Success! King County’s mandatory reporting proposal off the table

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

A concerted effort by passionate members, pet owners, volunteers and staff of the WSVMA and PSVMA resulted in a strong message being sent to King County government that forcing veterinarians to report their clients is the wrong way to increase pet licensing. At a meeting earlier this week, County officials revealed that they would no longer pursue passage of an ordinance that would require veterinarians to submit client information every time a rabies vaccine was given to a dog or...

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Sept. 5, 2014 seminar on the safe handling of hazardous drugs

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety is hosting a seminar on the safe handling of hazardous drugs on September 5, 2014 in Seattle. The timing of the seminar coincides with new rules which must be employed by all health professions by the beginning of 2015. The course, “Guidance for the Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs,” is designed to discuss practical strategies to prevent occupational exposures to hazardous drugs and to share control strategies among participants. Workshops will give...

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WA’s first equine West Nile virus case of 2014

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has reported that an unvaccinated horse in Franklin County is Washington’s first equine case of West Nile virus (WNV). It was not known if the horse, which is showing progressive neurological signs, had recently traveled outside of the state. The Washington Department of Health also reported last week that a man from Walla Walla County is infected with the first human case of WNV in Washington this year. In 2013, there were two confirmed cases...

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Take Action – Oppose Mandatory Prescription Writing

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

Tell Congress to oppose mandatory prescription writing!  The so-called “Fairness to Pet Owners Act” (H.R 4023/ S. 2756) has been reintroduced in both the House and Senate. Like its predecessor, H.R. 1406, in the previous Congress, the legislation would require a veterinarian to provide a client with a written prescription for domesticated household animals, whether or not requested by the client. The veterinarian would be prohibited from charging for the prescription or asking a client to sign a liability waiver...

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Veterinary mobility act signed into law

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

President Barack Obama has signed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (H.R. 1528) into law, which makes it legal for veterinarians to provide complete medical care beyond their clinics. The law amends a provision that prohibited veterinarians from transporting, administering, and/or dispensing controlled substances beyond their registered locations. The new law states that a veterinarian is not required to have a separate registration from their registered principal place of business in order to transport or dispense controlled substance so long it...

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