Last updated on October 13, 2021

In the United States, enforcing laws and regulations involves a balancing act between the federal government and individual state governments. When it comes to hazardous waste management, states can impose standards stricter than the federal governments. As a result, certain materials not regulated as solid or hazardous waste under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) may  be regulated materials/wastes under a specific state’s program.
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In 2019, Americans spent $95.7 billion on pet care – 30% of that total was for veterinary care and services. In 2018, a New York Times article reported that pet owners “spend $9,000 to more than $13,000 for medical treatments over their pets’ lifetimes.” Animals are living longer because they benefit from better nutrition and better healthcare, but a longer lifespan makes them more susceptible to age-related diseases like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer.

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What exactly is a “clinical laboratory?” A clinical laboratory, also commonly referred to as a medical laboratory, is a lab where tests are carried out on “clinical” specimens, such as blood or tissue samples. These tests are then used to screen the health of the patient (human or animal), allowing practitioners to correctly diagnose and prescribe treatment for any afflictions that have been discovered in the testing. The test results may also aid in the prevention of a disease or sickness.

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