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Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Heath professor named to National Academy of Medicine

  |   One Health

PULLMAN, Wash. – M. Kariuki Njenga, a Washington State University professor in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health and a leader in the effort to address emerging zoonotic diseases, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Njenga, a professor of virology and global health, is the country director for WSU Global Health-Kenya. He is based in Kenya on the health sciences campus of the University of Nairobi. A member of Allen School faculty since...

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Nov 13 – 19, 2017 is Antibiotic Awareness Week

  |   One Health

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (formerly “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week”) is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. Washington Governor Inslee has issued a proclamation declaring Nov 13-17, 2017 Antibiotic Awareness Week. Each year in the United States, at least two million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. Many more...

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2017 Washington election results, Parshley wins seat on city council

  |   Legislative

Democrat Manka Dhingra defeated Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund in election night ballots 55.34% to 44.66%.  Democrats gained a 25-24 majority in the Washington State Senate.  More than $9 million will have been spent on this legislative race, making it the most expensive in state history. Incumbents won in all other legislative elections around the state during this special election. In the race for Seattle Mayor, Jenny Durkan won over Cary Moon 60.02% to 39.38%. Both Dingra and Durkan will take office immediately after...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

Antibiotic-resistant infections in pets: What now? – Illinois.edu Multistate Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Heidelberg Infections Linked to Contact with Dairy Calves - CDC Technology Connecting Veterinarians, Clients – The Horse What is your personal narrative?  –  Today’s Veterinary Business Selling your practice – private vs. corporate – Simmons & Associates, Inc. Beyond pet friendly: New Trupanion poll shows just how much millennials love their dogs and cats - Geekwire   Posted November 17, 2017...

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President’s Outlook

  |   Professional News

I am excited to serve as your President this year. I would like to thank the Board for their confidence. I have been a member of the WSVMA since I graduated from WSU in 1987 and look forward to a busy schedule. Having been on the Board since 2012 I have been involved in the transformation to a smaller, more nimble group. We rely on you to let us know what concerns you have for our profession, so please contact...

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FDA Withdraws Draft Guidance for Animal Drug Compounding

  |   Federal Regulatory

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is withdrawing draft Guidance for Industry (GFI) #230, “Compounding Animal Drugs from Bulk Drug Substances” in order to clarify that the agency does not plan to finalize the current draft, but instead intends to issue a new draft for public comment next year. The draft guidance issued in May 2015 proposed conditions under which the FDA generally would not intend to take action against the compounding of animal drugs from bulk drug substances, with the...

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WSVMA 2018-19 Member Services Directory – is your information current?

  |   WSVMA News

Attention Practice Owners and Practice Managers! The WSVMA is currently asking for corrections and changes to your information for inclusion in our 2018-2019 Member Services Directory. We are currently preparing the 2018-2019 edition of the WSVMA Directory.  This directory attempts to be all inclusive for veterinarians and veterinary practices in Washington State.  We are asking all practices to email or fax a list of their doctors to the office, so that we may confirm the information we have on file is correct....

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

Stop Using Antibiotics in Healthy Animals, World Health Organization Says – Time.com WHO Guidelines on Antibiotics in Conflict With Science, USDA Says – Drovers.com Personal accounts: A single mom surviving on a vet tech’s pay – DVM 360 Trends fuel demand for veterinarians - CNBC Frequently Asked Questions about Animal Drugs - FDA...

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Why the change in recommended age of sterilization of cats?

  |   Animal Health

In June of this year, the AVMA formally endorsed the Feline Fix by Five (FFF) campaign promoted by the Marian’s Dream Foundation.  FFF was born out of awareness that cats can be reproductively active by 4 to 5 months of age, yet most veterinarians recommend spay/neuter of cats at 6 months of age or older.  The result of this mismatch between age at which cats can become pregnant and the recommended age of sterilization is demonstrated any time one walks...

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Leadership Development Committee in need of volunteers

  |   WSVMA News

Are you looking for excitement, networking opportunities, and a chance to learn more about our veterinary profession and the WSVMA while helping others? Join the Leadership Development Committee! Now that I have been voted off the island (or cycled off the Board of Directors for the WSVMA), I can honestly say I am in awe of the growth and changes I have seen over the past eight years I served as Board member.  Due to the hard work of some really...

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