Professional News

Veterinary shortage application process open

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared 196 veterinary shortage areas in 41 states for 2021, although none in the Pacific Northwest have been declared. To address these shortages, the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) provides veterinarians up to $25,000 a year for student loan repayment in exchange for at least three years of service in one of the USDA-designated shortage areas. The program is overseen by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Applications are now being accepted for the VMLRP through...

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Health equity continuing education may soon be a requirement

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A bill is winding its way through the Washington State Legislature that if passed, will require each health profession, including veterinarians and veterinary technicians, to complete health equity education training at least once every four years. The goal of Senate Bill (SB) 5229 and the health equity courses is to teach skills that enable a health care professional to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups, and communities, varying in race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, religion, age, ability, and...

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AVMA releases guidelines to support telehealth use by veterinary practices

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A new best-of-breed resource gives veterinary practices a step-by-step guide to implement and expand telehealth services. Introducing: AVMA Guidelines for the Use of Telehealth in Veterinary Practice. This practical handbook is a hands-on reference for veterinary teams, providing a one-source reference with critical information to make telehealth, in its variety of forms, more successful for patients, clients, and practices: Definitions of the key components of the telehealth landscape Context around federal and state regulations and legal considerations, including the veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) ...

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Veterinary Board of Governors looking for Board members

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The Veterinary Board of Governors is looking for a large animal (as a majority of your practice) veterinarian to serve on the Board. They’re looking for public-spirited people willing to study the issues and to make decisions in the public’s best interest. Potential candidates interested in applying must be from congressional districts 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10. The Governor’s Office and the Department of Health seek diversity in board and commission members. We recognize the value variety brings in...

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Generational shift: What does it mean for the veterinary profession?

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Did you know that millennials are about to surpass Generation X as the leading age group in the U.S. veterinary workforce? It’s true, as today’s Chart of the Month shows. This generational shift gives us a framework to explore how we can leverage the change to strengthen our veterinary practices and the profession. What the data show As the chart shows, four generations are represented among U.S. veterinarians. In 2021, millennials (born 1981-1996) comprise 35.1% of the workforce, Generation X (1965-1980) 34.6%, baby...

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AVMA House of Delegates January 2021 Summary

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The AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) met virtually January 7-9, 2021 in conjunction with the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference (VLC).  The HOD tackled 8 resolutions as well as two timely topics during the Veterinary Information Forum. [caption id="attachment_19662" align="alignleft" width="200"] Dr. Diana Thome' at the HOD meeting January 2021[/caption] Resolution 1 - This resolution was presented following a HOD working group on AVMA officer elections.  The proposed document gives further guidance on timing of campaigns, campaign finance, influence, and endorsements, as well as...

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New report highlights growth, opportunities in veterinary profession

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The AVMA’s annual Economic State of the Veterinary Profession report highlights strong growth and continued demographic shifts in the veterinary profession in 2019, along with the impact of COVID-19 and the economic challenges and opportunities for veterinarians moving forward. The report provides an essential measurement of the state of veterinary medicine and gives valuable insight on trends that affect veterinary professionals in all fields of focus. Key findings in the 2020 Economic State of the Veterinary Profession include: Starting salaries for new...

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WSU/CVM faculty receive honors

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Two WSU College of Veterinary Medicine faculty members recently received recognition for their work. Dr. Dale Moore, Washington State University’s director for veterinary extension, was honored with the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine 2020 Helwig-Jennings Award on Aug. 1. The award, established in 1980, recognizes contributions of veterinarians John F. Helwig and William E. Jennings to veterinary preventive medicine. Moore received the award after more than three decades of service to the organization, of which she has been a...

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Recent grads – Apply for scholarship to attend the 2021 AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference

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The WSVMA is calling all recent grads who are interested in leadership development to register for the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference which takes place virtually January 7-9, 2021. Attendees will expand and hone leadership skills while connecting virtually with a diverse network of colleagues from all walks of the veterinary profession. This virtual conference will be a fitting opportunity to learn about Leadership in Times of Change. Why attend AVMA VLC? VLC equips veterinary professionals at all career stages to take on...

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Veterinary Board of Governors seeking large animal veterinarian from E. Wash. to serve on Board

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The Veterinary Board of Governors (board) is looking for a large animal (as the majority of your practice) veterinarian to apply to serve on the board. They are looking for public-spirited people willing to study the issues and to make decisions in the public’s best interest. The board operates under legislative mandate to: Protect the health and safety of the public. Promote the welfare of the state by regulating the competency and quality of health care providers under their authority. The board is...

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