Q fever: What sheep and goat owners should know

  |   Animal Health

Lambing and kidding season, the time of year when goats and sheep give birth, is winding down. But goat and sheep owners should remain diligent to protect themselves and their animals when assisting with a difficult birthing. In these circumstances,  Q fever, a serious but seldom fatal zoonotic disease, can be transmitted to humans and other animals by sheep, goats and cattle. Caution should be taken in the case of animals that have aborted. Goat and sheep owners should be aware of...

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Pièce de Résistance – The real sCOOP on antibiotic use in poultry …why less is not always better

  |   One Health

Since the implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) in January 2017, medical health professionals, veterinarians, producers, pharmaceutical companies, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders have been working together to promote judicious antibiotic use in food animals to prevent resistance. The poultry industry has been very proactive in this regard, and had already eliminated some medically important human antibiotics from their arsenal. However, “no antibiotics ever” or similar label claims can sometimes be misleading and detrimental to animal health and welfare. So what...

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Avoid Common Pitfalls with Your Employee Benefits: Pitfall No. Two -Retirement Plans

  |   Practice Management

This is the second in a weekly series of four articles by financial expert Mackenzie Martin. The first article focused on pitfalls in employee insurance benefits. Articles 3 and 4 will focus on pitfalls in other types of employee benefits, and pitfalls in paystubs.  RETIREMENT PLANS Pitfall #1: Not Understanding How Employer Contributions Works Example from a small, privately owned, animal hospital:  The practice has a SIMPLE IRA which means there are two options (per the IRS) for matching contributions. The first option...

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Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals Online Course

  |   Continuing Education

The Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals (EEDA) online course will be offered for continuing education (CE) beginning July 31, 2019. The course covers the causes and consequences of foreign animal diseases (FAD), how FAD’s are transmitted and introduced, the entities involved in a response to a FAD outbreak, what to do if a FAD is suspected, how veterinarians can be involved in a FAD response, and effective communication strategies. In addition to veterinarians, the course is suitable for veterinary...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

Hundreds of animals displaced by Arkansas floods to find homes in Washington - KOMO News Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy in Island County, Washington - Equine Disease Communication Center More Washington workers could see overtime pay under new proposal  - King 5 News Veterinary practice consolidation demystified – VIN News 1/4 of Pet Parents Lie to Their Bosses About Vet Visits – King 5 News You May Be Stressing Out Your Dog - NPR   Posted June 14, 2019...

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