Not One More Vet and Dr. Michele Gaspar from VIN Foundation's Vets4Vets Program. They’ll help you navigate these challenges and work toward a healthier you.

    Register Now for Taking Care of Your Mental Health Webinar

    If you have questions, we ask that you submit them ahead of time by clicking here. We hope to see you next week.

    Stay safe and stay healthy!


  • 04/21/2020 9:50 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    We’re all in this together. Whether it’s seeing patients over FaceTime, protecting our employees, or homeschooling our kids, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed business as usual. The daily stresses of life can be tough to bear at times, and so we’re hoping to make things just a little easier on you.

    Join us on Thursday for a Zoom Happy Hour designed to help you vent, stay connected with colleagues, or simply escape the stress of our new reality. Bring your drink of choice and whatever topic of conversation you’d like. We’ll limit each session to 20 participants to help enhance the conversation.

    REGISTER NOW

    These meetings can be whatever you’d like them to be. You can ask me about MVMA, you can ask your colleagues about their practice or how they’re coping, or you can simply grab a drink and listen to the conversation. I will be holding these meetings twice a week through the duration of the pandemic. If the demand calls for more, I’ll add them.

    I want you all to know that MVMA is here to support you, your practice and your well-being.

    Sign up here. I hope to see you all soon.

    Sincerely,


  • 04/20/2020 7:02 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    We are facing unprecedented times, and we may need to continue to sacrifice the ability to treat our patients in person to the extent possible to protect public health—and in some cases, to comply with state orders. With the advancements in communication and information technologies, veterinary medicine may have an opportunity to use some of these new telehealth tools to benefit animal health.

     

    This online continuing education will increase the participants’ knowledge of the state and federal regulatory landscape, explain the legal and ethical challenges that may arise with the use of telehealth, and provide tips to employ best practices for quality care and patient safety.

    This program has been approved for 2 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval.

     

     

    Use coupon code “StaySafeMI” at checkout for 40% off before May 1, 2020.

    To enroll today, visit: AnimalAndVeterinaryLaw.com/courses/

     

     

    MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR:

    Dr. Babcock, a licensed veterinarian and attorney, offers instruction in veterinary medical law and ethics as part of the traditional veterinary medical curriculum and also as continuing education for veterinary medical professionals. Her active engagement in professional associations, academia, and small animal medicine helps to ensure that the courses offered are applicable to veterinary practice, reflect the needs of the profession, and encourage compliance with evolving veterinary medical law, ethics, and standards of care.

     


  • 04/03/2020 2:28 PM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    We’re all in this together. Whether it’s seeing patients over FaceTime, protecting our employees, or homeschooling our kids, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed business as usual. The daily stresses of life can be tough to bear at times, and so we’re hoping to make things just a little easier on you.

    Starting next week, I will be conducting two open sessions on Zoom to help you vent, stay connected with colleagues, or simply escape the stress of our new reality. We’ll hold one coffee hour on Wednesday morning from 9-10 a.m., and one happy hour Thursday evening from 7-8 p.m. Bring your drink of choice and whatever topic of conversation you’d like. We’ll limit each session to 20 participants to help enhance the conversation.

    These meetings can be whatever you’d like them to be. You can ask me about MVMA, you can ask your colleagues about their practice or how they’re coping, or you can simply grab a drink and listen to the conversation. I will be holding these meetings twice a week through the duration of the pandemic. If the demand calls for more, I’ll add them.

    I want you all to know that MVMA is here to support you, your practice and your well-being.

    Sign up here. I hope to see you all soon.

    Sincerely,


  • 04/02/2020 11:14 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Executive Order 2020-34

    Gov. Whitmer just released a clarification on essential and non-essential veterinary procedures. Please see the Governor’s press release below. There is also a link to the order. MVMA advises you to use telehealth whenever possible. In other instances, this Executive Order will help to clarify. It’s important to note that each bullet point ends with the phrase, “as determined by a licensed veterinarian.” That means there is no one-size-fits-all approach, and that veterinarians should use their best judgment based on the criteria set forth by the State of Michigan. Simply put, if there’s a procedure that can be put off for a few weeks or months, please do so.

    MDARD is currently working on an FAQ document that focuses primarily on equine practices. If you have a question you’d like added to that document, please email MDARD-covid19@michigan.gov.

    We will continue to provide you with the latest information as soon as it becomes available. Thank you, and please stay safe and stay healthy.

    RESOURCES:

    Click here to view Executive Order 2020-34.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

    April 2, 2020 

    Contact: Press@michigan.gov  

    Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Clarifying Temporary 

    Restrictions on Non-Essential Veterinary Procedures 

    LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-34, to clarify the temporary restrictions she placed on non-essential veterinary procedures as part of Executive Order 2020-32.  

    The order prohibits all non-essential veterinary procedures starting on April 2, 2020, and encourages veterinarians and veterinary technicians to practice telemedicine as much as possible to slow the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, the order directs veterinary services that use personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimize their use as much as possible to ensure availability of PPE for health care workers.  

    “We are working every day to make sure our health care workers have the supplies they need to fight COVID-19,” said Whitmer. “We must all continue to work together to secure more personal protective equipment so we can slow the spread of the virus. Michiganders are tough, and if we all work together, we can protect as many people as possible.” 

    Under executive order 2020-34, “non-essential veterinary services” means all non-agricultural veterinary services other than those that are necessary to preserve the life of an animal, as determined by a licensed veterinarian; necessary to treat serious pain that threatens the health and safety of an animal, as determined by a licensed veterinarian; necessary to euthanize an animal, as determined by a licensed veterinarian; or necessary to treat or prevent the transmission of any infectious disease that can be transmitted between animals and human beings, as determined by a licensed veterinarian. 

    Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus. 

    To view Executive Order 2020-34, click the link below:  


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