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WSVMA DVM: Masterclass Webinar on Marketing: Google Has Split Into Four Types of Searches

  |   Continuing Education

Join us Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 12pm for our webinar Google Has Split Into Four Types of Searches. Kelly Baltzell from Beyond Indigo Pets will be our guest speaker. “Google used to be simple,” says Kelly. “All a company had to worry about was being at the top of the Google search engine.” Google has now divided the type of searches it offers into four different categories; original organic search, local search, AdWords and mobile search. Plus, to be seen...

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Changes to veterinary technician CE requirements happen this month

  |   Professional News

The Veterinary Board of Governors approved amendments to existing regulations for licensed veterinary technicians that will go into effect on Feb. 28, 2020. The amendments modernize veterinary technician continuing education rules and streamline requirements. Changes to the rule include: The reporting period will change from three years to two years and the total number of required hours changes from 30 hours to 20 hours over the two-year period. Technicians can obtain CE from an expanded list of providers. A minimum...

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Veterinarians Urged to Contribute Data for 2019 Heartworm Map

  |   Animal Health

Veterinarians now have the opportunity to submit their clinics’ data for the 2019 American Heartworm Society (AHS) Heartworm Incidence Survey. Options include filling out a printed survey that was mailed to veterinarians in late January (this survey can be scanned and emailed to the AHS), or simply completing the survey at heartwormsociety.org/2019survey. The deadline to submit survey data is February 29, 2020. The AHS maps, dating back to 2001, are generated every three years and are widely used by veterinarians, animal...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

Two Washington pet insurers to repay $4.7 million to consumers – WA OIC Cornell researcher tells what veterinarians need to know about the novel coronavirus – Vet Candy (audio) Winter Articles and Videos worth reading and watching – The Veterinary Idealist Your clients don’t always hear what you think you told them. A free, online tool can fix that – AAHA NewStat Having a team of optimists requires more than wishful thinking - SmartBrief   Featured WSVMA member - I.C. System Account...

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A Closer Look at Financial Literacy in New Veterinary Graduates

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Darby Affeldt, DVM, RICP, is a financial advisor to veterinarians at North Star Resource Group in Seattle. In a recent dvm360.com article, “Why are so many veterinary grads financially illiterate,” Affeldt explored reasons why financial literacy is so variable among veterinary graduates. She said, “I ask students to rate their own financial literacy on a scale of 1 to 10—1 is Snoopy and 10 is Warren Buffett. The average is 3. It turns out that where they go to school...

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Dr. Dori Borjesson named dean of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine

  |   Veterinary Medical Education

Dr. Dori Borjesson, chair of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology at the University of California Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine, has been selected as the new dean of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Borjesson was chosen following a nationwide search to replace Dr. Bryan Slinker, who had announced plans to retire before being tapped to serve as interim provost. She will assume her new responsibilities leading WSU’s cutting-edge veterinary, biosciences and global health departments on July 20. “The strength of...

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WSVMA 2020 awards – nominate an outstanding veterinarian

  |   WSVMA News

At the WSVMA Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference Oct. 2-4, 2020 in Tacoma, the WSVMA will present awards to those that have contributed significantly to the veterinary profession in Washington. 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. Please submit nominations to the WSVMA office using the nomination form no later than May 1, 2020. Be sure to include...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Veterinarians Concerned About Negative Impact of Proposed FDA Compounding Guidance – Pharmacy Times WSU-UW clinic treats people and pets together – VIN News Service Novel Coronavirus FAQs: Including questions on pets and other animals and animal products – CDC Veterinarians weigh in on trends and expectations for the 2020s – Bovine Veterinarian The Pet Owners Economic Value Study reveals what pet owners are willing to pay for veterinary care – Today’s Veterinary Business   Featured WSVMA member - Young Professionals Financial...

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Veterinary Board of Governors seeks final input on draft client communication regulations

  |   State Regulatory

The Veterinary Board of Governors (VBOG) has filed a CR-102 for WAC 246-933-310 Definitions and WAC 246-933-345 (New) Client Communication. This is the final phase of rulemaking before the Board votes to approve it. VBOG is proposing to add a definition related to facilities and practice management standards and to create a new section to establish requirements for veterinarians when communicating with clients regarding evaluation and treatment. The new rule is intended to ensure the care provided promotes the health and...

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Comments needed on new Draft FDA guidance for Industry #256, Compounding Animal Drugs from Bulk Substances

  |   Federal Regulatory

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released new draft Guidance for Industry (GFI), titled #256 “Compounding Animal Drugs from Bulk Substances.” In May 2015, the FDA CVM introduced draft guidance for animal drug compounding that did not meet the needs of veterinarians. Following significant feedback from the AVMA, other veterinary organizations, and individual veterinarians, the agency formally withdrew that guidance in November 2017. The FDA intends for its new guidance to balance its concerns regarding safety, effectiveness, and...

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