F V M A ADVOCATE ISSUE 5 | 2017
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JANUARY 19-21, 2018 | OCALA, FLORIDA
For Practitioner By Practitioners
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President's MESSAGE 7207 Monetary Drive Orlando, Florida 32809 Phone – (407) 851‑3862 Toll Free – (800) 992‑3862 Fax – (407) 240‑3710 firstname.lastname@example.org | www.fvma.org
Dr. Alex M. Steverson President Dr. Marc A. Presnell President-Elect Dr. Donald H. Morgan Treasurer Dr. Richard C. Sutliff Past President Mr. Philip J. Hinkle Executive Director
DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES Dr. Scott Richardson District 1–Big Bend Dr. Julia Conway District 2–Northeast Dr. Todd Fulton District 3–Central Dr. Rachel Klemawesch District 4–Tampa Bay Dr. Susan M. Carastro District 5–Treasure Coast Dr. Marta P. Lista District 6–South Florida Dr. Mary Smart District 7–Southwest Dr. James M. Brechin District 8–Northwest Dr. Kelly J. Sloan-Wade District 9–Space Coast Dr. Ernest C. Godfrey AVMA Delegate Dr. Richard B. Williams AVMA Alternate Delegate Dr. Jacqueline S. Shellow FAEP Representative to the FVMA Executive Board Ex Officio Dr. James W. Lloyd, Dean UF College of Veterinary Medicine
When we think about the practice of veterinary medicine and our success as veterinarians, whether we are treating animals large or small, much of what we are able to do is because of those who work alongside us. The new FVMA affiliate mem‑ bership organizations are designed to give these dedicated and vital members of the veterinary team the opportunity to become affiliate members of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association. Their participation in the association gives us a stronger and more unified voice as we face the many changes to veterinary medicine that are coming before us. These out‑ standing professionals spend their careers in our practices, and the chance for them to join us should be well received. On st December 1 , an invitation to join as an affiliate member of the FVMA was mailed to you and members of your team. I trust you will see the value in these new programs and join us in strengthening the voice of veterinary medicine in Florida. Separately, the 13th Annual FAEP Promoting Excellence Symposium took place recently, and was a great success on all accounts. In spite of the hurricane damage in Naples, which caused a last-minute move to Orlando, the attendance was the highest ever at the event, and the FAEP Council has done a great job planning and hosting a first-class conference. It was an honor to attend. I spoke with equine practitioners from all over the country, and several of these practitioners had attended the symposium for a number of years. They spoke very highly of the conference and said they could always count on it to be a five-star experience. Congratulations to everyone involved for another successful, world-class event! On another front, the FVMA Legislative Action Days will take place next January 17-18, 2018, and every member is encouraged to get involved either by joining us in Tallahassee to meet with your legislators, or by working with your local representatives to keep them aware of positions that serve the animals in our care and our profession. Even though they hold office, they are oftentimes not any more aware of veterinary issues than the average pet owner. With this in mind, it is our responsibility to serve as an advisor and educator so they can make good decisions when veterinary-related issues arise at the state capitol building. This year has gone by very quickly, and we now find ourselves at the start of the holiday season with much to be thankful for. It is a great privilege to extend my best wishes to all of our members and their families, to all of our FVMA industry partners, and to others in the veterinary profession in our state and elsewhere. Respectfully yours,
Alex M. “Steve” Steverson, DVM
FVMA MISSION THE MISSION OF THE FLORIDA VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION IS TO ADVANCE THE VETERINARY MEDICAL PROFESSION, PROMOTE ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING, AND PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH. 2 | FVMA ADVOCATE
In Remembrance DR. J. (JAMES) BRANNEN MURPHY FVMA President - 1969 J. (James) Brannen Murphy, of Lake Mary, Fla., passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Dr. Murphy was FVMA pres‑ ident in 1969, and was honored with the association’s Veterinar‑ ian of the Year Award in 1973, and the Distinguished Service Award in 1977. Born in 1925 in Texas, his mother allowed him to join the Marines at age 17 to serve in World War II, where he fought in the Battle of Tarawa, in November, 1943. The Pacific theater invasion was part of Operation Galvanic, which took place at the heavily-fortified, Japanese-held Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands. Following the war, Dr. Murphy attended the University of Florida on the GI Bill, and graduated with a Bachelor of Sci‑ ence degree in Agriculture in 1949. Afterwards, he attended the
Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, and graduated in 1953. During his career, he owned practices in Eustis, Lake Dora, Lake Mary, Sanford, and Altamonte Springs, and he was instru‑ mental in helping to establish the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville. Dr. Murphy also was a charter member of the Seminole County South Rotary Club in 1968, and served as its president in 1974-75. His hobbies included cycling, and he traveled Alaska, Ireland, New Zealand and other parts of the world by bike with close friends. He is survived by his wife Joan, and daughters Susan, Mary, and Leslie; by his son James; and four grandchildren.
ELI GERSTEN, DVM Dr. Michael Elton Cole, age 54, of Boca Raton, Fl. passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 22, 2017. He was born October 18, 1963, and had been a resident of Boca Raton since 1965. Dr. Cole attended St. Andrews, and later graduated from the Uni‑ versity of Florida with a degree in veterinary medicine. He went on to practice alongside his mother, Dr. Patricia Anne Cole, and Dr. Kelly Phillips at Cole Animal Clinic in Boca Raton, Fla. For the last 30 years, he continued his mother’s legacy, and touched countless people's lives through their beloved pets. He also helped numerous rescues with animals in need. Dr. Cole joined the FVMA in 1996. Outside of work, he had a passion for concerts, boats, and hiking the Smokey Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Dr. Cole was an avid air boater and outdoor enthusiast, and was a member of the Broward County Airboat Halftrack Conservation
Club. He had a passion for life and lived it to the fullest, and his infec‑ tious smile would light up the room. He had a personality that was as big as his heart and his truck, his com‑ passion was endless, and he would be there for anyone in need at the drop of a hat. He was a wonderful husband, son, uncle and friend. Dr. Cole is survived by his wife, Paula Cole, and the rest of his family- John, Barbara, and Brianna. Donations in his memory may be made to the Florida Air‑ boats Association, the Everglades Coordinating Council, the Humane Society, or the ASPCA.
In This Issue 3 | In Remembrance 4 | Member Spotlight 6 | 2017 Hurricane Relief for Florida Veterinary Practices 8 | License Renewal Deadline Is Fast Approaching 10 | Biomedical Waste Best Practices for Veterinarians WWW.FVMA.ORG |
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT DR. JULIE LEVY, DVM, PHD, DACVIM, DABVP,
NAMED 2017 AVANZINO LEADERSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT
Dr. Julie Levy, a professor of shelter medicine at the University of Florida, was recently honored with the 2017 Avanzino Leadership Award for her outstanding leadership and significant achievements in animal lifesaving. The award was presented by Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals. The award is named after Rich Avanzino, the father of the no-kill movement and Maddie’s Fund President from 19992015, and recognizes outstanding leadership in the animal welfare community. Presented along with a $25,000 grant to a nonprofit or government organization designated by recipient, the honor is bestowed for demonstrating significant achievement in lifesaving, showing the courage to look
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beyond the status quo and making bold decisions to improve the lives of dogs and cats, and being a champion of the nokill movement. “Dr. Julie Levy embodies these qualities in the work she has accomplished – and continues to accomplish – towards lifesaving solutions over her entire career,” said Dr. Laurie Peek of the Maddie’s Fund Executive Leadership Team. “We received an overwhelming number of submissions and it was an honor to read about so many deserving contributors within our field. It was a tough decision, however, Dr. Levy was the standout choice for 2017.” Dr. Levy’s career accomplishments are wide-ranging. In addition to her impact teaching students all over the U.S. and globally, some of her notable achievements include:
groundbreaking work with community cats in the early ‘90s through Operation CatNip; advancing the field and credibility of shelter medicine through disease prevention, outbreak response and prioritizing lifesaving over euthanasia; and more recent projects like the Million Cat Challenge, a shelter-based campaign to save the lives of one million cats in North America over a five-year period.
GIVE YOUR CUSTOMERS WHAT THEIR PETS DESERVE.
Furthermore, Dr. Levy has greatly influenced lifesaving through her published research. In a body of work spanning more than two decades and more than 100 journal articles and textbook chapters, she has studied everything from the characteristics of community cat populations to spay/neuter surgery and more, including infectious diseases in dogs rescued after Hurricane Katrina, heartworm in shelter dogs and cats, vaccination and immunity, diagnostic testing for animal shelters, and nonsurgical sterilization and contraception.
