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Executive Board Meeting Synopsis The August Executive Board meeting was held Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at Villa Roma, Callicoon, N.Y.
Equine Dentistry Campaign. Large Animal Committee Chair David Leahy, DVM, reported the committee has been working with the NY Farm Bureau’s Equine Committee to amend their policy on equine dentistry so that both organizations can move forward together on new dental legislation in January. Dr. Leahy said it is essential that NYSVMS work with the NYFB. He presented a recommendation that would recognize “tooth floaters,” defined as the rasping of enamel points from the cheek teeth of horses using hand files only, not power tools for this purpose or any other purpose. Dr. Leahy said the committee offered language that explains the act of tooth floating, and that it shall not be considered a professional procedure, and therefore will not require NYSED licensure. By segmenting “tooth floaters” from the legislation, he explained, this helps support existing NYFB policy and provides animal welfare/cruelty safeguards to guard against “tooth floaters” who do not act appropriately on an animal’s behalf. Devocalization. Legislative Representative Tom Gosdeck, Esq., indicated that the Grassroots Legislative Network should be initiated to educate lawmakers in their local districts on the NYSVMS position on devocalization. The campaign could consist of various media editorials, as well as FAQs on commonly asked questions. Animal Hording, Animal Welfare. Legislative Representative Frank Nemeth said he spoke with the New York Attorney General’s office regarding the Society’s concerns about illegal practice, hoarding and other animal welfare issues. He said there exists a strong willingness to work with NYSVMS and more definitive initiatives will be presented at the next meeting.
USI Affinity Approved as NYSVMS Affinity Partner. The Executive Board approved the NYSVMS entering a one-year arrangement with USI Affinity to provide a comprehensive insurance program to members, including group health insurance plans. The Board has the option to renew the agreement in subsequent years. For more information about the partnership, see page 11. New NYSVMS Publications Revealed. NYSVMS Marketing Specialist Stacey Allen unveiled a prototype for the new member benefit – Connections magazine, which officially launches in 2014. As a four-color, bi-monthly publication it will offer in-depth analysis of trends impacting the profession. The current Veterinary News will move to a weekly e-mail news publication, increasing from a bimonthly to a weekly publication. Treasurers Report.The final draft of the 2014 budget was presented and approved. It was presented for vote and approved during the Annual Business Meeting, Oct. 5, at the NYS-VC. AVMA Report.Walter McCarthy, DVM, discussed progress that AVMA is making on the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act and other related issues surrounding the limitations the DEA has imposed on transporting controlled substances. Dr. McCarthy discussed efforts by AVMA to examine its governance structure and provide recommendations to implement changes to the structure in order to maximize member involvement. NYSVMS President Linda JM Tintle commented that while she believes the Governance Task Force members did a tremendous job examining a large collection of data, and considered many different models of governance, she conceded that the delivery of these options was not well communicated. Dr. McCarthy said members are strongly encouraged to comment on the AVMA website regarding continued on page 4
2013 NYSVMS Legislative Wrap-Up Part Three By NYSVMS Legislative Representative Tom Gosdeck Highlights include: equine, rabies and continuing education
Equine issues A number of equine issues, mostly dealing with the treatment of carriage horses in the New York City area were introduced during the past session, including bills: • requiring the Department of Agriculture and Markets to inspect the condition of horse stalls in New York City, A.B. 129 (Cusick)/S.B. 4382 (Lanza); • exempting landowners from liability for equine activities on their lands under many conditions, A.B. 317 (Hawley)/S.B. 2380 (Ranzenhofer); • prohibiting the operation of horse drawn cabs in New York City, A.B. 997 (Rosenthal)/S.B. 667 (Avella); • establishing the parameters of civil liability for persons engaged in equine activities, A.B. 1513 (Magee)/S.B. 4962 (Ritchie); • requiring an owner to seek out a not-for-profit group to take possession of an unwanted horse before it could be euthanized, S.B. 2389 (Adams); and • prohibiting the slaughter of horses for human consumption, S.B. 4615 (Marchione)/A.B. 3905 (Glick). continued on page 6
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O f fi c i a l P u b l i c a t i o n NEW YORK STATE VETERINARY MEDICAL SOCIETY, INC.
President’s Message Linda J M Tintle, DVM
ISSN (1045-3903) USPS (407-350) 100 Great Oaks Blvd., Suite 127, Albany, NY 12203 Tel.: (518) 8NYSVMS Fax: (518) 869-7868 staff@NYSVMS.org www.NYSVMS.org Affiliate of the American Veterinary Medical Association VETERINARY NEWS is published bi-monthly by the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, Inc., 100 Great Oaks Blvd., Suite 127, Albany, NY 12203. Subscriptions are $1/year to members as part of their annual dues, $25/year to subscribers and $50 to non-member veterinarians in New York State. Opinions expressed in articles and editorials of VETERINARY NEWS are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, Inc., Second-class postage paid at Albany, New York. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: VETERINARY NEWS, 100 Great Oaks Blvd., Suite 127, Albany, NY 12203. Executive Director Jennifer J. Mauer, CAE Marketing/Membership Specialist Stacey Allen Education/Conference Specialist Bryana Wachowicz Office Assistant/Bookkeeper Marianne Gould NYSVMS Legal Counsel Barbara J. Ahern, Esq. 2012 NYSVMS Officers President Linda J.M. Tintle, DVM President-elect Christopher Brockett, DVM Past President Linda E. Jacobson, DVM Treasurer Lawrence W. Bartholf, DVM AVMA Delegate Walter K. McCarthy, DVM Regional Directors Capital District Mark E. Will, DVM Catskill Mountain David C. Leahy, DVM Central New York Mark S. Chmielewicz, DVM Finger Lakes Robert Hamilton, DVM Genesee Valley Dean M. Snyder, DVM Hudson Valley James C. Zgoda, DVM Long Island Surinder S. Wadyal, DVM New York City Allan P. Bregman, DVM Northern New York Jessica Scillieri Smith, DVM Southern Tier Bridget M. Barry, DVM Westchester/Rockland Robert J. Weiner, VMD Western New York Susan S. Wylegala, DVM
