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International Veterinary Testing Company Visits Reno SPCA

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Representatives from several labs visited the SPCA in Reno on Wednesday to learn about its new and safe testing protocol on dogs.

Representatives from Spectrum Labs Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona and Biogal Galed Labs in Israel visited the shelter, which is the first and only animal shelter in Northern Nevada to use this type of testing.

"Part of our mission directs us to be an innovative leader in the responsible treatment of homeless animals. With this new titer test our clinic can determine in 21 minutes whether a dog is sufficiently protected from Parvovirus, Distemper and Infectious Hepatitis. If a dog is protected, we redirect those vaccination funds into other veterinary needs. If not, we know exactly how many more vaccines a dog needs," said Tom Jacobs, Executive Director of SPCA.

Spectrum Labs Inc. has been providing veterinary diagnostic testing and treatment services worldwide for the past 25 years. One of Spectrum's recent product offerings is the VacciCheck® in-house antibody titer test that is manufactured by Biogal Galed Labs. VacciCheck® measures the antibody levels present for the three core canine vaccines: Parvovirus, Distemper and Infectious Hepatitis. It is simple to use, takes only minutes to run and is the only assay available that provides semi-quantitative scoring results.

The SPCA has been using VacciCheck extensively since 2013 to check and protect all incoming shelter dogs as well as using the test from our new Mobile Veterinary Clinic.  This test is designed to keep diseases at a minimum in our shelter. In partnership with animal control agencies in our rural communities, SPCA offers the testing at no charge to help other rescues determine the dog's level of protection. This antibody test kit is designed to monitor and determine a dog's level of current immunity in order to prevent over vaccination consequences.

The SPCA relies on donations from the community. If you'd like to make a donation, go to or call 775-324-7773 ext. 204. The shelter says its always in need of dog and cat food, bleach, hand wipes, paper towels and other necessities. A full list of items is available online.

The SPCA is located at 4950 Spectrum Blvd. in Reno.

We also feature pets for adoption Tuesday mornings during Channel 2 News This Morning.

(The SPCA of Northern Nevada also contributed to this report.)

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