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COVID-19 cases increasing across the state – what you need to know

  |   COVID-19

The latest COVID-19 report from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) shows a new surge: cases are increasing in the state as the Delta variant becomes more widespread. DOH advises that as cases stemming from the Delta variant rise, anyone who has signs or symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. The data, which was released Wednesday, shows that between February and June, over 97% of COVID-19 cases were among those not fully vaccinated,...

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Meet the candidates for WSVMA Board of Directors

  |   WSVMA News

The election for the WSVMA Board of Directors will be held at the Annual Membership Meeting on October 2, 2021. The meeting will be in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference which is being held virtually. Ballots will be sent out in August in accordance with WSVMA Bylaws and will include a proxy form to sign and return to the WSVMA for members who are not able to attend the Conference. Serving on the current Board of Directors include Dr....

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Washington’s State Veterinarian retires, sort of

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  [caption id="attachment_20596" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dr. Joseph visited Belize in 2015, working with public health officers to administer rabies immunizations to dogs, and vaccinations and deworming for pigs, goats, cattle, and horses.[/caption] As Dr. Brian Joseph prepares to hang up his agency stethoscope for the final time this week, we’d like to take a moment to recognize the incredible career he’s had as the state veterinarian at the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). State vet is just one notch in the...

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African Swine Fever confirmed in Dominican Republic

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The USDA Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed the discovery of African swine fever (ASF) in samples collected from pigs in the Dominican Republic through an existing cooperative surveillance program. Pork and pork products from the Dominican Republic are currently prohibited entry as a result of existing classical swine fever restrictions. Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is increasing inspections of flights from the Dominican Republic to ensure travelers do not bring prohibited products to...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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West Nile Virus in Yakima County and Strangles in Clark County – EDCC State investigating deaths of deer in Anacortes – goskagit.com Birds jumped from their nests to escape Seattle's June heatwave. Some died. Others needed help – The Seattle Times Committed to a deadly parasite – WSU Insider Negotiating Profitable Vendor Contracts at Your Veterinary Hospital – Katz Sapper & Miller It’s a grizzly bear survival program - for grizzly bears – The Seattle Times   Posted July 30, 2021...

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PrideVMC Acts to Support Transgender, Non-binary, and Gender Nonconforming Individuals in the Veterinary Profession

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The Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PrideVMC) has announced two actions to support transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming individuals in the veterinary profession. First, the PrideVMC diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) working group have published a gender identity bill of rights as part of a focused effort to address inequality and inequity in veterinary spaces.  In its news release, PrideVMC stated “The gender diverse community, specifically transgender women of color, have been leaders of the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights. The gender-diverse community has...

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New Feline End of Life Educational Toolkit

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The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) launched an online Feline End of Life Educational Toolkit in an effort to facilitate a peaceful and painless transition for a cat at the end of their life. This new educational Toolkit addresses several key aspects in early quality of life assessment, decision making, the euthanasia process, the euthanasia experience for both veterinarians and caregivers, client resources, and final arrangements and beyond. This digital resource provides veterinary professionals with the tools to ensure...

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Welcome a freshman vet student – Donate a white coat for the WSU/CVM Class of 2025!

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This year’s White Coat ceremony for the incoming Class of 2025 will take place in person on August 19, 2021. 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 student from your local area. Each...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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People with COVID Often Infect Their Pets – Scientific American WSVMA in the news: Pet CBD Products Need Better Regulation, Researchers Say – Forbes Texas rescue group turns to Pacific Northwest to save animals amid shelter overcrowding – KING5 How Might a Capital Gains Tax Increase Affect the Sale of Your Business? – Katz Sapper & Miller Potbellied pig has basketball-sized tumor removed – WSU Insider   Posted July 23, 2021...

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Shutdown of Glove Manufacturing Will Have ‘significant impact’ on International Supply Chain

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Three glove manufacturers have suspended operations in Selangor, Malaysia, due to a pandemic lockdown in several districts in the state. Top Glove Corp, a large glove manufacturer, said it is temporarily halting operations of its medical glove factories in the town of Klang in compliance with the directive and is awaiting clarification from the National Security Council. Hartalega Holdings and Kossan Rubber Industries also said they’re shutting down operations. The lockdown is in effect until July 16. “Regrettably, this will...

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