Washington Legislature convenes for 2022

  |   Legislative, State Regulatory

The Washington State Legislature convened on Monday, January 10 for a 60-day legislative session. In an election year, the session is shorter than the biannual 105-day session. The focus of the first three weeks will be consideration of these bills in the policy committees. Among the bills the WSVMA is watching: Senate Bill 5753 Increasing board and commission capacities SB 5753 is brought forth by the WA State Dept. of Health to enhance the capacity of certain health profession boards and commissions....

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Veterinary Shortage Areas Designated in Washington state

  |   Professional News

Are you having trouble finding a veterinarian to work on your livestock?  Is your veterinarian getting older and unable to find another veterinarian to provide service in your area? Has your veterinarian retired and closed the doors?  In the last year, the Washington State Veterinarian’s Office has been hearing increasing concerns about a shortage of food animal and livestock veterinarians in our state. In response, the State Vet’s Office successfully nominated for inclusion four veterinary shortage areas in our state, opening...

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Medically important antibiotics to move from OTC to Rx

  |   Professional News

By June 2023, all medically important antibiotics will require veterinary oversight to be used in animals, even if the animals are not intended for food production. Last June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized guidance for industry #263 (GFI 263) to outline the process for animal drug sponsors to change the approved marketing status of certain antimicrobial drugs from over-the-counter (OTC) to prescription (Rx). Examples of affected products include injectable penicillin and oxytetracycline. Though the guidance provides for a two-year implementation period, some products may...

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When work hurts: Dealing with rudeness

  |   Continuing Education, Practice Management

Research from around the United States and beyond shows that rudeness has been on the rise across many professions. This is especially true for people whose job is to help others. If you haven't yet watched AVMA’s recent webinar on dealing with rudeness, take an hour to learn effective ways to address angry behavior on the job. Led by AVMA’s director of wellbeing, diversity, and inclusion initiatives, “When Work Hurts” explores evidence-based strategies for preventing and diffusing rudeness in the veterinary workplace. It’s free...

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What’s the Crystal Ball Telling Us About 2022?

  |   Continuing Education

Join Dr. Karen Felsted Thursday, January 20 at 11:30 am PT, on the next edition of the Veterinary Practice Growth speaker series. The topic is about what lies ahead for veterinary practice. As the new year begins, veterinary professionals are curious about what lies ahead. In this fast-paced session, you’ll hear insights and prognostications from this highly regarded practice management expert. Dr. Karen Felsted will review recent trends in veterinary medicine and, more importantly, dive into what those trends are...

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