Test can detect deadly genetic mutation in cats

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A new test developed by Washington State University researchers can detect a rare genetic mutation in cats that can cause potentially deadly reactions to some common medications, including those used to control parasites and in routine surgical procedures, like spays and neuters. The only way to tell if a cat has the mutation, which is found in about 4% of all cats, is through a genetic test, which is available to pet owners and veterinarians for $60 on WSU’s Veterinary Clinical...

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WSVMA presents March 13 CE program Pain and Pain Management in Veterinary Medicine

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Join us in-person (yes, in-person!) on Sunday, Mar. 13, 2022, from 12 - 4 pm for our premier WSVMA DVM: Masterclass Intensives, featuring Dr. Tamara Grubb and sponsored by Zoetis.  Pain causes negative changes in our patient’s health, behavior, and welfare. As veterinarians, we take an oath to “use scientific knowledge and skills for the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering…” (from the AVMA veterinarian’s oath), which means we promise to relieve pain. In...

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Healthy Veterinary Practices: Considering Diversity in Your Practice

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Join Dr. Lisa Greenhill Thursday, Feb. 17 at 11:30 am PT, on the next edition of the Veterinary Practice Growth speaker series. Increasingly, the value of diversity within the veterinary medical profession is being recognized – and veterinary professionals are seeking actionable ways to advance diversity in veterinary practice. Dr. Lisa Greenhill, a demonstrated leader in helping organizations and institutions use diversity initiatives to drive excellence in workforce planning and organizational performance, will share her perspectives about Considering Diversity in...

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WSVMA 2021 Awards – it’s easy to nominate outstanding veterinary professionals

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Each year, the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) conducts an awards program to honor individuals whose service has contributed significantly to the veterinary profession in Washington State. The 2022 awards that will be presented include Veterinarian of the Year, Distinguished Achievement, Outstanding Veterinary Service, WSU Faculty Member of the Year, Distinguished Veterinary Staff, Humane Animal Welfare, and Allied Industry. It only takes a few moments to submit the name of your deserving colleague. Please submit nominations to the WSVMA office using the...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Some immunocompromised individuals should receive four doses of COVID-19 vaccine – WA State Dept. of Health Antibiotic Resistance: Communication Strategies for Veterinary Professionals – dispomed.com Vets want to help your pet – and you – but death threats aren’t good for anyone’s health – The Guardian Dealing with a chronic complainer – Today’s Veterinary Business Meet the world’s oldest-ever 190-year-old tortoise – CNN   Posted February 4, 2022...

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