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This trip is for anyone with a sense of adventure, who wants to see some of our planet’s more unique (and vanishing) wildlife and culture, and wants to do it in style. If you are interested in digital photography then you are in for even more of a treat. Dr. Palazzolo (or Dr. P., as he is known) combines his knowledge of photography and exotic animal veterinary medicine with the expert knowledge of our naturalist guides for a perfect combination of wildlife viewing and outstanding photography.

This trip has been specifically designed to coincide with the annual birth of wildebeest calves as part of the annual migration. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeests will be calving in a two-week period of time. It is an explosion of new life and interaction with the predators of the Serengeti, and we will be right in the middle of the action every day. This will be a unique safari, far more interesting and personal with nature than your average safari. You will return
with an experience and photos that very few people will have experienced.

On Dr. P’s trips you can learn about digital photography at any level you want from beginning up to advanced. He will bring the finest professional equipment Canon makes, and will give everyone periodic access to these cameras and lenses with hands-on instructions. There will be a maximum of three to four people per vehicle allowing photographers ample room in the vehicle to get the best vantage point. Non-photographers are welcome, and will enjoy the trip just the same, although be forewarned how enticing it is to take your own photos to show off to your friends on your return.

Emergency Potpourri: Because You Never Know What Is Going to Come Through the Door

Elisa Mazzaferro, DVM, PhD, DACVECC

(8 hours RACE-approved continuing education credits)

SERENGETI WILDLIFE

Special Photography Safari with International Expeditions and Dr. Carl Palazzolo Feb. 3-13, 2015

With Pre-Trip Extension to Rwanda January 30-February 3, 2015

For more details click here.


We see technological advances all the time in our lives and in our practice.  Things that we couldn’t even imagine ten years ago are happening every day.  I am going to reveal my age here, but when I first started practicing as a veterinarian few private practices had X-ray machines, and all of them used film for radiographs.  Now many practices have digital radiography and can take a radiograph and e-mail it to a radiologist within minutes.  Hopefully these changes in technology are used to improve the level of care we can provide to our patients.

Imaging is one area where technology has improved in leaps and bounds.  Today Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are available in many different veterinary centers.  PET scans (Positron Emission Tomography) are available at some veterinary schools.  These tools allow us to get an incredibly detailed look inside the body to identify diseases.  When it comes to cancer accurate imaging is crucial to help diagnose tumors and to identify exactly where the tumor is in relation to the normal tissues.

However, this technology is not just useful for diagnosis.  New advances in technology are changing the ways that we are able to treat tumors.  There are approximately 70 centers in the world that have radiation therapy capabilities for treating animals.  Most of these facilities have linear accelerators for treating cancer, which allow us to focus radiation to the tumor, while avoiding the normal tissues.  Some of these facilities have a technology called intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) or stereotactic radiation.  These techniques, used with advanced imaging techniques, allow us to truly pinpoint the radiation to the tumor, and minimize the dose of radiation to any normal tissues in the area.  By doing this we are able to effectively treat pets with cancer, while minimizing damage to their normal tissues…helping us achieve our goal of effectively treating cancer, while keeping our patient’s quality of life as normal as possible.

I look forward to seeing what the next ten years brings to allow us to provide the best care possible for our patients with cancer.


The Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association recently endorsed Bank of America Merrill Lynch on August 14th, as a provider of services to member practices. 

The CVMA Executive Committee carefully made this decision by comparing products, services, and rates for several competitive banks.  The Committee determined that Bank of America Merrill Lynch provided superior opportunities that we believe can best affect the quality of member practices, and the CVMA. 

The Bank of America partnership advisory approach is unique in the industry.   While our size and level of expertise are impressive, you will find that our approach is personal and hands on.   Bank of America Merchant Banking, Small Business Banking, and Practice Solutions- coupled to Merrill Lynch Wealth Management- are working together to ensure the growth and success of the CVMA and Member practices. 

Merchant Banking Solutions provides an immediate and readily identifiable change in your merchant services rate.  Bank of America is providing a rate of 9bps for member practices.  Merchant Banking Solutions is committed to tailoring their services to your hospital’s needs. 

Small Business Banking Solutions offers personal service for all members at every level of banking, including a personal liaison for every aspect of member needs.  We also offer Business Advantage Checking with zero monthly maintenance for hospital owners.  We will coordinate with our local branch locations to make sure your banking experience is a success.