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This is my last President’s Message. Soon, Stacey Allen at headquarters will no longer have to gently nudge, nudge, nudge to get my message for the newsletter. My year as President has flown by, we have accomplished a great deal this year and the work will continue, all statements made by almost every President in this last forum but they remain true. We contribute to the evolutionary progress and the work goes on. The members of the NYSVMS Executive Board are some of the most remarkable people I have had the pleasure to know. I am very fortunate to have served with them and deeply honored to have held this office. I am looking forward to working with our incoming 2014 President Chris Brockett, DVM, and President-Elect Dean Snyder, DVM, on the President’s Council, which consists of the presidential triumvirate; Treasurer Lawrence Bartholf, DVM; our attorney Barbara Ahern, Esq.; our Executive Director Jennifer Mauer, CAE; and with the regional representatives and our AVMA delegates who comprise the 2014 NYSVMS Executive Board. I know that Chris will be a strong and effective leader, capably guiding our society as we address the many challenges facing the veterinary profession in New York and nationally. It is exciting to watch the NYSVMS growing to meet our members’ needs, particularly the expansion of all our continuing education offerings throughout the state and online. Personally, I would like to continue to work on leadership development opportunities for all veterinarians but particularly those that will address the needs of women veterinarians. I have learned so much from my colleagues as a direct result of my participation in the NYSVMS (and from scrambling to get the skills and knowledge I needed while on the
Board). I envision the NYSVMS offering a multi-track series of seminars that boost leadership skills in both traditional didactic settings and smaller informal groups where we share knowledge and insights. Some of the best hours I spent at the 2013 AVMA convention in Chicago this past summer occurred when veterinarians who normally would have little contact because of generational differences and geography began freely discussing current topics during sessions. We veterinarians have a lot to talk about together and we NEED to have these conversations. In Chicago and, more recently, in Don Smith and Julie Kumble’s sessions at the NYS-VC, veterinarians leapt into the often impassioned and always informative dialogue. We are too often isolated by our burdens and focused on our immediate next steps. Together, we can get a more elevated perspective and form better strategies for achieving success. We are all in this together. Remember that the NYSVMS is your advocate before the New York State legislature. This is one of its most important jobs. I would like to thank our lobbyist Tom Gosdeck, Esq., and his associates for all they have done to protect our interests and ask you to please make a donation to our Political Education Committee to facilitate access, because that is unfortunately how it works (and you will make my out-going Past President and PEC committee Chair Linda Jacobson very happy). Thank you for a memorable and rewarding year. Best wishes,
NYSVMS meets with AVMA on accreditation of foreign schools The NYSVMS has submitted a resolution that will be addressed by the AVMA’s House of Delegates at the Jan. 10-11, 2014, meeting in Chicago. The resolution calls for the AVMA’s Council of Education to discontinue foreign accreditation and instead focus on improving the quality of the graduates, programs and institutions in Domestic and Canadian veterinary colleges. Resolution 1 THE AVMA WILL NO LONGER ACCREDIT FOREIGN VETERINARY SCHOOLS, DEFINED AS THOSE SCHOOLS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA Resolved, that the House of Delegates recommend to the Executive Board that the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will 1. Initiate steps to cease the accreditation of foreign veterinary schools by the AVMA Council on Education (COE). Foreign veterinary schools are defined as those schools that operate outside the United States and Canada.
2. Permit foreign veterinary schools currently accredited by the COE to maintain their accreditation until such time as that accreditation expires. Upon expiration, there will not be an opportunity for said schools to be re-accredited unless said school meets the criteria set forth in paragraph 3 below. 3. Permit those students currently enrolled in a foreign AVMA COE-accredited program to complete their education and upon graduation, be considered graduates of an AVMA COEaccredited program. For those schools whose COE-accreditation expires prior to the graduation of their freshman class, a one-time accreditation extension will be granted until the time of graduation of that freshman class.
Background The COE has been scrutinized in the past two years by both the United States Department of Education and by the AVMA’s own Task Force on Foreign Veterinary School Accreditation. In July 2011, the AVMA House of Delegates passed a resolution for a task force to evaluate
the accreditation of foreign veterinary schools. The report of the Task Force on Foreign Veterinary School Accreditation was made available in March 2013. The Task Force, which included NYSVMS members Eric Bregman, VMD, and Tony Miele, DVM, found some concern with foreign accreditation process. “Recognition as a competent accrediting body of veterinary schools by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) requires the COE to apply accreditation standards consistently across schools. The diversity among countries suggests that the COE encounters an ever wiser programmatic variety in schools and ever greater complexity.” In December 2012, the USDE met to evaluate a Petition for Continued Recognition for the AVMA. The Department of Education recommended continuing the AVMA’s recognition as the accrediting body of continued on page 4
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Partnership for Health Pets is an alliance of more than 20 state VMAs,
these proposed changes, which can be found by searching “governance” on the AVMA homepage.
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CareCredit. The Board approved a motion to reaffirm its support for the CareCredit member affinity program. For more information on CareCredit, visit page 16.
create a public awareness campaign that underscores the need for pets to receive regular preventive healthcare visits.
CE Committee Report. Committee Chair Dean Snyder, DVM, reported that the committee has been working to address the issue of fees that licensed veterinary technicians are required to pay to receive their CE certificate from an NYSVMS sponsored class. The committee worked collaboratively with the Member Relations Committee and the LVT Committee for input on the issue and its effect on membership. MRC Chair Chris Brockett, DVM, said he sees a pathway for changing the bylaws to create an LVT CE member category, but this option could not be effective for another year.
AVMA conference in July addressing the issues women in the profession are facing as they begin to establish their careers. She indicated she would like to see NYSVMS develop training programs that focus on the unique needs recent graduates have for management training and business ownership.
The board approved a motion authorizing NYSVMS to exempt LVTs from the $50 certificate fee required of all non-NYSVMS members, instituted at the Feb. 29, 2012, Executive Board meeting. The exemption will continue until the NYSVMS has amended its bylaws to create a category of membership to accept LVTs as continuing education members. Women’s Leadership Forum Report. Dr. Tintle reported on meetings she attended at the
VFAP Committee Report.VFAP Committee Chair FrancisFassett, DVM, reported on progress made toward developing new VFAP procedures and policies. He discussed research he began to do into other states that require mandatory hospital inspections. He indicated the fines levied by some states, like Massachusetts, can help illustrate the value of having a hospital evaluated through this program.
