Happy Holidays from the WSVMA Board of Directors and Staff!

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No matter how you celebrate the season, the WSVMA wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful, joyous holidays. WSVMA Holiday hours: The WSVMA office will be closed between Christmas and New Year’s, Monday, December 25 through Monday, January 1, 2016. The WSVMA will re-open on Tuesday, January 2.   Posted December 22, 2017...

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Pain Relief Without Opioids? It’s Possible!

  |   Animal Health

Short on opioids? We feel your pain – but we don’t want our patients to feel the pain! Fortunately, there are still some opioid options. For potent opioids, morphine and methadone have some availability, depending on where you are purchasing from and, for morphine, what concentration you are looking for. Methadone is expensive, but might be an option for the short term and seems to be the least impacted by the shortage. Sufentanil or alfentanil are alternatives for fentanyl. Both appear...

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Feedback requested on proposed new veterinary continuing education rules

  |   State Regulatory

In March 2017, the Veterinary Board of Governors began making draft revisions to the veterinary continuing education rules in WAC 246-933-401 through -480 specific to veterinarians. The board would like your feedback on the following proposed changes: Changing the hour requirement from 30 hours every 3 years to 30 hours every 2 years. Allowing veterinarians to meet their CE requirement by becoming board-certified during their continuing education period or by being enrolled in a residency program during the entire continuing...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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The year ahead: Things are looking bright for the veterinary profession - DVM360 Combating negative stress in veterinarians and veterinary students with a novel approach – Veterinary Practice News EHV-1 Horse in Washington State – EquiManagement Shelter dogs could go vegan in Los Angeles – The Washington Post Invasive Species Council Aims to Educate on Danger of Feral Swine – The Chronicle...

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WSVMA VetMed Matters Conference to examine corporatization, unions and your veterinary team

  |   Continuing Education

There’s a convergence of 21st century conditions that are challenging the old ways of veterinary practice. Veterinarians rely on support staff to enhance and improve the quality and delivery of veterinary medicine, but it’s increasingly difficult to attract and retain them. And now, corporate medicine is quickly changing the practice landscape and there are rumors afoot about unionizing. What’s a veterinary practice to do? The WSVMA VetMed Matters Conference will take place on February 25, 2018 at the Marriott Courtyard in...

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