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2017 HURRICANE RELIEF FOR FLORIDA VETERINARY PRACTICES This past September, Hurricane Irma caused billions of dollars in damages across the state of Florida. As residents recover from the storm, there are a wide range of resources available to FVMA members impacted by Irma. From this wealth of informa‑ tion, we’ve highlighted help available from the AVMA, FVMA and relevant government agencies below to provide additional insight into these recovery programs. Resources for affected veterinarians include:
INSURANCE AVMA PLIT’s insurance carriers are accepting claims from insured customers in affected areas. If you are insured through AVMA PLIT and need to file a claim, you can find filing infor‑ mation for all carriers on the AVMA PLIT website, at avmaplit. com. The site also offers additional resources to assist with insur‑ ance-related matters and disaster planning and recovery, includ‑ ing: commercial damage assessment, establishing security after a natural disaster, and minimizing interruptions for your business. AVMA LIFE has extended the grace period for premium pay‑ ments an additional 60 days for policyholders affected by the hurricane, and will expedite disability claims for them as well. If you are insured through AVMA LIFE and have questions or need assistance, call (800) 621-6360, or visit avmalife.org.
AVMA DISASTER REIMBURSEMENT GRANTS AVMA member veterinarians who participated in rescue and emergency care related to Hurricane Irma may apply for reim‑ bursement grants through the AVMA’s charity, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF). Member veterinarians who provided temporary boarding to animal victims also are eli‑ gible. For more information, or to apply, please visit avmf.org/ for-veterinarians/disaster-reimbursement-grants/.
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FVMA FOUNDATION ASSISTANCE FVMA members who assisted in rescue, relief, and recovery efforts during Hurricane Irma may apply for reimbursement through the FVMA Foundation, and member veterinarians who provided emergency boarding to animals are also eligible. Addi‑ tionally, members who are facing unreimbursed losses as a result of this storm may be considered for FVMA grant assistance. For more information, please contact the FVMA toll-free at (800) 992-3862 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEMA ASSISTANCE The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers a range of post-hurricane resources to those impacted by Irma. Storm-related information includes the locations of local FEMA disaster recovery centers; disaster loan assistance pro‑ grams for businesses, private non-profit organizations, home‑ owners and renters in affected counties; and rebuilding resources and other related information. To learn more, visit either fema. gov/disaster/4337 or disasterassistance.gov for details.
FEDERAL TAX RELIEF The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers tax relief to areas designated by FEMA as qualifying for either individual assis‑ tance or public assistance in Florida. Following Hurricane Irma, this represents all 67 counties in the state. The declaration per‑ mits the IRS to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in disaster areas. Also, if an affected taxpayer receives a late filing or late pay‑ ment penalty notice from the IRS that has an original or extended filing payment or deposit due date that falls within the postpone‑ ment period, the taxpayer should call the telephone number on the notice to have the IRS abate the penalty. The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the cov‑ ered disaster area and applies automatic filing and payment relief. But affected taxpayers who reside or have a business
located outside the covered disaster area must call the IRS disaster hotline at (866) 562-5227 to request this tax relief. Taxpayers not in the covered disaster area, but whose records necessary to meet a deadline are in the covered disaster area, are also entitled to relief. In addition, all relief workers affiliated with a recognized gov‑ ernment or philanthropic organization assisting in the relief activi‑ ties in the covered disaster area, and any individual visiting the covered disaster area who was injured as a result of the disaster are entitled to relief.
Affected taxpayers in a federally-declared disaster area also have the option of claiming disaster-related casualty losses on their fed‑ eral income tax return for the year in which the event occurred. Individuals also may deduct personal property losses that are not covered by insurance or other reimbursements. Lastly, the IRS also will waive the usual fees and expedite requests for copies of previously-filed tax returns for affected taxpayers. For more information on tax-related hurricane resources, please visit irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-for-victims-of-hurricane-irma-inflorida, or call (800) 829-1040.
BUSINESS RELOCATION REMINDER Any Florida veterinary practice that suffered storm damage and needed to relocate also should contact the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to apply for a new establish‑ ment license for the new location. For more details, visit the Flor‑ ida DBPR website at myfloridalicense.com.
RELIEF ASSISTANCE AT A GLANCE:
The following agencies offer Hurricane Irma disaster-related resources for association members affected by the storm:
• AVMA PLIT
(FOR CUSTOMERS): PHONE: (800) 228-PLIT (7548) WEBSITE: avmaplit.com
• AVMA LIFE
(FOR CUSTOMERS): PHONE: (800) 621-6360 WEBSITE: avmalife.org
• AVMA FOUNDATION REIMBURSEMENT GRANTS (FOR MEMBERS):
• FEMA: PHONE: (800) 621-3362
PHONE: (800) 248-2862, ext. 6690
• IRS: PHONE: (866) 562-5227
• FVMA FOUNDATION REIMBURSEMENT GRANTS (FOR MEMBERS): PHONE: (Toll-free) (800) 992-3862 EMAIL: email@example.com
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WEBSITE: fema.gov/disaster/4337 or disasterassistance.gov
• FLORIDA DBPR:
PHONE: (850) 487-1395
REMINDER - MAY 31, 2017
LICENSE RENEWAL DEADLINE
IS FAST APPROACHING
To renew their license, Florida veterinarians must complete a minimum of 30 hours of CE every two years, and the upcoming deadline for completing this required CE for licensure renewal is on or before May 31, 2018. Rule Chapter 61G18-16, Florida Administrative Code of Chapter 474 of the Florida Statutes outlines the continuing education requirement that Florida veterinarians need for licensure purposes. This rule states that licensed veterinarians must renew their licenses every two years in the even numbered year. The last renewal date was June 1, 2016, and the next renewal date is June 1, 2018. This code stipulates “All licensed veterinarians shall be required to obtain continuing professional education which contributes to the advancement, extension or enhancement of professional skills and knowledge in the field of veterinary medicine.” It also highlights the requirements pertaining to the hours of CE, and types or categories of CE accepted, as well
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as standards that must be upheld and adhered to by the providers of continuing education. CE Requirements for Active Status License Renewal • Completion of 30 hours of continuing professional education in veterinary medicine every two years. • No less than one hour of CE in the area of dispensing legend drugs • No less than two hours of CE in the area of the laws and rules governing the practice of veterinary medicine (Chapters 455 and 474, F.S. and Rule Title 61G18, F.A.C.) • Not more than 15 hours are to be non-interactive, correspondence courses. • Computer online courses that involve on-line, real time, live or delayed participatory questioning or responses are not correspondence courses.
• Not more than five hours in complementary and alternative medicine modalities. • Not more than five hours of CE in business, practice management courses or stress and impairment seminars. • Five hours of CE in laws and rules may be obtained once during the biennium by attending a full day or eight hours of a Board of Veterinary Medicine meeting where disciplinary hearings are conducted by the board. The attendee must sign in with the executive director of the board or designee before the meeting begins; must remain in continuous attendance; must sign out with the executive director of the board or designee at the end of the meeting day or at a time earlier as affirmatively authorized by the board. Please note that one hour of CE equals a minimum of 50 minutes and a maximum of 60 minutes. Total hours of lecture time cannot be added up and divided into 50 minute intervals to obtain one hour credit for each 50 minute interval. For additional details on CE requirements in Florida, including information on requirements for an inactive status license, please visit the Florida Department of State’s Administrative Code and Administrative Register website at flrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome. asp?Chapter=61G18-16
For more on licensure renewal, please visit the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation website at myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/vetm/. They also can be contacted at: DBPR Board of Veterinary Medicine 1940 N Monroe St Tallahassee, FL 32399 (850) 487-1395 The FVMA offers several opportunities to earn CE hours prior to the May 31st deadline at upcoming conferences, and Florida-licensed veterinarians also may obtain the required CE of one hour in the area of dispensing legend drugs and two hours in the area of laws and rules governing the practice of veterinary medicine at each of these events: • The 55th Annual Ocala Equine Conference on January 19-21, 2018 at the Hilton Ocala in Ocala, Fla. For more information, visit eventscribe. com/2018/FAEP-OEC/. • The 89th FVMA Annual Conference on April 5-8, 2018 at the Tampa Convention Center/Tampa Marriott Waterside in Tampa, Fla. For conference information, please call the FVMA office toll-free at (800) 992-3862, or visit fvma.org.
Florida Licensed Veterinarians may obtain the required CE of one hour in the area of dispensing legend drugs and two hours in the area of laws and rules governing the practice of veterinary medicine at the following upcoming FVMA conferences: • The 55th Annual Ocala Equine Conference on January 19-21, 2018 at the Hilton Ocala in Ocala, Fla. For more information, visit eventscribe.com/2018/FAEP-OEC/. • The 89th FVMA Annual Conference on April 5-8, 2018 at the Tampa Convention Center/Tampa Marriott Waterside in Tampa, Fla. For conference information, please call the FVMA office tollfree at (800) 992-3862, or visit fvma.org. To learn more about Florida veterinarian CE requirements, visit flrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome. asp?Chapter=61G18-16 For more information on veterinarian licensure renewal, visit the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation website at myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/vetm/.
