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Emergency Response in Hurricane Sandy: NYSVMS Speaks with NYCVERT’s Dr. Barbara Kalvig ON OCT. 29, 2012, HURRICANE SANDY pounded the entire eastern seaboard and caused unprecedented flooding and damage to New York City, Long Island and the New Jersey Shore. Throughout the days, weeks and months that followed, a dedicated group of professional volunteers donated staggering amounts of time from their professional and personal lives to make sure the animals of the five boroughs were safe, sound, and well cared for. Founded after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the New York City Veterinary Emergency Response Team (NYCVERT) has worked steadily over the years with the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM), as a member of the OEMcreated Animal Planning Task Force (APTF), to develop disaster planning protocols for NYC’s pets. The APTF includes representatives from the ASPCA, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, Animal Care & Control of New York City, the Humane Society of the United States, NYCVERT, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, American Red Cross in Greater New York, Bidea-wee, Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and Veterinary Medical Assistance Team One. Veterinary News recently spoke with Barbara Kalvig, DVM, of NYCVERT about what transpired in the lead-up to, and in the days after, Hurricane Sandy. VN: If we could, let’s start with the present. Where are you now in the process? Kalvig: Right now we’re in after-action discussions and meetings about what went well and not so well for the Animal Planning Task Force, along with what we need to focus on for the future to always be better prepared for another disaster. I think it is very clear destructive storms are occurring more frequently. Although there has
been extensive preparation done over the last several years which resulted in the Disaster Animal Response Plan (DARP) for NYC, we have experienced the devastating effects of Irene and Sandy only a year apart. With other storms occurring over the past few years that have caused widespread power outages inthe surrounding areas, disaster planning as relates to storms is now a fact of life. The Disaster Animal Response Plan was created in the years following 9/11 and Katrina, and has been for the city a first of its kind plan to allowpets to be co-sheltered with their owners throughout Evacuation Centers and select temporary Human-Animal Shelters in the five borough system.
2012 NYSVMS President Linda Jacobson, DVM, passes the gavel to 2013 NYSVMS
Outside of the broad and detailed frame-work of the plan, various challenges will always arise during an actual storm event and emergency response. We all knew and discussed for years
President Linda Tintle, DVM at the December Executive Board meeting.
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IN DEPTH: ONE HEALTH Part III Last year, Veterinary News sat down with Roger Mahr, DVM, CEO of the One Health Commission. In the final part of our three-part series about One Health, Dr. Mahr discusses the history and modernization of One Health. Veterinary News: One Health is said to be an ancient concept. How was it lost in modernity? Mahr: Certainly the One Health concept is not new. In the 1750s, human medicine in France was developing rapidly, however, the Academy of Sciences of Paris was becoming concerned about the increasing and recurring epidemics of diseases in horses and cattle, particularly cattle plaque, or Rinderpest. The need for trained
professionals to control and treat diseases of animals was recognized. Based upon the One Health concept, the first veterinary school in the world was founded in 1761 in Lyon, France. The year 2011 was designated as World Veterinary Year celebrating its 250th anniversary. The early schools of veterinary medicine established in the 18th and 19th centuries were founded with a recognition that common diseases existed among people and animals. In the mid-1800s the German physician Rudolf Virchow studied the diseased body tissues of animals and related his findings to those which he found in people. He did important research in continued on page 6 1
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President’s Message Linda J M Tintle, DVM
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credit, gather knowledge to inform your deci-
what is happening at the NYSVMS. There
sion making and keep you current on regula-
have been remarkable changes in our orga-
tory matters. Critical bylaws revisions are
nization in the past few years. The NYSVMS
simultaneously in process under President-
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a dedicated group of veterinarians who are
about these initiatives and permit dynamic
volunteering staggering amounts of time to
Marketing/Membership Specialist Stacey Allen Education/Conference Specialist Bryana Wachowicz Office Assistant/Bookkeeper Maryanne Gould 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 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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grow the NYSVMS into an organization that can better address our current needs and challenges adroitly.
I echo our immediate Past President Linda Jacobson’s drumbeat that V-PEC is desperately in need of your support. These
In the past 123 years of this organiza-
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We have identified six areas of focus
year. Please make a note to do it now.
around which our committees are formed this
We will continue to pursue the objec-
year: structure and governance, marketing
tives identified in the 2012 strategic plan of
and communications, diversity of practice,
“Leading the veterinarians of New York
government relations, member services, and
state in education, advancement and pro-
continuing education. As is the prerogative
tection of animal well-being, public health,
of the incoming president, I turned over and
and the practice of veterinary medicine.”
emptied the pre-existing basket of committees and have started anew. Within these six focal areas, you will see initiatives emerge that enhance leadership development, strengthen our voice in the legislative process, defend our profession against encroachment, creatively
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We need your expertise DO YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR NICHE or area of interest? Would you be willing to step up and help draw the map for the evolving NYSVMS? We need members who have an eye toward the future and are willing to donate a little bit of their time to help the NYSVMS address key projects and help the veterinary profession grow. We are instituting a number of working groups tailored to and around our members’ collective areas of interest and professional needs. These committees address critical NYSVMS initiatives and may include, but are not limited to: • Diversity of Practice. Working groups to serve as the eyes and ears of the profession’s many varied niches that can be called on for expertise and input on legislative, regulatory and professional practice issues. Development of a Large Animal/Food Production working group is forming now. • Member Services. Potential focus groups: Creating member-directed programs and services to improve productivity of veterinary hospitals/clinics, disaster/emergency preparedness efforts, expansion of the Veterinary Facility Accreditation Program, Cornell student leadership initiatives, etc. • Government Relations. Monitor federal and state legislation, regulatory issues that could adversely impact veterinary practices in
New York. Expansion of Grassroots Legislative Network to engage lawmakers twice a year. Play an integral role in recommending association policies on legislative issues. Monitor growing field of nonprofits and encourage best practices in shelter medicine management. • Academy for Veterinary Practice. Establish world-class educational offerings, create leadership workshops to guide recent graduates into practice ownership/ management and identify programs to meet the professional development needs of LVTs and veterinary specialists.
colleagues from across the state, share your voice and foster peer-to-peer information exchange with non-competing colleagues. What will you gain from the experience? By participating in a committee: 2 You will be able to apply your area of expertise to an expanding list of NYSVMS projects and initiatives. 2 You will help shape NYSVMS policies to affect greater, positive change within the veterinary field. 2 You will help ensure the future of your chosen profession.
• Marketing and Communications. Potential focus groups: Consumer/public outreach, publicity for Hall of Veterinary Health, Developing messages to celebrate upcoming 125th Anniversary, etc.
Help advance the vision and focus of the new NYSVMS. We’re hoping to hear from you! If you are interested, please send an email to staff@ nysvms.org with the following information:
• Structure and Governance. Identify new and future leaders of the NYSVMS.
What is involved? Term of service is one year, concluding at the end of 2013. When, and if, your working group is called upon, most meetings will be held via weblink and/or conference call, with one or two face-to-face meetings as needed. The goal of this system is to limit the travel time away from your practice, while still allowing you the ability to network with
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Help Support the NYSVMS’s Legislative Efforts – Join GRLN THE 2013 NEW YORK STATE Legislative session has begun and the NYSVMS’ lobbyists and Grassroots Legislative Network are working together to make sure the issues that affect you most are on your legislators’ radar. The NYSVMS’s Grassroots Legislative Network invites veterinarians to take an active role in helping to safeguard and advance veterinary medicine in New York State. The purpose of the GRLN is to establish a network of veterinarians willing to contact their legislators when called to action by the NYSVMS, visit legislators in their home districts, and attend fundraisers. New York State legislators make decisions that impact the veterinarian, veterinary practice, animal welfare, the status of
GHLIT Cancellation With the cancellation of GHLIT’s medical policy as of Dec. 31, 2013, well publicized, the NYSVMS has begun to search to offer alternatives for our members. Recent changes regarding the manner in which policies can be offered in New York may allow us an avenue for a statewide program.
animals in society, etc. They need to receive meaningful input from veterinarians (constituents) about how a proposed piece of legislation will impact them; lawmakers tend to be very responsive to the needs and concerns of their voting constituents.
The NYSVMS Membership Committee has set this issue as its top agenda item for 2013. We are receiving proposals from group health association programs and are looking for the best fit for our members. While we are still in the preliminary stages of this process, you can be assured you will receive pertinent program information from us within the next six months as we are striving to provide you with a viable and competitive medical insurance option to replace your lost coverage.
Members participating in the NYSVMS’s Grassroots Legislative Network will be matched with their state legislators, given information about important issues and what action is needed; i.e., writing a letter, telephoning, faxing, emailing or meeting personally with legislators. Contact NYSVMS headquarters if you’d like to become a key contact in the NYSVMS Grassroots Legislative Network, email staff@ nysvms.org or give us a call at (800) 876-9867.
