NYSVMS receives APEX Award for Connections Magazine
NYSVMS has received a 2015 APEX Award under the category of Magazines, Journals & Tabloids — Most Improved for Connections Magazine. There were over 1,900 entries in 100 categories and 749 winners.
APEX Awards is an annual competition sponsored by Communications Concepts Inc. for publishers, editors, writers and designers who create print, Web, electronic and social media, now in its 27th year.
To see a full list of winners, click here.
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NYSVMS president administered Veterinarian's Oath at Cornell University's DVM Hooding Ceremony
NYSVMS President Dean Snyder, DVM, administered the Veterinarian's Oath at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine's DVM Hooding Ceremony May 23. This formal ceremony is held in Bailey Hall the day before commencement. All new Doctors of Veterinary Medicine take the oath and individually receive the hood that signifies both their doctoral degree and the institution awarding it. It is a longtime tradition for the president of NYSVMS to administer the oath. Click here for photos.
Veterinarians needed to staff the Hall of Veterinary Health
This year's New York State Fair will be held Thursday, Aug. 27, through Monday, Sept. 7, in Syracuse. The Hall of Veterinary Health 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 Aug. 30 and 31 and Sept. 2-7. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you would like to volunteer!
to check out this commercial promoting the 2015 Hall of Veterinary Health. Share on your website and Facebook and Twitter accounts!
Vaccines kill avian influenza in tests
Vaccines under development could soon help fight the H5N1 and H7N9 strains of avian influenza — strains that can be transmitted from chickens to humans with deadly results. The method used to develop these vaccines could also be effective in producing a vaccine for H5N2, which has recently ravaged chicken and turkey flocks across the Midwest, said Wenjun Ma, assistant professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology at Kansas State University.
Pet shops suing City Council over sterilization rule
New York Daily News
A trade group representing more than two dozen pet shops and veterinarians has filed suit against the New York City Council to block tough new regulations on the sales of kittens and puppies.
The New York Pet Welfare Association claims the amendments to the city's administrative code will put pet shops out of business, according to the suit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.
The local laws mandate the sterilization of all dogs and cats sold in pet shops if they are at least 8 weeks old and weigh 2 pounds.
- An ebook on canine rehabilitation for vets and techs!
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White House meeting elicits pledges to reduce antibiotic use
The New York Times
The Obama administration convened representatives of hospitals, food producers, professional medical societies and restaurant chains and extracted pledges to reduce the use of lifesaving antibiotics, whose effectiveness is waning because of overuse.
The meeting at the White House highlighted the problem of antibiotic resistance, a public health crisis that every year kills at least 23,000 of the more than 2 million Americans who fall ill from infections that are impervious to the drugs.
An animal hospital evolves, but retains familiar
The Daily News
When Drs. Norm Woodworth and Fran Woodworth built State Street Animal Hospital in Batavia 21 years ago, they had simple goals.
"We just focused on getting it built and were hoping it would be successful. One of our priorities right from the start was for it to be a family," she said. "We were slow to start and it grew very fast. We just hit the 10,000 client mark two or three months ago."
Now that the facility has been purchased by two partners of Attica Veterinary Associates, Dr. Fran, as she's called by clients, promises that she isn't going anywhere.
Feral cat bill would fund 'trap-neuter-release' efforts across New York
Proposed legislation that would allocate an estimated $200,000 annually for community-based efforts across the state to "trap, neuter, vaccinate and return feral cats to the area where they were trapped" has a number of supporters.
However, the bill, which has already passed the state Assembly and is now before a state Senate committee, is also getting a strong thumbs down from certain noteworthy groups that normally don't see eye to eye.
Surfing surgeon stoked on work-life balance
University of California, Davis
Crisp and sunny, it is a drop-dead gorgeous January morning at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica, California, south of San Francisco. Some 50 wetsuited surfers are stretched shoulder-to-shoulder across the cove, bobbing expectantly beyond the breakline of tightly curled waves.
Here, not far from the site of the annual Mavericks big-wave surf contest, midwinter breakers are often crashing wildly.
Breakthrough stem cell treatment offers new hope to Alabama dogs with arthritis
The Huntsville Times
Spanky had lost his spark. After winning his fifth agility title, the Australian cattle dog from Huntsville, Alabama, encountered a seemingly insurmountable obstacle: arthritis. The worsening inflammation in Spanky's spine and shoulders made it hard to walk, much less run. Owner Debbie Baeder was heartbroken. "He's given me his best all of his life," Baeder said.
Amazing animal surgeries
Pets are often people's closest companions, and many people will spare no expense in safeguarding their pets' health. Because of this, medical breakthroughs in human health have trickled down to pets.
Hypertonic phosphate enema intoxication in dogs and cats
ASPCA via dvm360.com
Whether exposed due to an outdated therapeutic recommendation or a client attempting at-home treatment, your veterinary patients receiving these enemas need immediate attention.
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Work your way backwards to get pet owners in the door
VETERINARY ECONOMICS via dvm360.com
Behavioral event modeling is a fancy business term for thinking about who will pay for a product or service in your veterinary hospital exam room — and thinking about how to get that person there in the first place. A behavioral event model looks like a cross between a flowchart and concept map. To get started, choose an outcome and work backwards, identifying decisions or other events that could influence that outcome.
How to enhance your pet's environment
Today's Veterinary Practice
Our pets sometimes exhibit "normal" behaviors that we find
objectionable. For example, cats may scratch furniture or eat plants
because there is nothing else to scratch or eat. In these cases,
providing a scratching post/mat or cat grass/nip may do the trick.
Four core skills to help you deliver bad news to veterinary clients
People put a lot of stock into how tough conversations are handled by their doctors — and pet owners are no different. In fact, there's a good chance you or your team has experienced what can happen when an emotional discussion with a client suddenly turns sour. To help you manage, try these four core communication skills, provided by veterinary oncologist Dr. Laura Garrett.
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