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OnceptTM Canine Melanoma Vaccine Receives USDA Approval

Vical Incorporated today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted the company's licensee Merial Limited full licensure for its ONCEPT™ canine melanoma vaccine, a therapeutic DNA vaccine designed to aid in extending survival of dogs with oral melanoma.

Equine Dentistry Changes in Oklahoma, Other Legislative Updates

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.

FTC "Red Flags Rule": DVMs Expected to Be Exempted

The "Red Flags Rule," which the Federal Trade Commission will begin enforcing December 31, 2010, requires creditors to develop programs to prevent, detect, and mitigate identity theft. Veterinarians are expected to be exempted from this requirement with legislation now awaiting the president's signature.

Cryptococcus gattii: Cases in Oregon

In 1999, a rare fungus was identified in British Columbia and, in 2004, the first case of the fungus in a human was identified in the Pacific Northwest. The fungus, Cryptococcus gattii, (or C gattii), is a new strain of the fungus, which, in very rare cases, causes a treatable infection in humans and animals.

American Regent Recalls Bacteriostatic Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 0.9% 30 mL Multiple Dose Vials

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.

USDA Veterinary Service Policy on Pets Arriving in US from Haiti

Due to the disastrous earthquake in Haiti, there may be an increased number of pets coming into the US. The following USDA-Veterinary Service (VS) policy should take effect immediately and remain in effect for the next 10 days for animals arriving at US ports from either Haiti or the Dominican Republic. During this period, the USDA-VS has waived the requirements for health certificates for dogs.

USDA Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program

The Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program will pay up to $25,000 each year towards qualified educational loans of eligible veterinarians who agree to serve in a NIFA designated veterinarian shortage situation for a period of three years.

Unretrieved Animals: Legislative Update

The Oregon House and Senate overwhelmingly approved House Bill 3111-A, which lessens the burden on veterinarians when dealing with unretrieved animals at the practice. Pending the governor’s signature, the bill will become effective January 1, 2012.

Survey of 3 Zoonotic Pathogens Carried by Rats in Multnomah County (Portland, Oregon)

Objectives of the study were to identify zoonotic agents: Hepatitis E, leptospirosis and toxoplasmosis carried by rats and assess the risk of rodent‐borne disease in commensal rodents in Multnomah County, Oregon, USA.

Open Wide! Oregon State Fair Dental Care Contest Winner Revealed

At the 2011 Fair, the OVMA booth focused on educating the public about the importance of regular veterinary dental care for pets, including exotics, and equines. The OVMA sponsored the Open Wide! dental care contest. Entrants answered 5 questions about dental care and the winner was drawn from all the correct entries.