Author: wsvma

Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria as Reportable Diseases: An Update

  |   One Health

Recently the University of Pennsylvania, Ryan Veterinary Teaching Hospital experienced an outbreak of an NDM-5 carbapenemase producing E. coli infections originating in the ICU.  One of the most significant types of gram negative resistance, it eliminates use of the carbapenem class, including imipenem and meropenem, a last line therapy in human medicine. In addition, this type of carbapenemase enzyme had not been reported in the USA in either human or veterinary medicine, which made it novel in this country.  Not...

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Meet the candidates for WSVMA Board of Directors

  |   WSVMA News

The election for the WSVMA Board of Directors will be held at the Annual Membership Meeting on September 28, 2019. The meeting will be in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference being held at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. Ballots will be sent out in August in accordance with WSVMA Bylaws, and will include a proxy form to sign and return to the WSVMA for members who are not able to attend the Conference. Serving on the current Board of...

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Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Infections Linked to Contact with Pig Ear Dog Treats

  |   Uncategorized

The FDA and CDC are investigating human cases of salmonellosis related to several types of Salmonella with a suspected link to pig ear pet treats. The agencies are advising consumers not to buy or feed any pig ear pet treats, including any that may have already been purchased and in the home. Retailers have been advised to stop selling all pig ear treats. People are at risk of becoming sick after handling the treats or caring for dogs who ate the treats....

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Go Team! Management Tips for Success

  |   Practice Management

Managing staff is challenging for many practice owners and managers. Here are three management tips that have had a great impact on the success of many practices: Value staff ideas. It’s important to provide an environment that encourages ideas and feedback from staff. Staff members work in the trenches, interacting with clients all day, so they know what clients want. Make the time to ask the team what they think about the business side of the practice and listen to...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Toxic Algae Resources – Washington State Department of Health 13 Signs You Need to Switch Veterinarians –  Reader’s Digest US Department of Labor: Working in the veterinary field is more dangerous than working in law enforcement – AAHA NewStat How Veterinary Students View Practice Consolidation – Part Two – The Veterinary Idealist Are you an empathetic leader? Answer these 16 questions –  Inc.   Posted August 16, 2019...

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WSDA issues advisory about vesicular stomatitis

  |   Animal Health

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) announced that all susceptible species (cattle, equine, swine, sheep and goats) entering Washington State from a state where vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been diagnosed within the past 30 days must be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) with a valid entry permit number. The CVI for susceptible species must be issued within 24 hours of shipment to Washington State. Vesicular stomatitis (VS) is a highly infectious, reportable disease of equine and cloven-hooved...

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Washington Department of Health and DEA warning practitioners about continuing DEA scams

  |   Practice Management

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) urges its DEA-registered practitioners and the public to be cautious of telephone calls from criminals posing as DEA or other law enforcement personnel threatening arrest and prosecution for supposed violations of federal drug laws or involvement in drug-trafficking activities. DOH and the DEA continues to receive reports from the general public and practitioners indicating that they have received calls threatening legal action if an exorbitant fine is not...

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Veterinary Debt Initiative introduces new tuition infographic

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At their AVMA meeting last week in Washington D.C., the Veterinary Debt Initiative (VDI) introduced an infographic focused on tuition and the cost of education. The publication is designed to help students and other stakeholders understand some of the forces affecting the cost of veterinary college tuition, how those costs are formulated and share other fiscal and budgetary information. The VDI, which includes representatives from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), the AVMA, and Veterinary Medical Association Executives...

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WSVMA DVM: Masterclass Webinar – Transforming Veterinary Health Care with Lean Concepts

  |   Continuing Education

Join us Tuesday, August 20 at 12pm for our webinar on lean concepts in veterinary practice to improve patient care, client care, and overall hospital flow. Art Arnaiz, LVT will be our guest speaker. For the past 15 years, human healthcare has undergone a transformation. Following concepts and methods perfected by Japanese manufacturing companies, human health care facilities are instituting Lean principles into all aspects of the healthcare system. Most major healthcare facilities have invested in process improvement departments to root-out waste...

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

  |   WSVMA News

Attention 2012-2019 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 November 2019 and culminate in October 2020. Power of Ten is...

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