Nominations Committee Report. Eric Bregman, VMD, said his committee is focusing its future efforts on talent development and working to create a management/leadership training focus for members, recent graduates and future leaders of the Society. The committee is working to finalize a Guiding Principles document that will outline the process and procedures for identifying individuals for leadership positions. He said it is critically important for regional leaders to remember that many talented people are simply waiting for someone to ask them to participate.
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regular preventive healthcare visits. The program launched this fall with a national media campaign. The goal of the consumer campaign is to “change the conversation” among consumers and encourage them to “Bring their Pets to the Vet” once a year for a check-up. Veterinary facilities will receive training materials that augment the resources and online tools available on the Partnership website. The online resources include, among other items, training tools for veterinarians to “teach” their staff how to communicate the importance of prevention with their clients. NYSVMS publications will regularly feature articles on the PHP.
veterinary colleges for 12 months, as opposed to the typical five years as has previously been awarded. The USDE cited several concerns over the COE’s consistent application of the accreditation process within the United States. The USDE has no control over foreign accreditation.
NYSVMS Concerns With the resolution, the NYSVMS is asking for the COE and AVMA to: • adhere to the 11 Standards of Accreditation; • focus AVMA resources on improving veterinary education in the United States; and • begin a national discussion on accreditation of both foreign and domestic education institutions. More information will be made available to members after the January AVMA meeting.
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A Guide to Workers’ Compensation Fraud – Three Types of Fraud Caitlyn Scheuermann, Innovative Risk Concepts Inc. According to an article on workers-compensation.blogspot.com in 2012 alone, there was an estimated $97, 466, 500 in workers’ compensation fraud committed nationwide. Workers’ compensation fraud is not something that just affects those involved, it affects everyone. To compensate for fraud insurers must raise their premiums to their policyholders, where smaller businesses will feel the hit the hardest. Even with an increase in the crackdown in workers’ compensation fraud, it is still one of the most costly forms of crime in America. So what should you know about workers’ compensation fraud? Let’s start with the three main types: claimant/employee fraud, premium/employer fraud, and healthcare provider fraud. Claimant or employee fraud occurs when the employee has knowingly and intentionally falsified facts about their injury or illness for which they are collecting benefits in order to obtain those benefits. This type of fraud is the most commonly discussed form of workers’ compensation fraud. Some examples of claimant fraud include: When a claimant misrepresents the severity of their injury l
When an employee becomes ill or injured and claims that it was the result of an incident in the workplace, when it was not l
lWhen a claimant collects benefits while still continuing to work or participate in activities that would otherwise not be possible based on the extent of the reported injury
One case of claimant fraud was made famous last year when a postal worker from North Carolina claimed that due to a shoulder injury they sustained during work, they could no longer perform the duties required and began to collect benefits in 2005. Four years later, while still collecting benefits the claimant appeared on the TV game show “The Price is Right,” and used all of their upper body strength, including their shoulders, to spin the wheel, documented not only on the show but also on the claimant’s Facebook page. Investigators caught on to the act, and in 2012
Workers’ Compensation Fraud is not something that just affects those involved, it affects everyone. the claimant was indicted by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Premium or employer fraud is the most costly form of workers’ compensation fraud. This occurs when an employer knowingly misrepresents facts in regard to their employees in order or obtain workers’ compensation insurance that is less than what the employer would otherwise be obligated to pay. This includes reporting a false number of employees, misclassifying employees as independent contractors, falsely reporting past experience ratings, misstating the company ownership, and falsely reporting the nature of the work performed by the employees. In 2012, a Californian man and his son were both served prison sentences when it was discovered that they had set up an elaborate scheme to hide payroll and avoid paying higher premiums under the cover of nonexistent shell companies. The last type of workers’ compensation fraud is healthcare provider fraud. Healthcare provider fraud occurs when the healthcare provider knowingly and intentionally takes part in fraudulent and unethical practices while treating an ill or injured employee. Some examples of healthcare provider fraud include: Billing for the treatment or the exam of a patient who was never seen l
Billing a “follow-up” exam as the initial exam in order to receive a greater payment l
l Prescribing or referring the claimant for treatment that is not related to their reported illness or injury
l Knowingly falsifying the extent of an injury or illness
In 1996, in order to crack down on fraud in the state of New York, the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) created the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), which is responsible for investigations relating to violations of workers’ compensation law and implementing all regulations, as well as conducting audits. Through their efforts to eliminate fraud, the OIG aims to reduce the cost of workers’ compensation insurance and improve the reliability of the workers’ compensation system. Those that have questions regarding what is and what is not considered to be workers’ compensation fraud should consult with their insurance carrier or a Safety Group Program manager. One of the benefits of being in a Safety Group Program, such as the New York State Veterinarians’ Trade Group (NYSVG) managed by Innovative Risk Concepts Inc. is having a knowledgeable claims staff on-hand who can answer any questions related to fraud, and can provide assistance for filing claims. For more information on the NYSVG and the benefits of being a Safety Group Member, visit www.innovativeriskconcepts.com or call (201) 652-2015; or if you have a concern about possible fraudulent activity you can contact the OIG’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 363-6001.
Evaluators Wanted The Veterinary Facility Accreditation Program is in need of dedicated veterinarians to evaluate practices for compliance to current standards. This is your chance to give back to the profession that has given you so much. Call NYSVMS headquarters at (800) 876-9867 for more information.
