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Register now for the pharmacology track at NYS-VC Fall
Registration is still open for the 8th Annual NYS-VC Fall, hosted by NYSVMS and Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, Oct. 16-18.

Conference highlight: Wilson (Wil) Gwin, R.Ph., will be presenting the pharmacology track on Sunday, Oct. 18, starting at 8:30 a.m. Wilson (Wil) Gwin is currently the director of the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital Pharmacy. Wil owned and operated three independent pharmacies for 17 years. He also started the first freestanding veterinary compounding retail pharmacy in Indiana. Before owning his own stores, he worked for a chain pharmacy for four years. In those 24 years of retail pharmacy, he served two terms on the National Advisory Council for the Medicine Shoppe Franchise system.

After selling the stores, he worked with a veterinarian to promote veterinary pharmacy and compounding, and together they opened Animal House Rx. Wil came to Purdue in 2006. In 2009, Wil established a pharmacy clerkship site at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Pharmacy in which pharmacy students receive extensive interaction with veterinarians. In 2015, the first veterinary pharmacy resident at Purdue University will begin her residency under Wil's direction.

Courses presented by Gwin at NYS-VC Fall include Compounding: What to Look for in a Compounding Pharmacy; FDA Draft Guidance on Animal Drug Compounding From Bulk Drug Substances and Generics; Substitution; and Using Drugs Labeled for Humans in Veterinary Patients.

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

To receive the special NYS-VC rates, be sure to make your hotel reservations this week! To make a reservation, click here.

To see the full registration brochure, click here.

Register now here.
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New Nat Geo Wild reality series on veterinary school
The Associated Press via The New York Times
A new Nat Geo Wild series premiering Sept. 19 follows a group of students through rotations at the prestigious Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. As the animals and owners face life-and-death moments on "Vet School," families, students and teachers share their feelings. But it's not always clear whose tears are falling. In the second episode, for example, titled "Day One," Greg and Kim Herman bring in their 3-year-old English bulldog Millie, who has end-stage congestive heart failure and a 50-50 chance of survival.
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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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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Sept. 26
American Veterinary Medical Association
The Drug Enforcement Administration will hold its 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Sept. 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day offers people a safe way to dispose of unwanted, unused and expired medications. It's free, and you'll remain anonymous — no questions asked. Find a collection site near you by visiting the DEA's National Take Back Initiative Collection Site Search.

The take-back event is only for prescription holders, end users and clients to drop off unwanted pills and patches that were prescribed for humans or animals. Veterinarians and other DEA registrants are not allowed to dispose of their controlled substances inventory or expired stock through the take-back programs, but must continue to follow the DEA registrant drug disposal regulations. Visit the AVMA's members-only resource Disposal of Pharmaceuticals or contact your local DEA office for more information.

