DEA approves easier methods of disposing controlled drugs

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced earlier this week that beginning October 9, 2014, practitioners and their clients will have more options for secure disposal of controlled substances. New convenient disposal methods that clients can use will include mail-back programs, authorized take-back events and collection receptacle locations. The DEA’s new rules are aimed at reducing the prescription drug abuse epidemic by getting drugs out of homes safely. According to the AVMA, what will impact practitioners directly is the deletion of the...

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Summary of tick surveillance in WA

  |   One Health, Uncategorized

As of July 31, 2015, the Washington State Department of Health has received from Phoenix laboratory and various clinics and entities across the state, over 5,600 ticks and tested 1,637 ticks for pathogens. Ixodes ticks were tested for Borrelia burgdorferi (agent of Lyme’s Disease), Anaplasma phagocytophilum (formerly called Ehrlichia equi and agent of canine and feline Granulocytic Anaplasmosis) and Babesia species. Of 1,137 ticks tested, 8 or 0.7% were positive for A. phagocytophilum, 15 or 1.3% were positive for B. burgdorferi...

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Seattle conference showcases connections between animal and human health

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

The fourth annual Zoobiquity Conference, held Nov. 1, 2014 at UW and the Woodland Park Zoo, will focus on how rapidly changing local and global environments affect the health of humans and animals. Through case presentations and interactive discussions, human and veterinary medicine experts as well as environmental health scientists will explore the clinical overlaps between human and animal response to environmental factors, including climate, the built environment, air pollution, and domestic violence. By fostering this cutting-edge “One Health” dialogue,...

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Licensure window closing for job-trained technicians

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The current law allowing people to apply for veterinary technician licensure based on experience is scheduled to expire next year. Those who are applying for veterinary technician licensure in this manner must complete all the requirements before the law changes. Effective July 1, 2015, a veterinary technician license may be issued only to a person who has successfully completed an accredited program approved by the Veterinary Board of Governors and who has met other examination and application requirements. Applicants who have applied...

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Want to make a difference in your community?

  |   Uncategorized

The Washington State Animal Health Foundation is the charitable arm of the WSVMA and makes small grants to fund community outreach and disaster mitigation projects. The Board of Trustees is a group of dedicated veterinarians who serve for a five-year term and direct all the activities of the Foundation. At the Annual Meeting of the WSAHF on September 25, 2014 in Yakima, an election will be held to select two new Trustees for the Washington State Animal Health Foundation. Duties of...

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