State by State – AVMA legislative report

  |   Legislative, State Regulatory

The following State Legislative Update includes select summaries of bills and regulations tracked by AVMA Division of State Advocacy and introduced in December and January. ENACTED Prohibitions on breed-specific bans A bill in Indiana (IN SB 18) would forbid any law or regulation from preventing an individual from owning, possessing, keeping, harboring, transporting, purchasing, or selling a breed-specific dog. Meanwhile, a bill in Missouri (MO HB 1657 / HB 1588 / SB 697) would prohibit villages, towns, and cities from regulating dogs in a breed-specific...

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Medically important antibiotics to move from OTC to Rx

  |   Uncategorized

By June 2023, all medically important antibiotics will require veterinary oversight to be used in animals, even if the animals are not intended for food production. Last June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized guidance for industry #263 (GFI 263) to outline the process for animal drug sponsors to change the approved marketing status of certain antimicrobial drugs from over-the-counter (OTC) to prescription (Rx). Examples of affected products include injectable penicillin and oxytetracycline. Though the guidance provides for a two-year implementation period, some products may...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Order your free covid tests for Washington households – sayyescovidhometest.org Washington House votes to delay long-term care tax for 18 months – KNKX SARS-CoV-2 in hamsters (and a massive over-reaction) – Worms & Germs Employment of veterinarians is projected to grow 17 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations – Bureau of Labor Statistics FDA approves pain-management gamechanger for cats – AAHA NewStat Streamline Pet Dental Health Month with AVMA tools – [email protected] Utah State University...

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Washington Legislature convenes for 2022

  |   Legislative, State Regulatory

The Washington State Legislature convened on Monday, January 10 for a 60-day legislative session. In an election year, the session is shorter than the biannual 105-day session. The focus of the first three weeks will be consideration of these bills in the policy committees. Among the bills the WSVMA is watching: Senate Bill 5753 Increasing board and commission capacities SB 5753 is brought forth by the WA State Dept. of Health to enhance the capacity of certain health profession boards and commissions....

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Veterinary Shortage Areas Designated in Washington state

  |   Professional News

Are you having trouble finding a veterinarian to work on your livestock?  Is your veterinarian getting older and unable to find another veterinarian to provide service in your area? Has your veterinarian retired and closed the doors?  In the last year, the Washington State Veterinarian’s Office has been hearing increasing concerns about a shortage of food animal and livestock veterinarians in our state. In response, the State Vet’s Office successfully nominated for inclusion four veterinary shortage areas in our state, opening...

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