Get calls about bats? Use this handy guide

  |   Animal Health

The Washington State Department of Health is pleased to introduce their Guide for Veterinary Offices for Handling Calls about Bat Encounters. The new guide strengthens the connections between veterinary hospitals and their local health department and guides veterinary staff when responding to public calls concerning bat encounters. It stresses the importance of public contacting their local health department immediately to triage possible human and pet rabies exposure. In addition, the Department refreshed the look of their fact sheet, Safely Capturing Bats...

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Thanks for taking our Member Engagement Survey. And the results are…

  |   WSVMA News

In March, we hired new staff member Samantha Breider to help us attract new members through creative new services and programs that benefit the membership. Samantha quickly organized a survey of which 268 of you answered. Thank you! Survey questions ranged from finding out how well you liked our programs to what new services you would like to see, and how you want to engage with each other. We gained valuable insight from the survey. The areas that you want us...

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Avoid Common Pitfalls with Your Employee Benefits: Pitfall No. 3 – Other Benefits

  |   Practice Management

This is the third in a weekly series of four articles by financial expert Mackenzie Martin. The first article focused on pitfalls in employee insurance benefits and article number two outlines retirement plan pitfalls. Articles 4 will focus on pitfalls in paystubs. OTHER BENEFITS Pitfall #1: Health Savings Account (HSA) Or Flexible Spending Account (FSA)? Both types of accounts allow you to set aside pre-tax money. A health savings account (HSA) is money specifically set aside for health care, while a Flex...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

Veterinary labor's wild swings – VIN News Competition fierce for seats in veterinary school – Post Register Police in Olympia investigate suspicious cat death – Q13 FOX Shelton 90-year-old among 2 arrested after dozens of animals rescued in animal cruelty case – KOMO News Compassion-First owner to acquire National Veterinary Associates – Today's Veterinary Business   Posted June 21, 2019...

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What do we do about suicide? It’s time to limit access to means

  |   Wellness

Want to do something about suicide in veterinary medicine? Make it so no one in your clinic can access lethal drugs alone. Do it now. WARNING This article contains detailed discussion of suicide and suicide methods. If you are having thoughts of suicide, text 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor right away or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) The topic of suicide is a potential trigger for those struggling with feelings of guilt after the loss of a...

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