DEA marks tramadol as Schedule IV drug

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published its decision to schedule tramadol a Schedule IV controlled substance, effective August 18, 2014. The DEA conducted an eight-month analysis and determined that tramadol has a low potential for abuse and limited physical dependence relative to Schedule III drugs, but still recognizes it as an opiate capable of triggering addictions similar to morphine. Tramadol is used for pain management in dogs and cats. Washington veterinarians must start reporting the dispensing of greater than fourteen-day supplies...

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Severe Treponeme-associated Bacterial Hoof Disease in Southwest Washington Elk

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

Since the mid-1990’s sporadic reports have been received from southwest Washington of free-ranging elk (Cervus elaphus) with lameness and severely deformed or missing hooves. These reports dramatically increased during the late winter and early spring of 2008. The geographic distribution of reports has continued to expand since then, and at this time is estimated to encompass a core area of approximately 10,500 km2 (4,000 mi2). A diagnostic investigation to determine the cause was initiated in 2009. Radiography, routine bacteriology, virology, serology,...

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Mobile Practices, House Calls, Farm Calls, Business Errands—Off-site Work Presents Additional Safety and Liability Challenges

  |   Sponsored News, Uncategorized

Anytime you or an employee travels outside the clinic for work, there are additional safety and liability issues to consider. Whether you provide mobile or ambulatory services, farm or race track calls, or if you run a quick errand for the practice, there are four main areas to consider: auto liability, cargo theft and spoilage, insurance verification, and the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). This article provides information and action tips to help you address these four areas. Auto Liability According to the...

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Bats, Rabies, and Testing: can you help?

  |   Uncategorized

The Problem Local Health Jurisdictions (LHJs) across our state are asking for help in identifying veterinarians who would be willing to humanely euthanize bats that have been designated for rabies testing at the Washington State Public Health Laboratories (WA PHL). Every year bats come into contact with people in our state. Our LHJs work with people to determine the nature of their contact (exposure assessment) with the bat, and then determine whether the bats need to be tested for rabies. Each...

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White Coat donations for Class of 2018

  |   Uncategorized, Veterinary Medical Education

This year’s White Coat ceremony will take place August 21, 2014 at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Each first-year veterinary student will be introduced and presented with a white lab coat with his/her name and the WSVMA logo embroidered on the coat. We need your help to make the 2014 White Coat Ceremony a success. You can sponsor a specific student or make a general donation. You also have the option of sponsoring a student from your local...

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