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Veterinarians: Keep your pets out of the smoke Dr. Bell said keeping animals out of the smoke as much as possible is best case, but if they must be outside, pet owners should limit that time if possible.
WSU News - September 18, 2020
Veterinary student awarded American Kennel Club scholarship
Read More - September 2, 2020
WSU White Coat Ceremony goes virtual The College of Veterinary Medicine’s will move the annual ceremony to a virtual platform for the first time in its history. The event will be streamed on the college's YouTube channel starting at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20.
WSU News - August 17, 2020
Tortoise left for dead could have another 90 years to live, thanks to her neighbors Terri the tortoise was left for dead in a Benton City driveway in March after being run over by her owner as he drove to work.
The Spokesman-Review - July 23, 2020
Terri the tortoise makes a turnaround A tortoise believed to be run over by a vehicle could live another 90 years thanks to the care of Washington State University veterinarians.
WSU News - July 10, 2020
Veterinarians Play Critical Role in Backyard Poultry and Livestock Welfare, as well as Human Health Backyard poultry and small-scale livestock agriculture are a growing trend in the U.S., even in large cities such as Seattle, Portland, Denver and San Francisco. Residents raising backyard poultry and livestock do so for a variety of reasons such as access to locally sourced food, companionship and sustainability. But how often do these owners seek veterinary care in these urban and peri-urban areas (UPAs)?
UCDavis School of Veterinary Medicine - July 10, 2020
WSU vets put this cat back on track A rare brain surgery performed by Washington State University veterinarians is giving one retired Japanese show cat a chance at a longer life, free of diabetes.
WSU News - June 30, 2020
Fulbright Academy fosters cultural exchange at WSU and abroad Washington State University was recognized as one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Scholars, with seven WSU faculty members being selected.
WSU Insider - June 29, 2020
People probably caught coronavirus from minks. That’s a wake-up call to study infections in animals, researchers say. The minks on Dutch fur farms first got sick in mid-April, showing symptoms ranging from runny noses to severe respiratory distress. They had caught the novel coronavirus from human handlers, the government later said, and soon farmed minks appeared to have passed it back to two other people, in the world’s first reports of animal-to-human transmission since the pandemic began.
Washington Post - June 19, 2020
New Washington study looking at whether our pets are vulnerable to COVID-19 Researchers and doctors from the University of Washington and Washington State University have teamed up for a first of its kind study.
KOMONews - May 11, 2020
5 Things to Know About Coronavirus and Pets According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest report, a tiger, a lion, and two domestic cats tested positive for COVID-19 in April.
News 13 - April 26, 2020
WSU leaders tap Palmer, Roll to lead academic and research response to COVID‑19 WSU has selected Guy Palmer and John Roll to lead and coordinate the university’s academic and research response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
WSU Insider - April 23, 2020
WSU Veterinary Hospital treats 2020’s first tick paralysis case Warming weather in the Pacific Northwest has brought the first case of tick paralysis to Washington State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
WSU Insider - April 20, 2020
Research delayed, rodent populations reduced during pandemic Universities try to reduce risk to humans, maintain animal welfare as studies halted
JAVMA - April 16, 2020
WADDL tests pets for COVID-19 The Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory began testing pet animals early April to determine if pets have COVID-19.
Daily Evergreen - April 15, 2020
Pet Facial Recognition Helps Find Lost Cats and Dogs Animal shelters are using the technology to identify animals and reunite them with their owners
Wall Street Journal - April 15, 2020
Veterinary Teaching Hospital still in need of masks
Read More - April 10, 2020
Bronx tiger tests positive for COVID-19, prompts changes at local zoos Pet owners with specific coronavirus concerns are asked to call their local veterinarian.
KIRO 7 - April 8, 2020
WSU vets aid pet pig back to health
Read More - April 8, 2020
WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital need your help!
Read More - April 7, 2020
WSU vets use tech to reach pets Washington State University Veterinarian Katie Kuehl wants to make sure the animals of people facing homelessness in Seattle don’t go without care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
WSU Insider - April 7, 2020
Meet Duck
Read More - April 6, 2020
Washington State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital needs basic cloth masks
WSU College of Veterinary Medicine - April 3, 2020
WSU Veterinary College modifies operations for COVID-19 pandemic Effective immediately, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) has suspended all elective appointments. The hospital remains open and will take urgent and emergency cases only for all species for a minimum of two weeks.
