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WSVMA Award winners recognized at the 2019 Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference

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Over 1,200 conference-goers, exhibitors and guests converged on Tacoma for the 2019 Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference September 27 – September 29, 2019.  Forty-five speakers presented a wide range of scientific topics plus sessions on suicide prevention, practice finance, leadership, telemedicine, and wildlife. Ninety-six vendors and their representatives exhibited in the trade show and sponsored speakers and events.  A special thank you goes to our exhibitors and sponsors for their support of a successful conference. A round of applause goes to the...

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Thank you, veterinary technicians!

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This week we’ve been celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week. We hope you have, too. Veterinary technicians are committed to providing highly-quality and compassionate care. As an important team member, they’re critical to the daily function of veterinary practices and play vital roles in preserving animal health and welfare. If you haven’t already, take the time to celebrate these important team members and show them your appreciation.   Posted October 18, 2019...

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This Week’s Helpful Links  

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  New wing of Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health to open in early 2021 WSU News Alert for West Nile Virus in Franklin County – Equine Disease Communication Center Prescribing oral opioids for dogs likely doesn’t help them, veterinary experts say – University of Illinois Veterinary Technicians Key to Underserved Rural Areas – Drovers Magazine Terrible pandemic is killing pigs around the world. Is the US next? – Washington Post New Federal Overtime Rules Go Into Effect January 1,...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Young mountain goats housed in wildlife park – Peninsula Daily News Photos, data illustrate bond between animals and homeless owners in traveling exhibit – KNKX.org Why women leave medicine – Association of American Medical Colleges There Are 2 Types of Leaders: Water and Rock. Here's Why Both Are Important – Inc. The growing debate over spaying and neutering dogs – Washington Post FDA Proposes Banning Over-the-counter Antibiotic Sales – Dairy Herd Management   Posted October 11, 2019...

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In memoriam

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Dr. Pat Gavin (WSU, ‘71) passed away on June 26, 2019 at the age of 72 after battling prostatic cancer. Following graduation, Dr. Gavin began veterinary practice in Ft. Collins, CO and then went back to school for his PhD in Radiation Biology from Colorado State University. In 1980, he became boarded by the American College of Veterinary Radiology in radiation and radiation oncology. Dr. Gavin was on faculty at WSU/CVM for 29 years, serving as Department Chair of Veterinary...

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States Respond to Decrease in Student Loan Servicer Oversight

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Here’s what Inside Higher Ed reporter Andrew Kreighbaum recently wrote about the current administration’s reduction of student loan servicer oversight: “After the Trump administration dialed back oversight of student loan servicers, states have responded to demands from consumer groups by passing new laws targeting companies that handle millions of borrowers' payments.“ Kreighbaum added, “Lawmakers in a growing number of states have sought to tackle student debt as a consumer protection problem. Over the first half of 2019, legislatures have enacted...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Elephant staff members exposed to TB at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium –  KOMO News Spokane emergency clinic’s community blood bank saves canines’ lives – The Spokesman-Review New draft guidance to close gap on use of medically important antibiotics in livestock and companion animals – Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy Start charging for your phone time –  Today’s Veterinary Business Veterinarians warn pet owners about deadly vaping dangers –  Channel3000.com   Posted October 4, 2019...

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VBMA’s 6th Annual Partners in Practice takes place November 2

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Washington State University’s Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) – ranked #1 globally – is excited to host its 6th Annual Partners in Practice. The event will take place Saturday, November 2, 2019 at WSU in Pullman. This is an important opportunity to meet veterinary students at all points in their schooling to advertise a job or internship position, market your practice/company, learn about the newest generation of vets, and network with students and fellow veterinary professionals. Partners in Practice will be...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Equine Influenza Confirmed in Washington – The Horse Idaho officials say cat has rabies, first case in decades – Seattle Times Why Euthanasia Rates at Animal Shelters Have Plummeted – New York Times Deer Park woman finds her missing dog after 57-day search – Seattle Times New feline pain scale interprets pain from cats’ facial expressions – AAHA NewStat How Long Before These Salmon Are Gone? ‘Maybe 20 Years’ – New York Times   Posted September 20, 2019...

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Make your voice heard – take AVMA’s Advocacy Survey

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The AVMA is collaborating with the state veterinary medical associations to conduct a survey to leverage the collective power of the veterinary profession at the state and national level. The survey will enable us to understand veterinarians’ network of relationships with public officials, interest in public policy issues impacting veterinary medicine, and desire to take a more active role in advocating for our profession to advance sound public policy. Take the survey at https://www.avma.org/advocacysurvey   Posted September 13, 2019...

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