Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and staff. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, sponsors, staff members, service providers, and all others are expected to abide by this Attendance Code of Conduct, whether physical or virtual attendance.
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- Code of Conduct
- Safety & Health Information for On-Site Attendees at Hershey Lodge
- Symptoms & Staying Home
- Masks at the Conference
- Interaction and Best Practices
- Meals and Receptions
- Continued Planning and Updates
PVMA has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination, intimidation, or harassment by participants or our staff at our meetings. If you experience harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form, please, notify a PVMA staff member or a PVMA Board Member. If you see something, say something.
- Verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
- Examples of verbal abuse include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
- Disruption of presentations during sessions or at other events organized by PVMA throughout the virtual or on-site meeting. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and any event staff.
- Presentations, postings, and messages should not contain promotional materials, special offers, job offers, product announcements, or solicitation for services. PVMA reserves the right to remove such messages and potentially ban sources of those solicitations.
- Participants should not copy, take screen shots, or record the content of any presentation, Q&A session, or any chat room activity that takes place in the virtual space.
- Participants may not share event login credentials with other individuals.
PVMA reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and PVMA reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting, virtually or in person.
PVMA has taken preventive measures to reduce the spread of communicable disease at our upcoming 2021 Keystone Veterinary Conference (KVC). We are collaborating extensively with the conference venue to ensure that precautions will be in place for this in-person meeting. The health and safety of all attendees is our top priority.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms within 14 days of the start of KVC, please do not attend in person. These symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, headaches, sore throat, loss of taste and/or smell, or fatigue. Non-invasive thermal temperature checks are available at the entrance of the exhibit hall for attendees. Attendees whose temperatures read over 100 degrees Fahrenheit or develop symptoms while at the conference, please discontinue your in-person attendance.
Properly fitted masks are required at KVC in the entire meeting space. Masks must always be worn except while actively eating/drinking, presenting, or in an outdoor venue where individuals can be physically distant. Masks must cover both the mouth and nose. We ask that participants honor the requests of others to mask up and/or maintain physical distancing. Disposable face masks will be available at registration.
All participants are asked to practice social distancing when interacting with others and are strongly encouraged to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
Seating for meals will include limited chairs at each table. Participants may not remove their mask and walk around to eat.
PVMA is continuing to develop onsite protocols for seating, signage, meals, and other events during the Keystone Veterinary Conference. As PVMA leaders continue to watch how COVID-19 and the variants are affecting Dauphin County, this can cause any of the safety measures to change. Any changes will be added to this webpage and communicated in attendee emails.