America’s Favorite Veterinarian Contest halted due to cyber-bullying

  |   Uncategorized, Veterinary Medical Education

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation’s (AVMF) America's Favorite Veterinarian Contest was halted after activists staged vicious social media cyber-attacks on the contestants over their opposition to feline declawing. The 20 veterinarians who were finalists in the AVMF’s contest received threatening phone calls and suffered negative online reviews and fraudulent advertisements, causing at least one contestant to withdraw from the competition. In light of the attacks, the AVMF decided to call off the contest and declare all 20 winners. As part of...

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Legal watch

  |   Legislative, Uncategorized

On July 10, 2015, New York Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe ruled against a writ of habeas corpus for chimpanzees. The case, Nonhuman Rights Project v. Stanley, filed by famed animal rights attorney Stephen Wise, sought to establish legal rights on behalf of two chimpanzees currently located at Stony Brook University. In her decision, Justice Jaffee defined "persons" as those who have "rights, duties, and obligations" and noted that animals are accorded no legal rights beyond being guaranteed the right...

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Board of Directors election – your vote is important

  |   Uncategorized, WSVMA News

Notices went out this week to members announcing the upcoming election of two directors to the WSVMA Board of Directors. The election will take place at the Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference. Dr Michael Anderson and Dr. Lisa Parshley are running for the two director positions. Both candidates are currently serving on the Board, and have been part of the transition process to the new, six-member governance model. If elected, they...

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USDA hiring veterinarians and technicians to respond to avian flu

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the agency is hiring 90 veterinarians and 210 animal health technicians for one and two-year appointments in order to respond to the avian flu outbreak. Together, they will be among 450 temporary employees that will assist the egg and poultry industries prepare for the migratory season this fall and respond to any highly pathogenic H5N2 infections that arise. The H5N2 influenza virus killed approximately 50 million chickens and turkeys earlier...

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