Register for the 2023 NYS Veterinary Conference-a hybrid event with 3 options!
Registration is open for the 2023 New York State Veterinary Conference, a three-day interactive event October 6-8 at www.nysvc.org, offering over 20 live and 80 on-demand NYS continuing education and RACE credit opportunities. The 2023 conference is once again a hybrid event offering: on-site, online, and on-demand sessions. Whether you join us on-site at Cornell University CVM or virtually, our sessions are all presented live. We will have our most popular tracks at Cornell and streaming those sessions, plus additional tracks to our virtual audience, as well as on-demand. Visit the website at www.nysvc.org to see a chart on the breakdown of what is being offered on all platforms. Co-hosted by the Cornell University CVM and NYSVMS, the conference features a diversity tracks, with topics including: cardiology, controlled substances, dermatology, emergency and critical care, equine, internal medicine, medical humanities and many more! There is also a full track breakdown chart of track availability on the website. We will once again offer labs, networking opportunities, exhibitors to visit and fun extras throughout the weekend. For more information and to register, go to: www.nysvc.org.
Cornell tackles cat’s kidney failure
Cornell University CVM
Elsa and Anna are anything but frozen. The two aptly-named cats, although not technically sisters, have been energetically playing together nearly all their lives. What’s more, they’re owned by human sisters Laura and Mary Schad. But the cats’ sisterly bond was tested when Elsa, a then four-year-old dilute tortoiseshell, suddenly lost her usual energy. “We noticed starting in September that she was losing a little weight and vomiting more,” says Laura Schad. By mid-September, Elsa was consistently vomiting every day.
NYC warns of highly contagious virus spreading in dogs
NBC New York
New York City veterinary facilities are reporting an increase in viral cases infecting dogs that can lead to severe acute gastrointestinal disease and pose as potentially fatal if not treated. Canine parvovirus (CPV) is highly contagious and can spread through direct contact and contaminated surfaces. Symptoms develop within two to 14 days of infection and include vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, fatigue, fever and abdominal pain.
Symposium explores psychological impacts of euthanasia, depopulation
Participating in the euthanasia or depopulation of animals has psychological impacts on both veterinary professionals and animal owners. Speakers at the AVMA Humane Endings Symposium, held January 26-29 in Chicago, shared their personal experiences with depopulation of cattle and sheep for disease control and euthanasia of pigs after a fire. Other speakers discussed how to help pet owners know when it is time to euthanize a pet and how veterinary professionals can learn to grieve.
CDC issues warning about spread of cat-transmitted sporotrichosis
Cat-transmitted sporotrichosis has emerged as a zoonotic epidemic and major public health threat in Brazil with the potential of spreading to the United States, warned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a March 1 teleconference. Ian Hennessee, PhD, an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer in the Mycotic Diseases Branch of the CDC, explained during the monthly Zoonoses & One Health Updates Call that cat-transmitted sporotrichosis was first identified in Brazil during the 1980s. Since then, human and feline cases of CTS have been reported across Brazil and in neighboring Chile and Argentina.
AVMA testifies in support of improving new animal drug review efficiency
AVMA President Lori Teller urged Congress to reauthorize legislation allowing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to continue collecting user fees from sponsors of new and innovative animal drugs and generic animal drugs, while meeting specific performance metrics. Dr. Teller appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on March 30 to speak in support of the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) and the Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act (AGDUFA), which Congress must reauthorize every five years.
FDA approves first generic moxidectin injectable solution for the treatment and control of parasites in cattle
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Tauramox, the first generic moxidectin injectable solution indicated for beef and nonlactating dairy cattle for the treatment and control of internal and external parasites in cattle. Tauramox is an antiparasitic drug that contains the same concentration of moxidectin in the same injectable dosage form as the approved brand name drug product, Cydectin, which was first approved on May 20, 2005. As with Cydectin, residues in food products derived from beef and nonlactating dairy cattle treated with Tauramox will not represent a public health concern when the product is used according to the label.
Critically endangered twin Amur leopards born at San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is celebrating the birth of twin Amur leopards. This is a noteworthy occasion because, according to the zoo release,1there are fewer than an estimated 300 of these big cats left on the planet. The cubs have yet to be named. “Witnessing the birth of Amur leopards is always an emotional experience,” stated Gaylene Thomas, wildlife care manager at the San Diego Zoo, in an organizational release.1“There are so few of them left in their native habitat that every birth carries so much weight—and every living individual promises a glimmer of hope.”
Providing horses relief during allergy season
Allergies can develop at any time, in any horse, and for virtually any reason. Many allergic reactions are evident as a mild case of transient hives. More severe ones, however, can truly take a toll on your horse’s health and make him miserable. Allergies primarily affect the immune, respiratory, and integumentary (skin) systems and, if unmanaged, can seriously impact an animal’s performance and well-being. So let’s review why allergies happen, how they affect your horse’s body, and how to treat them—or, better yet, how to avoid them altogether.