Researchers have shown that limited hay availability is often the main factor in the development of abnormal behaviors in horses. Currently, owners have three common hay feeding options available to them—feeding free choice hay, using a slow feeder, or employing automatic hay feeders that can be preset to open and close at various times throughout the day.
NYSVMS scholarship recipients start MentorVet program
NYSVMS has partnered with MentorVet to provide an online program with 10 CE credits. Designed to help early career veterinarians thrive, MentorVet is an evidence-based program that delivers the peer support, coaching, and mentorship you need to ease into the veterinary profession. NYSVMS offered 10 full scholarships for early career veterinarians who are current NYSVMS members. The recipients are: Corinne Bricker, DVM, Agnieszka Czaja, DVM, Dave Foley, DVM, Rebecca Gill, DVM, Ashley Gillman, DVM, Cheyenne Lee, DVM, Khadijah Martin, DVM, Megan Rosen, DVM, Addison Spitzer, DVM and Katherine Underhill, DVM. The program is just starting and will run for 6 months. It aims to promote wellbeing in the transition to practice by providing a combination of training in professional skills, mental health coaching, and mentorship. It has 5 self-paced online learning modules in professional skills and monthly 1-hour small peer group Zoom meetings with other early career veterinarians.
The 2023 NYS-VC will feature narrative-based medicine classes
Register now for the 2023 New York State Veterinary Conference, a three-day interactive event October 6-8 at www.nysvc.org with high-quality continuing education, offering over 20 live and 80 on-demand NYS continuing education and RACE credit opportunities. It is a hybrid event offering: on-site, online, and on-demand sessions. Co-hosted by the Cornell University CVM and NYSVMS, the conference features a diversity of species and professional development tracks. There will be narrative-based medicine classes.
Anatomical discovery could help canine patients with liver function issues
Cornell University CVM
Cornell veterinary radiologists have discovered anatomical details about a birth defect that commonly affects liver function in dogs – a finding that could aid in life-saving surgical repairs for many canine patients. Portosystemic shunts are abnormal blood vessels that cause blood to bypass the liver, allowing toxins to build up. The shunts can develop in utero and lead to seizures, digestive problems, and stunted growth in puppies.
Dr. Praveen Sethupathy ‘03 appointed next Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences
Cornell University CVM
Dr. Praveen Sethupathy ’03, professor of physiological genomics, has been named as the next chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences. He will assume the role on October 1, 2024. “Dr. Sethupathy’s leadership and academic contributions make him an exceptional candidate to lead the Department of Biomedical Sciences,” says Lorin D. Warnick, D.V.M., Ph.D. ’94, Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine. “His collaborative, comprehensive and innovative approach to scientific discovery has been an asset to the college since he arrived, and I know he will bring the same qualities to his role as chair.”
Call for nominations for the 2023 NYSVMS awards
NYSVMS confers five awards every year and nominees for the awards are selected by the Awards Committee from among nominees from regional boards, regional award recipients, as well as those nominated by the NYSVMS executive board. These nominations are then reviewed by the committee. The committee chair then presents its recommendations to the executive board which gives final approval. Nominations for the 2023 awards are being accepted now through July 31, 2023. For the nomination form, go to: https://nysvms.org/awards/ under nomination process. The awards will be presented at the annual holiday party in Tarrytown on November 30, 2023.
Advances in animal genome editing continue apace
Researchers celebrated two recent advancements in gene editing: approvals for pork from gene-edited pigs to enter the human food supply and a calf with reduced susceptibility to bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also announced a joint project with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to create a new resource for researchers and companies developing innovative animal biotechnology products by using gene editing to alter animal genomes.
Educational debt repayment program awards $9M in 2022
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) paid nearly $9 million in 2022 to ease the educational debt load of 89 veterinarians through the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP). The federal program is designed to shore up shortages in food animal practice or public practice. For years, the AVMA has successfully secured funding for the VMLRP.
Clemson University’s Board of Trustees officially approve the development of new College of Veterinary Medicine
Clemson University announced it received official approval from its Board of Trustees to develop a college of veterinary medicine. This approval means Clemson will be home to the first college of veterinary medicine in South Carolina and Clemson’s first professional school.
How effective is PEMF therapy for performance horses?
Horse owners pursue an increasing variety of alternative therapies to support their equine athletes’ performance, but discrepancies in treatment protocols and a lack of supporting research have made newer therapies controversial in the eyes of professionals. University of Tennessee (UT) researchers recently examined the application of one modality—pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF)—in a group of Quarter Horses.