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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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Planning on hiring a new associate? Don’t miss this event!

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Washington State University’s Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) – ranked #1 globally – is excited to host its Fourth Annual Partners in Practice. The event will take place Saturday, December 2, 2017 at WSU in Pullman. This is an important opportunity to meet and network with your current and future colleagues, and meet soon-to-be graduates. Partners in Practice will be a fun-filled evening of learning (CE included), speed networking, dinner, social hour, display booths, and keynote speech by VBMA past president...

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AVMA seeks volunteers for American Board of Veterinary Specialties

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The AVMA is seeking volunteers to serve as members representing non-board certified veterinarians on the American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS). The ABVS, a committee of the AVMA, is charged with recognition of both current and new organizations conducting board-certification of veterinarians in specialized fields of veterinary medicine. The committee membership of the ABVS, beginning in 2018, will include other groups with a stake in specialized veterinary medicine, including veterinarians in private practice, academic institutions, licensing boards, and the animal-owning...

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Hurricane Disaster Response Updates

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The WSVMA would like to share important information with you about Hurricane Harvey disaster response.  The key organizations and agencies responsible for the response in Texas have expressed gratitude for the outpouring of offers to help, and would like the veterinary community to know the following: Do not self-deploy! While the good intentions are appreciated, a systematic response is essential for effective, efficient progress of response and recovery efforts.  Self-deploying volunteers can actually complicate and add to the work of local...

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Take the survey for career transitions in veterinary medicine

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The Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine (CPCVM) in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine receives a large number of emails and phone calls from veterinarians looking for assistance in the career transition process. The CPCVM provides career transition workshops and support to many of those veterinarians.  In order to gain a broader understanding of why veterinarians might be seeking to change careers and how we as a profession can better serve you by providing valuable resources throughout the...

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Washington veterinary professionals well represented in 2017 AVMA Awards

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AVMA President Dr. Thomas Meyer bestowed President’s awards to three distinguished local veterinary professionals at the 2017 AVMA Convention in Indianapolis. Each year, the AVMA President personally recognizes individuals or groups they deem have made extraordinary contributions to health, veterinary organizations, or the profession. Dr. Richard DeBowes and Dr. Kathleen Ruby, WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, were both recognized for their role in founding the Veterinary Leadership Experience (VLE) and bringing personal wellness to the forefront of veterinary training. The...

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Telehealth and Marijuana topics at AVMA Summer meeting

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The annual summer meeting of the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) was held during July 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  As part of that meeting, the HOD's held the Veterinary Information Forum (VIF).  In its’ second year, the VIF was created to allow issues important to state and allied group AVMA members to reach the floor of the HOD, through their AVMA delegates, for discussion and action. Several important and timely issues were discussed this year and action steps were taken...

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Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association is asking for input – survey deadline July 15

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The Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association is gearing up for a strategic planning meeting. Now is your chance to help drive the direction and future for the LGBTQ+ veterinary medical movement, which is now 40 years old. Please take 15-20 minutes to fill out the LGVMA strategic planning survey by July 15. Your input is requested and is invaluable to their planning process....

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Judge in WSU court case advocates for emotional damages in wrongful death cases

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Washington’s Division III Court of Appeals has ruled against a dog owner who brought a lawsuit against Washington State University and an attending veterinary intern over a difficult euthanasia. Robert Repin, who made the decision to have his Alaskan malamute euthanized after it was diagnosed with cancer, claims the procedure was performed incorrectly, causing his dog to suffer. Repin charged that the doctor never informed him of the potential complications or risks from the procedure. Repin, represented by attorney Adam Karp,...

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