By Linda Weiford, WSU News
PULLMAN, WASH. – The strain of bird flu causing sickness and the culling of millions of birds in the Midwest is the same strain first detected in Washington state in December, according to a Washington State University scientist who helped identify the virus. Until then, the pathogen had never been seen in the United States.
PULLMAN – The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine announced it is cancelling its 2010 Annual Conference for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians slated for March.
Several factors figured in to the cost-cutting measure for the college.
“The economic downturn and its affect on veterinary practices and supporting industries have made it fiscally unwise to try and hold a large conference,” explained Steve Martinez, a veterinary surgeon and director of WSU veterinary college’s Office of Continuing Education. “Revenues from attendance are important for offsetting our costs as well as committed corporate sponsorship for such meetings and right now veterinarians and corporations are both continuing to … » More …
PULLMAN – A peregrine falcon has been successfully released by WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine after the raptor made a full recovery from its injuries.
The falcon, nicknamed Stephens for the man who brought the injured bird in from Rosalia, suffered from two broken bones in one of its wings. A team of WSU volunteers and veterinarians nursed the falcon back to health without surgery. Instead, a series of bandages were used to hold the broken bones in place to allow them time to heal properly.
“Because Stephens was young, about a year … » More …
PULLMAN — Wendy C. Brown, a professor and veterinary immunologist in Washington State University’s Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, has received a grant of nearly $1.9 million from the National Institutes of Health.
Brown will use the five years of uninterrupted funding lasting through May 2013 to continue her internationally recognized studies of immunity to transport systems related to the disease-causing capabilities of Gram negative bacteria. Her work will be part of the landmark effort included in the $25 million Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded School for Global Animal Health at WSU.
This recent funding comes through the National Institute of Allergy … » More …