New York City dog licensure bill passes Assembly, Senate
When dog licensure was ceded to local governments in the 2010 State budget, a unique situation was left in which all municipalities other than the City of New York could regulate their own dog license fee levels. A bill allowing New York City to regulate its own license fees, A.2046 (Kavanagh)/S.5048 (Serrano), passed the Senate and Assembly at the end of the legislative session this year. This proposal, that is strictly an authorization to set license fees in the same fashion as other municipalities, has been sent to the governor for action.
New York State approves PEDv vaccine
New York State has approved the use of a new vaccine for a virus that has killed millions of piglets nationwide. Dr. David Smith, the state veterinarian, said the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets contacted Harrisvaccines to speed up the approval process for the company's porcine epidemic diarrhea virus vaccine. The agency reached out to Harrisvaccines on the same day the company was awarded a conditional license for the vaccine by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "This vaccine is now approved for use in New York under a conditional license from USDA's Center for Veterinary Biologics, which assures us of the product's safety and purity," Smith said in a statement.
Legislature passes a bill to eliminate annual wage notice requirement
Employers in New York will not have to issue annual wage notices to employees in 2015 and beyond. On June 19, a bill was passed in both the New York Assembly and Senate that eliminates the requirement contained in the Wage Theft Prevention Act that employers provide a wage notice to all employees by Feb. 1 of each year. It is expected that Gov. Andrew Cuomo will sign the bill, and the legislation will take effect 60 days after it is signed. The bill does not change the requirement that employers provide a wage notice upon hiring a new employee.
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 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 every day. Please email email@example.com for more information or if you would like to volunteer!
Mystery solved for strange animal found scurrying around the Bronx
For months, a weird unidentified animal has been spotted roaming the streets of one neighborhood in the Bronx.
The mystery surrounding the creature has been solved at last, and the animal could soon help the city's rodent problem.
What to tell your clients about the rumor of ice water and dogs
Veterinary Practice News
Have you been getting a lot of questions from clients and friends asking if ice water is lethal to dogs? It's a rumor that's circulating the Internet and worrying dog owners. The cautionary tale was written in 2010, but the rumor has been circulating since 2007.
Treating resistant skin infections in dogs
Veterinary Practice Today
The increasing prevalence of methicillin resistance has made treating pyoderma challenging. Dr. Valerie Fadok presents the clinical manifestations, methods for diagnosis and treatments for drug-resistant canine pyoderma infections.
Calming drug reformulated for small cats, dogs
Veterinary Practice News
Dexdomitor, a sedative and preanesthetic manufactured by Zoetis Inc., now comes is a dosage appropriate for smaller dogs and cats.
The new volume permits U.S. veterinarians to more accurately administer doses for dogs less than 20 pounds and cats less than 7 pounds.
Veterinarians' case studies aid FDA jerky investigation
DVM360 Magazine via dvm360.com
More than six months after the Food and Drug Administration issued a "Dear veterinarian" letter asking for assistance from private practitioners in its investigation of jerky pet treat illness, the FDA issued an update. While the agency still has not identified a specific cause for jerky-related illness, it says the many well-documented case reports it received from veterinarians since October of last year have been extremely valuable to the investigation.
Finding the cause of blindness in Bengal cats
Winn Feline Foundation
Inherited blindness is a devastating disease common to many mammalian species. In people, over 25 different forms of inherited retinal blindness have been clinically characterized. Cats also have several forms of blindness that destroy the photoreceptors at the back of the eye. These conditions will randomly occur in a particular cat breed and then will be inherited.
Five ways pets benefit your health
The benefits of having a pet extend well beyond companionship, and sometimes our furry friends don't receive the credit that's due. Pets are a shoulder to cry on, an alarm clock, an exercise partner and a true member of the family. There is over 25 years' worth of research that shows living with pets provides a bounty of health benefits.
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