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Cuomo extends WC premium due dates for policyholders affected by Hurricane Sandy THE DEVASTATION LEFT BY HURRICANE SANDY affected so many living in New York. Between the extensive power outages, destroyed homes and businesses, and flooded roads and tunnels it is taking New Yorkers longer to return to a life of normalcy from what was the largest Atlantic Hurricane ever recorded based on diameter. As our communities continue the recovery and rebuilding process, several tasks that were once routine have fallen by the wayside, including the payment of Workers’ Compensation Premiums. It is due to this that Governor Cuomo recently addressed the issues regarding Workers’ Compensation Premium Payments due between Oct. 26 and Dec. 26, 2012. Gov. Cuomo announced that policyholders for the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF) that were directly affected by Hurricane Sandy would receive payment deadline extensions. “Communities impacted by the storm depend greatly on the ability of our local businesses to have the flexibility and resources they need to get back to business,” said Cuomo. “In addition to the financial resources and assistance the State is currently offering, we are providing up to 90-day extensions for premium payments to help businesses recover.” The extension currently in effect benefits policyholders in the Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Queens and Westchester Counties with a premium due date of Oct. 26-Dec. 26, 2012. All policyholders are receiving a minimum 30-day grace period, and a maximum 90-day grace period for some policyholders. During such time there will also be no penalties or cancellations for affected policyholders. In addition to the premium payment deadline extensions, NYSIF has also introduced more flexible procedures for assessing coverage 4
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and setting premium rates, recognizing that employers may not have full access to payroll reports or other necessary financial records. Any policy suspensions and cancellations for non-payment within 30-days after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the New York area have also been reinstated, including over 7,500 Workers’ Compensation policies. During this time there are several things you can do to ensure your Workers’ Compensation policy is not affected. • Contact your policy’s underwriter with revised payroll information so that it can adjust their premiums and set up payment plans that can assist you in a quick recovery. • Monitor the status of your benefits check, due to the disruption in the mail delivery system of New York City those who have not received their check within four business days are urged to contact NYSIF. • Contact your case manager with any questions regarding your Workers’ Compensation Policy. In addition to flexible premium payment options provided by NYSIF, another way to save money and reduce costs during this time of restoration is by joining the Workers’ Compensation Premium Reduction Program through the New York State Veterinarian’s Trade Group (NYSVG). To learn more about this NYSVMS-sponsored member program, contact Innovative Risk Concepts Inc. at (800) 652-2015 and a trained Safety Group underwriter will provide you with more detailed information.
FEMA reinforces resources available to help business owners in Sandy recovery THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY Management Agency reinforced the availability of several programs available through its federal, state, local and private sector partners that are in place to support New York businesses after Hurricane Sandy: • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest loans available for businesses and most private nonprofits for up to $2 million dollars for physical property losses. Small businesses and most private nonprofits can also apply for economic injury loans for up to $2 million. Interested businesses can apply at any of the State/ FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers, SBA Business Recovery Centers, online at https:// disasterloan.sba.gov/ela or by contacting the SBA at (800) 659-2955. • The New York City Economic Development
Floods and Business Interruption Q. Would a flood trigger business interruption coverage? A. Check the “causes of loss” forms (CP 10 10, CP 10 20, CP 10 30) attached to the commercial property policy, since one of these causes must occur to trigger business interruption coverage, if purchased. None of these causes include flood. Also the National Flood Insurance Program policy does not provide business interruption. So, the standard forms do not provide this coverage for flooding situations, although it might be available through a special program. However, there is hope ISO added an endorsement (Flood Coverage Endorsement, CP 10 65 10 00) to be used with any of the three causes of loss forms (CP 10 10, CP 10 20, CP 10 30) to add back coverage for loss from flood that may be used to trigger business interruption coverage with some insurers. - Information courtesy of the Professional Insurance Agents of New York State. PIANY is a trade association representing professional, independent agencies, brokerages and their employees throughout the state.
Corporation established a Hurricane Sandy Emergency Loan Fund to support NYC small businesses with their recovery and clean-up efforts. The loan program will provide $10 million in low-interest loans to businesses, ranging from $5,000 - $25,000 for each loan. Funds can be used to replace or repair damaged assets, or to make up for working capital losses incurred due to business interruption. For additional details and information on how to apply, is available online at www.nybdc.com/ HurricaneSandySmallBusinessReliefFund. html. • Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency’s Emergency Sales Tax Relief Program gives an exemption of State and County Sales Tax of 8.625 percent to small businesses in Suffolk County on purchases up to $100,000
for building materials or replacing damaged equipment. Visit www.suffolkIDA.org or call (631) 853-4802 for additional information or to fill out an application. • National Grid Hurricane Sandy Relief Program provides grants up to $250,000 to National Grid commercial, industrial or multi-family residential gas customers that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Eligible customers can use program funds for energy infrastructure repairs or replacement, rehabilitation of buildings, and costs associated with replacement of machinery or equipment necessary for the operation of the businesses. Funding consideration will be based on documented financial need and impact to the community. To determine eligibility and for additional information, customers should contact National Grid at (855) 496-9359.
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April is Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month. With a new tick-borne illness discovered in January, Lyme Disease and the Deer Ticks that carry it are back in the news. This is anexcellent opportunity to offer your clients a value-added service by educating them on the importance of Lyme prevention for their dogs and themselves. The NYSVMS has a consumer informational brochure entitled “Protect your family and pets from Lyme Disease,” available for members to distribute to their clients. These brochures are available at no cost to members (except for the charge of shipping and handling). They are also available to non-members for 25 cents/each, plus the cost of shipping and handling. We also have brochures on Rabies and Heartworms. To receive any of these brochures, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your information and the quantity of brochures you would like to receive.
Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month March 1 – National Pig Day March 23 – National Puppy Day
National Pet First Aid Awareness Month National Pet Month Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month April 6 – Tag Day April 10 – National Pet Day April 26 – National Kids and Pets Day April 30 – Hairball Awareness Day
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One Health - from page 1 tuberculosis, rickets, tumors and trichinosis, and became recognized as the Father of Comparative Pathology. The famed Canadian physician, Sir William Osler, who founded the medical teaching hospital concept at Johns Hopkins University in the late 1800s, stated that veterinary medicine and human medicine complement each other and should be considered as One Medicine. Hence, he became recognized as the Father of One Medicine. As automobiles replaced horses for transportation in urban areas in the early 20th century, physicians became less concerned about the potential spread of diseases from animals to people. Physicians also became more specialized in their training and practice, focusing more on the individual patient rather than populations of people. During the middle of the 19th century colleges of veterinary medicine were established with a primary focus on food animals. The Morrill Act of 1862 was particularly significant legislation as it established the land-grant system to support education in agriculture and engineering, and putting science into practice through outreach and extension to rural areas. Several public colleges of veterinary medicine were subsequently established at landgrant colleges, the first being the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine established in 1879. Pioneers in the 20th century include Assistant Surgeon General James Steele, who epitomizes One Health. Through his efforts of developing the first Veterinary Public Health program at the Centers of Disease Control, he was responsible for the official inclusion of veterinarians within the U.S. Public Health Service, beginning in 1947. Many of our current colleagues were personally influenced as students of Dr. Calvin Schwabe, and converted to One Health. He profoundly articulated the One Health concept in his text book entitled “Veterinary Medicine and Human Health,” first published in 1984.
It is important that all health science practitioners understand and assume their collaborative responsibility related to the One Health approach. For veterinary medical practitioners that responsibility is stated within the Veterinarians Oath, and includes the statement: “I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society.” this scenario that provides the overarching focus for this convergence of human, animal and ecosystem health. Animal health, human health and ecosystem health are truly at a crossroads. The convergence of people, domestic animals, wildlife, plants and the environment dictates that the One Health concept must be embraced. Consider these facts: l 75 percent of the diseases that have emerged in the past three decades are zoonotic l Thousands of animals cross the U.S. borders every day l 24 billion animals were produced for food and fiber around the world last year alone l 7 billion people now populate the world
Twenty-four billion animals provide food for a world population of more than seven billion people. It is further estimated that by 2020, the demand for animal protein alone will increase by fifty percent over this demand at the beginning of this century, particularly in developing countries.
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Together, more can be accomplished to improve health worldwide than alone, and we, as professionals related to the health sciences, have the responsibility to assume a major leadership role towards this effort.
Mahr: A changing environment populated by interconnected animal and human contact creates integrated challenges. These challenges require integrated solutions. It is
Certainly the concept of One Health is not new. However, a new professional imperative calling for collaborative leadership has emerged.
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It was upon that basis of a call for collaborative leadership, that during my term as AVMA president in 2007, the AVMA and AMA took action to establish the One Health initiative. One of my most significant personal collaborative relationships established during my term as president was with the late Dr. Ronald Davis. He was a public health physician, and became the first public health physician to ever serve as AMA president. As I shared my vision with Dr. Davis, he immediately embraced it. Through our respective leadership roles, we were able to achieve a collaborative relationship between our two professional associations. In April of 2007, the AVMA committed to assume a major leadership role by taking action to establish the One Health Initiative Task Force. In June of 2007, the AMA House of Delegates approved a policy resolution which called for the AMA to engage in dialogue with the AVMA to discuss strategies for enhancing collaboration between the human and veterinary medical professions. The One Health Initiative Task Force completed its charge in June of 2008 by presenting its final report and recommendations to the AVMA Executive Board. The twelve recommendations presented formed the basic outline for the One Health initiative, which included the formation of the One Health Commission in June of 2009. Over the past three years the One Health Commission has been working to build a foundational base of support to become fully operational. It is now on the threshold of achieving this targeted operational status. Through visionary leadership instilled with the highest level of trust the One Health Commission is dedicated to informing all audiences about the importance of transcending institutional and disciplinary boundaries, and transforming the way that human, animal, plant and ecosystem health professionals, and their related disciplines, work together to improve the health of all living things and the environment worldwide. This is the final part of a three-part interview with Dr. Roger Mahr, DVM, CEO of the One Health Commission, exploring the One Health concept in-depth. In part one, which appeared in the September/October issue of Veterinary News, Dr. Mahr discussed the growth of the One Health concept, the increasing popularity of One Health among veterinarians, and the role of the One Health Commission. The second installment explored ways in which the One Health Commission is working to raise awareness of One Health.
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Why should human and animal health care professionals collaborate? • More than 50 percent of households include at least one pet, and this percentage may be growing. • Zoonotic infections: Animal contact can pose a risk of zoonotic infectious disease, and this risk increases if there are infants, elderly or immunocompromised individuals in the household. Veterinarians are a source of expertise regarding zoonotic diseases; disease control in animals can help limit the human patient’s exposure to infectious pathogens. • Animal allergies: If humans are developing allergies to animals in the household, a consultation with a veterinarian may help identify alternatives to getting rid of the pet. • Human animal bond: humans can develop deep bonds with animals, and this can have therapeutic value and implications for medical care. For example, people may change their behavior for the better (such as tobacco cessation) if they recognize that such changes will also benefit their pets. • Animals as sentinels: like the “canary in the coalmine,” animals may show signs of exposure to a toxic or infectious hazard in the environment before humans, providing an “early warning” of environmental risk. Communication between human health care providers and veterinarians is crucial to share such information.
