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By Jeremy Downing/Press Release | Posted: Fri 4:38 PM, Mar 09, 2018 Cheyenne, Wyo. - A Cheyenne horse has tested positive for rabies, adding to the four cases of skunk rabies found in Laramie County so far in 2018, reported by the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory in Laramie. Many people associate rabies in domestic animals with dogs and cats and only consider these animals for vaccination, said Myrna Miller, veterinary virologist with the WSVL. “But in Wyoming, cattle are the most common domestic animal diagnosed with rabies followed by horses, dogs and cats,” she said. The WSLV determined 11...

National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) Update: For those uncertain about their veterinary accreditation status, that status can be verified through the following web page https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/nvap/ct_areavet.   The last name and veterinary National Accreditation Number (NAN) must be entered to access this information. Remember that veterinarians wishing to continue participating in the NVAP must renew their accreditation every 3 years by submitting an application for accreditation renewal and completing supplemental training.  APHIS Approved Supplemental Training (AAST) modules for accreditation renewal are available on-line at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/nvap/ct_aast.  Unfortunately, due to budget limitations ending a government contract, RACE-approved CE credit for these...

NVSL Launches Electronic VS Form 10-4: The USDA:APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) recently launched an electronic VS Form 10-4 (specimen submission form).  E-submission modernizes NVSL’s process to improve customer service.  E-submissions are easy for NVSL customers, saves time for submitters, and ensures that NVSL delivers programs as efficiently and effectively as possible.  Data entry is quick and legible which makes for greater data integrity.  A submitter may easily acquire a Level 1 eAuthentication username and password to access the National Centers for Animal Health (NCAH) portal for electronic submission. The NCAH...

The Idaho Veterinary Medical Association has received reports of dogs testing positive for Canine Influenza in Idaho. Both affected dogs, one in Boise and one in Rigby, are infected with Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) subtype H3N2. The IVMA has also heard reports of two dogs in Salt Lake City positive for CIV subtype H3N8. Canine Influenza is an emerging disease across the nation. Dogs in the greater Bay Area of California began experiencing an outbreak of CIV H3N2 in December 2017, which has quickly expanded locally and regionally into other states...

By AVMA Delegate - Dr. Gary Lewis The Winter Session of the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) was held in conjunction with the AVMA Leadership Conference. The meeting was held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago on January 5th and 6th, 2018. The Plenary and Informational Meeting provided updates from the Political Action Committee and the Governmental Relations Division, as well as, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.  Reports were given by the AVMA Treasurer and the Professional Liability Insurance Trust.  We also heard candidate speeches for the upcoming elections for the offices...

It is my pleasure to introduce the IVMA’s new One Health Committee!  For those unfamiliar with the concept of One Health, the premise is that animal health, human health, and environmental health are inextricably linked, and everyone would benefit from collaboration between those fields.  One Health encompasses MANY different topics, and the IVMA One Health Committee has decided to focus our efforts on just a few subjects to start:  infectious and zoonotic disease, continuing education coordination, and antimicrobial resistance. The committee is currently exploring several avenues to identify projects that fit...

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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