State Regulatory

New interstate travel requirements for Coggins test

  |   State Regulatory

In response to the increased number of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) cases, the state governments of Oregon and Idaho have eliminated the exemption of Coggins testing for horses for interstate travel.  While specified by some shows, sporting events or trail ride organizations, a negative Coggins blood test was not previously required by the two states. Through 2015 and into 2016, twelve EIA positive horses in Washington and three in Oregon were detected, prompting the state agencies to annul the waiver.   Washington...

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Tethering legislation passes Senate

  |   State Regulatory

On February 28, the Senate unanimously passed Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 5356 creating humane standards to address the tethering or chaining of dogs. The bill requires that dogs must be able to move comfortably, have access to water and clean, safe shelter. It prohibits tethering a dog that is ill, injured, in distress, in late stage pregnancy or under the age of six months. It also prohibits the use of choke or prong-type collars, and being in any conditions that...

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Certificate of Veterinary Inspection Requirements

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Washington State Department of Agriculture reminds accredited veterinarians that when writing Interstate Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI), copies must be forwarded to the State or Tribal Animal Health Official within seven calendar days from the date of issuance. The information provided on an ICVI is vital to early identification and quick containment of any animal disease. The more rapidly State and Tribal animal health officials receive ICVls, the better they are able to protect the animals within the state. Timely...

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Rabies rule under consideration – please review and submit comments by Feb. 24

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The State Board of Health recently filed a Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (CR-101) to amend WAC 246-100-197, Rabies - Measures to prevent human disease. This rule making will consider incorporating the most current science related to rabies post-exposure prophylactic practice and quarantine periods for animals exposed to rabies. These changes are detailed in the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control (compendium) (PDF). The rule making will also update the compendium adoption by...

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Legal Haze Clouds Cannabis For Pets

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After the results of the November election, more than half of U.S. states have now authorized medical marijuana. And eight of those states also allow recreational marijuana. So if pot helps some humans feel better, how about people's best friends? Northwest veterinarians are being asked about treating pets with cannabis and that puts these vets in a difficult spot legally. Dr. Cornelia Wagner runs the Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic in Portland. She said pet owners turn to hemp or medical marijuana for many...

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Drug expiration date now required on dispensed medications

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The amended rule requiring veterinarians to include a drug expiration date on labels for legend drugs they dispense goes into effect this month. In an effort to increase patient safety, the Veterinary Board of Governors in September approved the amendment to WAC 246-933-340 Practice Management that adds a drug expiration date to the list of labeling requirement for legend drugs dispensed by a veterinarian. The change makes it consistent with pharmacy requirements in both rule and statute. WAC 246-933-340 Practice Management (5)...

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RASKC attempting to sniff out unlicensed pets

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King County residents are reporting they’ve received letters from Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) reminding them they are required by law to license their pets or face a $250 fine. According to an article in the Seattle Times, the letters were sent to residents on a mailing list that was generated by a marketing company that obtains information from the use of retail store loyalty programs such as the ones used when purchasing groceries. RASKC Director Dr. Gene Mueller...

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New state veterinarian appointed at WSDA

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) announced that Dr. Brian Joseph has been selected as the new state veterinarian. Dr. Joseph, a UC Davis grad, has over 40 years of experience in senior positions in zoos, aquariums and nature centers in the U.S. and Canada, including six years at the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma. While serving in the U.S. Army, Dr. Joseph participated in missions focusing on health and disease control of animals such as cattle, chickens, pigs,...

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Minimum wage set to increase, but how much?

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Washington’s statewide minimum wage is set to increase six cents to $9.53 per hour effective January 1. However, Initiative 1433 is before voters on November 8, which could increase the statewide minimum wage to $11 per hour in January and then phase-in increases to $13.50 by 2020. I-1433 also includes a requirement by employers to provide one hour of paid sick leave for each 40 hours an employee works. I-1433 doesn’t preclude Seattle and Tacoma, from changing the minimum wage. Seattle’s...

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Veterinary Board of Governors seeking applicants

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The Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance Division (HSQA), is accepting applications to fill a veterinary member vacancy on the Veterinary Board of Governors. They are looking for public-spirited people willing to study the issues and to make decisions in the public’s best interest. The Veterinary Board of Governors operates under legislative mandate to: Protect the health and safety of the public. Promote the welfare of the state by regulating the competency and quality of health care providers under their authority.   The...

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