Author: wsvma

Giving hope to pets and their owners struggling to afford care.

  |   Animal Welfare, Practice Management, WSVMA News

The Washington State Animal Health Foundation is excited to share a new resource intended to help you better serve your clients who struggle with affording important veterinary treatment - The Vets Helping Pets Fund. The Vets Helping Pets Fund will allow WSVMA members and their associates to advocate for clients in need and receive financial support to be able to provide needed care and treatment for their beloved animal companions. We understand that many families struggle to afford care and our...

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VMLRP: Shortage Area Nominations Due Now!

  |   Professional News

If you believe you are in a veterinary shortage area situation, contact the State Veterinarian to establish a nomination as soon as possible. Completed applications are due November 8. A national panel of animal health experts will evaluate the nomination to determine if the area can be designated as a shortage area. Each year approximately 190 shortage situations are approved across the United States with about 150 veterinarians applying for 60-70 available awards. If you are having trouble recruiting or retaining veterinarians in...

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Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference News – That’s a wrap!

  |   WSVMA News

The Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference (PNWVC) came to a close this year, marking the second successful venture into holding the large meeting in the virtual space. Normally taking up the entire Tacoma Convention Center, PNWVC pivoted to be held on a creative, easy-to-use online platform giving attendees a unique and fun experience. Just under 750 conference-goers connected online and viewed over 150 hours of CE from 49 speakers in seven different tracks. 35 vendors and their representatives exhibited in the...

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New report on harmful algal blooms and illnesses, resources for pet owners

  |   Animal Health

Blooms of harmful algae or cyanobacteria (also called blue-green algae) can harm people, animals, and the environment. A new CDC report shows that during 2019, 14 states reported 242 harmful algal blooms, 63 human illnesses, and 367 animal illnesses linked to harmful algal blooms. Over half of the animals (56%)—including pets, livestock, and wildlife—died after coming in contact with harmful algal blooms. Order FREE posters and reference cards. Get posters for animal owners and reference cards for animal owners, physicians,...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

Tuffy’s Pet Foods; Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall – FDA Take the national Survey of Licensed Clinical Veterinarians on Current Zoonotic Disease Practice and Prevention – Univ. of Illinois Is veterinary medicine ready for a midlevel practitioner? – VIN News Service Lost your COVID-19 vaccination card? Here’s what to do – Seattle Times   Posted October 15, 2021...

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Curbside care and telehealth: New resources for AVMA members

  |   Uncategorized

Many veterinary practices adopted curbside care during the pandemic to keep teams and clients safe. It’s worked so well for some that they’re planning to continue offering it as a regular service even after COVID-19. How have they done it? A new AVMA resource – Making curbside care efficient – was developed in collaboration with Anipanion and compiles tips from these practices that you can implement to optimize curbside care, making it more efficient and beneficial for your practice, team, clients, and patients. Examples include: Sending...

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WSVMA DVM: Masterclass Webinar – Diarrhea, Metabolic Acidosis, and Fluid Therapy in Dairy Calves

  |   Continuing Education

Join us Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, at 12pm for our webinar Diarrhea, Metabolic Acidosis, and Fluid Therapy in Dairy Calves, Updates with Dr. Francisco Leal-Yepes, sponsored by WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems are the more significant cause of morbidity and mortality in dairy calves. Prevention has been the most successful practice to reduce mortality associated with diarrhea in neonate dairy calves. However, a better understanding of the metabolic unbalance in diarrheic dairy calves will facilitate...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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WSU to lead $125 million project to detect emerging viruses – WSU Insider Washington Medical Commission can now discipline doctors who spread COVID-19 misinformation – KNKX Bacteria break-up may block bubonic plague – WSU Insider Point Defiance's only polar bear diagnosed with cancer – KNKX Expert tips for diagnosing algal bloom exposure – JAVMA ‘Oh my gosh, the kittens!’ How the pandemic unleashed bedlam in veterinary clinics – The Guardian Beluga whale sighted far from home – Crosscut   Posted October 8, 2021...

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Long Term Care insurance available for WA veterinarians and employees through AVMA Life

  |   State Regulatory

For AVMA member veterinarians who have tried to secure long-term care insurance ahead of the state’s Nov. 1, 2021 deadline but have been unsuccessful can apply for insurance through AVMA Life. Veterinary employees are also eligible to be covered by the insurance through their employers. The deadline to opt out of the program has prompted a flood of applications for new plans, and it’s caused most private insurers in Washington to stop accepting new applications. The WSVMA reached out to...

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FREE Small Animal Electronic Health Certificates

  |   Practice Management

Washington Veterinarians can stop paying for paper certificates and move to FREE eHealth Certificates in Oregon’s Veterinary Information System (OVIS). Don’t let the name confuse you, the OVIS System can be used to issue CVIs for Washington animals moving interstate anywhere in the U.S. OVIS can also be used to create large animal CVIs, brucellosis vaccination and TB test records. The application is free of charge and available for use online at https://oda.direct/OVIS.  Contact Gerald Franks (360) 902-7566 or David Hecimovich (360) 725-5493...

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