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Bovine Trichomoniasis

index_clip_image002Trichomoniasis is a venereal disease among cattle that can cause abortions, low pregnancy rates and delayed or prolonged calving seasons.  The disease is present in the U.S., and can have severe economic costs for Washington’s beef producers.  Tight economic conditions may allow the disease to spread undetected (e.g. less pregnancy checking, longer breeding seasons, purchase of bargain cows), but trichomoniasis can be prevented and controlled through management.

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Trichomoniasis Testing Course for Bovine Practitioners

Please take the online course developed by Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) Animal Health Program and Genex Cooperative Inc. in association with The National Association of Animal Breeders and Certified Semen Services. WSDA will monitor and track registrants in order to provide them with a certificate upon completion. A score of 100% is required to become certified and should you not pass, WSDA will provide consultation for free from one of their field veterinarians in order to become certified. See a couple of important rules of the testing program:

  1. Veterinarians need to be accredited by Washington State before they can be certified to perform Trichomoniasis testing on bulls in Washington.
  2. Only veterinarians registered with WSDA can take official samples and submit them.
  3. Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab is an official lab for culture of Trich samples.
  4. Program Coordinator: Kerrie Pfalzgraf Kpfalzgraf@agr.wa.gov (360) 902-1878 

Follow the instructions below to access the course:

  1. First you will need to Register and create an account at: https://apps.vetmed.wsu.edu/CVME/Account/Register
    Note: Your e-mail address and password will give you access the course.
  2. Second, click to visit the Bovine Trichomoniasis Course
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Add to Cart” button
  4. On the next page click on the “Proceed to checkout” button.
  5. On the next page click the “Place order now” button.
  6. Next, select “My Dashboard” on the left side of the screen and the course should be available. Click on the course title and it will take you to a page that has the course link to start your Trichomoniasis Training. **Make sure your speakers are turned on**
  7. Once you complete the video, return to “My Dashboard” and under the course title you will see the text “Take Quiz“, this is the last step you need to complete to get certified.  You will need a score of 100% to pass the quiz!

What’s Next??

  • If you’ve passed the quiz, you will receive a certificate issued by WSDA within ten (10) business days. If you’ve not received a certificate, please contact the Program Coordinator.
  • If you’ve not passed after the third attempt, please contact the Program Coordinator below and she will work with you directly to help you understand the questions you missed. A certificate will be issued upon clarification of information.
  • Program Coordinator: Kerrie Pfalzgraf Kpfalzgraf@agr.wa.gov (360) 902-1878