New Assistant State Veterinarian appointed

  |   State Regulatory

Dr. Amber Itle has been appointed to serve as assistant state veterinarian for the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). She has an extensive background in large animal medicine, veterinary regulations, and animal welfare, and has been a member of their Animal Health Program field veterinary staff for four years, stationed in Whatcom County. Dr. Itle has been responsible for overseeing Region 1 in Western Washington, covering Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, San Juan, Island, Kitsap and King counties. She will also be...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

Spokane couple found raw dog food business – KREM2 New study: don’t feed pets raw meat - AAHA A relatively simple intervention that can save lives from suicide – Washington Post State to require RFID tags for cattle – Chewelah Independent 2018 Outlook: Evolving Standards for Veterinary Care – Bovine Veterinarian OSU Plans To Expand Veterinary College – WA Ag Network   Posted January 19, 2018...

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Legislative Report – expanded veterinary services by non-profits and opioid bills frame the session

  |   Legislative

The 2018 session of the Washington State legislature convened for a 60-day legislative session on Monday January 8. After a 2017 session that required three 30-day special sessions the legislature is committed to adjourn on time in 2018.  To do so, they will be required to work at a very fast pace, and so far, several hundred bills have been introduced, as well as dozens of committee hearings held.  This is different than most sessions where the first week is...

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President’s Message – Welcome to 2018

  |   WSVMA News

Hello and Happy New Year to all! As I reflect on the past year and start to focus on the next, I always have a feeling of nervous excitement. Can I build on the successes while learning from my missteps? I ended last year going cross-country skiing with my family. The muscles were still sore as I started the year grouting a shower. 2017 saw the continuing consolidation of our profession and changes that will most certainly shape our future. We...

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Report from AVMA’s Winter Meeting and Veterinary Leadership Conference

  |   Professional News

Washington was well represented at the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference and Winter HOD session.  Drs. Sandy Willis and Diana Thomé attended the HOD meetings.  Drs. Paul DeMaris and Jean Gulbransen from the WSVMA Board of Directors attended a weekend of leadership training, that included sessions on wellness, telehealth, and stress management.  The WSVMA also had emerging leader Dr. Lindsey Hornickel and WSU freshman veterinary student Kathryn Sussman present for the leadership training.  Despite being a small state, Washington is a...

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