Send in NYSVMS proxy vote for Special Meeting of the Members by Sept. 9!
This letter is very important for you to read and respond as explained below. The primary action needed is for you to cast your vote on the matter described below by either signing and returning (via fax, email or mail) this proxy letter or attending the Special Meeting of the Members.
You may not know that NYSVMS was incorporated in New York on March 17, 1891, and received its tax exemption from the Department of Treasury on April 17, 1952. Since that time, there have been almost no changes to the Society's original Certificate of Incorporation. However, significant changes have occurred to the Internal Revenue Service tax code and New York nonprofit laws. The Society needs to enact changes that will bring the association into compliance with current laws. Upon the advice of legal counsel and tax advisers, the Executive Board has determined that NYSVMS should form a new nonprofit entity ("New Entity") to perform our advocacy and lobbying activities, while maintaining the "Existing Entity" (the one incorporated back in 1891) to perform our educational, community and charitable projects. This process involves transferring the name of our Existing Entity to the New Entity, and renaming the Existing Entity as the New York State Veterinary Medical Society Educational Fund Inc.
Our first step of this process is to amend the Existing Entity's Certificate of Incorporation to reflect the name change as explained above. Amending this Certificate requires approval of NYSVMS members. Therefore, the Executive Board is calling a Special Meeting of the Members Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake St. in Cooperstown to vote on this change. Then, once we receive the necessary NYS regulatory approvals for the amendments to the Certificate of Incorporation (and the formation of the New Entity), we will seek your approval to amend the bylaws of the Society as a final step in this process. We are hopeful the bylaws amendments will occur at the Oct. 18 Annual Business Meeting in Ithaca.
To complete this first step, you may either cast your vote in person at the Special Meeting or you can complete and return the proxy letter below. It is very important that we hear from you, as we are required by NYS law to have a minimum of 100 voting members (or signed proxy letters) at this meeting in order for decisions to be valid and implemented. Who you designate as a proxy is your choice — and can be another NYSVMS member, whom you must name below, or someone within NYSVMS who holds an official title (i.e. president, regional representative, etc.). For the full letter, click here.
The proxy letter may be sent to the NYSVMS office either by mail or fax at 518-869-7868 and must be received by Sept. 9. Should you have any questions about this or any other NYSVMS matter, never hesitate to call us at 800-876-9867 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Earn up to 24 hours of CE credit at the NYS-VC Fall Oct. 16-18
Register now for the 8th Annual NYS-VC Fall at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, Oct. 16-18, and earn up to 24 hours of continuing education credit! The next early bird deadline is Sept. 11. The fall conference, hosted by NYSVMS and Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, offers a multispecies and multitrack program with a dedicated veterinary technician track. For the event schedule, click here.
Always a highlight of the conference is the NYS-VC celebration dinner, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Celebrations Banquet Facility (a short drive from Cornell), hosted by NYSVMS and the Cornell Alumni Association. NYSVMS and Cornell will honor their respective award winners. This event begins with complimentary wine and local craft beer at 7 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner, the awards ceremony and dancing! You don't want to miss this!
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.
Send in your NYSVMS proxy vote for Annual Business Meeting 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 email@example.com.
Hall of Veterinary Health runs through Sept. 7
If you haven't had a chance to visit the NYSVMS Hall of Veterinary Health at the NYS Fair in Syracuse, there is still time. The hall runs through Labor Day, 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. To see photos from the 2015 Hall of Veterinary Health, check out the Hall of Veterinary Health Facebook page. Feel free to share this Facebook page!
AAHA revises position statement on declawing
American Animal Hospital Association
The American Animal Hospital Association board of directors has approved a revised position statement regarding declawing of domestic felines.
The AAHA strongly opposes the declawing of domestic cats and supports veterinarians' efforts to educate cat owners and provide them with effective alternatives.
Scratching is a normal feline behavior. Cats scratch to condition their claws by removing old nail sheaths, scent mark objects with the glands on their paws, visually mark objects by leaving shredded matter as evidence, stretch and exercise their forelegs and enjoy a pleasant sensation.
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National Geographic Channel's 'Vet School' to premiere Sept. 19
What does it take to become a veterinarian? Find out this fall as Nat Geo WILD presents "Vet School," a new series that follows first- and fourth-year students over one academic year at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. The show premieres Saturday, Sept. 19, at 10/9 Central on Nat Geo WILD.
Hannah Brodlie, Cristina Bustamante and Dan Cimino are first-year students negotiating a steep learning curve. Sam Dicker, Singen Elliott, Aziza Glass and Aria Hill are fourth-year students who are about to begin their professional careers. As the first-year students wrestle sheep for a blood sample and the fourth-year students learn how to handle life-and-death surgeries and emergencies, the camera captures the pressures, rewards and occasional sadness of life as an aspiring veterinarian.
"We viewed this show as a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of the veterinary profession and to help the public understand the rigorous education leading to a veterinary degree," explains Interim Dean Lorin Warnick. "We were honored to be asked to participate in the production and happy to showcase the experience of our students as they work to become veterinarians."
For Cornell veterinary students, seeing cases ranging from fracture repair in a horse, inserting a pacemaker into a dog and removing an abscess from a pet turkey are all in a day's work. There is a mountain of information to commit to memory and recall at a moment's notice. What motivates them is their love for animals, medicine and science, and a desire to make a difference.
The entire season of "Vet School" premieres Sept. 19, and viewers can binge watch every episode starting the day after on NatGeoTV.com and other platforms such as Nat Geo TV apps, Hulu, iTunes and Amazon. Click here for a 10-minute sneak peek of the program.
Support AVMA's petition for Facebook to develop policy on cyberbullying
As part of the American Veterinary Medical Association's efforts to assist members in responding to cyberbullying and harassment on social media, AVMA started a petition for Facebook to develop a process to support small businesses (such as veterinary clinics) when they face attacks on the Facebook platform. Please sign it and share it widely. By making this applicable to all small businesses, we increase the reach and power of the petition.
In addition, AVMA has reached out to Yelp and will be reaching out to Google to inquire about their processes for assisting businesses that are under attack. The AVMA has online resources for members regarding online reputation management and cyberbullying, available here.
Nassau-Suffolk Animal Hospital reports high prevalence of heartworm and Lyme disease in Nassau County
Long Island News & PRs via LongIsland.com
The Companion Animal Parasite Council has released its annual parasite forecasts. The predictions for 2015 show the threat of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks will continue to spread, becoming a year-round menace to both pets and pet owners.
Locally, in the past year, Nassau-Suffolk Animal Hospital reports 575 cases of Lyme disease and 178 cases of heartworm in all of Nassau County.
Yes, your horse is neurologic (or no, he isn't)
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine via The Horse
Sometimes you see it, sometimes you don't. Subjectivity during a neurologic examination of a questionably ataxic, or incoordinated, horse is inevitable, because every veterinarian comes to the table with a different set of diagnostic experiences, skills and perspective. But a veterinarian from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, says objective measurement of gait could become a useful tool for the large animal neurologist, much like objective lameness detectors have become useful for orthopedic surgeons.
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