Samples needed for Coccidioides Immitis testing

  |   Medicine, Uncategorized

C. immitis has affected people and animals in Arizona and California for years, but recently human and animal infections thought to be locally acquired have been reported in Washington. Therefore, Coccidioides Immitis is now considered an emerging fungal pathogen in South Central, and possibly other areas of Washington State.  During the investigation of the Washington cases, soil was collected from two locations in Benton County, Washington. Six of twenty-two soil samples were PCR positive; viable C. immitis was isolated from...

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White Coat donations for Class of 2019

  |   Uncategorized, Veterinary Medical Education

This year’s White Coat ceremony will take place this August at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Each first-year veterinary student will be introduced and presented with a white lab coat with his/her name and the WSVMA logo embroidered on the coat. We need your help to make the 2015 White Coat Ceremony a success. You can sponsor a specific student or make a general donation. You also have the option of sponsoring a student from your local area....

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Applications accepted for appointment to Veterinary Board of Governors

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Department of Health is accepting applications to fill a veterinary member vacancy on the Veterinary Board of Governors. The Department is looking for public-spirited people willing to study the issues and to make decisions in the public’s best interest. Health profession boards, commissions, and committees operate 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. Members’ responsibilities...

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October 15 deadline to have EMV credit card processing equipment

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

Because of the rapid increase in credit card fraud, card issuers in the U.S. are now migrating to the more secure EMV chip card payment technology that has been in use for years in places like Europe and Canada. Europay, MasterCard, Visa (EMV), are the three card associations that have developed the EMV standards. Discover and American Express have also become part of this agreement. Benefits of EMV chip cards include a reduced risk of fraud for your practice and your...

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SB 5501 Animal Cruelty bill was heard in House Judiciary this week

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

WA Senate Bill (SB) 5501, animal anti-cruelty legislation, has passed the Senate and is now awaiting passage out of the House Judiciary Committee. The bill focuses on closing loopholes and improving the current animal cruelty statutes relating to the crimes of animal cruelty in the first and second degree, animal fighting, and would create a $125 fine to lock a pet in a car or other confined space unattended where it could be harmed by heat or cold, or a lack...

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