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WSVMA 2021 Awards – deadline to submit approaching

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Each year, the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) conducts an awards program to honor individuals whose service has contributed significantly to the veterinary profession in Washington State. The 2022 awards that will be presented include Veterinarian of the Year, Distinguished Achievement, Outstanding Veterinary Service, WSU Faculty Member of the Year, Distinguished Veterinary Staff, Humane Animal Welfare, and Allied Industry. It only takes a few moments to submit the name of your deserving colleague. Please submit nominations to the WSVMA office using the...

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WSVMA DVM: Masterclass Webinar – A 5 Step Formula for Creating a Life and Veterinary Career You Love with Dr. Quincy Hawley

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Join us Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 12pm for our webinar – A 5 Step Formula for Creating a Life and Veterinary Career You Love with Dr. Quincy Hawley and sponsored by Merck Animal Health. Veterinary medicine is supposed to be ENJOYED and not painfully and resentfully ENDURED! Yet, due to challenges that can occur at home and in vet med (and now, with a Super-Sized side of COVID), we can sometimes find ourselves resentful of our choice to become...

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2022 Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference will be in Tacoma!

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In-person is back! After two years of COVID-19 restrictions, we’re so pleased to announce that the 2022 Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference will be back in Tacoma again Sept. 30 – Oct. 1. The same high-quality educational programming and fun are finally coming back for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, staff, and students. We can’t wait! In addition to a full program of scientific small animal, large animal, and equine medicine, sessions will be offered on a variety of topics including wellbeing, DEI, and...

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Comments sought on the use of antimicrobials in companion animals

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On Feb. 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a request for public comments about antimicrobial use (AMU) in companion animals (e.g., cats, dogs, horses) and the potential impact of this use on antimicrobial resistance in both animals and people. The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) intends to use the information collected to help develop strategies to further promote antimicrobial stewardship in companion animals. Although most of the FDA’s animal antimicrobial stewardship efforts to date have been related to food-producing animals,...

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Show No Love for the Heartworm this Valentine’s Day

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I can’t think of a better time to talk about heartworm with Valentine’s Day right around the corner. Veterinarians have no love for the heartworm. Neither do we and we need your help! According to the American Heartworm Society (AHS), more than a million pets in the U.S. have heartworms, despite the disease being preventable. Washington State citizens adopt thousands of rescue dogs and cats every year some with international origins and many with origins in the Southern U.S., where heartworm...

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You can help VBMA with student interviews

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The Washington State Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) is hosting an Interview and Negotiations Workshop for third- and fourth-year students on Saturday, Feb. 26 (both in-person and virtual). We need help from you to interview these students before they begin the nerve-wracking process of job hunting! We are looking for people who would like to invest their time in this generation of future veterinarians by giving them the tools to build new relationships and find a fulfilling place to work. Students...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Immediate updates for Employers to WA Cares Law – Employment Security Dept. WSU veterinarians make second birthday possible for young pup – WSU Insider Veterinarian: Be aware of fatigue's effect on decisions – Bovine Veterinarian  Veterinarians should learn from Boeing – The Veterinary Idealist Record numbers of orcas, humpbacks spotted in Salish Sea in 2021 – Vancouver Sun   Posted February 11, 2022...

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Test can detect deadly genetic mutation in cats

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A new test developed by Washington State University researchers can detect a rare genetic mutation in cats that can cause potentially deadly reactions to some common medications, including those used to control parasites and in routine surgical procedures, like spays and neuters. The only way to tell if a cat has the mutation, which is found in about 4% of all cats, is through a genetic test, which is available to pet owners and veterinarians for $60 on WSU’s Veterinary Clinical...

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WSVMA presents March 13 CE program Pain and Pain Management in Veterinary Medicine

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Join us in-person (yes, in-person!) on Sunday, Mar. 13, 2022, from 12 - 4 pm for our premier WSVMA DVM: Masterclass Intensives, featuring Dr. Tamara Grubb and sponsored by Zoetis.  Pain causes negative changes in our patient’s health, behavior, and welfare. As veterinarians, we take an oath to “use scientific knowledge and skills for the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering…” (from the AVMA veterinarian’s oath), which means we promise to relieve pain. In...

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Healthy Veterinary Practices: Considering Diversity in Your Practice

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Join Dr. Lisa Greenhill Thursday, Feb. 17 at 11:30 am PT, on the next edition of the Veterinary Practice Growth speaker series. Increasingly, the value of diversity within the veterinary medical profession is being recognized – and veterinary professionals are seeking actionable ways to advance diversity in veterinary practice. Dr. Lisa Greenhill, a demonstrated leader in helping organizations and institutions use diversity initiatives to drive excellence in workforce planning and organizational performance, will share her perspectives about Considering Diversity in...

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