Last day to receive early-bird rates for NYS-VC Spring
Today, April 24, is the last day to receive the early-bird registration rates for NYS-VC Spring. The NYS-VC Committee extended the rates to accommodate those who may be experiencing financial challenges due to this particularly harsh winter. The committee wants to provide members every chance to attend this exciting inaugural conference, May 16-18, in Rye Brook, N.Y. For more information on the conference and to register, click here.
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Boehringer Ingelheim sends out Rabvac 3 customer alert
NYSVMS has been made aware of an alert Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica sent out to veterinarians who received Rabvac 3, Serial 1215367A. Recent potency testing of this serial by the U.S. Department of Agriculture prior to expiry was unsatisfactory. Previous testing was all satisfactory. The serial, which entered the market in June 2012, and is currently expired, is the only Rabvac 3 serial affected. In the letter, the company recommends that patients vaccinated with this particular serial are protected and do not require revaccination at this time. Veterinary representatives told the NYSVMS that they would likely not recommend animals be revaccinated, although veterinarians are free to do so.
NYS-VC room block ends today
Today is the last day to take advantage of the NYS-VC group rate at the Westchester Hilton. Reserve your room today to receive the group rate of $169 a night, plus applicable taxes for NYS-VC Spring, May 16-18.
Cat gets prosthetic paws
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
After a farming accident, a cat British cat named Oscar lost his two rear paws. Now, he was become the world's first bionic cat, thanks to biomedical engineering experts and an orthopedic surgeon.
USDA requires monitoring of deadly pig virus
Veterinary Practice News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture enlisted swine veterinarians to further assist in the tracking of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, which has devastated pig farms in up to 30 states.
New USDA guidelines mandate the reporting of PEDv cases and documenting the movement of pigs, vehicles and other equipment that leave farms and other places where the disease has been found.
Purina Animal Nutrition LLC recalls poultry feeds due to potential health risk
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The Purina Animal Nutrition LLC feed plant in Portland, Ore., has initiated a limited recall of certain poultry feeds due to the potential for lower-than-expected vitamin and trace mineral levels. The products were distributed to retailers in Oregon and Washington.
Notice: Cervid DPP testing temporarily unavailable
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Due to an unexpectedly high number of requests to test cervid serum samples for bovine tuberculosis this spring, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories has exhausted its supply of ChemBio DPP test kits. The kits are on back order, and the manufacturer anticipates that they will be available in early May.
Dog called for jury duty in US
A German Shepherd has been called for jury duty in the U.S., leaving its owners rather bemused. IV (pronounced "Ivy") Griner recieved a jury summons from Cumberland County, N.J., court.
Cutting-edge cardiology: 5 state-of-the-art developments
Today's Veterinary Practice
Making a difference in the diagnosis and management of dogs and cats with heart disease — Dr. Ashley Saunders highlights five developments in veterinary cardiology: digital radiography, cardiac biomarkers, smartphone apps and devices, cardiac medication and interventional procedures.
Banfield Pet Hospital's State of Pet Health™ 2014 Report: Increase in infectious diseases in dogs and cats
Banfield Pet Hospital® via PRNewswire
Banfield Pet Hospital® released its State of Pet Health™ 2014 Report, revealing a staggering 48 percent increase in the prevalence of feline immunodeficiency virus infection in cats and a 21 percent increase in the prevalence of infection with the bacterium that causes Lyme disease in dogs. The report, compiled by Banfield's internal research team, Banfield Applied Research and Knowledge, analyzed data collected in 2013 from nearly 2.3 million dogs and 470,000 cats cared for in Banfield's more than 850 hospitals in 43 states.
DEA holds its 8th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 26
Drug Enforcement Administration
After collecting more than 1,700 tons of expired, unwanted prescription medications over the past three-and-a-half years, the Drug Enforcement Administration and more than 4,200 national, tribal and community law enforcement partners will hold another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 26.
Pet obesity numbers prove sedentary
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
Despite best efforts to get the message out about the negative effects of obesity on pet health, research by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reveals that the number of obese pets has not budged in the last year. The association's annual obesity prevalence survey found that 57.6 percent of cats and 52.6 percent of dogs were recorded as overweight or obese — results that mirror the previous year's numbers.
Lie back and relax: Orangutan submits to exam after shooting
An endangered orangutan, pictured in the photo, was rescued at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Center in Indonesia after being shot with air gun metal pellets.
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