Canine influenza transmitted to cats in Indiana shelter

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

The University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine has confirmed H3N2 canine influenza in four cats at a shelter in Indiana. The group of cats displayed unusual signs of respiratory disease prompting testing for a possible outbreak of canine influenza. Several dogs in the shelter also tested positive for the virus. Previous feline cases of the H3N2 virus were reported in South Korea but just one cat tested positive in the U.S. last year. Symptoms in the affected cats included runny...

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Washington bat found with deadly disease

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

The fungal disease that has killed more than six million bats across 28 states and five Canadian provinces since 2006 has been found for the first time in the western United States. Federal wildlife officials verified white-nose syndrome, caused by the Pseudogymnoascus destructans fungus, in a little brown bat located in North Bend, WA, 30 miles east of Seattle. Until now, the fungus had not been detected west of Nebraska. Hikers found the sick bat and brought it to a...

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Interested members sought to run for the WSVMA Board of Directors

  |   Uncategorized, WSVMA News

The WSVMA is currently seeking interested members to serve on the WSVMA Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning in October 2016. Terms for Drs. Paul DeMaris and Diane Pinkers expire this fall. Both are eligible to serve another term. Drs. Lisa Parshley and Michael Anderson are currently serving three-year terms through 2018. Drs. Kathy Hickey and Diana Thomé are currently serving three-year terms through 2017. Candidates will be presented to the membership in July for election at the 2016...

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Legislative Special Session Update

  |   Legislative, Uncategorized

The 30-day special session of the Washington State Legislature is now at day 16 and is scheduled to end April 8. Additional special sessions can be called by the Governor.  Most legislators are back home now, and the budget negotiators remain in Olympia. The favorite parlor game in Olympia is to predict when this special session will end.  There was considerable speculation earlier this week, that we would wrap up by today. However a resolution on the budget has eluded the...

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Spay/Neuter – Truth or Fiction? New WSVMA Conference will pose provocative questions

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

WSVMA is proud to launch our first annual VetMed Matters Conference on Saturday, April 16 at Renton Technical College:  Spay/Neuter – Truth or Fiction? The Breeder Said I Shouldn’t Spay my Dog Until She’s Two Years Old Because it Causes Cancer. The inaugural program will explore the science and answer the big questions about timing, long-term health implications, risks, alternatives, behavioral effects and impact on shelter populations. The VetMed Matters Conference is a new annual meeting where we tackle important subjects that span across practice...

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