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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Proposed Rule Changes to OARs on Reporting Communicable Diseases

With the new year come a few proposed changes in Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) regarding reporting and investigation of communicable diseases in Oregon.