Paid family and medical leave: overview of the new Washington law

  |   State Regulatory

The law is the result of months of negotiations between labor, employers and lawmakers, and passed with bipartisan support. Paid Family Leave is a benefit provided to employees to take time off work to care for a newborn, treatment for or recovery from a serious illness, or to care for a family member. Plan’s Benefits, Qualifying Events The Paid Family Leave law allows workers to take 12-16 weeks of leave using disability definitions under the Federal Medical Leave Act (FMLA). That includes: birth...

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Finding Wellness on the Camino

  |   Wellness

If you read my previous President’s article, you will know I just returned from a six-week pilgrimage across Spain called the Camino de Santiago. All completed, my 20-year-old daughter and I walked 550 miles in 35 days, from just on the French side of the Pyrenees Mountains to the western Spanish coastal town of Muxia.  I knew it would be a trip of a lifetime, but I underestimated how life changing it would be. During our journey, we met amazing people...

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Update to original FDA warning about labeling changes to critical care medications for people

  |   Federal Regulatory

July 27, 2017 – The FDA alerts veterinarians and veterinary pharmacologists that the strength of epinephrine might be expressed differently on the labeling on certain human and animal epinephrine products. To avoid dosing errors in animals, the FDA recommends that veterinarians carefully review an epinephrine product’s labeling before administering the drug to determine if strength is expressed as mg/mL or as a ratio. The FDA also recommends that veterinary emergency dosage charts include epinephrine products that are labeled both ways...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

WSU Launches Single Statewide Animal Ag Website – Washington Ag Network Firgrove Veterinary Clinic in Puyallup suffers break-in – KOMO News Can Your Pet Go Blind from the Solar Eclipse? – Live Science FDA Approves First Medication for Pain Control in a Food-producing Animal – FDA Working canines will help keep departing passengers at Sea-Tac Airport safe and secure - TSA...

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New laparoscopic training advances veterinary surgical skills

  |   Veterinary Medical Education

For the first time, veterinary surgeons can take a simulation training and earn a certification that demonstrates their manual skills in laparoscopy, a minimally-invasive procedure that means less pain and faster recovery for patients. WSU researcher and board certified veterinary surgeon, Boel Fransson, developed the Veterinary Assessment Laparoscopic Skills (VALS) training program, set up training centers around the country, and convened an international board of peers to grant the certification. The training and tools are available online at, and the first test...

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