Professional News

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

  |   Professional News

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

  |   Practice Management, Professional News

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

  |   Professional News, WSVMA News

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

  |   Professional News, State Regulatory

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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License expiration extension ending, renew by Sept. 30 to avoid late fee

  |   Professional News, State Regulatory

To allow healthcare professionals the ability to focus on patient care during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Secretary of Health extended expiration dates for licenses due for renewal between April 1, 2020, and September 30, 2020. All late fees were waived during this period. What does this mean for you? For health care professionals who took advantage of the extended time to renew, this is a reminder that you must renew your credential on or before September 30 in order for your credential...

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AVMA summer meetings held virtually

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Greetings from your AVMA delegate team following the Summer AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) meeting! Washington was well represented at this, and all meetings, by Drs. Sandy Willis (Delegate) and Diana Thomé (Alternate Delegate).  At the conclusion of this meeting, Dr. Willis ended her term as the House Advisory Committee (HAC) Chair and stepped in to her new role as the District 11 Director, representing the states in our district to the AVMA Board of Directors (BOD).  Dr. Thomé will...

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ISO – Volunteers for One Health Clinic in Seattle

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The One Health Clinic provides side-by-side medical and veterinary care for people experiencing homelessness with companion animals. Because of COVID-19, we have had to cancel our regular clinics and have shifted how and where we are offering care. The Clinic has partnered with the Mobile Pet Food Bank to provide veterinary care for people experiencing financial difficulty due to COVID-19. At the clinic, we offer vaccines, wellness exams, and referrals to local clinics. When available, we also have a human health...

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Be aware of current scams aimed at licensed practitioners

  |   Professional News

Some state licensing boards are reporting that their licensees are receiving phone calls from people claiming to be staff from the licensing board or law enforcement in an attempt to obtain sensitive license or personal information. The callers will often falsely claim that the licensee is under investigation or that their license is in danger of being suspended. The phone numbers that appear on the caller ID can sometimes appear authentic. This is a common fraud technique known as spoofing. The...

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