Strangles in King County, WA- Confirmed Case(s): Voluntary Quarantine

  |   Animal Health

May 13, 2019 Strangles King County, WA Status: Confirmed Case(s): Voluntary Quarantine Source: Washington State Department of Agriculture Number Confirmed: 5; 18 suspected cases Number Exposed: 26 Age: Not Reported; Gender: Not Reported; Breed: Not Reported; Onset of Clinical Signs: Not Reported Notes: Horses arrive on 30 April and symptoms started on 2 May. Confirm on 9 May. 18 head have signs of fever and/or abscesses. Owners stopped movement in and out and instigated biosecurity measures. Go to http://equinediseasecc.org/alerts/outbreaks to see an alert for Strangles in King County, Washington. Posted May...

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New opioid bill signed into law

  |   Legislative

A sweeping new opioid bill passed the Legislature and was signed by the Governor on May 8. The legislation outlines a comprehensive, statewide approach to treating and preventing opioid use disorder by addressing prevention, education, treatment and swift responses to overdoses. SSB 5380 modifies the protocols for using medications to treat opioid use disorder and requires prescribers to counsel patients on the risks of opioids. The legislation also establishes new reporting requirements for the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) and extends...

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Congratulations to WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2019!

  |   Veterinary Medical Education

One hundred twenty-six new doctors of veterinary medicine have completed their training at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The commencement ceremony was held last Sunday, May 5 in Pullman. The WSVMA extends a warm welcome to the profession. Congratulations! View the ceremony and Dr. Andy’ Roark’s commencement address. Posted May 10, 2019  ...

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Prescription Monitoring Program for veterinarians – Need a refresher?

  |   State Regulatory

Washington State Department of Health’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is established under Chapter 70.225 RCW. The PMP is a repository that collects, and makes available to healthcare professionals (HCP), data reported by dispensers. It is essential that data reported to the PMP be accurate, complete and timely submitted. HCPs are encouraged to make reports of missing and inaccurate PMP data so PMP staff members can follow up with dispensers to ensure PMP data quality. It’s critical dispensers work quickly to correct...

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Pièce de Résistance – Four Core Communication Skills of Highly Effective Practitioners

  |   Animal Health

Nonverbal communication – includes all behavioral signals between interacting individuals exclusive of verbal content. Open-ended questions – encourages the person to elaborate or tell a story without shaping or focusing the content. Reflective listening – allows the interviewer to check if their interpretation is correct, ensures accuracy and encourages client input. Empathy – viewing the situation from the client’s perspective. Empathy needs to be expressed verbally and non-verbally. It informs client they are being supported. (Shaw J. Four Core Communication...

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