The 2023 NYS-VC will feature the dermatology track
Registration is open 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 once again hybrid 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, with something for everyone. One of the topics that will be featured is dermatology.
NYSVMS held annual lobby day
NYSVMS held our annual lobby day this week once again virtually over Zoom. NYSVMS members met with legislators and aides to discuss the various issues in our legislative agenda. Meetings were held with the offices of: Senator Addabbo; Senator Hinchey; Senator Martinez; Senator Oberacker; Senator Ortt; Assemblymember Fahy; Assemblymember Gunther; Assemblymember Lupardo; Assemblymember Wallace and Assemblymember Woerner.
CVM study unlocks stem cell superpower in flatworms
Cornell University CVM
Planarian flatworms can regenerate new heads, tails, or entire bodies thanks to their vast amounts of pluripotent stem cells, cells that can essentially become any cell in the body. While humans have these cells too, they’re highly limited in number. So, scientists use planarians to better understand these superpowers. In a recent publication, researchers at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine have uncovered the mechanism behind stem cell death due to radiation treatment, and how one gene can dictate the fate of these cells after exposure to DNA damage.
MPH students win Cornell Global Health Case Competition
Cornell University CVM
Two students in Cornell’s Master of Public Health program were part of the winning team in this year’s 2023 Global Health Case Competition, a campus-wide contest that asks students to develop solutions for a real-world public health problem. In February, nineteen teams of Cornell undergraduate and graduate students, including 50 public health graduate students, had one week to research and propose innovative public health interventions for a fictitious case: how to enhance India’s bid for the 2036 Summer Olympics by incorporating the One Health paradigm, which recognizes the inextricable link between human, animal, and ecosystem health.
Addressing global inequities in access to essential medicines
The availability of basic pharmaceuticals has long been an issue for veterinarians around the globe, whether they treat livestock, dogs, cats, or other animal species. “There are some medicines that are essential that are lacking in many, many parts of the world, especially in some regions,” said Dr. Rafael Laguens, president of the World Veterinary Association (WVA). Now the WVA and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) are taking steps to improve the global availability of basic veterinary pharmaceuticals. The first step has been developing lists outlining what these medicines are for various animal species—mirroring the World Health Organization’s (WHO) lists of essential medicines for human adults and children.
SAVMA sessions prepare veterinary students for their professional journeys
It seemed as though one topic was on everyone’s mind at the 2023 Student AVMA (SAVMA) Symposium: jobs. For veterinary students, finding that first position is only the tip of the iceberg. Navigating interviews, contract negotiations, and eventual career transitions are all inherent to the profession.
Oregon Zoo welcomes rare African bontebok calf
The Oregon Zoo announced the birth of a African bontebok calf, according to a release,which marked “the latest chapter in what’s considered one of history’s most inspiring conservation success stories.”1The calf was born on April 1, 2023, to Winter, an 8-year-old bontebok in the zoo’s Africa savanna area. “This cute little guy is living proof of the impact people can have if we work together for wildlife,” stated Kelly Gomez, who oversees the zoo’s Africa section, in the release. “A couple hundred years ago, there were only 17 bontebok left on the planet, and the species was headed for almost certain extinction.”
When the body attacks
The immune system is charged with protecting animals from external pathogenic, or disease-causing, threats such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. But sometimes it gets a little carried away, sending its defenders out on missions to destroy things a bit more benign.