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We have been monitoring the progress of the Taskforce’s activities. A prohibition on veterinarians providing services to unlicensed animals is not one of the seven recommendations the Taskforce has submitted to the City Council and County Commissioners in its final report.

Cases of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) and Equine Herpes Virus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) have been identified in horses that recently attended a cutting horse event in Ogden, Utah held from April 29 to May 8, 2011. This article contains more information and recommendations for dealing with horses who may have been exposed.

Each year, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and Oregon Animal Health Foundation honor animals who, through unselfish and courageous accomplishments, exemplify the affection, loyalty, security, public service, and value of the human-animal bond. Rusty, a Chesapeake/Lab mix, is this year's inductee in the Companion category.

A Cave Junction, OR dog that got into a fight with what turned out to be a rabid fox will spend 45 days in quarantine, according to national and state guidelines. Pet owners in the Cave Junction area are urged to vaccinate their pets. Under Oregon law, dogs are required to be vaccinated against rabies, but it is also recommended for cats and horses.

USDA APHIS announced that it has issued a conditional license to Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health for a canine influenza virus (CIV) vaccine.

The OVMA has honored several worthy individuals for their service to the veterinary profession.

Results from our March QuickPoll indicate some optimism about the economy and its impact on veterinary medicine in 2009. Almost 2/3’s of the respondents don’t expect 2009 to be worse than 2008.

Information for veterinarians and the practice team about the H1N1 virus, handling potential cases, and testing options.

At ceremonies held during the recent Oregon Veterinary Conference in Corvallis, Dr. Robert Shimek of Salem became the new OVMA president.

American Regent is conducting a nationwide voluntary recall of the three lots listed below of the following product: Bacteriostatic Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 0.9%, 30 mL, Multiple Dose Vials.

Certified veterinary technician Angie Price of Oregon Veterinary Referral Associates in Springfield has earned the VTS accreditation in Small Animal Internal Medicine.

A study indicates that veterinarians in Britain appear to be four times as likely as the general public to commit suicide. Factors include stress, comfort with euthanasia, and access to lethal means.

Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis lymphadenitis in humans is a rare entity that principally affects persons in contact with animals. An Oregon veterinarian contracted pigeon fever from working with infected horses.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oregon Department of Human Services are interested in obtaining serum samples from equine cases that may have an encephalitis-like-illness to test for West Nile virus. Serum samples should be collected and sent to Oregon State University VDL for testing. There is no charge for this testing.

As a friendly reminder and disease risk “tune up” to help prevent MCF or other disease occurrences in livestock in Oregon, Dr. Don Hansen, State Veterinarian, has sent out the following information to Fair Managers and livestock exhibitors. Your clients may have questions about MCF.

Get the facts about the H1N1 virus, your pets and other animals.

A cat in Prineville, Oregon has tested positive for plague. The cat  is recovering. Oregon Public Health Division, Oregon State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that that the cat tested positive for plague. Plague cases are rare in Oregon; flea treatment for household pets can help prevent plague.

A team of scientists, veterinarians and volunteers have deployed a custom-built “capture cage” in Newport to temporarily sequester sea lions that have become entangled with rope, fishing line and other materials so they can be untangled. The Oregon Animal Health Foundation, the charitable arm of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, provided a $5,000 grant for the project.

Reported cases of Q fever in the United States have increased by 6.5 fold from 26 cases in 2001 to 169 cases in 2006.

In what could establish a major precedent nationwide, Gov. Brad Henry of Oklahoma signed a bill that removed the practice of equine dentistry from a veterinary procedure to an animal husbandry act. Under the bill, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry would enforce provisions of the new law.

Thank you to all who visited the OVMA booth at the Oregon State Fair and to those who entered our "Too Big to Miss" contest.

AAHA has created the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool, a free, internet-based resource that assists with microchip identification; helping reunite pets and owners by checking participating pet recovery services’ registries to determine which registry should be contacted. The AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool can be accessed online at www.petmicrochiplookup.org.

Improved staff utilization is a more critical element of successful practices now than ever before. Practices that want to become more profitable can no longer just count on fee increases to achieve this goal. Improved profitability and patient care must come from improved business practices.

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