Veterinary Practice Solutions has the expertise to accommodate new practice start-ups, practice sales and purchase, business debt consolidation, equipment financing, commercial real estate, as well as, providing educational seminars about topics ranging from first-time hospital owners to succession planning.   Bank of America loaned over $100,000,000 to doctors in 2012.  For the CVMA, Hospital financing requests will receive 50% off any administration fee.  The current interest rate environment is still ideal for low rate refinancing of existing debt structures and ideal from a long-term amortization perspective.

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Services offers access to a broad array of competitive financial solutions, designed to help you address your unique financial needs.  Merrill Lynch offers a complimentary Complete Business Review Analysis as it relates to retirement plan services, such as 401ks, profit-sharing plans, cash balance plans, etc.

Your life and your life’s work are inextricably linked.  We will take the time to gain an in-depth understanding of your goals and your business in order to propose strategies that address your needs both at your practice, and at home.  All members will receive 50% off of solution fee-based programs with Merrill Lynch. 

We look forward to working with you, and encourage you to take advantage of what Bank of America Merrill Lynch can do for your practice, and you. 

Please reach out to David Mozeleski at 860-728-3567 or david.mozeleski@ml.com.  

 


Veterinarians and the staff of local hospitals are invited to send their best to compete for pride and for glory in the 1st Annual VetOlympics. This interactive and intellectual event will consist of teams of five, and can have more than one team per hospital.

This will be an evening of fun, food, drink, laughter, and friendly competition. In the end, however, only one hospital shall stand victorious and hold yearly rights to the coveted 1st Annual VetOlympics Trophy. Awards, trophies and prizes shall also be given based on team spirit, best team uniform and more! Read more...


Stages of Loss: The Group Approach

It is a team effort to help both pets and their owners through illness.

There are many stages of worry when a pet is struggling with an illness such as cancer: chances of survival, the choice of treatment, quality and meaning of life for both pet and owner.

The Veterinary Cancer Center (VCC) helps with the complex needs of the animal and now has a partnership support system for the emotional needs of pet owners. 

Support groups are offered at Westport Family Counseling for owners of sick pets, or for those that have recently lost pets.  The group environment has been proven to be most effective in processing worry, grief, guilt, anxiety and sorrow.  The group is facilitated by Vera Muller-Paisner, LCSW, Psychoanalyst, who has extensive experience with complexity of the human-animal bond.  (www.keurlos.org)

For more information on the groups call (203) 227-4555 or email wfc@wfcmail.org

www.westportfamilycounseling.org


A study led by researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found for the first time that thirdhand smoke - the noxious residue that clings to virtually all surfaces long after the secondhand smoke from a cigarette has cleared out - causes significant genetic damage in human cells.

Furthermore, the study also found that chronic exposure is worse than acute exposure, with the chemical compounds in samples exposed to chronic thirdhand smoke existing in higher concentrations and causing more DNA damage than samples exposed to acute thirdhand smoke, suggesting that the residue becomes more harmful over time... read more


Scientists think they have discovered why cancer spreads from one part of the  body to another, and say it will be "relatively easy" to stop the process. Experiments carried out by a team at University College London uncovered what  causes the disease to migrate.

In many cases, death from cancer is not caused by the primary tumour, but the  secondary growth. Scientists found that diseased cells are attracted to healthy cells, which then  try to move away from the cancerous cell. However, the cancer cell continues to  follow the healthy cell, causing the disease to spread through the body.

Tags: Cancer

Research Reveals Cell-Free DNA Accurately Correlates with Breast Cancer DNA

A recent pilot study done at Chronix Biomedical and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has revealed that breast cancer patients can be monitored for cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in their blood samples.  This group of researchers has demonstrated that these samples accurately correlate with breast cancer.

 

Tags: Cancer

As the world’s population lives longer than ever, if we don’t succumb to heart disease, strokes or accidents, it is more likely that cancer will get us one way or another. Cancer is tough to fight, as the body learns how to outsmart medical approaches that often kill normal cells while targeting the malignant ones.


Here are the 10 warning signs of cancer brought to you by The VCC and The Lehigh Valley Dream Weavers Agility Club (LVDWAC) which is dedicated to the growing sport of dog agility. Club membership is open to any and all dog breeds, including mixed breeds, who enjoy participating in agility, both competitively and non-competitively. Read more....


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