Author: wsvma

Electric heating pads for warming patients? Don’t make this mistake

  |   Practice Management

A local TV news station recently reported a story about a Seattle area dog that died from severe burns while the dog was under anesthesia for dental procedures. The heating device used to prevent hypothermia was an electric heating pad and the dog was reported to have suffered burns on 90% of her body. Perioperative Hypothermia is a real concern and steps should be taken to prevent even mild hypothermia. But what methods are considered the appropriate standard of care? Conventional wired...

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Phenobarbital 15 mg Tablets, USP by C.O. Truxton: Recall – Labeling Error on Declared Strength

  |   Recall

C.O. Truxton, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a lot of Phenobarbital Tablets, USP, 15 mg to the consumer level. The manufacturer received a confirmed complaint that a bottle labeled as 15 mg had 30 mg phenobarbital tablets instead. The product is packaged in 1000 count bottles, NDC 0463-6160-10, UPC 7 0463616010 6, lot number 70952A, expiration date 11/17. Consumers/distributors/retailers that have recalled product should stop using the product and return their product to their place of purchase. For more information, see the...

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2017 Auction to benefit the WSVMA Past Presidents’ Student Scholarship Fund

  |   WSVMA News

You’re invited to attend and donate to the WSVMA Silent Auction on Friday, September 29 in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference in Tacoma. The goal of the evening is to raise money for the WSVMA Past Presidents’ Student Scholarship Fund. Each year, the Fund awards one or more scholarships to deserving veterinary students. Our goal is to raise over $10,000. Use your imagination to create a truly unique donation such as travel experiences, football tickets, fine wine, fine...

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White Coat donations needed for Class of 2020

  |   WSVMA News

This year’s White Coat ceremony for the incoming Class of 2020 will take place in August at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Each first-year veterinary student will be introduced and presented with a white lab coat with their name and the WSVMA logo embroidered on the coat. We need your help to make this year’s White Coat Ceremony a success. You can sponsor a specific student or make a general donation. You also have the option of sponsoring a...

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Change.org petition seeks ban on feline declawing

  |   Legislative

A petition began circulating this week on the website, change.org, encouraging Washington State officials to ban the practice of feline declaw surgery. Over 3,000 signatures have been collected so far. The petition’s author outlines reasons for banning the procedure and directs delivery of the message to Gov. Jay Inslee, Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, Secretary of State Kim Wyman along with eight state senators. Feline declawing is currently banned in several European countries, Australia and New Zealand. Legislation outlawing the procedure passed...

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Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference & Trade Show – Registration now open!

  |   Continuing Education, WSVMA News

Online registration is open for this year’s Pacific NW Conference taking place September 29 – October 1, 2017 in Tacoma. Register today to learn from stellar scientific speakers, business experts and special guests that will be presenting a variety of cutting edge topics. Veterinary technicians will also hold their Annual Conference concurrently. In addition to a full program of scientific small animal, large animal and equine tracks, sessions will be offered on a variety of topics including the truth about service...

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Why Implement Genetics Testing in Companion Animal Practice?

  |   Practice Management

As veterinarians and animal health care team members there are many factors that compete for our attention.  Balancing practice ownership and hospital operations, patient case management and client interactions is time consuming. As a result, most of our time is spent managing the present.  What trends and opportunities are you missing by not planning for the future? In 2005, researchers at Harvard and the Broad Institute of MIT released the genomic sequence of the dog.  Researchers based at the National Cancer...

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Forward booking testimonial contest – win big prizes!

  |   Practice Management

We're excited to announce the Forward Booking WORKS! Testimonial Contest! What is a testimonial contest you ask? To help publicize the benefits of forward booking we are asking members to send us testimonials regarding their experiences with forward booking. Through these testimonials we hope to spread the word to the veterinary profession about real-life experiences in which practices have benefited from implementing forward booking and encourage all veterinary practices to adopt forward booking as a best practice. To enter the...

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Tethering legislation heads to Governor for signature

  |   Legislative

Senate Bill 5356 creating humane standards to address the tethering and chaining of dogs passed the House last week after passing the Senate unanimously. The bill is now sent to Governor Jay Inslee for signature. 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...

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Important notice: Seoul Virus outbreak in pet rats and humans

  |   One Health, Uncategorized

As of February 22nd, 2017 no human or rodent cases of Seoul hantavirus have been confirmed in Washington State.  During late December 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was notified about a patient in Wisconsin who presented to a hospital earlier that month with fever, headaches, leukopenia, transaminitis, and mild proteinuria. Hantavirus infection was suspected because the patient breeds and sells Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) primarily for pets and to a lesser extent for feeding to carnivores (snakes)....

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