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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