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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.

Three Oregon Tularemia Cases in Humans

Three human cases of tularemia in Oregon have been associated with bites and scratches with cats and squirrels.

Feline Distemper Case Reported at Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter

On October 5, the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter in Hillsboro confirmed a case of Feline Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper). A kitten that was adopted at the shelter died, and then tested positive for the disease.

Helping the Animals of Haiti

Here are some ways to help provide assistance to the animals of Haiti.

OVMA Committee Creating Veterinary Hospice Guidelines

An OVMA ad hoc committee on veterinary hospice care, chaired by Dr. Bob Franklin, developed guidelines and presented its recommendations to the board at its June meeting. The BOD approved the guidelines.

Leptospirosis Found in Sea Lions on Oregon Coast: Humans and Pet Owners Exercise Caution

Some of the dead or dying sea lions being found on the Oregon Coast are infected with the bacteria that causes leptospirosis infection. Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease that is transmissible to pets and people. People should stay at least 50 feet away from a beached sea mammal and keep their dogs on a leash to avoid contact with sea lions.

FDA Approves First Drug to Treat Cancer in Dogs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the approval of Palladia (toceranib phosphate), the first drug developed specifically for the treatment of cancer in dogs.