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2nd Annual NYS-VC Spring 2015 a great success!
The 2nd Annual NYS-VC Spring last weekend at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook co-hosted by NYSVMS and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine doubled the attendance from last year and sold out classrooms. Sixty-six seminars on a variety of topics were held during the three-day conference. An expanded, sold out trade show of 50 exhibitors offered veterinarians and LVTs the chance to view the latest products and services. Thank you to all of the exhibitors (listed here) for supporting the conference!

The Welcome Reception included a book signing by featured speaker, Alexander de Lahunta, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVP.

The Purple Party, Silent Auction and Wine Wall was a great success raising a record amount for the Veterinary Political Education Committee and the NYSVMS Scholarship.

Thank you to the following regionals and members who donated to the silent auction: CNYVMA, GVVMA, LIVMA, VMA-NYC, WNYVMA, WRVMA, Eric Bregman, VMD, Allan Bregman, DVM, Marlene Button, DVM, John King, DVM, Robert Lynk, DVM, Dean Snyder, DVM, Rene Van Ee, DVM and Susan Wylegala, DVM.

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

Save the Date for the NYS-VC Fall Oct. 16-18 at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca. The Fall conference will feature companion animal, bovine, equine, camelid/small ruminant and veterinary technician tracks as well as the Conference Celebration dinner.
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Declaw legislation off Agriculture Committee agenda
The Call to Action campaign initiated by NYSVMS last week worked! The declawing legislation (AB 1297) is not included on the agenda for the Assembly Agriculture Committee meeting which was held May 19.

Supporters of the declawing legislation pushed to have this bill added to the agenda in hopes it would pass, which would move the bill to the full NYS Assembly. NYSVMS members called Assembly leadership and members of the Assembly Agriculture Committee in an effort to explain why this bill is detrimental to animals and their owners.

Thank you to all of you who made your calls and voiced the strength of the veterinary profession!

Call to action campaigns like this one are essential as the legislative session continues through June 17. NYSVMS will continue to monitor the status of all of the bills in our legislative agenda and alert you of new developments.

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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 5 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 regional officer, along with awards information form completed by awardee, and a headshot high res, full color of the nominee saved as JPG (letters of recommendation are optional but strongly encouraged.) All of this must be sent to Stephanie Quirini at or mailed to NYSVMS, 100 Great Oaks Blvd., Suite 127, Albany, NY 12203 by Monday, June 1. For the nomination forms, click here.
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NYS bans bird competitions at state, county fairs out of bird flu risk
Times Union
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has issued an order banning all live fowl competitions at the Great New York State Fair and at all county fairs in New York, according to a press release from Commissioner Richard A. Ball.
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Is deadly dog flu spreading beyond the Midwest?
The flu has sickened thousands of dogs in the Midwest, killing at least eight. Now other parts of the country are on alert. NBC's Kerry Sanders reports.
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AVMA Board makes appointments
The AVMA Board of Directors made appointments during its April meeting. The following are NYSVMS members:

Committee on Environmental Issues, Small ruminant practice, Dr. Grant Seaman, Canisteo; Committee on International Veterinary Affairs, Representing the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, Dr. Laurel Kaddatz, Carmel, and AVMA PLIT, At-large representative, Dr. Doug Aspros, Pound Ridge.
For the full list, click here.

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AVMA CVTEA grants initial accreditation to veterinary technician program at Medaille College in Rochester
The AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) announced at its April meeting the following new program in veterinary technology was granted initial accreditation: Medaille College-Rochester, Veterinary Technology Program,, Karen Sandle, LVT Director.

Initial Accreditation is a positive accreditation status and graduates of programs on Initial accreditation are considered graduates of an AVMA-accredited program.

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Zoobiquity: Physicians, veterinarians collaborate for better treatments
Do you have a pet? No doubt you share love and affection. But you could share similar health problems, too, everything from anxiety to cancer. Dr. Mallika Marshall takes a closer look at how veterinarians and physicians are now working together to help all of us.
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Some pet microchip companies acting irresponsibly
Microchipping saves lives. This is an accepted fact among those in the veterinary and animal welfare community. However, some microchip companies may now be compromising a system that's reunited countless numbers of pets and their owners. A small chip (approximately the size of a grain of rice) is injected into the pet. If a pet is lost, a universal scanner can "read" the data on the chip (no matter which company originally sold the chip), ideally providing current contact information for the family of the pet, or at least identifying the chip provider.
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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Educate your clients with this NYSVMS brochure: What is Lyme Disease? NYSVMS members can order the Lyme disease brochures in stacks of 50 at no charge, (except for shipping and handling), to cover the cost of mailing the brochures to you. Email your order to:
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Cardiologists, veterinarian work together to fix cat's heart
The Associated Press via MyFoxNY
A California cat named Vanilla Bean with a congenital heart defect got a rare chance at another life. A team of doctors who usually treat humans came together with a veterinarian to operate on the 1-year-old Burmese cat. Blood was pooling in Vanilla Bean's heart, causing a chamber to grow larger. The defect is also found in children. Untreated, it would lead to congestive heart failure.
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When your pet needs a jet
NYCity Lens
Air traveling can be hard on humans. What is it like for animals? Not so easy. But at least they will have their own airport facility soon. The world's first privately owned 24-hour animal terminal is coming to JFK airport in 2016 to address the unmet needs of pets, sporting, and agricultural animals. At least for animals whose owners have some money. ARK Development, LLC, an affiliate of the real estate company Racebrook Capital, signed a 30-year lease with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to develop The ARK, a 48-million animal handling cargo terminal. It will be the first, U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved, 24-hour airport quarantine facility for the import and export of horses, pets, birds, and livestock, Racebrook Chairman John J. Cuticelli said in a public statement.
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