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larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E Felony, S.B. 1495 (Marcellino)/ A.B. 3769 (Glick);
Miscellaneous animal issues A number of proposals designed to redefine the relationship between owners and animals drew the Society’s attention. At the request of the state’s District Attorneys, Sen. Fuschillo and Assemblywoman Rosenthal introduced legislation to provide for better enforcement of animal cruelty laws (S.B. 775/A.B. 1776). The bill recodifies Agriculture and Markets law provisions as Penal Law, with appropriate gradations, based on the seriousness of the offenses. The Assembly Codes Committee and Senate Agriculture and Codes Committees gave serious consideration to these bills but did not act on them. The NYSVMS worked with the sponsors and the District Attorneys to ensure the proposed amendments did not impair sound agricultural practices and urged the expansion of the draft to better encompass prosecution of appropriate cases of animal hoarding. The Society discussed the problems of loosely-organized not-for-profits and animal hoarders and attempted to ensure the amendments address these. If the recodification succeeds, law enforcers will have to pay closer attention to animal cruelty and the State Division for Criminal Justice Services will need to spend more time teaching the Agriculture and Markets law provisions. We are encouraged that the District Attorneys are adopting a mantra familiar to many Society members, “an animal is an animal, regardless of who has custody of it”. This idea will help ensure these laws are enforced even-handedly. The NYSVMS will continue to support measures designed to eliminate hoarding and illegal practice of veterinary medicine throughout the state. View the bill online at: www.assembly.state.ny.us/ leg/?bn=s1776. Other legislation of interest involving companion animals included: • the establishment of a Task Force to improve enforcement and investigation of animal abuse, A.B. 740 (Rosenthal); • providing a tax credit for spay/neuter services, A.B. 976 (Kellner)/S.B. 2795 (Ball); • providing a tax deduction for un-reimbursed veterinary expenses, A.B. 977 (Kellner)/S.B. 4305 (Serrano); • providing a tax credit for adoptions of companion animals from animal shelters or humane societies, A.B. 979 (Kellner)/S.B. 896 (Parker); • making the theft of dogs and cats grand
• prohibiting tail docking except when medically necessary and when performed by a veterinarian, A 3428 (Glick); and
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• requiring that any anti-freeze or engine coolant that contains more than 10 percent ethylene glycol cannot be sold unless it contains 30 ppm of designated bittering agents, S.B. 3518 (O’Brien). A.B. 4331 (Millman) prohibits the confinement of animals in extreme temperatures. While the NYSVMS is concerned about animal confinement in high temperatures, it is not known whether animal confinement in cars in cold temperatures is truly a problem. In some cases, cars provide better shelter than animal huts. An amendment to the bill included the provision: a police officer must believe an animal is in imminent danger of immediate death or serious injury and the legislation dealt only with high temperatures. It subsequently died on the Assembly floor without a vote. View the bill online, at: www.assembly.state.ny.us/ leg/?bn=s4331. A similar bill, A.B. 2798 (Rosenthal), prohibits the tethering of a dog for more than six hours a day but the bill did not receive serious consideration. View the bill online, at: www. assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=a2798. Once again, Assemblywoman Rosenthal would have increased penalties for animal cruelty committed in the presence of a child, A.B. 706.
Dangerous Dogs New York State law prohibits breed-specific dog laws but despite this, a number of proposals dealing with dangerous dogs were introduced including proposals: • increasing penalties for knowingly harboring dangerous dogs, A.B. 8842 (Tedisco); • prohibiting discrimination against the owners of specific breeds of dog, A.B. 6949 (Zebrowski); • prohibiting cancellation of a homeowner’s insurance policy based upon the ownership of a specific breed of dog, A.B. 6957 (Rosenthal)/A.B. 2568 (Ball); and • prohibiting an insurer from refusing to issue or renew a policy based upon the breed of a dog owned by the policyholder, S.B. 624 (Sampson), S.B. 3092 (Robach), S.B. 4822 (LaValle) and A.B. 3906 (Glick). Rabies Once again, the legislature considered, although only briefly, a bill allowing farmers to vaccinate their own livestock against rabies, A.B.
676 (Santabarbara). As always, the NYSVMS strongly opposed this measure. The Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Bill Magee held the bill in committee under the sponsorship of a newly elected member in place of the now retired Jack McEneny. Understanding the political nature of this move and the risks of its enactment, Sen. Young did submit the bill this year. The NYSVMS applauds Assemblyman Bill Magee and Senator Cathy Young for their leadership on this longstanding issue. Finally, legislation to exempt police work dogs from the confinement and observation periods was submitted, S.B. 1993 (Carlucci)/A.B. 1287 (Zebrowski).
Citizenship, licensure, dentistry and professional governance Over the past several years, legislators considered bills addressing licensure, professional governance and discipline. We are pleased three bills, that for limited time periods, allowed those seeking citizenship and who are qualified candidates for licensure in veterinary medicine and veterinary technology, have been signed in recent years. However, the NYSVMS executive board is concerned about the growing number of foreign veterinary school graduates entering New York State. Board members strongly believe it is in the best interests of the state and the profession to reassess the Society’s longstanding support of the proposed elimination of citizenship as a requirement for veterinary licensure and the State Society is no longer supporting the removal of citizenship as a requirement for licensure as a veterinarian, S.B. 981 (Libous)/ A.B. 1160 (Cahill). You can view the bill online at: www.assembly.state.ny.us/ leg/?bn=a1160. Finally, and for much the same reason, the State Society has taken no position on legislation submitted by Assembly Magee that it formerly supported that would establish a loan forgiveness program for large animal practitioners, A.B. 1511. The NYSVMS successfully encouraged lawmakers to introduce legislation to resolve a long-standing issue involving the practice of veterinary dentistry by non-veterinarians and have been aggressively encouraging the interested parties in this discussion to find a way to address this issue in a way that works for all. The measure, with limited exceptions, would include veterinary dentistry within the scope of practice of veterinary medicine. We thank long-time friends, Assemblyman Bill Magee and Sen. Cathy Young, for their on-going support on this issue. As expected, c o n t i n u e d o n p a g e 14
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In Memoriam Teresa “Terri” Bartiromo Pentek ’76
Maurice G. (Moe) Deeley ’54
Paul V. Kowaleski ’61
Teresa “Terri”Bartiromo Pentek, 61, of Tierra Verde, Fla., passed away on Oct. 7, 2013. She is survived by her husband, Gregory Pentek; her father Gerald (Pam) Bartiromo of St. Augustine; her sister, Kristina (Ernest) Bartiromo-Ledesma of Savannah; stepsister, Kaarin Leach; stepbrother, Brian Record; and her faithful bird, Kiwi.
