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WSVMA Board discusses the future of veterinary medicine

  |   Professional News, WSVMA News

In February, a joint commission created by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) released a report identifying emerging trends that will affect the veterinary profession during the next generation, providing insights that may be used to adapt to the profession’s changing environment. “The Future of Veterinary Medicine,” produced by the AVMA and AAVMC’s Veterinary Futures Commission, was published following four face-to-face working sessions and more than a year and a half of...

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State budget takes $8.8 billion hit

  |   Legislative

Chief Economist Steve Lerch told the state’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council last week that state revenues are expected to decline by a total of $8.8 billion relative to previous expectations over the next two budget cycles, and echoed Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s assertion that a full recovery is unlikely until the public is confident COVID-19 is brought under control. Some lawmakers are proposing a capital gains tax, and are opposed to major cuts in state services that occurred in...

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New pet disease alert service launches

  |   Animal Health

Pet Disease Alerts, a public charity established by the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) announced the launch of a new service to alert veterinarians and pet owners about local infectious disease outbreaks. For almost a decade, CAPC has been mapping, tracking and forecasting diseases to make pet owners aware of the risks both where they live and where they plan to travel with their pets. Nationally, prevalence rates have risen each of the past five years and are now up...

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Myths and Facts about Cloth Face Coverings

  |   COVID-19, Practice Management

This week, the Secretary of Health announced a public health order requiring everyone to wear face coverings in public. This requirement starts on Friday, June 26. The emerging science on face coverings indicates that they are effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19 if we wear them consistently. And “consistently” means that all of us—even if we feel healthy—need to wear a cloth face covering in public places. We’re going to be covering our faces for a while. Gather up the...

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Welcome a freshman vet student – Donate a white coat for the WSU/CVM Class of 2024!

  |   Uncategorized

This year’s White Coat ceremony for the incoming Class of 2024 will take place virtually on August 20, 2020. Each first-year veterinary student will be introduced and presented with a white lab coat with their name and the WSVMA logo embroidered on the coat. We need your help to make this year’s White Coat Ceremony a success. You can sponsor a specific student or make a general donation. You also have the option of sponsoring a student from your local...

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This Week’s Helpful Links  

  |   Uncategorized

  Northwest’s small pig farmers face promise and perils amid the coronavirus pandemic – The Seattle Times Interesting study on which species may be infected by SARS-CoV-2 – News-Medical.net Emergency Animal Sheltering During Coronavirus Disease Pandemic – National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition Amid threats and political pushback, public health officials are leaving their posts – The Washington Post Officials On Alert For African Horse Sickness – Bovine Veterinarian Don’t just think outside the box: How to approach practice challenges with alternative thinking – VetSuccess   Posted June 26, 2020...

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COVID-19: A Guide to Reopening Veterinary Medicine in Washington – Phase 2

  |   COVID-19

The WSVMA is releasing a new version of COVID-19: A Guide to Reopening Veterinary Medicine in Washington – Phase 2 to give additional information for practices as counties open up into Phases 2 and 3 during the pandemic. The Guide, written by well-known expert Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM in partnership with the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, lays out a comprehensive plan to assist veterinary practices to implement appropriate measures to ensure the health and safety of both veterinary clients...

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New Covid-19 one health toolkit available

  |   COVID-19

The Toolkit: One Health Approach to Address Companion Animals with SARS-CoV-2 is now available on the CDC website. This document is intended to provide guidance to public health and animal health officials involved in managing companion animals diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 and other One Health partners.   Posted June 19, 2020...

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New CDC Guidance for Agriculture Workers and Employers

  |   COVID-19

The CDC has released the Agricultural Employer Checklist for Creating a COVID-19 Assessment and Control Plan. This document is a companion piece to the recently released guidance for Agriculture Workers and Employers. Agricultural employers can use this checklist to create a COVID-19 assessment and control plan for applying specific preparation, prevention, and management measures to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19. The checklist is divided into five sections: assessment, control plan, shared housing, transportation, and children. You can find...

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New veterinary client communication regulations set to take effect end of July

  |   Practice Management, State Regulatory

The Veterinary Board of Governors (VBOG) has finalized new rules that establish minimum requirements for veterinarians when communicating evaluation and treatment options to clients. The new rule is intended “to ensure care provided promotes the health and safety of animal patients based on client decisions and emphasizes the importance of consultation with clients.” The decision to establish the new requirements stems from a 2017 petition by a pet owner whose dog died after being given NSAIDs and who wanted to...

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