Author: wsvma

Mid-session legislative report

  |   Legislative

Wednesday, February 14 was crossover for bills to pass out of the House of origin. Committee consideration now starts in committees of the opposite house.  Bills must be passed out of committee by February 23. HEAL- WA – WSVMA’s House Bill 2445, which opens access to online medical and veterinary journals for veterinarians and veterinary technicians, passed the House unanimously. It will be heard in the Senate Health Care Committee on February 22. Humane Societies - The WSVMA testified in opposition to...

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Canine influenza H3N2 update

  |   Animal Health

The WSVMA has not received any recent reports of dogs testing positive for H3N2canine influenza. However, there has been an increasing number of cases in California, and a dog in Grants Pass, Oregon has tested positive. In light of west coast activity, veterinarians should be vigilant and talk with pet owners about canine influenza. Vaccination for H3N2 is available and should be considered depending on risk of exposure and level of concern expressed by the owner and veterinarian. Testing for respiratory...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

  Woman stabbed outside veterinary clinic in White Center - KOMO Mental health study reveals good, bad news - the profession is not in crisis, but younger veterinarians need help. - Today's Veterinary Business Quarantine lifted at Woodinville equestrian center - WSDA FDA Investigates Pattern of Contamination in Certain Raw Pet Foods Made by Arrow Reliance Inc., Including Darwin’s Natural Pet Products and ZooLogics Pet Food - FDA FDA Alerts Pet Owners About Potential Pentobarbital Contamination in Canned Dog Food Manufactured by...

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Protect Now to Prevent Expense Later

  |   Practice Management

What would you do if a fire, flood or computer virus destroyed all of the digital data in your hospital? According to Price Waterhouse Coopers, seven out of ten small businesses that experience a data loss go out of business within a year. The Disaster Preparedness Council reports 20 per cent of the companies they surveyed suffered $50,000 to $5 million dollars in downtime losses following a complete wipe out of digital files. Nancy Dewitz, Veterinary & Marketing Technology Consultant with...

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WSVMA 2017-18 Member Services Directory – is your information current?

  |   WSVMA News

The 2017-18 Member Services Directory will be produced in April. Please verify that we have your information correct by logging onto the WSVMA website and viewing your member profile. If you would like to make a change or update your information, please revise your member profile online, email the WSVMA office or call (800) 399-7862 or (425) 396-3191.   Posted February 2, 2018...

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Update Facebook preferences for WSVMA news and information

  |   WSVMA News

Facebook is making changes to how users see posts on their news feed. Last month, it was announced that Facebook will prioritize posts from friends and family over posts from organizations and businesses. If you rely on Facebook to see news and information from the WSVMA, it’s important you follow these steps to ensure you continue to see our posts: From your computer: Access our Facebook page. Next to the “Like” button at the top, find the word “Follow” or Following.”...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

EHV-1 Horse Diagnosed at Portland Meadows in Oregon - Equimanagement Local veterinarians in need of dog blood donors - KOMO AAEP Updates Infectious Disease Guidelines – The Horse State lawmakers debate bill that would crack down on fake service animals – KOMO What happened to Brightheart and other stories of private equity – The Veterinary Idealist Multistate Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Campylobacter Infections Linked to Contact with Pet Store Puppies (Final Update) – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   Posted February 2, 2018...

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Don’t forget! Heartworm is a reportable disease

  |   Animal Health

Veterinarians are well aware that infectious diseases can hitch a ride with rescue animals and traveling pets. Heartworm is among the diseases our veterinarians are concerned about as we’ve encountered several rescue dogs with heartworm recently as they come to Washington. There are several reasons for the rise of heartworm seen in Washington: Animals relocating or traveling from places where the disease is endemic. Man-made mosquito habitats. New mosquito vectors. Wild reservoirs such as coyotes. The possibility of heartworm gaining a strong...

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Comments sought on proposed changes to AVMA Model Veterinary Practice Act

  |   Animal Welfare

The AVMA Model Veterinary Practice Act (MVPA) is under review, and AVMA members and the general public will have an opportunity to comment until March 25, 2018. This cornerstone AVMA policy is used as a primary resource during the writing and review of veterinary practice acts across the United States, and also includes the AVMA’s definition of the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship. This means your comments will help inform a policy that directly impacts the daily practice of veterinary medicine. During the commenting period, AVMA...

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Practice Owners – Please take brief survey about veterinary team attraction and retention

  |   Continuing Education, Practice Management

At our upcoming WSVMA VetMed Matters Conference “Corporatization, Unions and Your Veterinary Team” on February 25, 2018, we’ll explore why it’s difficult to attract and keep technical staff, how corporate medicine may or may not affect entry and retention of the veterinary team, and what it means for the profession to unionize. In an effort to inform the discussion, we would like to get some information from practice owners/managers about challenges you face in attracting and retaining technical staff. Included in...

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