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What are some potential benefits of a One Health Approach? 1. Improved diagnosis and prevention of infectious diseases transmitted between animals and people
2. Improved management of animal allergies 3. Improved psychosocial status of human patients 4. Early detection of environmental health hazards 5. Improved patient satisfaction
NYSVMS-recommended programs What changes in practice are necessary? The One Health approach can involve very simple and manageable changes in clinical practice. 1. Take a history of animal contact for your patients. 2. Consider consulting with a veterinarian on cases related to animal contact. 3. Encourage your clients to have their physician contact you with questions about health issues that overlap between humans and animals. 4. Set up a meeting between local veterinarians and human health care providers to discuss possible cross-referrals and other collaborations. - Information provided by the One Health Commission
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NEW YORK STATE VETERINARY MEDICAL SOCIETY
2013 Legislative Agenda
AS IN PAST YEARS, the NYSVMS continues to form strong relationships with legislators and state agencies. The Society formed strategic alliances on a variety of issues not only affecting veterinary medicine but agriculture, health, business and the environment. The NYSVMS appreciates the efforts of New York State legislators to understand and work to address our needs and concerns. We look forward to working with you in 2013 to protect New York’s people and its production and companion animals. In this light, we bring your attention to the following important issues. Devocalization Recently a number of proposals to ban the devocalization of dogs have been given consideration on the basis that such procedure is defacto cruel to the dog involved. Given the strength of opinion on this issue, the NYSVMS asked its members for guidance on this proposed legislation. Based on these surveys, it appears to be a rather infrequent procedure for which few veterinarians have experience. At the same time, veterinarians in urban areas, particularly New York City, report it is often the final means of preventing the euthanization or surrender of a dog that has resisted behavioral modification. The American Veterinary Medical Association, the national leader on veterinary issues, also has undertaken a review of the medical, social and humane aspects of this issue and has modified its formal position and recommends a course of conduct on this issue similar to that advanced by the NYSVMS in prior years. It discourages the practice except when medically necessary or as a last resort for animals in cases where numerous prior attempts at socialization have failed and the only option is surrender of the animal and likely euthanization, in situations where an animal’s owner literally must decide between a beloved animal and keeping an apartment or co-op. The NYSVMS also opposes regular kennel devocalizations as unnecessary. Position statement: The NYSVMS urges the Legislature to work carefully to balance the interests of these animals with the urge to ban this procedure. Medical decisions should be left to the sound discretion of fully trained, licensed and state-supervised professionals operating within appropriate standards of practice. The NYSVMS believes that such decision should be made on a case-by-case basis at the request of animal 8
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owners and only following a full review of the animal’s medical history. Dentistry Maintaining proper dental health in companion, equine and production animals is essential to their overall health and wellbeing. As in human dentistry, dental problems in animals often provide clues to as yet undiagnosed health issues. For more than a century it has been acknowledged that this nexus established animal dentistry as the practice of veterinary medicine. Animal dentistry requires diagnosis and treatment and, to be fully effective, demands extensive knowledge of anatomy, anesthesiology, pharmacology, physiology, pathology, radiology, neurology, medicine and surgery, all of which are a part of the veterinarian’s education and training. Unfortunately, the New York State Education Law governing veterinary medicine (Title 8, Article 135, Section 6701) does not make specific reference to “dentistry” as part of veterinary medicine. This has meant that, despite its rigorous efforts, the State Education Department’s Office of the Professions has been unable to stop non-veterinarians who have little or no formal education, training or supervision, from performing dental procedures on horses. Many horses are routinely given dental care by unregulated non-veterinarians who misrepresent themselves with certifications and professional titles such as “certified equine dentist” or “equine dental technician,” based on completion of non-American Veterinary Medical Association(AVMA) sanctioned “dental schools,” and non-professional associations. The perception of professional competency has convinced some equine health decisionmakers that these non-licensed individuals are proficient and legally qualified to provide dental services. These services often include the illegal use of sedatives and other prescription medicines. The proliferation of non-veterinarian “equine dentists” in the horse industry puts the safety and welfare of humans and animals at an increased risk of unidentified or misdiagnosed zoonotic (e.g. rabies) and reportable (e.g. vesicular stomatitis) diseases. Position statement: The NYSVMS urges your support of legislation to amend the Education Law to include “dentistry” within the scope of practice of veterinary medicine. It’s time
for New York to join the overwhelming majority of states in the nation and include “dentistry” within the veterinarian’s scope of practice. This would allow New York to be consistent with neighboring states, as well as major agriculture states including, but not limited to, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Kentucky, Texas, California, Florida, Washington, Ohio and Illinois. Liability for Reporting Abuse As in virtually every other segment of society, the NYSVMS and its members are sensitive to liability issues. The small number of professional liability claims brought against its practitioners demonstrates the profession’s long history of providing quality veterinary care. At the same time, however, the NYSVMS strongly encourages the Legislature and Executive Office to continue progress made regarding the disclosure of treatment records under certain limited circumstances. A 2003 Law provides for limited immunity from liability for a veterinarian who reasonably, and in good faith, reports suspected cases of companion animal abuse to the proper authorities. In addition to the obvious benefit derived by the animals subjected to this abuse, there are greater societal benefits as well. The NYSVMS strongly supported the enactment of this long-standing priority issue. As the number of well-intended animal refuge facilities that are found to have inhumane conditions continues to grow throughout the state it is imperative that licensed veterinarians have the protections that will foster the reporting of these conditions. Position statement: The NYSVMS encourages your careful consideration of its proposal to extend immunity from liability to a veterinarian who reasonably, and in good faith, reports suspected cases of food production animal abuse to the proper authorities. The current law does not apply to these animals even though they are also subject to injury through abuse, neglect and cruel treatment. Animal Guardianship One of the cornerstones of veterinary medicine in New York is the high standard of practice provided by veterinarians. This is evidenced by the relatively low incidence of disciplinary charges filed against licensed veterinarians by the State Education Department. With the relatively modest income enjoyed by the state’s continued on page 9
Agenda - from page 8 licensed veterinarians, affordable veterinary care remains universally available to New York consumers. Position statement: This longstanding balance is being challenged by those who seek to be appointed the “legal guardian” of a companion animal, whether owned by themselves or others, for the purpose of bringing suit against anyone who has, in their opinion, caused distress to the animal. Many animal advocates believe that appointment of animal guardians would improve the treatment of animals. We disagree. Proposals allowing for the appointment of third-party guardians for animals, with its potential of costly court-ordered punitive damage awards, should be defeated. While the state’s veterinary practitioners have long been at the vanguard of initiatives that protect the health and well-being of the state’s companion and production animals, they view such initiatives with skepticism for a number of reasons. First is the likelihood that long-accepted and traditional treatments, or long-accepted animal husbandry practices, may be found by a third party to be offensive. As a result, a person
may seek appointment as the guardian of the animal to seek monetary damages from the animal’s owner, veterinarian or other third party. Secondly, it is not inconceivable that such accepted practices as de-clawing cats, ear cropping of certain breeds of dogs, neutering, euthanasia, raising animals for food production and even dog training could be found to constitute the level of animal cruelty that would allow for the appointment of such a guardian. Finally, implementation of the concept of “guardianship” could also affect the way in which the state’s SPCAs and animal control officers deal with injured, dangerous or otherwise un-adoptable animals, if faced with potential litigation from the animal’s guardian. Animal owners in New York have long known that both the professionalism exhibited by the state’s veterinarians, and the regulatory oversight of the Board for Veterinary Medicine, has been a sufficient incentive for outstanding care for the state’s companion and production animals. Veterinarians should be entitled to rely upon an adherence to the accepted standards of practice within their scope of practice of veterinary medicine to shield and protect them from such litigation.
Maintaining Relationships on Main Street America The impact veterinarians have had on local, Main Street American communities is exhibited in a variety of ways—through their professional practice of treating family pets, to service in a variety of civic causes. No matter the cause, your local veterinarian is mindful of his or her oath to lessen animal suffering. This is a goal to which veterinarians throughout the nation uphold. Recently major commercial businesses, commonly referred to as “big box” stores, seek to commercialize the intertwined relationships long held between veterinarians and their community friends. Through the guise of consumer protections, these commercial entities, pursued by profit not public service, have plans for offering pharmaceuticals or even veterinary care, inside a retail store and threatening the very heart of the “Main Street” veterinarian. Veterinarians enter the profession not in search of wealth but for the privilege of serving the public’s animals and their owners. This model c o n t i n u e d o n p a g e 10
Have You Heard What People Are Saying About Gary Glassman? Excerpt of a recent letter by Mark R. Hafen to his clients and associates. As veterinary and shelter architects it is important for us to know how much you have to spend on a project and how you want to spend it. We do our best work when we are given specific parameters to meet our clients’ goals and needs. That’s where good financial management comes in, and Gary Glassman. Gary has been advising veterinarians for many years. Frankly, Gary is not flashy! But he has in-depth knowledge of what veterinarians can afford and should budget for when it comes time to build a new project. Gary also has the ability to look beyond the obvious and to develop financial strategies that enable rather than obstruct. Gary has been instrumental in helping his clients and ours develop answers to what defines their practices and the facilities where they practice. We know that some of our most successful clients are those who took advantage of his expertise.
Gary I. Glassman, CPA, is a partner at Burzenski & Company. He works exclusively in the veterinary profession helping veterinarians understand their financial results and guiding veterinary practices to financial success.
