Canine influenza H3N2: should you be thinking about it?

  |   Animal Health

A canine influenza virus (CIV) H3N2 outbreak began in the San Francisco Bay area in December 2017, and cases have since spread throughout the Silicon Valley and into Nevada, southern California and the Pacific Northwest. This outbreak is solely caused by H3N2; the H3N8 strain is not contributing to the outbreak, and the last H3N8 positive U.S. case was detected in August 2017. In February, a 6-year-old, healthy, small breed dog in east King County tested positive for both H3N2 and...

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Virulent Newcastle disease in a small flock of backyard exhibition chickens in Los Angeles County

  |   Animal Health

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of virulent Newcastle disease in a small flock of backyard exhibition chickens in Los Angeles County, California. It is important to note that the presence of the disease is not a food safety concern. This is the first case of virulent Newcastle disease, previously referred to as exotic Newcastle disease, in the U.S. since 2003. No human cases of Newcastle disease have ever occurred...

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All hazards preparedness training for animals in disasters

  |   Continuing Education

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) is bringing free Department of Homeland Security-certified training to Kelso, WA on July 12, 2018. The course consists of a four-hour web-based portion and an eight-hour instructor-led portion. The pre-test and much of the course content are presented in the web-based portion of the course. The instructor-led portion will consist of table-top problem-solving activities that are based on the web-based content. The post-test at the end of the instructor-led course will cover both portions...

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Member news and moves

  |   WSVMA News

WSVMA president, Dr. Paul DeMaris, has been appointed to the Regional Advisory Council on Veterinary Medicine on Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) representing the state of Washington, where he will serve a three-year term. The purpose of the WICHE Regional Advisory Council on Veterinary Medicine is to provide a forum for communication and liaison between and among the Compact and affiliated states and the schools of veterinary medicine in the region, in order that the needs of the...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

Executive summary of the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Wellbeing Study – JAVMA (login required) New Rabies Test Developed by CDC Provides Faster, More Accurate Results – contagionlive.com Vet Med students decry raise in tuition - The Daily Evergreen ​New pig virus found to be a potential threat to humans - The Ohio State University News Questions arise about how the U.S Agriculture Department treats its animals – Washington Post Avocados, fumes from nonstick coatings can kill pet birds – The News Gazette   Posted May 18, 2018...

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