ICELAND - Dr. Maurice G. (Moe) Deeley, 83, of Eyrarbakki, Iceland, and Keyser Beach (Oneida Lake), formerly of Rock Road, Verona, N.Y., died Thursday, July 11, 2013, at his home in Iceland. Born in Oneida on Nov. 3, 1929, Maurice was the son of Maurice D. and Vernie Smith Deeley. He grew up in Durhamville, later moving to Verona, and in recent years split time in residences on Oneida Lake, Florida, and Iceland.
STERLING, Mass. - Paul V. Kowaleski, DVM, 83, died after a brief illness on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. He was born on Aug. 13, 1930, in Gardner, the son of Alexander P. and Jeannette (Rousseau) Kowaleski.
Terri was born in Macon, Ga., on Nov. 11, 1951 to Gerald and Maj-Britt Bartiromo. Moving to Massachusetts, she graduated from University of Massachusetts with honors in 1973 with a Pre-Med Veterinary Medicine. At UMass, Terri was a busy member of the equestrian team demonstrating her talents and mastery in horse handling skills. Terri attended and graduated from Cornell University with honors in 1976 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and practiced large animal medicine in Strykersville, N.Y. The farmers grew to love “Doc” Terri and only wanted her to treat their animals. Terri moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., and fell in love with sailing and settled in her new life making friends the only way she knew how, through love, compassion, sincerity, laughter, and her wonderful smile. Terri had a deep love for the ocean and enjoyed many years cruising with her Tierra Verde friends. She will be truly missed by all who knew her.
Jane W. Benson ’47 BAINBRIDGE, NY — Dr. Jane W. Benson, 87, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at her home in Bainbridge, N.Y. She was born March 25, 1926, in Buffalo, the daughter of the late William and Florence Whallon. She married Kenneth W. Benson on Feb. 7, 1948. He predeceased her on Jan. 2, 2011. She is survived by her eight children, Karen and Gary Nearpass of Clyde, Carmel (Kim) and Robert Normand of Gloucester, Mass., Tracey and Gary Smith of Bainbridge, Allison and Daryl Smith of Walton, Lesley and Ronald Brown of Greene, Kirk and Carolyn Benson of Gloucester, Mass., Scott and Cheryl Benson of Walton and Kristyn and Robert DeGroat of Bainbridge; 30 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; a brother, William Whallon of Sidney; a sister, Ruth DeWitt of Cleveland; and many nieces and nephews. Jane was a pioneer for woman veterinarians. She graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1947, one of four women in her class. In 1949, Ken and Jane settled in Bainbridge and began a 60-year career as veterinarians; serving many Tri-Town residents from their local office. In her long career, Jane worked on all types of animals: Wrestling with large dairy cows as a young, busy veterinarian to a myriad of small animals later in her years in Bainbridge, at the same time raising eight children.
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Dr. Deeley was a graduate of Oneida High School, Class of 1948, and also was a graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 1954, where he was a member of the Alpha Psi fraternity. Maurice married Alberta (Tina) Hull in Ithaca on March 28, 1954. Mrs. Deeley died July 10, 2004. He later married Thorunn Gunnarsdottir in Eryrarbakki, Iceland, on Sept. 23, 2007. Dr. Deeley established a veterinary practice in Durhamville on Aug. 17, 1954; built the Rome Veterinary Hospital in 1957; and expanded his practice in the 1980s to the Queen Village Veterinary Clinic in Camden and the All Creatures Pet Clinic on Turin Road in Rome. He was also the veterinarian for the Masonic Medical Research Lab in Utica. He was a member of the New York State Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association, a past president of the Central New York Veterinary Medical Association, and was an evaluator for the Veterinary Facility Accreditation Committee. In 1986, Maurice was named to State Board of Veterinary Medicine; from 1991 to 1996 he was a member of the AVMA Veterinary Technician Testing Committee; from 1992 to 1993 he was the president of the National Association of Veterinary State Boards; and in 1994 he received the Central New York Veterinary Medical Association Certificate of Recognition. He was also a member of the State Board for Veterinary Medicine for service on licensure discipline, licensure restoration, and moral character and on Sept. 15, 2008 was inducted into AVMA Honor Roll. Surviving besides his wife, Thorunn, of Eyrarbakki, Iceland, are two daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa Deeley Smith and Alan Smith of Arlington, MA, and Maureen Deeley Cavanagh and Joseph Cavanagh of Oneida, NY; one step-son, Paul Griggs and his wife Carol of Wynantskill; four grandchildren, Caitlin Cavanagh, Kevin Cavanagh, Rebecca Smith Zimmerman and her husband, Brandon Zimmerman, and Ross Smith; one great-grandchild, Anastasia Zimmerman; one sister, Beverley Ayers of Durhamville; three nephews, Scott, Craig and Todd Palmer; one niece, Tamara Palmer; and several cousins.
He leaves his wife of 48 years, Carolyn P. (Lanza) Kowaleski, who resides in Sterling. He was extremely loving and proud of his three children, Kelli Bravo and her husband, Bill; Michael Kowaleski and his wife, Lisa; and Trish Dettlinger and her husband, Don; and four fabulous grandchildren, Jadzia and Chiana Bravo, and Alexander and Nicholas Kowaleski. Paul served his country in the Korean War in the U.S. Air Force as a radio mechanics instructor. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1956 and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Society. He then graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Paul was a veterinarian for over 45 years and the founder of the Sterling Veterinary Clinic.