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Cornell Vet School gives pets new lease on life
Press & Sun-Bulletin
VideoBriefFor more than a year, Steve Czarnecki noticed how Winston, his family's St. Bernard, seemed less spry than usual, the 8-year-old dog instead lumbering around in a manner that his owner attributed to the normal stiffness of advancing age. That lameness escalated around Thanksgiving as Winston struggled to make it to his feet on the tiled kitchen floor in the home of Czarnecki and his wife. Within a week, those labored attempts soon deteriorated into a complete inability to raise any of his 145 pounds off the ground.
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Checklist for self-assessment of enhanced poultry biosecurity
U.S. Poultry and Egg Association
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has released a Checklist for Self-Assessment of Enhanced Poultry Biosecurity and training materials as part of ongoing preparation efforts for highly pathogenic avian influenza. These documents will assist the poultry industry in implementing effective biosecurity practices. APHIS collaborated with state, academic and industry experts to develop the checklist and training materials, which are posted on the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association website.
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Betsy's Law requires New Jersey veterinarians to post that they don't supervise overnight
VideoBriefA New Jersey woman spent eight years pushing to pass a bill to protect pets in the state, and that bill was signed into law. The law signed by New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is important. It requires veterinarians and animal hospitals to post signs clearly indicating that they do not have overnight supervision. Madeleine Kayser was holding a picture of her beloved dog, Betsy, as she attended the signing of the bill. The rottweiler died at a veterinarian's office where she had stayed overnight after routine eye surgery.
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George Poppensiek, veterinary college dean emeritus, dies
Cornell Chronicle
George C. Poppensiek, dean and professor emeritus in the College of Veterinary Medicine, died Sept. 8 in Ithaca. He was 97. Poppensiek served as dean from 1959 to 1974, before he was named the first James Law Professor of Comparative Medicine in the veterinary college. "All of us are beneficiaries of Dean Poppensiek's exceptional contributions to the college and profession," said Lorin Warnick, interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Born in New York City in 1918 and raised in Bogota, New Jersey, Poppensiek matriculated in Cornell's College of Agriculture as a pre-veterinary student in 1937.
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Bear with broken heart dies at Massachusetts zoo days after longtime mate is euthanized
New York Daily News
He lost his BFF — his bear friend forever. A heartbroken sloth bear at a Massachusetts zoo died days after his longtime mate was euthanized, officials said. Goof, a 27-year-old popular animal at the Capron Park Zoo, deteriorated quickly after losing the love of his life, Amy, who had been suffering from liver disease, the zoo's veterinarian said. Both bears, who were companions in captivity for nearly 20 years and had three cubs together, were battling the same illness. But the broken-hearted Goof took a turn for the worse after Amy's passing.
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Boston ecosystems under threat of invasion from Chinese turtles
Morning Ticker
Alarms are sounding across New England that a new invasive species is trying to take root. Two soft-shelled turtles from China were found on Wollaston Beach in Quincy, Massachusetts. Experts agree that these bizarre-looking creatures could pose a threat to local bay and ocean ecosystems. "It could cause major changes in the ecosystem. None of the animals in that ecosystem are adapted to a predator of that size. It eats large amounts of small fish, mussels, clams and insects," said Nigella Hillgarth, a zoologist as well as the New England Aquarium's president and CEO.
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2015 Agricultural Research Service Animal Health National Program survey
Agricultural Research Service
Agricultural Research Service has posted their 2015 Animal Health National Program Assessment and Priorities Evaluation Form. ARS is charged with extending the nation's scientific knowledge with research projects in agriculture, human nutrition, food safety, natural resources, the environment and other topics affecting the nation. Research projects at the ARS are managed within 19 national programs. Animal health is one of those national programs. Your response to this survey will allow ARS to assess the progress and impact of our Animal Health Research Program. ARS conducts national program assessments every five years, so your input is extremely important to their program's accountability.
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Becoming better prepared for disasters
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Disasters and emergencies can occur at any time. Being prepared for disasters is a shared responsibility, and when communities prepare and practice for an emergency in advance of any event, it makes a genuine difference in their ability to take immediate and practiced actions. This is why we encourage everyone to participate in America's PrepareAthon! and the National Day of Action, Sept. 30, which concludes National Preparedness Month.

America's PrepareAthon! is a nationwide grassroots campaign for action to get individuals, families, organizations and communities better prepared for emergencies. The campaign offers easy-to-use preparedness guides, checklists and resources to help prepare common natural hazards, such as predictive alerts and warnings from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's website, holding a drill for a family or taking steps to safeguard critical documents.

FEMA encourages all Americans to visit or and join the conversation on social media at @FEMARegion2, @PrepareAthon! and #PrepareAthon! to learn more about how to be better prepared and how to plan for your family during emergencies.

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Special Meeting of the Members Sept. 10
The NYSVMS Executive Board called a Special Meeting of the Members Sept. 10 at the Otesaga Resort Hotel to consider approval of proposed amendments to the NYSVMS Certificate of Incorporation. Click here for a synopsis of the meeting.
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