Author: wsvma

Member input needed on potential new member benefit: online access to current, authoritative clinical information and educational resources

  |   WSVMA News

Veterinarians in private practice generally don’t have access to large collections of journals similar to human physicians. As a result, veterinarians rely on textbooks, conferences and online discussion forums like VIN for new information. Textbooks, expert opinion and discussion forums do not always provide the highest level of evidence for clinical decision making. The WSVMA is looking to change that by seeking access to a Washington-based service for healthcare providers. Health Evidence Resource for Washington State (HEAL-WA) is an affordable online...

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New reminder tool to get inactive clients back in the door

  |   Practice Management

Need help getting lapsed clients back in the door? Partners for Healthy Pets’ new inactive client reminder program is designed to do just that with proven success in reengaging clients who have been absent from their veterinary practices. Within six months of implementing the reminder program, participating veterinary practices: Generated an average of 128 patient visits from formerly inactive clients. Had an overall 8.5% inactive-client response rate (percentage of clients who responded to the email and brought their pets in...

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World-renown equine behaviorist to speak at Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference

  |   Continuing Education

The WSVMA is pleased to announce Gemma Pearson, BVMS, CERT AVP, MScR will speak on Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30, on equine behavior at the upcoming Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference in Tacoma. A graduate of University of Glasgow, Dr. Pearson is the Senior Training Scholar in Equine Practice and runs the Equine Behavior Service at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. She has over 15 years of experience in working with equine behavior cases. Dr. Pearson’s presentations...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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United Pet Group Voluntary Recalls Multiple Brands of Rawhide Chew Products for Dogs Due to Possible Chemical Contamination – FDA As veterinary-care costs rise, pet insurance becomes latest work perk – Seattle Times The surprising number of American adults who think chocolate milk comes from brown cows – Washington Post Rare woolly dog hair found in Northwest blanket – Q13Fox...

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Free resource – AAHA/VMG Standardized Chart of Accounts

  |   Practice Management

Traditionally, the accounting methods of individual veterinary practices are as diverse as the owners themselves. Times are changing … and for the better. Through a partnership, led by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), Veterinary Management Groups (VMG), VetPartners, and the Veterinary Hospital Manager’s Association (VHMA), individual veterinarians now have access to a free, powerful finance tool.  Working with VMG, AAHA’s previously ‘member’s only’ Chart of Accounts, was revised and expanded. The AAHA/VMG Chart of...

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Having success with forward booking appointments? Enter this contest!

  |   Practice Management

We're excited to announce the Forward Booking WORKS! Testimonial Contest! What is a testimonial contest you ask? To help publicize the benefits of forward booking we are asking practices to send us testimonials regarding their experiences with forward booking. Through these testimonials we hope to spread the word to the veterinary profession about real-life experiences in which practices have benefited from implementing forward booking and encourage all veterinary practices to adopt forward booking as a best practice. To enter the...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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106 dogs and cats rescued from Dallas kill shelters now in Puget Sound – Q13 Fox Over 100 dogs arrive in Western Washington from California shelters – King5 Canine Influenza Virus 2017: Beyond Two Show Dogs – Veterinary Practice News Maryland joins California in battling antibiotic overuse on farms – Reuters If I understood you, would I have this look on my face? - NPR...

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Animal Handling and Restraint

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Animal Handling Skills-Professionalism and Safety The public watches us to learn how to properly handle animals. Being professional means being SAFE and HUMANE. Good animal handling skills prevent staff from being injured. Good animal handling skills reduce stress for the animal. Examples of Safe Animal Handling: Be aware of the special stressors for animals in the clinic setting. The clinic is extremely chaotic for any animal-there are an incredible number of smells and other stimuli and animals are likely to be...

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Facts from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

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Do these questions ever cross your mind and you aren't sure where to find answers? Is my office a safe place? Is my workstation safe? What is protocol for safe handling of hazardous drugs? How Do I Preven Good and important information from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health regarding these specific questions and others. For more information please contact each entity directly: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health: Website 1-800-232-4636 Email Washington...

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Human Salmonella infections linked to live poultry in backyard flocks

  |   One Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many state departments of health and agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are investigating eight multistate outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks. These outbreaks are caused by several kinds of Salmonella bacteria including Salmonella Braenderup, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Hadar, Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i-, Salmonella Indiana, Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Mbandaka, and Salmonella Typhimurium. As of May 25, 2017, 372 people infected...

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