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Midwest canine influenza outbreak caused by new strain of virus
Cornell University
The canine influenza outbreak afflicting more than 1,000 dogs in Chicago and other parts of the Midwest is caused by a different strain of the virus than was earlier assumed, according to laboratory scientists at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin. Researchers at Cornell say results from additional testing indicate that the outbreak is being caused by a virus closely related to Asian strains of influenza A H3N2 viruses, currently in wide circulation in southern Chinese and South Korean dog populations since being identified in 2006.
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Nearly sold out exhibit hall at NYS-VC Spring May 15-17 in Rye Brook
NYSVMS
The second annual NYS-VC Spring at Westchester Hilton in Rye Brook, May 15-17 will feature a nearly sold out exhibit hall with vendors devoted to all aspects of veterinary practice!

There is still time to register for the conference! To register, click here.

All events will be held right in the exhibit hall. The welcome reception with exhibitors is Friday, May 15 from 6-8 p.m. This is your first chance to network with your colleagues as you visit with exhibitors, many who are new to New York and showcasing a wide range of exciting products and services.

The Purple Party, Silent Auction and Wine Wall will be held Saturday, May 16 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Bid on a variety of auction packages and enter the popular Wine Wall drawing.

Thank you to 2015 NYS-VC Spring Conference Sponsors: Gold Level: Fallon Wellness Pharmacy; Silver Level: Simmons Northeast; Merial Limited, Patterson Veterinary Supply and BestPetRX.

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BVM meeting Friday to discuss NYSED Practice Act concerning NYS licensed specialists
NYSVMS
The New York State Board for Veterinary Medicine will hold its next meeting Friday, April 17, in New York City at 10 a.m. The NYSVMS is closely monitoring and advocating against a developing issue related to licensure of out-of-state consultants. A recent inquiry to the New York State Education Department questioning if an out-of-state specialist, who provides consultations, is required to hold an active, New York State veterinary license, sparked a number of calls to NYSVMS. Following discovery of 2011 written policy by the New York State Education Department, the NYSED has changed its position and now requires that any specialty practitioner, who is asked for a consult by a NY veterinarian, must also be licensed in New York State. Further, it is the obligation of the attending veterinarian to confirm that he/she is using a New York State-licensed only specialist. Discussions with the AVMA confirm that no other state requires licensure of this nature. NYSVMS is engaged in ongoing discussions with NYSED staff and will be presenting at the New York State BVM meeting this week. Members will be continuously updated as new information emerges.
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April is National Heartworm Awareness Month
American Heartworm Society
Many pet owners don't realize the seriousness of heartworm disease that it can be transmitted — even to humans. The fact is that heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states, and risk factors are impossible to predict. Multiple variables, from climate variations to the presence of wildlife carriers, cause rates of infections to vary dramatically from year to year — even within communities.
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Top 10 ways to get started with Fear-Free™ veterinary visits
CUSTOM VETERINARY MEDIA via dvm360.com
The Fear-Free™ initiative, with Dr. Marty Becker at its head, promotes the practices, methods and tools that calm veterinary patients and create low-stress environments to encourage better health care, more satisfied and compliant clients, a happier staff and a healthier bottom line. Here are 10 steps toward Fear-Free™ visits to take the "pet" out of "petrified" and get pets back into your practice.
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What's your veterinary hospital's 'wow' factor?
VETERINARY ECONOMICS via dvm360.com
As written by By Jeff Rothstein, DVM, MBA, "On my first day of veterinary school our dean told my class there would always be enough room for a 'good' veterinarian. I suspect the same is true about a 'good' veterinary hospital. But what does it take to run a 'good' practice in this competitive environment? I suggest you look to some nonveterinary businesses in your area for ideas."
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American pets get love, not much care
USA Today via WMAZ-TV
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.
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The vaccine debate moves from children to dogs
DogChannel.com
Diseases such as rabies and distemper have been held in check but could roar back if the anti-vaccination movement making headlines in human medicine emerges on the animal side, the American Veterinary Medical Association is warning. The organization issued a statement about vaccinations and how the failure to immunize a growing number of children has led to a measles outbreak in the United States.
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NYSVMS members invited to tour Hudson Valley foie gras farm
NYSVMS
Lawrence Bartholf, DVM, treasurer, NYSVMS, is arranging a tour of the Hudson Valley Foie Gras farm in Ferndale and invites any NYSVMS member to participate. The tour will be held on Friday, May 8, at 12 p.m. Members interested in attending should email the office at staff@nysvms.org for more information. To see the farm which is the largest producer of foie gras in the country, click here.
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Occupational safety for veterinarians
AVMA
The job of a veterinarian isn't always an easy one, and it comes with certain occupational risks that we have to address in order to stay safe. We're all aware of the dangers of working in close contact with animals. But there are other risks as well. These can include contact with hazardous substances and equipment, including everything from rubbing alcohol to oxygen tanks to products used in hoof repair.
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FDA withdrawing approval for last remaining food-animal drug containing arsenic
ConsumerAffairs
The last food-animal drug containing arsenic is on its way out. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it expects to withdraw approval for Histostat by the end of 2015. The drug is used for the prevention of blackhead disease in turkeys and chickens. The FDA said it has received a letter of commitment from Zoetis Animal Health that, by the fall of 2015, the company will suspend the sale of the drug and formally request that the FDA withdraw its approval for the drug.
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A plasma biomarker and cardiac death in cats with HCM
Winn Feline Foundation
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a well-recognized and relatively common clinical entity in both cats and humans. Clinical factors associated with poor prognosis in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy include arterial thromboembolism, congestive heart failure, increased left atrial size, decreased left atrial and left ventricular systolic function and left ventricular hypertrophy.
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Meet the award-winning seeing-eye cat
Time
We can only imagine the reasons why Carolyn Swanson forewent the traditional seeing-eye dog in favor of a Persian cat named Baby. Perhaps she was allergic, afraid or simply too attached to Baby to consider a canine replacement. Whatever the reason, LIFE Magazine dispatched a photographer to capture their special relationship in 1947, creating a series of photographs that never appeared in the magazine's pages.
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