Mark R. Hafen Partner, Animal Arts, Boulder, CO
We Couldn’t Have Said It Better Ourselves. For more information, please contact Gary Glassman, CPA at email@example.com or 203.468.8133 100 South Shore Drive Mariner’s Point East Haven, CT 06512-4668 www.burzenski.com
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Agenda - from page 9 has served the test of time. For more than a century, since the founding of the NYSVMS in 1890, veterinarians have served their communities as partners within families and the very fabric of their communities. We urge you to oppose the attempts of corporations seeking to profit at the expense of the community, seeking to add your local veterinarian to a growing list of anonymous providers that will erode the successful small business owner and dissolve the personalized commitment that veterinarians provide families in New York. Your local veterinarian is exactly that—a local veterinarian. We urge you to look beyond the rhetoric and protect the relationships that have endured for years and protect the fabric of our Main Streets. Public Health Rabies remains a significant threat to humans and a major public health expense. The control of rabies in animals is an effective buffer to human exposure of this deadly disease. An important part of the
rabies control program is our current law mandating veterinary control of the rabies vaccine and rabies vaccinations.In recent years, a number of proposals have been made allowing unlicensed individuals to administer rabies vaccines in a variety of special circumstances. Position statement: The NYSVMS joins the NYS Department of Health, the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians and virtually all experts in the field of public health in affirming that proposals to allow a nonveterinarian to administer rabies vaccine are poorly reasoned and represent a serious threat to New York State’s efforts to control the spread of rabies. The NYSVMS believes we must undertake all reasonable efforts to ensure that more animals are professionally vaccinated against rabies. The NYSVMS is committed to working with the Legislature and Executive Office in developing a program that will better ensure universal licensure of dogs but will not sacrifice rabies control in this effort.
Illegal Practice by Corporations and Nonprofit Organizations New York State law currently restricts the practice of veterinary medicine (and many other professions) to licensed practitioners, professional service corporations and professional limited liability companies. This system assures that professional liability accrues to the individual license holder. The public interest is best served when individual practitioners are responsible for veterinary decision-making and thus subject to license suspension or revocation for improper veterinary treatment. Today in New York we face aggressive lay corporate intrusion into veterinary practice. Although practice acquisition by lay corporations is not permitted under New York State law, various shell “management contracts” have served to shield these transactions from the enforcement of our current NYS Education Department laws. The NYSVMS is deeply concerned about this trend, as it establishes a separate category of veterinary practitioner (the lay corporation) that may not possess c o n t i n u e d o n p a g e 11
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Agenda - from page 10 any veterinary knowledge, and is effectively removed from the oversight and control of the NYSED. Ultimately, in these cases, an important layer of protection is lost to the consumer. It is imperative that in all cases the ultimate treatment plan is the sole responsibility of the licensed veterinarian treating each animal, rather than non-veterinarian business managers. The vertical integration of laboratory services, pet foods, supplies and ancillary care under the same corporate umbrella exposes the public to marketing practices that might be seen as unprofessional conduct if conducted by individual practitioners. There is now no mechanism for state oversight for practice conducted and controlled by lay corporations. At the same time, an increasing number of notfor-profit entities, originally formed to provide services to abandoned and neglected animals, are expanding the scope of their services and illegally offering veterinary services to the general public. This disrupts the need for an animal owner to establish a strong and viable relationship with a local veterinarian for critical care at all stages of their animal’s life. The NYSVMS is also concerned that these services are provided in facilities that fail to meet the minimum standards for cleanliness and quality veterinary care. These activities flourish largely without regulation by any state agency at the same time that the State Education Department enforces Standards of Practice for the state’s licensed veterinarians. We encourage the Legislature to mandate that any facility in which animals are treated for any medical condition meet the standards of care recently imposed by the State Education Department on veterinary facilities. An animal does not know the corporate structure of its caregiver but all animals are entitled to the minimum standards mandated by NYSED. Position statement: While not-for-profit facilities maintain they provide a public service, there is no effective oversight on their activities and consequently little public protection. The NYSVMS is committed to working with the Legislature, the State Education Department, and the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets to ensure these facilities provide the same high quality of veterinary care required from every licensed veterinary practitioner. We believe the risks to the public will increase if this consolidation of practice continues. The NYS Board of Regents has voiced their concerns
about the erosion of state control that would occur if the ban on lay corporate practice were allowed to lapse. The NYSVMS adds the voice of the veterinarian to this contentious issue. The time to act in the public interest is now, before the marketplace subverts that interest. Funding for Licensure Boards In recent years the NYSVMS has joined with other licensed professions to urge the Legislature and Executive Office to increase funding for the Office of the Professions through a surcharge on license fees. This was designed to ensure that the State Boards had sufficient resources to fulfill their mission. Recently these funds have been redirected to unrelated purposes and have not been made available to Board staff to perform their duties. We urge the New York State Education Department ensure that the funds the licensed professions have made available to the Boards are available for that purpose. Maintaining a Commitment to Animals The state’s licensed veterinarians, like members of other New York State Education Departmentlicensed professions, work under a state law that defines their scope of practice. The practice act for veterinary medicine ensures that those licensees who treat our companion and production animals meet the highest level of educational and practice standards. Position statement: Consistent with this commitment, the NYSVMS and its members urge the Legislature to provide a reasonable measure of oversight to the growing number of non-for-profit shelters and animal rescue facilities. These facilities begin with the highest goals and intentions but, as news accounts increasingly demonstrate, often fail to meet their lofty goals whether due to lack of sufficient funds, lack of trained personnel or other similar reasons. As we work to ensure that veterinary facilities maintain pace with the technology of a new era, and the state works to ensure better treatment of animals in pet shops and breeding facilities, it is time that we provide a reasonable measure of oversight to protect the animals in not-for-profit shelters and animal rescue facilities. It is time to end the horror stories of death, disease and mass euthanization at these facilities by imposing minimum standards for their operation. To help achieve this goal, the NYSVMS has asked the Department of Agriculture and Markets to convene a working group composed of the NYSVMS, the Department, the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and
the humane groups that regularly lobby the Legislature. The purpose of this group is to develop and support a single legislative bill that will provide a practical and effective way to regulate the growing number of not-for-profit shelters and animal rescue facilities that are proliferating across New York State. After the state establishes animal care standards that can be legally enforced by localities, animal death, disease and mass euthanasia at these facilities will no longer occur. Concurrently, we are making universal microchipping of companion animals a priority throughout New York. We have, however, lagged in our utilization of this technology. The NYSVMS urges the enactment of legislation requiring municipal shelters to scan all animals they accept for microchips and make efforts to reunite these animals with their owners. Loan Forgiveness Program During the negotiation of the 2008-2009 State Budget, the NYSVMS urged the adoption of a loan forgiveness program for veterinarians who agree to practice large animal veterinary medicine in the state’s rural areas. The growing shortage of practitioners in these areas has long been documented and now has reached crisis proportions. This shortage has been identified as the cause for closure of some well-regarded agricultural operations in New York. Position statement: Given our state’s dependence on agriculture as an economic engine and in light of the serious problems facing both agriculture and the upstate economy, we urge the Legislature to join with other states and enact a loan forgiveness program that will help direct veterinarians to large animal practice in our rural areas. While we understand that New York’s current economic situation makes it unlikely that this bill will become reality this year, we stand committed to working toward its ultimate passage as the state’s economy improves. Throughout its history the NYSVMS has demonstrated that it will act as necessary to ensure the health of the animal population of our state and that it will also zealously protect and defend the proper scope of practice of veterinary medicine while meeting its professional mandate to alleviate animal suffering. We again thank you for your support of our Legislative Program during 2012 and look forward to a mutually successful 2013. We stand ready to work in partnership with you to achieve our goals for humane treatment of animals and the advancement of veterinary medicine. Veterinary News/NYS • January/February 2013
Disaster Planning: Get it in Writing NEVER SO MUCH WAS DISASTER PREPAREDNESS DRIVEN HOME as it was last October when Hurricane Sandy made landfall. Friends and family lost their homes, colleagues lost their livelihoods, neighborhoods were wiped off the map. While many are still left picking up the pieces from Sandy’s wake, the event should serve as a wake-up call to everyone. It is never too early to be prepared in case of an emergency. Along these lines, all veterinarians should have a detailed written disaster plan. The following information was provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Their Disaster Preparedness page is a wealth of information, visit: www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/disaster. In your disaster plan, areas that should be addressed include: emergency relocation of animals, medical record back-up, continuity of operations, security, general emergency planning, fire prevention and insurance and legal issues. Emergency relocation of boarded or hospitalized animals • Leashes, carriers and other species specific supplies • Appropriate, pre-arranged animal transportation • Temporary animal holding location • 24-hour client contact list (off-site access) • Secure and weather-resistant patient identification • In conjunction with appropriate legal counsel; involving your staff, clients and their pets in disaster planning and disaster drills can help build community buy-in and dedication to the plan Medical record back-up • Off-site computer back-up (fireproof safes will not prevent melting) • Off-site copies of important documents • Itemized inventory (on-site & off-site) • Digital storage Continuity of operations • Communications (do not rely on landlines, cell phones or pagers) • Alternate power source (i.e. generators with regular maintenance and training for staff; ideally professionally installed and able to provide long-term power to the entire facility) • Generator fuel source • Continued refrigeration • List of suppliers with current 24-hour contact information • Alternate food and water sources in case of contamination • 5-7 days’ worth of food and water for on-site staff and patients • 5-7 days of personal medications for on-site staff • Alternate Practice Location (within your vicinity) • Yours may be the only practice affected in area (i.e. hospital fire) • No inconvenience to your clients • Eliminate a need for your clients to obtain services elsewhere • Adopt a Sister Practice (outside your vicinity) • Contact your local and state Veterinary Medical Association for potential resources
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• Many practices in your area affected • Avoid a gap in client services • Pay the sister practice a percentage of your income for the use of their facility • Setup a reciprocal arrangement • Practice disaster drills together uniting two communities that may not have otherwise communicated Security of building and personnel • Contact state/local municipality for specific requirements • Outline preferred means of reporting emergencies, including designated person for communicating with local emergency responders • Local fire department: free inspection and evacuation drills • Water system independent from electrical system • Oxygen tanks isolated for safety • Secure practice from theft, looting, and other crimes • Floor plan or diagram that clearly shows the location of all fire extinguishers, control valves, dangerous areas, and escape routes • Emergency lighting • Multiple exits • Regular disaster/evacuation drills (local fire department, local police, clients) • Office phone-tree (24-hour numbers) • Pre-arranged off-site meeting location for staff and account for all employees • Pre-arranged conference call capability to keep all staff informed • Encourage and help to develop each employee’s personal family disaster plan (if they are prepared at home they will be better able to assist the practice) • Hazardous Materials Inventory with Material Safety Data Sheets (accessible off-site) • Employee identification cards (access to disaster stricken area) • First-aid training for employees in each work shift in the practice General Emergency Planning • Plan should address appropriate responses to all foreseeable emergencies, including hazardous chemical spills • Employees must receive any training, information and equipment required by a response plan • Proper housekeeping includes maintenance of equipment, surveillance and detection of leaks, containment of spills by trained employees wearing protective clothing, and proper disposal • Contact your state’s respective occupational safety agency to ensure full compliance of both federal and state regulations Fire prevention • Identify major fire hazards in the workplace, proper handling and storage procedures, potential ignition sources (e.g., open flames and electrical sparks) and type of fire protection equipment necessary to control each major hazard • Procedures to control accumulations of flammable and combustible waste materials
USDA publishes final rule to help facilities be better prepared for emergencies • Procedures for regular maintenance of safeguards installed on heat-producing equipment • Name of job title of employees responsible for maintaining equipment to prevent or control sources of ignition or fires
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE’S (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) amended its Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations to require all licensed and registered facilities to develop a contingency plan for emergencies so they can better protect their animals in disaster situations.
