Author: wsvma

King County veterinarians asked to contact their Councilmembers about mandatory reporting

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

WSVMA and PSVMA representatives met Tuesday, May 6 with Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) and Board of Health officials to discuss the County’s ongoing desire to make reporting of rabies vaccinations mandatory for veterinarians. The view of RASKC officials has been that this would enable them to increase licensure rates, which are necessary to support RASKC, if they knew who in the county owned a vaccinated pet. At this most recent meeting, however, our representatives were surprised to learn...

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PED Advisory for WA Fairs and Exhibitions

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

On May 1, the Department of Agriculture released a PED (Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea) Advisory for Washington State Fairs and Exhibitions in 2014. The recommendations should be provided to 4-H swine exhibitors, show superintendents and to fair/show management. The State Veterinarian has not banned breeding classes at this time, but taking breeding stock to a show and then returning them to the farm poses a very significant risk for transferring disease. 4-H youth need to be counseled that bringing any animal exhibit to...

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Banfield moving its headquarters to WA

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

Banfield announced last month that it will be moving its corporate headquarters to Vancouver, WA in late 2015. Plans for a 20-acre, 230,000 square foot office complex to house nearly 600 employees will be built just west of Clark College, with room to grow. The new site is just 10 miles across the border from their Portland location which will make minimal disruption for its workers. According to Vancouver’s newspaper, The Columbian, the city is proposing several financial incentives to Banfield...

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Interactive map to track animal disease launched

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

An online, interactive map for tracking global canine, feline and equine diseases has been developed by veterinarians in Ontario. Dr. Scott Weese, professor from the University of Guelph, and Dr. Maureen Anderson from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food developed the Worms & Germs Map in answer to the need for real-time companion animal infectious disease tracking as well as increasing understanding of infectious diseases among veterinarians, animal owners, and people in human medicine and public health. The map is a...

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Banfield’s 2014 State of Pet Health report released

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

Banfield’s 2014 State of Pet Health Report was just released providing an analysis of the prevalence of various infectious diseases that affect canine and feline health. Data was collected from 2.3 million dogs and 470,000 cats seen in Banfield Hospitals during 2013. Key findings in the report point to an increase in certain infectious diseases. Here’s how Washington fits in to the data:   Disease 2013 U.S. prevalence Washington risk level (cases per 10,000) Change in U.S. since 2009 FIV 1 in every 300 cats Medium – 28 cases  + 48% Feline Leukemia...

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Supreme Court to review power of state licensing boards

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will consider the extent to which state licensure boards are subject to federal antitrust laws. In the case, North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that decisions of the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners related to unauthorized and unlawful practice are subject to federal antitrust law.  The dental board had sent cease-and-desist letters to non-dentist teeth-whitening providers, finding that they engaged...

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New rule addresses reactivation of expired veterinary licenses

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

Up until now, an inactive veterinarian whose license expired beyond three years only needed to pay a fee and attest to completion of continuing education in order to reactivate their license. Concerned about patient safety due to a potential lack of current skills and knowledge, the Veterinary Board of Governors passed a new rule, WAC 246-933-275, to address veterinarians who have not been actively practicing for an extended period of time. Veterinarians who have not been in active practice for more than...

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Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus is a reportable disease

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

It was announced last week that in order to further enhance the biosecurity and health of the U.S. swine herds the USDA will require reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PEDv) and Swine Delta Coronavirus. Since it was first confirmed in the U.S. last year, PEDv has reportedly killed more than four million pigs in as many as 30 states, as well as Canada and Mexico. Symptoms of PEDv include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, poor appetite and dehydration. The disease is most severe in...

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Health Alert: Coccidioides (“Valley Fever” agent) found in soil in Washington State; three human illnesses reported

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

Three human cases of coccidioidomycosis (“Valley Fever”) were suspected of being locally acquired due to a lack of recent travel. One case in each of three south central Washington state counties led to a disease investigation which found soil in the area was likely the source of the illnesses. The three case-patients resided in Benton, Franklin, and Walla Walla counties. Interviews with two of three case-patients identified likely exposure locations in Benton County. The Washington State Department of Health and...

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Register today for WSVMA’s Feline Focus CE featuring Dr. Margie Scherk

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

WSVMA’s Feline Focus CE program featuring Dr. Margie Scherk will take place Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 12 to 4pm at Renton Technical College. Dr. Scherk will lecture on neutraceuticals for liver and renal health, complex disease management in geriatric cats, updated vaccine guidelines, and improving client compliance. Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP is a 1982 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College. She achieved ABVP Board certification in feline practice in 1995 and is Co-editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine...

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