Veterinarians attend New York City Council hearing to voice opposition to sprinkler installation bill
A City Council hearing was held April 1 in New York City to consider bill Int. No. 145-2014 requiring all animal service facilities, where animals are continuously sheltered for a period of at least 24 hours, to install automatic sprinkler systems. NYSVMS and VMA-NYC issued a call for action to veterinarians to voice opposition to the bill by attending the meeting.
Allan Bregman, DVM, president of VMA-NYC and board member of NYSVMS, led a team of veterinarians to speak against the bill's conditions. One veterinarian reported her research into estimated costs for implementation of sprinklers in each of her hospital locations would cost upwards of $250,000-500,000. Council members said they had estimated a range of $12,000-25,000. Several people countered and said that estimate was correct for the installation of the system, but doesn't consider additional costs for new access to New York City's water line or the costs for building permits and architectural fees.
The City Council was receptive to veterinarians' concerns and would consider amendments to the bill that might extend implementation dates of the systems to as long as 18-24 months after the bill becomes law.
NYSVMS and VMA-NYC urge all New York City members to call and email your local city council member directly (who serves the locations of both your office and your residence) and urge them to grandfather existing veterinary hospitals and exempt veterinary hospitals, and to strongly consider the impact this bill will have on small business owners in New York City! This bill was initiated by Corey Johnson in District 3, and he can be contacted at 212-788-6979.
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Earn 20 CE credits at NYS-VC in Rye Brook May 15-17!
You can earn 20 continuing education credits at NYS-VC Spring, May 15-17, at the Westchester Hilton in Rye Brook. This second annual event, co-hosted by NYSVMS and Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, features Dr. Alexander De Lahunta, who will present clinical neurology case studies; Drs. Richard Goldstein, Meryl Littman, Bettina Wagner and Mary Labato will participate in a Lyme consensus team debate and a dedicated technician track. Other topics are urinary obstruction, updates on heart failure and common mistakes in veterinary dermatology. For the complete schedule, click here. And be sure to reserve your hotel room now! Rooms are going fast! To register for the conference, click here.
Sunrise with Simmons! Join Simmons New York for a breakfast discussion, From the Cradle to the Grave, on Saturday, May 16, about practice ownership from start to finish, before and after. Learn from the experts and share your perspective! A hot breakfast will be provided.
Thank you to our 2015 NYS-VC Spring Conference sponsors:
Gold level: Fallon Wellness Pharmacy
Silver level: Simmons Northeast; Merial Limited; Patterson Veterinary Supply and BestPetRX
Bid on seats from James Law Auditorium at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
As part of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine's transformational capital project, James Law Auditorium is coming down.
You have an opportunity to get a piece of history! Seats from James Law Auditorium at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine are currently up for auction. To place your closed bid, email Lyn LaBar at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also bid during the silent auction at The Purple Party on Saturday, May 16, 5-7 p.m. at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook during the NYS-VC Spring. All bids will be opened and the winner determined on that night!
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New electronic prescriptions law started March 27 exempts veterinarians
New York State Education Department
Starting March 27, a new law requires nurse practitioners, midwives, dentists, podiatrists, physicians, physician assistants and optometrists in New York State ("prescribers") to issue prescriptions electronically directly to a pharmacy, with limited exceptions. Veterinarians are exempt from this law!
Enhanced security protocols for high-profile New York races
The New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) have announced enhanced, standing security protocols for horses racing in Grade 1 races with purses of $1 million or more. The new protocols will begin with the April 4 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park.
Scammers call small businesses and homes claiming to be with the power company and stating that the account is delinquent and will shut off immediately unless payment is made (via a prepaid debit card). To add authenticity, the scammers employ "spoofing technology" which makes it appear on caller ID as though the call is from the utility. They even provide a 1-800 number for you to call to make a payment. They will also claim that several notices were sent about the delinquent account to add to the confusion. Don't buy it for a second! Hang up. The power company does not call and demand payment via prepaid debit cards.
Please advise your staff of this fraud! Should you receive such a call, report it immediately to the attorney general's office.
For more details, click here.
Veterinary student makes breakthrough discovery in animal abuse cases
Last year, the FBI started collecting data on cases involving animal abuse on a national level. Approximately 18,000 law enforcement authorities will inform the FBI about arrests made for animal abuse and neglect of any kind.
VCA to acquire Abaxis Veterinary Reference Laboratory division
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Abaxis Inc. and VCA Inc. announced that Antech Diagnostics, VCA's laboratory division, has agreed to acquire the assets of Abaxis Veterinary Reference Laboratory from Abaxis for $21 million in cash. The parties anticipate that the transaction will close by the end of this month.
10 steps to protect a big investment
Veterinary Practice News
How much do you have invested in surgical instruments? $1,000? $10,000? $100,000? More?
Good instruments are not only expensive, they are also delicate objects any surgery lover should treat with care and respect.
How about the rest of your team?
Study: 1 in 6 veterinarians have considered suicide
American Veterinary Medical Association
Results from the first mental health survey of U.S. veterinarians show that they are more likely to suffer from psychiatric disorders, experience bouts of depression and have suicidal thoughts compared with the U.S. adult population. Specifically, these data suggest that nearly 1 in 10 U.S. veterinarians might experience serious psychological distress, and more than 1 in 6 might have contemplated suicide since graduation.
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Call for closer ties between pharma and animal health
There should be closer collaboration between animal health companies and the pharma sector to combat the threat of infectious diseases, according to leading animal health executives, academics and researchers. Speaking at the third One Health Congress in Amsterdam, representatives from the likes of Zoetis, GlaxoSmithKline, Oxford University's Jenner Institute and industry trade bodies argued in favor of a more holistic approach to health research.
Treatment of hypercalcemia in cats
Winn Feline Foundation
There are variety of etiologies for hypercalcemia in small animal patients: neoplasia, chronic kidney disease, toxicity, primary hyperparathyroidism, hypoadrenocorticism, granulomatous diseases and osteolytic diseases, with malignancy-associated hypercalcemia and chronic kidney disease considered the most common. In the last two decades, a syndrome of idiopathic hypercalcemia has been identified in cats.
5 cats who love the veterinary office
Veterinary Practice News
Despite contrary belief, some cats love the veterinary clinic.
Here are some kittens who are enjoying climbing all over the staff.
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