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The following document provides a section-by-section summary of the relevant provisions of the CARES Act for veterinarians and veterinary business owners. Title I: Keeping America’s Workers Paid and Employment Act CARES Act Title I establishes a new, temporary payroll protection loan program for small businesses, sole proprietors/self-employed, and 501(c)(3)s to access loans for payroll, benefits, and operating expenses. The intent is to help small businesses maintain workers and operations by providing quick capital and broad loan forgiveness for the amount used for payroll and operating expenses. To expedite distribution, the bill waives...

Congress has taken unprecedented steps to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on individuals and families, the health system and medical supply chain, and the economy. Two extensive packages of legislation were enacted in March 2020 - the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Together, these bills temporarily expand access to paid leave, direct support to individuals and families, suspend federal student loan repayment, broaden unemployment benefits to include support for those who are self-employed, and provide financial support for small...

The goal of the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners is to impress upon licensees the necessity to practice in a manner that incorporates the Governor’s Executive Orders and Directives to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and protect Kentucky communities. To that end, the Board recommends the following: Continue to ensure that your protocols are following the Governor’s current Executive Orders and Directives to keep social distancing. You should not allow clients into the building of clinics and hospitals unless there is critical need; please endeavor to use curbside exchanges....

Congressional leaders reached a deal to pass a nearly $2 trillion “stimulus” package. This legislation represents “Phase 3” of the legislative response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below, is an outline all three pieces of legislation starting with the most recent. Many of these provisions may be of interest to you or your members which are small businesses. While there is already talk of a “Phase 4” bill but it is likely several weeks away. Note: We highly recommend for all tax provisions, you should check with your accounting professional or someone familiar...

Coronavirus Veterinarian Clinic Guidance Kentucky Department for Public Health What if a Veterinary staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19? No one should work while ill The local health department (LHD) will be given the results The LHD will follow up with the positive patient The patient will be either: Be hospitalized Isolated at home if not ill enough to be hospitalized To be released from isolation: A minimum of 7 days since onset of symptoms Have all symptoms resolved Be 72 hours fever free (without antipyretics) Contacts will be investigated and a...

The Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners (KBVE) is issuing an update related to the COVID-19 response. The Board has received disturbing reports of veterinary businesses operating as normal during this State of Emergency, in direct contravention of the recommendations issued from the Kentucky Governor, the KBVE, and the Department of Public Health. Note that the Secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the Department for Public Health (DPH), as empowered by Governor Andy Beshear under the current State of Emergency, signed a Directive mandating that all non-essential medical procedures and...

The Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners (KBVE) is providing the following additional guidance during the rapidly evolving national response to SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19. You are receiving this message as an active or pending licensee or certificate holder of the Board. Cancel all non-essential procedures.  This includes delaying spays and neuters.  Conservation of medical supplies is critical during this time.  In a recent notice from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB), the association noted the following: Of utmost importance at this critical time is the conservation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Federal and state officials are...

Dear Colleagues, Today we had a call with the US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, who expressed his appreciation for the veterinary community and all the contributions the nation's veterinarians make to our daily lives. The numerous ways in which we contribute become even more apparent during difficult times such as these. We shared with the Secretary the multiple roles veterinarians are playing as we work to address the COVID-19 crisis. It is wonderful to know that our nation's leaders recognize the value that veterinarians deliver as we protect animal health...

In the framework of the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Veterinary Association (WVA) jointly draw attention to the roles and responsibilities of the veterinary profession for public health. They highlight the specific veterinary activities which are key to ensure a continuum in food safety, disease prevention and emergency management. To effectively tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, many governments around the world have taken restrictive measures to close non-essential businesses. These decisions raise questions regarding potential adaptations that need to be implemented...

As states grapple with COVID-19 mitigation, questions have immediately arisen as to whether veterinary practices are considered “essential businesses.” We are urging that veterinary practices be considered “essential businesses” in cases where non-essential retail facilities are asked to close or repurpose personal protective equipment (PPE) due to COVID-19. AVMA has provided an open letter to federal, state, and local government officials regarding the designation of veterinary practices as essential businesses and an official statement from AVMA. These resources are available for your use and distribution. We are also happy to...

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