West Nile Virus more active this year

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

Washington has seen a resurgence in West Nile virus cases this year and the state veterinarian, Dr. Joe Baker, is asking for horse owners to ensure their horses are vaccinated. The virus hasn’t been as active in recent years and it’s possible that owners have become complacent. To date this year, 22 horses have tested positive in addition to 20 humans, 6 birds and 151 mosquito pools. There were also six blood donors whose blood tested positive when screened for the presence...

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Requirements for dogs entering the United States from Mexico and Canada

  |   Uncategorized, Wellness

Now available on the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website are flyers with infographics that outline the requirements for importing dogs into the United States from Mexico and Canada.  These materials promote awareness of rabies vaccination certificate requirements for all dogs crossing the land border into the United States. For information about bringing dogs (and cats) into Washington, access the requirements here. For information about traveling to Canada with pets and horses, visit the WSVMA website....

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Last chance to save on registration for the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

Don’t miss the opportunity to save. Monday, September 14, is the cutoff to receive lower registration rates for WSVMA’s premier state meeting being held this year at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. Over 100 hours of can’t-miss CE are available on a variety of topics for all members of your practice. Onsite registration will be available but why wait? Register by Monday and reserve your spot amongst your friends and colleagues. For more information, visit the WSVMA website....

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Tell Congress to oppose mandatory prescription writing for veterinarians!

  |   Legislative, 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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America’s Favorite Veterinarian Contest halted due to cyber-bullying

  |   Uncategorized, Veterinary Medical Education

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation’s (AVMF) America's Favorite Veterinarian Contest was halted after activists staged vicious social media cyber-attacks on the contestants over their opposition to feline declawing. The 20 veterinarians who were finalists in the AVMF’s contest received threatening phone calls and suffered negative online reviews and fraudulent advertisements, causing at least one contestant to withdraw from the competition. In light of the attacks, the AVMF decided to call off the contest and declare all 20 winners. As part of...

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