Hurricane Dorian Updates

FVMA Hurricane Dorian Update (8/30/19 – 3 p.m.): The FVMA Disaster Preparedness Committee has been monitoring Hurricane Dorian and its potential impact on Florida. The committee is working with the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) and Florida State Agricultural Response Team (SART) in preparation to mitigate potential damage due to the hurricane. As of Friday, August…

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Announcing the FVMA’s New Veterinary Care Team Affiliate Member Program!

The FVMA is excited to announce the launch of our new team member affiliate membership program to recognize the outstanding contributions of veterinary care teams in our industry, and to support both team member career development and the veterinary profession. Operating within the FVMA, these new organizations extend the reach and mission of our association…

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SECONDARY PENTOBARBITAL POISONING Poses a Threat to Protected Species and to Florida Veterinarians

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) provide for substantial fines and the possibility of imprisonment. Criminal penalties may run as high as $250,000 per individual or $500,000 per organization and up to five years in jail. Civil penalties can be as much as $25,000 per violation under the ESA and up to $5,000 per violation under the BGEPA.

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USDA APHIS Releases HPAI Preparedness and Response Plan

APHIS has announced the release of the Fall 2015 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan.  The plan is now available on the APHIS HPAI (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza) Website. This comprehensive document details the APHIS plan for preventing and responding to future HPAI cases in collaboration with State and industry partners.  It also…

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What Veterinarians Need to Know About Required Continuing Education in Florida

Continuing education is a requirement for license renewal by veterinarians in the State of Florida. The guide for this requirement which veterinarians must follow, is contained in Rule Chapter 61G18-16, Florida Administrative Code of Chapter 474, Florida Statutes. The statute directs that licensed veterinarians must renew their licenses every two years.  The last renewal date…

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