What to know when rescuing a pet in Washington State

  |   Animal Health

Rescued dogs arrive in Washington in large numbers, many of them from out of the country and accompanied by falsified documentation. The Washington State Department of Agriculture has developed a factsheet to educate the public on small animal import requirements. The factsheet outlines the requirements for allowing imported animals in to the state, including a valid Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, proof of rabies vaccination, and proof of heartworm testing for dogs are over 6 months of age. The factsheet also outlines...

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VBOG adopts rule allowing temporary practice permits for military spouses

  |   State Regulatory

The Veterinary Board of Governors (VBOG) has created a new rule, WAC 246-933-295, Temporary Practice Permit - Military Spouse Eligibility and Issuance. The adopted rule sets a process and criteria to expedite the credentialing process for an out of state applicant to receive a temporary practice permit when their spouse or domestic partner is the subject of a military transfer to Washington. The temporary practice permit will allow applicants to practice in the full scope of their profession for up...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

Why Facebook Groups should NOT replace your local VMA – The Veterinary Idealist Geographic Distribution of Valley Fever Wider Than Thought – Contagion Live Feral cats make Western Governors’ list of invasive species – King 5 Veterinarians might be liable if vouching for traveling support animals - VIN Veterinarians in Pacific NW recommend influenza vaccine for high-risk dogs – The Columbian Nearly 150 animals rescued in Thurston County – Q13   Posted March 16, 2018...

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Legislative session adjourns – HEAL-WA and opioid bills fail

  |   Legislative

The 2018 Washington State Legislature adjourned sine die on Thursday March 8, the first on-time adjournment in several years. WSVMA’s Heal-WA legislation granting veterinarians and veterinary technicians access to the online medical publication program never made it out of the Senate. Despite overwhelming support from legislators, the WSVMA bill couldn’t compete with the over 800 bills introduced into the short 60-day session. The legislation will carry over to the 2019 legislative session where we’ll work for passage again. House Bill (HB)...

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President’s message – veterinary medicine disrupted

  |   WSVMA News

I have a word for you. Disruption. I have been hearing this word a lot recently. It is used frequently in the tech sector of our economy. There is disruption happening in veterinary medicine and it has not been talked about much. A big disruption happened to our profession over a century ago when the automobile replaced the horse. I can imagine our colleagues at the time had many anxious moments and some interesting discussions. We are in the midst...

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