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President’s Message: Habit #4 – Win-Win

  |   Wellness

Greetings and good wishes to all of our WSVMA colleagues. I hope this edition of the newsletter finds you well and thriving. With the arrival of spring, the relaxation of Covid mitigation protocols, increasing rates of vaccine distribution, and the return of longer daylight hours with the promise of warm sunshine, it’s easy to feel optimistic about the future. Since my last column, the board and our WSVMA organizational team has been pushing forward to position our organization for excellence as...

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DEI Spotlight: Reaching out to make a difference

  |   DEI

Diversity and inclusion is something that veterinary medicine as a profession needs to work for. I have been an LVT for 13 years and in the profession for almost 20 years. I have watched this profession grow, evolve, and change in so many ways during this time. I never realized that I could be perceived as different. As an Army brat, I grew up in many different locations. Some were melting pots of different ethnicities and some were not. I...

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WSVMA DVM: Masterclass Webinar – Advancements in Veterinary Ophthalmology through the Years

  |   Continuing Education

Join us Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 12pm for our webinar Advancements in Veterinary Ophthalmology through the Years with Thomas Sullivan, DVM, DACVO. This lecture will cover changes in ophthalmology over the last 25 years and what trends are currently taking place. The discussion will focus on cases in the Pacific Northwest and touch on controversial topics within the specialty. Dr. Thomas Sullivan is a graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, he performed a rotating small animal...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

Q&A: WSU infectious disease expert discusses COVID-19 – Capital Press Alarming Results From National Survey On Veterinary Stress – bashhalow.com Helping Latinx students feel welcome in our profession – AAHA NewStat Pet telemedicine took hold in the pandemic. A lawsuit wants to make it permanent – Seattle Times Watch: Baby elephant seal rescued from manhole on Whidbey Island – KOMO   Posted May 7, 2021...

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WSVMA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee gets to work

  |   DEI, WSVMA News

The Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) Board of Directors identified diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as an area for growth and added it to their strategic plan three years ago. More recently, in order to maintain momentum in this area, a standing committee was formed to take this work on and move it forward. Committee members come from across the state and diverse types of practice, and we wish to introduce ourselves and outline what to expect from us moving forward. Our members include: ...

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Newly signed bill by Gov. Inslee amends definition of compounding

  |   Legislative, State Regulatory

Substitute House Bill 1445 (SHB 1445) amends the definition of compounding for the practice of pharmacy in RCW 18.64.011(6). The current definition of "compounding" includes simple processes, such as adding water to an antibiotic or for instance, adding saline to a COVID-19 vaccine. Neither the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nor the official United States Pharmacopeia (USP) considers those processes to constitute compounding. SHB 1445 changes the definition to: (6) "Compounding" means the act of combining two or more...

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WSVMA presents May 16 CE program Protecting Pets: Animal Cruelty and the Practicing Veterinarian

  |   Continuing Education

Join us on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at 12 pm for another premier DVM: Masterclass Intensive featuring a panel of experts in animal cruelty cases and prosecutions. Christopher Quinn, JD will provide an overview of WA animal cruelty laws, how prosecutors decide whether to press charges and what veterinary practices should and should not do regarding reporting and documenting suspected cruelty cases. Washington State public records laws will also be covered as they pertain to clients obtaining veterinary records and reports. Tim Anderson...

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If you lose your COVID-19 vaccination card, access it through MyIR

  |   COVID-19

People who misplace their CDC COVID-19 vaccination cards can easily view their immunization records online using MyIR, which is the state’s free and secure immunization records system. Once registered, you can access your family’s immunization records any time you need them. If you are unable to access your records online, you can visit a local pharmacy, clinic, or school to register for MyIR, request records from your healthcare provider, or request an immunization record from DOH. If a provider has an...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

IAEA Releases New Safety Report for Veterinarians Using Radiation – Int’l Atomic Energy Agency Equine Influenza in Thurston County – EDCC Washington still tops the list at 18% revenue growth YoY on average for the past 12 months – VetSuccess Pandemic pets returning to shelters – CBS Denver Nevada bill would regulate telemedicine in veterinary medicine – KOLO 6 steps to take when you have burnout – SmartBrief Ghost shrimp, humpbacks, tiny plankton: See Puget Sound surge with springtime life – The Seattle Times Q&A: WSU...

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Test confirms group of WA dogs show evidence of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19

  |   COVID-19

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) received confirmation this week of a test showing evidence of exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a group of Washington state dogs who were sampled as part of a study by the University of Washington. In all, 23 samples tested positive for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, and while these are the first cases of a pet testing positive in Washington, they are not the first in the U.S., as there have been...

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