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The AVMA truly values our members, and we work every day to serve you and help meet your personal and professional needs. As AVMA president, I speak on behalf of your national association in saying that we're thrilled to be able to resume sponsoring health insurance coverage for some of our small-business members.

As of press time, eligible employers can now enroll in the AVMA Trust Association Health Plan for their businesses in 10 states: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia. The AVMA Trust AHP is offering health coverage to all eligible employers, employees,

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Author: John A. Howe

The AVMA takes great pride in its role as the leading advocate for our members’ interests and the interests of the veterinary profession at the federal and state levels. One of the many issues we are focused on is animal drug compounding.

Over the years, the AVMA has been working closely with the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, a scientific, nonprofit organization that sets standards for medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements. The USP develops guidelines for compounding medications to help ensure patients benefit and reduce risks such as contamination, infection, or incorrect dosing. These guidelines are found in USP General Chapters

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Over the past few months, we've all been asked to make significant changes to our professional and personal lives—from adapting to a new work environment to changing the way we shop at the grocery store, all while engaging in social distancing. These disruptions have affected us in ways both big and small. Cancelled events and resource insecurity as well as the implementation—and eventual easing—of mandatory lockdowns all can affect our mental health and wellbeing.

In an effort to help protect and maintain your wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the AVMA offers this guidance:

• In times like these, we are

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Your AVMA is driven by the mission to support and protect our members. As always, in this time of crisis, we are here for you.

COVID-19 has changed our lives in countless ways. At the time of this writing, there are many uncertainties, but one thing that is certain is that we are all in this together. This situation is quickly evolving, and your association is working diligently and quickly to provide substantive information and guidance to you, our members, as soon as it is available.

Crises come in many forms. The world has seen its share lately, including hurricanes,

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Veterinary technicians are critically important members of the veterinary health-care team. The skills and expertise they possess are essential not only in clinical settings, but also in biomedical research, uniformed services, food safety inspection, and education. These dedicated professionals play a key role in preserving animal health and welfare while also serving as advocates for their colleagues and the clients and patients we serve.

Veterinary technicians make significant contributions to our profession, and the AVMA is proud of its longstanding record of supporting them in all they do. Our research shows that we should all commit to fully utilizing their

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The wellbeing of veterinary professionals is one of the most important issues facing our profession and a key focus of the AVMA. We value your contributions to the profession and to your communities, and are grateful for your ongoing commitment to improving animal health and welfare. The AVMA also understands that the stresses associated with the important work you do every day can potentially take a toll on your physical and mental wellbeing. That is why we are committed to offering our members access to a wide range of resources that support healthy living and self-care.

The AVMA hosted the

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At the time of this writing in mid-April, the world remains in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to reassure you that your national association is working around the clock to develop guidance, resources, and information to support you in these unprecedented times. We will keep you updated on how the disease is impacting veterinary teams and patients, as well as how the profession is adapting and continuing to operate in this environment.

I also want to recognize the incredible efforts of veterinarians, veterinary schools, and teaching hospitals across the country who have donated ventilators and personal protective

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I am honored and privileged to be your new AVMA president. It is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I look forward to serving you in the year ahead. Advocating for your interests and those of our great profession will drive and inspire me during my term.

I thank Dr. John de Jong for his service as AVMA president during this past year and for the hard work and enthusiasm he brought to the role. I also thank Dr. Mike Topper for his service as AVMA immediate past president. They serve as wonderful examples of how collaboration between AVMA

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