Register now for the NYS-VC Fall, Oct. 16-18
Registration is now open for the 8th annual NYS-VC Fall at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, Oct. 16-18. The fall conference, hosted by NYSVMS and Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, features talks on oncology, companion animal reproduction, exotic species, practical pharmacology, equine cardiology, antibiotic resistance, wound management and general care of pet pigs. This conference offers a multispecies and multitrack program with a dedicated veterinary technician track. Earn up to 24 hours of continuing education credit! A printed conference brochure will be mailed out next week!
The equine track will be held Friday through Sunday with a newly added Equine Practitioner's Lunch.
Attend the Welcome Reception Friday night in the atrium with the exhibitors, which will include a silent auction and a Finger Lakes wine tasting. The NYS-VC Celebration dinner will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Celebrations Banquet and Conference Center, hosted by NYSVMS and Cornell Alumni Association. NYSVMS and Cornell will honor their respective award winners.
A trade show featuring 50 vendors dedicated to all aspects of veterinary practice will be offered all three days of the conference.
NYSVMS members receive a complimentary breakfast at the Annual Business Meeting on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 7 a.ml.
You must register to receive your breakfast ticket. Every NYSVMS member who attends the meeting will be entered into a drawing to receive a one-year membership to NYSVMS, free 2016 dues and for a two-night hotel stay for the 2016 NYS-VC Spring in Westchester.
Special thanks to the NYS-VC Fall sponsors: Simmons Northeast, Best Pet Rx, Merial Limited and Patterson Veterinary Supply.
Register now at www.vet.cornell.edu/nysvc.
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Credit card terminals must be EMV capable by Oct. 1
Your credit card processing terminal must be EMV capable by Oct. 1. EMV, named after its original developers (Europay, MasterCard and Visa), is smart chip technology that features payment instruments (cards, mobile phones, etc.) with embedded microprocessor chips that store and protect cardholder data.
Commonly used globally in place of magnetic stripe, EMV chip technology helps to reduce card fraud in a face-to-face card-present environment; provides global interoperability; and enables safer transactions across contact and contactless channels.
Businesses with non-EMV compatible terminals will generally be held accountable for some of the associated costs of card fraud starting Oct. 1.
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Portland, Oregon, company lands $52 million to disrupt veterinary industry
Portland Press Herald
A poster on the wall inside the Portland, Oregon, offices of Vets First Choice shows a head-on photo of an elephant and the words "endangered but not extinct."
While the reference is to the several endangered species of elephants, it could just as easily refer to the veterinarians that Vets First Choice counts among its clients, according to CEO Ben Shaw.
The threat comes from the loss of revenue from the sale of pet medications. Americans purchase about $7 billion worth of over-the-counter and prescription medications for their pets each year.
Pet porkers pack rescues as trendy teacup pigs fatten up
The Associated Press via WNYW-TV
Eva Monroy bought a mini pig for her family and fed it what the breeder instructed: a half-cup of food in the morning and a half-cup at night.
But the piglet named Hammond started raiding the pantry and digging through the trash. A veterinarian told Monroy that he was behaving badly because he was starving.
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Florida is facing a leprosy outbreak — You'll never guess what may be the cute culprit
Diseases you probably thought were obliterated have been making headlines lately. First, there was the measles outbreak at Disneyland this past winter. Then, cases of the plague appeared in Colorado. And now, Florida is seeing a spike in leprosy cases.
Yes, leprosy is still around. Florida has seen nine leprosy cases so far this year, but typically only sees an average of four annually, according to the Florida Department of Health. And experts say the reason for the outbreak may be armadillos.
Xylitol now found in certain peanut and nut butters
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
Xylitol, a natural sugar alcohol sweetener popular for its low glycemic index but known to cause hypoglycemia and hepatic necrosis in dogs, is now also found in several specialty peanut and nut butter brands. Nuts 'n More, Krush Nutrition and P-28 Foods all make peanut butter and nut-based spreads containing the ingredient.
CDC warns about backyard chickens and salmonella
American Animal Hospital Association
As of June 29, 40 states have reported a total of 181 people who have been infected with strains of salmonella, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The outbreak is from chicks, ducklings and other live poultry.
As a result, on July 1, the CDC issued guidelines for backyard flock owners.
"We do not recommend snuggling or kissing the birds or touching them to your mouth," Megin Nichols, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, with the CDC told National Public Radio, "because that is certainly one way people become infected with salmonella." She also stated that birds don't belong in the house.
University system OKs $9 million for disease, tick lab at UMaine
Bangor Daily News
University of Maine leadership has approved spending up to $9 million on a laboratory that will help scientists study pest management and threats to human and animal health across the state.
The University of Maine System board of trustees approved the funding for the future Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Center during its regular meeting in Bangor, Maine.
It will be the only facility in the state able to identify ticks and test them for transmittable diseases, including Lyme. It also will be the base of research in the state for issues from potato blight to salmonella in eggs to livestock diseases.
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