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March 11, 2015

Colorado veterinarian actively supports state legislation that mandates mental health evaluations for veterinarians

On March 18, the Colorado Senate Agricultural Committee will hear testimony on House Bill 15-1187, passed by the Colorado House on Feb. 20. The bill authorizes the state board of veterinary medicine, if it believes a licensed veterinarian is unable to practice due to mental illness, alcoholism, or drug or controlled-substance use, to require the veterinarian to submit to a mental health exam.

February 23, 2015

FDA issues update on pet treat causes of animal death and illness

One thousand dogs dead. Another 5,800 sick, along with 25 cats and 3 people. That was the count on Sept. 30, 2014, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tallied the number of illnesses and deaths from animals who ate chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats, most of which were imported from China. Last week, on Feb. 19, the FDA issued an update on the investigation, noting a significant drop in the number of reports.

January 20, 2015

New FLSA rule likely to take effect first quarter of 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.

January 07, 2015

New OSHA reporting requirements took effect January 1, 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.

January 05, 2015

Dog treats recalled due to possible Salmonella

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.

December 24, 2014

New Jersey awaiting governor’s signature on Pet Purchase Protection Act

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.

November 06, 2014

FDA issues warning letter to company marketing unapproved canine cancer drugs

In late October, the FDA notified, 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.

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