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Biomedical Waste Best
Practices for Veterinarians The FVMA recently has received several requests from mem‑ bers for information about biomedical waste- what qualifies as this type of veterinary waste, and how to properly manage, store and dispose of it. With this in mind, the association reached out to relevant government agencies to provide insight into biomedi‑ cal waste best practices.
IS THE DEFINITION OF WHAT BIOMEDICAL WASTE? More than two decades after the Medical Waste Tracking Act was passed and prompted state medical waste regulations, there still seems to be some confusion about which items qualify as regulated medical or biomedical waste. In Florida, Section 381.0098 of the Florida Statute, and Chapter 64E-16 of the Florida Administrative Code provide guidance to facilities that generate biomedical waste to aid them in ensuring proper management of this kind of waste. The Florida Adminis‑ trative Code describes this waste as: Any solid or liquid waste which may present a threat of infection
to humans, including non-liquid tissue, body parts, blood, blood products, and body fluids from humans and other primates; laboratory and veterinary wastes which contain human disease-causing agents; and discarded sharps. The following are also included: (a) Used, absorbent materials saturated with blood, blood products, body fluids, or excretions or secretions contaminated with visible blood; and absorbent materials saturated with blood or blood products that have dried; and (b) Non-absorbent, disposable devices that have been contaminated with blood, body fluids or, secretions or excretions visibly contaminated with blood, but have not been treated by an approved method. Sharps, medical devices, cultures, bandages/sponges, and other animal waste should be considered biomedical waste only when they contain human pathogens or they have been used on an animal with a disease that can be transmitted to humans. This includes but is not limited to rabies, brucellosis, tuberculosis, etc. Should they not contain or are not contaminated with a human pathogen, it is normally not considered biomedical waste. All waste generated from work on primates must be considered biomedical waste and disposed into the biomedical waste stream.
BIOMEDICAL MANAGING WASTE The code also prescribes that any person or facility that produces biomedical waste is a biomedical waste generator, who must follow the Florida Department of Health’s guidelines on the handling of the waste. The Depart‑ ment of Health has primary authority and responsibility for facilities that generate, transport, store, or treat bio‑ medical waste through processes other than incineration, while the Florida Department of Environmental Protec‑ tion is responsible for biomedical waste incineration and final disposal. When biomedical waste is improperly managed, it places the veterinary team, sanitation workers, and the general public at risk for contracting and spreading dangerous diseases. Using the state administrative code definition above, veterinary clinics are biomedical waste generators, and are part of a group described in the code which includes hospitals, skilled nursing or convalescent hospitals, intermediate care facilities, clinics, dialysis
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AND STAFF PERMITS TRAINING In addition to developing and operating a plan with which to manage biomedical waste, all biomedical waste facilities must obtain an annual permit from the department, and this includes biomedical waste gen‑ erators, storage facilities, treatment facilities, and waste sharps collection programs. After 12 months of opera‑ tion, any facility that has produced less than 25 pounds of monthly biomedical waste may apply for a permit fee exemption during the next permit renewal period. When a business moves to a new location, the owner is required to complete and submit a new biomedical waste permit with the new address. There is no charge for a change of address. Also, staff who handle biomedical waste as part of their work responsibilities must be trained before they begin to carry out those duties; and they must complete annual refresher training. Biomedical waste manage‑ ment records also must be retained for three years, and they should be available for review by the Department of Health. The following are highlights of the state of Florida’s biomedical storage, containment, labeling and mark‑ ing, and disposal guidelines. For additional information regarding these requirements, visit flrules.org/gateway/ ChapterHome.asp?Chapter=64e-16. clinics, dental offices, health maintenance organizations, labora‑ tories, surgical clinics, medical buildings, physicians’ offices, and funeral homes. With this in mind, the code further directs veterinary clinics that produce biomedical waste to implement a written plan to manage biomedical waste in accordance with 64E-16. The plan must be available to the staff and to the Department of Health for review. And the plan must include the following: • A description of training for personnel • Procedures for segregating, labeling, packaging, trans‑ porting, storing, and treating biomedical waste • Procedures for decontaminating biomedical waste spills • A contingency plan for emergencies To guide veterinary practices and other biomedical waste gen‑ erators, the Department of Health provides a model biomedi‑ cal waste operating plan to assist facilities in documenting their procedures for management of biomedical waste on its website
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STORING SAFELY BIOMEDICAL WASTE Generator facilities may store biomedical waste up to 30 days, and this period of time begins when the first non-sharps item of biomedical waste is placed into a red bag or sharps container, or when a sharps container containing only sharps is sealed. Indoor storage areas must have restricted access and be desig‑ nated in the written operating plan. They should be located away from pedestrian traffic, in a vermin and insect-free location, and must be maintained in a sanitary condition. These areas should be easily cleanable and impervious to liquids. Outdoor storage areas, including containers and trailers, in addition to the above criteria, should be clearly marked with the international biological hazard symbol and be secured against vandalism and unauthorized entry. The international biologi‑ cal hazard symbol signage on an outdoor storage area must be a minimum of six inches in diameter.
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REQUIREMENTS CONTAINMENT AND RED BAG GUIDELINES Biomedical waste, except sharps, should be packaged and sealed at the point of origin in impermeable, red plastic bags or into sharps containers. Biomedical waste packages should remain sealed until treatment, except when compacted in accordance with biomedical regulations. Ruptured or leaking packages of biomedical waste must be placed into larger packaging without disturbing the original seal. Any packages containing biomedical waste must be visibly identifiable with the international biologi‑ cal hazard symbol and one of the following phrases: “BIOMEDI‑ CAL WASTE,” “BIOHAZARDOUS WASTE,” “BIOHAZARD,” “INFECTIOUS WASTE,” or “INFECTIOUS SUBSTANCE.” Approved biomedical waste disposal bags or red bags com‑ pliant with Chapter 64E-16, Florida Administrative Code, can be found online at floridahealth.gov/Environmental-Health/ biomedical-waste/red-bag-list.html. Other red bags also may be used if they meet the construction standards required by the Florida code. Sharps must be discarded at the point of origin into single use or reusable sharps containers. Needles and scalpel blades cannot be placed directly into double-walled corrugated containers, and sharps containers must be sealed when full. A sharps container is considered full when materials placed into it reach the designated fill line, or, if a fill line is not indicated, when additional materials cannot be placed into the container without cramming or when no additional materials are to be placed in the container. Other requirements for sharps include: • Permanently mounted sharps container holders should include the phrase and the international biological hazard symbol if this information on the sharps container is concealed by the sharps container holder; • Reusable sharps containers can only be emptied into a treatment cart or directly into a treatment unit. They must be constructed of smooth, easily cleanable materials, and must be decontaminated after each use; • The international biological hazard symbol is required to be at least one inch in diameter on sharps containers; • All outer containers should be rigid, leak-resistant, and puncture-resistant. • The international biological hazard symbol must be at least six inches in diameter on outer containers 19´´ x 14´´ or larger, and at least one inch in diameter on outer containers less than 19´´ x 14´´.
LABELING AND MARKING REGULATIONS
Biomedical waste bags and sharps containers should be labeled with the generator's name and address unless treatment occurs at the generating facility. If a bag or sharps container is placed
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into a larger bag prior to transport, the label for the exterior bag must comply with biomedical labeling regulations. Inner bags and inner sharps containers are exempt from these labeling requirements.
BIOMEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL Florida state law requires biomedical waste generators to use an approved, registered biomedical waste transporter to properly dispose of this type of waste. A complete list of these transport‑ ers in Florida can be found at floridahealth.gov/environmentalhealth/biomedical-waste/bmw-transporter-list.html.
BEST PRACTICES Although most veterinary waste will not be considered bio‑ medical waste because it does not contain human pathogens or has been used on an animal with a disease that can be transmitted to humans, some waste may qualify as such. It is therefore impor‑ tant to have a written plan to manage biomedical waste and the appropriate equipment (i.e. approved red bags and sharps con‑ tainers) so that there will be no questions during an inspection. For more information on proper biomedical waste procedures, please contact the Florida Department of Health Biomedical Waste Program at (850) 245-4277, or visit their website at florida‑ health.gov/Environmental-Health/biomedical-waste/index.html.
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Confirmation A confirmation of your registration will be emailed to you from the FAEP. Please contact an FAEP representative if any information in the confirmation is incorrect for timely correction of the error.
