Changes to list of reportable diseases

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) passed a new rule that adds two new conditions to the list of reportable diseases. Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) was first diagnosed in the United States in 2013 and has spread to twenty-four states and killed an estimated four to seven million piglets. To assist in the control and eradication of a PEDv outbreak in Washington, this virus has been added to the list of conditions that must be reported within 24...

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Proposed changes to sexual misconduct rules

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Veterinary Board of Governors is considering revising  WAC 246-934-020 definitions and  WAC 246-934-100 to clarify that forcible or nonconsensual acts are within the definition of sexual misconduct. The board will also review the rules for relevance to the veterinary professions which may result in amendment of current language. The current rule does not address sexual misconduct by a provider regulated by the board against a person other than a patient, client or key party, such as sexual harassment of staff,...

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WSVMA Awards nominations

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

At the WSVMA Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference September 25-27, 2015 in Tacoma, the WSVMA will present awards to those that have contributed significantly to the veterinary profession in Washington. The 2015 awards that will be presented include Veterinarian of the Year, Distinguished Achievement, WSU Faculty Member of the Year, Distinguished Veterinary Staff, Humane Animal Welfare, Student-Recent Grad and Allied Industry. Please submit nominations to the WSVMA office using the nominations form no later than April 1, 2015....

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Rulemaking underway to require prescriptions upon client request

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Veterinary Board of Governors issued notification this week of a draft rule that once passed, will require veterinarians to provide a prescription to the client if they ask, as long it’s under a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship. The draft rule will allow the veterinarian to call, fax or electronically send in the prescription to a licensed pharmacy if the client requests it. Once adopted, Washington will join 21 other states that require veterinarians to provide a prescription when requested, and...

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