Author Archives: Dr. Annette Jones, California State Veterinarian

Changes Coming for Antibiotic Use on Livestock

Any antibiotic use – in people or animals – can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance, making it vital to recognize and eliminate unnecessary or inappropriate uses of antibiotics. In California, farmers, ranchers and veterinarians share a common goal … Continue reading

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Heat Wave: Tips for Farmers and Ranchers

Animal health is a year-round part of what farmers and ranchers do, but it’s especially important as we gear up for this late summer heat wave. First of all, be sure to protect yourself, your family and your employees from … Continue reading

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Healthy Pigs – California swine health program review: Pseudorabies “free” reconfirmed

If you are a fan of pigs, you will be happy to know that, after an in depth disease prevention program review by USDA veterinarians and other scientists in 2017, California has once again been classified as Pseudorabies “free.” While … Continue reading

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New West Nile Virus detections in horses

A dangerous disease, west Nile virus, has returned to California this summer. The disease has been detected in four horses – two in Riverside County, one in Tehama County, and one in Shasta County. Two of the horses have died … Continue reading

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Avian flu outbreak requires vigilance in California

A major disease event for poultry has landed in the U.S. Highly-pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in a number of states, and while the brunt of the impact has been in the Midwest, and our thoughts are with those … Continue reading

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CARES partnership helps care for animals during emergencies

When natural disasters strike, people in their path usually have a very short time to organize their priorities before they’re forced to evacuate. Too often, cherished pets and working animals are left behind to contend with the onrushing catastrophe. Understandably, people … Continue reading

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“Goat Day” an excellent outreach opportunity for dairy foods program

This Saturday, January 19, UC Davis will host its annual “Goat Day,” an opportunity for goat owners, veterinarians and students to learn about a variety of goat health and management topics. There will be updates on current goat research and … Continue reading

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Food Safety Workshops for California’s Artisan Cheese Makers

Consumers in general and Californians in particular are showing new and enthusiastic interest in their food – where it comes from, who makes it, and how it is made. Farmers have responded with a renewed devotion to agricultural products that … Continue reading

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West Nile virus in horses – first case of 2012

An unfortunate annual event occurred last week – for the first time in 2012, a horse in California was found to have west Nile virus. The two-year old filly from Stanislaus County wasn’t vaccinated and had to be euthanized.  Each … Continue reading

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Robust testing for BSE (Mad Cow Disease) in California and U.S.

There was some confusion this week about bovine spongeform encephalopathy (BSE), or, as it’s commonly known, mad cow disease. Humans who are exposed to it by eating infected animal tissues–the only way it can be contracted–develop a disease called Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob … Continue reading

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