PED Advisory for WA Fairs and Exhibitions

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

On May 1, the Department of Agriculture released a PED (Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea) Advisory for Washington State Fairs and Exhibitions in 2014. The recommendations should be provided to 4-H swine exhibitors, show superintendents and to fair/show management. The State Veterinarian has not banned breeding classes at this time, but taking breeding stock to a show and then returning them to the farm poses a very significant risk for transferring disease. 4-H youth need to be counseled that bringing any animal exhibit to...

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Banfield moving its headquarters to WA

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

Banfield announced last month that it will be moving its corporate headquarters to Vancouver, WA in late 2015. Plans for a 20-acre, 230,000 square foot office complex to house nearly 600 employees will be built just west of Clark College, with room to grow. The new site is just 10 miles across the border from their Portland location which will make minimal disruption for its workers. According to Vancouver’s newspaper, The Columbian, the city is proposing several financial incentives to Banfield...

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Interactive map to track animal disease launched

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

An online, interactive map for tracking global canine, feline and equine diseases has been developed by veterinarians in Ontario. Dr. Scott Weese, professor from the University of Guelph, and Dr. Maureen Anderson from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food developed the Worms & Germs Map in answer to the need for real-time companion animal infectious disease tracking as well as increasing understanding of infectious diseases among veterinarians, animal owners, and people in human medicine and public health. The map is a...

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Banfield’s 2014 State of Pet Health report released

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

Banfield’s 2014 State of Pet Health Report was just released providing an analysis of the prevalence of various infectious diseases that affect canine and feline health. Data was collected from 2.3 million dogs and 470,000 cats seen in Banfield Hospitals during 2013. Key findings in the report point to an increase in certain infectious diseases. Here’s how Washington fits in to the data:   Disease 2013 U.S. prevalence Washington risk level (cases per 10,000) Change in U.S. since 2009 FIV 1 in every 300 cats Medium – 28 cases  + 48% Feline Leukemia...

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Supreme Court to review power of state licensing boards

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will consider the extent to which state licensure boards are subject to federal antitrust laws. In the case, North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that decisions of the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners related to unauthorized and unlawful practice are subject to federal antitrust law.  The dental board had sent cease-and-desist letters to non-dentist teeth-whitening providers, finding that they engaged...

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