Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria as Reportable Diseases: An Update

  |   One Health

Recently the University of Pennsylvania, Ryan Veterinary Teaching Hospital experienced an outbreak of an NDM-5 carbapenemase producing E. coli infections originating in the ICU.  One of the most significant types of gram negative resistance, it eliminates use of the carbapenem class, including imipenem and meropenem, a last line therapy in human medicine. In addition, this type of carbapenemase enzyme had not been reported in the USA in either human or veterinary medicine, which made it novel in this country.  Not...

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Meet the candidates for WSVMA Board of Directors

  |   WSVMA News

The election for the WSVMA Board of Directors will be held at the Annual Membership Meeting on September 28, 2019. The meeting will be in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference being held at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. Ballots will be sent out in August in accordance with WSVMA Bylaws, and will include a proxy form to sign and return to the WSVMA for members who are not able to attend the Conference. Serving on the current Board of...

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Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Infections Linked to Contact with Pig Ear Dog Treats

  |   Uncategorized

The FDA and CDC are investigating human cases of salmonellosis related to several types of Salmonella with a suspected link to pig ear pet treats. The agencies are advising consumers not to buy or feed any pig ear pet treats, including any that may have already been purchased and in the home. Retailers have been advised to stop selling all pig ear treats. People are at risk of becoming sick after handling the treats or caring for dogs who ate the treats....

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Go Team! Management Tips for Success

  |   Practice Management

Managing staff is challenging for many practice owners and managers. Here are three management tips that have had a great impact on the success of many practices: Value staff ideas. It’s important to provide an environment that encourages ideas and feedback from staff. Staff members work in the trenches, interacting with clients all day, so they know what clients want. Make the time to ask the team what they think about the business side of the practice and listen to...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Toxic Algae Resources – Washington State Department of Health 13 Signs You Need to Switch Veterinarians –  Reader’s Digest US Department of Labor: Working in the veterinary field is more dangerous than working in law enforcement – AAHA NewStat How Veterinary Students View Practice Consolidation – Part Two – The Veterinary Idealist Are you an empathetic leader? Answer these 16 questions –  Inc.   Posted August 16, 2019...

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