Important Oct. 15 deadline for EMV credit card processing equipment – WSVMA can help

  |   Uncategorized, WSVMA News

Because of the rapid increase in credit card fraud, card issuers in the U.S. are now migrating to the more secure EMV chip card payment technology that has been in use for years in places like Europe and Canada. Europay, MasterCard, Visa (EMV), are the three card associations that have developed the EMV standards. Discover and American Express have also become part of this agreement. Benefits of EMV chip cards include a reduced risk of fraud for your practice and your...

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Take action – help rural communities receive veterinary services

  |   Legislative, Uncategorized

Please contact your members of Congress and tell them to cosponsor the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act of 2015. Reps. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) recently introduced the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) Enhancement Act (H.R. 3095). This critical bill, which joins its counterpart bill in the Senate, S. 440, would maximize the VMLRP, which places livestock and public health veterinarians in designated shortage areas around the country in exchange for the government helping to...

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WSVMA offers two distinct services to post your help wanted ads

  |   Uncategorized, WSVMA News

The WSVMA offers two distinct services that provide members a place to post help wanted advertisements. WSVMA Classified Ad Listings is an online service housed on the WSVMA website combined with an optional print service in WA Veterinarian magazine. All ads, whether they appear in print or in the online WSVMA Classified Ad Listings, are submitted through the WSVMA office using a downloadable, and computer-fillable form that can be mailed, faxed, or scanned and emailed to [email protected]  Job ads can...

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Tell Congress to oppose mandatory prescription writing for veterinarians!

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The alleged Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 3174/S. 1200) has once again surfaced in Congress, but this time, it may have legs, which is why we need your help! This legislation, which Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) introduced on July 24, would require veterinarians to provide clients with written prescriptions for their pets, regardless of the clients’ wishes. Some of the bills’ advocates argue that veterinarians withhold prescriptions to increase profits, but this claim was not substantiated in a recent Federal Trade Commission report....

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Canine Influenza continues to spread across the U.S.

  |   Medicine, Uncategorized

Veterinarians nationally have been on the lookout for dogs with upper respiratory illness that may signify that Canine Influenza has reached their area. This novel Canine Influenza virus (H3N2) has a high morbidity, low mortality impact on canines affected. Outbreaks have the potential to significantly impact our practices, our local shelters and rescues, and our local dog care businesses as most dogs are naïve to this agent, and so become infected and often ill after exposure, with a long infectious...

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