Happy Holidays from the WSVMA Executive Board and Staff!

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Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or simply the beautiful winter season, the WSVMA wishes you and your loved ones wonderful, joyous holidays. WSVMA Holiday hours: Please note that the WSVMA office will be closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s, Tuesday, December 24 through Wednesday, January 1, 2013. The WSVMA will re-open on January 2....

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New client education program for veterinary practices

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

A new client-education and safety program has been developed by Oregon veterinarian Dr. Jason Nicholas. The Start Off On The Right Paw program was designed to help veterinary teams provide education and value to, and create bonds with, their new pet owning clients. Centered on their 101 Essential Tips book series, the program will be free to veterinary hospitals and aims to help veterinary teams raise the base-level of awareness and education among pet owners on a wide range of...

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Renew your membership and help us benefit the veterinary profession

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As the end of 2014 approaches and you’re busy holiday shopping and celebrating, don’t forget to renew your membership with the WSVMA. It’s your chance to not only receive benefits, but to give back by supporting the Washington veterinary profession. The WSVMA, which is made up of you and your colleagues, works each and every day to protect your practice and advance veterinary medicine and animal and human health. Active membership is as little as $26 per month, or $13 per...

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WSDA to hold town hall meeting in Lynden on avian influenza

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The Washington State Dept. of Agriculture (WSDA) announced that there will be a town hall meeting Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 6pm to discuss avian influenza. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed today the presence of two separate strains of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in wild birds in Whatcom County. HPAI H5N2 was confirmed in a northern pintail duck and HPAI H5N8 was confirmed in a captive gyrfalcon that had been fed hunter-killed wild birds. To date, no cases...

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January 1, 2015 deadline for written hazardous drugs control program

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The WA Dept. of Labor & Industries’ (L&I) hazardous drugs requirements begin taking effect January 1, 2015. The rule takes effect in stages: Jan. 1, 2015 — Employers must have completed and implemented a written hazardous drugs control program. July 1, 2015 — Employers must have implemented employee training. Jan. 1, 2016 — Installation of appropriate ventilated cabinets must be completed. The regulations were adopted to protect workers who handle chemotherapy and other hazardous drugs. Under this rule, if there is a reasonably anticipated occupational...

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