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WSDA SARS-CoV-2 Animal Testing GUIDANCE

  |   COVID-19

Animal Testing Authorization: The Center of Disease Control (CDC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) and National Association of Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV) do not recommend that companion animals be tested routinely for SARS-CoV-2. Testing for SARS-CoV-2 in animals can only be made in Washington by the Washington State Veterinarian, Dr. Brian Joseph or, in the event he is unavailable, Washington State Assistant State. Veterinarian, Dr. Amber Itle...

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Important message from the Veterinary Board of Governors

  |   COVID-19

During the COVID-19 crisis, the Washington State Veterinary Board of Governors (board) is working to assist the veterinary community by sharing information about governmental actions and by developing messages, policies, or rules to further support the profession. Essential Procedures – In a previous communication, the board provided information about the governor’s proclamation that COVID-19 Non Urgent Medical Procedures should be delayed to preserve medical equipment and supplies and that the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has published guidance on this topic. The...

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New COVID-19 Links

  |   COVID-19

Updated information from AVMA: Sharing PPE, ventilators, and personnel in support of human medicine AVMA press release: National Dog Bite Prevention Coalition offers tips for safely sheltering at home with pets during the COVID-19 crisis (April 15) AVMA blog posts: COVID-19: Answering the call together (April 18) Small business loans: Latest COVID-19 update (April 16) COVID-19: Managing employees who are ill or may be exposed (April 16) COVID-19 triage: Determining which cases are urgent (April 15)   Posted April 21, 2020...

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COVID-19 and Pets Study

  |   COVID-19

Corona viruses are found in multiple animal species and can be zoonotic (transmitted between animals and humans). The SARS CoV2 virus that causes COVID19 is believed to have jumped to humans from a bat reservoir via an intermediate animal host. What is unclear is whether animals in close contact with human COVID19 patients could be involved in the spread of the virus. Isolated reports of dogs and cats testing positive, limited experimental studies documenting successful infection of cats and ferrets,...

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WSVMA launches free COVID-19 Wellbeing Webinar Series – Hardiness, Resilience and Growth in the Face of Uncertainty and Disruption

  |   Continuing Education, COVID-19

Beginning next Thursday, April 23 at 12 pm, we offer the first in a series of three webinars aimed at assisting the veterinary community in coping and even thriving during the pandemic and other major disasters. Our keynote is Dr. Carrie La Jeunesse. The COVID-19 pandemic is historic in its scope and impact, and has thrust us all into unknown territory. In the words of a beloved colleague, “we all will be impacted significantly by this crisis, but we do not...

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New AVMA COVID-19 guidance released on essential services and managing employees with COVID-19 exposure

  |   COVID-19

COVID-19 triage: Determining which cases are urgent Veterinary practices provide essential services that need to be available during the COVID-19 pandemic. But whenever veterinary teams come into contact with clients, there's risk of COVID-19 transmission. A new AVMA triage resource is available to help veterinary teams identify urgent versus non-urgent cases and determine when in-person examinations are necessary. It includes a downloadable flowchart with recommendations for managing cases that are urgent, potentially urgent, and not currently urgent. Visit the [email protected]

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WSVMA 2020 Awards – nominate outstanding veterinary professionals

  |   WSVMA News

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 on the...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

Negotiations underway to revive small business loan program – Washington Post My pet is due for vaccines and a visit to the groomer. Should I wait? – Tacoma News Tribune As humans stay indoors, wild animals take back what was once theirs – The Washington Post Zoo animals caught COVID-19 from people. What does that mean? Capital Press Do Not Use Ivermectin Intended for Animals as Treatment for COVID-19 in Humans - FDA   Posted April 17, 2020Add New...

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An important message from the Employment Security Department

  |   COVID-19

The WSVMA wants to make sure everyone is aware of the constantly changing information regarding employment and unemployment assistance. To that end, please see the important message below from the Employment Security Department. Dear Employers, During these unprecedented times, we know that you are doing everything you possibly can to support your employees. That’s why we are reaching out to offer our help if needed, as well as ask for your help with our efforts. Note – if you are a sole-proprietor...

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Call for emergency volunteer health practitioners

  |   COVID-19

The WA Department of Health is supporting enrollment and activation of emergency volunteer health practitioners for the COVID-19 response. The department can do this under the authority of the Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioner Act (chapter 70.15 RCW).  Under RCW 70.15.050, while an emergency proclamation of the Governor is in effect, a volunteer health practitioner who is licensed in another state may practice in Washington without obtaining a Washington license if he or she is in good standing in all...

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