NYSVMS held 2022 awards ceremony

NYSVMS

NYSVMS held the 2022 awards ceremony on Thursday, December 1st at the Albany Marriott. Roxanne Suarez, DVM, received the Rising Leader Award. Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, DABVP, received the Outstanding Service to Veterinary Medicine Award. Katherine Quesenberry, DVM, MPH, DABVP (Avian), received the Veterinarian of the Year Award and Roger Ellis, DVM, received the Distinguished Life Service Award. Mark Will, DVM, Immediate Past President received a presidential citation for his years of service as he leaves the NYSVMS Board. Sara-Melissa Conklin, Member Services Director, received an award for her outstanding work. The Power of 10 class of 2022 was also celebrated. Melanie Benetato, VMD, Rachel Fraser, DVM, Jackie Kucskar, DVM, and Lauren Witter, DVM received certificates and special pins. The next day at the Board meeting Allan Bregman, DVM presented Paul Amerling, DVM, his gavel as he becomes President in 2023.

 


 

Appreciation event honors individuals for outstanding performance and service

Cornell University CVM

The Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) community gathered in person and online to celebrate the service and outstanding work of numerous employees Oct. 26. The 2022 CVM Staff Appreciation Event recognized individuals with milestone years of service, the winner of the Dr. Baum Award for Compassion and the winners of the Dionne Henderson Award for Staff Excellence.

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FDA announces draft guidance for heartworm disease prevention products for dogs

FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing draft Guidance for Industry (dGFI) #276 entitled, “Effectiveness of Anthelmintics: Specific Recommendations for Products Proposed for the Prevention of Heartworm Disease in Dogs.” The draft guidance is intended for animal drug sponsors interested in pursuing approval of new heartworm prevention products for dogs.

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Our DEI journey begins: Explore the power of diversity

AVMA

The journey is on! Journey for Teams has released its first educational module –The Power of Diversity [https://www.journeyforteams.org/educational-modules/]– a significant step in our profession’s shared experience of learning and discovery to foster greater diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in our workplaces. In just 15 minutes, your veterinary team can get an overview of the power of DEI and start down a path toward building DEI support more fully into your workplace. In this learning module, AVMA’s DEI director, Latonia Craig, Ed.D., explores diversity, equity, and inclusion as the core values that hold an organization together.

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Exploring employee assistance programs for veterinary practices: Are they a bother or benefit?

AVMA

When it comes to selecting employee benefits, owners and managers of veterinary practices may have a hard time selecting the best options. And employees are not always aware of the full breadth of options they have access to, particularly those programs that exist outside their insurance plan. As practice owners look to innovative solutions to attract and retain staff members—as well as promote mental health and well-being—an employee assistance program could be the latest untapped resource in their benefits toolkit. An EAP is a package that helps assist employees with personal and work-related challenges that could impact their job performance, health, or mental well-being.

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2022 AVMA Animal Welfare Assessment Contest winners announced

AVMA

The 22nd annual American Veterinary Medical Association Animal Welfare Assessment Contest (AWJAC) took place at North Carolina State University with 225 registrants representing 23 universities from across North America completing in-person assessments of the welfare of animals in a variety of settings. Participants included undergraduates, veterinary students, graduate students and AVMA member veterinarians, who were provided a structured opportunity to practice their assessment skills and present their findings to an expert panel of scientists and veterinarians with special expertise in animal welfare. Species covered in the 2022 contest scenarios included show chickens, dairy-beef cattle, an octopus in an aquarium and dogs and cats in an animal shelter. Individual winners in the Veterinary Division were: 2nd place: Magnus Yoshimura, Long Island University. Team winners in the Veterinary Division were: 4th place: Long Island University, Team 1.

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Dutch debuts pet insurance in partnership with Pets Best

DVM360

Dutch, a virtual veterinary care provider, has teamed up with Synchrony, a consumer financial services company, to offer Pets Best insurance to its annual veterinary care members. “Through this partnership, we are deepening the way we support our members’ pets by providing a safety net in case of accidents that require immediate, in-person attention. This new offering demystifies the insurance process to make access to care simple and convenient – addressing pet owners’ needs in a modern way,” stated Joe Spector, CEO and founder of Dutch, in a company release. “Pets Best is an ideal partner for Dutch, as they help us further our mission to provide seamless, transparent, quality veterinary care to pet parents across the country.”

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Why should we feed horses forage first?

The Horse

Equine nutritionists and veterinarians have long been preaching the importance of forage in our horses’ diets. We know ample, good-quality forage is crucial to their digestive health, butwhy? During Cornell Equine Hospital and Cornell Cooperative Extension’s monthly seminar series, Nathalie Trottier, PhD, professor of animal science in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, in Ithaca, New York, took an evolutionary and physiological approach to explaining the importance of forage for modern equids.

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