Frequently asked questions about the humane society legislation

  |   Legislative

The Humane Society legislation from 2018 has been amended and is back before the legislature for consideration. Senate Bill (SB) 5004, if passed, will allow humane societies to provide full veterinary services to low income pet owners. During the 2018 legislative session, the WSVMA asked the Senate Healthcare Committee to not act on the bill so that the WSVMA could hear from our members and have the opportunity to meet with the bill proponents. The Committee agreed as long as we...

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WSVMA’s VetMed Matters Conference to focus on opioids

  |   Continuing Education

The WSVMA VetMed Matters Conference taking place on Saturday, March 16 in Renton, WA will focus on the opioid epidemic, its effects on veterinary medicine, and the use of opioids to treat pain in animals. Speakers include experts from King County Opioid Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the WA Prescription Monitoring Program. In addition, Dr. Tammy Grubb, veterinary anesthesiologist from WSU, will present Why Are We Opioid-Depending for Patient Analgesia? Why Other Options Might Be Better.  Dr. Lisa...

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Large animal veterinarian needed for AVMA CVTEA

  |   Professional News

The AVMA is seeking a veterinarian to represent the Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Large Animal position on the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).  The CVTEA is the entity responsible for accrediting veterinary technology programs. CVTEA members must demonstrate the following criteria: Willingness to travel to 2-3 site visits per year in addition to two Committee meetings (spring/fall) at AVMA Headquarters in Schaumburg, IL A concerned interest in veterinary technician education. Demonstrated skill in...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

FDA Provides Update on Investigation into Potential Connection Between Certain Diets and Cases of Canine Heart Disease - FDA VMLRP Lists 2019 Shortage Situations, including Washington - Bovine Veterinarian Contagious virus halts cat adoptions in Pierce County  KING5.com Untangling the toxoplasmosis evidence – Science Magazine 'Tinder for cows' matches livestock in the mood for love – Reuters Library exhibit highlights WSU Veterinary History Collection – WSU News   Published February 22, 2019...

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An Overview of Telemedicine

  |   Practice Management

Most of us, on at least a weekly basis, use telemedicine. We consult with a specialist on radiographs. We call the ASPCA on a poison case. We even receive text pictures from clients and give advice. All of this seems safe and reasonable. But what if one of your Washington clients told you that a veterinarian in Georgia did a video chat with them and then prescribed three medications which they started two days prior. Would this be reasonable? What if...

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