COLUMBUS, OHIO — SEPT. 27, 2010 — Not long ago, intense media attention to the avian, swine and canine influenza viruses caused widespread panic across the globe. At one time, the rabies virus received as much attention, but in recent decades, Old Yeller is long forgotten and the panic over rabies has died down.However, rabies is alive and well. It is easy to contract and has the highest case-fatality rate of any infectious disease, annually killing more than 55,000 people around the world.
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The Ohio Department of Agriculture confirmed cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in two horses that died on a farm in Mercer County. This is the first incident of EEE in Ohio since an outbreak in 1991 in Wayne and Holmes counties. At this time, there are no known human illnesses associated with this confirmation.
Two Ohio State bovine veterinary students were among the eight award winners from across the United States who received a special student recognition award sponsored by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health. Brian Hartschuh and Elizabeth Homerosky each received $1,500 awards and an all-expenses-paid trip to the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) annual conference in Albuquerque in August.
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are a growing concern in Ohio. From Lake Erie to the Ohio River, HABs are becoming commonplace in many streams, lakes and ponds. Besides being unsightly and sometimes odorous, HABs can produce toxins that can kill animals.
The Student Externship Locator and the Training and Service Opportunities in Conservation, Environmental, Wildlife, and Zoological Medicine are resources which have recently been developed by the AVMA in response to membership need. Each of these databases continues to grow as relevant programs are submitted by universities, practices, agencies and organizations.
COLUMBUS, OHIO — JULY 1, 2010 — The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) commends the efforts of Gov. Ted Strickland, the Humane Society of the United States, and livestock organizations to reach a consensus on important animal care and well-being issues. The evolving nature of animal welfare discussions in Ohio were advanced by these dialogues.
The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board yesterday launched its new Web site, which informs and educates Ohioans about the activities of the board. The interactive site features meeting notices, past meeting minutes, frequently asked questions, updates, contact information and more. It also provides an opportunity for visitors to offer direct comment to the board.
The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is charged with establishing statewide standards governing the care and well-being of livestock while promoting food safety, preventing animal and human diseases and encouraging local food production.
On Wednesday, June 16, the OVMA hosted the Animal Housing Issues Symposium. Nearly a hundred veterinarians, students, and other animal welfare officials attended the day-long educational event.
After multiple hearings and re-writes, Senate Bill 95 is expected to be voted on by the Ohio Senate next week. OVMA Legislative Chair and Second Vice President Dr. Patricia Haines testified on the commercial breeding regulation bill Wednesday morning. The latest version of the bill contains a number of the previous recommendations made by OVMA and other groups.
While generally supportive of the bill, OVMA has raised concerns with the nature of some of the housing and care standards outlined in the bill. Efforts to address these remaining issues continue.
Click to read the full amended text of SB 95.