Antibiotic use and resistance study among Washington veterinarians

  |   One Health, Uncategorized

The University of Washington School of Public Health’s Center for One Health Research (COHR) is requesting licensed clinical veterinarians participate in a brief survey that aims to assess antimicrobial prescribing practices and resistance concerns among Washington State veterinarians. This study is a joint effort between University of Washington, WSVMA, Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Washington State Department of Agriculture, who are all participants in the One Health Steering Committee in conjunction with the Washington State Department of...

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Bluetongue virus found in Washington and Idaho deer and livestock

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

Bluetongue virus (BTV) has been confirmed by the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) in 42 animals from Washington and Idaho. This is an increase over previous years. Most of the samples were from white-tailed deer but other species were affected including domestic sheep, bighorn sheep, mule deer, cows and a yak. BTV is caused by a virus which is transmitted by midges or gnats and is not transferred between animals or to humans. Warmer, drier weather this year is suspected...

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WSVMA compounding survey

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized, WSVMA News

While we wish to keep member surveys to a minimum, we need your input on compounding practices within your hospital. The WSVMA has been working closely with the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission  (PQAC) as they amend and update state compounding regulations which could affect your ability to treat patients with compounded medications. Through this survey, we can gain important insight into how often you use compounded drugs, how current compounding laws are affecting your practice, and which compounded drugs are most...

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Washington wildfires devastate ranching community

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

While total losses from the wildfires won’t be known for several months, it’s clear that ranchers in North Central Washington have lost a great deal. News reports indicate that hundreds of cattle were lost or killed, but no one knows for certain because they won’t be counted until next spring. One thing is known: the fires burned hundreds of square miles of rangeland, destroying barns, hay, fencing and livelihoods. Jack Field, executive director of the Washington Cattlemen’s Association (WCA), says...

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California Senate passes bill to restrict antibiotic use in livestock

  |   Legislative, Uncategorized

Last week, the California Senate passed SB 27 limiting the use of medically important antimicrobial (MIAM) drugs in livestock. Under a valid VCPR, MIAM drugs can only be used if the veterinarian has determined they’re necessary to treat a disease or infection, control the spread or prevent transmission of disease or infection, or in relation to surgery or medical procedure. The use of MIAM drugs to promote weight gain or improve feed efficiency is prohibited. The bill will also establish a...

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