Not for the good of society

  |   Animal Health, One Health

I overheard a doctor in one of our clinics one day tell a client she wouldn’t prescribe antibiotics without a diagnosis, “for society’s sake, because we don’t want resistance.” My first thought was: “Yaassssss!” and my second thought, upon seeing the client’s face, was: “couldn’t care less.” I get it. It’s hard to change your perspective, let alone your behavior, just for the good of society. We don’t always act differently even when we know it’s the right thing to do, unless...

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Helpful links May 19, 2017

  |   Uncategorized

Sequim woman awarded WSU posthumous veterinary doctorate – Sequim Gazette Horse owners advised to vaccinate for West Nile virus - WSDA Understanding the Veterinary Patient (a pharmacist’s perspective) – Pharmacy Times WSU researchers find plague bacterium endures in soil – WSU News Apps and Aids for Correct Drug Dosing...

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Urgent call to vaccinate horses now for West Nile virus protection

  |   Animal Health

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is urging horse owners to vaccinate their animals as soon as possible to protect against West Nile virus. “Now is the time to vaccinate for this mosquito-borne disease due to our extremely wet winter and Washington’s history of leading the nation with equine cases of the West Nile virus,” State Veterinarian Dr. Brian Joseph said. Washington had 27 confirmed equine cases last year for the virus. Seven horses died or were euthanized. In...

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Walking the Camino de Santiago – a metaphor for leadership

  |   WSVMA News

Two weeks from now, my 20-year-old daughter and I will begin walking the Camino de Santiago, a 780-kilometer trek from a town in France called St. Jean Pied de Port, over the Pyrenees and west across northern Spain, ending at the city of Santiago. The Camino is a pilgrimage dating back to the middle ages when Christians would trek to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, which is thought to be the burial place of Saint James. We will carry...

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Rabies rule amendment hearing June 14

  |   One Health

The State Board of Health will hold a public hearing on June 14, 2017, to consider updates to WAC 246-100-197, Rabies -- Measures to prevent human disease. The State Board of Health is proposing to amend the rule to incorporate the most current science related to rabies post-exposure practice and quarantine periods, and update the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control adoption by reference date for procedures related to emergency sheltering of...

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