Continuing Education

WSVMA Special Event Webinar – Prescription Monitoring Program for Veterinary Settings

  |   Continuing Education

Join us Wednesday, May 8 at 12 pm for a one-hour webinar on Washington State’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). In this overview, Gary Garrety from the WA State Department of Health will review the WA PMP reporting requirements for veterinarians. Mr. Garrety is the Operations Manager for the PMP and has also worked to support health professionals struggling with substance misuse issues. He’ll also cover reporting routes and methods, query parameters for veterinary settings, and the importance of veterinary data. This...

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WSVMA DVM: Masterclass Webinar – My cat brought a bat into our home, NOW what do I do?

  |   Continuing Education

Join us Tuesday, April 16 at 12pm for our webinar on rabies and public health. Dr. Ron Wohrle, Washington State Public Health Veterinarian, will be our guest speaker. Dr. Wohrle’s presentation will focus on rabies overview, rabies in WA, review of triaging pet potential rabies exposures, humane euthanasia of bats, importance of rabies vaccinations (review of WAC 197) and introducing an Algorithm for Veterinary Hospitals to handle calls from their clients and other callers regarding the proverbial…..”my cat just brought...

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WSVMA presents May 5 CE program Internal Medicine Mélange

  |   Continuing Education

Join us on Sunday, May 5, 2019 for another premier WSVMA CE event as we gather internal medicine experts to speak on a ‘mélange’ of small animal topics. The event takes place at Renton Technical College in Renton, WA. Dr. Lisa Hann will present an internist’s perspective on nasal disease and Dr. Sandy Willis will speak on demystifying diagnostic testing. Dr. Sherri Wilson will spend an hour on the use of the FreeStyle Libre to monitor glucose levels in dogs...

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WSVMA DVM: Masterclass Webinar – Small Animal Surgery: Closing Time

  |   Continuing Education

Join us Tuesday, Mar. 19 at 12pm for our webinar on small animal surgery. Dr. Rebecca Murray from Summit Veterinary Referral Center will be our guest speaker. Dr. Murray will review a variety of techniques for closing soft tissues. Overview will include tips and tricks for wounds in a variety of locations, considerations for neoplastic masses, anatomic considerations for unique areas (oral, pinna, paw pads), as well as internal closures for the stomach, intestinal tract and bladder. Techniques will be applicable for...

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President’s Message – Are Veterinarians in the Dog House with the Opioids Crisis?

  |   Continuing Education

What if tomorrow you could not order or use oxycodone, hydromorphone, butorphanol, meperidine or fentanyl for your patients?  How would that change your control of pain in your patients? How would these changes affect your clients? Your business? The treatment of pain for people and animals is at a crossroads. Past neglects and increased abuse has reached a pinnacle of concern within the United States. These concerns have increased interest from the public, media and legislators into the moral and ethical...

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WSVMA’s VetMed Matters Conference to focus on opioids

  |   Continuing Education

The WSVMA VetMed Matters Conference taking place on Saturday, March 16 in Renton, WA will focus on the opioid epidemic, its effects on veterinary medicine, and the use of opioids to treat pain in animals. Speakers include experts from King County Opioid Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the WA Prescription Monitoring Program. In addition, Dr. Tammy Grubb, veterinary anesthesiologist from WSU, will present Why Are We Opioid-Depending for Patient Analgesia? Why Other Options Might Be Better.  Dr. Lisa...

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WSVMA DVM: Masterclass webinar – Veterinary Malpractice – Protecting Your Career

  |   Continuing Education

Join us Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 12pm for our webinar on veterinary malpractice and how to protect your career.  Dr. Nina Mouledous from AVMA-PLIT will be our guest speaker. The AVMA-PLIT is generously sponsoring the webinar. The speaker we had originally scheduled to speak on the topic became unavailable, so Dr. Mouledous graciously stepped in on short notice to help us out. All monthly webinars are free for members. They’re recorded and made available on-demand, accessible through the WSVMA website under...

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WSVMA VetMed Matters Conference to address opioid crisis and veterinary medicine March 16

  |   Continuing Education

Between 1999 and 2017, almost 500,000 people died from an opioid overdose, both prescription and illicit. In 2014, it was reported that there were approximately 150% more opioid overdose deaths than deaths from motor vehicle crashes. On average, we are now seeing 50,000 opioid deaths per year. Approximately 40% of these deaths involve a prescription opioid, not illicit drugs. We are losing more than 140 Americans per day to overdoses and millions more are struggling with opioid addiction. In 2017,...

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WSVMA president highlights activities to ring in the new year

  |   Continuing Education, Legislative, Professional News, WSVMA News

Welcome to 2019!  One of the first events of the year is the opening of the Washington State Legislative Session beginning January 14th 2019.  The first bill to be presented is the WSVMA’s HEAL-WA bill. The WSVMA’s Heal-WA legislation grants veterinarians and veterinary technicians access to online medical publications. The 2018 Washington State Legislature adjourned in late March, but the WSVMA bill couldn’t compete with the over 800 bills introduced into the short 60-day session and our bill never made...

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Reporting period for increased CE requirements begins January 1, 2019

  |   Continuing Education

Last week, the Veterinary Board of Governors (VBOG) finalized the new continuing education requirements for veterinarians. The new rules contain a number of policy changes, most importantly increasing the number of required CE hours from 30 hours every three years to 30 hours every two years.  Even though the new regulations won’t be finalized until late January or early February, the new two-year reporting period begins on January 1, 2019. If continuing education is due on the veterinarian’s renewal date in: The...

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