Author: wsvma

WSVMA’s 2017-18 Power of Ten class creates practice modernization guide

  |   Practice Management

When charged with the task of developing this year’s class project, members of the Power of 10 Leadership Academy immediately began brainstorming ways to address many of the issues facing veterinary professionals today. As they attempted to narrow their focus to a single issue, they soon found that there simply was not one matter that seemed more pressing than others. Instead, they identified a network of concerns highlighting the changing face of the practice of veterinary medicine. The term ‘practice modernization’...

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WSVMA 2018 compensation and benefits survey data released

  |   WSVMA News

The second bi-annual survey was conducted by the WSVMA to allow members to evaluate their compensation and benefit policies compared to those of other WSVMA members. In spring 2018, we asked 754 practices to respond to this survey. We received 160 responses, a 21% response rate. Practice owners were asked to answer questions regarding the compensation and benefits offered to their associates and the practice team (practice managers, technicians, assistants and front office staff). Owners were asked to exclude their own...

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VBMA’s 5th Annual Partners in Practice takes place November 10

  |   Practice Management

Washington State University’s Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) – ranked #1 globally – is excited to host its Fifth Annual Partners in Practice. The event will take place Saturday, November 10, 2018 at WSU in Pullman. This is an important opportunity to meet veterinary students at all points in their schooling to advertise a job or internship position, market your practice/company, learn about the newest generation of vets, and network with students and fellow veterinary professionals. Partners in Practice will be...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

With a rise in chemotherapy for pets, veterinary staff is at increased risk for exposure – McClatchy DC Study: Veterinarians struggle as they balance the needs of pets and owners – Boston Globe Veterinary Nurse Versus Technician: the Pros and the Cons – Veterinary Business Advisors, Inc. Moving goats from one mountain range to another – Seattle Times Pets Are Like Family. But as Health Costs Rise, Few Are Insured That Way -- New York Times WSDA is recruiting for a poultry field veterinarian position...

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Veterinary Board of Governors will regulate client communications

  |   State Regulatory

The Veterinary Board of Governors (VBOG) is in the process of drafting new regulations that will establish what types of information veterinarians must communicate to clients when treating animal patients. The rulemaking stems from a 2017 petition by a pet owner whose dog died after being given NSAIDs and who wanted to require that veterinarians provide "Client Information Sheets" and better communicate risks to pet owners. The Board agreed to open the rule, but after further deliberation, they decided to...

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Pièce de Résistance – WSVMA launches new monthly antimicrobial resistance messaging

  |   One Health

Now more than ever, veterinarians are challenged to improve their antimicrobial treatment strategies to maximize stewardship. At the same time, DVMs are faced with refractory responses to treatment, or infections with so many resistances that they are virtually untreatable. WA Veterinarian is launching a monthly piece with concise messages about antimicrobial resistance. These messages are provided by members of the WSVMA One Health workgroup and meant to be easy to read and understand, and carry important, current information that veterinarians...

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Pièce de Résistance – October

  |   One Health

Treating cattle effectively requires an accurate body weight. Without knowing the body weight, an animal may be under or over dosed. Visual weight assessment tends to result in under-dosing large sized cattle, while over-dosing the smaller animals (van Dijk et al., 2015).   Posted October 12, 2018...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Silver Star Brands recalls human and animal drug products Consumer Affairs Global cost of animal diseases weighed by researchers – WSU Insider Hundreds of live chickens missing in Skagit County – Q13 Fox Olympic Mountain Goats spotted atop Rattlesnake Ridge – Living Snoqualmie Hello 911? There’s a whale under my boat – Washington Post Nearly extinct Western Pond Turtles get boost from Woodland Park Zoo  Q13 FOX...

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National Veterinary Technician Week Oct. 14 – 20, 2018 – Show your appreciation

  |   Practice Management

As a critical member of the veterinary healthcare team, veterinary technicians are educated in the latest medical advances and skilled at working alongside veterinarians to give pets the best medical care possible. In honor of the important work they do, NAVTA has proclaimed October 14-20, 2018 to be National Veterinary Technician Week. This annual event recognizes veterinary technicians for their contributions to pet healthcare, as well as to veterinarians, assistants, practice managers and others involved in pet care. Show appreciation...

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A Successful Addition to the Team – Hiring an Associate

  |   Practice Management

Whether it is the first associate hired at your practice or an additional associate, getting the right person to fill the role on the team is essential. Panic hires or hiring out of desperation can feel inevitable at times, but this can mean sacrificing clients, a cohesive environment and overall employee morale.  By taking the time to think about what is important for the entire hospital, it is possible to hire an associate who is a great fit to the...

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