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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WSVMA teams up with WSAVT to host DEA and OSHA CE program

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Join us Dec. 6-7, 2019 in Renton for two days of high-quality CE featuring Phil Seibert, CVT, well-known industry expert on hospital safety and regulatory compliance. The event is open to both veterinarians and technicians. Day one includes seven hours on different OSHA topics, including how to start a compliance program, staff safety and training, surviving an OSHA inspection, and facility safety issues. Day two focuses on controlled drugs including security requirements, ordering, keeping logs, who’s allowed access, inventorying, disposal,...

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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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Keep your controlled drug house in order or the DEA might be paying you a visit

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As reported by the American Animal Hospital Association, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released its 2020 work plan to diversion investigators on October 1. In response to the opioid crisis, the plan outlines increased enforcement and the use of administrative resources that will be dedicated to identifying prescribers – including veterinarians – that are dispensing disproportionately large amounts of controlled drugs. With recent charges against a growing number of veterinarians for noncompliance and failure to prevent diversion, the profession has...

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