Wellness resources available

  |   Uncategorized, Wellness

In the wake of the suicide death of well-known veterinarian Dr. Sophia Yin, the WSVMA would like to call attention to online resources available on our website. The Task Force for Professional Stress and Wellbeing assembled these resources to assist members with a variety of wellness issues, including depression and suicide. The survey to assess veterinarians’ experiences with psychological distress is still open and awaiting responses. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, which is completely anonymous. Answering these...

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Lake closed for blue-green algae

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

Fish Lake near Leavenworth has been closed due to due to very high levels of the liver toxin microcystin detected there as a result of an algae bloom. This serves as a reminder that if an algae bloom is suspected, contact your local health jurisdiction immediately. In their toxic form, blue-green algae can cause illness in humans, pets, waterfowl, and other animals that come in contact with the algae.  Toxic blooms can kill livestock and pets that drink the water. To...

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Hydrocodone-containing products becoming Schedule II drugs

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has put into place new requirements for hydrocodone-containing products (HCPs). Effective October 6, 2014, all HCPs will become Schedule II drugs. Currently, some HCPs are Schedule II controlled drugs and some fall under Schedule III. HCPs are used in veterinary hospitals to help control coughing in dogs and to manage pain. For prescribers, a new prescription will be required for all hydrocodone products prescribed after October 5, 2014. No refills will be allowed, similar to other...

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DEA approves easier methods of disposing controlled drugs

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced earlier this week that beginning October 9, 2014, practitioners and their clients will have more options for secure disposal of controlled substances. New convenient disposal methods that clients can use will include mail-back programs, authorized take-back events and collection receptacle locations. The DEA’s new rules are aimed at reducing the prescription drug abuse epidemic by getting drugs out of homes safely. According to the AVMA, what will impact practitioners directly is the deletion of the...

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Summary of tick surveillance in WA

  |   One Health, Uncategorized

As of July 31, 2015, the Washington State Department of Health has received from Phoenix laboratory and various clinics and entities across the state, over 5,600 ticks and tested 1,637 ticks for pathogens. Ixodes ticks were tested for Borrelia burgdorferi (agent of Lyme’s Disease), Anaplasma phagocytophilum (formerly called Ehrlichia equi and agent of canine and feline Granulocytic Anaplasmosis) and Babesia species. Of 1,137 ticks tested, 8 or 0.7% were positive for A. phagocytophilum, 15 or 1.3% were positive for B. burgdorferi...

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