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.
Nov
6
2014
In late October, the FDA notified CanineCare.us, LLC, that the company was marketing unapproved new animal drugs in violation of the law. According to the FDA, the company's marketing materials contain multiple unapproved claims about their products' effectiveness in mitigating, treating, or preventing canine cancer....more
Nov
5
2014
Businesses in several states and cities will need to revise their budgets following an election season in which voters used their ballots to support minimum wage increases....more
Sep
24
2014
Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be enforcing a new final rule regarding the reporting of work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses....more
Sep
18
2014
Beginning Oct. 6, all hydrocodone-containing products (HCPs) will be classified as Schedule II drugs by the DEA. The DEA's new final rule will eliminate the divide that currently categorizes some HCPs as Schedule II substances and others as Schedule III.

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