Cancellation Policy Cancellation deadline for a full refund of registration fees minus a $50 administrative charge is December 22, 2017. Cancellations should be submitted to the FAEP in writing and acknowledged by the above date to be eligible for a refund. Cancellations after December 22, 2017, and no-shows are not refundable.
Name Badges Name badges are required and will be checked at all conference functions. You must be a registered conference attendee to receive a badge. An attendee traveling with a spouse/guest who does not want to attend the CE sessions may purchase a spouse/guest badge that allows the spouse/guest to attend all other conference food and social events for a cost of $95. That cost also covers lunch on Saturday, and Sunday.
On-Site Registration On-site registration will be available at the Hilton Ocala at the FAEP Registration Desk. REGISTRATION HOURS Saturday, Jan. 20 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
HOST HOTEL & TRANSPORTATION Hotel Reservations A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Ocala located at 3600 SW 36th Ave., Ocala, FL 34474. The special room rates begin at $139.00, plus applicable taxes. Special extended stay reservations have been set up for the group rates from January 17-22nd, subject to availability. To reserve your room today, call the Group Reservations Department at Hilton Ocala at (352) 8541400. When making your reservations, be sure to request the FAEP special room rate. The room block ends on December 22, 2017,
or until the block is full, so be sure to reserve your room early to guarantee your stay at the Conference Host Hotel.
Air Transportation There are two nearby airport destinations for the FAEP’s 55th Annual Ocala Equine Conference. One is the Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) in Gainesville, FL, located only 43 miles from the Hilton Ocala. The other is Orlando International Airport (MCO) in Orlando, FL, located 85 miles from the Hilton Ocala.
Each 50-minute lecture is equal to one continuing education credit. Attendees may earn up to 25 credit hours. For your convenience in recording your CE hours, one certificate will be included in your registration packet. It is your responsibility to document the sessions you attend and the number of hours you receive. (Separate certificates will be issued at the wet lab, Dispensing Legend Drugs and Florida Laws & Rules Governing Veterinary Medicine).
Proceedings One complimentary access code for electronic proceedings will be provided to each registered attendee. Additional codes may be purchased at the FAEP registration desk.
Conference Exhibit Hall The Exhibit Hall at the 55th Annual Ocala Equine Conference will provide attendees with a dynamic networking opportunity to make contacts and to interact with industry representatives and other members of the equine veterinary medical care team. CONFERENCE EXHIBIT HALL HOURS Saturday, Jan. 20 9:40 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21 9:40 a.m. – 1:40 p.m.
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Airport/Ocala Shuttle Service A special FAEP group rate has been arranged with Shuttleliner of Ocala for those flying into the Orlando International Airport traveling to the Ocala Equine Conference. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR GUARANTEED SERVICE. Please call (352) 2379900 or visit www.shuttleliner.com to book your discounted conference transportation.
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AL OCALA EQUINE CO SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE
7:00 a.m. Packet Pick-Up and Registration Desk Opens
7:00 a.m. Packet Pick-Up and Registration Desk Opens 8:00 a.m. 8:50 a.m.
Examination of the Horse Eye Brooks
Satisfies Florida's 1-hour CE Requirement for
Ulcerative Keratopathies of the Horse
Continental Breakfast Served in Room
DISPENSING LEGEND DRUGS 8:50 a.m. 9:40 a.m.
7:00 a.m. 7:50 a.m.
9:40 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Break - Visit the Exhibit Hall 10:10 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. 11:50 a.m.
Nonulcerative Keratopathies of the Horse Brooks
Immune Mediated and Non-Immune Mediated Iridocyclitis in the Horse
Selecting Diagnostics in Equine Reproduction, a Clinical Approach Ferris
8:00 a.m. 8:50 a.m.
Brooks 11:50 a.m. - 1:35 p.m. Lunch
1:35 p.m. 2:25 p.m.
Sport Horse Lameness
2:30 p.m. 3:20 p.m.
Gizmos and Gadgets, Witchcraft or Wizardry?
Current Understanding of Biofilm and Latent Endometritis Ferris
8:50 a.m. 9:40 a.m.
Turner 9:40 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Break - Visit the Exhibit Hall
Turner 3:20 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Break - Visit the Exhibit Hall
3:50 p.m. 4:40 p.m.
4:40 p.m. 5:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m. 8:40 p.m.
Training and Rehabilitation Turner
Practical Equine Rehabilitation for the Equine Practitioner
Update on Treatment of Uterine Infections Ferris
Interactive Workup/Management of Various Emergency Presentations in the Field Hall
Turner 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception in the Exhibit Hall 6:30 p.m. - 8:40 p.m. Complimentary Dinner
10:30 a.m. 11:20 a.m.
11:20 a.m. 12:10 p.m.
12:10 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. - Lunch
Sport Horse Trauma
1:50 p.m. 2:40 p.m.
Satisfies Florida's 2-hour CE Requirement for
Practical Use and Interpretation of Point of Care Readers in the Field: Lactate, SAA, ISTAT, and Glucometers
FLORIDA LAWS AND RULES GOVERNING THE PRACTICE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE PART 1 AND PART 2
2:40 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
Bayó 3:35 p.m. - Bingo Raffle Drawing - Must Be Present to Win!
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS This program is approved by: Sponsor of Continuing Education in New York State Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine, DBPR FVMA Provider # 31
American Association of Veterinary State Boa
This program 532-30775 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offe the subject matter categories of: Category One: Scientific using ascertaining each board's CE requirements. RACE does not "acc
VISIT THE EXHIBIT HALL All Lectures held at the Hilton Ocala
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CONFERENCE EXHIBIT HALL Be sure to stop by and visit more than 50 exhibitors displaying the very latest in equine-exclusive products and services. EXHIBIT HALL HOURS Saturday . . . . . . . . 9:40 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Sunday . . . . . . . . . 9:40 a.m. - 1:40 p.m. The 55th Annual Ocala Equine Conference Exhibit Hall provides exhibitors and attendees with a valuable networking opportunity on Saturday and Sunday. Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of face-to-face contact with industry representatives.
E asy W ays T o R egister Register Today and Save! After December 22, 2017 add $50 Per Registrant. Online:
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ards RACE, Provider #532
er a total of 25.00 CE Credits (25.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 25.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (25.00 max). This RACE approval is for g the delivery method of Seminar/LectureLab/Wet Lab. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for credit" or "endorse" or "certify" any program or person, nor does RACE approval validate the content of the program.
$139 Per night
ANNUAL OCALA EQUINE CONFERENCE
JANUARY 19-21, 2018 | OCALA, FLORIDA
A Proud Tradition of Quality Equine Practitioner Education
January 19-21, 2018 • Ocala, Florida
PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE: December 22, 2017 CONFERENCE HOST HOTEL HILTON OCALA
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ve $5 q My FAEP/FVMA Membership is current 0 PR E R EG IS TER q Yes, I would like to take advantage of the FAEP/FVMA joint membership special offer and register BY D E C . 22 for the 55th Annual Ocala Equine Conference as a member! I qualify for the following Membership Category (please check one) qRegular Member $255.00 qRecent Graduate (within last 2 years) $141.00 qState/Federal Employee $141.00 qPart-Time Employee $141.00 qNon-FL Resident $104.00
SPECIAL ROOM RATES
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New FAEP/FVMA Member Fee
Your Registration Includes All of the Following
CE Lectures All Breaks Saturday Lunch Buffet Saturday Dinner
Cocktail Reception Sunday Lunch Buffet
FAEP/FVMA Member On or Before December 22nd q $445.00 After December 22nd q $495.00 To register at the discounted member rate, your FAEP/FVMA dues must be current! DVM Non-Member On or Before December 22nd q $645.00 After December 22nd q $695.00 Veterinary Technician q $195.00 DVM Student Registration – Currently enrolled in an AVMA-accredited veterinary college. q $195.00 School Attending ____________________________________________________________________________________ Spouse/Guest Registration – Spouse registration allows entrance to the exhibit hall, social events, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and Dinner on Saturday. Spouses who wish to attend C.E. sessions must pay full registration fees. Spouse/Guest Name _____________________________________________________________________ q $95.00
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Comprehensive Equine Ultrasound Wet Lab q Wet Lab with Conf. Reg. $695
Friday, January 19, Wet Lab Fee
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FOR THE 2018 FVMA ANNUAL AWARDS FVMA SERVICE AWARDS NOMINATIONS DEADLINE IS JAN. 3, 2018 The eight award categories for 2018 include:
R E D N I REM The deadline to submit nominations for the 2018 FVMA Annual Awards is January 3, 2018. Awards in several categories will be determined by a special committee in early January, and recipients will be presented with plaques of recognition at a gala award ceremony to be held in conjunction with the 89th FVMA Annual Conference, which is scheduled for April 5-8, 2018, at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. The FVMA Service Awards Program is an important one which provides association members an opportunity to honor deserving colleagues who are exemplary veterinarians and team members, and who unselfishly serve the profession and their clients.
