House Bill 6411 could extend time for non-veterinarians to own practices

  |   Legislative, Uncategorized

The 2016 Washington State Legislature has reached its midpoint. This week all bills needed to pass out of committees to the floor of their respective House or they will not advance this session. Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 6411 as originally written would have opened the door for corporate ownership of professional practices, singling out veterinarians from all other health professions under Washington’s Professional Service Corporation laws, Chapter 18.100.118 RCW. Currently, following the death of a veterinary or other health profession practice owner,...

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WSU College of Veterinary Medicine revives Spring Conference

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Spring Conference will be held April 22-23, 2016, in Pullman WA. Eight hours of CE credit will be offered, including four Veterinarian Tracks (Equine, Food Animal, Pet Poultry, Small Animal) and one Veterinary Technician Track. A free social function will take place Friday, April 22 from 6-8pm at the Brelsford WSU Visitor Center near downtown. This social function will include heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Saturday, April 23 will feature an all-day CE program from 8am - 5pm at...

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House Bill could increase license surcharge for impaired practitioners program

  |   Legislative, Uncategorized

A bill moving through the legislature could increase the amount included in licensing fees for veterinarians for their participation in the substance abuse monitoring program through Washington Physicians’ Health Program (WPHP). Since the 1990’s, veterinarians have paid a $10 surcharge included in their annual license renewal to participate in the program. If the House Bill 2432 passes, the surcharge for veterinarians will increase to $25 annually. Veterinarians have historically paid less than the other professions WPHP serves. House Bill 2432 will...

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Two more cases of canine influenza confirmed

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

After the original two dogs that boarded at the Kent facility tested positive for CIV H3N2 by convalescent serology, two additional dogs that were also boarded during the respiratory disease outbreak tested positive for CIV H3N2 by serology. Tests are also pending on another two dogs from the original outbreak.  The WSVMA does not know of any other confirmed cases of H3N2 at this time but testing is ongoing. As it has been confirmed that canine influenza is present in Washington...

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WSVMA CE event – Advances in Glomerular Diseases – early bird prices end soon

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

Join Dr. David J. Polzin on Sunday, February 28, 2016 as he presents an enlightening afternoon on Glomerular Diseases at Renton Technical College. He’ll cover four hours of continuing education on approaches to treatment in dogs to significantly improve outcomes, including treating proteinuric kidney disease. He’ll also present information on how SDMA and biomarkers provide new opportunities to understand CKD in dogs and cats. Dr. Polzin is currently Professor and Chief of Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of...

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