Possible exposure to avian chlamydiosis at Bothell bird store – owners are encouraged to watch for pet and human symptoms

  |   Animal Health

A pet bird that died has tested positive for a serious bacterial disease called avian chlamydiosis. The bird had been boarded recently at the Wings of the World pet store located in Bothell, with potential exposure to other birds being boarded or available for sale since July 2. The Washington State Department of Health, in collaboration with the Snohomish Health District and Public Health – Seattle & King County, are in the process of contacting bird owners to share information...

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Growing Leaders in Your Practice

  |   Practice Management

While facilitating a leadership workshop, I asked “Who are the leaders in your practice?.” This question stimulated some robust discussion. While some groups discussed the positions in their organizational leadership chart, one thoughtful response was “Everyone is a leader in my practice”. I asked this practice manager to describe to the group what leadership looked like in her hospital. She explained that every employee was invested in the success of the practice. Rather than defined leaders, the management team in...

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WSVMA accepting applications for next year’s class of Power of Ten leaders

  |   WSVMA News

Attention 2010-2017 graduates! Join the WSVMA for our exciting leadership program! Power of Ten is a WSVMA initiative designed to help recent graduates develop foundational skills in leadership, communication, and business. Ten participants will be selected from the applicant pool to participate in the Power of Ten leadership academy for the coming year. Participants will join a network of peers in a series of learning experiences that commence in October, 2017 and culminate in September, 2018. Power of Ten is...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

A war over wolves – Seattle Times Second Case of Equine West Nile Virus in 2017 Confirmed - Washington Ag Network Can We Feed The World With Farmed Fish? - NPR USDA modules opened to all veterinary professionals for CE credit – AVMA Grain-free diets aren't backed by science, veterinarians say – Washington Post New Data on Declaws – Veterinary Team Brief Canine cough outbreaks reported in multiple regions – VIN News...

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WA Dept. of Ecology updates pharmaceutical waste policy

  |   State Regulatory

In anticipation of a new federal rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the state of Washington is updating their “interim enforcement policy” for managing pharmaceutical waste. This revised policy will give hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, veterinarians, dentists, and other businesses options for how they can dispose of leftover and other unused medications.  The EPA recently proposed new requirements that effectively ban the disposal of pharmaceuticals down the toilet or drain. The federal proposal has not been finalized and may still...

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