Veterinary eNews
Mar. 13, 2014

Registration now open — NYS-VC Spring!
Don't miss your chance to attend the inaugural NYS-VC Spring, May 16-18, in Rye Brook. This conference will feature all the top-notch continuing education that has been the hallmark of the annual NYS-VC Fall, in a location convenient to the metro New York and tri-state region. Registration is now open! More

NYS-VC Spring brochure in the mail
The NYS-VC Spring brochure should be arriving in your mailboxes within the next week. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek at the conference lineup.More

Make your room reservations for NYS-VC Spring now!
Rooms at the Westchester Hilton in Rye Brook are expected to sell out the weekend of NYS-VC Spring, May 16-18. The room rate is $169 per night plus applicable taxes. Reserve your room under the NYS-VC block before April 15.More

Tattooing animal legislation comes back in spotlight after recent incident
A Brooklyn tattoo artist recently came under fire for Instagramming a photo of a tattoo he inked on his dog while the animal was under anesthesia for a surgical procedure. Following the news story, bills have been introduced in both the Assembly and Senate in response to the decorative tattooing and piercing of companion animals. The NYSVMS does not support the practice of performing decorative procedures, such as tattoos or piercings, on companion animals that are not deemed medically necessary by a licensed veterinarian. Any procedure requiring anesthesia by New York state law must be done by a veterinarian, and it is the professional judgment of the veterinarian to determine if a procedure is medically necessary as part of a treatment plan or done for identification purposes.

View the Senate bill here.
View the Assembly bill here.
View the news story here. More

Obama proposes changes to FLSA
The New York Times reports that President Barack Obama will use his executive powers to expand the pool of workers covered by mandatory overtime regulations, potentially pulling millions of employees out of management status and into the class of workers who are paid time-and-half if they go past 40 hours a week.More

Investing in the future of your practice
Today's Veterinary Practice
Dr. Travis Meredith explores proactive, strategic investment decisions for practices committed to generating additional income, offering the highest quality of medicine, providing an optimum patient experience and creating a productive work environment.More

Microchips open murky legal waters, but AVMA still urges the practice
Veterinary Practice News
Most owners presume that if they have their pet tagged with microchip identification and she becomes lost, someone who finds the pet will scan the chip and notify the owner. Often, fortunately, the scenario does play out this way. More

New pet food options take a page from human food trends
With so many dogs occupying a major status in families these days, more attention is being paid to what goes in Fido's bowl. And increasingly, pet owners are modeling their pooch's diet after their own. But Dr. Amy Farcas, a small animal clinical nutritionist at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, counsels that altering a dog's diet to reflect what a human feels like eating on any given night could be problematic.More

Relationship between man and cat may be older than we think
Pacific Standard
Humans and cats have been enjoying, or at least tolerating, one another's company for a very long time. But when, exactly, did we start hanging around together?More

Stem cell therapy for feline asthma
Winn Feline Foundation
Asthma is a common lower airway disease affecting cats that is characterized by inflammation and constriction of the airways causing difficulty breathing. Long term, remodeling of the airways may cause a permanent decline in lung function and poor response to therapy. More

Three ways to lower infection rates during surgery
From keeping the door closed during a procedure to using an alcohol-based sterile surgical scrub instead of a brush, Dr. Jennifer Wardlaw has tips for keeping infection rates to minimum in your operating room.More

Animal disease traceability — Next phase of implementation
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We know responding quickly to a disease outbreak and lessening its impact is an essential part of protecting those markets and your profitability, and that was a driving force behind our finalization of the Animal Disease Traceability Program in March 2013.More