Additional Bird Flu Cases Reported Across Washington

With cases of avian influenza adding up across the state, the Washington state veterinarian is asking bird owners to double down on biosecurity measures. On Wednesday, the WSDA announced the confirmation multiple cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in non-commercial backyard flocks in Pierce County. State Veterinarian Dr. Amber Itle said those cases were first […]

Itle Named Washington State Veterinarian

The Washington State Department of Agriculture didn’t need to search far for their new state veterinarian. WSDA announced Wednesday that interim state veterinarian Dr. Amber Itle has been selected to serve as the new state veterinarian. Itle first joined WSDA in 2013 as a field veterinarian and was appointed assistant state veterinarian in 2017. She […]

WSDA Looks To Address Veterinary Shortages

It’s a growing problem across rural America; finding veterinarians, especially large animal veterinarians. Statistics show as many vets retire, or relocate, livestock owners are finding it more difficult to find needed care. Why is rural America struggling with this shortage? Interim Washington state Veterinarian Dr. Amber Itle said it’s a very complex issue, and there […]

WSDA To Launch Carcass Management Preparedness Program

Washington State Department of Agriculture and Washington State University are pairing up for the development of a Carcass Management Training program. Interim state veterinarian, Dr. Amber Itle, said they received nearly $195,000 from APHIS to launch the effort. “The proposed program focuses on teaching carcass composting methods, providing compost technical information and the skills and tools […]