L&I rates set to rise in 2016

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The WA Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced in December that the average base rate for workers’ compensation insurance will increase by two percent in 2016. An individual employer's actual rate change may be more or less depending on that employer's industry and history of claims that result in wage replacement and/or disability benefits. L&I uses wage inflation as a benchmark to help determine workers' compensation rates for the coming year because as wages climb, the cost of providing...

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Bravo Pet Foods recalls pet food due to salmonella concerns

  |   Recall, Uncategorized

Bravo Pet Foods is recalling select lots of Bravo Chicken Blend diet for dogs and cats due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella. The recall was initiated after routine testing revealed the presence of Salmonella contamination in a single package of Bravo Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats (2 lb. chub only) made on 11/13/14 with a best used by date of 11/13/16. Additional products are being recalled out of caution. For more information and additional lot numbers, visit Bravo’s...

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A second vet school in Texas is being planned

  |   Uncategorized, Veterinary Medical Education

The Texas Tech University System announced last week that it has plans to open a school of veterinary medicine in the coming years to meet student demand and growing industry needs. The University is located in West Texas, and although no site has been chosen, a location in West Texas would put them in the center of ranch lands with a rich agricultural history. The plans for the school must first go through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and...

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Use Amazon Smile to benefit the Washington State Animal Health Foundation

  |   Foundation, Uncategorized

When shopping on Amazon.com for holiday gifts this year and all year long, make your purchase through Amazon Smile. When you access Amazon Smile, choose the Washington State Animal Health Foundation (WSAHF) as your charity of choice, then proceed with shopping as usual. All your typical account settings will remain the same and you’ll still enjoy the exact same prices. The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to WSAHF. To shop at Amazon Smile, go to...

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Important rule changes being made by the Veterinary Board of Governors

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

Over the course of 2015, the Veterinary Board of Governors (VBOG) has been active drafting new regulations and updating existing ones. During this process, the WSVMA has been strongly advocating on your behalf in order to ensure the language is reasonable and effective. While none have yet been finalized, rules in process include:   Defining the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship. Still in the draft stage, the new definition will stipulate that patients must be seen within one year or sooner in order to prescribe...

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