Jan
20
2015
In the first quarter of 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) will likely make a Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA) proposed rule, originally scheduled to become final in November 2014, final. And because proposed and final rules rarely vary, and employers often don’t have time to make needed adjustments, veterinarian practices would do well to be aware of what’s to come and prepare. ...more
Jan
19
2015
Oma’s Pride of Avon, Conn. is recalling Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal due to potential contamination with Salmonella. Oma’s Pride has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem. There have been no illnesses reported to date.

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Jan
7
2015
On January 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting requirements to include new requirements on what must be reported. It also added new industries to the list of who will be required to keep OSHA 300 logs, and exempt others previously covered. ...more
Jan
5
2015
Jump Your Bones, Inc. of Boca Raton, Fla. is voluntarily recalling Jump Your Bones brand name "Roo Bites (Cubes)" because it is potentially contaminated with Salmonella. The affected lots of Roo Bites are identified by the UPC code: 63633010041 for 80g. / 2.82oz., including samples of .32 oz. ...more
Dec
24
2014
On December 18, by unanimous vote, the New Jersey legislature passed the amended Pet Purchase Protection Act, which requires that pet store owners disclose the source of the puppies they sell. The bill also blocks stores from obtaining animals from breeders who are not in compliance with state and federal animal care and welfare laws. The bill is awaiting Gov. Chris Christie’s signature. ...more
Dec
9
2014
It appears that Congress will pass an eleventh-hour Tax Extenders Bill, a package of 55 tax breaks for businesses and individuals that will cost approximately $45 billion....more
Dec
8
2014
The AVMA is pleading with Congress to "get back in the saddle and do what’s right for America’s walking horses." ...more
Dec
1
2014
Three canine massage therapists have sued the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board after receiving cease-and-desist orders based on the state law that categorizes massage as a medical treatment. The trio claim the statute’s definition of veterinary medicine is overly broad. The American Veterinary Medical Association Model Veterinary Practice Act classifies massage and other forms of complementary medicine as veterinary care, which means it can be performed only by a licensed veterinarian. Each state’s licensing board may write its own regulations, however. As of October 2014, about 20 states restrict massage to licensed veterinarians, while about 20 additional states require veterinary input, such as supervision or referral. See AVMA’s summary of state regulations and exemptions for massage and other forms of complementary medicine. “Ultimately state veterinary medical boards have the authority to interpret and enforce provisions of veterinary practice acts.  If you have a question about how a particular state law provision applies to individual circumstances in that state, please contact the state's veterinary medical board,” the AVMA website cautions. Medical massage is a fast-growing rehabilitation service for chronic conditions and following surgeries. A number of veterinary colleges and other organizations offer training, sometimes through state veterinary medical associations. Learn moreThe July 2014 issue of Trends offers a balanced, in-depth look at canine medical/therapeutic massage, including the scope of work, current status, evidence, and policy issues. AAHAVets on YouTube presents tips for canine medical/therapeutic massage by Dr. Narda Robinson, Director of CSU Center for Comparative and Integrative Pain Medicine. Coming soon from AAHA Press: Canine Medical Massage by Narda Robinson, DVM, MS, DO, and Shelley Sheets, CMT, CMAAT.
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