ERISA and Fiduciary Fundamentals

  |   Sponsored News, Uncategorized

What is ERISA, and what is a fiduciary? ERISA stands for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act; it is a federal law that sets minimum standards for retirement plans in private industry to protect individuals in the plan. A fiduciary is any person involved with administering your practice’s retirement plan (or other benefit plans). Under ERISA law, any fiduciary can be held personally liable for the retirement plan. A court can order the fiduciary to personally restore losses or profits made...

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Warming Weather Renews Threat of Tick Paralysis

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

As we shift from the wet, cold months of winter into the warm and dry summer months, expect an increase in the risk of tick paralysis in animals.   While fairly uncommon, the sometimes fatal disease can virtually affect all warm-blooded land animals, including dogs, cats, cows and even llamas. The illness occurs when certain species of ticks inject toxins into the host animals.   Steve Parish, a large animal veterinarian who heads up WSU’s Agricultural Animal Service explained that both human and veterinary...

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Human Medications Top List of Animal Toxins

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

This month, the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) released a report that in 2013, they handled over 180,000 cases of pet exposed to possible poisonous substances. Nearly 20 percent of those calls were from owners whose pets got into medicines intended for human use. The top ten calls into the APCC in 2013 involved the following toxins, ranked below in order of call volume:   Human medications topped the list...

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WSVMA Premier CE Feline Focus Registration Now Open

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

WSVMA Premier CE Feline Focus will take place Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 12 to 4 pm at Renton Technical College in Renton. WSVMA’s Feline Focus CE will provide cutting-edge information on feline preventive care presented by Dr. Margie Scherk. Dr. Scherk will feature talks on feline liver and renal health, improving client compliance in a practice, managing care for older cats, and a vaccination update of the 2013 AAFP guidelines. Four hours of continuing education credit will be available.   Early...

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Mandatory prescription bill reintroduced in Congress – take action now

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

On February 10, Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT-4th) reintroduced the so-called “Fairness to Pet Owners Act” (H.R. 4023), which applies to drugs prescribed for domesticated household animals. Like its predecessor in the previous Congress, HR 1406, the bill would require a veterinarian to provide a client with a written prescription, whether or not requested by the client. The bill goes further, and would require the veterinarian to provide a copy of the prescription by electronic or other means, if requested by...

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