WA Dept. of Ecology updates pharmaceutical waste policy

  |   State Regulatory

In anticipation of a new federal rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the state of Washington is updating their “interim enforcement policy” for managing pharmaceutical waste. This revised policy will give hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, veterinarians, dentists, and other businesses options for how they can dispose of leftover and other unused medications.  The EPA recently proposed new requirements that effectively ban the disposal of pharmaceuticals down the toilet or drain. The federal proposal has not been finalized and may still...

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Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference & Trade Show – Registration now open!

  |   Continuing Education, WSVMA News

Online registration is open for this year’s Pacific NW Conference taking place September 29 – October 1, 2017 in Tacoma. Register today to learn from stellar scientific speakers, business experts and special guests that will be presenting a variety of cutting edge topics. In addition to a full program of scientific small animal, large animal and equine tracks, sessions will be offered on a variety of topics including the truth about service animals, the technician shortage, and drug policies in a...

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In memoriam

  |   WSVMA News

Dr. G. Gary Duskin (WSU, ’61) passed away on August 2 at the age of 80. Dr. Duskin was a respected equine practitioner and a co-founder of Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital in Snohomish. He served on the WSVMA Executive Board and became president of the Association in 1985. In addition, he represented Washington to the AVMA House of Delegates in the 1990’s. Dr. Duskin was also the recipient of the WSVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award in 2000. His Memorial Service...

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Legislative updates from around the U.S.

  |   Legislative

A number of state legislative proposals last month addressed issues related to animal welfare. One bill in Michigan would prohibit confining farm animals in a way that prevents them from lying down, standing up or turning around freely. Implementation of provisions applying to gestating sows and egg-laying hens would be delayed until 2019. A separate Michigan proposal would make it illegal to confine an animal in a motor vehicle during conditions that may cause suffering, disability or death. Legislation introduced...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

Fast-spreading cough strikes dogs in Montana – VIN News Fancy new digs set to open at state-of-the-art animal shelter in Bellevue – Seattle Times Animal activists say change in state law needed to strengthen sex abuse cases – Q13 Fox Washington confirms first equine West Nile virus case of 2017 - WSDA The hidden environmental costs of dog and cat food – Washington Post Opioid Crisis Hitting Dogs Now - Healthline...

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