Wyomingites have known about the beneficial services of the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory (WSVL) at the University of Wyoming, for years.
Residents now can access accurate and up-to-date information on animal health, animal disease and food quality on the Internet, at Wyovet, the Wyoming Animal Health and Disease Information Network. According to Lynn Woodard, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (UW CES) veterinarian, Wyovet is designed to meet the needs of animal owners, veterinarians and members of the general public.
The site has considerable information regarding submission of samples to the laboratory for examination, along with disease information and alerts. A case access feature on Wyovet will allow veterinarians to access their diagnostic cases 24 hours a day via a secure link. This feature is being tested by several selected veterinary clinics in the state before it becomes available to all clinics.
Another feature of Wyovet Website is a study guide for the Wyoming Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Program. This guide will enable beef producers, veterinarians and Extension educators to begin the process of becoming certified in proper beef inspection procedures. The BQA Program is designed to prevent residues and eliminate defects in beef, thereby increasing consumer confidence in the product.
Relevant links to other animal health agencies and organizations are included on Wyovet to provide even more resources for the many questions that producers and the public may have.
The Wyovet Website is a cooperative effort of WSVL, UW CES, the Wyoming Livestock Board, the Wyoming Veterinary Medical Association and the Wyoming Beef Council. Funding was provided by WSVL, CES and the Beef Council. The Website is located at http://wyovet.uwyo.edu. Those with further questions may contact Woodard, at 307-742-6638.