Donations accepted for cattle losses due to wildfires

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

The Washington Cattlemen’s Association (WCA) reported that close to one thousand head of cattle have been lost to due to the fires in North Central Washington. The Snag Canyon fire outside of Ellensburg continues to pose a risk to local ranches. WCA is taking donations to assist with hay, fencing and other needs for those affected. To donate, send a check to the WA Cattlemen’s Association (WCA), PO Box 96, Ellensburg, WA 98926. Include “fire relief” in the memo....

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AVMA amends declaw policy

  |   Animal Welfare, Uncategorized

At the July meeting in Denver, the AVMA House of Delegates approved an amendment to their policy on the declawing of domestic cats. The updated version, not yet available online, clarifies that the procedure is major surgery that should only be performed after alternatives have been sought to prevent destructive clawing. The updated policy describes onychectomy as an amputation and emphasizes the importance of client education. The AVMA believes the decision to declaw rests with the owner, in consultation with...

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WA veterinarian Dr. Thomas Meyer running for AVMA president

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

Dr. Thomas Meyer, Vancouver, WA, launched his campaign for AVMA President at the AVMA Candidates Introductory Breakfast, which preceded AVMA’s House of Delegates meeting in Denver last week. Dr. Meyer is a mixed animal practitioner, WSVMA past president and the recipient of the 2004 WSVMA Veterinarian of the Year award. In Dr. Meyer’s campaign speech, he described the AVMA as the linchpin that holds the various elements of a complicated structure together. “Our profession is complex,” he stated, “as we are intimately...

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Veterinary Collections – WSVMA Member Partner

  |   Uncategorized, WSVMA News

At Veterinary Collect, Powered by I.C. System, many of their veterinary practice clients have been with them for over 50 years. The reason their client relationships last for decades is that they understand the unique and specific needs veterinary clinics and animal hospital partners have. When it comes to late-paying pet owners and outstanding veterinary accounts receivables, they’ve spent more than 50 years refining and streamlining their debt collection process. As a result, veterinary practices see maximum returns and minimal disruptions. Their...

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King County Council’s GAO Committee hears mandatory reporting issue

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

Council members from King County Council’s General Accounting and Oversight Committee met Tuesday, July 22, 2014 to hear an update from officials at Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) as to the proposed plans to increase pet licensure, including forcing veterinarians to report private client information. WSVMA and PSVMA representatives had the opportunity to speak during the public comment period and provided feedback on why forcing veterinarians to report clients is a bad idea. Dr. Mike Bellinghausen, Dr. Henk Kunnen,...

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