Update on canine influenza in King County

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

The two dogs with respiratory disease that tested positive for canine influenza virus H3N2 were located in another state (Georgia) and had never traveled to Washington. They had both been exposed to a dog from Washington that experienced respiratory illness as part of the outbreak in the King County facility. These out of state dogs do not appear to have been exposed to any other dogs with a history of respiratory disease. Testing for H3N2 is being done on two dogs...

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Potential canine influenza virus H3N2 in King County dogs

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

Public Health - Seattle & King County’s Zoonotic Disease program has received reports of dogs in King County who may be infected with canine influenza virus H3N2. Two dogs associated with a respiratory illness outbreak in a King County boarding and dog daycare facility had laboratory results indicating H3N2 positive infection through PCR testing. These two dogs did not actually spend time in the facility but had contact with one dog that did. Public Health’s Zoonotic Disease program is collecting...

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WSVMA Guide to Animal Health Care Tasks and Supervision Levels updated to reflect changes in Washington Administrative Code

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized, WSVMA News

WSVMA’s handy guide to the list of tasks and supervision levels for licensed veterinary technicians (LVTs) and unregistered assistants has been updated for 2016. In December, the Veterinary Board of Governors amended the rule, WAC 246-935-050 Animal Health Care Tasks, to require LVTs to administer biologics for rabies and other diseases listed under WAC 16-42-026(1) under direct supervision rather than indirect supervision that was previously allowed. The change was made so that the WA Department of Health’s rule agrees with...

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Canine search and rescue team receives grant from the Washington State Animal Health Foundation

  |   Foundation, Uncategorized

One of the first canine search and rescue teams to respond to the Oso mudslide, March 22, 2014, the Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue (SCVSAR) K9 Team received an $1,100 grant from the Washington State Animal Health Foundation during 2015. The SCVSAR K9 Team was among the first canine units to help after the Oso landslide. For many days the team worked alongside other first responders and canine units from other counties and states to help with search and rescue...

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Early bird prices end Jan. 11 for WSVMA’s Veterinary Rehabilitation premier CE

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

Join us for another premier CE event featuring local experts on the topic of veterinary rehabilitation. The event takes place on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Renton Technical College in Renton, WA. Featured speakers include Dr. Kristin Kirkby-Shaw on the role of physical rehabilitation in small animal practice, Dr. Alycia Lamb on the role of orthotics and prosthetics in canine patients, Dr. Karen Kline on the role of acupuncture in the rehabilitation in the neurologic patient, and Dr. Leslie Eide...

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