Researchers have reported a new compression device that uses pneumatics to massage horses’ legs is showing promise as a valuable tool in managing equine lymphedema. The full-leg garments inflate and deflate from bottom to top at preset pressures, creating a ripple effect of compression upward. This enhances lymphatic flow, which could help relieve horses’ discomfort and swelling associated with chronic progressive lymphedema, lymphangitis, cellulitis, or other issues affecting their lymphatic system, said Drew W. Koch, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, a PhD candidate at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh.
The 2023 NYS-VC will feature the emergency track
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 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. One of the topics that will be featured is emergency medicine.
Governor Hochul announces new actions to drive down the growing presence of xylazine and prevent overdoses
New York State
Governor Kathy Hochul announced new actions to address the spread of xylazine in New York State, including a new effort to supply free xylazine test strips through the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports and Office of Mental Health programs, as well as directly to the public. Xylazine is a non-opioid sedative found in the unregulated drug supply with potentially harmful health impacts, especially when added to illicitly manufactured fentanyl. Xylazine is not responsive to naloxone, leading to complicated fentanyl overdoses. Additional educational information about xylazine is now available on the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports website.
Bats carry killer viruses. Scientists suggest ways to cope.
If the world is to reduce the risk of global pandemics, scientists say, we must better manage how we interact with bats, carriers of viruses responsible for some of the worst health crises of recent decades.
Alumnus establishes the Judith Appleton, PhD Early Career Excellence in Research Award
Cornell University CVM
Thanks to a generous gift from Geoff Letchworth, DVM ’72, Ph.D. ’80, the College of Veterinary Medicine has established the Judith Appleton, PhD Early Career Excellence in Research Award. This competitive award, currently one of a kind at the College, will support an assistant professor early in their career, providing significant resources for them to add either a graduate student, post doc, or provide necessary materials to their lab.
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.
Canine osteoarthritis drug, Lyme disease bacteria vaccine receive approvals
Two recent drug approvals mean a novel treatment for the control of canine osteoarthritis (OA) pain and an oral vaccine against the wildlife spread ofBorrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium responsible for Lyme disease, will soon hit the market.
Ditching the blame game: Effectively responding to medical errors
Medical errors can mean the difference between life and death, but at the same time, are very much a reality of veterinary practice. If humans are involved in a process, there will always be mistakes, said Lauren Forsythe, PharmD, a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy and the pharmacy service head at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Drug for acute onset of canine pancreatitis is launched on the US market
The first drug conditionally approved by the FDA to treat acute canine pancreatitis (ACP) fuzapladib sodium for injection (Panoquell-CA1; Ceva) is now available in the US. Fuzapladib sodium is a leukocyte function-associated antigen-1 (LFA-1) activation inhibitor that is reasonably expected to block the specific pathway of inflammation associated with acute canine pancreatitis.
Understanding nutrition for mules
I have a 24-year-old mule. He gets grass hay, crimped oats, and an apple every day. What else should I be giving him as far as vitamins or other nutrients to keep him healthy? Mules often live well into their 30s and 40s, so it is good you are evaluating his feeding program to help make sure he stays healthy into his golden years. Giving specific diet recommendations is difficult without knowing his current activity level, how much hay and oats he is eating, and his body condition.