Veterinary Board of Governors to consider rulemaking for client consultations

  |   State Regulatory

The Veterinary Board of Governors is considering amending existing rules and adding a new section of rule to establish what kind of consultation veterinarians should provide to clients when treating and providing drugs for animal patients. Outlining appropriate consultation by veterinarians when providing treatment and drug therapy could result in better, more informed choices in the care and treatment of animal patients. The rulemaking is based on a petition received last year from a pet owner who lost his dog after...

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Prescription mandates: new bill, same problems

  |   Legislative

For several consecutive congressional sessions, the AVMA has led the charge to defeat legislation that would require veterinarians to provide written copies of all prescriptions for companion animals – even if not requested or wanted by the client. The misleadingly named “Fairness to Pet Owners Act” has had several sponsors over the years and has been introduced once again in both the House and Senate. Despite some language changes, the effect would be the same as in years past: this bill...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

Another EHV Case Confirmed in King County, Washington – The Horse In Washington state, it takes $26.87 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment  - Seattle Times Neutering Causes Behavior Problems in Male Dogs – Psychology Today WSU selects National Park Service chief veterinarian to lead hoof rot research – TDN News Report: Hospital consolidation continues to reshape pet care landscape - AAHA Wildfires: Preparation and Evacuation Tips for Horse Owners – The Horse   Posted June 15, 2018...

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Number of bats with rabies on the rise

  |   Animal Health

Virologists at the Washington State Public Health Laboratory routinely test bats for rabies virus if known or suspected contact with people has occurred. Typically, 200 - 300 bats are tested each year. Last month, four bats tested positive for rabies, the highest number identified in the month of May since 1998. In June, one bat has tested positive for rabies so far. During the summer months, when bat encounters typically occur, veterinarians may receive calls from people who have had contact...

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Unionization for staff at Seattle Blue Pearl location

  |   Practice Management

After months of preparation, eligible employees at Blue Pearl in north Seattle last week voted overwhelmingly to unionize with the National Veterinary Professionals Union (NPVU). It’s NVPU’s first contract. Efforts began in April when signature cards requesting representation by NVPU were collected from 86% of the non-supervisory hospital employees followed by a petition to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to supervise an election. Of the 52 eligible employees, 92% voted in favor of the contract. Going forward, the staff will...

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