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Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Infections Linked to Contact with Pig Ear Dog Treats

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The FDA and CDC are investigating human cases of salmonellosis related to several types of Salmonella with a suspected link to pig ear pet treats. The agencies are advising consumers not to buy or feed any pig ear pet treats, including any that may have already been purchased and in the home. Retailers have been advised to stop selling all pig ear treats. People are at risk of becoming sick after handling the treats or caring for dogs who ate the treats....

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Toxic Algae Resources – Washington State Department of Health 13 Signs You Need to Switch Veterinarians –  Reader’s Digest US Department of Labor: Working in the veterinary field is more dangerous than working in law enforcement – AAHA NewStat How Veterinary Students View Practice Consolidation – Part Two – The Veterinary Idealist Are you an empathetic leader? Answer these 16 questions –  Inc.   Posted August 16, 2019...

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Veterinary Debt Initiative introduces new tuition infographic

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At their AVMA meeting last week in Washington D.C., the Veterinary Debt Initiative (VDI) introduced an infographic focused on tuition and the cost of education. The publication is designed to help students and other stakeholders understand some of the forces affecting the cost of veterinary college tuition, how those costs are formulated and share other fiscal and budgetary information. The VDI, which includes representatives from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), the AVMA, and Veterinary Medical Association Executives...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Here’s what the state is telling county fairs about this deadly rabbit disease – The Bellingham Herald Yes, there's heartworm disease here in the Northwest - KOMO Make sure to educate clients on the dangers lurking in ponds and lakes this summer – AAHA NewStat Investigating Alternatives to Opioids for Dogs in Pain –  Tufts Now The Cold Call – The Veterinary Idealist Should veterinary professionals form a union? – Today’s Veterinary Nurse US lays out enforcement priorities for animals on planes –  KING5.com   Posted August 9, 2019...

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CDC conducting survey of large animal veterinarians

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In order to better understand the challenges and circumstances large animal veterinarians experience when working up an abortion event in livestock, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is conducting a national survey. Information they gather will assist with future interventions in veterinary education to decrease occupational exposures to zoonotic infectious disease, specifically those diseases associated with obstetric spread. The voluntary survey takes approximately 15 minutes and is open until October 31, 2019. Take the survey here.   Posted July 26, 2019...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Update: Deadly Rabbit Disease on Orcas Island now confirmed in feral rabbits - WSDA Compounded Unapproved Animal Drugs from Rapid Equine Solutions Linked to Three Horse Deaths – FDA alert ‘It’s not a chair or a TV.’ New state law bans the use of pets as collateral – KNKX House Passes Bill Expanding Horse Soring Rules, Enforcement – U.S News & World Report Woman warns pet owners after dog’s seizures linked to flea and tick medication – Q13 Fox Reasons to think twice before giving antibiotics...

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In Memoriam

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Michael Doherty (WSU, ‘77) passed away on June 29 at the University of Washington Medical Center after a brief battle with cancer. He was 68. Dr. Doherty was the owner of Lacey Animal Clinic on Pacific Avenue in Lacey. He owned the practice for 33 years before retiring in 2016. He loved animals and travel, and as an avid golfer, he belonged to golf clubs in Olympia as well as Palm Desert, CA. A celebration of life will be held...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Vet tech believes addicts use their pets to get pills – MyNorthwest.com Grain Free Diets – Just Say NO – The Veterinary Idealist Rules on therapeutic diets for pets still unclear – VIN News Service FDA issues xylitol update: It’s not just in chewing gum anymore – AAHA NewStat Asian Long-Horned Tick Threatens Livestock & Humans – Lancaster Farming Where did the word ‘oops’ come from? Just look to the language of animal diseases – Albany Democrat Herald   Posted July 19, 2019...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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  Veterinary profession needs healing: Readers respond – Vin News Service California’s new budget includes $5M to fund veterinary care for homeless people’s pets – Fox 8 Most Female Food Animal Veterinarians Experience Harassment -  Bovine Veterinarian Three things new veterinary associates want in their next job dvm360 Gen Z in the workplace - 10 Things Leaders Need to Know - AnnaLiotta.com Legal Risk Management in Responding to Negative Online Reviews – Today’s Veterinary Business   Posted July 12, 2019...

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Have an opinion on AVMA business? Your AVMA delegates want to hear from you

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AVMA member input guides our discussions and our actions. As the AVMA House of Delegates’ August meeting approaches, your delegates Drs. Sandy Willis and Diana Thomé, invite you to share your perspectives on several resolutions and AVMA Bylaws amendments that will be considered during the meeting. The House of Delegates will meet August 1-2 in Washington, D.C., during the 2019 AVMA Annual Convention. Reference committees consisting of small groups will address the resolutions and amendments first and make recommendations to the...

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