Important rule changes being made by the Veterinary Board of Governors

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

Over the course of 2015, the Veterinary Board of Governors (VBOG) has been active drafting new regulations and updating existing ones. During this process, the WSVMA has been strongly advocating on your behalf in order to ensure the language is reasonable and effective. While none have yet been finalized, rules in process include:   Defining the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship. Still in the draft stage, the new definition will stipulate that patients must be seen within one year or sooner in order to prescribe...

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Compassion for self, compassion for others

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

We know that veterinarians are some of the most compassionate providers in all of healthcare.  But did you know that by cultivating more self-compassion, it can bolster your own mental health as well as help the compassionate way you work with your clients and patients? Washington Physician’s Health Program (WPHP) is hosting a one-day workshop in Seattle based on Stanford University’s 8-week Compassion Cultivation Training program. This workshop combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research. Through instruction,...

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Haven’t seen your clients lately?

  |   Practice Management, Uncategorized

According to a recent study of 5,000 U.S. companion animal veterinary practices, 53.4 percent of dogs and 58.6 percent of cats that have an established relationship with a veterinary practice have not seen their veterinarian for at least 18 months. How do you get them to come back to your practice? Partners for Healthy Pets has free online tools for AVMA and AAHA members that will help you reach out to your clients so they’ll come in to see you....

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“How Much Do You Charge to Declaw a Cat?”

  |   Animal Welfare, Uncategorized

The practice of surgically declawing cats has become a controversial topic. Veterinarians are faced with clients that threaten relinquishment or abandonment of cats if the surgery is not performed.  An opposing viewpoint is offered by an increasing number of anti-declawing activists that feel the procedure causes mutilation of the cat and is inhumane.  These activists, passionate about their cause, have become very aggressive toward veterinary hospitals that provide declawing services. In August, 2015 the AMVF’s “America’s Favorite Veterinarian” contest was abruptly...

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New resource available on Brucella canis prevention

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal Care program has published a new resource entitled Best Practices for Brucella canis Prevention and Control in Dog Breeding Facilities.  Brucella canis is a reproductive disease caused by an intracellular bacterium often found in breeding kennels. The organism is zoonotic and can infect humans but is currently underreported. The document is available on USDA’s Animal Care Web site under Guidance Documents.  Please share this with your colleagues and other local partners who may...

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