• Gold Star • Veterinarian of the Year • Lifetime Achievement • Distinguished Service • Citizen of the Year • CVT of the Year • Team Member of the Year • Pet Hero The full descriptions and criteria for nominating deserving individuals for the 2018 FVMA Annual Awards, along with nomination forms, can be found at www.fvma.org. Members can also call the FVMA toll-free at (800) 9923862 for assistance in nominating a deserving colleague or friend for an award.
The annual awards also highlight exceptional service by Florida citizens who have dedicated time, talent and services to the enhancement and protection of the veterinary profession. Awards include a “Citizen of the Year,” and nominated pets can be inducted into the “Pet Hall of Fame” with a Pet Hero Award.
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FVMA Legislative Action Days January 17-18, 2018
Make Plans to Attend!
On January 17-18, 2018, the FVMA’s Legislative Action Days, an integral part of our annual grassroots advocacy effort, will take place in Tallahassee. FVMA executive board members, the association’s legislative committee, and other members will meet at the Capitol to advocate for the veterinary profession, and to support animal and public health in Florida. Members are encouraged to join their fellow association colleagues for this exciting legislative event, which is a great learning experience, and allows attendees to participate in the state legislative process. In past years, the FVMA has scored significant victories for the veterinary profession in the state of Florida, with legislation that has included the restoration of duty-free status for therapeutic diets, and new laws that ensure Florida veterinarians can continue to dispense compounded medications to their patients’ owners and caregivers.
WHAT IS LEGISLATIVE ACTION DAYS? This advocacy event provides members with unique opportunities to engage their senators and representatives in Tallahassee during the Florida legislative session. Legislative Action Days takes place over two days, and includes a workshop for attending members to be updated regarding current senate and house bills of significance to the veterinary profession. This workshop also introduces members who are new to the legislative process to the proactive advocacy strategies of the FVMA. The event also serves as a planning session for the association’s strategies for the second day of Legislative Action Days, when FVMA delegates convene at the Capitol. The legislative workshop is attended by the FVMA executive board, the legislative committee and other Legislative Action Days attendees, and will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17th. On Thursday, January 18th, the group will meet at the Capitol with their respective legislators, via appointments pre-scheduled by the FVMA staff. First-time delegates are paired with veteran attendees for visits with their legislators.
WHY YOU SHOULD GET INVOLVED The FVMA’s Legislative Action Days is one of the best opportunities that members have to be involved in the work of their state association, and it is an excellent opportunity to represent the local VMA/VMS membership at the state Capitol. This yearly event is an invaluable component of the FVMA’s grassroots advocacy program. Members’ participation helps to present a powerful voice on issues before leaders in Tallahassee that will impact the veterinary profession and the well-being of the animals veterinarians care for in this state.
HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE Delegates will stay at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Tallahassee. Registration to attend is required by the FVMA, as there are group events planned and registration enables the association to plan for all attendees. Pre-registration also enables FVMA staff to secure appointments for attending delegates with their legislators, subject to the availability of their political representatives. Attendance at Legislative Action Days is free for FVMA members.
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Legislative priorities for 2018 include a bill to amend the Veterinary Practice Act, F.S. 474. Senate and house sponsors have been secured for the bill, which is now being drafted. This bill provides the necessary definitions to help better regulate veterinary medicine, and will improve enforcement of statutory prohibitions against unlicensed veterinary practices. These defini‑ tions use language consistent with the definitions contained in the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Model Practice Act. The passage of our 2018 amendment bill will significantly enhance patient safety and better protect Florida consumers. FVMA Legislative Chair, Richard B. Williams, DVM, and the FVMA Legislative Committee began preparations for the FVMA’s 2018 legislative initiative this past summer. The committee pre‑ sented its plan of action to the FVMA Executive Board at a board meeting held in Orlando on August 12, 2017. The committee, along with members of the executive board, our members, and government consultants, will aggressively work to ensure this year’s amendment bill clarifying the practice of veterinary medicine in the Veterinary Practice Act passes in the spring. For more information about 2018 legislative priorities, please visit our website at fvma.org/advocacy, or call (407) 851-3862. The FVMA also can be reached toll-free at (800) 992-3862, and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Legislative Action Days Schedule of Events Wednesday, January 17, 2018 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Legislative Workshop Group Dinner
The FVMA will host a group dinner following the Legislative Workshop. If you are traveling with a spouse or guest, they are invited to attend.
HOLIDAY INN & SUITES 2725 GRAVES ROAD TALLAHASSEE, FL 32303 (850) 536-2000
Thursday, January 18, 2018 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. 8:30 a.m.
Group Breakfast Final Review of FVMA Legislative Priorities and “Charge to Delegates” Delegates will drive to the Capitol on their own and park at the Kleman Plaza Parking Garage one block from the Capitol
The FVMA will host a group breakfast Thursday morning prior to our visit to the Capitol. Following breakfast, we will recap our legislative agenda and then head to the Capitol for our scheduled appointments.
APPOINTMENTS WITH LEGISLATORS Registration for this event is free for members, but pre-registration is required. Should you have any questions on registration, please contact the FVMA office at (800) 992-3862 . To ensure a successful visit to the Capitol, FVMA staff will secure appointments for you with legislators from your respective district. These appointments are made subject to the legislators’ availabilities. Members attending Legislative Action Days for the first time will be paired with seasoned veterans to make sure you gain the most out of your Capitol visit. We encourage all members to take the opportunity and participate in this important grassroots advocacy event! WWW.FVMA.ORG |
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PRACTICE GOT A QUESTION? THE FVMA CAN HELP. One of the benefits of membership in the FVMA is our helpline, (800) 992-3862, available to members daily, Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Our helpline also provides insight to the FVMA staff, of the challenges and concerns of our members. In this feature, we will highlight topics from the questions we received in preceding weeks, in an effort to keep our members up-to-date on current concerns as well as regulatory and legislative changes.
Does the state of Florida have any guidelines regarding how long a veterinary practice should keep their old controlled substance use logs (controlled drug logs)? According to the DEA website, the U.S. Controlled Substances Act states they should be maintained at least two years. Does Florida have any differing guidelines for how long to keep controlled drug logs? A: Florida law requires veterinarians to keep records for all controlled substances used or dispensed for three years. Veterinarians must maintain records or invoices of controlled substances received for a two- year period after the last quantity of each controlled substance on the invoice has been depleted.
I need to apply for a premise permit (establishment license). What do I need to do? A: Complete the application and return it with the $250.00 fee. After receipt of the application, an inspection of the facility will be requested by the board. A temporary permit will be issued until the inspection process is complete. You are allowed to operate under the temporary permit until the permanent permit is issued. After licensure, the clinic will be inspected once every two years. The fee per inspection is $60. The premise permit application is located online at www.MyFloridaLicense.com > Apply For/ Update Licenses.
I am a licensed practitioner in Florida and will temporarily be working out of another hospital. They have a complete pharmacy and I am curious about the legalities of purchasing medications from her directly to dispense to my patients. From what I can find, as long as the total is less than 5% of what is sold in a year, it is legal and ok under the law. So I could then become a “client” and these medications can be sold directly to me/my PLLC. Would this hold for non-controlled and controlled medications? This practitioner purchased medications through her license and not an HCCE. Would it be different in either case? A: FVMA legal counsel advises: A veterinarian may only purchase medications from a licensed
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drug wholesaler. The 5% rule is something that the DEA allows for the transfer of controlled substances between DEA registrants, but just because DEA allows it does not mean that it complies with Florida law. If the doctor is buying drugs to resell/dispense, he or she must get those drugs from an entity that has a proper Chapter 499, F.S. permit as a drug wholesaler. The answer is the same for controlled/non controlled and whether the drugs were purchased by the individual vet or through an HCCE.
My clinic is moving to a new location. Do I need a new license for the clinic? A: Yes, you must submit a new premise permit application and a fee of $250.00 to receive a new license number. The premise permit application is located online at www.MyFloridaLicense. com > Apply For/Update Licenses.
