Resources for Veterinarians
California Veterinary Medical Board Winter 2022 Newsletter
The state licensing board has issued changes for vets, RVTs, and assistants that all veterinarians should be aware of.
Read the Winter 2022 Newsletter from the California Veterinary Medical Board here.
AVMA and FDA Compounding Guidelines and Resources
Check out the AVMA's extensive resources on compounding guidelines for veterinarians
New 2022 CURES Collection Vendor
The California DOJ has awarded Bamboo Health the contract for prescription data collection for CURES. If you/your practice directly dispense controlled substances into a client's hands, you MUST be reporting electronically to CURES.
Read more information here.
2022 Electronic Rx Veterinary Exemption
Beginning January 1, 2022 human health care prescribers are required to submit all prescriptions electronically directly to pharmacies. Veterinarians are specifically exempted from this law, but many pharmacies may be unaware of this exemption.
Keep this CVMA document handy when communicating this exemption to pharmacists.
DEA Single Sheet 222 Forms Required
If you order Schedule II substances (such as Fatal Plus, fentanyl, hydromorphone, and morphine), you have been using a DEA 222 form, either electronically or paper and mai submission. In the past, the paper 222 form was a triplicate, but starting October 2021, the paper forms were changed to a single sheet style. You must return any unused triplicate paper forms you have to the DEA for secure disposal.
Find out more about the changes in this DEA document.
Drug disposal locations for clients
Here's an easy tip to pass on! If they go to Google Maps and type in "drug disposal near me", many permanent pharmacy drug take back locations appear.
You can also direct them to the DEA Controlled Substance Public Disposal Location Search page here.
Free Veterinary CE Finder
Veterinarians need 36 hours of CE to renew their California veterinary licenses. There is no limit to the amount of CE hours you can receive from online courses, but only 6 of your CE hours can be non-interactive (any CE presentation in which you are unable to ask live questions in real time is defined by the VMB as non-interactive).
The most comprehensive, user-friendly, and updated resource to find FREE daily CE online can be found here.
Controlled RX Pad Requirements
All written controlled substance prescriptions must be manually signed by the practitioner, regardless of how the prescription is submitted (including computer generated or fax submissions).
If your controlled prescription pad is not compliant with California Health and Safety code requirements, they will be rejected by pharmacies.
Read more about controlled prescription pad requirements here.
Rabbit Hemmorrhagic Disease
RHD, an extremely contagious and fatal disease affecting both wild and domesticated rabbits, is spreading in California. There are now movement restrictions for rabbits and hares entering the state.
Stay in the know here.
Intervention for choking in an unconscious dog
Have you seen the non-invasive XXT technique to externally extract an upper airway foreign body in an unconscious dog?
Read about it and watch a demonstration here.
Healing the Healers
Are you feeling stressed or isolated? You are not alone. Free confidential peer support for veterinarians by phone or online is available through Vets4Vets.
Read about it and reach out here.