COVID-19 Resources

RECENT UPDATES

NEW THIS WEEK:

  • Wellness: Stress Management for Clinicians During COVID-19
  • Webinar: What You Need to Know About Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness – 5/28 @ 1PM (VHMA)
  • Webinar: Recession Proofing Your Practice Through Revenue Diversification – 5/28 @ 2PM (Heska)
  • Animal Health: Multiple media outlets previously reported that a pet Pug in North Carolina had positive results of a quantitative PCR (aPCR) test for SARS-CoV-2. It appears the Pug was not evaluated by a veterinarian at that time. Based on the results available from the NVSL, it appears the weak detection of viral RNA by PCR may be the result of contamination from the COVID-19 positive household. Results of tests performed to confirm the presumptive positive result were shared on 5/29 by the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL). The NVSL was unable to verify infection in the Pug. No virus was isolated and there was no evidence of an immune response based on a virus neutralization test. This case serves as a good reminder of the importance of following a logical approach to diagnosis in cases of suspected SARS-CoV-2 in animals. A necessary part of the diagnostic workup is consultation with the state public health veterinarian or designated state animal health official. View more info on COVID-19 animal testing here.

LAST WEEK’S UPDATES:

  • 5/12: Governor Kemp has issued another executive order covering the reopening of businesses. The main item that relates to veterinarians is #17 on pg. 11 concerning the use of PIN pads, which now can be used if disinfected frequently. Click here to read the executive order. For the sake of health & safety concerns, there should be no rush to get back to “normal” and the GVMA recommends that you continue observing the safety protocols that you have instituted for your staff and your clients.
  • Lab study suggests coronavirus can spread between cats
    • Cats infected with SARS-CoV-2 transmitted the virus to other cats in a small lab study, researchers reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, but the cats did not develop clinical signs of illness, and the AVMA cautions that the results don’t mean cats can spread the virus in real-world settings. Moreover, “there is no evidence to suggest that animals, including pets, that may be incidentally infected by humans are playing a role in the spread of COVID-19,” the AVMA says.
  • SARS-CoV-2 Case Definition (USDA)
THINGS THAT HAVE CHANGED
GETTING BACK TO "NORMAL"

5/12: Governor Kemp has issued an executive order covering the reopening of businesses. The main item that relates to veterinarians is #17 on pg. 11 concerning the use of PIN pads, which now can be used if disinfected frequently. Click here to read the executive order. For the sake of health & safety concerns, there should be no rush to get back to “normal” and the GVMA recommends that you continue observing the safety protocols that you have instituted for your staff and your clients.

ON-DEMAND & LIVE WEBINARS
MOBILE & HOUSE CALL VETS
CATTLE VETS & PRODUCERS
FOOD ANIMAL VETS
Updates by Agency
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION (CDC)
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
GEORGIA VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (GVMA)

The GVMA office is mostly operational—feel free to call us at 678-309-9800 or email us at any time just as you normally would.

Our team is currently working from home. Physical mailings from our office will be delayed, including mailed invoice payments, CVA program materials, handbook orders, and so forth. We appreciate your understanding during this stressful time.

US FOOD & DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA)
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

GVMA MEMBERS: JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT WELLNESS WEBINAR!

TUESDAY, 5/5, 8PM

GVMA Webinar: “Conscious Relaxation”

Becoming aware of tension in the body and cultivating the capacity to let the body relax can help to reduce the physical impact of acute and chronic stress, and anxiety. In this session, participants will learn a mindfulness practice for consciously releasing muscular tension in the body.
Please note: In order to create a sense of community, participants will be able to join this session with their webcam on. This is an interactive session and you are encouraged to participate. This webinar is available exclusively to GVMA Members at no cost. Space is limited.

Instructor: Dr. Laura Smallwood, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), RYT-200, Chair of GVMA Wellbeing & Resilience Committee

JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT TOWN HALL MEETING!

THURSDAY, 5/7, 7PM

GVMA/UGA CVM VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING FOR COVID-19

This session is devoted to answering questions producers and veterinarians have around their key role in maintaining a stable, secure, and cost effective food supply.

The GVMA is actively updating COVID-19 resources for our members. Our office is open and we can be contacted at GVMA@gvma.net or (678) 309-9800 should you need assistance.

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