Author: wsvma

Banfield releases suicide-prevention training as a free resource

  |   Wellness

For most veterinary professionals, we know caring for pets is more than a job – it’s a calling. Because of the passion we have for helping pets and the lengths we go to do so, veterinary professionals are faced with rewarding opportunities but also unique challenges, including heartbreaking life-or-death decisions involving beloved companions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2015) one in six veterinarians considers suicide. Further, the CDC found rates of suicide are 2.1 times higher than...

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President’s Message – Improving access to care

  |   Foundation

As she exited the building into the chilling winter rain, the young woman, not quite finished with her second decade of life, braced herself for the smells of marijuana and stale beer. Her hoodie engulfed her head in an attempt to insulate herself from the cacophony of outbursts as well as to shield her from the anticipated confrontation with the many homeless men and women inhabiting the sidewalk she was about to negotiate.  She slung her cat carrier across her...

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Lawsuit: CFPB Ignores Mismanagement of Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program

  |   Professional News

Chris Arnold of National Public Radio provided the latest details Nov. 25 on a lawsuit filed by the nonprofit student loan group, Student Debt Crisis, against the Consumer Financial Protection Agency Bureau (CFPB): “The lawsuit…alleges that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has abandoned its obligation to oversee companies that manage student loans, in particular a troubled loan forgiveness program.” Natalia Abrams, the founder of the Student Debt Crisis said: "We are suing the Department of Education and the CFPB because...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

Three dead rabbits kept at a property in Clallam County tested positive for the disease last week - WSDA C. veterinary college urged to consider interim licenses for foreign-trained vets - Vancouver Sun Investigation continues into link between pet foods, heart problems - ABC News Amazon and 6,000 dogs story – in new stories - Puget Sound Business Journal Puppy mill, unlicensed kennels rack up Snohomish County animal services bill - Everett Herald Union efforts by veterinary support staff...

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Calling All WSVMA Members! Board of Directors seeking nominations

  |   WSVMA News

The WSVMA is currently seeking interested members to serve on the WSVMA Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning October 2020. Serving on the WSVMA Board of Directors has many wonderful benefits. Grow as a leader, build your community, gain expertise in issues facing the veterinary profession, influence policy, and stretch your intellectual and emotional muscles. It is truly a worthwhile and rewarding experience. We’re looking for members to run for the Board who are collaborative, open-minded, flexible, visionary, and...

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Equine Influenza Season is Here

  |   Animal Health

Washington, horse owners may want to learn more about the disease and how to protect their animals. Making sure vaccinations are up-to-date is an important place start. Equine influenza a highly contagious viral disease of horses, is the most important equine respiratory disease in many countries. Characterized by high morbidity and occasional mortality, some circulating strains can be fatal, especially in donkeys and mules. Infected horses cough or snort infective droplets into the air which are inhaled by horses in close...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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WA pet owners can avoid breed bans starting Jan. 1 if their dog passes a behavioral test – KING5 Washington State workers can now receive paid family and medical leave benefits – KNKX FDA describes legal limits of drug compounding – JAVMA Mexico drops health certificate requirement for tourists traveling with pets – AAHA NEWStat A new law is bringing big changes for retirement savers, especially parents – Washington Post This cat, which looks like Baby Yoda, looking for...

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Happy Holidays from the WSVMA Board of Directors and Staff!

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No matter how you celebrate the season, the WSVMA wishes you and your loved ones wonderful, joyous holidays. WSVMA Holiday hours: The WSVMA office will be closed between Christmas and New Year’s, Tuesday, December 24 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020. The WSVMA will re-open on Thursday, January 2. See you in the new year!   Posted December 20, 2019...

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Get to know the WSU/CVM’s interim dean

  |   Uncategorized

In the last Advance Newsletter, Dean Bryan Slinker opened with the phrase “change is afoot.” He discussed his upcoming retirement and reflected on all the positive changes and accomplishments over the last 11 years under his outstanding leadership. Well, change is still afoot. Bryan’s plans changed on September 30 when President Schulz asked him to step in as WSU’s interim provost. For him to serve this critical role, Bryan needed someone to step up to lead our college. My plans changed...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Paid Family Leave Benefits Begin January 1, 2020 – Washington Employment Security Dept. Flying with dogs and cats: Everything you need to know - The Washington Post FCC votes to set up 3-digit suicide hotline number like 911 - PBS NewsHour Funding training could help with B.C. veterinarian shortage, says society – Vancouver Sun Oregon regulators propose rules for veterinary telemedicine – VIN News Outbreak of Multidrug-resistant Campylobacter Infections Linked to Contact with Pet Store Puppies – CDC   Posted December...

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