WSU/CVM dean steps into university provost role

  |   Veterinary Medical Education

Washington State University announced on October 1 that Dr. Bryan Slinker, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, will step into the role of interim provost and executive vice president following the resignation of the former provost. Slinker, who served as dean for more than a decade announced his retirement earlier this year. He’ll fulfill his new position through June 2020 when a new provost is expected to be named. Dr. Robert Mealey, professor, and chair of the Department of Veterinary...

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Shine a Spotlight on Veterinary Technicians – An Update from the AVMA

  |   Practice Management

National Veterinary Technician Week is just around the corner (October 13-19) and it provides an excellent opportunity to highlight the important work done by veterinary technicians. One of the areas identified by the AVMA House of Delegates during recent meetings was the need for greater recognition of veterinary technicians. Well-utilized veterinary technicians have a positive impact on patient care, client service, quality of medicine, and quality of life for the veterinary health care team. The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in...

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Deadly deer virus detected in Western Washington yak

  |   Animal Health

  Last week, a Whatcom County veterinarian euthanized a six-year-old yak cow showing symptoms of Epizootic Hemorrhagic disease (EHD), a potentially deadly virus that primarily effects wild deer populations, but occasionally crosses over to cattle. A subsequent Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) necropsy confirmed the animal had EHD. Two other yaks from the herd died in recent weeks after displaying similar clinical signs such as stiff gate, drooling and nasal secretions that are consistent with EHD. According to the owner's report, the euthanized...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Young mountain goats housed in wildlife park – Peninsula Daily News Photos, data illustrate bond between animals and homeless owners in traveling exhibit – KNKX.org Why women leave medicine – Association of American Medical Colleges There Are 2 Types of Leaders: Water and Rock. Here's Why Both Are Important – Inc. The growing debate over spaying and neutering dogs – Washington Post FDA Proposes Banning Over-the-counter Antibiotic Sales – Dairy Herd Management   Posted October 11, 2019...

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Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease in Franklin and Walla Walla Counties

  |   Animal Health

Four cows in Franklin and Walla Walla counties were diagnosed last week with Epizootic Hemorrhagic disease (EHD), a potentially deadly virus that primarily effects wild deer populations but occasionally crosses over to cattle.  Veterinarians should be on the lookout for EHD symptoms such as excessive drooling, lethargy, difficulty walking, or oral and nasal lesions with ulceration, which are similar to the much more devastating foot-and-mouth disease. Fever and anorexia due to the oral erosions were seen in the recently diagnosed cattle....

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