Can you explain the requirements for installing a sprinkler system in newly-constructed veterinary clinic and hospitals? A: The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has written codes and standards for sprinkler systems and other fire-protection equipment. A code is a model, or set of rules that subject matter experts recommend for others to follow. These are not laws, but can be adopted into law. A standard tends be more elaborate, and includes the various details of meeting a code. Here is some information provided by the NFPA as it pertains to veterinary practices: NFPA 150 - Standard on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities Scope 1.1 Scope. 1.1.1 This standard shall provide the minimum requirements for the design, construction, fire protection, and classification of animal housing facilities. A.1.1.1 The requirements of NFPA 150 recognize the following fundamental principles: (1) Animals are sentient beings with a value greater than that of simple property. (2) Animals, both domesticated and feral, lack the ability of self-preservation when housed in buildings and other structures. (3) Current building, fire, and life safety codes do not address
the life safety of the animal occupants. The requirements found in NFPA 150 are written with the intention that animal housing facilities will continue to be designed, constructed, and maintained in accordance with the applicable building, fire, and life safety codes. The requirements herein are not intended to replace or rewrite the basic requirements for the human occupants. Instead, NFPA 150 provides additional minimum requirements for the protection of the animal occupants and the human occupants who interact with those animals in these facilities. NFPA 150 is divided into three major sections: The first section, Chapters 1 through 3, contains only administrative requirements, while the second section, Chapters 4 through 10, provides general requirements for all facilities housing animals (i.e., facility subclassification, animal category, construction, means of egress, fire protection, and interior finish requirements), and the third section, Chapters 11â€“13, includes specific requirements focused on the class of the facility. 1.1.2 Animal housing facilities shall be designed, constructed, and maintained in accordance with the adopted building, fire, and life safety codes and the requirements herein. 1.1.3 Where requirements of this standard differ from the adopted fire prevention, life safety, and building codes, the requirements of this standard shall govern the protection of the animal occupants and animal handlers. The full document can be found at: http://www.nfpa.org/ codes-and-standards/all-codes-and-standards/list-of-codesand-standards/detail?code=150 In the state of Florida, the Florida Fire Prevention Code is adopted by the state fire marshal at three-year intervals as required by Chapter 633.202, Florida Statutes. This complex set of fire code provisions are enforced by the local fire official within each county, municipality, and special fire district in the state. With this in mind, consulting with the local authorities in the county where the veterinary facility will be located is recommended.
If I have someone bring in a microchipped dog to my facility, and the dog is microchipped to a different owner, what are the legalities for me to contact the registered owner of the microchip and return the dog to them? Does the dog at that point belong to the registered microchip owner or the person in possession of the dog? The person in possession of the dog has no proof that the dog is theirs. A: The purpose of microchipping a dog is to reunite it with its owner in the event the dog is lost. In the vast majority of cases, the dog will be found under circumstances that show the dog is lost or abandoned, and the animal control folks will "wand" the dog to detect a microchip and contact the owner. A legitimate VCP relationship is established when the client brings the patient to the vet, arranges for treatment, and assumes
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the financial responsibility for same. When that happens, the person is now considered your client, and with that comes an obligation to maintain confidentiality. So, if you contact the "microchip owner" without authorization from your client, you are breaching your duty to your client to maintain confidentiality of the relationship. There are four possible reasons why a dog microchipped to person A is now under the control of person B. A could have sold or given the dog away to B. A lost the dog and B found it and took it in as his/her own. B stole the dog from A. In three of these four reasons, B has not done anything wrong. Regarding proof that the dog is theirs- someone can have paperwork showing purchase from a pet store (or breeder), records from a previous vet, AKC registration or other documents which tend to demonstrate ownership, but the absence of such is not proof of non-ownership. Under the law, the greatest indication of ownership over personal property is possession. In the absence of any other factor that would indicate the client is not the rightful owner (i.e. fliers in the neighborhood describing the dog as lost), there is no legal obligation to contact the microchip owner. Ethically speaking, you can discuss with the client that the dog was wanded and a microchip registered to another person appeared as a result. Explain to them that under such circumstances you need to obtain clarification as to ownership for insurance/ risk management purposes, since performing treatment on an animal without the consent of the owner can have legal consequences. Then tell the client that he/she is obviously an animal lover, and would understand the benefit of reuniting an animal with its owner. Next, clarification of ownership can be as simple as the client telling you that they bought or received the dog as a gift from the microchip registered owner, and you should accept their answer as conclusive and not make any further inquiry or contact the microchip owner. In this situation, one of two things will happen: The client will confess and agree to contact the microchip owner, or the client will say I bought the dog or received it as a gift. In the latter case, there are two possibilities: the client is telling the truth, or perhaps theyâ€™re not. If he/she is not being truthful, they clearly care enough for the pet to bring it to the clinic for care, ensuring the dog is okay.
END NOTE: The ultimate responsibility in
the practice of veterinary medicine lies with the licensed veterinarian. Professional discretion must always be exercised.
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CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS VETERINARIANS WANTED VETERINARIAN WANTED – NAPLES, FL: Experienced associate veterinarian needed for a very busy small animal practice. Big Cypress Animal Clinic in Naples, FL is a 2nd generation, AAHA-accredited practice with a well-established clientele. Position is full-time including every other Saturday. Looking for energetic, hardworking professional. Please send resume to email@example.com or contact David Randall at (239) 398-0848. (3,4,5/17: ID#2806) VETERINARIAN WANTED- PORT ST. LUCIE, FL: Prima Vista Animal Hospital has openings for veterinarians in our busy 2-3 Doctor small animal practice. Up to $92,000 base salary with experience and bonus compensation for Doctor production leaves time to enjoy beautiful Treasure Coast beaches and fishing, no emergency call. Excellent opportunity to build a veterinary team that serves a very compliant clientele. Experienced Manager directs client service and team training to free Doctors up to offer patient care. Our clients and staff understand the value of communication and diagnostics. Modern, well equipped facility with digital radiography, IDEXX in house lab system, digital dental radiography and Avimark software. Experienced veterinarians with current Florida license. Must have good surgical skills and ability to work well in multi-doctor setting. Ability to communicate value of services to clients. Acceptable applicants must have good team skills with colleagues and staff. Drug Free Workplace. Signing bonus available. Health, dental, vision insurances available, AVMA dues, PLIT & DEA license paid. 2 weeks paid time off, IRA offered, $2000 CE budget. Pay and benefits will be prorated for part time status. Employee status only - no contract labor. Please email resume to Debbie Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 850-202-2020. (5/17; ID#7438) VETERINARIAN WANTED - WINTER PARK FL: Florida Licensed Vet wanted. 85 K to 140 K (depending on the amount of clinical and surgical experience.) DrLarryAdkins@gmail.com 407-529-5651 LowCostPetHospitals.com (5/17; ID#28095) VETERINARIAN WANTED – SPRING HILL, FL: FT experienced veterinarian needed. Three doctor practice needs a third. "Salary commensurate..." either salaried or production can be worked out. No afterhours emergency work. Retirement (SIRA), $1000 CE Allowance, Personal Time and Group Health available. We have lots of toys: digital radiography with web based PACS, K-Laser, Tonometer, Complete in-house Idexx lab, photo microscopy, new surgical suite, new Dentaire machine, Ultrasound with color doppler yada yada yada. Our biggest asset, however, is on the human side. We serve a great middle-class retirement clientele that appreciate what we do for them and have the time to do what we ask of them in the care of their pets. We also home the most talented, cooperative, experienced, caring bunch of chuckleheads you could ever call staff (or family). This is an unusually warm, friendly, low key, yet professional environment to work in. Hassle free small town living with big town benefits nearby. Please send resume and references to HICKDOC@AOL.COM or come by and visit us in Spring Hill., Florida (One hour from Tampa-St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Mexico). Check us out at WACSPRINGHILL.COM Hurricane free since 1921! J K Hicks DVM, 3501 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606 / 352.683.1512 (5/17; #28184) EQUINE ASSOCIATE VETERINARIAN WANTED – PALM CITY, FL: We are a growing four DVM equine practice in south Florida, looking for a capable, competent fifth equine practitioner to join our team. Whilst we are known for having a special interest in lameness and reproduction, we also have a large year round clientele that we provide first opinion care for (vaccines, dentals, emergencies, eyes, internal medicine cases). The ideal candidate for this position would be internship trained and would have solid basic skills. You would also appreciate having a super nice facility to work out of with state of the art equipment accessible at all times. We have a great team of DVM's and support staff that work cohesively to provide excellent quality patient care and customer service. Quality of life is paramount in our practice. The addition of a fifth veterinarian will ensure that everyone
