New strain of rabies identified

  |   Medicine, Uncategorized

New Mexico health officials report that a woman was bitten by a fox carrying a previously undocumented strain of rabies.  The state Department of Health obtained genetic sequencing from a sample taken from the infected fox which determined that the strain is distinct but related to other rabies strains found in bats. The woman received post-exposure prophylaxis and did not develop rabies.  Dead bats and foxes found in the area will be collected and undergo testing. For more information, visit...

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Legislation signed for new livestock reporting system

  |   Legislative, Uncategorized

A bill aimed at modernizing the tracking of livestock in Washington was signed into law this month by Gov. Jay Inslee. Substitute Senate Bill 5733 authorizes the Washington State Department of Agriculture to establish an electronic reporting system for cattle transactions within the state. The new system provides an alternative to the mandatory inspection required for cattle and is expected to improve the way diseased animals are tracked as they move through the supply chain. Use of the system, supported...

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WSVMA webpage houses up-to-date animal health and disease information

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

The WSVMA announces a new web page that will house reports on disease outbreaks, animal health alerts, prevalence maps, and reports specific to Washington State. Animal disease outbreak alerts will be posted from sources such as the International Society for Infectious Disease and the Washington State Department of Health. Links to prevalence maps will be posted from the Companion Animal Parasite Council and will include resources and information on tick-borne diseases and intestinal parasites.  Additional resources will also be housed...

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FDA releases draft guidance on animal drug compounding from bulk drug substances

  |   Medicine, Uncategorized

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week released a draft “Guidance for Industry (GFI) #230, Compounding Animal Drugs from Bulk Drug Substances.” Current law does not permit compounding of animal drugs from bulk drug substances, but the FDA recognizes that there are limited circumstances when an animal drug compounded from bulk drug substances may be an appropriate treatment option. FDA’s GFI #230 outlines specific conditions under which the agency generally does not intend to take action against state-licensed pharmacies,...

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White Coat donations for Class of 2019

  |   Uncategorized, Veterinary Medical Education

This year’s White Coat ceremony will take place this August at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Each first-year veterinary student will be introduced and presented with a white lab coat with his/her name and the WSVMA logo embroidered on the coat. We need your help to make the 2015 White Coat Ceremony a success. You can sponsor a specific student or make a general donation. You also have the option of sponsoring a student from your local area. Download...

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