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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.

A team of scientists, veterinarians and volunteers have deployed a custom-built “capture cage” in Newport to temporarily sequester sea lions that have become entangled with rope, fishing line and other materials so they can be untangled. The Oregon Animal Health Foundation, the charitable arm of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, provided a $5,000 grant for the project.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Veterinarians understand your concerns both about your pet’s health and saving money. Before buying the over-the-counter product, such as a generic flea and tick control product, consult with your veterinarian to make sure it is the best fit for you, your pet and your wallet.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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