Insurance coverage and legal issues • Current and comprehensive insurance policy • Discuss the details of disaster drills with your legal counsel to make sure you are covered for any injuries that might occur during the drill • Receipts for all purchases • Videotape and photograph inventory • In the event the practice is damaged, it is important to take measures to avoid further damage (i.e. – if a practice’s roof is damaged in a disaster, but the contents in the building are ruined because of subsequent rains, your possessions may not be covered by your insurance policy if the rain is deemed “after the initial disaster” and you did not take steps to secure a tarp over the top of your building preventing further damage). • Familiarize yourself with tax laws and deductible disaster expenses • Business Owners Policy, AVMA PLIT, 800-228-PLIT, www. avmaplit.com
Under the rule, APHIS will give facilities the flexibility to develop a plan that works best for them and their animals. Each contingency plan will need to:
Make sure your insurance coverage addresses: • Business Interruption (continuing expenses) — find out exactly when it ends and what triggers the end • Extra Expense (payment of overtime pay and relocation expenses) • Professional Extension (provides coverage for injury/loss/ death of animal in a practice’s care, custody or control. Normal professional liability only provides coverage during a case of treatment) • Loss of Income • Large animal and equine practitioners should consider “mobile loss of income” (which provides coverage in case a piece of equipment or vehicle cannot be used) • Personal Property (replacement value) • Automatic Inflation • Fire Damage (typically included in business packages) • Water Damage (NOT typically covered in business packages— make sure you have flood insurance if you are in a flood zone) • Debris Removal/Cleanup • Civil Ordinance Coverage (provides coverage in case the practice is unable to function because of an act of government) • Comprehensive building and structure replacement • Coverage of rented and leased equipment • Interruption of power, heating/air and sewer • Coverage of Worker’s Compensation • General and professional liability -AVMA
l identify types of emergencies common in the local area; l identify common emergencies that could occur at their particular type
of facility; l outline specific tasks that the facility staff will undertake in an
emergency situation; l establish a clear chain of command for all employees to follow; l identify materials and resources that are available at that facility or
elsewhere; and l ensure that all pertinent employees are trained on the plan.
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Sandy - from page 1 that a large weather disaster like a high category hurricane landing in NYC would push the envelope in every direction. Due to the magnitude of Sandy, we just saw that prediction come true. With the large number of people with pets throughout the five boroughs, many special complications arise from loss of power, communications, infrastructure and transport in such a densely populated urban environment as NYC. VN: What were the first steps taken when Sandy was forecasted to make landfall? Kalvig: For NYCVERT, as an emergency response team affiliated with OEM and informed by their technologies for storm watch, early activation of the Animal Planning Task Force was crucial to our collective success in getting ahead of Sandy’s landfall. Members of the APTF had early conference calls, and along with the many other activated city agencies, put individual agency and task force plans in motion quickly. Having everything in place and being as prepared as possible prior to landfall was our goal. DARP was first activated the year before with the arrival of Irene. As Sandy was predicted to be a much larger and more destructive storm, and because of our experiences during Irene, APTF members were better prepared to collectively move quickly in actions and decisions that needed to be made. Due to the prediction of the storm’s magnitude and destruction of infrastructure, important alternatives were agreed upon from lessons learned in Irene. During Irene, we had veterinarians stationed in each of the evacuation centers throughout the term of the city shelter activation. For us that storm came and went — we were well prepared for what we had to handle. With Sandy, we were made very aware that the effects could be much less predictable and far more damaging, taking out transportation and city infrastructure, and keeping people out of their homes for much longer. In the days just prior to landfall, a list of twelve emergency facilities throughout our five borough NYCVERT hospital network was established and posted at the Emergency Operations Center at OEM. These wonderful facilities agreed to provide veterinary care 24-hours-a-day to pets in need who were affected by Sandy — at no cost. Of the original 12, nine of these had generator capability and all were standing ready to treat pets who needed care from the Evacuation Centers and Human-Animal Shelters. After landfall, some of these hospitals were not fully capable for some time, due to lack of electricity, flooding, loss of generators and/or phones not working. Thanks to our early preparation, with multiple facilities in each borough to call upon, there was never a time when pets in need did not receive care. As well, in the areas hardest hit, if any of the original 14
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twelve was not capable, neighboring veterinary facilities who were operational after the storm generously stepped in to take up whatever responsibilities were asked of them. By Oct. 30, there were a reported 228 pets housed in 28 Evacuation Centers throughout the city. VN: What challenges occurred in the days afterward? Kalvig: As the days wore on, more animals came and went to and from the Human-Animal Shelter system. Of those people who did not evacuate before the storm, many had to later. As well, others who came into the shelter system early on, may have left after the storm passed. By Nov. 1 the city began consolidating shelter populations to maintain fewer open facilities. From that point on, we never knew when the word for changes may come, and the constant workload became even more complicated. For DARP to be a success, it was the responsibility of the APTF to see that all of the pets in the Human-Animal Shelter system were properly accounted for and taken care of. After the storm passed, NYCVERT scheduled veterinarians for field work twice a day to assist in the required AM/PM animal assessments and counts, and to deliver veterinary care onsite. These veterinarians also assisted our APTF partners with their responsibilities under DARP, by assessing the supply stocks and calling up the chain for what was needed at any given location at any time. Such supplies included water and food bowls, dog and cat food, cages of various sizes, leashes, cat litter and scoops, leashes and muzzles. Transport was arranged for pets needing hospital care, and these pets were carefully accounted for and monitored for their return. Due to the close proximity of pets housed in special areas in the shelters designated for animals, topical flea treatment was needed on multiple occasions in various locations. Due to prolonged difficulties in communication and ongoing gas shortages over the weeks to come, several of our veterinary volunteers were extremely generous with their time and agreed to take responsibility for a certain shelter they were close to for multiple consecutive days. If they felt they could get supplies in more quickly, some brought their own supplies back with them the next day. Twice a day or all times in between, all field vets reported back to NYCVERT; NYCVERT reported back to APTF on daily conference calls and multiple reports; APTF reported back to OEM… With many daily breaks in communications from power outages, there was somehow always a constant line of contact, problem solving and reporting happening both
up and down the chains of command. As days progressed into weeks, NYCVERT continued to coordinate the veterinary care for the pets housed in the Human-Animal Shelter system, as well as perform daily assessments of pet numbers and pet supplies. As part of our NYCVERT plan, we began the list of veterinarians with cage space available for long term boarding of pets unable to yet return home. We took part in conference calls during the planning stages of the ASPCA’s long-term boarding facility which was created for those pets that would need longer sheltering while some owners needed more time to make permanent residence arrangements. In preparation for the opening of this facility and to supplement the care to the areas hardest hit, we jointly called in NVRT. NYCVERT directed the NVRT field work to hardest hit areas, and managed the locations of several mobile clinics donated by the ASPCA to provide critical care in Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens in specific locations where local veterinarians needed the help due to hospitals being closed. In support of the local veterinary communities suffering from the effects of Sandy, NYCVERT stood strongly against wellness and vaccine clinics being a function of mobile veterinary vans. NYCVERT was called upon to augment veterinary services at the ASPCA’s long-term boarding facility during the intake surge. At this location, NYCVERT took on the veterinary care responsibility entirely when NVRT was demobilized in December, providing doctors and technicians each day for 200+ animals. As you can see, this emergency response moved well beyond preparation and acute phase, and well into the chronic activation. Although the storm hit in October, throughout the holiday months of November and December, and well into January, NYCVERT called on veterinarians to leave their regular routines, practices, and homes to respond — with steadfast generosity and commitment to serve the people and pets in need of NYC, they did. VN: How was communication with the public handled? 311 is the central go-to number in the city for everything. Naturally, before, during and after the storm it was being bombarded with calls. You have to realize that animal issues, as big as they are for all of us and people who have pets, they are not a priority for everyone and are only one small fraction in the scheme of what was going on in the city at that time. In response, the 24 hour Pet Hotline was created to field calls that otherwise would have come into 311, to clear it for all the multitude of calls coming in for non-animal related issues. This hotline was staffed 24-hours-a-day by c o n t i n u e d o n p a g e 15
