Final call to action: We need your support if animal dentistry legislation is to become law
In the past several weeks, we have asked you to contact your state legislators in support of the dental legislation in both the New York State Senate and Assembly. Today, we are asking you to take new and crucial action. We need a bigger response and a targeted approach from all veterinarians in New York State if Senate Bill 2742-A is to pass.
Our legislative representatives have been pounding the halls in Albany nonstop in support of this bill. They have also re-affirmed support from the New York Thoroughbred Horseman's Association, the Farm Bureau and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. However, without the calls and emails to Senate Republicans from veterinarians to back up their efforts, it could all be in vain. Please click here for more information, talking points and the phone numbers we need you to reach out to.
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New York City officials weigh lifting ban on pet ferrets
New York City health officials are considering a repeal of the city's ban on keeping ferrets as pets. Keeping the small furry mammals in New York City has been prohibited for decades, but health officials would recommend lifting the ban if changes include such requirements as rabies vaccinations, according to a spokesman for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Colorado State names first woman to run veterinary program
The Denver Post
Dr. Melinda Frye will become the first woman to lead Colorado State University's veterinary school, CSU announced. Frye is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and will start her new duties in July, replacing Dr. Dean Hendrickson. As associate dean of professional veterinary medicine in the CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Frye leads the third-ranked veterinary school in the county, according to U.S. News and World Report.
AHS announces findings of 2013 Heartworm Incidence Survey; Practitioners point to compliance as primary factor
American Heartworm Society
Three out of four veterinarians in the U.S. diagnosed patients with heartworm in 2013, and heartworm-positive pets were reported in every state in the country, according to the latest Heartworm Incidence Survey conducted by the American Heartworm Society. And while weather conditions favorable to mosquito proliferation and transport of infected dogs were viewed as contributing factors, client compliance in giving heartworm preventives was identified as the clear tipping point for incidence rates.
The AHS has created a new heartworm incidence map, which can be downloaded from the American Heartworm Society website.
Visits may be down, but veterinary spending is going up
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
Despite a slow financial start to 2014, veterinarians will be happy to know the American Pet Products Association says spending on veterinary care is rising. The category showed significant growth in 2013, with pet owners spending $14.37 billion on veterinary care — up 5 percent over 2012. Plus, the APPA estimates that veterinary spending will reach $15.25 billion this year, a 6 percent increase from 2013.
Humans and animals share MRSA strain
American Animal Hospital Association
A new study offers evidence that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus can be passed from human to animal and back again without undergoing any adaptation.
Previous studies have inferred that the bacteria are transmissible from human to animal and vice versa.
The anesthetized intraoral examination
Veterinary Practice News
Recently, Veterinary Practice News discussed the components of the conscious intraoral and extraoral examination. The conscious examination, however, reveals only so much. A comprehensive oral examination requires anesthesia to obtain a complete assessment of oral health and disease.
Up to sniff: Dogs taught to detect prostate cancer
Highly-trained dogs are able to detect prostate cancer in urine with 98 percent accuracy, according to a study presented May 18 at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association in Orlando, Florida. "This study gives us a standardized method of diagnosis that is reproducible, low cost and noninvasive," said lead author Dr. Gianluigi Taverna, chief of the prostatic diseases unit at the Humanitas Research Hospital in Milan.
New videos show how to calm cats during veterinary visits
A major cat health group unveiled an eight-part video series May 21 designed to help make veterinary visits less traumatic for feline patients.
The 20-minute series by the American Association of Feline Practitioners shows veterinary teams how to detect signs of stress, such as ears down and pupils dilated.
Veterinarians needed to staff the Hall of Veterinary Health
This year's New York State Fair will be held Thursday, Aug. 21, through Monday, Sept. 1, in Syracuse. The HVH is one of the primary ways the NYSVMS promotes veterinary medicine to the public. It showcases modern veterinary medicine in a fun, educational way and includes several interactive displays, live demonstrations and is an excellent opportunity for fairgoers to talk with veterinarians. To make the HVH a success, we need your help! We need veterinarians to help staff the exhibit every day. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you would like to volunteer!
Calf gets prosthetic hind legs
The Associated Press via ABC News
A double-amputee calf from Virginia was given two new hind legs in Houston recently. A team of surgeons from Texas A&M University fit the new legs on the calf.
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