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Your E-Connection to NAVTAApril 27, 2010 

April 27th is National Hairball Awareness Day! 

Renew your membership using our new online membership form! 
Please contact Jacquie Gulamhussein with questions about membership.
Upcoming Events
April 29-May 1:  North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium in Kansas City, MO
April 30-May 1:  Canine Total Hip Replacement course at Ohio State University
May 1:  Parasitology course at Ohio State University 
May 2:  Canine Total Knee Replacement course at Ohio State University
May 12:  Breeding Management of the Mare at New Bolton Center in PA
May 12-14: IVFSA Education Mtg in Orlando, FL 
May 12-14: Third Annual Veterinary Forensifc Science Conference, Orlando, FL
May 13-14: Is it Physical, Psychological or Both? course at the New Bolton Center in PA
May 15:  RIVTA Annual CE Symposium in Narragansett, RI
May 15:  Companion Animal Behavior Seminar at Cornell University  
May 15:  Canine and Feline Behavior Conference at Ohio State University 
May 22-23:  Basic and Intermediate Ultrasound at Ohio State University 
June 9-12:  ACVIM Forum in Anaheim, CA
June 19: MVTA Conference at University of Missouri Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Columbia, MO

June 26-27:  "Back to School" CE event at UC Davis
July 15-18:  Pacific Veterinary Conference in San Francisco
July 14-16:  North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium in Las Vegas, NV 
July 30:  American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior & American College of Veterinary Behavior meeting in Atlanta, GA
July 31-August 3:  AVMA Convention in Atlanta 
August 1: SVBT Membership Mtg and Reception in Atlanta in conjunction with AVMA
August 28-31:CVC in Kansas City
You can now submit events to our online calendar by visiting and clicking Events.
Do you want to write a CE Article for the NAVTA Journal?
If you are interested in contributing a CE article to the NAVTA Journal, please feel free to contact us:
Fall Journal -- Holistic Medicine
Winter Journal --Exotics and Avian
Fresh off the Wires
Pet owners concerned with resistant heartworms
For other news articles related to the veterinary
industry, check out the VIN Veterinary News Service website.
A special thanks to our e-newsletter sponsor
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 Greenies Show us your pet's Healthy Smile
Greenies Brand is kicking off its 2nd annual "Show Us Your Pet's Healthy Smile" contest beginning April 26th through June 18th, 2010.  The contest promotes twice yearly oral assesssment and treatment as necessary by veterinarians and daily oral care at home.  
Pet owners can upload a picture of their pet showing off their winning smile and encourage family and friends to vote.  3 pets will be selected by Bark magazine from the top 10 receiving the most votes. 
Free materials are available to hospitals interested in promoting good oral health to their clients. 
Tel: 642-228-4045, ext.16
  Pet Poison Helpline Logo
Pet Poison Helpline is educating pet owners about the safety of topical flea and tick products. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refers to these as Spot-On products, named this because they are applied to the back of the neck or shoulders of cats and dogs to control fleas and ticks. 
Pet Poison Helpline experts agreed with the EPA's assessment that incidences of severe and fatal effects from the application of these products is extremely low as compared to the number of applications that pet owners apply each year.  Misuse is most commonly when serious incidences occur, i.e., applying dog flea and tick treatments onto cats.
Brief irritation at the application site may happen with the fast-acting topical flea and tick medication.  A small proportion of treated pets may develop a side effect called paresthesia.  Though the incidents reported are large in number, the majority of cases have mild and self-limiting effects.  Treating animals with Spot-On products, will yield low occurrences of any adverse effects across the board. 
Recommendation for the proper usage of these products:
  • Read andfollow the directions on the product.
  • Know the exact size and weight of the animal and use the correct dose amount.  Do not guess.
  • Use a product for the animal in which the product was intended.
  • Consult a verinarian before using flea and tick products on weak, aged, sick, pregnant or nursing pets.
  • Always monitor your pets for signs of adverse reactions.
  • When in doubt, consult a veterinarian, the manufacturer, or call the Pet Poison Helpline for treatment recommendations and general assistance. 
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The FIRST ANNUAL NAVTA CONFERENCE will be the weekend of November 12-14 in our nation's capitol, Washington, D.C.
You will experience terrific educational and networking opportunities.  Learn about leadership, professionalism and moving-up in the workplace.  Most of all, the conference will be FUN!  This inaugural conference is open to all members of the veterinary healthcare team, students, and the allied industry.
Visit NAVTA for a registration form and sign-up today!
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Alexandria, VA 22304
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