Spay/Neuter – Truth or Fiction? New WSVMA Conference will pose provocative questions

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

WSVMA is proud to launch our first annual VetMed Matters Conference on Saturday, April 16 at Renton Technical College:  Spay/Neuter – Truth or Fiction? The Breeder Said I Shouldn’t Spay my Dog Until She’s Two Years Old Because it Causes Cancer. The inaugural program will explore the science and answer the big questions about timing, long-term health implications, risks, alternatives, behavioral effects and impact on shelter populations. The VetMed Matters Conference is a new annual meeting where we tackle important subjects...

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New website for the veterinary team addresses pet nutrition

  |   Uncategorized, Wellness

The Pet Nutrition Alliance has launched a new website to assist the veterinary healthcare team in promoting nutrition as essential to optimal pet health. The Pet Nutrition Alliance is an independent non-profit organization and collaborative effort including the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition among others within the veterinary industry. Goals for the organization are two-fold. They aim to educate and assist the healthcare team to integrate nutritional assessments and dietary recommendations...

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Feral Cat Spay-Neuter Project spays 100,000th cat

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

The Feral Cat Spay-Neuter Project (FCSNP) in Lynnwood reached a major milestone on Tuesday. A one-year old female Siamese mix named Bella became the 100,000th cat to be altered at the facility since its inception in 1997. FCSNP is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to providing free spay/neuter surgery for free-roaming cats in a safe, high-quality, humane environment. They also offer spay/neuter services for any cat needing access to surgery. Bella was brought to the clinic by Twila Collins, Director...

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New guidance for pets exposed to rabies – how will this affect pets and vets in WA?

  |   One Health, Uncategorized

New recommendations for post rabies exposure (and suspected exposures) will be out soon in the 2016 edition of the Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control from the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians. Other updates will also be forthcoming in the 2016 edition. What’s new?  Soon, cats and dogs that are exposed to rabies and are overdue for a vaccine can have a booster shot followed by an observation period rather than be subject to quarantine or euthanasia. The 2016...

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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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