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AVMA ambassador program links local veterinarians with federal legislators

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WSVMA president Dr. Paul DeMaris along with WSVMA members Drs. Mike Bellinghausen, Jim McCutchan and Annie Norling met with Congresswoman Suzan DelBene on behalf of the AVMA Political Action Committee as part of the Association's new Ambassador Program designed to foster relationships between local veterinary leaders and their members of Congress. DelBene is Congresswoman from the 1st congressional district. They met to discuss various issues including the Veterinary Loan Repayment Program, the impact of tax cuts and the Jobs Act...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Know your rights with sexual harassment – Seattle Times CDC says bug-borne illnesses on the rise – The Hill United Airlines Will Ban Dozens Of Dog, Cat Breeds In New Pet Guidelines - NPR Does your pooch really need Prozac? – Washington Post Not Only Can Horses Read Your Facial Expressions, They'll Hold It Against You Later – Science Alert Wolf-dog puppies face dim future as adults – Colorado Public Radio   Published May 4, 2018...

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Take the survey on pain management protocols – and help a veterinary student

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Geoffrey Kraabel is entering his fourth year as a veterinary student at WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He’s writing his senior paper on pain management protocols in small animal practice and has developed a brief survey that covers specific procedure protocols, alternate pain modalities, and frequency of drug usage in order to determine what is most commonly used in general small animal practice. The survey is all checkbox, and multiple choice, and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Kraabel’s...

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New app available to help identify hazardous drugs

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A new mobile app is available that may help veterinarians and veterinary employers enhance worker safety in handling dangerous drugs. The app is offered by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), a scientific, nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. It is available for $3.99 for Apple and Android devices. The goal of the app is to help healthcare workers – including veterinarians – safely handle hazardous drugs...

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Report from AVMA’s Winter Meeting and Veterinary Leadership Conference

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Washington was well represented at the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference and Winter HOD session.  Drs. Sandy Willis and Diana Thomé attended the HOD meetings.  Drs. Paul DeMaris and Jean Gulbransen from the WSVMA Board of Directors attended a weekend of leadership training, that included sessions on wellness, telehealth, and stress management.  The WSVMA also had emerging leader Dr. Lindsey Hornickel and WSU freshman veterinary student Kathryn Sussman present for the leadership training.  Despite being a small state, Washington is a...

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AVMA COE seeking applicants

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The AVMA Council on Education Selection Committee is seeking interested and qualified veterinarians to serve on the Council. This is one of the most important volunteer roles that AVMA members can fill. You know first-hand how critical it is to find the best people to serve in accreditation. We are hoping you can assist us in identifying qualified practitioners who are interested in veterinary education, based on their activities with students or relationship with your organization. Please pass this communication along...

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First online MPH program offered by the University of Missouri

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Beginning with the 2018 Fall Semester, the Veterinary Public Health Emphasis Area (MPH) at the University of Missouri (MU) will be available to distance students in an entirely online format. This is the first and only such program in the nation. The MPH program at MU has been in existence since 2007, training graduate level students in one of two areas of emphasis: Health Promotion and Policy (HPP) and Veterinary Public Health (VPH). This program should be of great interest to...

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New economic report examines the market for veterinarians

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The newly-released 2017 AVMA Report on the Market for Veterinarians observes an increasingly healthy market for veterinary employment, noting more job postings on the AVMA Career Center, among other indicators. The report warns, however, that the profession still faces considerable maldistribution problems – both between states and regions, and within states and metropolitan centers. The new report is available for download free of charge to all AVMA members and also can be purchased as part of the four-report Veterinary Economic Report Subscription series in the AVMA’s online...

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President’s Outlook

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I am excited to serve as your President this year. I would like to thank the Board for their confidence. I have been a member of the WSVMA since I graduated from WSU in 1987 and look forward to a busy schedule. Having been on the Board since 2012 I have been involved in the transformation to a smaller, more nimble group. We rely on you to let us know what concerns you have for our profession, so please contact...

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National Veterinary Technician Week – October 15 – 21, 2017 – Show your appreciation

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Appreciation is one of the best gifts we can give someone. With National Veterinary Technician Week approaching, the 2017-2018 Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians (WSAVT) Board of Directors wanted to show our membership how much we appreciate their arduous work and dedication to the profession.  We reached out to Governor Jay Inslee to see if he would make it official by issuing a proclamation. We were overwhelmed and honored by the quick response and know our membership will be...

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