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Washington State University recognizes three veterinary faculty

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Washington State University recently honored distinguished members of the University community, including three from the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Dale Moore, Veterinary Clinical Sciences is the recipient of the 2019 Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for outstanding achievement in outreach and engagement. The award is the university’s highest faculty honor. Dr. Anita Vasavada also received the 2019 Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for outstanding achievement in instruction. Douglas R. Call, global animal health, was promoted to the rank of Regents Professor, which can...

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Large animal veterinarian needed for AVMA CVTEA

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The AVMA is seeking a veterinarian to represent the Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Large Animal position on the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).  The CVTEA is the entity responsible for accrediting veterinary technology programs. CVTEA members must demonstrate the following criteria: Willingness to travel to 2-3 site visits per year in addition to two Committee meetings (spring/fall) at AVMA Headquarters in Schaumburg, IL A concerned interest in veterinary technician education. Demonstrated skill in...

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WSVMA president highlights activities to ring in the new year

  |   Continuing Education, Legislative, Professional News, WSVMA News

Welcome to 2019!  One of the first events of the year is the opening of the Washington State Legislative Session beginning January 14th 2019.  The first bill to be presented is the WSVMA’s HEAL-WA bill. The WSVMA’s Heal-WA legislation grants veterinarians and veterinary technicians access to online medical publications. The 2018 Washington State Legislature adjourned in late March, but the WSVMA bill couldn’t compete with the over 800 bills introduced into the short 60-day session and our bill never made...

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AVMA House of Delegates to discuss technician utilization

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The AVMA House of Delegates Winter Meeting is next week and your WA delegates would like your input.  Part of the House of Delegates meeting is the Veterinary Information Forum, which is an opportunity for meeting attendees to discuss timely and sometimes controversial topics important to the veterinary profession.  During this meeting we will be discussing the utilization of veterinary technicians, as described below. Enhancing Utilization of Veterinary Technicians The AVMA recognizes the value of veterinary technicians as an integral component of veterinary...

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Emotional support animal’s owner forges local veterinarian’s name on airline form

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With airlines tightening up regulations for emotional support animals, owners are proving willing to break the law in order to bring their pets with them. A Federal Way veterinarian was recently contacted by Spirit Airlines to verify her signature on a Veterinary Health Form. Only it wasn’t the veterinarian who had signed it. The owner of a marmoset and a poodle had forged the veterinarian’s name so her pets could accompany her on flights. Not only was the veterinarian’s name...

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WSU’s new WADDL facility to support animal and human health

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Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine broke ground Saturday on a new facility for the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL), creating a new wing of the Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health. It marks a new era in diagnostic testing and disease surveillance, supporting public health and food security, animal health, and the success of thriving livestock industries. WADDL serves as a first alert system for both animal and human health. The new facility will allow WADDL to continue to serve as a critical resource for the state, region, and nation, ensuring that WSU remains an...

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Veterinary profession releases statement of support to protect, strengthen licensure requirements

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he American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB), Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) and National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) have released a joint statement of support for licensing requirements. Together, these groups are working to standardize and improve licensure standards for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Licensing of veterinarians and veterinary technicians is vital to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of the public and animal patients. For instance, licensure ensures veterinary...

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September is Suicide Awareness Month – #BeThe1to

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness. #BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message for National Suicide Prevention Month and beyond, which helps spread the word about actions we can all take to prevent suicide. The Lifeline network and its partners are working to change the conversation from suicide to suicide prevention, to actions that can promote healing, help and give hope. Be the...

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Washington delegates’ AVMA report

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Drs. Diana Thomé and Sandy Willis were pleased to represent Washington State AVMA members and the WSVMA at the AVMA House of Delegates meeting held July 12 and 13 in Denver. Over the past several years, the House of Delegates (HOD) has been an exciting place to be. The discussion is vibrant and interactive, decisions are made, policy established, and informational pieces made available to members and the public. Our work often begins with you. We represent your wishes and concerns in...

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Veterinarians will qualify for new income tax deduction

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Veterinary small business owners will be able to take advantage of the new “pass-through” income tax deduction for the salaries they pay themselves, U.S. Treasury Department officials have told the AVMA. The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) last week released proposed regulations detailing how they plan to apply the deduction, which is available to sole proprietorships, partnerships, trusts and S-corporations under Section 199A of the tax code. The deduction was part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed by the...

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