New VCPR rule takes effect June 4, 2016

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Veterinary Board of Governors has formally adopted rules that define the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR), which is the basis for interaction between veterinarians, clients, and their patients.  Washington has been one of the few states lacking a legal definition of the VCPR, until now. A valid VCPR exists when the veterinarian: Has assumed responsibility for making clinical judgements about the patient, and the client or key party has agreed to follow the instructions of the veterinarian. Has sufficient knowledge of the...

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Fix the Debt Summit results in possible solutions

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

At Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine (MSU/CVM) last month, 180 individuals including veterinary students, recent graduates, representatives from veterinary medical colleges, veterinary employers, governmental agencies, and veterinary associations gathered to develop approaches to solving student debt and reducing the debt to income ratio (DIR), which is an indicator of financial health of veterinarians entering the profession. Currently, the DIR is 2:1, indicating the level of educational debt is twice the level of starting income. Student debt is the single...

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Political animals wanted

  |   Legislative, Uncategorized

Well, not really, but we are in need of members who share an interest in veterinary issues as they intersect with the legislative process. For those who have been living in a cave for the last 10 months, 2016 is an election year, and not just at the federal level. Elections for statewide offices are heating up as well. Members contribute money to the WSVMA-Political Action Committee (PAC) which is used to support candidates in the election that are friendly...

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Seeking nominations for WSVMA Humane Animal Welfare Award

  |   Uncategorized, WSVMA News

The WSVMA is seeking nominations for the “Humane Animal Welfare” award which is presented to a non-veterinarian who has advanced animal welfare through extraordinary service. Do you know someone who has dedicated their lives to animal welfare, perhaps someone who started an equine therapy program, runs a successful dog or cat rescue, or provides extraordinary service to the wellbeing of animals?  The WSVMA wants to recognize these individuals. Download and complete the form and include a thorough description of the person...

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RAIVE to be added as an approved source of veterinary CE in Washington

  |   Continuing Education, State Regulatory, Uncategorized

As of May 19, 2016, the Registry of Alternative and Integrative Veterinary Medical Education (RAIVE) will be added to the list of approved continuing education sources in Washington. RAIVE approves programs in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAVM) by developing and applying uniform standards to continuing education courses similar to how the Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) approves courses for conventional veterinary medicine. RAIVE was established to judge the appropriateness of CAVM continuing education courses and consists of veterinarians recognized as...

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