Hot Topics & Spotlight

Live & In-Person
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Tacoma, WA

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Sept. 30 - Oct. 2

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140+ Hours of CE

Amber Itle
DVM, MS
Friday, Sept. 30
Sponsored by:
Reportable Diseases of Companion Animals: Learn to be RAD

Come to this session to learn about reportable and zoontotic diseases in companion animals and common backyard farm animals. A review of companion animal disease trends in the state, especially B canis and heartworm will be showcased as well as trends in illegal importation. Washington has experienced a surge in small niche farms resulting in small animal practitioners being asked to expand their services to include small ruminants, poultry and pot-bellied pigs. Learn what to look for and how to report to the State Veterinarian.

Sara Kirschenman
Staff Attorney
Dordor Vang
DVM, MPH
Loralei Walker
Program Manager
Friday, Sept. 30
The Board’s Role, the Disciplinary Process, and Hot Topics - How They Affect You

The Washington State Veterinary Board of Governors will discuss its role, the disciplinary process and current topics that impact your practice. There will be time set aside for questions.

Brian Joseph
DVM
Friday, Sept. 30
Finding Peace as a Vetrinarian: My Model, Find Yours

Veterinarians become narrowly focused on their day to day career that they often fail to realize the skills and abilities they possess that can help shape a better world. The presentation is intended to stimulate individuals to find their path to fullfilment in veterinary medicine.

Threatened with Extinction: The Orca (Orcinus orca)

Orca are apex predators and anthropogenic changes in the environment threaten the Southern Resident population with extinction. Natural history, and immediate threats to this population will be discussed, stressing that their survival in the Salish Sea is not as simple as removing the Lower Snake River dams. Obvious conclusions are that orca are indicators of ocean and human health, and, if our region is not safe for orca, it is, ultimately, not safe for us.

Dawn Ipsen
pharmd
Friday, Sept. 30
Sponsored by:
Compounding Regulatory Trends Affecting Your Practice

The regulatory landscape of compounding pharmacy is under significant review and trending towards changes in the year(s) ahead.  This session will provide overview of the top regulatory hot topics including WA State prescription laws, USP 800 – Hazardous Drug Handling, USP 795 – Nonsterile Compounding, USP 797 – Sterile Compounding, and FDA Animal Drug Compounding.  Veterinary practices rely on compounding to meet the needs of their patients.  It is imperative to keep abreast of the proposed language and how it might affect quality, access, and cost of necessary treatments.  Learn how to keep your practice compliant and opportunities for actively engaging in the process of determining the future.

Steve Kikikis
Vice President and Broker
Friday, Sept. 30
Sponsored by:
Blueprint for a Veterinary Startup

This presentation will provide you with knowledge of the challenges veterinarians face when starting up a new veterinary practice. Topics include finding a location and making an offer, lease negotiations, construction budgeting and what to look for in a contractor.

Jim Vander Mey
Transition Specialist
Friday, Sept. 30
Sponsored by:
Blueprint for a Veterinary Startup

This presentation will provide you with knowledge of the challenges veterinarians face when starting up a new veterinary practice. Topics include finding a location and making an offer, lease negotiations, construction budgeting and what to look for in a contractor.

Maximize Your Veterinary Practice Transition

A must-attend session for veterinary practice owners who are 0-8 years away from a transition. The calculation of EBITDA can vary from firm to firm. Is this the best corporate offer? Should you sell now, or wait 5 years? Should I sell or keep the real estate?

Marie Sato Quicksall
DVM, CVA
Saturday, Oct. 1
From Rules to Relationships: How to Create an Inclusive Work Culture with Equitable Management Practices

In today’s veterinary job market, strong recruitment, hiring, and retention practices are critical to maintaining effective veterinary practices and preventing staff burnout. Though salary and benefits remain critical factors to employee decisions, recent data indicate that more than half of workers evaluate employers based on social issues and roughly 80% expect their employers to act on matters such as racism and social justice. Having an equitable and inclusive culture and the policies and practices to sustain it are important tools in these efforts. In this interactive workshop, participants will analyze and practice applying principles of equity and inclusion, with a focus on race and ethnicity, to the practical functions of practice management and to their leadership for work culture development.

Mastering Cross-cultural Communication in Veterinary Medicine

In an increasingly multicultural environment, learning cross-cultural communication is key to conducting business in the veterinary field.  Both veterinarian-client and employee relationships are strengthened when staff are trained to communicate across cultural lines.  During this presentation we will discuss how to improve cultural intelligence in order to meet the needs of our diversifying clientele and workforce.

Julie Squires
CCFS
Saturday, Oct. 1
Sponsored by:
Wellness and Professional Development

Julie’s program is designed to help offset the effects of compassion fatigue and burnout in vet med. She wants to teach you everything she knows to help you struggle less, suffer less and love your live, your work and YOURSELF more. How can you pass that up?