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has time to enjoy our beautiful beaches and outdoor activities. Palm City is 15 minutes from the ocean, 45 mins from West Palm Beach and 2 hrs from Miami or Orlando. Martin County has excellent schools and is a great place to call home. Competitive salary +/- production, CE/Benefits Please email/ call me for more information. Carolyn ToddHorsevetfl@gmail.com 561 818 2838 (5/17; ID#3912) VETERINARIAN WANTED - LOS ANGELES, CA: Temple City Animal Hospital is a busy four-doctor practice with a daily load of challenging medical cases. AAHA-accredited since 1955, our hospital features a full in-house lab, daily external lab access, digital X-Ray, dental X-Ray, a full surgical suite, therapeutic laser, dispensary, radiology and laboratory consultancy, ultrasound and a well-trained support staff assisting our doctors. Our clients are engaged and compliant and appreciate our doctors and staff. Our client base continues to grow through word-of-mouth and marketing. We look forward to meeting you and showing you our hospital and hearing about your 2+ years experience and your excellent surgical and medical skills. Temple City is located 13 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Our community features excellent school districts, access to cultural life and nearby beaches and mountains. We are offering a $5,000 signing/relocation bonus, payable after 30 days of employment, to an associate beginning employment on or before November 22, 2017. Please e-mail your resume to email@example.com (5/17; ID#38638) VETERINARIAN WANTED - THE VILLAGES, FL: Small animal veterinarian wanted for a relatively new and growing hospital located in The Villages Florida. We are conveniently located midway between Orlando and Gainesville and about 1 hour from the Atlantic coast. We are well equipped in a new facility (only 4 years old) with digital radiography, digital dental radiography, in house laboratory equipment and therapeutic laser. We have a mobile board certified radiologist visit routinely to provide ultrasounds for our patients. We have experienced support staff and affluent clientele. We provide a relaxed daily work environment and reasonable weekly schedule. Compensation includes generous salary, paid personal time off, CE allowance, Simple IRA contributions and association memberships. Experience is preferred but new graduates will be considered. Please email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org(5/17; ID#5816) VETERINARIAN WANTED – FT. MYERS, FL: My partner and I are searching for two Veterinarians for a new small animal practice in Ft Myers, Fl that will be opening at the end of this year. We are looking to create a positive environment for our employees, patients and clients and want to be known as a hospital that offers high quality medicine where clients trust us with their pets and love coming back to us. Pay rate: 90,000-100,000; Benefits: Health Insurance, Buy-In not required, ProSal, CE and uniform Allowance, No on-call shifts, Specialty/ER Hospitals are close by, Apply: email@example.com Two weeks paid vacation initially (5/17; ID#38639) VETERINARIAN WANTED – TAMPA BAY, FL: BluePearl Veterinary Partners is seeking a full time ER clinician to join our team in Tampa Bay, Florida. Our BluePearl hospitals in Tampa Bay offer specialty and emergency veterinary care, with ER, Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Cardiology and Dermatology. We practice high quality, progressive medicine in a collaborative environment. Our case load is high and diverse. We are looking for a hardworking, motivated, compassionate ER doctor- preferably internship trained. We offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. BluePearl is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For details or to apply to this position, go to https://www.bluepearljobs.com/career-areas/ (5/17: ID#28251) VETERINARIAN WANTED – LAKELAND, FL: Experienced Veterinarian - Vet Specialties, Inc. We are seeking an experienced veterinarian for one of our five clinic locations. Full-time, four days a week, alternating Saturdays. Possible travel among our five locations. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package, studio apartment available, included with salary. Apply: firstname.lastname@example.org (5/17: ID#5539)
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VETERINARIAN WANTED – PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL: Animal Care Center of Panama City Beach is looking for an Emergency Associate Veterinarian to join our practice! Excellent earning potential to make over $100k+ first year, new graduates also encouraged to apply. Animal Care Center is located in the panhandle of Florida on the emerald waters and white sand of the Gulf of Mexico, known as “the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches.” We focus on providing the latest in small animal preventative and diagnostic medicine and general surgery. ACC has a state-of-the-art facility!! To Apply: Please send your resume to Lindsey Ryan, LRyan@nvanet.com (5/17: ID#39020) VETERINARIAN WANTED – NAPLES, FL: Animal Oasis Veterinary Hospital located in gorgeous Naples, Florida is looking for an Associate Veterinarian to join our growing team!! We are a 4 doctor practice with a modern facility that boasts 5 exam rooms, a spacious treatment area, as well as separate surgery, dental, and radiology suites. We are needing someone with experience, that can multi-task and handle stress well. Our practice is very busy both in volume and the variety of cases that we see. We have highly trained and technically skilled support staff. Take a virtual tour at www.aovethospital.com! To Apply: Please send your resume to Lindsey Ryan, LRyan@nvanet.com(5/17: ID#39020) VETERINARIAN WANTED – DEERFIELD BEACH, FL: Hillsboro Beach Animal Hospital located in Deerfield Beach, FL is looking for an Associate Veterinarian to join our practice!! ($20,000 sign-on/ retention/relocation bonus!) Hillsboro Beach Animal Hospital is a well-established, full-service, small animal veterinary hospital providing comprehensive medical, surgical and dental care. We provide a broad spectrum of diagnostic procedures through in-house testing and the use of external laboratories. Quality and cost are two main aspects to consider when choosing treatment for any member of our client’s family, and we work hard to balance those needs while providing the best possible care for their pet. For more information: www.hillsborobeachanimal.com. To Apply: Please send your resume to Lindsey Ryan, LRyan@nvanet.com (5/17: ID#39020) VETERINARIAN WANTED – LAUDERDALE, FL: Bayview Animal Clinic located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is looking for an Associate Veterinarian to join our practice!! We are a five doctor small animal hospital with a small percentage of clients having exotic animals. We are located in east Fort Lauderdale, just minutes from the beach. Our hospital has been at this location since 1970 and has recently expanded with a newly refurbished updated facility to include full digital radiography, in-house laboratory, wet tables, and a dual treatment area. For more information, please visit our website at: www.bayviewah.com. To Apply: Please send your resume to Lindsey Ryan, LRyan@nvanet.com (5/17: ID#39020) VETERINARIAN WANTED – FORT MYERS, FL: Best Friends Animal Hospital located in Fort Myers, FL is looking for a Full-time OR Parttime Associate Veterinarian to join our practice! We are a 3 doctor general practice located in the Gateway community of Fort Myers. Our hospital serves the 10 Gateway communities as well as Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres. We believe in providing quality healthcare for all pets in a warm and welcoming environment, as well as, giving back through involvement with rescue organizations and community outreach. More information at: www.bestfriendsanimalhosp.com. To Apply: Please send your resume to Lindsey Ryan, LRyan@nvanet.com (5/17: ID#39020) VETERINARIAN WANTED – BRADENTON, FL: Bayshore Animal Hospital, located in Bradenton, FL, is looking to for an Associate Veterinarian to join our practice! Must have experience/interest in wildlife and avian/exotics! Bayshore Animal Hospital is a busy AAHAAccredited practice located on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida about 50 miles south of Tampa. We are a professional and compassionate small animal practice caring for canine and feline patients as well as avian, exotics and wildlife. For more information, please visit our website at www.bayshoreanimalhospital.biz. To Apply: Please send your resume to Lindsey Ryan, LRyan@nvanet.com (5/17: ID#39020) VETERINARIAN WANTED – SARASOTA, FL: Feline Veterinarian FABULOUS VETERINARIAN needed to join Cat Depot’s adoption, education and resource center, located in Sarasota, Florida, minutes
