Author: wsvma

President’s Message – Mastery and Autonomy

  |   Uncategorized, WSVMA News

The AVMA tends to choose one of the coldest weekends of the year to hold its annual Veterinary Leadership Conference. It was no different this January in Chicago as snow and ice hampered the travel plans of many attendees. Those from Washington State managed to make it there and back fine. Our state was well represented. Everyone expressed that they would be bringing lots of valuable information back home. The Keynote Speaker at this conference was Aaron Dignan, author of A...

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APHIS Updates Accredited Veterinarian Regulations

  |   Federal Regulatory

The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is updating its regulations for the accredited veterinarian program, in order to clarify program definitions. These administrative changes will ensure the terminology in the regulation is consistent with how the terms are being used in the accreditation program. They will also ensure the regulation contains an accurate list of all the programs covered under the Animal Health Protection Act. The specific changes include: Adding definitions for accreditation...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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COVID-19 in a dog: Update – Worms & Germs Americans spent nearly $100 billion on their pets in 2019 –  KOMO News Saving Chief: WSU vets care for K‑9 unit dog shot on duty – WSU Insider VCA, BluePearl end elective declawing of cats – Vin News Service bill would require veterinarians to report microchip mismatches – AllOnGeorgia Watch Woodland Park Zoo’s new baby gorilla cuddle with mom – The Seattle Times   Posted March 6, 2020...

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Important member updates on COVID-19

  |   Animal Health, COVID-19

News reports from last evening indicate that Hong Kong authorities have quarantined a dog after samples from the dog's nasal cavity and mouth tested "weak positive" for the COVID-19 virus. The dog’s owner has tested positive for COVID 19. The implications of a "weak positive" test result remain unclear, and it is unknown if the detected presence of the virus is due to infection or environmental contamination. The Hong Kong Agricultural, Fisheries, and Conservation Department has issued a statement, which...

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Veterinary Futures Commission Charts Course for Future Success in the Profession

  |   Professional News

A joint commission created by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has released a report identifying emerging trends that will affect the veterinary profession during the next generation, providing insights that may be used to adapt to the profession’s changing environment. “The Future of Veterinary Medicine,” produced by the AVMA and AAVMC’s Veterinary Futures Commission, was published following four face-to-face working sessions and more than a year and a half of research...

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FDA Provides Additional Time to Comment on Revised Draft Guidance on Animal Drug Compounding

  |   Federal Regulatory

In response to requests to extend the comment period for the revised draft guidance, “Compounding Animal Drugs from Bulk Drug Substances,” the FDA plans to provide an additional 120 days for the public to submit comments. The initial comment period was scheduled to end on February 18, 2020, but FDA will be reopening the comment period using the same docket number. Otherwise, the submission process remains unchanged. The new deadline to receive comments will be June 17, 2020. WSVMA members who...

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In memoriam

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Dr. Douglas Yearout (WSU, ’80) passed away last November at the age of 68. Born in Vancouver, WA, Dr. Yearout spent his early career in private practice and because of his interest in wildlife rehabilitation, he co-founded the Wildlife Care Center in Everett. He was also the owner of All Animal & Bird Veterinary Hospital in Marysville where he practiced a number of holistic modalities on companion animals, exotic pets, and backyard livestock. A Seattle Times article from 1991 reported...

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Pet Nutrition Alliance Updates Tools for Optimal Pet Nutrition

  |   Animal Health

The Pet Nutrition Alliance (PNA) announced the annual update on its resource that helps veterinary healthcare teams make more informed decisions when recommending pet food for their patients. This new tool Dare to Ask: We Did! was created by compiling information about pet food manufacturers. With thousands of choices of pet foods, it is confusing for pet owners and the veterinary healthcare team to make informed decisions about the best pet food for an individual pet. Surveys show that practitioners are...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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New technology allows pet owners to spy on every sniff and shredded slipper – The Seattle Times How your AVMA membership can help fund your hospital’s charitable work – AAHA NewStat With Washington’s Last Zoo Elephant, A New Era – Seattle Times Who bred that doggy in the window? Olympia eyes pet store ban – The Olympian Thoughts on preventing infectious disease spread - Veterinary Idealist   Featured WSVMA member benefit - Discounted and Free Cutting Edge CE The WSVMA gives you...

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Facial recognition: The next step in fight against rabies

  |   Animal Health

Researchers in Tanzania can now determine if a dog was vaccinated for the rabies virus with a cellphone camera image. The research team, based out of Washington State University’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, is working with PiP My Pet, a company that developed a mobile application that uses facial recognition to reunite lost pets with their owners. The only twist; rather than locate the lost, the company designed a new app to track which dogs were vaccinated for...

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