Schumer to sponsor Fairness to Pet Owners Act
As we announced earlier this week, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced he will co-sponsor the Fairness to Pet Owners Act in the U.S. Senate with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). We recommend all New York State veterinarians reach out to their legislators in opposition of this bill.
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AVMA responds to Schumer's Fairness to Pet Owners Act
The American Veterinary Medical Association is displeased to see Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduce a bill under the guise of saving consumers money on their pets' medications.
Cuomo boosts fines for pet theft
The Associated Press via The Daily Gazette
The fine for pet theft was raised from $200 to $1,000 in New York State yesterday. The amendment was signed into state law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, effective immediately.
Found: Four new species of gopher like mammals
Four new species of gopher like rodents have been discovered in southern Bolivia.
Commonly called tuco-tucos, after the short "tuc tuc" sound of their vocalizations, Ctenomys are small, burrowing mammals. The four new species were found by Scott Gardner, curator at the University of Nebraska State Museum, and his research team after nearly three decades of sporadic fieldwork in the Andes and surrounding lowlands.
Novel hepatitis viruses in horses reviewed
Not long ago, when a veterinarian dealt with acute liver inflammation in a horse, he or she was likely diagnosing Theiler's disease, or serum hepatitis. But there are three new hepatitis viruses in town, all initially described in the past two years. What are these viruses, and are they clinically relevant?
Does cat poop parasite play a role in curing cancer?
Norris Cotton Cancer Center Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center via ScienceDaily
From the litter box to the laboratory, a microscopic organism native to cats shows promise in treating cancer. Researchers' mutated strain of T. gondii has been found to reprogram the natural power of the immune system to kill cells. Found worldwide, T. gondii affects about one-third of the world's population, 60 million of which are Americans.
Researchers use 'big data' to track zoonotic diseases
About 60 percent of diseases are zoonotic, or can pass between humans and various animal species, and understanding the pathways and complex relationships between pathogens, hosts and environmental factors is key to improving control strategies.
To untangle some of those relationships, researchers at the University of Liverpool in England are developing the Enhanced Infectious Diseases database with funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.
What we can learn from the 'other' doctors
VETERINARY ECONOMICS via dvm360.com
In the last year, Jeff Rothstein has spent a considerable amount of time in doctor visits with his aging mom. They saw the oncologist and oncology surgeon for colon cancer, the orthopedic surgeon for her fractured pelvis, arthritic shoulder and hands — the list goes on. Thankfully, his mother is doing better, with the fractured pelvis healed and no other surgeries planned yet. But Rothstein spent time in these visits paying special attention to the care she received, and he learned some things along the way.
Survey: Most veterinarians reduce prices so animals can get care
Veterinary Information Network
Most private-practice veterinarians routinely discount services and products, chiefly so that animals can receive needed care, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by researchers at Colorado State University.
Sterilization effects worse for golden retrievers than Labrador retrievers
Veterinary Practice News
Golden retrievers are more likely than Labrador retrievers to be diagnosed with joint disorders or cancer after the animals have been spayed or neutered, according to the results of a study published in the online journal PLOS ONE.
Intact members of both breeds enjoy lower rates of joint disorders and cancer, researchers at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine added.
Most extensive study of canine cancer ever conducted seeks veterinarians to participate
Morris Animal Foundation via Alabama Veterinary Medical Association
Each and every day, the staff at veterinary hospitals around the country work to save animal lives—
and one of the biggest health challenges they face is cancer. What if their work could help stop
cancer forever? Perhaps it can.
CDC, Auburn University team to look at psychological stress in veterinarians
Veterinarians are at an increased risk of suicide. The mental well-being of our veterinary community is of paramount importance to us all. To learn more about veterinarian experiences with psychological distress nation-wide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Auburn University are working together to survey veterinarians across the country. You are invited to complete this electronic survey by clicking on the link here. The survey takes only about 10 minutes to complete, and is voluntary and anonymous. Your responses will help inform key stakeholders about the mental health needs of veterinarians in New York State.
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 Hall of Veterinary Health 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!
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