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New York State Veterinary Medical Society

Issue Date: 10/20/2022

Register now for Integrative Medicine webinar October 25th


Registration is open for the Integrative Medicine webinar: Herbal Treatment in Cardiomyopathy October 25 with Greg Todd, DVM, CVA from 7-8PM. The learning objectives are: the pathophysiology of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) from a conventional view point.; The pathophysiology of DCM from a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) perspective; A review of the mechanism of action for Chinese Herbal Medicines (CHM) in the pathophysiology of DCM; The top CHM (single herbs) for treatment of DCM and Two key CHM formulas which hold promise for the treatment of DCM.

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NYSVMS recruiting for 2023 Power of 10 class


NYSVMS is currently recruiting for the Power of 10 class of 2023.  This is a national initiative designed to cultivate leadership capacity in grads 15 years or less from veterinary school who are current NYSVMS members and provide learning experiences that will enrich the individual and benefit the individual’s practice, community and profession. The program provides NYSVMS members with 4 leadership development sessions. NYSVMS provides the experts and covers all meeting and travel expenses for participants to attend sessions. The topics are: imposter syndrome, setting boundaries, what to do when OPD knocks on your door, restructuring student debt and financial planning. At least half of these programs will be in person. Applications for the Power of 10 Class of 2023 are currently being accepted now through December 5th (application attached). For more information, please contact Stephanie Quirini at or go to the webpage:

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Vet students get hands-on experience at local dog show

Cornell University CVM

Watching Australian cattle dogs fly over jumps and border collies sprint through tunnels gave veterinary student Natalia Sytch a greater appreciation for purebred dogs and their abilities. “Currently it’s popular for people to go adopt dogs from shelters, and that needs to happen,” said Sytch, a second-year student in the College of Veterinary Medicine who participated in the 36th annual Wine Country Circuit Dog Show, held Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at Sampson State Park in Romulus, New York.

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AVMF donates to Florida, Puerto Rico hurricane relief


The American Veterinary Medical Foundation is providing $65,000 in funding to help the communities in Puerto Rico and Florida recover from hurricanes that hit this fall. The Foundation announced Oct. 10 that it is donating $50,000 to support Florida’s recovery efforts and care for animals in the wake of Hurricane Ian. The storm made landfall in the U.S. on Sept. 28 along the southwestern coast of Florida as a powerful Category 4 hurricane. Winds topped 150 mph and tore apart homes and buildings. Florida’s human death toll is more than 100, according to information from local officials, and the impact to animals has been immeasurable.

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Mars, Banfield, AVMA, others collaborate to improve communication between veterinary teams and clients


An industrywide initiative unveiled at Banfield Pet Hospital’s 21st annual Pet Healthcare Industry Summit aims to foster and strengthen healthy communication between veterinary teams and pet owners. Additionally, Banfield is partnering with the AVMA to build on existing AVMA member resources for managing veterinary practices’ online reputations and expand access to them to the entire profession, free of charge.

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All the pandemic pets are overwhelming veterinarians: ‘How much higher can this spiral before something gives here?’


Most pets hate visiting the vet. Now it’s becoming a lot more unpleasant for their owners, too. America’s worst bout of inflation in four decades has swollen the cost of your dog or cat’s visit to the animal doctor. Prices for vet services have jumped 10% in the past year, government data shows — the biggest such spike on records dating back two decades.

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Finding work-life harmony


As the conversation surrounding wellness and self-care in the veterinary industry continues to grow, Shawn McVey, MS, MSW, introduced the concept of physiological fatigue to attendees at the 2022 Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey. “I think a lot of what we label burnout and compassion fatigue is really psychological fatigue brought on by the inability to manage ourselves and those around us,” he said.

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Tips for getting horses to eat medications

The Horse

My horse needs daily medication. Do you have any tricks for giving him the pills in a manner that he might actually enjoy? Giving medication to your horse can be a challenge. Given the size of their muzzle, their ability to weed out and leave a tiny pill in a bucket of feed is impressive! For some horses, especially those being fed a textured feed, owners get lucky and find that they can just put the pill in the feed and the horse eats it just fine. But in my experience these horses are the exception, not the rule.

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