John A. “Doc” Matochik Jr. ’54 John Matochik, DVM, died July 13, 2013. He was born in Glens Falls Hospital on Aug. 22, 1927, to John and Marge (Breechin), Sr. He was raised on the family dairy farm where he was taught the values of doing chores, long hours of hard work and responsibility to man and animal. For three years he attended a one-room school house. Doc attended the Fort Edward High School where he played the violin in the orchestra, ran the quarter mile and was chosen to attend Boy’s State. Following High School Graduation, Class of 1945, he enlisted in the Regular Army and served in Japan. Returning home from Japan with the gift of the G.I Bill of Rights he applied to Cornell University and was accepted in the College of Agriculture. After two years he was accepted in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell. While at Cornell he married Sarah Mahar of Rensselaer, N.Y. They were blessed with two sons John and Michael. He always was pleased that he chose to come back to his home town of Fort Edward, N.Y., to practice his profession which lasted over 40 years of treating “All Creatures Great and Small, the Lord God made them all (James Herriot).” Doc was predeceased by his parents, his sister Betty (Bedard), brother Robert, and Doc’s wife Sarah, following 26 years of marriage. Later he married Magdalena (Maggie) Cox. They celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary in May. Doc’s family grew by one step-daughter and three step-sons. Doc belonged to local, state and national Veterinary Associations and was president of the Capital District VMS. For years he served as a chairman of the Ethics Committee. On the 100th anniversary of the founding of the New York State Veterinary Association he received the “Silver Medallion” for outstanding
service. In 2003 he was bestowed the honor of “Veterinarian of the Year” followed by receiving the distinguished “Life Service Award” in 2008. Doc is survived by his wife Maggie; his sons— Dr. John Matochik of Laurel, MD; Michael Matochik and his wife Marabel of Sanford, NC; his stepchildren- Dr. Catherine Cox of Fort Edward; Patrick Cox of Coventry, CT; Michael Cox and his wife Sally of Arvada, CO; Dr. Thomas Cox and his wife Dr. Narra Cox of Madison, WI; his grandchildren— Dr. Robert Cox of Charlottesville, VA; Brandon Cox, Esq. and Reed Cox of Madison, WI; his two favorite granddaughters— Susan Cox of Brooklyn; and Lynn Cox of Arvada, CO; and also members of the Sarah Mahar family. Memorial donations in Doc’s name may be made to the Fort Hudson Foundation, 319 Broadway Fort Edward, NY 12828; Glens Falls Hospital Foundation 100 Park Street Glens Falls, NY 12801; Twin Rivers Council, BSA 253 Washington Ave. Ext. Albany, NY 12205; or to the charity of one’s choice.
Charles L. Myers ’52 Dr. Charles L. Myers, 87, passed into the loving arms of his Savior Jesus on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. Born April 15, 1926, on a farm near Pennsylvania Furnace, he was the fourth child of the late Charles H. and Alice Homan Myers. He married Miriam P. Myers, the love of his life, on Sept. 1, 1951.
Harry P. O’Connor ‘68
Dorothy Bradley Smallridge ’43
LOWVILLE, NY – Dr. Harry P. O’Connor, 70, a well-known area veterinarian, died doing what he loved, treating horses, on Wednesday afternoon, October 2, 2013.
Irondequoit, N.Y. - Dorothy Bradley Smallridge, DVM, died Sunday, July 7, 2013, at age 91. Predeceased by her husband, Bruce E. Smallridge, Dr. Bradley is survived by 3 children, Sherry (Gary) Haines, Barbara (John) Conrad of Cary, NC, Brad (Vicki - Kleban) Smallridge of San Francisco, CA; 5 grandchildren, Timothy (Emily) Haines and son Jonathan, David Haines, Rhett Berry and son Jory, Bruce Berry (Katie) & sons Landon and Benjamin and Alex Smallridge.
He was born in Lowville on March 9, 1943, the son of the late Byrne F. and Marjorie E. Brown O’Connor where Harry graduated from Lowville Academy in 1961. He entered Cornell University in the fall of 1961, and spent the next three years in the Ag College. He was accepted in the Veterinary College in 1964, and received a B.S. in Agriculture in 1965, and DVM, in 1968. Dr. O’Connor met his future wife, Donna Jean Longwell in the summer of 1966, and they were married on the Cornell Campus at the Anabel Taylor Chapel on April 15, 1967, with Rev. David Conner and Rev. Robert Stover officiating. After graduating from Vet School, Harry took a position with Dr. Wilbur Bull’s veterinary practice in Burrville, building up the large animal clientele while Donna assisted in the office. He returned to Lowville in 1969, where the O’Connor’s raised their family. He joined the practice of Drs. Jones, Lormore, Markham and Carroll, known today as Countryside Veterinary Clinic. Dr. O’Connor practiced for 45 years and served many generations of dairy farmers.
Beginning in 1953, and for more than 35 years, Dr. Myers faithfully served his clients in his veterinary practice of both large and small animals. The relationships he built with both the clients and their animals were a great pleasure in his life. During his practice, he was instrumental in establishing rabies clinics in Centre County, was the veterinarian for the weekly animal auction held at the Sales Barn at Old Fort, and he was invited by the York County Fair to do an exhibition on de-horning cows. He also tested cattle herds for Brucellosis throughout Pennsylvania.
He devoted a significant amount of time to the community serving on the Lewis County General Hospital Board of Managers, was the current President of Lowville Rural Cemetery where he was instrumental with recent upgrades to the vault, served as Public Health Officer for the village of Lowville, Rabies Coordinator and for 40 years was volunteer weather observer for the National Weather Service from which he received the prestigious HOLM Award in 1993 for conscientious service. Dr. O’Connor’s “real baby,” however, was the Lewis County Agricultural Society “Lewis County Fair” as fair board President for over 25 years. He was proud to have seen dramatic growth of the Lewis County Fair during that time period and to which it has become one of the premier fairs in New York State. Dr. O’Connor was also past President of NYS Association Agricultural Fairs in 2002.
In addition to his loving wife Miriam, Charles is survived by two daughters, Wendy Myers, and her husband Luckey Dunn, and Cheryl M. Johnson and her husband Ron; and three sons, Larry Myers and his wife Terry, Terry Myers and his wife Laura, and C. Lee Myers; eight grandchildren, Adam Dunn, Charles Dunn and his wife Samantha, Clinton Dunn, Kristin Myers, Jeff Myers, Nicole Myers, Julie Myers and Jesse Myers. He is also survived by two sisters, Mary H. Smith and Gladys Durand and her husband, Nelson. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
Surviving Dr. O’Connor are his wife Donna, his three sons and their wives, Mark and Tanya; Douglas and Nikki; Matthew and Loretta all of Lowville, and his daughter Kate O’Connor of Los Angeles; grandchildren, Brian and Sydney, Morgan, Kody and Cameron, Nicole and Alyssa, and his “California Flowers” Lily and Violet; his sister and her husband, M. Kathleen and Anthony Pacilio of Brockport; his brother-in-law John and his wife Carol Longwell of Herkimer; uncles and an aunt; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He received a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University prior to a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 1952. He was the only out-of-state student accepted into the Veterinary Medicine program in his class. While at Cornell he was a member of Omega Tau Sigma fraternity and it was there he met Miriam.
