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Five Steps to Ensure New Employees Start Off on the Right Foot

  |   Practice Management

A study published in the Academy of Management Journal found that the first 90 days of employment, often referred to as the probationary period, is pivotal for building rapport with the company, management, and coworkers. When support levels are high from the team and leaders, new hires often have more positive attitudes about their jobs and worked harder. When support and direction aren’t offered, the opposite occurs, leading to unhappy and unproductive employees who stay at their jobs no longer...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Two Horses Positive for Equine Influenza in Washington State - EquiManagement Researchers have finally put a price tag on the life of a dog  Washington Post UW: 10,000 dogs needed for study on aging KIRO 7 WSU: discovery could slow the spread of West Nile – Washington Ag Network Go Raw, LLC recall for salmonella risk - FDA WSU Spokane nurses and vets hold free clinic for people and their pets KREM Elephants at Tacoma zoo with tuberculosis won't...

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Federal overtime pay rule could affect some veterinary practices

  |   Practice Management

A new federal rule will extend overtime pay requirements to more workers as of January 1, 2020. Some veterinary practices and employees could be affected by the U.S. Department of Labor rule. The rule raises the earnings thresholds for workers to be exempted from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirements that workers be paid overtime pay of at least 1.5 times their regular pay rate for any hours worked in excess of a 40-hour workweek. The Department of Labor estimates that 1.3...

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New WSVMA Power of Ten Leadership Class begins with participants from around the country

  |   WSVMA News

The WSVMA is pleased to welcome the fifth class of qualified and impressive veterinarians that have been accepted to participate in the WSVMA leadership program. What is Power of Ten? It’s an initiative designed to help recent graduates develop foundational skills in leadership, communication and business. The year-long program begins in November and culminates with graduation at the 2020 Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference. To date, thirty-nine veterinarians have graduated from WSVMA’s Academy. Dr. Kristi Wubben, a graduate of the first Power...

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Having trouble finding a veterinarian to hire? Consider an employer student loan repayment program

  |   Practice Management

Paycor.com examined the benefits of employer repayment programs in “Employer Student Loan Repayment Program: 5 Tips for 2020” stating, “Companies that offer student loan debt relief can more easily attract and retain talent. In fact, studies indicate that 86% of workers between the ages of 22 and 33 would commit to an employer for five years if the employer offered a student loan repayment program.” The article also provides advice to employees to help repay their student loans and also...

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Phone scam targets Washington health professionals

  |   Professional News

The Washington State Department of Health (department) has been notified that scam artists are calling various health professionals across the state claiming suspicious activity with their license. Reports indicate that scammers are using department phone numbers as their own. This appears to be part of a larger extortion scheme related to scammers posing as government officials. This is not how the department or boards/commissions operate, and all health professionals should be skeptical of anyone making such demands. Please be aware that the...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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PNWVC Supplemental Material: Wildlife Rehabilitation and How Veterinarians Can Help – WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife WSU: discovery could slow the spread of West Nile – Washington Ag Network FDA, CDC agree: Go ahead and pick up those pig ears! – AAHA NewStat Clearing up cannabis confusion for veterinary professionals –  DVM360 Employees' concerns about well-being differ among generations Gallup.com   Posted November 15, 2019...

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WSVMA Power of Ten Leadership Class Launches Wellness Podcast Series – Ready Vet Go! Living Your Best Veterinary Life

  |   WSVMA News

The Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) announced this week a new podcast series, Ready Vet Go! Living Your Best Veterinary Life. The series is produced by the 2019 Power of Ten Leadership Academy and covers important aspects of wellbeing to better educate and empower all veterinarians. Topics in the series include client education and communication, giving and receiving feedback, student loan management, personal finance, cyberbullying, practice leadership, work-life balance, and mindfulness and stress management. Interview guests include well-known veterinary...

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Governor Inslee proclaims November 3, 2019 One Health Day

  |   One Health

Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued a proclamation for the State of Washington recognizing Nov. 3, 2019 as One Health Day. One Health Day provides an opportunity for experts and the community to join together in One Health education and awareness. The WSVMA has been collaborating for the past four years with the WA Dept. of Health, WA Dept. of Agriculture, Washington State University, University of Washington, human health professionals and environmental experts to address antimicrobial resistance in Washington State.   This year...

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What am I Eating?

  |   Continuing Education

That’s a great question – and one that can be answered for your patients and clients by attending the upcoming WSVMA premier CE program that features well-known veterinary nutritionist Craig Datz, DVM, MS, DACVN. Dr. Datz, current Director of Scientific Affairs for Royal Canin, will answer your burning nutrition and health-related questions. Featured topics include: Nutrition-Associated DCM: What do we know? Unconventional Diets: A Raw Deal? FAQs in Feline Nutrition: Cats & Carbohydrates, Protein Restriction in CKD, and more Managing...

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