Sandy - from page 14 members of our APTF and was a huge resource for the city. The calls were constant and ranged into all areas of sheltering, fostering, abandonment, lost and found animals,urgent and non urgent veterinary requests for multiple species. The ASPCA put out several press releases, as did various APTF organizations. NYCVERT put out regular email blasts to our NYCVERT network hospitals and thanks to the Veterinary Medical Association of NYC, so that our community would be a source of information for clients and pet owners turning to local veterinarians for information or assistance. It should be clearly mentioned that many veterinarians outside of those who we directly scheduled under DARP for the APTF helped many pets of people in need due to the effects of Sandy. Veterinarians generously opened their hearts and their hospitals to help whoever they could that came their way. There are still “Sandy animals” housed for free or low cost in veterinary hospitals throughout our city. As well, vets worked together in many ways to help one another when a colleague’ s hospital was affected or closed, even by temporarily hiring doctors and staff to provide them with work. VN: What were the biggest challenges you faced? Kalvig: As always, communications are the equalizer — no matter how advanced our technologies become, at least for now, nature easily trumps us. Best laid and written plans, and the best set-up shelters, are still at the whim of the storm when it comes to two primary areas: communications and transportation. This is where getting ahead of the game is critical by organizing and planning with attention to all the “what ifs,” being able to quickly change gears in the moment for what comes along, and debriefing on what went wrong as well as what went right in order to try to always do it better the next time. Irene presented far fewer complications in comparison to what was brought on by the destruction of Sandy; a good example of this was the gas shortages. As we go along, we hope we will continue to find means of improvement in communication and transportation — for sure, the Internet on Smart Phones often worked best — when they could be charged. Always, someone was up when someone else was down. Always, someone could drive in from an outer area if someone else had no gas—but each step took forecasting the next, as we never knew how long that tank would last and what would and where would be a priority or crisis next. Conserving energy in these areas and proper utilization of manpower was key. Abstract, although well intentioned, decisions to provide
extra services outside of the most important to best serve the community at large in crisis only hamper the response, and promote the risk of people and pets in need being underserved. Cooperation between all members of any task force is the key, along with swift and joint collaborations on an agreed plan. There were times of great stress when we felt like we were chasing our tails because of decisions being made by others to divert into new projects outside of the emergency task at hand. This storm fatigued everyone involved — for NYCVERT, in addition to the challenges listed above, big hurdles came while providing consistent veterinary care we would receive sudden announcements that the city waschanging shelter locations. Amidst the mayhem of transportation and communications issues, this required changing veterinary schedules for our field teams, and finding new volunteers suddenly in a different borough that we just thought was well covered. Issues arose debating with other organizations in order to maintain the integrity of our mission as related to the veterinary community, and stand up against sudden pop-ups of superfluous goals that would be in conflict to our colleagues. These moments caused friction, manpower shortages, wasted resources, and moments of work being done doubly or sometimes, undone. That said, this response brought to light many things that our interagency communication and cooperation was made better by. The Animal Planning Task Force was positively strengthened and unified as a more cohesive unit by the challenges brought forth by Sandy and the second activation of DARP. VN: Did you find that assistance came in as needed, ie: aid, funds, government or otherwise? Kalvig: Much of our immediate need was addressed through the generosity of our colleagues, many of whom have committed time and resources as NYCVERT-affiliated hospitals and individual veterinary volunteers through the years. The willingness of our 12 primary emergency hospitals to stand ready and remain available as long as they could through a lengthy response was beyond admirable. Our individual field veterinarians, many of whom did multiple shifts, were each a shining light of courage and dedication. Professional time and expertise for everything from emergency care to a nail trim, gas, medications, supplies, hospitalization and boarding space were readily offered by those who responded. As in prior disasters, other calls came in from many sources with the offer of aid, including pet food, medications, lab testing,
transportation,volunteers, monetary donations and a variety of other offers. NVRT was deployed when the call was made. Grant reimbursement made possible by the ASPCA and FEMA was offered for specific expenses. NYSVMS has been very interested in helping us address how and in what areas we project to need assistance in the future. An offer of a Mobile Veterinary Unit has been made by another source.The ASPCA Partners in Caring Grant was a great tool for any storm-related medical issues. However, PIC does not cover pre-existing conditions, so many veterinary care issues for pets affected by Sandy have remained to be resolved by private veterinarians who have made their own relationships and decisions regarding the care of pets affected by Sandy whom are in their care. Is there still a need for donations? If so, what is needed most? From lessons learned to date, donations toward updating or improving our technology for communications to be better ready for the next storm or disaster. Funding could be used to provide generators and take preventative measures to better prepare to veterinarians whose practices are in the areas most likely to be affected based on the Coastal Storm Map for NYC. As well to finalize our plans of a buddy system network to set up neighboring hospitals who might receive the heavy load of work and cases during a response. One of our colleagues in Staten Island was amazing — he worked tirelessly during this response as his hospital was one of the few not affected by storm damage. Replenishing the resources of those who respond more quickly would be fantastic. Funding for persistent messaging to colleagues, public education and awareness, volunteer training between events, mobile veterinary unit and supplies, safety uniforms and masks, safe vehicle transportation and Go Bags for field vets. Monetary stipends for emergency response veterinary volunteers, and reimbursement of low cost emergency/regular care and emergency boarding for veterinarians taking in pets affected in times of storm or disaster. All of these things and more, in the number of years it has been since 9/11 could be well organized and manage to happen. Overall, how would you categorize the response? We learned from OEM conference calls that the Animal Planning Task Force did great job! In spite of the multitude of challenges and hurdles which resulted from the widespread destruction of Sandy, our APTF response was a great success. c o n t i n u e d o n p a g e 19 Veterinary News/NYS • January/February 2013
In the News… y World Vets is currently holding a veterinary textbook drive in order to collect texts to distribute to veterinarians in Nicaragua and other areas of the world. The organization is collecting clinically relevant books published since 1990. While texts covering internal medicine, surgery, parasitology and clinical pathology are most needed, physics and basic science books are not.If you have extra textbooks to donate, send them to: World Vets, 802 1st Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102.
y For the first time ever, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), in cooperation with Health Canada’s Veterinary Drugs Directorate (VDD), simultaneously reviewed and approved a veterinary drug application. Comfortis (spinosad), the product that received the approval, is used to kill fleas and prevent flea infestations in cats and is manufactured by Elanco. The cooperative effort, known as the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) falls under a joint initiative to better align the approval process for these products. Through the RCC, the CVM and VDD plan to build a process to allow simultaneous submissions and collaborative reviews where possible, while maintaining each country’s right to decide whether or not products will be approved for its market.
canine friends. For more information, or to participate, log onto www.DogHumanPlay.com.
y Cornell University has yet again come out on top of the Top 10 ranked veterinary schools by U.S. News and World Report. The current listing is based on 2011 and that “all the health rankings are based solely on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators and/or faculty at accredited degree programs in schools of each discipline.” The Top 10 ranking is as follows: Cornell University (1), University of California (2), Colorado State University (3), North Carolina State University (4), Ohio State University (5), University of Pennsylvania (6), University of Wisconsin (7), Texas A&M University (8), Michigan State University (9) and University of Georgia (10).
y Ceva Animal Health announced Dr. Karen Padgett will join the Companion Animal Group as Chief Operating Officer effective Jan. 1, 2013. Padgett is a 28-year veteran of the animal health industry, most of which has been spent at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, a division of Colgate-Palmolive. Padgett’s leadership with products and programming to help the practicing veterinarian has been extensive. She has also led by example, continually forming integrated teams of research, academic affairs, scientific affairs, marketing and technical services to innovate.
y New York City-based Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab is asking for dog owners’ help in researching canine play. The lab, which currently focuses on dog-human play, has asked for dog owners to take part in a small survey and send along a 30- to 60-second clip of them playing with the
y As the legislative session drew to a close in 2012, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law A-1888 — a bill allowing license suspension or revocation of certain health care professionals, including veterinarians, for willful illegal or improper medical waste disposal.
y In California, the Second District Court of Appeals filed an opinion Oct. 23, 2012, effectively reversing two judgments and allowing pet owners to sue for more than the market value of their pet, basing the figures on actual cost of treatment versus a figure based on sentimental value. “We hold that a pet owner is not limited to the market value of the pet and may recover the reasonable and necessary costs incurred for the treatment and care of the pet attributable to the injury.”
y The Port Authority has approved the renovation and construction of a $32
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million animal handling facility at JFK Airport. The facility, which will take over the currently vacant Building 78 and an additional 14 acres of land, will include a veterinary hospital, grooming and kenneling services. The facility is expected to handle nearly 70,000 animals a year and will likely create 190 jobs.
y Hospira Inc. voluntarily recalled three lots of its Carboplatin Injection due to visible particulates identified during a routine sample inspection. Findings have identified the particles as Carboplatin crystals. In the event where particulate matter is injected into a patient, there may be the potential for serious and/or life threatening patient injury. The affected lots were distributed nationwide between March 2012 and September 2012. Anyone with an existing inventory should call Stericycle at (877) 650-8362 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, to arrange for the return of the product.
y Patterson Companies Inc. announced its Webster Veterinary Supply unit will be renamed Patterson Veterinary Supply, effective Jan. 1, 2013. The strategic move is aimed at leveraging the Patterson brand across its three businesses, which also include Patterson Dental Supply and Patterson Medical. As part of this effort, the company launched its new website, www.pattersonvet.com, which includes many enhancements.
