Nominate that special veterinary someone by April 1

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

At the WSVMA Annual Conference September 25-27, 2015 in Tacoma, the WSVMA will present awards to those that have contributed significantly to the veterinary profession in Washington. The 2015 awards that will be presented include Veterinarian of the Year, Distinguished Achievement, WSU Faculty Member of the Year, Distinguished Veterinary Staff, Humane Animal Welfare, Recent Grad and Allied Industry. Download the nomination form and submit to the WSVMA office prior to the April 1, 2015 deadline. Be sure to submit supporting...

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Change in rule for administration of rabies vaccine comes with added benefit

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Veterinary Board of Governors is amending WAC 246-935-050 Animal Health Care Tasks for veterinary technicians so that it will align with WAC 16.42.026 from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). WSDA’s rule requires technicians or assistants to administer rabies vaccines only under direct supervision of a veterinarian. The veterinary technician’s rule currently allows for rabies vaccines to be administered under indirect supervision for licensed veterinary technicians and direct supervision for unregistered assistants. The amendment will require that veterinary...

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Seattle $15 hour minimum wage takes effect April 1, state considers similar measures

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Washington House Democrats have passed bills to increase the minimum wage to $12 over four years and to require employers of over four full-time employees to provide paid sick leave. It is unclear if the Senate will act on these proposals. The minimum wage advocates are threatening a ballot initiative if the issue is not addressed by the legislature. Last year, the Seattle City Council approved an increase of the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Taking effect on April...

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Phone scam active in Puget Sound area

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

The WSVMA has received reports that a phone scam targeting utility customers is hitting the Puget Sound region. Scammers are posing as Puget Sound Energy (PSE) representatives and demanding immediate payment of an overdue bill to avoid disconnection of energy service. They use technology that will display PSE’s name and phone number on caller ID, and threaten to disconnect service if payment is not made within thirty minutes by a prepaid debit or money card. Customers who receive these calls...

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WSVMA 2015 Awards nominations due April 1

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

At the WSVMA Annual Conference September 25-27, 2015 in Yakima, the WSVMA will present awards to those that have contributed significantly to the veterinary profession in Washington. The 2015 awards that will be presented include Veterinarian of the Year, Distinguished Achievement, WSU Faculty Member of the Year, Distinguished Veterinary Staff, Humane Animal Welfare, Student-Recent Grad and Allied Industry. Download the nomination form and submit to the WSVMA office prior to the April 1, 2015 deadline. For past award winners, consult...

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