Saturday, March 16 9AM Renton Technical College  6 CE Hours Register Today


Seattle- King County’s Community Response to the Opioid Epidemic

Brad Finegood, Seattle King County Public Health

King County, like many places across the country, has seen significant increases in the use and abuse of heroin and prescription opiates over the past decade. The rate of addiction is high and availability of treatment and services has struggled to keep pace with the need. Our speaker is going share “Seattle-King County’s Community Response the Opioid Epidemic” We will learn how the epidemic has changed over time and how we are confronting the region’s growing heroin and opioid epidemic.


DEA Regulations and Diversion Drug Trends

Ricardo Quintero, Drug Enforcement Agency Representative

In this session, Mr. Quintero will describe the scope of the prescription drug abuse problem in the United States and discuss ways that prescription-controlled substances are being diverted from the pharmaceutical supply chain. He’ll identify areas where U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, local law enforcement, and medical professionals can work together to curb prescription drug abuse. An overview of DEA regulations for veterinarians will also be covered.


Coffee Break


Overview of WA’s Prescription Monitoring Program

Gary Garrety, WA State Dept of Health Prescription Monitoring Program

Requirements for veterinarians in reporting dispensed controlled drugs to the Prescription Monitoring System (PMP) will be covered as well as how the PMP is used to curb the opioid crisis.




Coming soon…


WSVMA Board of Directors Informational Session




Updates on Potential Opioid Legislation and Regulations

Lisa Parshley, DVM

Hear about Opioid Legislation in the 2019 Legislative Session, and possible new opioid regs from Pharmacy Commission.


Why Are We Opioid-Depending for Patient Analgesia? Why Other Options Might Be Better

Tamara Grubb, DVM, PhD, DACVA

Pain is a multidimensional and complex sensation with many sources, only some of which are adequately controlled by opioids. Other analgesic drugs, especially anti-inflammatory drugs and local anesthetics, are often more specific, thus more efficacious. The discussion will focus on scientific evidence and standard plus novel uses for analgesic drugs with the goal of reducing opioid dependence, but not eliminating opioids.


Chronic Pain: What Are the Recommendations?

Lisa Parshley, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Coming soon…


Panel Discussion

Lisa Parshley, DVM

The program will conclude with a round table where these topics can be discussed with the audience and specific questions can be posed to the panel of experts.


WSVMA Board of Directors Meeting

Stay after the program and listen to the Board of Directors make decisions on the business of the Association.