Author: wsvma

Frequently asked questions about the humane society legislation

  |   Legislative

The Humane Society legislation from 2018 has been amended and is back before the legislature for consideration. Senate Bill (SB) 5004, if passed, will allow humane societies to provide full veterinary services to low income pet owners. During the 2018 legislative session, the WSVMA asked the Senate Healthcare Committee to not act on the bill so that the WSVMA could hear from our members and have the opportunity to meet with the bill proponents. The Committee agreed as long as we...

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WSVMA’s VetMed Matters Conference to focus on opioids

  |   Continuing Education

The WSVMA VetMed Matters Conference taking place on Saturday, March 16 in Renton, WA will focus on the opioid epidemic, its effects on veterinary medicine, and the use of opioids to treat pain in animals. Speakers include experts from King County Opioid Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the WA Prescription Monitoring Program. In addition, Dr. Tammy Grubb, veterinary anesthesiologist from WSU, will present Why Are We Opioid-Depending for Patient Analgesia? Why Other Options Might Be Better.  Dr. Lisa...

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Large animal veterinarian needed for AVMA CVTEA

  |   Professional News

The AVMA is seeking a veterinarian to represent the Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Large Animal position on the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).  The CVTEA is the entity responsible for accrediting veterinary technology programs. CVTEA members must demonstrate the following criteria: Willingness to travel to 2-3 site visits per year in addition to two Committee meetings (spring/fall) at AVMA Headquarters in Schaumburg, IL A concerned interest in veterinary technician education. Demonstrated skill in...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

FDA Provides Update on Investigation into Potential Connection Between Certain Diets and Cases of Canine Heart Disease - FDA VMLRP Lists 2019 Shortage Situations, including Washington - Bovine Veterinarian Contagious virus halts cat adoptions in Pierce County  KING5.com Untangling the toxoplasmosis evidence – Science Magazine 'Tinder for cows' matches livestock in the mood for love – Reuters Library exhibit highlights WSU Veterinary History Collection – WSU News   Published February 22, 2019...

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An Overview of Telemedicine

  |   Practice Management

Most of us, on at least a weekly basis, use telemedicine. We consult with a specialist on radiographs. We call the ASPCA on a poison case. We even receive text pictures from clients and give advice. All of this seems safe and reasonable. But what if one of your Washington clients told you that a veterinarian in Georgia did a video chat with them and then prescribed three medications which they started two days prior. Would this be reasonable? What if...

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WSVMA DVM: Masterclass webinar – Veterinary Malpractice – Protecting Your Career

  |   Continuing Education

Join us Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 12pm for our webinar on veterinary malpractice and how to protect your career.  Dr. Nina Mouledous from AVMA-PLIT will be our guest speaker. The AVMA-PLIT is generously sponsoring the webinar. The speaker we had originally scheduled to speak on the topic became unavailable, so Dr. Mouledous graciously stepped in on short notice to help us out. All monthly webinars are free for members. They’re recorded and made available on-demand, accessible through the WSVMA website under...

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WSVMA 2019 awards – nominate an outstanding veterinarian

  |   WSVMA News

At the WSVMA Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference Sept. 27 – 29, 2019 in Tacoma, the WSVMA will present awards to those that have contributed significantly to the veterinary profession in Washington. The 2019 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 nomination form no later than April 1, 2019. Be sure...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

Vitamin D Toxicity in Dogs – FDA Winter storm kills 1,600 dairy cows in Lower Yakima Valley; farmers scrambling to save others – Spokesman-Review Dog DNA testing takes off, and generates debate – ABC News Lack of data, regulation on veterinary CBD products puts pets at risk – NBC News Some breeders push back against standards that call for docking, cropping – Washington Post Why You Shouldn’t Use Public Wi-Fi – Your Nerdy Best Friend   Posted February 15, 2019...

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Pièce de Résistance

  |   One Health

Do you believe there is unnecessary use of antimicrobials on any of your dairy clients’ farms? Over 80% of dairy veterinarians surveyed believed that there was some over-use of antimicrobials primarily with pre-weaned calves and cited “not following protocols” as a big reason. Looking at pre-weaned calf treatment protocols and reviewing compliance could help dairy clients with antimicrobial stewardship. Pièce de Résistance is a monthly message on antimicrobial stewardship brought to you by WSVMA’s One Health workgroup.   Posted February 8, 2019...

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For this veterinarian, leadership development is about more than their career

  |   WSVMA News

Dr. Jessica Work and her family I have often been the shy, quiet type. The one who tends to sit on the periphery of a crowded room, keep to myself, and make eye contact with others in short, fleeting moments. Truth be told, I have always had to make a conscious effort to speak up, reach out, and relate to others. As an adolescent I realized this to be true about myself and have always worked to overcome these tendencies that...

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