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Honoring Juneteenth

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Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official January 1, 1863. If you’re asking what you can do to support this important day, consider watching a webinar...

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Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference is going virtual!

  |   Continuing Education, WSVMA News

While you’ve been busy dealing with COVID-19 and having to quickly adjust to a whole new way of veterinary practice, the WSVMA Board and staff have been evaluating how to hold a large conference for over 1,200 in the middle of a pandemic. The safety of our attendees, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors is our number one priority as we work to provide high-quality continuing education and because it’s unclear what October will look like when it comes to face to...

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July webinar series – Partnering for Dairy Antimicrobial Stewardship: A Conference for Farmers and Veterinarians in the West

  |   Continuing Education, 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 2020 Awards – Nominate outstanding veterinary professionals

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Each year, the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) conducts an awards program to honor individuals whose service has contributed significantly to the veterinary profession in Washington State. The 2020 awards that will be presented include Veterinarian of the Year, Distinguished Achievement, WSU Faculty Member of the Year, Distinguished Veterinary Staff, Humane Animal Welfare, Recent Grad and Allied Industry. Awards will be presented during the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference Oct. 2-4, 2020. For criteria, visit WSVMA Awards Nominations on the...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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First-of-its-kind drive-thru veterinary clinic planned – Madison.com How Humanity Has Unleashed a Flood of Zoonotic Diseases – The New York Times Urge lawmakers to reverse course on taxing PPP expenses – AVMA Struggling pet owners receive free veterinary care for their pets – Q13 FOX Don't squish me! Local insects, Asian giant hornets, and the case of mistaken identities – WSDA Ag Briefs VetSuccess June 15, 2020 Industry Summary – VetSuccess   Posted June 19, 2020...

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An important message to WSVMA members

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Dear Members: We are reeling with sadness by the violent events taking place in our country this week and recognize the deeply disturbing institutional racism against black Americans. While this conversation may be difficult, it is imperative as an organization that we speak up, and speak out against prejudice and injustice in our society and in our veterinary profession. This is an extremely difficult time for individuals, families, businesses, our country, and around the world. Many people are suffering the acute emotional, social, and economic impacts...

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Urge lawmakers to reverse course on taxing PPP expenses

  |   COVID-19, Practice Management

Veterinary professionals and veterinary business owners can support our colleagues by asking Congress to pass legislation ensuring that business owners impacted by COVID-19 aren’t penalized by income-tax rules after taking out a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Despite recent legislation that made improvements to the PPP loan program, PPP borrowers are prohibited from claiming federal tax deductions that are normally fully deductible – including some rent and utility payments, and wages and benefits paid to employees – for forgivable...

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WSVMA DVM: Masterclass Webinar on canine and feline uveitis

  |   Continuing Education

Join us Tuesday, June 16 at 12pm for our webinar Uveitis in the Dog & Cat. Dr. Victoria Jones will be our guest speaker. This quick-paced webinar will include discussion of clinical signs, causes and treatments for uveitis in the canine and feline species. Dr. Victoria Jones obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Illinois where she graduated summa cum laude in 1992. She then completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at...

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FDA draft guidance deadline for comments extended and new AVMA webinar explains proposed rules on bulk compounding

  |   Federal Regulatory, Medicine

There’s still time to comment on FDA draft guidance. The FDA deadline for commenting on Draft Guidance for Industry #256 was extended on June 11. AVMA will collect member comments on the proposal through August 15, 2020. A new on-demand webinar on AVMA Axon shares more information about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Draft Guidance for Industry #256, which addresses veterinary drug compounding from bulk substances. The webinar, presented by an FDA veterinarian, gives important background to help veterinarians provide...

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Welcome a freshman vet student – Donate a white coat for the WSU/CVM Class of 2024!

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This year’s White Coat ceremony for the incoming Class of 2024 will take place virtually on August 20, 2020. Each first-year veterinary student will be introduced and presented with a white lab coat with their name and the WSVMA logo embroidered on the coat. We need your help to make this year’s White Coat Ceremony a success. You can sponsor a specific student or make a general donation. You also have the option of sponsoring a student from your local...

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