WSDA to hold town hall meeting in Lynden on avian influenza

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

The Washington State Dept. of Agriculture (WSDA) announced that there will be a town hall meeting Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 6pm to discuss avian influenza. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed today the presence of two separate strains of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in wild birds in Whatcom County. HPAI H5N2 was confirmed in a northern pintail duck and HPAI H5N8 was confirmed in a captive gyrfalcon that had been fed hunter-killed wild birds. To date, no cases...

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January 1, 2015 deadline for written hazardous drugs control program

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The WA Dept. of Labor & Industries’ (L&I) hazardous drugs requirements begin taking effect January 1, 2015. The rule takes effect in stages: Jan. 1, 2015 — Employers must have completed and implemented a written hazardous drugs control program. July 1, 2015 — Employers must have implemented employee training. Jan. 1, 2016 — Installation of appropriate ventilated cabinets must be completed. The regulations were adopted to protect workers who handle chemotherapy and other hazardous drugs. Under this rule, if there is a reasonably anticipated occupational...

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Skills to Prevent Burnout

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Burnout has become endemic to the practice of veterinary medicine, and is a leading cause of premature retirement and decreased satisfaction with the profession. The medical literature has consistently shown that the most effective approach for treating or preventing the development of burnout in veterinarians is something called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, MBSR incorporates Eastern-based mindfulness practices and other interventions to target burnout and other behavioral health conditions. Multiple studies have shown that MBSR training and...

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Avian Influenza Update

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

On December 4, 2014, the State Veterinarian’s office at the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) released information surrounding the avian influenza (AI) outbreak in British Columbia. The following information includes a compilation of information WSDA has issued over the past couple of days updated as of this morning, as well as USDA import restrictions that were issued. Please contact the WSDA at (360) 902-1800 if you have any questions. December 4, 2014 – Washington State Department of Agriculture The State Veterinarian’s...

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Updated information for Washington veterinarians on pets and Ebola

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

Washington receives international travelers daily, and some arrive here from the West African countries experiencing widespread transmission of Ebola virus – Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and most recently Mali. The ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa continues to receive media attention and rightly so. This unprecedented outbreak has raised many questions, including some about how the disease affects the animal population, particularly, the risk to household pets and their potential role in the spread of Ebola. At this time, there have...

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