King County animal services model to change, forced reporting is off the table

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

Earlier this week, WSVMA and Puget Sound VMA leadership met with officials from Regional Animal Services of King County to discuss plans for the future. Last summer, the King County Council considered legislation requiring veterinarians to report private client information whenever administering a rabies vaccine so the County can pursue pet owners who have unlicensed pets. Their efforts were thwarted, however, thanks to focus by the media and WSVMA and PSVMA members who actively collected signatures from nearly 10,000 pet...

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U.S Supreme Court ruling poses anti-trust concerns for state licensing boards

  |   Legislative, Uncategorized

In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in their case against the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners. The justices agreed with the FTC that the Dental Board was suppressing competition when they attempted to prevent non-dentists from providing teeth whitening services to the public. The FTC works to prevent anti-competitive practices and increase choice to consumers. The Dental Board, consisting primarily of licensed dentists, had issued cease and desist...

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Preliminary veterinary mental health survey findings released

  |   Uncategorized, Wellness

It’s believed that veterinarians are at substantially higher risk for suicide compared with the general population. Few data exist, so in order to assess the prevalence of U.S. veterinarians who have experienced serious mental illness or contemplated suicide, the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV) partnered with Auburn University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to conduct a nationwide survey of veterinarians in 2014. The survey, with over 10,000 respondents in 49 states and Puerto Rico,...

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Legislative Activity: bills that will impact veterinary medicine in 2015

  |   Legislative, Uncategorized

WSVMA’s legislative advocate Greg Hanon is tracking bills that impact veterinary medicine through the legislative process this year. February 20 is the final day for bills to be considered in committee, although fiscal bills can be considered until February 27. All bills will not make it through their respective committees. The WSVMA has taken positions on three bills this year so far: Support: Senate Bill 5501, would close loopholes and improve current animal cruelty statutes relating to the crimes of animal...

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Relief in sight for supply of sterile fluids to treat large animals

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

The AVMA is reporting that to address a shortage of sterile fluids, the FDA will permit temporary distribution of Hartman’s IV solution, made by Sypharma Pty Ltd. of Australia, although it’s unknown when the supplies will be available. Thanks to advocacy efforts of the AVMA and AAEP, the FDA has been made aware of the impact of the shortage of 3-5 liter volume units for the IV administration of sterile fluids in large animals, particularly horses. Reasons for the shortage combine a...

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