Preventing Back Injuries

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During the past five years, ergonomic injuries represented 27% of the total dollars spent by our insurance companies on workers’ compensation claims. The risk consultant at the AVMA Professional Liability Insurance Trust (PLIT) has provided preventative measures for the common causes of back injuries, which are some of the most costly and debilitating employee injuries at veterinary practices. Ergonomic injuries are generally more expensive and debilitating than bites and scratches, especially if they involve the back, because they often involve damage...

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AVMA ambassador program links local veterinarians with federal legislators

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Spokane-area WSVMA members Dr. Joseph Harari and Dr. Greg Benoit, along with Dr. Jeff Siems, recently met with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers on behalf of the AVMA Political Action Committee as part of the Association's new Ambassador Program designed to foster relationships between local veterinary leaders and their members of Congress.  McMorris-Rodgers is the Republican Congresswoman from the 5th congressional district. They met to discuss various issues affecting the profession, most especially H.R. 1607, Mandatory Prescription Writing legislation. Both Dr. Harari and...

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Feral Hogs – Root out the Problem

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Wild Hogs may have been a funny movie, but there isn’t anything funny about real wild hogs. The damage these animals do to agriculture, property, and livestock via diseases is dead serious. In the 1980’s, wild hogs were in about 15 states, today that number has more than doubled with about 35 states now dealing with the problem. Originally brought from Eurasia for hunting and food, they are prolific breeders and reservoirs for disease. Escaped domestic swine can become feral in...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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The $636 million pet supplement industry is fueled by the greatest suckers of all: millennial dog owners, like me – Vox Associate Contracts for Corporate Consolidators – Veterinary Business Advisors Flame retardant found in upholstered furniture may cause hyperthyroidism in cats – AAHA NewStat Nearly all UK veterinarians face skepticism from owners about vaccines – The Telegraph   Posted August 23, 2019...

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Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria as Reportable Diseases: An Update

  |   One Health

Recently the University of Pennsylvania, Ryan Veterinary Teaching Hospital experienced an outbreak of an NDM-5 carbapenemase producing E. coli infections originating in the ICU.  One of the most significant types of gram negative resistance, it eliminates use of the carbapenem class, including imipenem and meropenem, a last line therapy in human medicine. In addition, this type of carbapenemase enzyme had not been reported in the USA in either human or veterinary medicine, which made it novel in this country.  Not...

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