Author: wsvma

Pre-booking appointments makes positive impact on Spokane veterinary practice

  |   Practice Management

In May 2016 Dr. Greg Benoit and the staff of Southcare Animal Hospital in Spokane began an experiment to test the impact of booking their patients’ next check-up before they leave the practice. Benoit was eager to improve the number of patients that receive regular annual exams and on-time vaccinations. The Southcare team responded with questions about how the program would work. What’s the responsibility of each team member? How will we ensure success? Will the clients actually show up? Initially,...

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National Veterinary Technician Week – October 15 – 21, 2017 – Show your appreciation

  |   Professional News

Appreciation is one of the best gifts we can give someone. With National Veterinary Technician Week approaching, the 2017-2018 Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians (WSAVT) Board of Directors wanted to show our membership how much we appreciate their arduous work and dedication to the profession.  We reached out to Governor Jay Inslee to see if he would make it official by issuing a proclamation. We were overwhelmed and honored by the quick response and know our membership will be...

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In memoriam

  |   WSVMA News

Dr. John Traber (CSU, ’56) passed away on August 30 at the age of 85. Dr. Traber was an equine veterinarian and co-owner of the Traber-Bergsma-Simkins veterinary practice established at Longacres racetrack in 1974. He served the Longacres Veterinary Association, Washington State Horse Racing Commission, and the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association. A celebration honoring Dr. Traber’s contributions will be held on April 7, 2018 at Emerald Downs Race Track in Auburn.   October 13, 2017...

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Tell Congress to protect Loan Forgiveness Program

  |   Legislative

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), which forgives student debt for individuals who have served at least 10 years in the nonprofit or public sectors, is a crucial tool for veterinarians. Many veterinarians who have chosen nonprofit or public sector careers are counting on PSLF, particularly because these careers are often less lucrative than those in the private sector. Now, some members of Congress are considering cutting or eliminating PSLF. This move could devastate veterinarians who are counting on the program and...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Wash. State U. veterinarians study how antibiotics affect canine gut flora – Daily Evergreen Spokane humane society addresses parvovirus concerns – KXLY Colorado State University Leading the Way in Veterinary CBD Treatment – Westword.com Are prescription drugs the next target for Amazon? – Q13 Fox USDA veterinary training modules available for free CE credit – DVM360 Suspects’ phones led Northwest investigators to carcasses in one of the biggest poaching cases they’ve ever seen – Seattle Times...

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World Rabies Day 2017 may have passed, but the important work continues

  |   One Health

Working with African governments and building on international and local partnerships, Washington State University’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health is developing the next strategies for the elimination of rabies as a human health threat. In 2017 WSU and partners in the Serengeti Health Initiative have administered approximately 50,000 vaccines in East Africa and project to provide more than 120,000 by the end of the year. Since the inception of the project in 2003, Allen School researchers have administered...

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WSVMA efforts to include veterinarians in HEAL-WA journal access program will proceed

  |   Legislative

Earlier this summer, the WSVMA sent a survey to members asking for input on a potential and meaningful resource for veterinarians, access to Health Evidence Resource for Washington State (HEAL-WA). HEAL-WA is the affordable online database of current, authoritative clinical information and educational resources for eligible healthcare practitioners in Washington State. Veterinarians in private practice generally don’t have access to large collections of journals similar to human physicians and as a result, veterinarians rely on textbooks, conferences and online discussion forums...

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Planning on hiring a new associate? Don’t miss this event!

  |   Professional News

Washington State University’s Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) – ranked #1 globally – is excited to host its Fourth Annual Partners in Practice. The event will take place Saturday, December 2, 2017 at WSU in Pullman. This is an important opportunity to meet and network with your current and future colleagues, and meet soon-to-be graduates. Partners in Practice will be a fun-filled evening of learning (CE included), speed networking, dinner, social hour, display booths, and keynote speech by VBMA past president...

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AVMA seeks volunteers for American Board of Veterinary Specialties

  |   Professional News

The AVMA is seeking volunteers to serve as members representing non-board certified veterinarians on the American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS). The ABVS, a committee of the AVMA, is charged with recognition of both current and new organizations conducting board-certification of veterinarians in specialized fields of veterinary medicine. The committee membership of the ABVS, beginning in 2018, will include other groups with a stake in specialized veterinary medicine, including veterinarians in private practice, academic institutions, licensing boards, and the animal-owning...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Rabid bat found at Woodinville elementary school – King County Public Health Most meat producers use antibiotics. Now consumers can see how much – Washington Post Veterinary technicians – the unsung heroes of the veterinary clinic – ArkLaTex.com Washington startup launches pet composting business – KREM2 Guide to Best Practices for Veterinary Hospitals – Katz, Sapper & Miller Your dog is big business, and Uber-like apps want it – Washington Post...

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