Registration for NYS-VC Spring May 15-17 will be available on-site
Registration will be available on-site for the NYS-VC Spring May 15-17 at the Westchester Hilton in Rye Brook, with an additional $75 surcharge. The registration desk will be open Thursday, May 14, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, May 15, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, May 16, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 17, 7:30-11:30 a.m. There are both full conference and one-day only registrations available.
This is your chance to earn 20 continuing education credits at this event co-hosted by NYSVMS and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. For the complete schedule of the 66 workshop sessions offered, click here.
The NYS-VC will feature a sold out expanded exhibit hall with 50 vendors representing all areas of veterinary practice! Click here for a full list of the exhibitors.
Still deciding whether or not to attend this event? Check out this fun conference video.
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 makes determination on LVTs performing laser therapy
Barbara Ahern, Esq., legal counsel, attended the Board of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) meeting April 17. At the request of NYSVMS, the BVM considered two issues related to the use of laser therapy in veterinary practices: whether it is appropriate for licensed veterinary technicians to deliver laser therapy to patients of the veterinary practice and what level of supervision must be exercised over the LVTs. NYSVMS has monitored member inquiries about this new modality, if it was appropriate for an LVT to perform it and the level of supervision required of the LVT. The BVM noted that an LVT must be working under the supervision of the veterinarian who has established a veterinarian-client-patient relationship with the animal patient. They also determined that the veterinarian ordering the laser therapy should exercise general supervision over the LVT performing the laser therapy, meaning the veterinarian is available to communicate with the LVT under supervision, but need not be physically present on the premises. This determination means it is legal for an LVT to travel to the home or home stable of an animal who is to receive laser therapy and provide it at the animal's residence without requiring the veterinarian to be present. The BVM stressed that both the LVT and the veterinarian supervising the LVT must be competent in the treatment modality (laser therapy). This does not apply to lasers used during surgery.
NYSVMS position paper on declawing
Veterinarians take the issue of onychectomy (declawing) very seriously because it is considered a surgical procedure. They strive to educate pet owners of all available alternatives prior to discussing declawing. The NYSVMS strongly encourages client education prior to consideration of declawing, and believes the decision should be made by the owners in consultation with their veterinarian. Medical decisions should be left to the sound discretion of fully trained, licensed and state-supervised professionals operating within appropriate standards of practice. To see the entire NYSVMS position paper on declawing, click here.
To see the declaw bill that Sen. Joseph Griffo is now sponsoring, click here.
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Proposed ban on cat declawing gets support in New York Senate
New York Daily News
A bill that would make New York the first state in the nation to ban cat declawing has gained a key — if not unlikely — sponsor in the state Senate.
Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Oneida County, who is allergic to cats, introduced the bill in the Senate recently, giving it a majority-party sponsor in the Republican-controlled Senate and increasing the likelihood of its passage.
NYSVMS calling for nominations for 2015 awards
NYSVMS is calling for nominations for the 2015 awards, which will be presented during NYS-VC Fall. There are five award categories: Distinguished Life Service, Veterinarian of the Year, Outstanding Service, Merit Award and Rising Leader.
To nominate someone for one of these awards, the 2015 nomination form must be completed and signed by a regional officer, along with a completed awards information form and a full color, high-resolution headshot of the nominee saved as a JPG (letters of recommendation are optional but strongly encouraged.) All of this must be sent to Stephanie Quirini at email@example.com or mailed to NYSVMS at 100 Great Oaks Boulevard, Suite 127, Albany, NY 12203 by Monday, June 1.
For the nomination form, click here.
Volunteer for an AVMA advisory panel
Know some strategic thinkers interested in protecting, promoting and advancing the entire veterinary profession? Please nominate colleagues to serve in an experimental AVMA volunteer service model aimed at tapping into the strength of members. Individuals must be available for three days during the week of Sep. 28 to kick off the advisory panels.
Panels will be assembled to collectively possess experience with a diversity of animal species and be drawn from a range of backgrounds and employment. Multiple nominations are appreciated.
The Practice Advisory Panel will focus on clinical practice and small business issues, while the Regulatory Advisory Panel will focus on veterinary regulatory-oriented matters that are germane to the panel's delineated areas of expertise.
For more information, click here.
Nominations are due May 26. Submit nominations to OfficeEVP@avma.org, fax to 847-925-0944 or mail to AVMA, Office of the Executive Vice President, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173.
Nominations should include the nomination form and a one- or two-page resume.
Email OfficeEVP@avma.org or call 800-248-2862, ext. 6605, with questions.
Young bald eagle recovering after being shot in Otsego County
The Associated Press via Newsday
A young bald eagle is recovering after having surgery on its wing, and a $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot it.
Claudia Wheatley, spokeswoman for the Cornell Veterinary School, tells the Ithaca Journal the bird will never fly again and can never return to the wild. Wildlife veterinarians performed surgery on it at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals in Ithaca and are watching it closely.
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Increased human protections offered as H5N2 outbreak spreads
Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered anti-viral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said. To date, the virulent H5N2 influenza, which has infected turkeys and chickens on Midwestern poultry farms, has not affected humans. But because flu viruses are highly mutable, there is a worry that those in direct contact with infected birds could fall ill from the disease.
Evaluating a chewable medication for hypertension in cats
Winn Feline Foundation
One condition of concern secondary to acute or chronic kidney disease is systemic hypertension. Other disease conditions in cats that can lead to hypertension are hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, primary hyperaldosteronism and pheochromocytoma. One in 5 cats with hypertension may have idiopathic hypertension, where no underlying disease is determined.
How to prepare clients for hospital admissions
Veterinary Practice News
Let's say the veterinarian diagnoses a 5-year-old cat with dental disease during a preventive care exam. After explaining the diagnosis and answering my questions, the doctor asks the technician to present the dental treatment plan. Here's how to prepare clients for surgical and dental admissions.
Canine cancer cell lines for research and drug development
University of Colorado Cancer Center via ScienceDaily
Much of what we know about cancer and many modern medicines that treat it grow from experiments on cancer cells. However, it is notoriously difficult to maintain the integrity of cell lines — due to contamination or simple mistakes such as mislabeling, later generations of a cell line may bear no resemblance to the original sample, potentially invalidating results of research performed on mistaken cells.
Veterinary employee theft: The rain on your sunny day
FIRSTLINE via dvm360.com
It's a sunny day. The team in your clinic is energized by the light shining through your front windows. Your clients and their pets seem happier too, as if the sunlight has somehow infused them with a dose of pleasantness. Phones are ringing, and you can hear the front desk team members cheerfully interacting with clients.
Study confirms benefits of pedicle tie spays
Veterinary Practice News
High-volume sterilization clinics may save time and money using a pedicle tie procedure when spaying cats, according to a first-of-its-kind study. The study found that PT was safe, posed a very low risk of additional bleeding and slightly reduced the patient's anesthesia time. Surgery took about two minutes less in PT cases.
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