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Register now for the NYS-VC Fall — 1st early bird deadline
Aug. 21

NYSVMS
Registration is now open for the 8th annual NYS-VC Fall at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, Oct. 16-18. The first early bird deadline is Aug. 21. After this date, registration goes up $50! The fall conference, hosted by NYSVMS and Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, features sessions 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! For the event schedule, click here.

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 Facility, hosted by NYSVMS and Cornell Alumni Association. NYSVMS and Cornell will honor their respective award winners.

A trade show featuring vendors dedicated to all aspects of veterinary practice will be offered from Friday evening through Sunday.

Special thanks to the NYS-VC Fall sponsors: Simmons Northeast, Best Pet Rx, Merial Limited and Patterson Veterinary Supply.

To see the full registration brochure, click here.

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For hotel reservations, click here.
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Tell Congress to oppose the Fairness to Pet Owners Act
AVMA
The alleged Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 3174/S. 1200) has once again surfaced in Congress, but this time, it may have legs, which is why we need your help!

This legislation, which Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, introduced July 24, would require veterinarians to provide clients with written prescriptions for their pets, regardless of the clients' wishes.

Some of the bills' advocates argue that veterinarians withhold prescriptions to increase profits, but this claim was not substantiated in a recent Federal Trade Commission report. Clients can already ask for prescriptions, and veterinarians should be honoring that request. In fact, the AVMA's Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics and its Client Requests for Prescriptions guide states that veterinarians shall write prescriptions upon request, and a majority of states already have similar laws or policies. This unnecessary bill will cause veterinarians to spend excess time on paperwork, likely at the expense of patient care.

Unfortunately, the politics surrounding this legislation differs from previous years. Despite the significant opposition to this bill, some in Congress have expressed an interest in moving it. Should H.R. 3174 pass out of committee, it would be very difficult to keep the bill from moving forward and potentially getting floor time.

We need your help! Please take a few minutes to sign our alert and urge your congressional officials to oppose this legislation. Also, consider meeting with them on this issue during the congressional recess in August when they'll be back in their home districts.

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Warning: Don't let your dog swim in Prospect Park Lake
Bed-Stuy Patch
Traces of blue-green algae pop up most summers in Prospect Park Lake. But this summer's outbreak is serious, according to recent test results from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. A "widespread" blue-green algal bloom was detected July 27 at Prospect Park Lake, the DEC reports on its website. The lake water now contains "high toxins" that can be incredibly harmful if ingested. Be sure to check out the article on blue-green algae blooms in the next issue of Connections.
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Mysterious fungus killing snakes in at least 9 Eastern states
The Associated Press via MLive.com
Hidden on hillsides in a remote part of western Vermont, a small number of venomous timber rattlesnakes slither among the rocks, but their isolation can't protect them from a mysterious fungus spreading across the eastern half of the country that threatens to wipe them out. In less than a decade, the fungus has been identified in at least nine Eastern states, and although it affects a number of species, it's especially threatening to rattlesnakes that live in small, isolated populations with little genetic diversity, such as those found in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York.
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Veterinarians volunteer time to save Topeka, Kansas, clinic
KSNT-TV
VideoBrief"For some reason I was just blessed. I don't know why," says Dr. Leon Connor. Connor, owner of the Animal Care Center of Topeka, was recently in a car accident that left him with broken bones and a head injury. "I pulled out and that's the last thing I remember. A Ford F-250 hit me head on," says Connor. Doctors told him it would take six months to a year before he could return to his veterinary clinic in southeastern Topeka.
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Colorado VS: 53 locations in 8 counties quarantined
The Horse
As of Aug. 5, the Colorado Department of Agriculture's State Veterinarian's Office has 53 locations in eight counties under quarantine after horses, mules and cattle herds tested positive for vesicular stomatitis. A 2014 outbreak of vesicular stomatitis created 556 livestock investigations in Colorado, resulting in 370 quarantines with the final quarantines released in January 2015.
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Modifying behavior in patients that fear touch
VETERINARY MEDICINE via dvm360.com
VideoBrief A 3.5-year-old male neutered shih tzu presented to Animal Emergency and Referral Associates behavior service with a history of fear aggression when handled at the veterinary clinic or by the groomer. This video demonstrates the dog's progress at our hospital after six behavior modification sessions using desensitization and classical counterconditioning over six weeks. When using these techniques, the patient's body language must be watched closely for signs of reactivity so that the anxiety-inducing stimulus can be stopped before the animal responds negatively.
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