National task force created on antibiotic resistance

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) announced this week the creation of the Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture. Concern among scientists and the public continues to grow about the evolution of antibiotic resistant bacteria in veterinary and human medicine. The goal of the task force, comprised of representatives from U.S. agriculture colleges/land grant universities, veterinary colleges, the production animal agriculture community and the pharmaceutical industry, is to help...

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Be a part of the greatest profession

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We want to thank you again for your membership this past year. Together we're making the greatest profession on earth even better.  Our new Online Membership Renewal is now open for 2014-15. All you need to do is login to your profile and click the “renew your membership now” link. For assistance with logging in or questions about your membership, call Sherri Dean at the WSVMA office, (800) 399-7862, or email Sherri at [email protected]

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WSDA hires new state veterinarian

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) announced this week that Dr. Joe Baker will take over as the new state veterinarian, effective November 3. Dr. Baker, whose career spans nearly forty years, comes to WA from New Mexico where he led NM’s Food Safety, Meat and Poultry Inspection Division, worked as a field veterinarian and served an interim state veterinarian. Dr. Baker is a 1977 graduate of Washington State University, where he completed his undergraduate degree. He also completed...

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Report highlights zoonotic diseases in WA

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Dr. Ron Wohrle, public health veterinarian at WA State Department of Health, provided the following report to the executive board for their September 25 meeting. The report contains information on zoonotic disease rates in WA through early September. The numbers will be updated at the end of the quarter. Rabid Bats & Other Animals: As of August 24, 2014, 187 bats and 113 other animals had been tested for rabies. Of which 9 bats tested positive from Clallam (1), Island (1),...

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Ebola resources on WSVMA website

  |   One Health, Uncategorized

In light of continued concern about the spread of the Ebola virus and how household pets may or may not be affected, the WSVMA has assembled resources to help you answer questions or address concerns from your clients. Resources from the AVMA, CDC, DVM360 and the WA State Department of Health are available for access on the Issues subpage on the WSVMA website.  Also available for downloading is a research study from Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, “Ebola Virus Antibody Prevalence in...

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