WSU News - March 16, 2020
Chief, a crime-fighting K-9 shot in the face last week, receives honor escort home
The Spokesman-Review - March 5, 2020
Moses Lake police dog to have eye removed after being shot on duty
The Seattle Times - March 4, 2020
Shot K9 returns to Moses Lake with honor procession Chief underwent emergency surgery; he is now stable, returning to Moses Lake
The Daily Evergreen - March 4, 2020
Moses Lake police K-9 released from hospital after losing eye in shooting Following a CT scan, veterinarians were surprised to discover that the bullet went through the dog’s left eye and shattered his jawbone, missing the brain.
KREM - March 4, 2020
Police Dog to Have Eye Removed After Being Shot on Duty Washington state authorities say a Moses Lake police dog is scheduled to have his eye removed during surgery after being shot while chasing a suspect.
US News - March 4, 2020
Saving Chief: WSU vets care for K-9 unit dog shot on duty Thanks to life-saving efforts by Washington State University veterinarians, one of Moses Lake’s four-legged finest returned home today — just days after suffering a gunshot wound to the head.
WSU News - March 4, 2020
Antibiotics fail against resistant germs Growing up in Kenya, Sylvia Omulo had two guarantees: falling and infectious diseases. “I really liked to play,” she said. “Some of my favorite games involved speed and falling was a consequence of that — the other thing I was prone to was infectious diseases.”
The Daily Evergreen - February 27, 2020
Is xylitol and dogs a deadly combination? Many of you may have heard of xylitol and may have heard it is toxic to dogs. Chances are, however, you are not aware of just how toxic it can be.
Moscow Pullman Daily News - February 24, 2020
Seattle clinic treats people and pets together Novel One Health collaboration helps vulnerable young adults, tests integrated model
VIN News Service - January 31, 2020
Dr. Dori Borjesson named dean of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Dori Borjesson, chair of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology at the University of California Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine, has been selected as the new dean of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
WSU Insider - January 24, 2020
Ringtail rescues WSU team nurses and weens raccoon kits, then returns them to the wild
Lewsiton Tribune - January 2, 2020
Pioneering Pituitary Surgery Annie Chen-Allen, DVM, MS, DACVIM; Linda Martin, DVM, MS, DACVECC; and Tina Owen, DVM, DACVS, have much in common. They are all board certified veterinarians, they are all women, and they are all on staff at Washington State University (WSU) Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
American Veterinarian - December 18, 2019
WSU helps camel get over the hump Veterinarians treat Moses, a 1,000-plus-pound patient from Coeur d’Alene
Moscow Pullman Daily News - November 26, 2019
Miss Idaho USA is a student first WSU veterinary student says academics come before beauty pageants, modeling career.
Moscow Pullman Daily News - November 4, 2019
WSU veterinary medicine student named 'Miss Idaho USA 2020' Facebook Twitter Email Print Save A Washington State University student has been crowned as the next Miss Idaho USA. Kim Layne is currently in her third year at WSU's College of Veterinary Medicine. She was announced as Miss Idaho USA 2020 at the pageant on Monday, prevailing over a field of 17 candidates.
KHQ - October 30, 2019
WSU nursing, veterinary medicine students to treat people and pets at Spokane clinic The WSU College of Nursing and WSU College of Veterinary Medicine are once again partnering to offer free health care services to homeless and low-income people and their pets. Healthy People + Healthy Pets will be held on the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus on Friday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WSU Insider - October 25, 2019
Grizzlies show remarkable gene control before and during hibernation Being a human couch potato can greatly increase fat accumulation, hasten the onset of Type II diabetes symptoms, result in detrimental blood chemistry and cardiovascular changes, and eventually, bring about one’s death.
WSU News - September 19, 2019
Where have all the frogs gone? It happened again that morning. During their rounds, zookeepers found another tank of dead blue poison dart frogs. The tiny azure amphibians, native to South American rainforests, had been enjoying a successful breeding program at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Now, inexplicably, they were dying from a mysterious skin disease and the cause remained elusive.
