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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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What to look for in an ethical collection agency

  |   Practice Management, Uncategorized, WSVMA News

It goes without saying that a quick resolution to outstanding debts is a highly desired outcome for veterinary practices. It’s also in everyone’s best interest to ensure the debts are resolved in the right way. An ethical and customer-friendly approach can go a long way toward maintaining the customer relationship after the debt is collected. You can ensure this by being mindful of your collection partner’s approach. This can maintain relationships with your customers, protect you from legal issues, and...

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Certificate of Veterinary Inspection Requirements

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Washington State Department of Agriculture reminds accredited veterinarians that when writing Interstate Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI), copies must be forwarded to the State or Tribal Animal Health Official within seven calendar days from the date of issuance. The information provided on an ICVI is vital to early identification and quick containment of any animal disease. The more rapidly State and Tribal animal health officials receive ICVls, the better they are able to protect the animals within the state. Timely...

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Get Reimbursed for the Charitable Care You Give

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

The men and women of the veterinary profession are known for their compassion. Accordingly, one of the most difficult conversations a veterinarian may experience is when a client shares his/her inability to afford the treatment recommended for their beloved pet. Through the AVMF Veterinary Care Charitable Fund®, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) supports veterinarians by serving as their umbrella 501(c)(3) organization, accepting donations in support of a veterinary practice. Donated funds can be used to assist clients facing personal hardships,...

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House Bill 1361 would legalize teeth floating by non-veterinarians

  |   Legislative, Uncategorized

House Bill (HB) 1361 was introduced this legislative session by Rep. Matt Mannweller (R-13) to eliminate certain occupational licensure and certification requirements and set up a consumer rating system as a means of oversight. Occupations included in the bill are animal massage therapists, fish game guides, auctioneers, landscape architects and manicurists. In addition, the bill includes “horse floaters” by making it an exemption to the practice of veterinary medicine, surgery and dentistry. The bill was heard in the House Business and...

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Rabies rule under consideration – please review and submit comments by Feb. 24

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The State Board of Health recently filed a Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (CR-101) to amend WAC 246-100-197, Rabies - Measures to prevent human disease. This rule making will consider incorporating the most current science related to rabies post-exposure prophylactic practice and quarantine periods for animals exposed to rabies. These changes are detailed in the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control (compendium) (PDF). The rule making will also update the compendium adoption by...

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Register today for WSVMA’s JumpStart Bootcamp and improve your client service

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

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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WSU/CVM Class of 2017 creating endowed scholarship to honor fallen classmate

  |   Uncategorized, Veterinary Medical Education

Members of the Class of 2017 at WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine (WSU/CVM) have established an endowed scholarship for their classmate, Jessica Brooks, who died in a car accident in December, just four months shy of graduation. Jessica was beloved for her quiet confidence and the compassion she showed to others. Her loss has been especially hard for the class as she was a respected colleague and friend to everyone. The Jessica Brooks Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to third or...

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Avian Influenza A H7N2 in NYC cats

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

On November 14, 2016, 45 cats in an Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) shelter in Manhattan tested positive for avian influenza. Most experienced mild illness and are expected to recover. One cat died, but was elderly and had underlying health issues. To date, over 100 cats have tested positive for H7N2 in Animal Care Centers of New York City. Currently there has been no documentation that any of the associated NYC cats have traveled to be re-homed in Washington...

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Advancing patient care through team commitment to forward booking

  |   Practice Management, Uncategorized

The Roaring Fork Valley provides some of the best fly fishing in Colorado, and the town of Carbondale – with its 6,500 residents located in the mountains 170 miles west of Denver – lies at its center. Resting in the magnificent shadow of 12,953-foot Mt. Sopris, Carbondale offers plenty of activity and enjoyment for tourists and residents alike. Carbondale also provides the home to Alpine Animal Hospital, a thriving, AAHA-accredited mixed animal practice with five veterinarians and 12 staff members. Mary...

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