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Register now for the NYS-VC Fall Oct. 16-18
Register now for the 8th Annual NYS-VC Fall at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, Oct. 16-18. The next early bird deadline is Sept. 11. 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.

Register now here.

For hotel reservations, click here.
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Send in your NYSVMS Annual Meeting proxy vote
Earlier this month, you received this proxy letter. If you are unable to attend the NYSVMS Annual Business Meeting Oct. 18, please submit your written proxy authorizing a specific person to vote on your behalf by mail or fax at 518-869-7868 to the NYSVMS office by Oct. 1.

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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Visit the NYSVMS Hall of Veterinary Health at the NYS Fair now through Sept. 7
The Hall of Veterinary Health at the NYS Fair in Syracuse opens today and runs through Sept. 7! The hall 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.

There are live presentations every day, and this year there are several new and exciting events. For the live presentation schedule, click here.

Many thanks to the Hall of Veterinary Health volunteers: Lydia Aris, VMD; Connie Endres, LVT; John Endres, DVM; Andy Fleming, DVM; Nancy Freeborough, DVM; Christopher Jank, DVM; Barbara Kauffman, DVM; Heather Lago, DVM; Cindy Meyer, DVM; Pamela Reppert, DVM; Rebecca Reynolds, DVM; Maureen Saunders, DVM; Alisa Sneade-Koenig, DVM; John Sonne, VMD; Robin Sturtz, DVM; Lewis Watson, DVM; Laura Westfall, DVM; Susan Wylegala, DVM; and Cornell University students Ari Boltax; Alyssa Cornelius; Caitlin Hepps-Keeney; and Amy Molitoris.

Thank you to the Hall of Veterinary Health Committee: Susan Wylegala, DVM, chair; Joshua Clay, VMD; Laura Cook, DVM; Heather Lago, DVM; Nicole LaMora, DVM; Robin Sturtz, DVM; and Surinder Wadyal, DVM.

And thank you to the live presenters: Jennifer Barnes; Kayrn Bischoff; Maria Brant, DVM; Jennifer Cromp; Marcia Knapp; Dr. Kathy Earnest-Koons; Tina Lynch, LVT; Joan Meyers; Paul Morgan; Cindy Page; Diana Sleiertin; John Sykes, DVM.

Thank you to the following donors: LIVMA, Midmark Animal Health (for anesthesia machine, monitor and ventilator) and Universal Imaging (for ultrasound machine).

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National Geographic Channel's 'Vet School' to premiere Sept. 19
National Geographic
VideoBriefNat Geo Wild's newest series follows along as veterinary students begin and end their school careers at Cornell University. Learning the ins and outs of veterinary medicine is a lot of hard work and long hours, but these students are dedicated to this career and life choice they've made.

Throughout the series, you will see the students learning skills they'll need in their chosen field, from making a diagnosis and fixing broken bones, to handling emergency procedures and life-or-death situations. First-year students must learn the simplest, yet most important skills and quickly realize that each lesson builds to the next and that nothing they learn is inconsequential to their life from now on. Fourth-year students put their knowledge to the test, as they advance to the ins and outs of patient care, client relations and more hands-on treatments with the animals. School doesn't stop at the end of the day, as study continues constantly to prepare for their board exam and the goal of finding employment at the end of the year.

The entire season of "Vet School" premieres Sept. 19, and viewers can binge watch every episode starting the day after on and other platforms such as Nat Geo TV apps, Hulu, iTunes and Amazon. Click here for a 10-minute sneak peek of the program.

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Wildfire smoke and horses' respiratory health
University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine via The Horse
Recent wildfires in Southern California and Oregon have raised concern among horse owners regarding the potential impact of persistent smoke and related air pollution on their equids. And their concern is justified: Smoke can cause serious health problems for horses, as it can in people, notes an equine veterinarian from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.
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Bill aims to exempt student loan repayment from taxes
Congressmen Adrian Smith, R-Nebraska, and Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, introduced H.R. 3019, or the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act, to the House of Representatives July 16 in effort to make the program exempt from federal withholding tax, according to the bill.
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Health Department confirms 1st MS rabies case since 1961
The Mississippi State Department of Health has confirmed the first rabies case in a land animal in Mississippi since 1961. The case was identified in a feral cat in Starkville, Mississippi, described as a small, black and white kitten. Exposures to the rabid cat were reported in downtown Starkville and in a remote area in the general vicinity of developed portions of the Thad Cochran Research Park near the campus of Mississippi State University.
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Oregon veterinarian ramps up campaign warning about xylitol and dogs
Food Safety News
An Oregon veterinarian is expanding efforts to get the word out that a sugar alcohol-derived sweetener used in an increasing number of foods poses a serious, and potentially fatal, threat to dogs. Dr. Jason Nicholas of Portland, Oregon, has posted a list of products containing xylitol, along with two online petitions seeking warning labels from manufacturers and related action from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Xylitol, which has about one-third the calories of regular sugar, is being used in an ever-expanding list of food and other products.
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