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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Reports of poultry flocks positive with Avian influenza continue

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

A large game flock in Okanagan County is the latest in Washington state to have been confirmed with highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI), although the specific strain of the disease has not yet been identified. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has imposed a quarantine to limit poultry movement as a result. The flock of 5,000 birds underwent testing as recently as November but at the time, showed no signs of AI within the flock. Three strains of AI have...

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CE credit and criteria for complementary medicine to be examined

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

In response to an increase in the number of veterinarians seeking credit for complementary and alternative veterinary medicine (CAVM) courses, the Veterinary Board of Governors is considering rulemaking to establish the criteria for review of CAVM offerings for CE credit. Rules that define CAVM can assist the board in its review and clarify the requirements to the licensees and to the providers of the education. They’re also proposing to limit the number of credit hours that can be earned in...

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