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Early bird registration deadline is Sept. 11 for NYS-VC Fall
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.

Conference highlight: Arlen Wilbers, DVM, will be presenting four programs on pet pigs on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the conference, including "Handling Pet Pigs as Patients," "Routine Care and Common Problems of Pet Pigs," "Anesthesia and Restraint of Pet Pigs" and "Common Surgeries of Pet Pigs." He earned his DVM at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and has been on the large animal and farm animal veterinary staff at Quakertown Veterinary Clinic in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, since 1987. His special interests include small ruminants and potbellied pigs.

Dr. Wilbers has received the 2005 Achievement of Excellence Award from the Pigs as Pets association and had a pet pig medicine article published in In Practice magazine in 2008. He has been a presenter at numerous pet pig symposiums over the last 25 years and has written and been featured in numerous online articles and was named NAVC Food Animal Speaker of the Year.

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.

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 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

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Hall of Veterinary Health wrapup
Once again, NYSVMS held Hall of Veterinary Health at the NYS Fair in Syracuse. For the first time, NYSVMS tracked the attendance. Over the 12 days of the Fair, over 13,000 people checked out the Hall of Veterinary Health! 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.

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.

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!

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New York's top court refuses to hear case in which group sought legal personhood status for chimps
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
An animal rights group seeking legal personhood for chimpanzees won't get a hearing in the state's highest court. The Court of Appeals declined to hear the appeals by The Nonhuman Rights Project on behalf of Kiko and Tommy. Lower courts had rejected the organization's argument that scientific evidence of chimps' emotional and cognitive abilities should qualify them for basic rights, including freedom from imprisonment.
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New York dairyman receives All-American's Obie Snider Award
Madison County Courier
Dr. Douglas Evans, DVM, owner-operator of Sunny Acres Farm of Georgetown and NYSVMS member, is the recipient of the 2015 Obie Snider Award, the top honor of the All-American Dairy Show. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding will present the award at the show's Dairy Farmer Appreciation Banquet Monday, Sept. 14, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. The award, established in memory of Obie Snider, a founding father of the All-American Dairy Show, recognizes an individual who places significant value in service to the industry and community and displays high standards of conduct.
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Veterinary student expelled over a pet loses a court fight with Cornell
The New York Times
In the eyes of his human companion, Shandor was a "playful puppy" and "alpha male of the household," court papers said, known to all to protect his caretaker and be at ease among strangers. But the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University saw Shandor, a rescued German shepherd, quite differently. A veterinarian there determined he had "dominance aggression," according to a court filing, "with a recommendation that it be euthanized."
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Dixie Brands Inc. taps team of pet experts to launch veterinarian-formulated pet wellness line Therabis
Dixie Brands Inc., a leader in emerging cannabinoid extraction and wellness platforms, and TBSK LLC, an entrepreneurial innovation company led by 30-year veterinarian Dr. Stephen M. Katz, VMD, have collaborated to bring to the $3.2 billion natural pet foods, treats and supplements market a new line of pet wellness products called Therabis. These new products will target the most common pet challenges of separation anxiety and itching in addition to improving joint mobility and flexibility.
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National Geographic Channel's 'Vet School' to premiere Sept. 19
National Geographic
VideoBriefWhat 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.

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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