California enacts strict new animal antibiotic law

  |   One Health, Uncategorized

California last week passed a law that limits the use of antibiotics in farm animals. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law on Saturday making California the first state to require a veterinarian’s prescription for therapeutic antibiotic use in livestock, ban other uses such as low-dosage levels to prevent disease and require data collection on antibiotic use in food production operations. The law, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2018, was put into place to address the growing spread of antibiotic...

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Veterinary Board of Governors seeking applicants

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Department of Health is accepting applications to fill a veterinary member vacancy on the Veterinary Board of Governors. The Board is made up of five licensed veterinarians, one licensed veterinary technician, and one public member, all appointed by the governor. Health profession boards, commissions, and committees operate under legislative mandate to protect the health and safety of the public and to promote the welfare of the state by regulating the competency and quality of health care providers under their authority....

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International ketamine rescheduling under consideration– Comments due by Oct. 15

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

The World Health Organization (WHO) may be considering another proposed change to the international scheduling of ketamine, and the AVMA is seeking your help in asking the FDA to protect veterinarians' access to this critical drug. In April, the AVMA announced that the WHO had received a proposal from China to regulate ketamine hydrochloride as a Schedule 1 drug. The AVMA, in cooperation with the World Veterinary Association and the World Medical Association, advocated against this change because international regulation of...

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BluePearl joins Banfield’s owner Mars Petcare

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

It was announced today that BluePearl, the owner of 53 companion animal specialty and emergency hospitals across the United States, will join Mars Petcare, the owner of Banfield Pet Hospitals. Once completed, the deal will place both pet health providers under Mars Petcare’s umbrella, a company that has been in the pet care industry for over 70 years. According to DVM360, both companies will operate as separate businesses and provide pet owners with a continuum of care. Financial terms of...

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Important WSVMA surveys – don’t forget to give us your feedback!

  |   Uncategorized, WSVMA News

Please take a few moments to complete the survey on antibiotic use and resistance and the survey on compounding. Each survey is brief and only takes a few minutes to complete. The information you submit will help us as we study both issues. Thank you. Antibiotic Usage and Resistance Survey WSVMA Compounding Survey

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