Stabbing spree at two Bellingham veterinary hospitals

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

The Bellingham Herald reported that a man has been arrested after allegedly attacking employees at two Bellingham area veterinary hospitals yesterday morning. The man blamed veterinarians at both hospitals for his cat’s death from feline urological syndrome. According to the report, the man first drove to the Maplewood Animal Hospital and stabbed at a young veterinarian, who suffered minor injuries. The doctor managed to get the knife away from the cat owner but he then pulled out another knife and fled...

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Talking points about Ebola and pets

  |   One Health, Uncategorized

The dog of a Spanish Ebola patient was ordered euthanized by the Spanish government today due to fears that the dog could be carrying the virus. The WA State Department of Health has put together talking points that address the risk of catching Ebola from a pet. The talking points were developed in close consultation with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). There is no evidence that pets become sick with Ebola from routine contact with people who are infected...

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Thank you Pacific NW Veterinary Conference Exhibitors and Sponsors

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

The Pacific NW Veterinary Conference, which concluded on Sunday, September 28 in Yakima, was a great success with nearly 600 veterinary professionals in attendance. Thank you to all exhibitors and sponsors,attendees and guests who helped us achieve an outstanding weekend filled with cutting edge science, practice management and veterinary topics. Plan to attend next year’s conference September 25-27, 2015 for the best in CE for WA veterinarians....

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Wellness resources available

  |   Uncategorized, Wellness

In the wake of the suicide death of well-known veterinarian Dr. Sophia Yin, the WSVMA would like to call attention to online resources available on our website. The Task Force for Professional Stress and Wellbeing assembled these resources to assist members with a variety of wellness issues, including depression and suicide. The survey to assess veterinarians’ experiences with psychological distress is still open and awaiting responses. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, which is completely anonymous. Answering these...

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Lake closed for blue-green algae

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

Fish Lake near Leavenworth has been closed due to due to very high levels of the liver toxin microcystin detected there as a result of an algae bloom. This serves as a reminder that if an algae bloom is suspected, contact your local health jurisdiction immediately. In their toxic form, blue-green algae can cause illness in humans, pets, waterfowl, and other animals that come in contact with the algae.  Toxic blooms can kill livestock and pets that drink the water. To...

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