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Compounding bill drafted by NYSVMS introduced to Legislature; Assigned to committee
NYSVMS
Bill A8167 to amend the education law in relation to the compounding, dispensing and sale of pharmaceuticals for veterinary use either by administration in a veterinary facility or by dispensing to the owner of an animal in certain circumstances, drafted by the NYSVMS Government Relations and Advocacy Committee, was introduced to the legislature and was assigned to the Assembly High Education Committee June 11. The Assembly sponsor is Herman Farrell Jr.

To read the entire bill, click here.
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Bill to allow companion dogs at food service establishments in outdoor dining areas passed both houses, awaiting governor signature
NYSVMS
Bill A5956, which allows companion dogs at food service establishments in outdoor dining areas in certain conditions, passed both the Senate and the Assembly and is awaiting signature from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. With a large percentage of New Yorkers being dog owners, many restaurant owners wish to accommodate customers with canine companions but are currently prohibited from doing so by the state health code. Restaurants who wish to permit dogs accompanying their owners in outdoor dining areas risk non-issuance, suspension or forfeiture to their license to operate.

To read the entire bill, click here.

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Bill to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to dogs engaged in hunting or training passed both houses, awaiting governor signature
NYSVMS
Bill A7220, which provides that dogs engaged in hunting and training as authorized by the environmental conservation law shall not be deemed to be running at large in violation of any local law or ordinance, has passed the Senate and Assembly and is awaiting signature from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Current law does not make a distinction between dogs legally engaged in the act of hunting under Environmental Conservation Law and dogs running at large as regulated by local laws authorized under Agriculture and Markets Law.

To read the entire bill, click here.

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'Eggs-tra' protection: New regulations designed to keep state's poultry flocks healthy
The Record
While new state regulations designed to keep New York poultry flocks free of avian influenza may burden already busy farmers, they are needed to control this fast-spreading epidemic, producers say. The rapidly expanding viral outbreak, while posing no threat to humans, has affected nearly 50 million birds in the Midwest, making it the worst outbreak in U.S. history. With fewer laying hens, the cost of eggs has jumped considerably in recent weeks. New York's poultry industry has about 7.5 million birds and generates approximately $150 million in sales annually. Avian influenza has not been detected in New York poultry flocks or in neighboring states, but it has been found in two flocks in Ontario, Canada.
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Schumer introduces bill for Lyme disease prevention, education
WRVO-FM
Lyme disease has been spreading in upstate New York for the past few years. For example, there were 57 cases in Oswego County in 2014 compared to just five cases in 2009. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, has introduced legislation that he says would help prevent the disease and educate the public. Debi Collins found a bullseye rash on her arm, six weeks after she had been working outside one day. Her doctor told her they didn't have Lyme disease in Madison County. "Unfortunately, if he'd have only known what the veterinarian across the road practicing from him knew about Lyme disease in the area, he would have known we do have Lyme," said Collins. The number of Lyme disease cases in dogs was rising, too. Collins was tested for Lyme disease but the test came back negative. It took four years for her to be diagnosed.
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New York State Senate passes animal advocacy bills
Henrietta Post
The New York State Senate passed bills S4641, S410, S423, S2102, S3850, S98, S3826, S4119A, S4990 and S4265 to further protect animals and people from harm and cruelty as part of the Legislature's annual Animal Advocacy Day.
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Veterinarians needed to staff the Hall of Veterinary Health
NYSVMS
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 staff@nysvms.org for more information or if you would like to volunteer! Click here to check out this commercial promoting the 2015 Hall of Veterinary Health. Share on your website and Facebook and Twitter accounts!
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Another tickborne disease documented in Northeast
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing
The same ticks that spread Lyme disease may also carry a rarer bacteria, Borrelia miyamotoi, that's causing serious illness in the northeastern United States, according to a new report published online June 9 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Philip Molloy, medical director of Imugen Inc., a company that develops blood tests for tickborne diseases, and colleagues reviewed 51 out of 97 Borrelia miyamotoi disease infections identified from thousands of blood samples taken in 2013 and 2014.
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Replace your old OSHA safety poster
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has revised the "It's the Law" poster that informs workers of their safety and health rights, and employers of their responsibilities, including new duties to report every hospitalization. All covered employers are required to display the poster in their workplace. Employers do not need to replace previous versions of the poster. Employers must display the poster in a conspicuous place where workers can see it. For more information, click here.
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Purina backs Beneful dog food as lawsuit expands allegations
NBC News
Pet food giant Purina launched a national campaign in support of its Beneful brand — just as an ongoing lawsuit against the brand expanded its allegations that the popular feed is making dogs sick. The amended complaint against Nestlé Purina PetCare Company's Beneful dry kibble dog food was filed June 8 in California federal court, adding 26 additional pet owners from states spanning coast to coast. The lawsuit now alleges that Beneful contains toxins and that Purina has been offering cash settlements in exchange for silence from those who voice complaints about the brand.
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Study: Felines as loving as dogs
Yavapai Humane Society via The Daily Courier
If you're a "dog person," you may have made your allegiance to that special species because you think of cats as aloof and incapable of expressing affection like dogs. However, a growing body of scientific research suggests felines are just as expressive as canine companions. It's just that we humans often misunderstand what our cats are trying to communicate. Sharon Crowell-Davis, a professor of veterinary behavior at the University of Georgia, says in New York Magazine's blog Science of Us that there are many cat behaviors that even cat lovers misinterpret.
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Pet photo series aims to counter 'black dog' theory
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
It was a summer day at the dog park when Fred Levy, a professional pet photographer, overheard a conversation that he couldn't shake off. A woman was talking about "Black Dog Syndrome" — a theory that black dogs are less likely to be adopted than those with lighter coats, perhaps because of superstition or a notion that black dogs are aggressive. Experts debate whether it's a myth or reality, but it struck Levy. "A dog shouldn't be overlooked just because of its coat," Levy said. "That's a minor element when it comes to the dog."
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Way to go, Connecticut — Veterinary tax proposal defeated
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
As written by Mark Cushing, J.D., Animal Policy Group, "A few weeks ago, I highlighted a battle in the Connecticut state Legislature over a sudden plan to add a 6 percent sales tax on veterinary services. The Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association took the lead in opposing this bad idea, and I urged folks to help the cause. Hats off to Executive Director Betsy Grenier and the CVMA team as they convinced the Connecticut Legislature to back down. Each year, one or two states look to expand state revenues on the backs of pet owners and small animal veterinarians, and so far the profession has defeated each initiative: California, Georgia, Ohio, Minnesota and now Connecticut."
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