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In the last 6 months, a number of veterinary offices have contacted the State Public Health Veterinarian with concerns about the rising number of cases clinically diagnosed with Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD) or Infectious Tracheobronchitis (ITB).  Please complete this survey to assist with data collection on these illnesses.

Improved staff utilization is a more critical element of successful practices now than ever before. Practices that want to become more profitable can no longer just count on fee increases to achieve this goal. Improved profitability and patient care must come from improved business practices.

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.

AAHA has created the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool, a free, internet-based resource that assists with microchip identification; helping reunite pets and owners by checking participating pet recovery services’ registries to determine which registry should be contacted. The AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool can be accessed online at www.petmicrochiplookup.org.

A cat in Prineville, Oregon has tested positive for plague. The cat  is recovering. Oregon Public Health Division, Oregon State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that that the cat tested positive for plague. Plague cases are rare in Oregon; flea treatment for household pets can help prevent plague.

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.

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.

Thank you to all who visited the OVMA booth at the Oregon State Fair and to those who entered our "Too Big to Miss" contest.

Citing growing need in the veterinary profession for data about emergency and specialty practices, the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues (NCVEI) and VetPartners announce the release of financial and operational metric benchmarking tools designed specifically for referral practices.

Not a single day goes by that you don’t see some reference to social media in your life. Whether you are an avid Facebook participant or if you simply hear your local news anchor state their Twitter account, social media has completely changed how we gather information and make decisions about goods and services.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

At its July 23rd meeting, the OVMEB voted to rescind the proposed rule changes regarding exams and vaccines. The current rules regarding VCPRs, exams and vaccinations remain in effect.

Oregon Public Health officials are warning people to protect themselves and their pets from rabies after finding a rabid goat and two foxes in Cave Junction in Josephine County.

The FDA announced the approval of Felimazole (methimazole), a new drug for the treatment of hyperthyroidism in cats. Felimazole, a new molecular entity for animals, is the first drug approved for hyperthyroidism in cats.

In honor of Oregon's 150th birthday, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association held a Make a Wish contest at this summer's Oregon State Fair. Fairgoers were able to make a wish on behalf of their pet or someone else's.

Three clusters of feline histoplasmosis infection have been reported in indoor-only cats in the non-endemic states of Colorado, California, and Texas.

The Department of Agriculture needs volunteers to help select the veterinarians who will receive money to repay student loans in exchange for work in underserved areas.

We have been monitoring the progress of the Taskforce’s activities. A prohibition on veterinarians providing services to unlicensed animals is not one of the seven recommendations the Taskforce has submitted to the City Council and County Commissioners in its final report.

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.

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