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Washington’s State Veterinarian retires, sort of

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  [caption id="attachment_20596" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dr. Joseph visited Belize in 2015, working with public health officers to administer rabies immunizations to dogs, and vaccinations and deworming for pigs, goats, cattle, and horses.[/caption] As Dr. Brian Joseph prepares to hang up his agency stethoscope for the final time this week, we’d like to take a moment to recognize the incredible career he’s had as the state veterinarian at the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). State vet is just one notch in the...

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African Swine Fever confirmed in Dominican Republic

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The USDA Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed the discovery of African swine fever (ASF) in samples collected from pigs in the Dominican Republic through an existing cooperative surveillance program. Pork and pork products from the Dominican Republic are currently prohibited entry as a result of existing classical swine fever restrictions. Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is increasing inspections of flights from the Dominican Republic to ensure travelers do not bring prohibited products to...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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West Nile Virus in Yakima County and Strangles in Clark County – EDCC State investigating deaths of deer in Anacortes – goskagit.com Birds jumped from their nests to escape Seattle's June heatwave. Some died. Others needed help – The Seattle Times Committed to a deadly parasite – WSU Insider Negotiating Profitable Vendor Contracts at Your Veterinary Hospital – Katz Sapper & Miller It’s a grizzly bear survival program - for grizzly bears – The Seattle Times   Posted July 30, 2021...

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PrideVMC Acts to Support Transgender, Non-binary, and Gender Nonconforming Individuals in the Veterinary Profession

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The Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PrideVMC) has announced two actions to support transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming individuals in the veterinary profession. First, the PrideVMC diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) working group have published a gender identity bill of rights as part of a focused effort to address inequality and inequity in veterinary spaces.  In its news release, PrideVMC stated “The gender diverse community, specifically transgender women of color, have been leaders of the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights. The gender-diverse community has...

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New Feline End of Life Educational Toolkit

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The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) launched an online Feline End of Life Educational Toolkit in an effort to facilitate a peaceful and painless transition for a cat at the end of their life. This new educational Toolkit addresses several key aspects in early quality of life assessment, decision making, the euthanasia process, the euthanasia experience for both veterinarians and caregivers, client resources, and final arrangements and beyond. This digital resource provides veterinary professionals with the tools to ensure...

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Welcome a freshman vet student – Donate a white coat for the WSU/CVM Class of 2025!

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This year’s White Coat ceremony for the incoming Class of 2025 will take place in person on August 19, 2021. Each first-year veterinary student will be introduced and presented with a white lab coat with their name and the WSVMA logo embroidered on the coat. We need your help to make this year’s White Coat Ceremony a success. You can sponsor a specific student or make a general donation. You also have the option of sponsoring a student from your local area. Each...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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People with COVID Often Infect Their Pets – Scientific American WSVMA in the news: Pet CBD Products Need Better Regulation, Researchers Say – Forbes Texas rescue group turns to Pacific Northwest to save animals amid shelter overcrowding – KING5 How Might a Capital Gains Tax Increase Affect the Sale of Your Business? – Katz Sapper & Miller Potbellied pig has basketball-sized tumor removed – WSU Insider   Posted July 23, 2021...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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WA State Veterinarian: Horses Owners Need To Keep Vaccinations Up To Date – PNW AG Network Veterinary oversight for all animal antibiotics important to human medicine required mid-2023 – The Pew Charitable Trusts Biosecurity Resources and Recommendations for Fairs and Exhibitions – WSDA Equine strangles confirmed in King County – Equimanagement Complementary Therapies Popular, but Sometimes Lack Veterinary Collaboration – The Horse WDFW says stop feeding deer to prevent spread of deadly virus – King5 Seattle animal shelters calling for foster families as...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Veterinary Mental Health Initiative starting 6-week support group for grads less than 6 years out on July 12, space is limited  – Veterinary Mental Health Initiative Strangles alert in Pierce County – EDCC Crushing heatwave in Pacific Northwest and Canada cooked shellfish alive by the millions – The Washington Post New suicide prevention hotline arriving in WA in 2022 aims to divert callers from police - Crosscut Veterinary staff unionize at another Seattle-area clinic – VIN News Service First...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Mass bird death event in Seattle attributed to record heat Monday – KING5 WASART hosts emergency animal cooling shelter in Enumclaw – KIRO Seattle Myth-busting: Shelter pet adoption and owner surrender stats dispel false assumptions – Vet Success Safety protocols to consider before reopening your hospital – AAHA NewStat Clark County veterinarian considers his long career – The Columbian Veterinarians urged to defy doomsayers, embrace pleasure – VIN News Service Your pets can catch Covid from you, and cats appear more susceptible than dogs – NBC News   Posted...

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