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Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Poultry in California Increase the Need for Backyard Owners to Be Vigilant about Biosecurity – USDA APHIS California bill on animal physical rehabilitation dies – VIN News FDA Approves Semintra, the First FDA-approved Animal Drug for the Control of Systemic Hypertension in Cats - FDA FDA seeks input on alternatives for evaluating heartworm preventives - FDA Cages, Stress, and Upper Respiratory Infection in Shelter Cats – American Veterinarian A wolflike creature was stalking livestock in Montana. Authorities have...

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IMMEDIATE UPDATE: USDA Confirms Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in California

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May 30, 2018 From: Washington State Department of Agriculture Virulent Newcastle Disease (vND), formerly known as Exotic Newcastle Disease is a contagious and fatal viral disease affecting the respiratory, nervous and digestive systems of birds and poultry. The disease is so virulent that many birds and poultry die without showing any clinical signs. vND is not a food safety concern.  No human cases of Newcastle disease have ever occurred from eating poultry products.  Properly cooked poultry products are safe to eat.  In very...

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Full Veterinary Care by Shelters: SB 6196 and its implications

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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

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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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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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