WSU Magazine - August 8, 2019
Extra doses of care for pets: Products can help keep animals safe and happy Vehicle restraints Pet owners can turn to a commercially sold or self-made seat belt attachment for a dog riding inside a vehicle, said Charlie Powell, a spokesman for Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Spokesman Review - August 7, 2019
DEADLY RABBIT DISEASE CONFIRMED ON ORCAS ISLAND The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has confirmed a case of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHDV2) in a domestic rabbit on Orcas Island. RHD is a viral disease that causes sudden death in rabbits and can be spread through contact with infected rabbits, their meat or their fur, or materials coming in contact with them. On July 9, the Washington State Veterinarian's Office received a report of a dead domestic pet rabbit from a veterinarian clinic on Orcas Island. The veterinarian and the owner suspected possible RHD and contacted the State Veterinarian’s Office. The remains of the dead rabbit were sent to state and federal animal disease labs for testing. On July 18, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the disease.
WSDA - July 19, 2019
A feline anatomy expert weighs in on that Cats trailer AS A VETERINARIAN, anatomist, and physiologist, Leslie Sprunger has taught small animal anatomy at Washington State University for nearly two decades. After the release of the trailer for the upcoming film musical Cats, based on the Broadway musical Cats, itself based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, WIRED spoke with Dr. Sprunger for a sense of what exactly was going on with… all of that.
WIRED - July 19, 2019
WSU shuts down pet loss hotline after people misused the service Losing a pet can be extremely hard. For some, it's so tough they need extra support from a help-line.Washington State University veterinary students had a hotline to call if people were grieving from a dying animal. But now, that number is disconnected. WSU says, too many people were misusing the line.
KHQ - July 12, 2019
Hotline for grieving pet owners shuts down The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine shut down its Pet Loss Hotline services last Monday after receiving a high number of unrelated phone calls from local pet owners. Charlie Powell, public information officer for the veterinary medicine college, said two counselors trained the student veterinarian volunteers to talk about grief with pet owners.
The Daily Evergreen - July 11, 2019
Four baby raccoons being rehabilitated at WSU Four baby raccoons are being treated at Washington State University’s veterinary teaching hospital after they were found starving. Veterinarians believe their mother may have been run over and killed.
KXLY - July 11, 2019
Healing a hummingbird: WSU vets rise to the occasion Weighing in at barely more than a dime, the outlook for the baby hummingbird didn't look good. He was found on the ground, clinging to life, after likely being blown from the nest during a heavy storm. "I have had him now for a week and a half, and amazingly, the kid doesn't have any injuries," said Dr. Nickol Finch, a wildlife veterinarian at Washington State University's teaching hospital. "They have really high metabolism rates, so they have to eat a lot."
KXLY - July 11, 2019
FFAR Awards Inaugural Vet Fellowship to Ten Students The AAVMC is collaborating with the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) on a new program designed to develop new generations of veterinary medical scientists interested in research careers in global food security and sustainable animal production. The Veterinary Student Research Fellowships to Address Global Challenges in Food and Agriculture (FFAR Vet Fellows) program creates experiences and funding opportunities for veterinary students to pursue research related to compelling challenges in agriculture and animal production.
AAVMC - July 8, 2019
Leave baby animals to Mother Nature The Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital currently is caring for several juvenile wildlife species that should have been left in the care of Mother Nature.
WSU Insider - June 10, 2019
Bald eagle released at East Park, returns to the wild It took only a second or two for Ramsey the bald eagle to exit a large travel crate and then fly to a nearby tree in Quincy’s Aquatic Center. Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine had cared for the bird and returned it to the wild on May 17.
Quincy Valley Post-Register - May 28, 2019
WSU veterinarians prepare eagle to be released back into the wild PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University veterinarians will release a two-year-old bald eagle back into the wild on Friday. According to Public Information Officer Charlie Powell, the female eagle came to WSU's Veterinary Teaching Hospital in August emaciated and unable to fly.
KXLY - May 16, 2019
WSU receives accreditation for veterinary simulation program Washington State University (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine’s (CVM’s) veterinary-only simulation program is the first to be accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).
Veterinary Practice News - May 6, 2019
WSUs Simulated Vet Program Receives Accreditation Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, became the first simulation program in the U.S. to be accredited by the Society for Simulation in Health Care Accreditation.
Washington Ag Network - May 6, 2019
Simulation-based education builds confidence and skills in CVM students On April 10, the program received accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, making it the nation’s first‑ever accredited program developed for and devoted to veterinary care. Simulation serves as a critical resource for veterinary students—giving them the chance to practice, make mistakes, and receive feedback with no negative consequences to live patients.
