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Continuing Education on The Caribbean Sea #VetTechLife

Continuing Education is an important part of many industries, and the veterinary field is no exception. One of our own licensed technicians actually attended a CE (continuing education) lecture series featured on a cruise ship in the Caribbean!

Veterinary Technicians are a vital part of the veterinary industry. They become licensed by passing a National Board Exam and then a Washington State exam. After successfully passing these they must keep up their knowledge by acquiring continuing education credits – currently Washington State requires 30 hours every 3 years.

One of our own technicians, Christina, attended a lecture series entitled “CE on the Sea” and was featured on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, March 17-21. This four-day cruise left Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, sailed to Cozumel, Mexico and returned to the states.

The lectures were presented during the day and encompassed many topics. Pain management, dentistry, updates on CPR, anesthesia, the acute abdomen patient, dystocia, and EKG analysis were among the topics offered. About 300 technicians attended this event, from all over the United States and England!

The program did allow for a little leisure time, as the day the ship docked in Cozumel there were no lectures held and Christina was able to sail on a Catamaran for a short snorkeling tour on Cozumel! If you haven’t been to the Caribbean before, the clear green-blue waters are breathtaking and the colorful tropical fish that abide around Cozumel are a sight to be seen!

The cruise ship itself, the Independence of the Seas, was impressive; it carries around 4,000 passengers, and features 3 pools, as well as a Flowrider, rock climbing Wall, and ice skating rink. The unlimited food (all included) is also something to mention, especially when the soft serve ice cream machine is right on the swimming deck.

Moral of the story – CE is a necessary requirement, but can be a fun experience!

Pet Insurance… Come One, Come All… Coverage for Your Furry Family Members!

Pet insurance is rapidly becoming a standard for pet owners across the nation. And for a good reason: pet insurance gives some peace of mind to pet owners by providing assistance for unexpected medical costs. These can include diagnostics and treatment for orthopedic and soft tissue injuries, skin conditions and eye or ear issues.

veterinary_pet_insurance1For a crash-course in pet insurance coverage the WSVMA recommends visiting the Pet Insurance University. This is a wonderful resource that allows pet owners to compare policy basics and gives a rundown of what to look for in a policy for your pet.

Like most insurance, coverage varies depending on your carrier regulations and policy types. Office visits are paid for at the time of service and submitted to the pet insurance company for reimbursement. Many carriers allow you to choose your annual deductible. Try out Trupanion’s quick quote feature. VPI/Nationwide has a similar calculator available here. These tools allow you budget a plan that will work best for your pet.

pet-insuranceThere are a few things to consider when shopping for a policy for your pets. Your pet’s age and breed can factor into your monthly cost. Most insurance providers will not cover preexisting conditions, so it’s beneficial to start a policy early in your pet’s life. However, most pet insurance allows for enrollment until 11 to
14 years of age.

Some insurance companies are instating programs for pre-approval of surgical procedures. We recently received notification from Trupanion that one of our canine patients, Rose, was pre-approved for coverage for her surgery to repair a knee condition called medial patellar luxation. This means that once her $250 deductible is met and her 10% copay is paid, the remaining $2151.55 of the estimated cost of the procedure will be covered by her insurance.

And, since it was preapproved, her owners will have expedited payment for this surgery. We recommend pet insurance for all of our patients. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We are happy to help!


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