NYSVMS PEC: Protecting and Promoting Our Profession Through Solid Relationships By Linda Jacobson, DVM, NYSVMS Immediate Past President and Chairwoman of Political Education Committee
WHEN YOU NEED A SECOND OPINION about a difficult medical case, you probably seek advice from a trusted colleague, someone you have known a long time and met more than once. You value this person’s expertise, willingness to help you and listen carefully to your concerns.The New York State Veterinary Political Education Committee (PEC) helps foster the same kind of relationships between veterinarians and New York state legislators. Friendships that develop between practitioners and lawmakers lead to a greater understanding of each other’s concerns. PEC supports legislators who support our profession, clients, and their pets and whose ideas, actions and legislative positions closely align with a majority of veterinarians throughout New York State. Every year New York State lawmakers propose hundreds of bills that could affect the way we practice. The NYSVMS provides legislators with our opinions and lawmakers have come to trust us for accurate and precise information about our profession. PEC allows us to send our members to meet with legislators at events they hold in Albany and in their districts where we can forge personal connections with them. In turn, this strengthens our presence in Albany and makes it easier for us to reach out to our lawmakers at critical points in the legislative process. Our profession is changing quickly as more and more lay people are providing services that veterinarians traditionally perform. Protecting and promoting our profession is now more important than ever especially as veterinary schools graduate greater numbers of colleagues. More often than not,special interest groups are seeking to change our profession through legislation. For example, just in the past few years, the New York State legislature has considered the following bills that would… • outlaw devocalization of animals, potentially removing the veterinarian from making the final medical decision about the health and well-being of the pet; • ban intracardiac euthanasia; • allow farmers to vaccinate sheep and cattle against rabies; and
• permit guardianship of pets (a courtappointed individual could sue a pet owner, a veterinarianor anyone else dealing with an animal for damages). Lay people are currently allowed to float horses’ teeth in New York State and some are demonstrating how they clean canine teeth without sedation when they visit some of our members’ practices. In California, lay people have opened store front animal dentistry clinics where they are cleaning pets’ teeth without anesthesia. And legislation has been introduced in Congress requiring all veterinarians to write prescriptions for every medication we dispense even when clients buy from our practices.
These are just some of the challenges we face and more are bound to materialize in the coming years. A strong PEC helps us protect and promote our profession. Write your check to the Political Education Committee and mail it to: New York State Veterinary Medical Society, 100 Great Oaks Blvd., Suite 127, Albany, NY 12203. If you wish to donate via MasterCard or Visa credit card, call NYSVMS Headquarters at (800) 876-9867. Your support of the NYSVMS PEC is critical not just to you and your closest colleagues but to our entire profession. Together we can protect and promote the profession for present and future practitioners.
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In Memoriam Arthur E. Davis, DVM Arthur E. Davis, DVM, 92, of Delhi, N.Y., died Nov. 18, 2012, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. Arthur was born May 19, 1920, in Olivebridge, N.Y. He was one of five children born to LeRoy and Anna Oakley Davis. Arthur graduated from Kingston High School in 1938. He attended and graduated from New York State Agricultural College at Delhi in 1940. He then went to Cornell University, Ithaca, where he graduated from the Veterinary College in just four years in 1944. He conscripted into the Army as an officer while studying at Cornell. While at Cornell he met and later married Olga Hourn on July 12, 1944, and then moved to Delhi where Doctor Davis became partners with Dr. Howard S. Dickson, their practice was well-known as “Dickson and Davis.” It wasn’t long before Dr. Davis was affectionately known by his friends and clients as “Doc.” Doc frequently had students accompany him on his large animal farm calls and small animal office hours to observe veterinary procedures. Many went on to become veterinarians. Dickson and Davis were later joined by Dr. Charles Palin and their practice became known as the Delhi Animal Hospital. Doc left his Delhi practice after 32 years of dedicated service to the Delhi area in 1976. After leaving private practice, Doc became a New York State Veterinarian and also worked for the Federal Government in the meat inspection division. He retired for good in 1987. Doc was a 65-year member of the First Presbyterian Church of Delhi where he served as an elder and a trustee. He was also a member of the Delhi Grand Lodge of Masons for 65 years. He was a member of the NYS Veterinary Medical Association and the Catskill Mountain Medical Society. Doc enjoyed flying his airplane; was an avid fisherman, both locally and in Canada. Doc and Olga took many trips throughout the states and abroad. Doc was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Wilson; and two sisters, Florence Davis and Ida Mae Marlatt; sister-in-law and her husband, Stella and Thomas Shanley; and George Witte, (his niece, Mary Shanley’s husband.)
Boynton Grover, DVM Boynton Arnold Grover “Mike” died Nov. 8, 2012, of a heart attack at the age of 92. Formerly of Haverhill, Mass., but for many years a resident of Citrus Park, Bonita Springs, Fla., where he leaves many loved friends. His wife, Barbara, passed away four years ago. He is missed by his three daughters, Marcia Chase, Susan O’Neil and Rae McCarthy, and many grandchildren. Born May 6, 1920, in Islip, NY, his accomplishments are many but won’t give you a true sense of the man. They are Eagle Scout, graduate of New York Veterinarian College, Cornell University in 1943, captain in Alpha Psi Fraternity, and served with the Veterinary Corps during World War II.
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In Haverhill, Mass., where he set up practice as a veterinarian after the war he was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Pentucket Club, Elmore Associates, American Veterinary Medical Association, Pentucket Physicians Assoc.,Saggahew Lodge of Haverhill, Chairman of Whittier District Boy Scouts, Fortnightly Club, President of Haverhill Rotary Club. While in Bonita Springs he was a member of the Tropical Fruit Club. His hobbies in retirement were grafting trees, growing several varieties of fruit, organic gardening, photography, bird watching, reading, and fly fishing. He enjoyed gathering friends to watch the night sky for satellites whose direction and flight he had researched. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.
James R. O’Connor Jr., DVM James R. O’Connor Jr. of Hamptonburgh, N.Y., entered into rest on Dec. 13, 2012, at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, N.Y. He was 67. James was born in Hamburg, N.Y., on March 9, 1945, to James and Ruth O’Connor. He was the husband of Joyce Lange-O’Connor. Jim was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Jim was a graduate of Cornell University class of 1969 where he received his Doctorate in Veterinary Science. He was the owner of the Veterinary Clinic in Washingtonville, N.Y. His love for animals and family will be remembered by all. Jim’s clients will remember his generous efforts in the care of their pets. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce LangeO’Connor of Hamptonburgh, N.Y.; his children: Kathryn Bell and her husband, Cliff, of Georgia, Brendan O’Connor of California and Erin Timko and her husband, Mark of Pennsylvania; grandchildren: Morgan, Whitney, Shelby and J.J; sisters, Rosemary McKiernan and her husband, John Patrick, and Kathleen O’Connor.
William C. Wagner, DVM William C. Wagner, 80, died at his home in Reston, Va., on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Dr. Wagner received his DVM degree in 1956 and PhD degree in 1968, both from Cornell. He was the recipient of an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell University in 1965-68, a Senior U.S. Scientist Awardee of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 1973-74, a Senior Fulbright Research Professorship in Germany (1984-85), and received the David Bartlett Award of the American College of Theriogenologists in 1995 and the William P. Switzer Award from Iowa State University for Meritorious Service in Veterinary Medicine in 1999. Dr. Wagner has been listed in Who’s Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology, American Men and Women of Science, Who’s Who in
Veterinary Medicine and Who’s Who in America. After one year in a general practice in Interlaken, N.Y., with Dr. Howard K. Fuller, Dr. Wagner was a research associate in veterinary pathology with Dr. Kenneth McEntee, and then completed the PhD degree in physiology in 1968 with Dr. William Hansel at Cornell. He joined the faculty of the Veterinary Medical Research Institute at Iowa State University in January 1968 as an Assistant Professor, rising to Full Professor in 1976. In 1977, he moved to the University of Illinois as Head, Dept. of Veterinary Biosciences and in 1990 became Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies. During this time period, Dr. Wagner served as a program manager in competitive grants in animal reproduction at the USDA-CSREES and as a member of the Study Section on Fetal Development at the NIH. In 1990-93 he also was involved in the development of the competitive grants program in animal health at the USDA-CSREES agency. Dr. Wagner was named Leader of the Section on Animal Systems and National Program Leader for Veterinary Medicine at the USDA-CSREES in 1993, a position he held until retirement in 2002. Dr. Wagner then accepted a position as Visiting Professor at The Ohio State University, working on strategic planning and research funding as well as continuing with a major effort in further development of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, which had been initiated with his leadership in 2002 while still at USDA. In August 2007, Dr. Wagner accepted the appointment as Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine, St. Matthew’s University, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, BWI. He left this position in December 2011 and was named Dean Emeritus at the school. Dr. Wagner previously served as an international consultant for IICA in Brazil (1982) and The Winrock Foundation in Pakistan in 1990. In addition, he participated in scientific meetings and presented short courses on animal reproduction in Brazil on two occasions and given numerous scientific papers and lectures at international meetings and universities. In organized veterinary medicine, Dr. Wagner served on the Council on Education of the AVMA and as Chair of the COE in 1991. He also was the ACT representative on the Advisory Board on Veterinary Specialties, 1971-1979. Dr. Wagner was a Life Member of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD). Dr. Wagner is survived by his wife, Victoria Wagner of Reston, Va., and four children — William Wagner, Jr. of Rantoul, Ill., Elizabeth Wagner of Chicago, Ill., Victoria Corkery of Urbana, Ill., and Kathryn Wagner of Kalamazoo, Mi., and a stepson, Justin Eggleton of Ashburn, Va.. Dr. Wagner also delighted in his five grandchildren.
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Seeking a PT experienced veterinarian for a growing, high quality practice near Saratoga, N.Y. The ideal candidate should be friendly, professional and enjoy working as a team. Good surgical and client communication skills a must. Please send a cover letter, resume and three references to Homestead@nycap.rr.com.
