Practice Management

New WSVMA member wellbeing benefit – Employee Assistance Program

  |   Practice Management, WSVMA News

Everyone occasionally experiences personal and family-related problems which can make life a difficult balancing act. Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) has chosen to provide a professional counseling resource that is compassionate and responsive in assisting you through difficult times and situations. Stress due to unresolved personal problems, family concerns, or problems with substance misuse imposes emotional burdens which, if untreated, can deteriorate both your personal happiness and success in life. CorpCare Associates, Inc., your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider, uses...

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New resource shows the accessibility of veterinary care county by county

  |   Practice Management

A new initiative shows just how difficult it is for animal owners to find veterinary care. The Veterinary Care Accessibility Project, founded by a veterinarian along with a public policy expert, has launched a tool that uses data from a variety of sources to account for key factors that affect access to veterinary care. The result is a single number that helps answer a complex question: How accessible is veterinary care in my community? According to an interview with founder Mike...

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When work hurts: Dealing with rudeness

  |   Continuing Education, Practice Management

Research from around the United States and beyond shows that rudeness has been on the rise across many professions. This is especially true for people whose job is to help others. If you haven't yet watched AVMA’s recent webinar on dealing with rudeness, take an hour to learn effective ways to address angry behavior on the job. Led by AVMA’s director of wellbeing, diversity, and inclusion initiatives, “When Work Hurts” explores evidence-based strategies for preventing and diffusing rudeness in the veterinary workplace. It’s free...

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Updated advisory about WA Cares premiums from the Employment Security Dept.

  |   Practice Management, State Regulatory

The Legislature and Gov. Inslee have announced plans to change and improve the WA Cares Fund during the 2022 legislative session, which is scheduled to conclude in March 2022. Per direction from the governor, the WA Employment Security Dept. (ESD) will not collect premiums from employers until April 2022 or until the Legislature gives further direction. However, the existing law still directs employers to begin collecting premiums from their employees beginning Jan. 1. Each employer will need to decide whether they...

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President’s Message – Defining the VCPR in a Telehealth Post-Pandemic World

  |   Practice Management, State Regulatory

Can it be that 2021 is already closing in on the holidays and almost two years since the first COVID-19 case made national news from here in Washington state? The Pandemic has simultaneously become something we are weary of hearing about from a variety of daily news media outlets and something we cannot ignore as we brace ourselves to adapt and respond to the impacts it has had on every aspect of our lives. The veterinary profession has seen rapid...

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Build a healthier veterinary practice by reimagining the veterinary profession

  |   Continuing Education, Practice Management

Join Dr. Peter Weinstein on Thurs., Dec. 16, 2021 at 11:30am as he presents a thought-provoking session that will explore topics including what the practice of veterinary medicine looked like before COVID, how COVID impacted the delivery of care, what the next normal will look like and how to think differently to create new business models in the future. You’ll emerge from this session with an idea of where we were and what worked – and from there, how COVID forced...

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AVMA campaign encourages COVID-19 vaccinations for staff, animal owners, and the public

  |   COVID-19, Practice Management

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) last week launched a nationwide education and awareness campaign to encourage veterinary teams, their clients and the general public to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The effort was encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as the agency recognized the key role veterinarians play in society and public health. "Veterinary medicine has a clear public health mission," Dr. Arce, AVMA President, noted. "In fact, when we take our Oath, we specifically commit to...

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Giving hope to pets and their owners struggling to afford care.

  |   Animal Welfare, Practice Management, WSVMA News

The Washington State Animal Health Foundation is excited to share a new resource intended to help you better serve your clients who struggle with affording important veterinary treatment - The Vets Helping Pets Fund. The Vets Helping Pets Fund will allow WSVMA members and their associates to advocate for clients in need and receive financial support to be able to provide needed care and treatment for their beloved animal companions. We understand that many families struggle to afford care and our...

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FREE Small Animal Electronic Health Certificates

  |   Practice Management

Washington Veterinarians can stop paying for paper certificates and move to FREE eHealth Certificates in Oregon’s Veterinary Information System (OVIS). Don’t let the name confuse you, the OVIS System can be used to issue CVIs for Washington animals moving interstate anywhere in the U.S. OVIS can also be used to create large animal CVIs, brucellosis vaccination and TB test records. The application is free of charge and available for use online at https://oda.direct/OVIS.  Contact Gerald Franks (360) 902-7566 or David Hecimovich (360) 725-5493...

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Preventing sexual harassment: New webinar, other tools

  |   Practice Management

Eliminating workplace harassment, including sexual harassment, benefits everyone across veterinary medicine – from individual team members to practices, students to seasoned professionals. New tools from the AVMA and AVMA Trust can help the veterinary community better understand and prevent harassment in all forms. Sexual harassment remains a persistent and often unreported problem across many professions, including within veterinary medicine. When someone engages in sexual misconduct, they extract a steep cost from those they harass. The wellbeing of our veterinary colleagues depends...

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