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WSVMA Award winners recognized at the 2019 Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference

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Over 1,200 conference-goers, exhibitors and guests converged on Tacoma for the 2019 Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference September 27 – September 29, 2019.  Forty-five speakers presented a wide range of scientific topics plus sessions on suicide prevention, practice finance, leadership, telemedicine, and wildlife. Ninety-six vendors and their representatives exhibited in the trade show and sponsored speakers and events.  A special thank you goes to our exhibitors and sponsors for their support of a successful conference. A round of applause goes to the...

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Thank you, veterinary technicians!

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This week we’ve been celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week. We hope you have, too. Veterinary technicians are committed to providing highly-quality and compassionate care. As an important team member, they’re critical to the daily function of veterinary practices and play vital roles in preserving animal health and welfare. If you haven’t already, take the time to celebrate these important team members and show them your appreciation.   Posted October 18, 2019...

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WSVMA teams up with WSAVT to host DEA and OSHA CE program

  |   Continuing Education

Join us Dec. 6-7, 2019 in Renton for two days of high-quality CE featuring Phil Seibert, CVT, well-known industry expert on hospital safety and regulatory compliance. The event is open to both veterinarians and technicians. Day one includes seven hours on different OSHA topics, including how to start a compliance program, staff safety and training, surviving an OSHA inspection, and facility safety issues. Day two focuses on controlled drugs including security requirements, ordering, keeping logs, who’s allowed access, inventorying, disposal,...

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This Week’s Helpful Links  

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  New wing of Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health to open in early 2021 WSU News Alert for West Nile Virus in Franklin County – Equine Disease Communication Center Prescribing oral opioids for dogs likely doesn’t help them, veterinary experts say – University of Illinois Veterinary Technicians Key to Underserved Rural Areas – Drovers Magazine Terrible pandemic is killing pigs around the world. Is the US next? – Washington Post New Federal Overtime Rules Go Into Effect January 1,...

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Keep your controlled drug house in order or the DEA might be paying you a visit

  |   Federal Regulatory

As reported by the American Animal Hospital Association, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released its 2020 work plan to diversion investigators on October 1. In response to the opioid crisis, the plan outlines increased enforcement and the use of administrative resources that will be dedicated to identifying prescribers – including veterinarians – that are dispensing disproportionately large amounts of controlled drugs. With recent charges against a growing number of veterinarians for noncompliance and failure to prevent diversion, the profession has...

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WSU/CVM dean steps into university provost role

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Washington State University announced on October 1 that Dr. Bryan Slinker, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, will step into the role of interim provost and executive vice president following the resignation of the former provost. Slinker, who served as dean for more than a decade announced his retirement earlier this year. He’ll fulfill his new position through June 2020 when a new provost is expected to be named. Dr. Robert Mealey, professor, and chair of the Department of Veterinary...

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Shine a Spotlight on Veterinary Technicians – An Update from the AVMA

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National Veterinary Technician Week is just around the corner (October 13-19) and it provides an excellent opportunity to highlight the important work done by veterinary technicians. One of the areas identified by the AVMA House of Delegates during recent meetings was the need for greater recognition of veterinary technicians. Well-utilized veterinary technicians have a positive impact on patient care, client service, quality of medicine, and quality of life for the veterinary health care team. The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in...

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Deadly deer virus detected in Western Washington yak

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  Last week, a Whatcom County veterinarian euthanized a six-year-old yak cow showing symptoms of Epizootic Hemorrhagic disease (EHD), a potentially deadly virus that primarily effects wild deer populations, but occasionally crosses over to cattle. A subsequent Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) necropsy confirmed the animal had EHD. Two other yaks from the herd died in recent weeks after displaying similar clinical signs such as stiff gate, drooling and nasal secretions that are consistent with EHD. According to the owner's report, the euthanized...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Young mountain goats housed in wildlife park – Peninsula Daily News Photos, data illustrate bond between animals and homeless owners in traveling exhibit – KNKX.org Why women leave medicine – Association of American Medical Colleges There Are 2 Types of Leaders: Water and Rock. Here's Why Both Are Important – Inc. The growing debate over spaying and neutering dogs – Washington Post FDA Proposes Banning Over-the-counter Antibiotic Sales – Dairy Herd Management   Posted October 11, 2019...

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Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease in Franklin and Walla Walla Counties

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Four cows in Franklin and Walla Walla counties were diagnosed last week with Epizootic Hemorrhagic disease (EHD), a potentially deadly virus that primarily effects wild deer populations but occasionally crosses over to cattle.  Veterinarians should be on the lookout for EHD symptoms such as excessive drooling, lethargy, difficulty walking, or oral and nasal lesions with ulceration, which are similar to the much more devastating foot-and-mouth disease. Fever and anorexia due to the oral erosions were seen in the recently diagnosed cattle....

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