WSU Insider - May 1, 2019
Tails of comfort Robert Slack ’71 DVM thoroughly enjoyed his early days as a veterinarian. An adventurous man, he chose to begin his career in Australia and, later, traveled back to the United States on a camping trip through Iran, Turkey, India, and Pakistan. He even stopped off to run with the bulls in Pamplona.
WSU Magazine - April 29, 2019
Medicine that lands on all fours It’s a cold February morning. Flat gray clouds blanket the sun and snow berms line the streets on the WSU Spokane campus. Outside the University’s Veterinary Specialty Teaching Clinic, several people stand hunched inside their coats, their breath misting in the frigid air.
WSU Magazine - April 29, 2019
Dean of WSU veterinary college to step down The dean of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Bryan Slinker (WSU '80), will step down at the end of 2019.
JAVMA News - April 26, 2019
WSU veterinarians team up with MD to save corgi puppy in what may have been a veterinary first Jingle the corgi puppy has had a rough go of his very short life. "Seeing how bad his shunt was, it did kind of hit us," said Dr. Jillian Haines, a veterinarian at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, "we were all a little sick to our stomach at the idea." - March 26, 2019
In Their Shoes: the relationship between the homeless and their pets You've probably seen them, the homeless men and women on the streets with a dog or cat curled up right beside them. Your first thought might be, why? Why would they take care of another being when they can't take care of themselves? Why would they put their pets at risk? - February 26, 2019
Stage III simulation receives commercialization license from WSU WholeLogic, Inc., a startup company, has received a license for Stage III simulation technology developed by Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine associate professor RD Keegan, allowing the technology to become commercialized for use in veterinary education.
WSU News - February 20, 2019
Veterinary cardiologists: Does grain-free dog food cause heart disease? Dog owners concerned about grain-free diets causing heart disease have a professional opinion to help them now thanks to veterinary cardiologists at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
WSU Insider - January 28, 2019
Pioneering Pituitary Surgery Annie Chen-Allen, DVM, MS, DACVIM; Linda Martin, DVM, MS, DACVECC; and Tina Owen, DVM, DACVS, have much in common. They are all board certified veterinarians, they are all women, and they are all on staff at Washington State University (WSU) Veterinary Teaching Hospital. But what set these 3 women apart from their peers? Pituitary surgeon Dr. Owen, neurologist Dr. Chen-Allen, and criticalist Dr. Martin lead one of the few teams in the country that is removing pituitary tumors surgically from dogs and cats.
American Veterinarian - January 15, 2019
Eight lives left for Linus the tabby cat When Holly Freifeld brought her cat, Linus, to Washington State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital, he had three tumors on the lining of his brain and it was uncertain whether he could be saved.
Daily News - January 10, 2019
Update on Murray: Second risky surgery tackled by WSU VetMed A series of tests in January revealed that Murray, a once playful corgi puppy, had a cyst and infection in his brain, causing a loss of sight, balance and feeling in the dog’s face. In June, WSU Insider ran a story about how his owners Kristy and Jim Fiorini, found amazing help and compassion at WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. But the journey wasn’t over.
WSU Insider - January 4, 2019
Thyroid Disease in Pets: What Should You Know? Thyroid Disease tends to be more common in middle-aged dogs and middle-aged to older cats. The disease often develops gradually, so you may not notice it affecting your pet. Here's what you need to know so you can be proactive in recognizing and managing the disease.
Healthy Pet - October 9, 2018
President, provost host Veterinary Medicine town hall The Town Halls 2018 series continues Monday, Oct. 1, with a session for faculty, staff and students from the College of Veterinary Medicine.
WSU Insider - October 1, 2018
Until Seattle smoke subsides, take steps to keep Fido safe, veterinarians say The effects of the worsening air quality in the Seattle area aren’t limited to humans — the smoky haze can also hurt animals, from asthmatic pugs to Pete the gorilla at Woodland Park Zoo.
