Mandatory prescription bill reintroduced in Congress – take action now

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

On February 10, Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT-4th) reintroduced the so-called “Fairness to Pet Owners Act” (H.R. 4023), which applies to drugs prescribed for domesticated household animals. Like its predecessor in the previous Congress, HR 1406, the bill would require a veterinarian to provide a client with a written prescription, whether or not requested by the client. The bill goes further, and would require the veterinarian to provide a copy of the prescription by electronic or other means, if requested by...

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Enroll your practice in the Partners for Healthy Pets program

  |   Practice Management, Uncategorized

Partners for Healthy Pets has launched a highly motivational print, digital, and Public Service Announcement-driven campaign that will put the importance of preventive pet healthcare and regular veterinary visits on the national stage. Print ads are showing up in some of the nation’s most popular magazines – Real Simple, People, O the Oprah magazine, Prevention, Family Fun, and Every Day with Rachael Ray – and on websites such as CNN, PedMD, and SheKnows. In addition, 15- and 30-second television commercials are...

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WSVMA 2014 Awards nominations due April 1

  |   Uncategorized, WSVMA News

At the WSVMA Annual Conference September 26-28, 2014 in Yakima, the WSVMA will present awards to those that have contributed significantly to the veterinary profession in Washington. The 2014 awards that will be presented include Veterinarian of the Year, Distinguished Achievement, WSU Faculty Member of the Year, Distinguished Veterinary Staff, Humane Animal Welfare, Student-Recent Grad and Allied Industry. Download the nomination form and submit to the WSVMA office prior to the April 1, 2014 deadline. For past award winners, consult...

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Spokane area veterinary practices hit by tramadol scam

  |   Uncategorized

A police report has been filed after a man in Spokane targeted several area veterinary practices in attempts to get tramadol. While no physical description of the man has been detailed, he asks for tramadol for his German Shepherd and Labrador. In a convincing manner, the man initially asks for just enough for one month, and may bring an old dog but no records. Veterinary practices who think they’ve been targeted can contact local police....

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State health officer warns of salmonella infection in backyard flocks

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

Physician and state health officer for the Department of Health, Katy Lofy, MD, warned against salmonella infections in chickens and other live poultry. Springtime is the most common time of year when people become infected because they handle baby chicks and ducklings and don’t follow with good hand washing. Young children are at particular risk. In 2013, 19 people contracted salmonella in Washington, 13 of whom were under the age of ten. More than 500 illnesses due to salmonella infection...

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