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WSVMA DVM: Masterclass Webinar – A Retailer’s Perspective on Animal Care and Wellbeing

  |   Continuing Education

Join us Tuesday, September 17 at 12 pm for our webinar A Retailer’s Perspective on Animal Care and Wellbeing. Dr. Janet Helms will be our guest speaker. What is all this talk about slow grow chicken, Prop 12 and cage-free eggs, and pig crates? In this webinar, we will explore animal welfare concerns across species from a different vantage point. Retailers and restaurants have very specific needs, concerns and risks. Changing perspectives will allow us to explore issues from the...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Phoenix veterinary lab for sale following Idexx takeover bid – Vin News Service Deadly rabbit disease persists and spreads in San Juan Islands – WSDA Ag Briefs Bat-killing Disease White-Nose Syndrome Confirmed In Kittitas, King, Pierce and Lewis Counties – Daily Fly Dog Goods recalls more pig ear dog treats  - FDA Listeria, salmonella found in Aunt Jeni's frozen raw poultry for dogs – Food Safety News (WA) Veterinarians make a House (and Senate) call  JAVMA   Posted September 6, 2019...

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Preventing Back Injuries

  |   Wellness

During the past five years, ergonomic injuries represented 27% of the total dollars spent by our insurance companies on workers’ compensation claims. The risk consultant at the AVMA Professional Liability Insurance Trust (PLIT) has provided preventative measures for the common causes of back injuries, which are some of the most costly and debilitating employee injuries at veterinary practices. Ergonomic injuries are generally more expensive and debilitating than bites and scratches, especially if they involve the back, because they often involve damage...

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AVMA ambassador program links local veterinarians with federal legislators

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Spokane-area WSVMA members Dr. Joseph Harari and Dr. Greg Benoit, along with Dr. Jeff Siems, recently met with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers on behalf of the AVMA Political Action Committee as part of the Association's new Ambassador Program designed to foster relationships between local veterinary leaders and their members of Congress.  McMorris-Rodgers is the Republican Congresswoman from the 5th congressional district. They met to discuss various issues affecting the profession, most especially H.R. 1607, Mandatory Prescription Writing legislation. Both Dr. Harari and...

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Feral Hogs – Root out the Problem

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Wild Hogs may have been a funny movie, but there isn’t anything funny about real wild hogs. The damage these animals do to agriculture, property, and livestock via diseases is dead serious. In the 1980’s, wild hogs were in about 15 states, today that number has more than doubled with about 35 states now dealing with the problem. Originally brought from Eurasia for hunting and food, they are prolific breeders and reservoirs for disease. Escaped domestic swine can become feral in...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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The $636 million pet supplement industry is fueled by the greatest suckers of all: millennial dog owners, like me – Vox Associate Contracts for Corporate Consolidators – Veterinary Business Advisors Flame retardant found in upholstered furniture may cause hyperthyroidism in cats – AAHA NewStat Nearly all UK veterinarians face skepticism from owners about vaccines – The Telegraph   Posted August 23, 2019...

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Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria as Reportable Diseases: An Update

  |   One Health

Recently the University of Pennsylvania, Ryan Veterinary Teaching Hospital experienced an outbreak of an NDM-5 carbapenemase producing E. coli infections originating in the ICU.  One of the most significant types of gram negative resistance, it eliminates use of the carbapenem class, including imipenem and meropenem, a last line therapy in human medicine. In addition, this type of carbapenemase enzyme had not been reported in the USA in either human or veterinary medicine, which made it novel in this country.  Not...

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Meet the candidates for WSVMA Board of Directors

  |   WSVMA News

The election for the WSVMA Board of Directors will be held at the Annual Membership Meeting on September 28, 2019. The meeting will be in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference being held at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. Ballots will be sent out in August in accordance with WSVMA Bylaws, and will include a proxy form to sign and return to the WSVMA for members who are not able to attend the Conference. Serving on the current Board of...

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Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Infections Linked to Contact with Pig Ear Dog Treats

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The FDA and CDC are investigating human cases of salmonellosis related to several types of Salmonella with a suspected link to pig ear pet treats. The agencies are advising consumers not to buy or feed any pig ear pet treats, including any that may have already been purchased and in the home. Retailers have been advised to stop selling all pig ear treats. People are at risk of becoming sick after handling the treats or caring for dogs who ate the treats....

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Go Team! Management Tips for Success

  |   Practice Management

Managing staff is challenging for many practice owners and managers. Here are three management tips that have had a great impact on the success of many practices: Value staff ideas. It’s important to provide an environment that encourages ideas and feedback from staff. Staff members work in the trenches, interacting with clients all day, so they know what clients want. Make the time to ask the team what they think about the business side of the practice and listen to...

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