Update Facebook preferences for WSVMA news and information

  |   WSVMA News

Facebook is making changes to how users see posts on their news feed. Last month, it was announced that Facebook will prioritize posts from friends and family over posts from organizations and businesses. If you rely on Facebook to see news and information from the WSVMA, it’s important you follow these steps to ensure you continue to see our posts: From your computer: Access our Facebook page. Next to the “Like” button at the top, find the word “Follow” or Following.”...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

EHV-1 Horse Diagnosed at Portland Meadows in Oregon - Equimanagement Local veterinarians in need of dog blood donors - KOMO AAEP Updates Infectious Disease Guidelines – The Horse State lawmakers debate bill that would crack down on fake service animals – KOMO What happened to Brightheart and other stories of private equity – The Veterinary Idealist Multistate Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Campylobacter Infections Linked to Contact with Pet Store Puppies (Final Update) – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   Posted February 2, 2018...

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Don’t forget! Heartworm is a reportable disease

  |   Animal Health

Veterinarians are well aware that infectious diseases can hitch a ride with rescue animals and traveling pets. Heartworm is among the diseases our veterinarians are concerned about as we’ve encountered several rescue dogs with heartworm recently as they come to Washington. There are several reasons for the rise of heartworm seen in Washington: Animals relocating or traveling from places where the disease is endemic. Man-made mosquito habitats. New mosquito vectors. Wild reservoirs such as coyotes. The possibility of heartworm gaining a strong...

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Comments sought on proposed changes to AVMA Model Veterinary Practice Act

  |   Animal Welfare

The AVMA Model Veterinary Practice Act (MVPA) is under review, and AVMA members and the general public will have an opportunity to comment until March 25, 2018. This cornerstone AVMA policy is used as a primary resource during the writing and review of veterinary practice acts across the United States, and also includes the AVMA’s definition of the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship. This means your comments will help inform a policy that directly impacts the daily practice of veterinary medicine. During the commenting period, AVMA...

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Practice Owners – Please take brief survey about veterinary team attraction and retention

  |   Continuing Education, Practice Management

At our upcoming WSVMA VetMed Matters Conference “Corporatization, Unions and Your Veterinary Team” on February 25, 2018, we’ll explore why it’s difficult to attract and keep technical staff, how corporate medicine may or may not affect entry and retention of the veterinary team, and what it means for the profession to unionize. In an effort to inform the discussion, we would like to get some information from practice owners/managers about challenges you face in attracting and retaining technical staff. Included in...

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