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WSVMA webinar scheduled to get member input on shelter legislation

  |   WSVMA News

As reported in January, Senate Bill 6196 was introduced that would allow animal control agencies and humane societies to provide full veterinary services to low income pet owners. Currently, they can only provide sterilization, vaccination and electronic identification for pet owners who qualify at less than 80% of the median family income. The WSVMA testified in opposition to the bill and asked the proponents to work with us in the interim to see how together, we can find solutions to provide...

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Scam alert: Beware callers impersonating the DEA

  |   Practice Management

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has shared that registrants have been receiving fraudulent telephone calls and emails from con artists claiming to represent the DEA or other law enforcement agencies. The callers have masked their telephone number on caller ID by showing the DEA Registration Support 800 number. According to a press release issued by the agency, “The impersonators inform their victims that purchasing drugs over the internet or by telephone is illegal, and that enforcement action will be taken against them unless...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Seattle Humane to take in pets from Hawaii after disastrous flooding on Kauai - KIRO Spring is here – time to vaccinate your horse for West Nile virus - WSDA California bill on animal physical rehabilitation advances - VINNews Veterinarians not advising clients of proper pet meds disposal, says OSU study – Veterinary Practice News New guidelines on preventing and treating 'equine strep throat' –  Phys.org Pets, Vets, and Opioids – American Veterinarian   Posted April 20, 2018...

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Emergency volunteer veterinarians, CVI exemption removal and service animal bills signed into law

  |   Legislative

Following the close of the legislative session last month, Gov. Inslee signed veterinary and animal related bills into law. The Uniform Voluntary Health Practitioners Act was enacted, which will allow volunteer health practitioners, including veterinarians, who are licensed and in good standing in another state, to practice in Washington while an emergency declaration is in effect. Regardless of whether the practitioner is licensed in Washington or another state, they must provide services through a host entity, adhere to their scope...

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Take the survey on pain management protocols – and help a veterinary student

  |   Professional News

Geoffrey Kraabel is entering his fourth year as a veterinary student at WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He’s writing his senior paper on pain management protocols in small animal practice and has developed a brief survey that covers specific procedure protocols, alternate pain modalities, and frequency of drug usage in order to determine what is most commonly used in general small animal practice. The survey is all checkbox, and multiple choice, and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Kraabel’s...

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May 5 CE event will help you improve your customer service

  |   Continuing Education

Attention practice owners and staff! Back by popular demand, on Saturday, May 5, 2018, the WSVMA is offering a valuable educational program for all members of the practice team. Presented by Terra Shastri, this one-day Boot Camp workshop, will lead staff through step-by-step processes to learn how to: Turn phone shoppers into clients Overcome client objections creating better pet health Gain clients for life by effectively handling client complaints Gain client compliance by speaking to clients in a language they...

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Advancing Patient Care Through Team Commitment to Forward Booking

  |   Practice Management

The Roaring Fork Valley provides some of the best fly fishing in Colorado, and the town of Carbondale – with its 6,500 residents located in the mountains 170 miles west of Denver – lies at its center. Resting in the magnificent shadow of 12,953-foot Mt. Sopris, Carbondale offers plenty of activity and enjoyment for tourists and residents alike. Carbondale also provides the home to Alpine Animal Hospital, a thriving, AAHA-accredited mixed animal practice with five veterinarians and 12 staff members. Mary...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Deadly EHV horse virus detected again in King County stable – Kirkland Reporter Wildlife officials seek new garbage cans in Washington cities after bear deaths – The Olympian Could Value-Based Veterinary Care Become the Future Standard of Care? – American Veterinarian 10 Steps to More Insured Pets – Veterinary Team Brief Pet-adoption rate up more than 20 percent in King County — thanks in part to cat cafes  - Seattle Times Dog rescue groups blast commercial breeders. But a surprising number of them purchase dogs...

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Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease serotype RHDV2 reported in British Columbia

  |   Animal Health

Rabbit hemorrhagic disease is a serious disease of rabbits that is easily spread, causes a high rate of infection and death, and the agent (calicivirus) is very stable in the environment. On March 8, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reported the detection of rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHD) virus serotype RHDV2 to the Office of International Epizootics.  Media articles had reported the death of rabbits on the Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo campus and in the Rotary Bowl area of Nanaimo, Vancouver...

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Legislation across the U.S. affects veterinary medicine

  |   Legislative

States continue to work through important veterinary issues including antimicrobial resistance, prescription drug monitoring programs, scope of practice, continuing education, and euthanasia. On the topic of antimicrobial resistance, a bill introduced in Illinois would allow a food-producing animal to receive a medically important antibiotic only if a licensed veterinarian has visited the farm operation within the past 6 months and the antibiotic is deemed necessary to treat or control the spread of a disease. In the face of a growing nation-wide opioid...

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