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Proposed changes to overtime regulations released
U.S. Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a proposed rule that would extend overtime protections to nearly 5 million white-collar workers within the first year of its implementation. Failure to update the overtime regulations has left an exception to overtime eligibility originally meant for highly-compensated executive, administrative and professional employees now applying to workers earning as little as $23,660 a year.
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Animal groups are cutting ties with New York City shelter operator
The Wall Street Journal
Several New York City animal-rescue groups are breaking ties with the nonprofit organization contracted by the city to operate its shelter system, amid concerns that the dogs it houses aren't receiving adequate medical care. In some cases, the dogs' illnesses require extensive, expensive treatments that the rescue groups struggle to shoulder. The issue came to a head during a heated public meeting in which Risa Weinstock, the executive director of the nonprofit Animal Care Centers of NYC, said it is working to address the illness concerns.
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NYSVMS 2015 awards-nomination deadline extended to July 31
NYSVMS
NYSVMS has extended the deadline for nominations for the 2015 awards to July 31! The awards, which will be presented during NYS-VC Fall, have five 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 a regional officer, along with an awards information form completed by awardee and a high-resolution, full-color headshot of the nominee saved as JPG (letters of recommendation are optional but strongly encouraged). All of this must be sent to Stephanie Quirini at squirini@nysvms.org or mailed to NYSVMS, 100 Great Oaks Blvd., Suite 127, Albany, NY 12203 by Friday, July 31.

For the nomination forms, click here.

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Avian flu outbreak blamed for statewide ban
The Daily Mail
In an effort to be proactive amid the avian flu outbreak among poultry in America, New York state officials have banned all bird competitions and showings at fairs this year. As a result of the ban, the Greene County Agricultural Society, a nonprofit responsible for organizing the annual Greene County Youth Fair and furthering agriculture education in the community, has been mandated to call off all bird-related exhibits.
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What you should know before you test your dog's DNA
Fortune
A New York City co-op recently made headlines when it informed pet-owning residents that they had to produce documentation proving the breeds of their dogs. If the dog was a mix, the percentage of each breed had to be detailed in DNA testing — which prompted cries of "doggie racism," according to DNAInfo.com. The co-op bans 27 breeds.
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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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Think you can claim your pet is an 'emotional support animal?'
Los Angeles Times
Your sidekick is loyal. Clever. A great comfort to you and others. But does that mean your animal companion deserves access in public places that other people's pets don't get? Maybe. The law is murky, and the answer depends heavily on your animal's skills, your frailties and your conscience.
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How many kittens should be adopted at 1 time?
VETERINARY MEDICINE via dvm360.com
Dr. John Ciribassi welcomes behavior questions from veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
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Boulder Dog Food Company LLC voluntarily recalls 10 bags of Chicken Sprinkles
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Boulder Dog Food Company LLC is voluntarily recalling the Chicken Sprinkles with a best by date of May 4, 2016, a lot number of 998 and a UPC Code of 899883001231 because the product has the potential of being contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the product, and there is risk to humans who handle the product, especially if the handler does not thoroughly wash his or her hands after having contact with the product or any surfaces exposed to the product.
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How high-tech treatments add hope, and cost, to keeping a sick pet alive
Los Angeles Times
If your golden retriever was diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago, you were likely given two options: chemotherapy or compassionate euthanasia. Today, you may have access to a variety of advanced treatments, such as stents that deliver high doses of chemotherapy straight to the cancerous growth, the injection of tiny beads that block the tumor's blood supply or precise radiation guided by high-definition imagery.
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Are your ethics being compromised?
Veterinary Practice News
What happens when we find ourselves in moral distress on a frequent basis? At the 2013 Veterinary Social Work Summit, Sonnya Dennis, DVM, DABVP, presented a session on ethics exhaustion. She defined "ethics" in this regard as a code of moral conduct or rules, following duty and not convenience and doing the thing that "I should do."
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10 things you must do on a veterinary team member's 1st day
VETERINARY ECONOMICS via dvm360.com
Don't throw them in and hope they swim. Share with your new client service representative or veterinary technician just how great their new colleagues, their new training program and their new practice really is. It all starts with a great first day.
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