Jul
16
2014
The Center for Pet Safety (CPS) is not sitting on its heels following the results of its 2013 Harness Crashworthiness Study in which 100 percent of all large-dog car restraints tested failed to protect pets and humans during simulated crashes. The organization announced July 15 that it has just launched the first certification program for pet safety harness restraints. ...more
Jul
9
2014
After a widespread effort by the veterinary community to modify restrictive rules regarding access to controlled substances, victory is finally in sight as the U.S. House unanimously passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act. ...more
Jul
2
2014
Starting in 2015, employers in New York will likely no longer be required to issue annual wage notices to employees. According to the New York Labor & Employment Law Report, the rule change is welcome among many employers who have found this requirement extremely burdensome and costly. ...more
Jul
2
2014
Oregon veterinarians might soon be required to undergo criminal background checks depending on the outcome of a July 12 vote by the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board. ...more
Jul
2
2014
Effective Aug. 18, tramadol will be considered a Schedule IV controlled substance according to a new rule published by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on July 2. The decision means that veterinary professionals who handle tramadol or tramadol-containing substances will be subject to the regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions applicable to Schedule IV controlled substances. ...more
Jun
26
2014
Veterinary hospitals and other animal care facilities in California may soon have more options available to them in the event an animal is abandoned while in their care. The ASPCA is waiting on Gov. Jerry Brown to sign Assembly Bill 1810, which would remove a state mandate requiring animal care facilities to euthanize abandoned animals after 24 days. ...more
Jun
19
2014
A June 18 vote within the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association that could have paved the way for the banning of cat declawing in that region failed to gain enough support. According to CBC News, Nova Scotia would have become the first jurisdiction in North America to outlaw the procedure if the ban had been instituted. ...more
Jun
18
2014
Veterinarians in Idaho are taking action in the face of a perceived growing threat from nonprofit animal groups that might negatively impact their practices. ...more
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