Dr. Bradley was in Practice in Irondequoit after graduating from Cornell in 1943 until the middle 70’s. She was also active with the Friends of Irondequoit Library.
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Legislative Wrap-Up - from page 6 lay practitioners of equine dentistry and agricultural interests have expressed some significant concerns with the bill, concerns that all parties are attempting to resolve in a collegial fashion. The NYSVMS Government Relations Committee (GRC), led by Chairman Walter McCarthy, DVM, and a number of equine veterinarians meet regularly with the bill’s sponsors and with the New York Farm Bureau in an attempt to resolve differences. The New York State Education Department (SED) helped develop the legislation’s language. Equine practitioners support the NYSVMS position. View the bill at www.assembly.state.ny.us/ leg/?bn=s2742. This issue has attracted nationwide attention and will take a concerted effort on the part of the Government Relations Committee and the Grass Roots Legislative Network to encourage lawmakers to pass this bill. We are committed to seeing that happen and will continue our efforts into 2014. The Equine Committee of New York Farm Bureau is willing to support this effort but is concerned there are enough veterinarians in all areas of the state to handle equine dental issues. We are working with this group to attempt to secure passage of a resolution requiring Farm Bureau to support the bill at its 2013 Policy Conference. The NYSVMS views passage of this bill and others as a means of protecting the scope of practice. It is working with SED to oppose a bill that would allow minimally-trained personnel to work in supportive positions at animal shelters in lieu of more highly-trained veterinary technicians and related staff. A.B. 810 (Rosenthal) did not pass and lacks a Senate companion. As usual, the Legislature gave nominal consideration to other issues directly impacting all professions. None of these received serious attention but we’ll continue to monitor on your behalf. Among these were proposals that would: • pro-rate the licensure fee of a deceased professional, A.B. 1162 (Cahill); • promote community service by higher education students, A.B. 1757 (Englebright)/ S.B. 630 (Stavisky); • provide for a special use permit for ambulatory veterinarians to use commercial vehicles on parkways, A.B. 1250 (Cahill); and
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• require the license suspension of a person who is in arrears for payment of child or spousal support, A.B. 905 (Weprin), or where the professional has failed to pay state taxes. Legislation making employees of veterinary facilities mandatory reporters of suspected animal abuse was submitted but not given committee consideration, A.B. 3283 (Rabbitt). Yet one more bill reminds us why we must continue to protect the practice and profession. Early in the session, legislation was submitted on behalf of New York City-area pet crematoriums mandating out-of-state cemeteries or crematories accepting animals from New York meet New York State standards, in full, rather than simply comply with applicable laws in states where they currently operate. An ex-legislator encouraged legislators to push A.B. 3179 (Abbate)/ S.B. 2097(Golden) forward. The bills died after Assemblyman Abbate, who introduced the bills as a courtesy to a former colleague, agreed with interstate commerce concerns raised by the NYSVMS and Assembly staff. The Senate approved the measure leaving it to die in the Assembly. It is quite interesting NYSVMS raised these concerns instead of the operators of the facilities affected by the legislation.
Continuing Education (CE) After lengthy discussions with the State Education Board in 2010, the NYSVMS and SED agreed to a bill meeting the criteria established by the Society’s Executive Board and SED’s programmatic requirements as part of SED efforts to implement CE for all of the professions that it regulates. The advent of mandatory CE prompted the inevitable proposals allowing veterinarians to earn CE credits for “public” services. Assembly member Rosenthal put forth the most notable bill allowing veterinarians to complete part of their CE requirement by performing spay/ neuter procedures at humane organizations. In the face of NYSVMS opposition to this proposal, the bill was amended to allow for approximately 2.5 hours of CE credits for this kind of “public” service. Working with SED, the Society opposes the bill for three reasons. 1. The Society wants this kind of CE credit to count for veterinarians seeking reciprocity in other jurisdictions and this function may not meet that standard.
2. The NYSVMS wants to ensure any such procedures are only undertaken in facilities meeting SED veterinary standards of practice. 3. The association wants to ensure the legislation allows veterinarians the option of performing these procedures in their own facilities. View the bill at www.assembly.state.ny.us/ leg/?bn=a711. A similar outcome came on another bill that would have inadvertently included veterinarians within its provisions. Responding to reports of increasing dependence on pain killers, legislation was introduced to mandate that physicians take an eight-hour course in the problems associated with these substances, A.B. 3360 (Cusick)/ S.B. 2861 (Maziarz). When a later amendment to the Senate bill would have included all prescribers, including veterinarians, the NYSVMS was able to secure a commitment to remove veterinarians from the bill that ultimately did not pass. View the bill at www. assembly.state.ny.us/ leg/?bn=s2861.
Looking Ahead Hill, Gosdeck and McGraw has been proud to represent the NYSVMS for nearly two decades and looks forward to working on behalf of the Society and to our future successes working with the Government Relations Committee and the Grassroots Legislative Network. We must remain vigilant and proactive. State lawmakers respect veterinarians but have a growing tendency to react “from the heart” on issues near and dear to various advocacy groups. If you have thoughts about current legislation or ideas for future bills, we encourage you to contact GRC Chair Walter McCarthy, DVM. The NYSVMS is your voice in state government. We encourage you to participate in GRC and in the GRLN or by contributing to the Society’s Veterinary Political Education Committee. Please keep your eye out for our 2014 Legislative Position Paper online and in an upcoming edition of NYSVMS Connections.
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Relief Veterinarians Available Per diem work & steady P/T in NYC and surrounding metro areas. Available most Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.Contact Dr. Tobias Jungreis (516) 295-1125 or (917) 378-8447. Excellent people skills. Good practice builder. 35 years of clinical experience. Many references. Experienced, reliable, small animal medicine and surgery relief vet. Available for central, southern, and western New York. Please contact Melissa Mandzak at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 585-402-4323.
