Rule for VCPR definition nearly complete

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Veterinary Board of Governors has completed the draft language for the new Veterinarian-Client-Patient-Relationship (VCPR) and a final public hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 7, 2016 at 10 a.m. The proposed rule, WAC 246-933-200, defines the elements of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), which is the basis for interaction between veterinarians and their clients and animal patients. The proposed rule requires that veterinary prescription drugs be used only within the context of a VCPR. Veterinarians must have seen the animal(s)...

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Canine influenza webinar available on demand

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

If you missed Wednesday night’s webinar on canine influenza hosted by WSVMA, VetGirl and Merck, you can now access the recording online. To qualify for CE credit, those who view this recording will need to successfully complete the quiz at the conclusion of the recording. Once completed, VetGirl will send out CE certificates within one week of viewing the webinar. However, those who watch it between February 4 and 14, 2016 will experience a slight delay in receiving the certificate....

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Nominate a veterinary star

  |   Uncategorized, WSVMA News

At the WSVMA Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference October 7-9  in Spokane, WA, the WSVMA will present awards to those that have contributed significantly to the veterinary profession in Washington. The 2016 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. Please submit nominations to the WSVMA office using the nominations form no later than April 1, 2016. Be sure to include a...

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Two dogs test positive for H3N2 canine influenza

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

Results received from the Cornell Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed canine influenza virus H3N2 in the two dogs who developed respiratory disease while boarding at a Kent, WA boarding kennel in late December/early January. These two dogs has previously tested positive for canine influenza virus on pcr testing at Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) at WSU. Both acute and convalescent (10-14 days later) titers were evaluated at Cornell. The acute titers were negative, the convalescent titers positive for H3N2....

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University Researcher Aims To Make Veterinary Clinics A Safer Place For Humans And Animals Alike

  |   Practice Management, Uncategorized

Occupational hazards in the clinical veterinary setting place veterinary personnel at risk for work-related injury and illness. Among these hazards, physical trauma including animal-related and needlestick injuries is by far the most common. Studies suggest that up to two-thirds of veterinary personnel have experienced at least one animal related injury (ARI) during their career while nearly 100% report at least one needlestick/sharps related injury (1, 2). Workers’ compensation data in this state identify animal-related injuries as the most common injury...

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