Dr. Shirley Koshi is back on the relief track due to contractor woes at Gentle Hands. Available for work especially on weekends.Week days 8 hours minimum if your hospital is greater than 30 minutes away from Manhattan. 32 years experience, more than half as a relief vet. I like soft tissue surgery. Call (347) 947-9849 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Per diem practitioner available for SA & exotic practices from NYC to the Capital District. Diagnostician, accomplished & fast surgeon, personable, enjoys client support, works well w/hospital staff. Best days: Mondays & Tuesdays, holidays. Local references avail. Contact Dr. Susan Prattis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (415) 420-0791.1736R
PT associate for small animal hospital, Amsterdam, NY. Very nice staff to work with. Call Dr. Mike Tucci(518) 843-7390 or email amsterdamvet@ yahoo.com. Country Valley Veterinary Clinic in Amsterdam, N.Y., is searching for a FT or PT veterinarian to join our team. The ideal candidate should be outgoing, friendly, and enjoy working as a team. Some experience is preferred, with good surgical and dental skills. Visit www. countryvalleyvet.com to get an idea of who we are. Send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references:email@example.com. Central NY
FT SA DVM wanted for 3 doctor practice in Central Square, 15 minutes north of Syracuse. Salary based on production; 4 day work week/no weekend office hours. Contact Dr. Kathy Smith at (315) 668-7387 or firstname.lastname@example.org). New Hartford Animal Hospital is seeking an associate veterinarian for our companion animal practice. We are AAHA and NYSVMS accredited and practice high quality medicine and surgery.Competitive starting salary and comprehensive benefits. Qualified candidates send resume to email@example.com. Hudson Valley
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FT/Weekends a must at beautiful new animal hospital with pet resort. Visit us online at www.gardencityvet.com. New grads welcome. Must be enthusiastic. Dental/radiology interest a plus. Great support staff w/LVT. Competitive salary. Email resume and cover letter to email@example.com. (516) 742-0606 New York City
Part time veterinarian hospital in Queens, near bus and train. Enthusiastic,compassionate associate needed for well established, busy hospital. Some nights and weekends required please send resume to Jurimat924@yahoo.com. Western NY
Looking for 3rd FT associate at AAHA, SA practice w/in-house lab, sevoflurane, laser therapy, ultrasound. Salary + %. Practice part of 5-hospital group allowing ample vacation & support. Exc schedule, salary, benes. Contact or send resume to Lou Corbett, Harris Hill Animal Hospital, 8470 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221, phone (716) 204-9078, fax (716) 634-0954. 1804WNY FT/PT Experienced, enthusiastic and compassionate Veterinarian needed for well established and growing 3 DVM SA practice in WNY. Highly trained and motivated support staff. Competitive salary + %, No emergencies.Great area to live and have fun. Email KimberlyZeb. firstname.lastname@example.org.
VETERINARIANS AVAILABLE Experienced, compassionate surgeon/internist, writing a book needs free time, seeks per diem positions - weekends and evenings ok. NYC Metro Area. Phone (212) 662-6941 or email email@example.com.
RELIEF VETERINARIANS AVAILABLE Small animal veterinarian available for relief work in Capital District. Excellent communication skills, hard working, friendly and dedicated to providing quality and compassionate care.References and resume available upon request. Please contact Dr. Nicole LaMora at doclamora@ gmail.com or call (518) 477-0049. 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
Reliable, conscientious Cornell graduate with 30+ years’ experience available for SA relief services in CNY and surrounding areas. Contact: Dr. Norm Goldstein, (315) 420.9143 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 1648R
VETERINARY TECHNICIANS WANTED Country Valley Veterinary Clinic in Amsterdam, N.Y., is searching for the right LVT to join our team. Candidate should have an eye for details, be outgoing and friendly, and enjoy working as a team. FT or PT. Visit www. countryvalleyvet.com to get an idea of who we are. Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references. email@example.com Part time position for LVT needed for spay/neuter clinic near Schaghticoke. Contact Chris at (518) 692-9848 and please leave a message.
PRACTICES FOR SALE Amsterdam/Gloversville
Small Animal Hospital located on Rt. 29 between Amsterdam, Gloversville and Johnstown. Owner ill.Operated for 30 years with many associate veterinarians. Old apartment in basement and hospital has both indoor and enclosed attached outdoor runs. If interested please contact owner at (518) 725-8911 (office) or (518) 844-3922 (cell). Binghamton/Syracuse
Turn-key practice grossing over $600,000 and attractive hospital on 2.5 acres in a family oriented small city with country charm. Plenty of opportunity to grow this practice. Several sources offer liberal financing. Professional Practice Sales, Dr. Ed Williams, (800) 201-3678.
exposure. No emergencies. Priced for new owner income of over $225,000 after practice and real estate. Several sources offer liberal financing. Professional Practice Sales, Dr. Ed Williams, (800) 201-3678.
PRACTICES WANTED Wanted small animal / mixed animal solo veterinary practice within 3, or so, hours of Albany, N.Y. Experienced veterinarian. Confidentiality assured. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 316-0850, thanks. Experienced, compassionate, hard working SA veterinarian seeking to purchase a single or multi-doc practice in Buffalo/suburban area. Contact: email@example.com. 1712PW 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.
MISC. Upcoming events – Earn NY-approved CE in style: April 2-7, Alta, Utah. Focus: Small animal internal medicine & oncology topics. More information? Visit www.vetquest.org or email powderdon@ aol.com. Internship trained practice owner looking to rebuild/relocate. Affected by Hurricane Sandy.Looking for partner/ownership/ Medical Director or FT/PT position. The possibility of relocating is of interest. Special interest in internal medicine, client education, practicing the highest quality and standards of care. Communication of staff and working as a team is of utmost importance while keeping the patients’ and clients’ best interest at heart while offering the best in medical care. Chi Institute trained (acupuncture, Tui-na, Food Therapy, Herbal). I am not one sided East vsWest but like to integrate based on case bycase basis. CV available. Please email: EastWestDVM@gmail.com 2003 Xray processor Konica SRX-101A. Well maintained. $1000. Call Lou at(716) 204-9078.
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Greater Rochester.Long established small animal practice grossing $670,000, no emergencies, lots of growth potential. Free standing, 3-exam room hospital, very desirable community. Easy access to large city attractions. Several sources offer liberal financing. Professional Practice Sales, Dr. Ed Williams, (800) 201-3678.
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Affluent north shore residential community, nearby college.Grossing $790,000, exceptional cash flow after all debt service on practice and real estate.Attractive, inviting hospital with on-site parking. No emergencies. Several sources offer liberal financing. Professional Practice Sales, Dr. Ed Williams, (800) 201-3678. Small animal hospital on North Fork, Long Island on 2 acres in heart of wine country. Established for 40 years, it’s full service hospital with apartment above. Great veterinary practice for young, energetic doctor. Email: RHanusch@aol.com. Orange County
New listing! Start-up specialty practice – Diagnostic & Oncology Services. 6,700sf and sits on nearly 1 ½ prime real estate with 3-exam rooms and great equipment. Visit our website for new and upcoming listings! PS Broker Inc., (800) 636-4740, www.PSBROKER.com. Otsego County
Long established small animal practice presently grossing $450,000 with a lot of growth potential. Large family home, hospital, kennel building and barn all priced under market by highly motivated seller. Additional acreage available. Several sources offer liberal financing. Professional Practice Sales, Dr. Ed Williams, (800) 201-3678. Southern Tier
Nestle into your own comfortable practice niche in this solo small animal practice only a short distance from Ithaca. The owner is asking only $278K and this includes the free standing 1,500 square feet facility. Visit www. simmonsnewyork.com or email email@example.com. NY162-0814. Sullivan County
Sullivan County is poised for growth. Long established small animal practice grossing $635,000.Older clinic facility with exceptional traffic
NYCVERT succeeded in its goals through another long term volunteer veterinary response as was seen following 9/11. Once again, we received a great response from many generous and willing colleagues who served their profession in time of crisis to their city, and contributed to the well being of people and their pets during a very difficult, stressful, and tragic time in their lives. NYCVERT whole heartedly wishes to thank everyone who contributed to helping their fellow NYC pet owners and pets in time of great devastation and need. NYCVERT Board Members John Charos, DVM Pat Costello Michael Garvey, DVM Mark Salemi, DVM James Michael Shorter, DVM NYCVERT Communications Liaison Daphne Dodd Veterinary News/NYS • January/February 2013
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NYSVMS President’s Citation Awards The NYSVMS held its annual Holiday Social in Saratoga Springs, Dec. 2, in conjunction with the December Board Meetings and changing of the administration. During the dinner, held at the Saratoga National Golf Course, 2012 NYSVMS President Linda E. Jacobson, DVM, awarded several President’s Citation Certificates. The recipients are as follows:
• Barbara “Dr. Smart” Ahern, Esq. - In recognition and appreciation of her outstanding commitment and dedicated service as acting Executive Director and as a leading force during the New York State Veterinary Medical Society’s transition to a new Executive Director.
• Thomas J. Gosdeck, Esq. - In recognition and appreciation of his outstanding work for the New York State Veterinary Medical Society during the 2012 Legislative Session
• Dean M. Snyder, D.V.M. - In recognition and appreciation of his outstanding commitment to the Continuing Education Committee and his dedicated service to the New York State Veterinary Medical Society.
• Jennifer J. Mauer, CAE - In recognition and appreciation of her outstanding service, vision and leadership during her first year as the New York State Veterinary Medical Society Executive Director. • Eric M. Bregman, V.M.D. - In recognition and appreciation of his outstanding service and leadership for many years on the New York State Veterinary Medical Society Executive Board and as 2011 NYSVMS president. • Marlene J. Button, D.V.M. - In recognition and appreciation of her outstanding commitment to veterinary medicine as demonstrated by her years of dedicated service to the Finger Lakes VMA and the NYSVMS executive board. • D. Tony Beane, D.V.M. - In recognition and appreciation of his outstanding commitment to veterinary medicine as demonstrated by his years of dedicated service to the Northern New York VMA and the NYSVMS executive board.
Veterinary News/NYS • January/February 2013
• NYS-VC Planning Committee and Staff - In appreciation of the Planning Committee and Staff ’s outstanding service, professionalism, collegiality, excellence and commitment to the New York State Veterinary Conference. • Aaron D. Ward - In recognition and appreciation of his many years of service working for the New York State Veterinary Medical Society. • Matthew K. Relyea - In recognition and appreciation of his years of service working for the New York State Veterinary Medical Society Congratulations to all!