Author: wsvma

U.S. House passes the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

The House passed H.R. 1528, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act on July 8, bringing it one step closer to the president’s desk. The bill will make it legal for veterinarians to transport and use controlled substances outside of their registered locations, often their clinics or homes. The Senate passed its version of the bill early this year. Going forward, the Senate will either have to pass the House’s version of the bill (H.R. 1528), or the House will have to pass...

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White Coat donations for Class of 2018

  |   Uncategorized, Veterinary Medical Education

This year’s White Coat ceremony will take place August 21, 2014 at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Each first-year veterinary student will be introduced and presented with a white lab coat with his/her name and the WSVMA logo embroidered on the coat. We need your help to make the 2014 White Coat Ceremony a success. You can sponsor a specific student or make a general donation. You also have the option of sponsoring a student from your local...

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DEA marks tramadol as Schedule IV drug

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published its decision to schedule tramadol a Schedule IV controlled substance, effective August 18, 2014. The DEA conducted an eight-month analysis and determined that tramadol has a low potential for abuse and limited physical dependence relative to Schedule III drugs, but still recognizes it as an opiate capable of triggering addictions similar to morphine. Tramadol is used for pain management in dogs and cats. Washington veterinarians must start reporting the dispensing of greater than fourteen-day supplies...

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Severe Treponeme-associated Bacterial Hoof Disease in Southwest Washington Elk

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

Since the mid-1990’s sporadic reports have been received from southwest Washington of free-ranging elk (Cervus elaphus) with lameness and severely deformed or missing hooves. These reports dramatically increased during the late winter and early spring of 2008. The geographic distribution of reports has continued to expand since then, and at this time is estimated to encompass a core area of approximately 10,500 km2 (4,000 mi2). A diagnostic investigation to determine the cause was initiated in 2009. Radiography, routine bacteriology, virology, serology,...

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Mobile Practices, House Calls, Farm Calls, Business Errands—Off-site Work Presents Additional Safety and Liability Challenges

  |   Sponsored News, Uncategorized

Anytime you or an employee travels outside the clinic for work, there are additional safety and liability issues to consider. Whether you provide mobile or ambulatory services, farm or race track calls, or if you run a quick errand for the practice, there are four main areas to consider: auto liability, cargo theft and spoilage, insurance verification, and the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). This article provides information and action tips to help you address these four areas. Auto Liability According to the...

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Bats, Rabies, and Testing: can you help?

  |   Uncategorized

The Problem Local Health Jurisdictions (LHJs) across our state are asking for help in identifying veterinarians who would be willing to humanely euthanize bats that have been designated for rabies testing at the Washington State Public Health Laboratories (WA PHL). Every year bats come into contact with people in our state. Our LHJs work with people to determine the nature of their contact (exposure assessment) with the bat, and then determine whether the bats need to be tested for rabies. Each...

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White Coat donations for Class of 2018

  |   Uncategorized, Veterinary Medical Education

This year’s White Coat ceremony will take place August 21, 2014 at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Each first-year veterinary student will be introduced and presented with a white lab coat with his/her name and the WSVMA logo embroidered on the coat. We need your help to make the 2014 White Coat Ceremony a success. You can sponsor a specific student or make a general donation. You also have the option of sponsoring a student from your local...

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Survey to assess suicide risk and mental health needs in veterinarians

  |   Uncategorized, Wellness

Veterinarians are at substantially higher risk for suicide compared with the general population. To assess the prevalence of U.S. veterinarians who recently experienced serious mental illness or contemplated suicide, the National Association for State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV) is partnering with Auburn University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other partners to conduct a nationwide survey of veterinarians beginning July 1, 2014 and ending September 30, 2014. The purpose of the survey is to determine the mental...

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The AVMA asks veterinarians to support equine welfare legislation

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

When it comes to horses, no one can underestimate the pivotal role they have played in helping to advance society and move us in exciting, new directions. Now, as these beautiful creatures are mostly used for pleasure or show, it is up to us to ensure that they are protected from harm. H.R. 1518/S. 14-6 the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Actwill make the act of soring illegal. Additionally, it will overhaul the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s oversight and enforcement capabilities...

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Preventive Care Plan survey is open for veterinarians and clients

  |   Uncategorized

The WSVMA, with support from CareCap, is asking members and their clients to complete brief surveys about Preventive Care Plans, also known as Wellness Plans. Not only are we looking for information on how many practices currently offer them, but we also want to know what the general attitudes veterinarians and pet owners have about them. The surveys are open until June 23, 2014 and can be taken by paper or online. The first 100 veterinarians to complete the survey will receive $5 Starbucks...

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