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Idaho Veterinary Medicine Association 2018 January Legislative Update The 2nd Regular Session of the 64th Idaho State Legislature convened on Monday, January 8, 2018. Both the House and Senate convened at Noon and the Governor provided his 12th State of the State Address at 1:00 pm in the House Chambers. As expected, the Governor focused on education, healthcare and tax relief during his final address. Click here for a direct link to Governor Otter’s 2018 speech. It is still in the early phases of the legislative session. Legislators, legislative staff, agency employees, lobbyists...

What is “One Health”? One Health describes the premise that animal health, human health, and environmental health are inextricably linked, and all would benefit from collaboration between those fields. One Health is all about collaboration between disciplines. Examples, excerpted from AVMA SmartBrief: Human health, animal health frequently intersect Research on animals to improve human health often improves animal health as well, as demonstrated when veterinarians at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago prescribed a human heart medication for a chimpanzee showing signs of heart disease. The zoo's multidisciplinary animal care team, led by...

August 25, 2017 - By Michael Stevenson and Vonnita Barton On several occasions, Idaho Bureau of Laboratories (IBL), the only laboratory in Idaho to test animals for rabies, has received improper-ly packaged heads or carcasses for rabies testing. In fact, there have been isolated incidents of blood leaking out of wrapped samples in the shipping box. The Department of Transportation (DOT) can issue penalties including fines to submitters who improperly package and ship such sample types. Awareness and training is necessary for veterinarians and other clients submitting these sample types to IBL. BACKGROUND:...

In January 2017, the board signed a contract with government relations specialist, Mr. Martin Bilbao. Martin had worked with the IVMA in 2015 when the IVMA came to an agreement with the Idaho Humane Society; regarding the care and services delivered by a nonprofit veterinary organization. Martin has been instrumental to the IVMA’s cause by actively lobbying for the one time additional fee to raise necessary funds for the IBOVM to pay for a new software system. In the 2017 Interim and 2018 legislative session, Martin was able to prevent...

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