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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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