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Register now for the NYS-VC Fall — First early bird deadline is tomorrow!
Register now for the 8th Annual NYS-VC Fall at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, Oct. 16-18. The first early bird deadline is tomorrow, Aug. 21. After this date, registration goes up $50! The fall conference, hosted by NYSVMS and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, features seminars 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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New York City animal facilities exempt from automatic sprinkler system legislation
New York City council member Corey Johnson, D-Manhattan, introduced legislation (Int. 145-A) last year for the purported purpose of reducing the possibility of fires within animal service facilities. The bill would require the mandatory installation of automatic sprinkler systems in animal hospitals, kennels, pet shops and veterinary clinics where animals are sheltered on a 24-hour basis. The NYSVMS and VMA-NYC were opposed to the original version of Int. 145 as unduly burdensome on animal service professionals because the required installation was costly with only minimal added benefit.

In light of the concerns raised by NYSVMS and VMA-NYC, councilman Johnson amended the legislation to exempt both animal service facilities in operation prior to Dec. 31, 2016, equipped with an automatic smoke detection system, and those which provide 24-hour in-person supervision of the animals and are equipped with smoke alarms. Click here for the legislation.

NYSVMS and VMA-NYC withdrew their opposition in response to these changes. On Aug. 13, the council passed the legislation, and it is expected to be signed by the mayor in late August or September.

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NYSVMS proxy vote and president-elect biography
Every year at this time, we are pleased to announce the NYSVMS Nomination Committee's recommendation for NYSVMS president-elect candidate in advance of the Annual Business Meeting, where the actual election takes place. The NYSVMS Executive Board is pleased to announce Margret Thompson, DVM, DACVR, as a candidate for 2016 president-elect. Click here to read her biography.

Our voting process will change this year. We have been advised by legal counsel that association members are not allowed to mail in ballots, as you've done for many years. This year, you can cast your vote by either attending, in person, the Annual Business Meeting Sunday, Oct. 18, at 7 a.m. (during the New York State Veterinary Conference at the Cornell University College for Veterinary Medicine, in Ithaca), or you can complete and return this proxy letter below. Association members can now vote by proxy due to changes to the NYS Not-for-Profit Corporation law effective July 2014.

In accordance with NYSVMS bylaws, all active, retired and distinguished members are entitled to vote on matters presented during the Annual Business Meeting. If you are unable to attend, you may submit a written proxy authorizing a specific person to vote on your behalf. Your designated proxy is your choice and can be another NYSVMS member, which you must name below, or someone within NYSVMS who holds an official title (i.e. president, treasurer, regional representative, etc.).

This proxy letter should be returned to the NYSVMS office either by mail or fax at 518-869-7868 by Oct. 1 in order for your vote to be counted. For the complete proxy letter, click here.

Should you have any questions about this or any other NYSVMS matter, never hesitate to call us at 800-876-9867 or email

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AVMA weighs in on FDA compounding guidance
American Veterinary Medical Association
The message from our members has been loud and clear: Compounding is a necessary practice because there are, and always will be, a limited number of U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved drug products for the many species and conditions that they treat. But right now, the FDA contends that compounding from bulk drug substances (i.e., active pharmaceutical ingredients) for animals has been and continues to be illegal. That said, the FDA recognizes the medical need for compounding from bulk ingredients, instead of using the FDA-approved drug product, within certain areas of veterinary practice and under very specific circumstances. The FDA's GFI #230 is a draft and therefore not the final word on compounding, and clearly we have to do more advocating for members' compounding needs.
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2015 'State of Pet Health Report' released
The veterinary industry as a whole has made preventive pet care a priority as well — this is evidenced by the AVMA's Partners for Healthy Pets Initiative, which aims to educate consumers as well as veterinary teams about the importance of regular visits to the veterinarian. Although our profession is making great strides in prioritizing preventive pet health care, we still have a long way to go to ensure that all pets are getting the care they deserve. That's why this year's "State of Pet Health Report" focuses on the differences between how veterinarians and pet owners perceive preventive care and what that means for pet health. We hope the findings are helpful as we continue to evolve and partner with pet owners to ensure that pets live healthy, happy lives.
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Veterinarian Jacqueline Walker stayed focused
Democrat & Chronicle
Some patients try to bite. Dr. Jacqueline Walker can tell by their body language, the way they widen their eyes and hunch down and bare their teeth. "You just have to pay attention to things like that," said the 26-year-old, a veterinarian at Churchville Veterinary Hospital. There was never any other career option for the woman — who grew up in Churchville with dogs and cats, "probably more than the average family" — and she had her heart set on working with animals since the age of 3 or 4.
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Cat declawing still on burner by assemblywoman seeking to ban it
Niagara Falls Reporter
New York may still be poised to become the first state in the nation to outlaw the declawing of cats. Declawing is legal in most U.S. jurisdictions. It is estimated that 25 percent of owned cats in the United States are declawed. Last May, Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal introduced Assembly Bill 1297 that would make New York the first state in the country to officially ban declawing.
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The dog days can be deadly for dogs
The New York Times
As written by blogger Caitlin Kelly, "When my friend's husband recently headed out for a 5-mile run with his 2-year-old border terrier, Angus, with plenty of water and a collapsible bowl in tow, he never expected he'd end up at an animal hospital. The suburban New York trail they had been running on offered plenty of shade, and he stopped frequently for water breaks before heading home in his air-conditioned vehicle. Once home, though, Angus was clearly very ill. The 16-pound dog, who had been his normally energetic self during the run, had become 'almost unresponsive. I knew immediately something was very wrong,' he told me."
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Test may help decrease yearly pet vaccines
Kansas State University via
Scientists at Kansas State University's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have modified a test that measures an animal's immune response to the rabies virus, a change that will cost pet owners less money and may help reduce the number of yearly vaccines for pets. The scientists say testing an animal for titers, or antibodies capable of neutralizing rabies, is a valid indication of the animal's resistance to the rabies virus.
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Frozen raw cat food recalled by Northwest Farm Food Cooperative due to possible salmonella contamination
Northwest Farm Food Cooperative, located in Burlington, Washington, has voluntarily recalled its frozen raw cat food for possible salmonella contamination after U.S. Food and Drug Administration testing found the bacteria in the finished products. The recalled products are 50-pound blocks and cases of six 10-pound chubs, and were sold at their Burlington facility, according to a company release. Jul12015B is the products' production code, which can found on the outside of the box. There is not a UPC code. Production and distribution of the food is on hold as the FDA and company investigate what caused the possible contamination.
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Survey details how veterinary clients research health care decisions
A recently released study from CareCredit examines consumers' process of researching health care decisions. CareCredit, a third-party provider of health care financing, looked at the way consumers make decisions in six areas: veterinary medicine, dentistry, ophthalmology, optometry, cosmetic procedures and hearing health, according to a company release. The survey polled approximately 2,000 consumers who made elective health care purchase in the past 12 months and those likely to make one within the next year.
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