South Willamette Veterinary Clinic is a full care equine, large animal, and small animal veterinary facility.
Dr. Wes Violet and Dr. Kristine Willaman, a husband and wife team own and operate the South Willamette Veterinary Clinic in Creswell, Oregon. Together they have over 50 years of animal expertise and experience. They earned their veterinary degrees at The Ohio State University. In 2004, they built a 10,000 sq ft facility in Creswell, just south of Eugene in Lane County.
Our Philosophy: Continuity In Care And Service.
We have provided service for our clients and their animals in the southern Willamette Valley since 1981. We maintain the highest veterinary medical standards by continuing to reinvest in our education, staff, facility, and equipment.
We understand that you are busy during the week. Our clinic has always
offered small and large animal Saturday appointments from 8:30 a.m. to
1:00 p.m. for your convenience. Call and make your appointment today!
24 HOUR LARGE ANIMAL EMERGENCY SERVICE
Equine and large animal emergency calls are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With our location adjacent to I-5, patients can be received at our hospital or our veterinary trucks can respond to field emergencies in Lane County, including all of the Eugene/ Springfield area as well as surrounding communities including: Junction City, Harrisburg, Veneta, Thurston, Marcola, Pleasant Hill, Creswell, Cottage Grove, Drain, and Yoncalla.
Phone: 541-895-5665 Fax: 541-895-5233
There has been a recent outbreak of neurologic herpes virus
(Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy or EHM) confirmed in the Pleasant Hill area.
This resulted in the death of one severely affected horse and the quarantine of
the barn. Currently, there are no other barns known to be affected.
Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV-1) is among the most common
infectious diseases in horses. It more often causes a contagious respiratory
disease known as rhinopneumonitis. It also can cause abortions in mares. Rarely,
it is a more serious disease affecting the central nervous system.
Unfortunately this can lead to progressive ataxia (incoordination) and complete
recumbency (inability to rise).
Transmission usually occurs from infected horses through
nasal secretions, placental tissues, and fomites (objects). The virus is
fragile, does not live well outside the equine body, and is easily disinfected.
Infected horses can shed virus from day one post infection but usually stop
shedding virus within 2 to 3 weeks. Amount of virus shed has a lot to do with
the host animal's immune system status.
Equine herpes virus is very much like other mammalian herpes
viruses in that animals are infected at a very young age and then remain
latently infected for life. In times of stress or in pregnancy the virus can
recrudesce and horses will actively shed virus and infect other animals.
NEUROLOGIC FORM and
Probably a genetic mutation or variation in EHV- 1 has made
it more pathogenic for the central nervous system in the last few years. The
last major outbreak of EHM occurred in Ogden, Utah at the National Cutting
Horse show in 2011 resulting in 13 dead horses.
It would be good practice to institute bio-security measures
in all training and stabling facilities for the near future. This would include
monitoring temperatures two times per day on all horses that have traveled
recently. Fever usually precedes the
onset of neurologic signs in infected horses approximately four days. The
febrile phase coincides with active viremia when the horses are most infective
New arrivals or horses showing fevers should be isolated
from the main population until an accurate diagnosis is established.
protocols: Vaccinations for EHV-1 have been somewhat controversial.Some have suggested that the over vaccinating with in
activated rhino products, such as those found in 5 way vaccines may actually
have contributed to the development of neurologic infections in horses. This is because they have not been proven to induce a cell
mediated response which is thought to be more important in controlling
Modified live rhinopneumonitis vaccines are thought to be
more effective creating a cell mediated response. Therefore these vaccines
should be more useful when dealing with a neurologic outbreak.
At SWVC, we have
always advocated the use of modified live rhino vaccinations in our routine
immunization protocols for higher risk horses. Another product stimulating cell
mediated immunity in horses is Zylexis which is an inactivated sheep Parapox
virus immunomodulator. We have used
Zylexis extensively in infectious virus situations.
This newest outbreak serves as another reminder as the importance
of instituting routine vaccination programs and bio-security measures with the
guidance of your veterinarian. Our routine vaccination programs can be found on
our website on the following link:
In addition, here are two useful links on EHM, from UC Davis:
Awakening the Dormant Dragon: Neurological Form of Equine Herpesvirus-1 found at:
And from MSU School of Veterinary Medicine:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS EQUINE HERPES VIRUS-1
Please call if you
have any questions.