Full Veterinary Care by Shelters: SB 6196 and its implications

  |   State Regulatory

In January, the Humane Society for Southwest Washington authored legislation, Senate Bill 6196, that would grant registered animal care and control agencies and humane societies in Washington the ability to provide full veterinary services to low income pet owners who fall below the 80% median income level. The intent of the legislation is to expand the law that currently limits shelter organizations to sterilization, vaccination and electronic identification. When a bill is introduced in the legislature that would affect veterinarians and...

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Local effort to secure vaccine for Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease

  |   Animal Health

Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) has been approached by local pet rabbit caretakers about the recent recognition of a deadly virus that infects both domestic and feral European rabbits that has been detected in British Columbia. There is a rising interest in protecting owned rabbits in Washington State through use of existing European vaccines for this virus. As a service to the community, RASKC staff have undertaken the exploration of such importation with USDA APHIS and the Washington...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

Grit vs. grades: Veterinary schools face potential flaws in admissions system – DVM360 Two attacked by cougar identified; wildlife officials say predator was ‘emaciated’ – Seattle Times Dogs born in the summer more likely to get heart disease - AAHA NewsStat NY State To Invest $12M Into Veterinary College At LIU Post  - Patch.com   Posted May 25, 2018...

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Canine influenza H3N2: should you be thinking about it?

  |   Animal Health

A canine influenza virus (CIV) H3N2 outbreak began in the San Francisco Bay area in December 2017, and cases have since spread throughout the Silicon Valley and into Nevada, southern California and the Pacific Northwest. This outbreak is solely caused by H3N2; the H3N8 strain is not contributing to the outbreak, and the last H3N8 positive U.S. case was detected in August 2017. In February, a 6-year-old, healthy, small breed dog in east King County tested positive for both H3N2 and...

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Virulent Newcastle disease in a small flock of backyard exhibition chickens in Los Angeles County

  |   Animal Health

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of virulent Newcastle disease in a small flock of backyard exhibition chickens in Los Angeles County, California. It is important to note that the presence of the disease is not a food safety concern. This is the first case of virulent Newcastle disease, previously referred to as exotic Newcastle disease, in the U.S. since 2003. No human cases of Newcastle disease have ever occurred...

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