Reports of poultry flocks positive with Avian influenza continue

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

A large game flock in Okanagan County is the latest in Washington state to have been confirmed with highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI), although the specific strain of the disease has not yet been identified. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has imposed a quarantine to limit poultry movement as a result. The flock of 5,000 birds underwent testing as recently as November but at the time, showed no signs of AI within the flock. Three strains of AI have...

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CE credit and criteria for complementary medicine to be examined

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

In response to an increase in the number of veterinarians seeking credit for complementary and alternative veterinary medicine (CAVM) courses, the Veterinary Board of Governors is considering rulemaking to establish the criteria for review of CAVM offerings for CE credit. Rules that define CAVM can assist the board in its review and clarify the requirements to the licensees and to the providers of the education. They’re also proposing to limit the number of credit hours that can be earned in...

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2015 legislative session launches with WSVMA on the watch

  |   Legislative, Uncategorized

The 2015 Washington State legislature convened on Monday January 12 for a 105-day legislative session. WSVMA’s legislative advocate, Greg Hanon, has been on hand to gather and analyze the numerous bills that may affect veterinary medicine, animal welfare and the business of veterinary practice. Right now, over forty bills we’re watching are listed on our tracking reports that are sent to members and posted on the WSVMA website. If you have a question or concern about one of the bills,...

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Federal judge rules Yakima Valley dairy manure a threat to the environment

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

Creating what could be far-reaching implications for agriculture, a U.S. district judge ruled against a large industrial dairy in central Washington and determined that manure is not a beneficial farm product but a solid waste that poses an environmental threat because of the contamination it causes to groundwater. As reported in the StarTribune, high levels of nitrates have been found in the drinking water in the Yakima area, which can cause serious health problems. This is the first time the Resource...

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