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WSVMA DVM: Masterclass Webinar – Diagnosis and Current Treatment of Equine Skin Tumors

  |   Continuing Education

Join us Tuesday, November 19 at 12 pm for our webinar Diagnosis and Current Treatment of Equine Skin Tumors. Dr. Kelly Farnsworth will be our guest speaker. Dr. Farnsworth will present the latest on diagnosis and treatment of sarcoids, melanomas, and squamous cell carcinoma in horses. He’ll also cover surgical and topical options for treatment as well as intra lesional therapies. Included will be information on farm management and hospitalized cases. A 1993 graduate of Washington State University (WSU), Dr....

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Forward Booking is Best Practice for Your Practice

  |   Practice Management

Forward Booking is scheduling ALL patients’ next appointments before they leave your practice, regardless of the reason for their current visit. Many veterinary practices do a great job of this when it comes to medical rechecks. However, the veterinary profession often falls short when it comes to forward booking preventive healthcare checkups. According to the 2014 Veterinary Hospital Managers Association Insiders’ Insights Report and the 2013 American Animal Hospital Association State of the Industry Report, less than 3% of practices...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

Zoetis enters reference laboratory business – Today’s Veterinary Business AVMA on the economic state of the veterinary profession: It’s strong (but don’t get too cocky) – AAHA NewStat Important animal welfare bill approved by Congress – [email protected] The placebo effect shows up in pets too, but these treatments are fooling owners, not their animals – The Atlantic Domestic Violence shelters that accept pets – Safe Place for Pets   Posted November 8, 2019...

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New DEA reporting system for suspicious orders of controlled substances

  |   Federal Regulatory

On October 23, 2019, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced the launch of the Suspicious Orders Report System (SORS) Online, a new centralized database, where DEA registrants, including veterinarians, must report suspicious orders of controlled substances. The announcement has confused veterinarians as to what they’re required to report. Staff at the AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division contacted the DEA and received clarification on what the new reporting system means for veterinarians. The good news is that the impact is minimal, but...

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President’s Message – The wider community of veterinary professionals

  |   WSVMA News

I am excited to be serving as WSVMA President. I consider it an honor and a privilege. I’d like to use this as a bit of an introduction as there are so many members I have yet to meet and get to know. I started my first job in a veterinary clinic in 1979. I treated my first patient as a veterinarian in 1989. I’ve only worked in two clinics throughout my career, and I’ve been at my current one for...

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Zoetis acquires Phoenix Central Laboratory

  |   Professional News

Zoetis announced yesterday they completed their acquisition of veterinarian-owned Phoenix Central Laboratory in Mukilteo, WA. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Zoetis joins major players Idexx and Antech in the veterinary diagnostic lab space and sees the acquisition as an opportunity to increase their capabilities in veterinary point-of-care diagnostics. Phoenix Lab opened in 1989 to provide lab services to the local veterinary community. Shares of the company were sold only to Washington State licensed veterinarians and lab employees, creating...

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Partnering for Dairy Antimicrobial Stewardship: A Conference for Farmers and Veterinarians in the West

  |   One Health

Newer and proposed guidance and regulations from the US Food and Drug Association (FDA) have focused attention on the role of the veterinarian to provide complete oversight of antimicrobial use in food animal production. The Veterinary Feed Directive addressed in-feed antimicrobials and severely restricted uses of these products. In September of 2019, the FDA announced proposed guidance on the use of over-the-counter drugs (OTC), eventually eliminating their use and requiring veterinary prescriptions for any antimicrobial. The state of California passed...

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WSVMA Award winners recognized at the 2019 Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference

  |   Uncategorized

Over 1,200 conference-goers, exhibitors and guests converged on Tacoma for the 2019 Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference September 27 – September 29, 2019.  Forty-five speakers presented a wide range of scientific topics plus sessions on suicide prevention, practice finance, leadership, telemedicine, and wildlife. Ninety-six vendors and their representatives exhibited in the trade show and sponsored speakers and events.  A special thank you goes to our exhibitors and sponsors for their support of a successful conference. A round of applause goes to the...

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Thank you, veterinary technicians!

  |   Uncategorized

This week we’ve been celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week. We hope you have, too. Veterinary technicians are committed to providing highly-quality and compassionate care. As an important team member, they’re critical to the daily function of veterinary practices and play vital roles in preserving animal health and welfare. If you haven’t already, take the time to celebrate these important team members and show them your appreciation.   Posted October 18, 2019...

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WSVMA teams up with WSAVT to host DEA and OSHA CE program

  |   Continuing Education

Join us Dec. 6-7, 2019 in Renton for two days of high-quality CE featuring Phil Seibert, CVT, well-known industry expert on hospital safety and regulatory compliance. The event is open to both veterinarians and technicians. Day one includes seven hours on different OSHA topics, including how to start a compliance program, staff safety and training, surviving an OSHA inspection, and facility safety issues. Day two focuses on controlled drugs including security requirements, ordering, keeping logs, who’s allowed access, inventorying, disposal,...

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