Author: wsvma

Possible exposure to avian chlamydiosis at Bothell bird store – owners are encouraged to watch for pet and human symptoms

  |   Animal Health

A pet bird that died has tested positive for a serious bacterial disease called avian chlamydiosis. The bird had been boarded recently at the Wings of the World pet store located in Bothell, with potential exposure to other birds being boarded or available for sale since July 2. The Washington State Department of Health, in collaboration with the Snohomish Health District and Public Health – Seattle & King County, are in the process of contacting bird owners to share information...

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Growing Leaders in Your Practice

  |   Practice Management

While facilitating a leadership workshop, I asked “Who are the leaders in your practice?.” This question stimulated some robust discussion. While some groups discussed the positions in their organizational leadership chart, one thoughtful response was “Everyone is a leader in my practice”. I asked this practice manager to describe to the group what leadership looked like in her hospital. She explained that every employee was invested in the success of the practice. Rather than defined leaders, the management team in...

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WSVMA accepting applications for next year’s class of Power of Ten leaders

  |   WSVMA News

Attention 2010-2017 graduates! Join the WSVMA for our exciting leadership program! Power of Ten is a WSVMA initiative designed to help recent graduates develop foundational skills in leadership, communication, and business. Ten participants will be selected from the applicant pool to participate in the Power of Ten leadership academy for the coming year. Participants will join a network of peers in a series of learning experiences that commence in October, 2017 and culminate in September, 2018. Power of Ten is...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

A war over wolves – Seattle Times Second Case of Equine West Nile Virus in 2017 Confirmed - Washington Ag Network Can We Feed The World With Farmed Fish? - NPR USDA modules opened to all veterinary professionals for CE credit – AVMA Grain-free diets aren't backed by science, veterinarians say – Washington Post New Data on Declaws – Veterinary Team Brief Canine cough outbreaks reported in multiple regions – VIN News...

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WA Dept. of Ecology updates pharmaceutical waste policy

  |   State Regulatory

In anticipation of a new federal rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the state of Washington is updating their “interim enforcement policy” for managing pharmaceutical waste. This revised policy will give hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, veterinarians, dentists, and other businesses options for how they can dispose of leftover and other unused medications.  The EPA recently proposed new requirements that effectively ban the disposal of pharmaceuticals down the toilet or drain. The federal proposal has not been finalized and may still...

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Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference & Trade Show – Registration now open!

  |   Continuing Education, WSVMA News

Online registration is open for this year’s Pacific NW Conference taking place September 29 – October 1, 2017 in Tacoma. Register today to learn from stellar scientific speakers, business experts and special guests that will be presenting a variety of cutting edge topics. In addition to a full program of scientific small animal, large animal and equine tracks, sessions will be offered on a variety of topics including the truth about service animals, the technician shortage, and drug policies in a...

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In memoriam

  |   WSVMA News

Dr. G. Gary Duskin (WSU, ’61) passed away on August 2 at the age of 80. Dr. Duskin was a respected equine practitioner and a co-founder of Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital in Snohomish. He served on the WSVMA Executive Board and became president of the Association in 1985. In addition, he represented Washington to the AVMA House of Delegates in the 1990’s. Dr. Duskin was also the recipient of the WSVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award in 2000. His Memorial Service...

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Legislative updates from around the U.S.

  |   Legislative

A number of state legislative proposals last month addressed issues related to animal welfare. One bill in Michigan would prohibit confining farm animals in a way that prevents them from lying down, standing up or turning around freely. Implementation of provisions applying to gestating sows and egg-laying hens would be delayed until 2019. A separate Michigan proposal would make it illegal to confine an animal in a motor vehicle during conditions that may cause suffering, disability or death. Legislation introduced...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Fast-spreading cough strikes dogs in Montana – VIN News Fancy new digs set to open at state-of-the-art animal shelter in Bellevue – Seattle Times Animal activists say change in state law needed to strengthen sex abuse cases – Q13 Fox Washington confirms first equine West Nile virus case of 2017 - WSDA The hidden environmental costs of dog and cat food – Washington Post Opioid Crisis Hitting Dogs Now - Healthline...

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Telehealth and Marijuana topics at AVMA Summer meeting

  |   Professional News

The annual summer meeting of the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) was held during July 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  As part of that meeting, the HOD's held the Veterinary Information Forum (VIF).  In its’ second year, the VIF was created to allow issues important to state and allied group AVMA members to reach the floor of the HOD, through their AVMA delegates, for discussion and action. Several important and timely issues were discussed this year and action steps were taken...

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