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I. Introduction. On April 21, the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners (KBVE) issued a Memorandum and Order counter signed by the Governor’s Office in accordance with Executive Order 2020-243 which imposed restrictions on the practice of veterinary medicine as part of the response effort to the SARS-CoV-2 / COVID- 19 pandemic. The Memorandum and Order issued today, June 1, provides an update to that Order, easing some of those restrictions. Licensees should understand that this easing is not a complete return to normal business operations. Should there be another spike in disease...

KBVE sent these most updated recommendations this morning. You are receiving this message as current licensee or certificate holder of the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners, or as a pending applicant. To learn more about the COVID‐19 response in the Kentucky Veterinary Community, please visit the Board’s website at www.kybve.com/Kentucky‐Veterinary‐Covid‐19‐updates.html. Please see the Memorandum and Order from the Chairman of the Board and the Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth. KVMA & KBVE will have this on our Covid resource page on our respective web-sites soon. Please pay special attention starting on Page...

The AVMA Advocacy staff has been closely monitoring COVID-19 legislative developments in Washington, DC. There has been a tremendous demand for the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Programs. As of April 13, the Small Business Administration reported that they have approved close to $259 million in PPP loans and Department of Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said that without an infusion of new funds, PPP will run out of money as soon as Friday. Some media outlets are reporting that it will run out of funds today(April 15). It...

Dear veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and paraprofessionals: Given the unprecedented circumstances we are facing related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recommendation from state and federal health officials that no large events be scheduled, the Buffalo Trace Veterinary Medical Association Morehead Clinic Days committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the Morehead Clinic Days meeting which was scheduled for June 6 & 7, 2020. We are taking this action to ensure the safety of all veterinarians and other veterinary professionals who would be attending the meeting. We realize this decision will...

There is exciting news to report on Senate Bill 21 that would allow veterinarians to report suspected abuse. The bill was signed by the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate on the last day of session and delivered to the Governor for his signature. We will report back on this further as there are many people to thank for their assistance and support in getting this bill passed through the House and Senate. Click here to read SB21...

The USDA will NOT ACCEPT THE KENTUCKY EIA form after April 15, 2020. Approved paper EIA forms are the: VS10-11 Feb 2018 edition Ohio Department of Agriculture For all paper forms, every box on the form has to be filled in, including a tattoo or brand number. If there is no data to enter, must draw a line or indicate “none” Approved electronic forms are Global Vet Links and VSPS. Please recall that GVL has member discounts for KVMA members. You will need your KVMA member number to sign in for the...

The KVMA has been receiving questions about how to handle various situations relating to COVID-19. Many revolve around how to handle a pet that may or may not have encounter a COVID-19 infected person. This question has become more pressing, as two dogs (Hong Kong), two cats (Hong Kong and Belgium) and, now, a tiger (Bronx Zoo in New York) have tested positive for COVID-19. The KVMA has created an informative flier that you may use as a handout to your clients with questions. The KVMA Brochure, concerning the protection of...

Our office has been asked by the Governor’s Office to reach out to all surgical centers and veterinarian facilities throughout the state to ask for donations of the following: Gloves Masks(surgical and n95) Gowns IV equipment Cotton swabs (preferably sterile) Ventilatory supplies Any other medical equipment that would be useful for pandemic response Any donations that you can make should be taken to your nearest Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post. If you are in Lexington or Louisville, please take donations to your KY Transportation Cabinet District Office. If you have larger...

Paycheck Protection Program The Treasury Department released a press release today indicating the Paycheck Protection Program will be operational by Friday: home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm961.  From the press release: "This legislation provides small business job retention loans to provide eight weeks of payroll and certain overhead to keep workers employed," said Secretary Mnuchin. "Treasury and the Small Business Administration expect to have this program up and running by April 3rd so that businesses can go to a participating SBA 7(a) lender, bank, or credit union, apply for a loan, and be approved on the same day....

Recent emergency stimulus legislation has provided significant federal funding through the Small Business Administration (SBA) for new loan programs to assist small businesses, independent contractors, and the self-employed, coping with the financial impacts of COVID-19. SMALL BUSINESS LOANS Disaster Assistance Loans Who can apply? Small businesses operating in states that have declared a disaster How much? Up to $2 million available for economic injury including fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Terms and repayment? 3.75% interest rate with a 30 year-maximum repayment, determined on...

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