Veterinary Board of Governors to examine barrier to licensure

  |   Legislative

The Veterinary Board of Governors (board) is considering rulemaking to remove unnecessary barriers to licensure. The board has observed that veterinarians from other states who apply in Washington State occasionally face unnecessary barriers to licensure. As required by WAC 246-933-250(1), licensees must "successfully complete either the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE), or the National Board Examination for Veterinary Medical Licensing (NBE), with the Clinical Competency Test (CCT)". However, the CCT was not required prior to 1982. Applicants who took their...

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In memoriam

  |   WSVMA News

Dr. Mark Besola (WSU, ’90) passed away on January 1, 2019 at the age of 52 as a result of multiple, chronic health conditions. Dr. Besola practiced small animal medicine in Aberdeen and Raymond and most recently practiced alongside his sister Dr. Amy Besola at A Small Animal Hospital in Federal Way.   Posted February 8, 2019...

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This Week’a Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

WA State Vet: On a mission to make a difference – WSDA Ag Briefs Bill would require adoption option for research dogs and cats – Spokesman-Review Proposal: Let Washington dog owners appeal ‘dangerous’ breed bans – Issaquah Reporter Osteoarthritis: When Age is Not the Culprit – Banfield Emerging Topics Report Are there enough dogs for all the people who want one? – Washington Post How to keep your pets safe from marijuana poisoning – The Conversation   Posted February 8, 2019...

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How client divorce or separation can affect patient ownership and payments

  |   Practice Management

Pet Ownership vs Pet Owner Agents to direct veterinary care and bill paying Legal pet ownership, when related to pet parent’s divorce or separation, is a court decision and not one to be made by the veterinarian. Ownership of a pet associated with separated or divorced pet owners (pet parents) should only be determined by viewing a copy of the court order. If impossible to get, two alternatives would be: (1) to rely on a notarized general power of attorney from...

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WSVMA VetMed Matters Conference to address opioid crisis and veterinary medicine March 16

  |   Continuing Education

Between 1999 and 2017, almost 500,000 people died from an opioid overdose, both prescription and illicit. In 2014, it was reported that there were approximately 150% more opioid overdose deaths than deaths from motor vehicle crashes. On average, we are now seeing 50,000 opioid deaths per year. Approximately 40% of these deaths involve a prescription opioid, not illicit drugs. We are losing more than 140 Americans per day to overdoses and millions more are struggling with opioid addiction. In 2017,...

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