West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Department of Agriculture Calls for Extra Caution Regarding Equine Virus

West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick is warning equine owners, facilities and events to step up biosecurity practices in response to recent occurrences of Equine Herpes Virus Type 1 (EHV-1).

EHV-1 infections in horses can result in a variety of ailments that include respiratory disease, abortions, neonatal deaths and the neurologic disease termed Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM). EHM has been diagnosed in recent months in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Tennessee and Utah.

“The frequency and severity of the cases reported so far means the horse industry should be working to minimize the risk of the disease causing problems in the West Virginia herd,” said Commissioner Helmick. “People should be reviewing their biosecurity plans and strengthening them where appropriate.”

“The goal of a biosecurity plan is to prevent the transmission of infectious agents by minimizing contact among individual animals. They can include facility layout, feeding and watering procedures, decontamination protocols and immunization plans,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Jewell Plumley.

A copy of the American Association of Equine Practitioners biosecurity guidelines and EHV resources can be found at www.aaep.org/ehv_resources.htm.

Horse owners are also encouraged to consult their veterinarians about vaccinating their animals against EHV-1, which might provide protection against neurologic disease.

Dr. Plumley added the West Virginia Department of Agriculture’s (WVDA) Animal Health Division staff will continue its elevated regulatory surveillance at events throughout the state. Exhibitors can help us by having their animals’ health documents up-to-date and accessible. WVDA’s Animal Health works closely with show management and veterinarians to ensure immediate notification and quick response to any suspected communicable disease.

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Department of Agriculture