Seattle Times - August 21, 2018
A pet out of its element WSU vet school officials create a temporary home for alligator confiscated in Asotin County
Lewiston Tribune - July 30, 2018
Prickly pokey PT, WSU veterinarians putting a recovering porcupine through his paces Hit by a car, left in a ditch to die and then scooped up clinging to life by an endloader working construction, Washington State University veterinarians are now caring for a very lucky porcupine who was brought in by an area wildlife rehabber. - July 20, 2018
Washington State University veterinarians caring for confiscated crocodilian In a rarity for the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, doctors are currently caring for a confiscated alligator. The several foot long alligator was brought in by officers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, after State Patrol Troopers found it with its owner on a stop. - July 19, 2018
How do you handle the grief that comes with losing a pet? Cinnamon, Mary Kunkel's little white terrier — like a surprising number of adorable dogs these days — has her own Facebook page. "Squirrel Chasing Inc" is listed as her occupation.
Inlander - June 21, 2018
Why some pet owners and veterinarians are turning to alternative and holistic pet care options Dennis Thomas practiced veterinary medicine the conventional way for decades. But eventually, he says, he got tired of running out of options.
Inlander - June 21, 2018
Legacy of Service Continues to Expand Students and faculty from the WSU colleges of Nursing and Veterinary Medicine offered vaccinations, health screenings and simple treatments to homeless and low income people and their pets.
WSU Spokane - May 10, 2018
2018 Woman of Distinction: Saving animal lives every day Katrina Mealey is the Richard L. Ott Endowed Chair in Small Animal Medicine and Research at WSU, the founding director of PrIMe (Program in Individualized Medicine for animals), a National Academy of Inventors member, and global expert in veterinary pharmacogenetics.
WSU Insider - April 11, 2018
Idaho County Sheriff says wounded puppy was not shot The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is disputing rumors that a puppy under the care of Washington State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital was shot in the jaw by its owner this weekend in Kamiah.
Moscow Pullman Daily News - April 3, 2018
Tips for running with your dog in Spokane Katrina Mealey runs at least 1 mile regularly with her 13-year-old Jack Russell terrier. While training for marathons, she brings her older dog home and immediately goes back out on the trail with her young German Shorthaired Pointer to run another 4 to 8 miles.
The Spokesman-Review - April 3, 2018
Dog food recall worries residents, but so far no harm to pets in Spokane A recall of dog food contaminated with a barbiturate has prompted some caution, but no apparent harm, among animal lovers in the Inland Northwest.
The Spokesman-Review - February 22, 2018
Hundreds of people and pets served by new WSU clinic Nearly 100 people and 125 dogs and cats visited a new clinic offering health care to homeless and low-income people and their pets Friday, on the campus of Washington State University Spokane.
WSU Insider - January 30, 2018
WSU vet and nursing students team up for low-income healthcare clinic Washington State University College of Nursing students teamed up with their veterinary counterparts on Friday to hold the school's first ever homeless and low-income health screening clinic in Spokane. - January 29, 2018
How To Help Animals During The California Fires, Because They’re Just As Vulnerable As You As blazes continue to sweep across the greater Los Angeles area, residents are forced to face the question of how to protect animals from the Southern California wildfires. - December 7, 2017
Dog Gone Day Mic, a Pembroke corgi then 12, had always embodied good “dog manners.” He’d never met a dog who didn’t like him. Suddenly, he was enraging his packmates. We sympathized; his nighttime barking was fraying our nerves, too.
Washington State Magazine - November 20, 2017
Pup gets a new lease on life Researcher and veterinarian Jillian Haines and Wiss, program coordinator at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, worked with a blend of affection and efficiency with the wire-haired dachshund pup, the last subject in a year-long study into megaesophagus in canines and effective management techniques.
Moscow-Pullman Daily News - August 29, 2017
Animal owners should be aware of wildfire smoke hazards WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine recommends that animal owners be aware that wildfire smoke advisories, issued by county and municipal health districts for people, apply to animals, too.
WSU Insider - August 4, 2017
Entertain your pets: Pet tech aimed at helping furry friends Most of the time when you play with your pet, you reach for some sort of toy. But, what if you’re not home? There are actually TV shows and apps now that you can get to entertain your pets.
KHQ - TV 6 - July 26, 2017
Washington State vet helps bird dog owners get over hump on neutering To neuter or not to neuter? Our family has pondered this decision six times and it still sinks my wife into a bog of anxiety, at least in the case of our dogs.
The Spokesman-Review - July 20, 2017
Protect your pet’s feet from heat, burns Temperatures nearing or surpassing the century mark in the Inland Northwest this week prompts the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine to issue a hot pavement advisory for pets.
WSU Insider - July 6, 2017
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