Veterinary Technicians Wanted F/T LICENSED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN – Family oriented practice in Nanuet, NY seeking experienced LVT, technician students in accredited programs are eligible. Excellent client education abilities required. Duties include appointments, lab, pharmacy, surgery, dentals, and general client service. Send CV to kristenl@ burzenski.com. We are seeking an individual who enjoys speaking with clients, working with others, and working independently as they utilize all their technician skills and providing compassionate care for our hospitalized patients. To meet our health care team and visit our hospital, please forward your resume to CentralAH@aol.com and/ or call Cookie Woltz at (914) 723-1250. And check out our website: www.bestvets.net.
Exp. LVT for 4 DVM Practice Southern Tier N.Y.. Requires Confidence with Surgical, Dental, Digital Radiology/Lab. Full benes, including 401-K% , Uniform exp. Continuing Education Visit www. broadwayanimalhospital.com Contact Cathy Hamilton 607-734-127 send resume to email@example.com
Practices Wanted SIMMONS New York. Your practice sales broker and appraiser since 1977, we are dedicated exclusively to the veterinary profession and your success. Affiliated and accredited in New York for ethical and competent service. Listings and more information at www. simmonsnewyork.com New Listings wanted. For a free, confidential consultation, contact us at (800) 474-4775 or newyork@simmonsinc. com. Jim Stephenson, DVM, Member NYSVMS. Wanted - SA or mixed animal veterinary practice within 3 hours of Albany NY. Experienced veterinarian. Confidentiality assured. firstname.lastname@example.org / (607) 316-0850
Practices For Sale 1-2 person practice in southern Westchester.Second owner, 37 years at practice.Adjacent boarding and grooming kennel.Excellent growth potential.Owner retiring.For further information email aavethosp@ gmail.com. Long Island NY-EMER Clinic equipped & long establishedGrossing 1M. Call George at TPSG: (419) 945-2408 or email: email@example.com Long Island NY-24 hr EMER Hospital, well equipped & long established. Very profitable, Grossing 2.5M. Call George at TPSG: (419) 945-2408 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org New Listing in Onondaga County, New York!Profitable ER. Freestanding facility with 3-exam rooms updated equipment and DVMAXX Software. Could also be a primary care facility. Other listings: AL, FL, GA, IN, NC, TX, WV. PS Broker, Inc. 1.800.636.4740 www.psbroker.com Northern Putnam CountyWell established solo SA practice in 2,000 square foot hospital plus leased ancillary outpatient office. Real estate includes hospital and separate 2,000 square foot home which is currently rented, all on 3 acres on a well traveled state route. The new owner could use the home as their residence or continue to rent it. Current gross is over $500,000 with great growth potential and no emergencies. Several sources are now offering exceptional financing options. Call Professional Practice Sales, Dr. Ed Williams 800-201-3678.
VIP PetCare is seeking licensed Veterinarians to work as Independent Contractors in the Long Island and Buffalo areas. We provide affordable, high-quality, non-emergency pet care to improve the lives of pets and the people who love them! Contact Alaine Kalder (Alaine@ VipPetCare.com) for more information. Immediate Opening: F/T Veterinarian Needed for 3 Doctor SA practice in East Meadow. High quality, well equipped, progressive practice. Recently renovated facility. Please fax resume to (516)735-8827, or email to email@example.com Southern Tier
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PT/FT Associate veterinarian wanted for SA practice in Vestal/ Apalachin, NY. No emergencies, great staff and clientele. Competitive pay/bens. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or leave msg (516) 63 7-0363. Western New York
Veterinary Associates needed for two positions to join our well established AAHA multi doctor small animal hospitals. Emergency and day shift openings located in Western NY area. Full service facility equipped to handle all types of emergencies or daytime cases. Great comp package, competitive salary, including health, 401(k), CE, vacation, dues, liability coverage. Contact Lou (716) 204-9078, email email@example.com or fax resume (716) 634-0954. Visit our website www.gianimalhospital.com. Orchard Park, NY - FT/PT Associate Veterinarian needed for 24/7 full service hospital. Boarded surgeon and internist on staff. Beautiful new facility includes an in-house lab with dedicated lab staff, twotable dental suite with digital radiography, three surgical suites, U/S, endoscopy, large ICU and canine rehabilitation services. Internship or experience preferred. Please email or call Susan Metzger, DVM firstname.lastname@example.org,(716) 662-6660, www.opvmc.com. Part-time Veterinarian desired for progressive, growing small animal avian/exotic/zoo animal practice in Buffalo, NY. Seeking
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Affinity Partner – CareCredit CareCredit’s healthcare credit card helps families manage their out-of-pocket veterinary & healthcare expenses for a wide variety of treatments and procedures, including veterinary pet care, dental, vision, chiropractic and cosmetic procedures. When your hospital accepts CareCredit, clients can select from a variety of convenient financing options, making it easier for them to accept your complete treatment recommendations. More than 20 million cardholders have used CareCredit over the last 25 years, allowing them to free up their cash and other credit cards for other household expenses. In fact, 81% of cardholders surveyed agreed that having the CareCredit card makes it possible to start treatment immediately.* Today, CareCredit is accepted by more than 165,000 enrolled healthcare providers, including over 17,000 veterinary practices. Accepting CareCredit since 2003, Dr. Chuck Barry has been helping clients more comfortably manage their veterinary care costs while making their pets happy and healthy. In 16
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the first 8 months of 2013, Dr. Barry has had 232 clients re-use their CareCredit card. CareCredit provides outstanding support with a variety of free resources to help your hospital, including a listing on our online Provider Locator at www.carecredit.com, which is searched by clients more than 560,000 times per month for healthcare and veterinary practices that accept the card. “In today’s environment, I think it’s worthwhile to try to provide multiple payment options to accommodate more clients. The whole reason we do what we do is to augment the human-animal companion bond, improve the quality of life and extend the time folks can share with their pets. In several circumstances, CareCredit has been instrumental in us achieving this goal.”
CareCredit is exclusively recommended for New York State Veterinary Medical Society members. For more information or to get started today, call (800) 300-3046, ext. 4519 or visit www.carecredit.com. Already accept CareCredit? Call (800) 859-9975 to reach your practice development team to schedule your FREE annual Practice Performance Review utilizing your practice data to show: how your practice compares to similar practices in your area, how many clients have viewed your online Provider Locator Listing and much more. *Study conducted by Chadwick Martin Bailey, a custom market research firm based in Boston, Mass.