WSVMA Guide to Animal Health Care Tasks and Supervision Levels updated to reflect changes in Washington Administrative Code

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized, WSVMA News

WSVMA’s handy guide to the list of tasks and supervision levels for licensed veterinary technicians (LVTs) and unregistered assistants has been updated for 2016. In December, the Veterinary Board of Governors amended the rule, WAC 246-935-050 Animal Health Care Tasks, to require LVTs to administer biologics for rabies and other diseases listed under WAC 16-42-026(1) under direct supervision rather than indirect supervision that was previously allowed. The change was made so that the WA Department of Health’s rule agrees with...

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Canine search and rescue team receives grant from the Washington State Animal Health Foundation

  |   Foundation, Uncategorized

One of the first canine search and rescue teams to respond to the Oso mudslide, March 22, 2014, the Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue (SCVSAR) K9 Team received an $1,100 grant from the Washington State Animal Health Foundation during 2015. The SCVSAR K9 Team was among the first canine units to help after the Oso landslide. For many days the team worked alongside other first responders and canine units from other counties and states to help with search and rescue...

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Early bird prices end Jan. 11 for WSVMA’s Veterinary Rehabilitation premier CE

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

Join us for another premier CE event featuring local experts on the topic of veterinary rehabilitation. The event takes place on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Renton Technical College in Renton, WA. Featured speakers include Dr. Kristin Kirkby-Shaw on the role of physical rehabilitation in small animal practice, Dr. Alycia Lamb on the role of orthotics and prosthetics in canine patients, Dr. Karen Kline on the role of acupuncture in the rehabilitation in the neurologic patient, and Dr. Leslie Eide...

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Ketamine Update

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

The World Health Organization Expert Committee on Drug Dependency has recommended that Ketamine NOT be put under international control due to concerns that this would limit medical access to an important veterinary drug.  The AVMA worked hard alongside the World Veterinary Association to lobby the WHO on behalf leaving Ketamine off of international scheduling.  Read AVMA’s full story here....

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Elk Hoof Rot found in the Northwest of the state

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

Elk Hoof Rot appears to be spreading through the state of Washington.  In December the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife send hooves from four elk collected in Northwest Washington for testing.  The results were negative for three hooves from Whatcom county, but positive for the hoof collected from Skagit county.  That hoof was positive for treponeme bacteria and taken from an elk found dead along Highway 20. To report elk with hoof deformities or learn more about hoof disease in...

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