Veterinary Mobility Act one step closer to passage

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

On April 3, the US House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 1528 Veterinary Mobility Act which if passed, would allow veterinarians to legally transport, dispense or administer controlled substances in the field. The bill will now move on to the full House. AVMA reports their hope that the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee will come to an agreement so that when the House passes HR 1528, the bill can go to the President. The Senate...

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Seattle City Council approves resolution on the use of antibiotics in livestock

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Seattle City Council approved a resolution Monday concerning the nontherapeutic use of antibiotic medicine in livestock production. Resolution 31514, brought to the Council by activists from Food and Water Watch, supports a ban on nontherapeutic uses of antibiotics in livestock production and urges the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate to pass the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act and Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance Act. Although no input was sought from veterinarians, WSVMA representatives submitted comments...

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WSDA activates Reserve Veterinary Corps for Oso slide

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

The WA State Department of Agriculture deployed the Reserve Veterinary Corps to assist in response efforts for the Oso mudslide. Arriving last Saturday, the first team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians were prepared to care for the approximate 30 rescue dogs who need treatment for conditions such as minor cuts, hyperthermia and damaged pads. Due to exposure from hazardous materials, the dogs also need to be decontaminated. Arrival of the Corps follows the volunteer efforts of private veterinary personnel from Pilchuck...

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ERISA and Fiduciary Fundamentals

  |   Sponsored News, Uncategorized

What is ERISA, and what is a fiduciary? ERISA stands for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act; it is a federal law that sets minimum standards for retirement plans in private industry to protect individuals in the plan. A fiduciary is any person involved with administering your practice’s retirement plan (or other benefit plans). Under ERISA law, any fiduciary can be held personally liable for the retirement plan. A court can order the fiduciary to personally restore losses or profits made...

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Warming Weather Renews Threat of Tick Paralysis

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

As we shift from the wet, cold months of winter into the warm and dry summer months, expect an increase in the risk of tick paralysis in animals.   While fairly uncommon, the sometimes fatal disease can virtually affect all warm-blooded land animals, including dogs, cats, cows and even llamas. The illness occurs when certain species of ticks inject toxins into the host animals.   Steve Parish, a large animal veterinarian who heads up WSU’s Agricultural Animal Service explained that both human and veterinary...

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