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Dr. Katrina Mealey receives Lloyd E. Davis Award

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Dr. Katrina Mealey, received the 2019 Lloyd E. Davis Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements in research, teaching, and professional service in veterinary pharmacology. She’s an expert in the field of pharmacogenomics and is currently associate dean for research, a professor, and chair in small animal medicine and research at WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. The Lloyd E. Davis Award is presented every other year at the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics Biennial to recognize outstanding lifetime achievements...

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Veterinary Futures Commission Charts Course for Future Success in the Profession

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A joint commission created by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has released a report identifying emerging trends that will affect the veterinary profession during the next generation, providing insights that may be used to adapt to the profession’s changing environment. “The Future of Veterinary Medicine,” produced by the AVMA and AAVMC’s Veterinary Futures Commission, was published following four face-to-face working sessions and more than a year and a half of research...

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Changes to veterinary technician CE requirements happen this month

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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 and practice managers needed for mock interviews

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WSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) is holding mock job interviews for third-year students before they begin searching for their first job. Students will experience one to two mock interviews with practitioners and managers from all over the state. The students need help to put on this exciting event. As a practitioner or office manager please consider participating by giving these mock interviews in person or via Skype. The event will take place in Pullman on...

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Lawsuit: CFPB Ignores Mismanagement of Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program

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Chris Arnold of National Public Radio provided the latest details Nov. 25 on a lawsuit filed by the nonprofit student loan group, Student Debt Crisis, against the Consumer Financial Protection Agency Bureau (CFPB): “The lawsuit…alleges that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has abandoned its obligation to oversee companies that manage student loans, in particular a troubled loan forgiveness program.” Natalia Abrams, the founder of the Student Debt Crisis said: "We are suing the Department of Education and the CFPB because...

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Phone scam targets Washington health professionals

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The Washington State Department of Health (department) has been notified that scam artists are calling various health professionals across the state claiming suspicious activity with their license. Reports indicate that scammers are using department phone numbers as their own. This appears to be part of a larger extortion scheme related to scammers posing as government officials. This is not how the department or boards/commissions operate, and all health professionals should be skeptical of anyone making such demands. Please be aware that the...

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Zoetis acquires Phoenix Central Laboratory

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Zoetis announced yesterday they completed their acquisition of veterinarian-owned Phoenix Central Laboratory in Mukilteo, WA. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Zoetis joins major players Idexx and Antech in the veterinary diagnostic lab space and sees the acquisition as an opportunity to increase their capabilities in veterinary point-of-care diagnostics. Phoenix Lab opened in 1989 to provide lab services to the local veterinary community. Shares of the company were sold only to Washington State licensed veterinarians and lab employees, creating...

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A New Graduate Playbook for Student Loans

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On May 29, the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) and VIN Foundation hosted “2019 Veterinary New Graduate Student Loan Playbook,” a live webinar for new veterinary graduates, which presented the benefits of repaying student loans as soon as possible. Student Debt Expert Tony Bartels, DVM, MBA, reviewed step-by-step processes for the most effective ways to handle veterinary school loans upon graduation (HINT: it is not through refinancing). Check out the webinar and its accompanying blog to get the scoop on loan consolidation,...

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Colleges Are an Essential Partner in Solving the Student Debt Crisis

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Educational debt in the United States now exceeds $1.5 trillion. Many experts believe this level of debt represents a substantial threat to future economic wellbeing. This debt-load is the result of decades of rising tuition costs that have occurred across the spectrum of higher education and professional school, and it has certainly affected academic veterinary medicine. In fact, we may be experiencing the impact of this societal problem sooner and more acutely in veterinary medicine than in other disciplines because of...

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WSU Pet Loss Hotline closes

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The Pet Loss Hotline, a service of Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, was discontinued on July 1. The service had been provided to animal owners whose beloved pets are facing terminal illness or recently passed away. The shutdown resulted from the overwhelming logistical and expertise demands of operating a call back service available to an increasingly growing population. Additionally, volunteer WSU veterinary students who underwent special training to deal with callers facing pet loss only, encountered a greater number of...

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