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 p.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 Purple Party Silent Auction & Wine Wall Fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 16, from 5-7 p.m. There will be many silent auction packages to bid on! A six-night stay at two vacation homes in Reunion, Florida, compliments of Drs. Eric, Jack and Allan Bregman (check them out at www.homeaway.com #3484191 & 3543847); overnight stay packages for the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona; The Sagamore in Bolton Landing; the Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid; Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid; Sheraton at the Falls in Niagara Falls; and DoubleTree by Hilton Tarrytown and Otesaga Resort golf outing with cart in Cooperstown. Also up for grabs are a gold iPad and gold iPad mini; a gift certificate for a studio session and a masterpiece wall portrait on canvas donated by Kramer Portraits; two framed animal art pieces donated by LIVMA; two Hudson Valley foie gras baskets; two shaker boxes from Dr. King; a framed Picasso print; three framed prints painted by our own Robert Lynk, DVM; and a sterling silver and amethyst bracelet.
Seats from James Law Auditorium at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine are also currently up for auction. To place your closed bid, email Lyn LaBar at email@example.com, or you can bid during the silent auction. All bids will be opened, and the winner will be determined on that night!
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.
Alexander de LaHunta, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVP, featured speaker, will be signing copies of his books on Friday, May 15, in the exhibit hall during the Welcome Reception from 6-8 p.m. Be sure to bring your book for him to sign. There will be a limited amount of books for sale on-site.
Funds raised during the silent auction benefit the Veterinary Political Education Committee and the NYSVMS Scholarship. Attendees who purchase tickets for the Wine Wall Fundraiser will receive a gift-wrapped surprise bottle of wine valued at $25 and up. Nearly half the bottles won in 2013-2014 were valued between $50-100!
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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Declaw call to action campaign
NYSVMS has launched a call to action campaign after being advised that the Assembly Agriculture Committee will meet Tuesday, May 19. Supporters of the declawing legislation (AB 1297) are pushing to have this bill added to the agenda in hopes it will pass, which would then move the bill onward to the full NYS Assembly. NYSVMS members began calling Agriculture Committee members this week to explain why this bill is detrimental to animals and their owners. Click here to view the bill. Click here to reference the NYSVMS Declawing Position Statement.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to NYSVMS at 100 Great Oaks Boulevard, Suite 127, Albany, NY 12203 by Monday, June 1.
For the nomination form, click here.
Focus and Flourish workshops are practical, hands-on, informative, interactive and fun. The key to the success of our workshops is
the abundance of visual aids, small group numbers, repetition, insisting on participation and lots of practice. For more information
and a list of topics please click here.
AVMA seeking nominations for Council on Education Selection Committee representatives
Nominations are now being accepted to serve as an at-large representative on AVMA's Council on Education Selection Committee. Individuals interested in serving on this committee must have a willingness to select candidates with objectivity; demonstrated interest in the scope and future of veterinary medicine and interest in veterinary education; an appreciation for and openness to the need for change in the future of veterinary education; and a basic understanding of the role of accreditation in education.
The deadline for nominations is May 26. The nomination form and more information about the committee are available here. Nomination forms and resumes should be emailed to OfficeEVP@avma.org, faxed to 847-925-0944 or mailed to the AVMA Office of the Executive Vice President, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173.
For more information, contact OfficeEVP@avma.org.
Cornell: Water-rich farms win
Ongoing climate change is both a challenge and an opportunity to the state's farmers, from better growing conditions for red wine grapes to overheated dairy cows giving less milk, experts from Cornell University told state lawmakers.
And unlike parts of California and the West that are struggling with epic drought, New York should continue to have plenty of water — even too much at times.
IDEXX Reference Laboratories H3N2 influenza virus test now available
IDEXX Reference Laboratories
IDEXX Reference Laboratories is pleased to announce the availability of the H3N2 Influenza Virus RealPCR™ Test, allowing rapid, reliable and more specific testing for the strain responsible for the outbreak. Specific H3N2 influenza virus PCR testing options are now available.
Republican in New York backs cat declawing ban
When it comes to the health and well-being of cats in New York, the politicians think they know more than veterinarians.
What other explanation is there for state lawmakers pushing a bill that would ban the practice of declawing cats, despite opposition from the state's animal doctors?
Study aims to uncover why cancer plagues golden retrievers
If a golden retriever gives birth, gets stung by a bee or sprayed by a skunk, veterinarians want to know.
Scientists are studying the popular breed to find out why their life spans have gotten shorter over the years and why cancer is so prevalent.
The Colorado-based Morris Animal Foundation recently got the first lifetime study of 3,000 purebred golden retrievers up and running after signing up the first dogs in 2012.
Vaccine field trials for deadly 'foothill abortion' cattle disease expand
Thanks in part to researchers at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, cattle ranchers in California, Nevada and Oregon are one step closer to having a vaccine available to treat a tickborne bacterial disease — commonly known as foothill abortion — which kills cow fetuses.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the expansion of ongoing field trials in November for an experimental vaccine, developed by UC Davis veterinary researchers, after it was shown to be effective in preventing foothill abortion in more than 2,000 cattle.
Fairness to Pet Owners Act
U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, Charles Schumer, D-New York, and Mike Lee, R-Utah, introduced S. 1200 May 7, and it was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
This legislation is purported to promote competition and help consumers save money by giving them the freedom to choose where they buy prescription pet medications. Veterinarians would be required to provide pet owners with a copy of their pet's prescription, whether or not requested and prior to offering to fill or dispense the medication.
College dorms are allowing students to keep cats as pets
Going to college can be bittersweet for even the most academically driven teen: Leaving behind the comforts of home, the familiarity of high school and the companionship of childhood friends is tough. But some colleges have made it possible for their students to say one less goodbye come summer after senior year.
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Why compliance tops flea and tick control musts
Veterinary Practice News
The most effective flea- and tick-control products are the ones that pet owners will actually use according to the label recommendations.
So believes Michael Murray, DVM, technical marketing director for U.S. Pet Parasiticides at Merial Ltd. of Duluth, Georgia.
"While that may seem simple and obvious on the surface, many important factors influence the outcome," Murray said.
Why do cats purr? It's not just because they're happy
Curling up with your favorite ball of fur as she purrs away is pretty close to heaven, at least for cat folk. Yet, hidden between those vibrations, that most appealing of domestic sounds remains wrapped in mystery, and even a little magic.
Veterinary glaucoma update
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Veterinary ophthalmologist Micki Armour, VMD, DACVO, of Eye Care for Animals in Leesburg, Virginia, has updates on intraocular pressure and neuroprotection with respect to glaucoma in pets.
Organizations urge Congress to fully fund lab network investigating avian flu
Across the Midwest, farmers and producers in 16 states are grappling with the deadly impacts that the avian influenza virus is having on their poultry. Now, more than a dozen national animal health organizations have teamed up, calling upon Congress and the Obama administration to fully fund a lab network that could help.
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