Bats, Rabies, and Testing: can you help?

  |   Uncategorized

The Problem Local Health Jurisdictions (LHJs) across our state are asking for help in identifying veterinarians who would be willing to humanely euthanize bats that have been designated for rabies testing at the Washington State Public Health Laboratories (WA PHL). Every year bats come into contact with people in our state. Our LHJs work with people to determine the nature of their contact (exposure assessment) with the bat, and then determine whether the bats need to be tested for rabies. Each...

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White Coat donations for Class of 2018

  |   Uncategorized, Veterinary Medical Education

This year’s White Coat ceremony will take place August 21, 2014 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 his/her name and the WSVMA logo embroidered on the coat. We need your help to make the 2014 White Coat Ceremony a success. You can sponsor a specific student or make a general donation. You also have the option of sponsoring a student from your local...

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Survey to assess suicide risk and mental health needs in veterinarians

  |   Uncategorized, Wellness

Veterinarians are at substantially higher risk for suicide compared with the general population. To assess the prevalence of U.S. veterinarians who recently experienced serious mental illness or contemplated suicide, the National Association for State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV) is partnering with Auburn University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other partners to conduct a nationwide survey of veterinarians beginning July 1, 2014 and ending September 30, 2014. The purpose of the survey is to determine the mental...

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The AVMA asks veterinarians to support equine welfare legislation

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

When it comes to horses, no one can underestimate the pivotal role they have played in helping to advance society and move us in exciting, new directions. Now, as these beautiful creatures are mostly used for pleasure or show, it is up to us to ensure that they are protected from harm. H.R. 1518/S. 14-6 the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Actwill make the act of soring illegal. Additionally, it will overhaul the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s oversight and enforcement capabilities...

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Preventive Care Plan survey is open for veterinarians and clients

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The WSVMA, with support from CareCap, is asking members and their clients to complete brief surveys about Preventive Care Plans, also known as Wellness Plans. Not only are we looking for information on how many practices currently offer them, but we also want to know what the general attitudes veterinarians and pet owners have about them. The surveys are open until June 23, 2014 and can be taken by paper or online. The first 100 veterinarians to complete the survey will receive $5 Starbucks...

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