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from sparkling beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. As a highly skilled, passionate feline veterinarian, you will be able to provide cutting-edge medicine, leadership, innovation, and best practices in a beautifully appointed 11,000+ square foot facility with all the toys! • Our Shelter Medical staff provides high quality care for homeless cats, with a hybrid of private practice and shelter medicine in a free-roaming environment. Our rehabilitation surgery and medicine exceeds shelter standards, and our behavioral enrichment is nationally recognized by the Jackson Galaxy and Maddie’s Foundations. • Cat Depot’s adjacent, full-service Cat Care Clinic, serves a population who could not otherwise provide for their cats care. Alleviating pain and suffering and offering high quality care at affordable prices help keep cats in homes where they are loved.Benefits include a highly competitive salary, health, dental, and vision insurance, vacation pay, continuing education, personal days, and a friendly, very talented team who puts cats first, and loves working together! Leadership opportunity is available for the right candidate.Please visit www.catdepot.org for more information and to apply. (5/17: ID#23253) VETERINARIAN WANTED – PARRISH, FL: Full-time associate needed, for a busy multi-vet small animal practice, on the central gulf coast. We provide full medical, dental, and routine soft tissue surgical procedures. We have in house idexx machines, digital x-ray, and a supportive staff. No emergency hours and a competitive salary. Exotic knowledge is a plus. Please contact Kellie Stoddard by email: email@example.com (5/17: ID#27394) VETERINARIAN WANTED – TAMPA, FL: Part-time veterinarian needed to work racing season at Tampa Bay Downs state test barn drawing blood from race horses. Equine experience preferred but not required. If interested please contact Florida Division of PariMutuel Wagering Steven.Maners@myfloridalicense.com or call 407.867.0392 (5/17: ID#39055) VETERINARIAN WANTED – WEST PALM BEACH, FL: Salary: $79,468 Annually, negotiable depending on qualifications Department: Public Safety/Animal Care and Control Location: 7100 Belvedere Road, WPB Hours: 40 Variable hours/week, including evenings and weekends; will be required to work rotational on-call for after hour shelter emergencies and disaster response. Other: Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Valid Florida Driver’s License and PBC Risk Management Department driving history approval prior to appointment. Will be required to complete a “Willingness to Work” Acknowledgement with application. Selected candidate must take the pre-exposure rabies treatment. THIS IS AN AT-WILL POSITION. Performs a broad variety of clinical, laboratory and surgical activities for the shelter clinic and public Spay/Neuter services. Performs high-volume spay, neuter and inoculation of adult and juvenile animals in compliance with established laws and policies. Examines/treats impounded and adopted animals; directs separation of diseased animals for treatment; issues certificates containing health status for adopted animals. Performs emergency treatment/surgery upon injured and diseased animals; may work with fractious/potentially rabid/diseased/ zoonotic animals. Assists in developing medical protocols and standard operating procedures; processes cruelty cases; performs necropsies; writes medical reports; presents cases in court; develops and delivers educational presentations in-house and to various organizations; participates in vaccine and spay/neuter clinics in targeted areas of the County. Exercises independent medical judgment and skill while performing duties for the care and treatment of animals within the shelter and Spay Shuttle. The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners provides an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental and life insurance as well as vacation and sick leave, tuition reimbursement and participation in the Florida Retirement System. QUALIFICATIONS: Doctorate from a recognized school of veterinary medicine. Necessary Special Requirements: Must be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Florida. Must be eligible to obtain Drug Enforcement Administration License within 60 days of hire. Visit www.pbcgov.jobs for job description
and to apply online. May submit scannable application/resume with any Veteran’s Preference documentation to Palm Beach County Human Resources, 100 Australian Avenue #300, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406 Info 561/616-6888 Fax 561/616-6893 (No e-mail applications/ resumes accepted). Applications/resumes must include Job ID number, and will be accepted until filled. EO/AA M/F/D/V (DFWP), Drug Free Work Place; All employees of Palm Beach County may be required to work before, during and/or after a natural or man-made disaster or hurricane.(5/17: ID#39027) VETERINARIAN WANTED – MOUNT DORA, FL: FULL/PART-TIME ASSOCIATE VETERINARIAN OPPORTUNITY: Lake Veterinary Clinic is located in beautiful Mount Dora, Florida approximately one hour north of Orlando. 4 Veterinarian, fully equipped small animal hospital, well established in community for over 40 years. Applicants must be committed and hard working. Great working relationship with local humane societies. 6500 sq ft facility is 10 years old with 5 exam rooms, full in house lab, digital radiography, full surgery suite with anesthesia monitoring. Experienced veterinarian and recent graduates are welcome to apply. We offer a competitive salary and benefit package. WEBSITE: www.lakeveterinaryclinic.com. Please contact Dr. Felix Pryor or Patti Mosteller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (352) 7356047 for more information. (5/17: ID#27443) VETERINARIAN WANTED – SARASOTA, FL: Sarasota/FL- FT/PT Veterinarian to join the team at Gulf Gate Animal Hospital. “Best Beach” in the USA and voted #1 place to live in Florida by US News. We are a 3-veterinarian hospital practicing involved high quality small animal medicine with well-educated and extremely caring clients. Our diagnostic equipment includes: digital radiography, new dental x-ray and station, high-end ultrasonography, Abaxis blood analysis, and a microbiology station. Since we strongly emphasize client communication, education, thoroughness and excellent patient care (standard 30 min appointments), we are looking for a veterinarian with excellent communication skills, passion, and proficiency. CE, PTO/ CE, pet care, dues, licenses, and IRA. Current associate pay $95,000 for 30-hour work week. Dredacole@comcast.net. 941-321-4424. (5/17: ID#25873) VETERINARIAN WANTED- ENGLEWOOD, FL : Englewood Animal Health Center Opening for full or part time veterinarian to join our 2-3 Doctor small animal practice. Up to $90,000 base salary with experience and bonus compensation for Doctor production with 4 1/2-day work week offers time to enjoy beautiful beaches and fishing. Englewood beaches are dog friendly. This community loves pets! Experienced team and clientele that understand the value of diagnostics. We offer the best options to all clients with clear communication. Beautiful facility offers room to grow. Modern, well equipped practice with digital radiography, IDEXX in house lab system, digital dental radiography and Avimark software. Saturdays mornings rotate and no Sundays or emergency call. Experienced veterinarians with current Florida license. Must have good surgical skills and ability to work well in multi-doctor setting. Ability to communicate value of services to clients. Acceptable applicants must have good team skills with colleagues and staff. Drug Free Workplace. Additional Salary Information: Signing bonus available! Health, dental, vision insurances available, AVMA dues, PLIT & DEA license paid.2 weeks paid time off, IRA offered, $2000 CE budget. Pay and benefits will be prorated for part time status. Employee status only - no contract labor Please email resume to Debbie Hill at email@example.com or call 850-202-2020. (5/17: ID#7438) VETERINARIAN WANTED- MELBOURNE, FL : Affordable Vet Care, LLC Friendly work environment. Competent staff. Nice clients. Practical approach to diagnosing; treating. Clean, new building with good equipment. No long hours; no emergencies. Sole practitioner. Opened 2 years; incredible growth. Average 35 transactions/day. FT/ PT. Salary based upon experience. Please send confidential resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org(5/17: ID#5665) VETERINARIAN WANTED – TALLAHASSEE, FL: Busy, three doctor small animal hospital in Tallahassee, FL looking for a new or recent graduate for a full-time position. Well established hospital near Florida State University with digital x-ray and full in-house
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diagnostics. Relaxed atmosphere with good mentoring opportunity. Competitive salary with CE allowance, license fees, and dues paid. No after-hour emergencies. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Michael Pridgeon or Dr Pat Hall at 850-576-4168 or send resume to email@example.com (5/17: ID#25770)
VET TECHNICIANS & STAFF TECHNICIAN WANTED – BONITA SPRINGS, FL SPECIALTY TECHNICIAN WANTED - RELOCATION ASSISTANCE OPTIONS AVAILABLE!: Cancer Veterinary Centers is a Florida Gulf Coast-based Oncology Center seeking experienced nurses to complement our growing specialty practice. We currently have 2 locations in Bonita Springs and Naples. Relocation assistance options are available to the right candidate. We offer competitive wages, a benefits package, and an employee pet discount policy. Check out our website or facebook page to learn more. www.cancervetsfl.com Submit resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org (5/17: ID#39229) TECHNICIAN WANTED – NORTH PALM BEACH, FL Village Animal Clinic in North Palm Beach FL (east coast of FL, approximately halfway between Miami and Orlando) is looking for a technician - license is preferred but not required. 4 general practice veterinarians and 1 ACVIM. We have been in business for over 50 years. We value our staff - average employee currently has been with us for 10 years. We offer complete in-house lab, digital radiography, digital dental radiography, ultrasound, endoscopy, Doggie Day Care. We are a cat-friendly practice and are working on Fear Free certification. We offer a large package of benefits - health insurance, dental insurance, 401k retirement plans, generous PTO. fax resume (attention Kelsey) 561-848-4349 or send via email email@example.com (5/17: ID#8984)
PRACTICES FOR SALE OR LEASE PRACTICE FOR SALE - WINTER PARK, FL: Well established small animal hospital for sale at below appraisal value. Seller financing with very little down. Fred 407-529-5651. (5/17; ID # 28095) PRACTICE FOR SALE - SOUTH WEST, FL: Exclusive small animal practice South West Florida. 1.2 doctor grossing 7K in 2016. No emergencies, well equipped. Growing area with lots of potential for practice growth. Free standing building built in 2008 real estate available for lease or purchase. If interested please contact us at NPAH05@AOL.COM. (5/17; ID #26587)
MISCELLANEOUS EQUIPMENT FOR SALE EQUIPMENT FOR SALE – ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL: 1. Used Sound-Eklin TruDR DX system (without generator) 2. Includes : Dell Optiplex 960 Server with a 24” color monitor. Original disks included. Uses eFilm 3.2 Dicom viewer software. Certificate License attached. 3. Acquisition computer is a Dell Optiplex 960 with eFilm Dicom viewer software. 4. Operating system disks included. Elo 19” color touchscreen monitor. 5. Varian Model 4030E 12” by 17” Plate. Includes AQUILINE Cat #972-S foot pedal. 6. Takes great X-Rays. $4,500.00 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Altamonte Springs FL 32701 (5/17; ID # 27220)
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