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Register now for NYS-VC Fall — Pre-registration ends Oct. 5!
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. Pre-registration ends on Monday, Oct. 5. After this date, registration will be available on-site only with an additional $50 surcharge. Save money and register now!

Conference highlights: 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 University College of Veterinary Medicine. 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 — purchase your ticket now!

Ricardo De Matos, LMV, Msc, DABVP, DECZM-AS, DECZM-SMS, will be presenting on Sunday, Oct. 18, on the companion animal track starting at 1:30 p.m. De Matos graduated first in class from the Faculdade de Medicina Veterinaria, Lisbon, Portugal, in 2002. He then interned in zoo, wildlife and exotic animal medicine at Cornell University Hospital for Animals, followed by a residency in avian medicine and surgery at the same institution, completed in 2006. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, avian specialty and diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine, avian specialty and small mammal specialty. Following residency, he completed a postdoc in medical oncology in the Department of Clinical Sciences, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Since 2008, he has served as lecturer in the same department, and his special interests include medical oncology, backyard poultry medicine and surgery and analgesia.

Topics he will be presenting at NYS-VC Fall include reproductive disorders in birds, antibiotic therapy in birds and reptiles and practical approaches to backyard poultry medicine and surgery.

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.
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AVMA announced committee and council positions available
American Veterinary Medical Association
The American Veterinary Medical Association just released a list of committee positions and council positions that are available with various nomination deadlines. As a volunteer, your travel, lodging and meals are covered by the AVMA! Interested candidates should submit nomination materials via email to; via fax to 847-925-0944; or via mail to the AVMA Office of the Executive Vice President, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL, 60173.

Committee and council positions start as early as November! Click here to see the full list.

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Establishment of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health via EIN News
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Defense announced the appointment of nationally recognized experts to the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

"Antibiotic resistance is a growing public health threat across our country. That's why it's so important that we work together to address this challenge," said HHS Secretary Burwell. "Work is underway to implement a National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, a research-driven plan to identify and coordinate action across the administration to prevent and control outbreaks of resistant pathogens. We have made progress including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new recommendations for nursing homes to improve antibiotic prescribing. But there is still more to do. I know this council will be important to this effort and provide invaluable advice on our programs, policies and plans to continue our work to combat this growing global threat."

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Yarbrough joins Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists as Clinical Director
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Tom Yarbrough, DVM, has joined Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists as Clinical Director. Yarbrough is an equine surgeon with extensive experience treating racehorses. CRES, located in Elmont near the Belmont Park racetrack, is an extension of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals.

As Clinical Director, Yarbrough will work with the Chief Medical Officer to develop a strategic plan for CRES, and he will be responsible for its day-to-day implementation. In addition, Yarbrough is charged with developing clientele and referring veterinary groups, providing outreach and consultation in surgical services and leading the clinical program at CRES. As senior veterinarian, Yarbrough will expand the practice's capacity in orthopedic surgery and imagery as well as diseases of the airway, minimally invasive techniques and ophthalmologic and abdominal surgery.

He has published in academic journals on topics ranging from synovitis, imaging, minimally invasive surgery and airway disease. Yarbrough's previous research has been directed at chondrocytes response to mechanical stimulation as a means of developing techniques to help resurface diseased cartilage.

Yarbrough earned his DVM at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Until recently, he was Hospital Director and Chief Surgeon for Dubai Equine Hospital in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. There he developed and implemented the clinical directives of a high-volume, full-service practice specializing in equine athletics, primarily Thoroughbred and endurance racing.

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University of Illinois veterinary college promises changes after cow deaths
The Associated Press via Tri-City Herald
The University of Illinois is promising changes at its college of veterinary medicine after a federal inspection found violations related to the deaths of five cows. The review by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found there weren't enough qualified personnel monitoring the animals during and after surgery and that the surgery was not performed in the proper location. The agency also says students participating in the operations did not follow proper protocol. Five cows developed complications after surgery. One died and the other four were euthanized.
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Researchers dig for cause of dog diabetes
HealthDay News
Like many other animals, man's best friend isn't immune to developing diabetes. But new research suggests that while the disease in dogs looks similar to Type 1 diabetes in people, there are some significant differences between man and beast. "Dogs get diabetes at a pretty significant rate, about the same rate that humans get Type 1 diabetes. But, they get it later in life," explained study senior author Dr. Jake Kushner, chief of pediatric diabetes and endocrinology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Using state-of-the-art imaging techniques, the researchers were able to look at pancreas tissue from 23 dogs with diabetes and 17 dogs without the disease. The pancreas is an organ that contains cells called islet cells. Those cells contain beta cells that produce the hormone insulin, which is necessary for turning the sugars in foods into fuel for the body.

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APHIS 2015 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recently announced the release of the Fall 2015 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan. The plan is now available here. This comprehensive document details our plan for preventing and responding to future highly pathogenic avian influenza cases in collaboration with state and industry partners. It also includes links to numerous resources, including two new fact sheets and an infographic designed to help producers understand the highly pathogenic avian influenza response process. Please feel free to share the fall plan and these new communication tools with your colleagues and interested stakeholders. For the What to Expect if You Suspect fact sheet, click here.

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza: A Guide to Help You Understand the Response Process (infographic), click here.

HPAI and Vaccine Use factsheet, click here.

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Study will investigate suspected abuse cases
A new research study that began this summer is looking into suspected cases of animal abuse in the Boston area from a veterinary forensics standpoint. Crimes Against Canines is the project of Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM, president of the newly formed Forensic Veterinary Investigations, a coalition of experts dedicated to investigating animal cruelty. Supported by a grant from the Stanton Foundation, Smith-Blackmore will spend the next year investigating suspicious canine injuries and deaths with the expectation that her findings will contribute to animal welfare in the region.
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The marijuana chemical that chills anxious dogs out
Fast Company
Ichigo, a Yorkshire Terrier-poodle mix, hadn't been himself recently. His owner, Krishaniana Jimenez, a student and retail employee who lives in the Bronx, had fractured her ankle, and since then, her dog sat anxiously or paced "like a man waiting for his child to be born." "It could be a regular night," Jimenez says, "and Ichigo was bugging out." She took him to a veterinarian named Dr. Steve Katz who recommended sprinkling a formula containing cannabidiol, a chemical found in marijuana and industrial hemp, over Ichigo's food. Since then, Jimenez says Ichigo's pacing has stopped and his focus has returned.
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