WA’s first equine West Nile virus case of 2014

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has reported that an unvaccinated horse in Franklin County is Washington’s first equine case of West Nile virus (WNV). It was not known if the horse, which is showing progressive neurological signs, had recently traveled outside of the state. The Washington Department of Health also reported last week that a man from Walla Walla County is infected with the first human case of WNV in Washington this year. In 2013, there were two confirmed cases...

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Take Action – Oppose Mandatory Prescription Writing

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

Tell Congress to oppose mandatory prescription writing!  The so-called “Fairness to Pet Owners Act” (H.R 4023/ S. 2756) has been reintroduced in both the House and Senate. Like its predecessor, H.R. 1406, in the previous Congress, the legislation would require a veterinarian to provide a client with a written prescription for domesticated household animals, whether or not requested by the client. The veterinarian would be prohibited from charging for the prescription or asking a client to sign a liability waiver...

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Veterinary mobility act signed into law

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

President Barack Obama has signed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (H.R. 1528) into law, which makes it legal for veterinarians to provide complete medical care beyond their clinics. The law amends a provision that prohibited veterinarians from transporting, administering, and/or dispensing controlled substances beyond their registered locations. The new law states that a veterinarian is not required to have a separate registration from their registered principal place of business in order to transport or dispense controlled substance so long it...

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Donations accepted for cattle losses due to wildfires

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

The Washington Cattlemen’s Association (WCA) reported that close to one thousand head of cattle have been lost to due to the fires in North Central Washington. The Snag Canyon fire outside of Ellensburg continues to pose a risk to local ranches. WCA is taking donations to assist with hay, fencing and other needs for those affected. To donate, send a check to the WA Cattlemen’s Association (WCA), PO Box 96, Ellensburg, WA 98926. Include “fire relief” in the memo....

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AVMA amends declaw policy

  |   Animal Welfare, Uncategorized

At the July meeting in Denver, the AVMA House of Delegates approved an amendment to their policy on the declawing of domestic cats. The updated version, not yet available online, clarifies that the procedure is major surgery that should only be performed after alternatives have been sought to prevent destructive clawing. The updated policy describes onychectomy as an amputation and emphasizes the importance of client education. The AVMA believes the decision to declaw rests with the owner, in consultation with...

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