Author: Cassie Isackson

Judge in WSU court case advocates for emotional damages in wrongful death cases

  |   Professional News

Washington’s Division III Court of Appeals has ruled against a dog owner who brought a lawsuit against Washington State University and an attending veterinary intern over a difficult euthanasia. Robert Repin, who made the decision to have his Alaskan malamute euthanized after it was diagnosed with cancer, claims the procedure was performed incorrectly, causing his dog to suffer. Repin charged that the doctor never informed him of the potential complications or risks from the procedure. Repin, represented by attorney Adam Karp,...

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Four separate bills aim to help student loan borrowers

  |   Veterinary Medical Education

Four separate bills that address student loans are before the Washington State Legislature this session.  Second Substitute House Bill (2SHB) 1169 establishes a student debt hotline and website to receive assistance from debt counselors. It also repeals the provisions that allow an agency to suspend a professional license if a student defaults on their loans.  2SHB 1169 passed the House and is being heard in the Senate Committee for Higher Education this week. Senate Bill (SB) 5022 requires a postsecondary institution...

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New interstate travel requirements for Coggins test

  |   State Regulatory

In response to the increased number of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) cases, the state governments of Oregon and Idaho have eliminated the exemption of Coggins testing for horses for interstate travel.  While specified by some shows, sporting events or trail ride organizations, a negative Coggins blood test was not previously required by the two states. Through 2015 and into 2016, twelve EIA positive horses in Washington and three in Oregon were detected, prompting the state agencies to annul the waiver.   Washington...

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Take Action Now – Ensure critical funding for WADDL

  |   Legislative

$38 million in funding is needed for Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) at Washington State University to build modern facilities capable of conducting state- of-the-art experiments. This critical construction will allow the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL), which serves Washington State veterinarians with nearly 300,000 laboratory examinations annually, to improve its capacity and capability to serve animal owner’s and health care professionals throughout the state. This laboratory work provides critical support and consultation to guide veterinarians’ daily animal and...

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WSVMA’s JumpStart Bootcamp CE approved for CVPM credit – Don’t miss out!

  |   Continuing Education, Practice Management

Attention practice owners and staff! On Saturday, May 20, 2017, the WSVMA is offering a valuable educational program for all members of the practice team. Presented by Terra Shastri, this one day Boot Camp workshop, will lead staff through step-by-step processes to learn how to: Turn phone shoppers into clients Overcome client objections creating better pet health Gain clients for life by effectively handling client complaints Gain client compliance by speaking to clients in a language they care about Successfully...

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Shining a Light on Leadership

  |   WSVMA News

Since I was in first grade, I dreamed of being a veterinarian.  With time, my desire to snuggle kittens transitioned into a love of scientific reasoning and problem solving, in order to help those kitties with successful diagnostic and surgical outcomes. All of us entered the veterinary field for varied reasons; ranging from a love of animals and their owners to a love of science and technical skills. Not many of us chose to be a veterinarian out of a love...

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WSVMA 2017 awards nominations – Nominate a veterinary star!

  |   WSVMA News

At the WSVMA Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2017 in Tacoma, the WSVMA will present awards to those that have contributed significantly to the veterinary profession in Washington. The 2017 awards that will be presented include Veterinarian of the Year, Distinguished Achievement, WSU Faculty Member of the Year, Distinguished Veterinary Staff, Humane Animal Welfare, Recent Grad and Allied Industry. Please submit nominations to the WSVMA office using the nominations form no later than April 1, 2017....

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Tethering legislation passes Senate

  |   State Regulatory

On February 28, the Senate unanimously passed Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 5356 creating humane standards to address the tethering or chaining of dogs. The bill requires that dogs must be able to move comfortably, have access to water and clean, safe shelter. It prohibits tethering a dog that is ill, injured, in distress, in late stage pregnancy or under the age of six months. It also prohibits the use of choke or prong-type collars, and being in any conditions that...

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The Key to Forward Booking Appointments

  |   Practice Management

It is an unfortunate reality that many clients don’t book an appointment until their pet is truly ill. In this day and age people are busy and they simply forget to schedule that annual exam or wellness visit. Sure, you may send a postcard every year, but who is to say those don’t end up with all the other junk mail…you know, in that drawer, pile, or dare I say trash (come on you know you do it too). Perhaps the...

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Interested members sought to run for the WSVMA Board of Directors

  |   WSVMA News

The WSVMA is currently seeking interested members to serve on the WSVMA Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning in October 2017. Terms for Drs. Kathy Hickey and Jean Gulbransen expire this fall. Dr. Gulbransen is eligible to serve another term. Drs. Lisa Parshley and Gary Marshall are currently serving three-year terms through 2018. Drs. Paul DeMaris and Diane Pinkers are currently serving three-year terms through 2019. Candidates will be presented to the membership in July for election at the...

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