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Senate passes Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act
The U.S. Senate has passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, S. 1171. The bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act to permit veterinarians to carry controlled substances outside their primary place of registration in order to treat patients. The next step is to see the House equivalent bill, H.R. 1528, though passage. The AVMA and NYSVMS are urging veterinarians to contact their representatives in support of this important legislation.
AVMA House of Delegates winter meeting wraps up; NYSVMS resolution begins national dialog
The AVMA House of Delegates held its regular winter session recently in Chicago. Follow the link for a full wrap-up of the meeting. The NYSVMS-sponsored Resolution 1 — to cease the AVMA Council on Education's accreditation of foreign veterinary schools — did not pass, but provided a strong foundation for the a national discussion on foreign accreditation. Look for an article on the NYSVMS resolution in an upcoming issue of Veterinary eNews.
Pet wellness is poised to go mainstream
By Doug Gleason
You can sign up for your company's employee wellness program, enjoy a wellness spa treatment or even plan some "wellness tourism" for your next vacation. Almost everyone in the pet industry is aware of this trend called wellness — we've all heard something about the increased interest in pet wellness and the response of manufacturers and retailers. But what has been a relatively small niche up until know is about to take off. Interest in wellness in the human world is going mainstream, and that's bound to translate to the pet world.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs bill allowing more stringent regulation of breeders
On Jan. 10, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that will allow local governments to enact stricter laws than those in place at the state level in order to help regulate pet dealers and puppy mills within New York state.
Go West, young raven: Clever birds use power lines to spread to new territory
Ravens are using power lines to colonize new territories in the West, new research finds. And although living on live electric lines is dangerous, ravens seem to fare unusually well.
Pet health crisis: Americans skimp on preventive care
There's an American health crisis that doesn't have anything to do with federal health care websites, rising deductibles or doctor shortages.
Our pets are getting sicker, and many pet owners don't even have a clue.
Have you visited the Partners for Healthy Pets' Practice Resources Toolbox yet?
American Veterinary Medical Foundation
The Partners for Healthy Pets is an American Veterinary Medical Foundation committee, created to ensure pets receive the preventive healthcare they deserve through regular veterinary visits. This multipronged program, led by the AVMA and American Animal Hospital Association, features a major consumer advertising and media campaign and a toolbox — resources for veterinarians to help teach them how to sell preventative care to their clients. Have you checked out this program yet? As an NYSVMS member, you have access free access to the toolbox and all the PHP resources.
3 techniques to treat toe fractures
Veterinary Practice News
Although metacarpal and metatarsal fractures are fairly common injuries in cats and dogs, the best way to treat is somewhat controversial.
Incomplete or complete fractures of one or two metacarpal/metatarsal bones can be treated with external coaptation. The splint should immobilize the carpus/tarsus completely to be effective.
Advances in diagnosis and treatment of feline squamous cell carcinoma
Winn Feline Foundation
Squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity is one of the most common cancers of cats, and often has a poor outcome. This cancer develops in the jaw, gum and under the tongue of cats. Oral SCC aggressively invades local tissue, causes bone destruction and spreads to other parts of the body.
Drug-releasing lenses improve sight for dogs
Morris Animal Foundation
As dogs age, many of them require cataract surgery. The surgery usually improves their quality of life, but some dogs experience persistent inflammation, and they develop cloudiness over the eye, a condition known as posterior capsular opacification. What if special lenses could alleviate the cloudiness? It turns out they can.
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