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The Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners (KBVE) is providing the following updates on the COVID-19 response as it relates to veterinary medicine. You are receiving this message as an active veterinarian or veterinary technician licensee of the Board. KBVE is in contact with the Governor’s Office and will push out vital information related to the professions of veterinary medicine as it becomes available.  If the Governor’s Office mandates closures or restrictions on the practice of veterinary medicine, licensees will be expected to abide by such directives. The Board considers the profession of veterinary...

Dear Colleagues, We understand this is an incredibly challenging time for all. We want you, our members, to know that the AVMA is working day and night to advocate for you; to provide useful guidance to help you, your clients, and your practice through this crisis; and to disseminate credible information for all concerned. We are working with federal agencies, including the CDC and FDA; gathering expertise from veterinarians and others working in public health and disaster response; collaborating with state veterinary medical and species-specific organizations, the AAVMC, veterinary schools, and...

Hello KVMA Members; The KVMA is following many different updates that are being issued concerning Covid-19 from the State of KY, CDC, AVMA and more. The KVMA will continue to monitor this ongoing crisis and we are deeply sorry for everyone that has been impacted.  You may read about HR6201 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act in the attachment and in the press release below from the AVMA. We will keep our membership updated as we receive news into our office. I will be very descriptive on the subject line. This e-mail contains information...

The Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA) is proud to announce a new program for members to purchase Pet Oxygen Mask Kits. By partnering with KVMA, members are able to purchase these kits that they can provide to their local First Responders & help save pet lives in emergency situations. KVMA will be responsible for all the paperwork and ordering of the mask kits. The kits will be shipped directly to the clinics so that veterinarians can distribute them directly to their local Fire Departments and EMT’s. Should the Fire Department or...

The Veterinarian’s Role in Animal Abuse Reporting KRS 321.185 allows release of client or animal care information only with a waiver by the client or by a court order or subpoena. Kentucky licensed veterinarians are in violation of their veterinarian-client-patient-relationship if they report suspected animal abuse without a client waiver or court action. All veterinarians take an oath to alleviate animal suffering. Kentucky is the only state that prohibits veterinarians from reporting suspected animal abuse/cruelty. Reporting suspected abuse by a veterinarian would only be a first step.   Appropriate law enforcement...

Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association members hosted a luncheon for legislators and staff at the State Capitol Annex on Wednesday, February 12. The luncheon provided veterinarians the opportunity to stress the importance of veterinarians being able to report suspected animal abuse. Currently, by state statute, they are in violation of their veterinarian-client-patient relationship if they report suspected abuse of animals under their care unless they have a client waiver or a court order or subpoena. Kentucky is the only state with this restriction on veterinarians. The veterinarians provided to legislators and staff...

You may have heard: The misleadingly named Fairness to Pet Owners Act, which would require veterinarians to provide prescriptions for companion animal medications even if the client does not want one, has been reintroduced in Congress and is gaining momentum. This legislation is poorly conceived and unnecessary, as veterinarians already provide prescriptions upon request in accordance with state laws and the AVMA's Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics. Thank you to the thousands of you who have already written your lawmakers in opposition to this misguided legislation. If you've already written in,...

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