Licensure window closing for job-trained technicians

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The current law allowing people to apply for veterinary technician licensure based on experience is scheduled to expire next year. Those who are applying for veterinary technician licensure in this manner must complete all the requirements before the law changes. Effective July 1, 2015, a veterinary technician license may be issued only to a person who has successfully completed an accredited program approved by the Veterinary Board of Governors and who has met other examination and application requirements. Applicants who have applied...

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Want to make a difference in your community?

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The Washington State Animal Health Foundation is the charitable arm of the WSVMA and makes small grants to fund community outreach and disaster mitigation projects. The Board of Trustees is a group of dedicated veterinarians who serve for a five-year term and direct all the activities of the Foundation. At the Annual Meeting of the WSAHF on September 25, 2014 in Yakima, an election will be held to select two new Trustees for the Washington State Animal Health Foundation. Duties of...

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Success! King County’s mandatory reporting proposal off the table

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

A concerted effort by passionate members, pet owners, volunteers and staff of the WSVMA and PSVMA resulted in a strong message being sent to King County government that forcing veterinarians to report their clients is the wrong way to increase pet licensing. At a meeting earlier this week, County officials revealed that they would no longer pursue passage of an ordinance that would require veterinarians to submit client information every time a rabies vaccine was given to a dog or...

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Sept. 5, 2014 seminar on the safe handling of hazardous drugs

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety is hosting a seminar on the safe handling of hazardous drugs on September 5, 2014 in Seattle. The timing of the seminar coincides with new rules which must be employed by all health professions by the beginning of 2015. The course, “Guidance for the Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs,” is designed to discuss practical strategies to prevent occupational exposures to hazardous drugs and to share control strategies among participants. Workshops will give...

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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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