Banfield’s 2016 State of Pet Health report released

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

Banfield just released its 2016 State of Pet Health Report providing updated information on common and medically important diagnoses that affect cats and dogs across the United States. The report also contains information on how certain diagnoses have changed in prevalence and geographical scope over the last ten years. The diagnoses include diabetes mellitus, heartworm disease, dental disease, otitis externa, fleas, ticks, and internal parasites. The data was pulled from over 2.5 million dogs and 500,000 cats over 10 years...

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White Coat donations needed for Class of 2020

  |   Uncategorized, Veterinary Medical Education

an you believe it? The class of 2020! This year’s White Coat ceremony for the incoming class will take place August 18, 2016 at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Each first-year veterinary student will be introduced and presented with a white lab coat with their name and the WSVMA logo embroidered on the coat. We need your help to make this year’s White Coat Ceremony a success. You can sponsor a specific student or make a general donation. You...

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DEA is holding Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, April 30

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has collection sites set up to take back unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications.  Potentially dangerous, unwanted medicines can be brought to one of over 5,000 collection sites around the country this Saturday, April 30th, from 10 am-2 pm local time.  This service is free of charge. Find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov and clicking on the “Got Drugs?” icon, and entering your zip code into the search window, or call 800-882-9539. Only pills and...

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Scrapie in Goats: Isn’t that a Sheep Disease?

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

You have been called out to a local hobby farm to examine a four year-old, thin goat presenting with behavioral changes, loss of coordination, weakness, and lip smacking. Your differential list likely includes infectious or metabolic diseases such as listeria, rabies, or polio. One disease that is likely not on the minds of practitioners when they see a goat with neurological signs is scrapie. Wait, isn’t scrapie a sheep disease?  Scrapie, a prion disease, can spread from infected sheep to goats...

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WSVMA Compensation and Benefits Survey to be conducted in May

  |   Uncategorized, WSVMA News

The WSVMA office receives frequent requests for compensation and benefits information specific to the practice of veterinary medicine in Washington. To answer these inquiries, we are preparing a compensation and benefits survey to be sent out in May. The WSVMA will join the few state associations that compile and provide such information to its members. The survey is electronic and the link will be sent to practice owners via email, although a paper survey will be available. In order to obtain...

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