State Regulatory

Prescription Monitoring Program for veterinarians – Need a refresher?

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Washington State Department of Health’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is established under Chapter 70.225 RCW. The PMP is a repository that collects, and makes available to healthcare professionals (HCP), data reported by dispensers. It is essential that data reported to the PMP be accurate, complete and timely submitted. HCPs are encouraged to make reports of missing and inaccurate PMP data so PMP staff members can follow up with dispensers to ensure PMP data quality. It’s critical dispensers work quickly to correct...

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Veterinary Board of Governors seeking veterinary applications

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The Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance (HSQA) is accepting applications to fill one veterinary position on the Veterinary Board of Governors. The Veterinary Board of Governors operates under legislative mandate to protect the health and safety of the public and promote the welfare of the state by regulating the competency and quality of health care providers under their authority. The Veterinary Board of Governors is made up of five licensed veterinarians, one licensed veterinary technician, and one public member, all appointed...

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Additional training pathway approved for veterinary medication clerks

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The Veterinary Board of Governors (VBOG), at their December meeting, adopted rule amendments to allow additional options for veterinary medication clerk (VMC) applicants to meet their training requirements for registration. The amended rules go into effect in approximately 30 days. Previously, a VMC applicant was required to meet their training requirement through completion of an on-the-job training program developed in conjunction with the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission. The rule adds the option of educational programs that meet at least the...

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Veterinary Board of Governors will regulate client communications

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The Veterinary Board of Governors (VBOG) is in the process of drafting new regulations that will establish what types of information veterinarians must communicate to clients when treating animal patients. The rulemaking stems from a 2017 petition by a pet owner whose dog died after being given NSAIDs and who wanted to require that veterinarians provide "Client Information Sheets" and better communicate risks to pet owners. The Board agreed to open the rule, but after further deliberation, they decided to...

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Drug take-back program signed by Governor

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A new drug take-back program has been signed into law and is entering the rulemaking process with the Washington Department of Health. Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 1047, to be funded by the pharmaceutical industry, is intended to reduce overdoses, drug misuse, poisonings, and reduce pharmaceutical pollution by placing secure drop-off boxes in every city and town across the state for residents to dispose of old or unused drugs. ESHB 1047 is the first such law in the nation. Drugs to...

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Veterinary Board of Governors to consider rulemaking for client consultations

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The Veterinary Board of Governors is considering amending existing rules and adding a new section of rule to establish what kind of consultation veterinarians should provide to clients when treating and providing drugs for animal patients. Outlining appropriate consultation by veterinarians when providing treatment and drug therapy could result in better, more informed choices in the care and treatment of animal patients. The rulemaking is based on a petition received last year from a pet owner who lost his dog after...

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Full Veterinary Care by Shelters: SB 6196 and its implications

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In January, the Humane Society for Southwest Washington authored legislation, Senate Bill 6196, that would grant registered animal care and control agencies and humane societies in Washington the ability to provide full veterinary services to low income pet owners who fall below the 80% median income level. The intent of the legislation is to expand the law that currently limits shelter organizations to sterilization, vaccination and electronic identification. When a bill is introduced in the legislature that would affect veterinarians and veterinary...

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VBOG adopts rule allowing temporary practice permits for military spouses

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The Veterinary Board of Governors (VBOG) has created a new rule, WAC 246-933-295, Temporary Practice Permit - Military Spouse Eligibility and Issuance. The adopted rule sets a process and criteria to expedite the credentialing process for an out of state applicant to receive a temporary practice permit when their spouse or domestic partner is the subject of a military transfer to Washington. The temporary practice permit will allow applicants to practice in the full scope of their profession for up...

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New Assistant State Veterinarian appointed

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Dr. Amber Itle has been appointed to serve as assistant state veterinarian for the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). She has an extensive background in large animal medicine, veterinary regulations, and animal welfare, and has been a member of their Animal Health Program field veterinary staff for four years, stationed in Whatcom County. Dr. Itle has been responsible for overseeing Region 1 in Western Washington, covering Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, San Juan, Island, Kitsap and King counties. She will also be...

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Feedback requested on proposed new veterinary continuing education rules

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In March 2017, the Veterinary Board of Governors began making draft revisions to the veterinary continuing education rules in WAC 246-933-401 through -480 specific to veterinarians. The board would like your feedback on the following proposed changes: Changing the hour requirement from 30 hours every 3 years to 30 hours every 2 years. Allowing veterinarians to meet their CE requirement by becoming board-certified during their continuing education period or by being enrolled in a residency program during the entire continuing...

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