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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Strangles in King County – Equine Disease Communications Center Veterinary Commission Identifies Emerging Trends in Equine Veterinary Profession - Equimanagement Antibiotic Resistance in Pets and People infographic for pet owners - CDC What do you need to know about coronavirus? AVMA Grand opening for new WSU honey bee research facility – WSU Insider Smuggled Elk Poses a Mystery for Montana Wildlife Officials – U.S. News   Posted February 21, 2020...

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Pet obesity at epidemic proportions

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Banfield Pet Hospital, in partnership with the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC)®, released the fourth annual Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET)® Report. Focused on overweight pets and weight management, this year’s report builds on the 2019 findings related to osteoarthritis in pets and its relationship with excess weight. The prevalence of overweight and obese pets has reached epidemic levels in the U.S., with the 2020 VET Report revealing 51% of the 1.9 million adult dogs seen at Banfield’s more than 1,000 hospitals nationwide in...

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Legislation amends last year’s complex B&O tax increase to fund higher education

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In 2019, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a complex plan to tax businesses in order to make higher education more affordable. The legislation that passed increased the Business and Occupation (B&O) tax from 1.5% to 1.8%. But after discovering it might not cover the cost from lowering tuition, and because it would be more difficult to collect, the Legislature last week passed a new bill designed to streamline the three-tier system and set a uniform tax rate for most...

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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 at the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference Oct. 2-4, 2020 in Tacoma. For criteria, visit WSVMA Awards Nominations...

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Like duh, pet owners don’t always hear what we tell them

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Have you heard about The Opportunity? The Opportunity is an exclusive online Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP) practice tool that is designed to help identify communication gaps between what your health care team says and what your clients hear. For example, did you know that based on over 1,000 veterinary team staff surveys, 75% of practices routinely assess for pain and only 45% of pet owners recognized that a pain assessment had occurred during the preventive healthcare exam? This is...

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State-by-State – Legislative agendas focus on prohibiting procedures, unlicensed activity

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Several states are considering prohibitions on declawing, devocalization, ear cropping and tail docking. Arizona's HB 2537, Maryland's HB 445, and West Virginia's HB 2119 would prohibit declawing. New Hampshire's HB 1683 would prohibit declawing, along with ear cropping, tail docking, declaw removal and devocalization. New Jersey's A 1087 and S 920 and Rhode Island's HB 7342 would prohibit declawing while NJ A 1211 would end ear cropping and tail docking. Hawaii's HB 2163 and Washington's HB 2317 and SB 6300...

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Q&A about the Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease vaccine

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The following is information provided by Dr. Alice McLaughlin, veterinarian in Bothell, who imported the RHD2 vaccine for use in the quarantine and control areas of Washington. For additional questions about the vaccine or the virus after reading this, contact Dr. McLaughlin at 425-486-9000 or the Washington State Department of Agriculture. If any rabbit owners are interested in getting their rabbits vaccinated, please have contact Dr. McLaughlin as soon as possible to sign up for vaccine clinics or to get...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Private Equity – What every veterinarian should know – The Veterinary Idealist Supervising veterinary student trainees: What is negligence? VIN News Q&A about the vaccine for Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD2/Filavac) – WSVMA How your AVMA membership can help fund your hospital’s charitable work AAHA NewStat USDA Import Notice: Bovine Tuberculosis Requirements for Cattle from Mexico - USDA   Posted February 14, 2020...

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Member Forums have arrived

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Have you been missing opportunities to connect with your local colleagues? Maybe you’ve confirmed a case of canine influenza and want to know if other veterinarians have too. Or perhaps you have a difficult case for which you’d like input. On the new WSVMA Member Forums, you can chat about recent cases, get advice on practice management challenges, inspire others, or put together social gatherings. The forums are there for you to express yourself, learn, grow and connect. To start your...

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Vaccine clinics being held for Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease

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Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) continues to affect rabbits in certain areas of Washington. Currently, the quarantine zone includes Whidbey Island and Clallam County. The quarantine for the San Juan Islands was recently lifted, but is still part of the control area. Now, a Bothell veterinarian, Dr. Alicia McLaughlin, went through the difficult process of importing a very limited quantity of vaccines and is holding three vaccine clinics for rabbit owners located within the quarantine zone and control areas during the...

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