Avian influenza near the Canadian-Washington border

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

Avian influenza has killed turkeys and chickens at two farms in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley. The farms, located approximately three miles from the Canadian border with Washington state, are under quarantine after thousands of turkeys and chickens died from what has been identified so far as H5 type avian flu, although the exact strain is not yet known. According to representatives from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), the situation poses no risk to Washington. The WSDA is working with...

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British veterinarians concerned about antimicrobial resistance

  |   Medicine, Uncategorized

Antimicrobial resistance is posing a major threat to human and animal health and British companion animal veterinarians are concerned about its impact on their ability to treat infections in pets. As reported in the Nov. 20, 2015 issue of the American Animal Hospital Association’s electronic newsletter NEWStat, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) recently polled their members and found that 91 percent of small animal veterinarians are worried that antimicrobial resistance will lead to an inability to treat infections. The survey also...

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Looking to give back? Have we got a deal for you!

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

The WSVMA Board of Directors has approved a task force to perform a review of the WSVMA’s Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference. If you’ve ever attended our annual conference, you know it’s one of the top state-level conferences in the country. But how can we make it better? How can we grow and attract a greater number of veterinarians and staff, and make greater use of technology? If you’re interested in participating, please contact the WSVMA office. We’re looking for 2-3...

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Rep. Kathy Haigh losing election to opponent

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

Rep. Kathy Haigh (D-35th), WSVMA past president and veterinarian from Shelton, trails behind Republican challenger and local fireman Dan Griffey in her bid for a ninth term in office. As of Wednesday, Nov. 12, the WA Secretary of State online election results showed Griffey was ahead 512 votes. In a year where many Democratic incumbents are losing their races across the nation, WA appears to be no different. Three Democrats lost seats to Republican challengers this election. The House majority still...

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Build client loyalty with the WSAHF Pet Memorial Card Gift Program

  |   Foundation, Uncategorized

Honor your client and their pet and positively impact your practice by participating in the Washington State Animal Health Foundation (WSAHF) Pet Memorial Gift Program. Benefits of the Pet Memorial Gift Program to your practice include: An effective client relations tool that serves to strengthen the bond with your client Helps you to better deal with the difficulty of client grief Allows your staff to become involved so you can practice veterinary medicine Your charitable contribution is tax-deductible Cards with envelopes purchased in bulk are...

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