Seattle event to help the homeless with pets in need of volunteers

  |   One Health, Uncategorized

The Center for One Health Research, in partnership with Facing Homelessness, is hosting the first shared human/animal Feel Good Day on September 4, 2015 in Seattle. The Feel Good Project was initiated by Facing Homelessness several years ago and is now a semi-annual event that provides free services for persons experiencing homelessness, including haircuts, massage therapy, foot care and shoes, and other basic services to help provide care. For the first time, the event will provide some “feel good” services...

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West Nile Virus activity in Washington

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

As of July 31, 2015, 57 mosquito samples testing positive for West Nile virus (WNV) were collected in Benton, Franklin, and Yakima counties. In addition, a total of six horses have contracted the virus, all originating from south central Washington. Five humans have acquired WNV this year to date, originating in Adams and Benton counties. The Department of Health reports that ongoing West Nile virus monitoring for infected dead birds and mosquitoes is limited to a few counties due to...

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Vesicular stomatitis outbreak affecting western states

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

Veterinarians in the west should be vigilant for signs of vesicular stomatitis (VSV). Cases of VSV have been reported this summer in seven western states including Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. The 2015 VSV outbreak in the United States began April 29, 2015. To date, a total of 126 VSV-affected premises (New Jersey serotype) have been confirmed or suspected. Vesicular Stomatitis is a viral disease that primarily affects cattle, horses, and swine and occasionally sheep, goats,...

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Bellingham vet clinic attacker sentenced to prison

  |   Uncategorized

The man who attacked and stabbed a veterinarian and a veterinary staff member at two different Bellingham hospitals has been sentenced to three years in prison and will also be undergoing a mental health evaluation and treatment. Last October, Charles Anthony Smith attacked staff, first at Fountain Veterinary Hospital and then at Maplewood Animal Hospital after his cat died from urinary tract disease. The young associate veterinarian who was attacked at Fountain Veterinary Hospital suffered a cut to her thumb and...

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Exciting short-term opportunities for WSVMA members

  |   Uncategorized, WSVMA News

Under WSVMA’s new strategic plan, several new task forces and committees are forming on some very interesting subjects. These task forces will require little of your time and will help to accomplish great things for the Washington veterinary profession. Task Force to Address Medication Errors - evaluate need for training and CE in veterinary pharmacology and animal physiology for pharmacy students and registered pharmacists. Task Force on Veterinary Compounding – develop recommendations for amending compounding regulations to better apply to veterinary practice. Task...

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