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1 NYSED CE for NYSVMS members

This Introduction to Maintaining Controlled Drugs in a Clinical Environment will be presented by Jeffrey VanSplunder of Airis Pharmaceutical Solutions. The learning objectives are:
  • Identify the primary methods of diversion and strategies to prevent
  • Understand the factors that can trigger an inspection from the DEA
  • Prepare and maintain records in a manner that the DEA will determine is compliant with the law
  • How to screen employees who handle controlled substances
  • How to avoid liability by ensuring that controlled substance storage is secure

Jeffrey Vansplunder is Chairman of Airis Pharmaceuticals, who has extensive experience from his time as a police detective, undercover narcotics investigator, forensic scientific investigator, evidence officer, and white collar crime investigator.
AIRIS is dedicated to Comprehensive Opioid Drug Regulatory Compliance.

Airis was founded by former law enforcement officers who were on the front lines working with businesses who administer and dispense controlled substances. They recognized client’s needs for someone to be an advocate between regulators and the opioid drug industry; ensuring compliance, exposing diversion & protecting clients’ interest.


Webinar Broadcast - May 6th 2020

A partnership between NYSVMS and Center for Veterinary Business and Entrepreneurship at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Within the next few weeks we expect to see elective procedures made legal again in New York State, but there will still be a need to maintain social-distancing protocols. Many animal hospitals are struggling to meet the demand for services now, how can they adapt to the demands for the coming 6 to 12 months.

To address these issues, NYSVMS has formed a partnership the Center for Veterinary Business and Entrepreneurship at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

In this first panel discussion you will hear updates from current experts in public health and employment law, but it is even more important that we can hear from you to understand the challenges you are facing in your practice and what your needs are from this group of experts.

Join us for this free online discussion and meet:

Jorge L. Colón, DVM, MBA, Senior Lecturer Financial and Organizational Management, CVBE, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Caroline Yancey, DVM, MPH, Lecturer Master of Public Health Program, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Celia Bigoness, Esq., Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
Nicole Gould, Cornell Law ’20, New York State 2020 Pro Bono Scholar
Tim Atkinson, Executive Director NYSVMS

No CEs are available for the recording

This 90 minute webinar has been divided into three sections for easy viewing

Part 1: Caroline Yancey, DVM, MPH, - Infection Control for Veterinary Practice
25 minutes

Part 2: Celia Bigoness, Esq, Nicole Gould - Employment and legal issues
59 minutes

Part 3 - Questions and answers

    Download the slide deck

    This joint webinar with NYSAVT (Technicians association) was scheduled prior to Covid in order to help veterinarians improve work-life balance and profitability through the most effective working relationship with licensed veterinary technicians.

    We've shifted the focus to also provide some practical advice for operations today during the Covid-19 crisis, also including what veterinarians can do to maximize the safety of technicians whose responsibilities potentially expose them to risk.

    As animal hospitals begin to return to full capacity there will be a backlog of cases to be seen, and delegating as much as possible to technicians may become critical, as well as the ability to easily fill your vacant technician positions by better understanding the value and needs of licensed technicians.

    We are delighted to welcome Garnetta Santiago, MA LVT, President of the NYS Association of Veterinary Technicians, and Manager, Academic and Professional Affairs at Zoetis Inc. She will join NYSVMS and LIVMA Board member Robin Sturtz, DVM, Director, Veterinary Technology Program at LIU Post.

    Clincial Security Practices and Documentation

    Clinical Security Practices and Documentation
    Recorded May 12, 2020  1 CE

    This second webinar in our Controlled Drugs series builds on the foundation from the introductory webinar, also presented by Jeffrey VanSplunder of Airis Pharmaceutical Solutions.

    The information discussed will include the additional documentation required to be maintained in a clinic's administrative book presented with applicable templates and examples as well as security practices and documentation.

    AIRIS is dedicated to Comprehensive Opioid Drug Regulatory Compliance.

    Airis was founded by former law enforcement officers who were on the front lines working with businesses who administer and dispense controlled substances. They recognized client’s needs for someone to be an advocate between regulators and the opioid drug industry; ensuring compliance, exposing diversion & protecting clients’ interest.


    Presented by: Daniel Carmichael, DVM, DAVDC & Wendy Ardolina, DVM

    During this two-hour virtual presentation, a range of topics related to small animal veterinary dentistry will be discussed. The goal will be to focus on common clinical problems and current recommendations. Topics to be covered include dental radiography, dental extractions including oronasal fistula repair, tooth resorption in cats and dogs, feline and canine stomatitis, and recommendations for home care.

    We asked Chris Rocchio, DVM who is on the NYSVMS Finance Committee, and Treasurer for Capital District VMS, to put together a team to help answer questions about financial issues. The team so far includes:

    Dr. Chris Rocchio, Monarch Business Consulting
    David Waterman, Monarch Business Consulting
    Matt Hosford from our lawyers, Jackson Lewis
    Sean Coyle, Lendeavor

    We will cover, among other things:

    Decreasing your cash flow through the pandemic
    Disaster Relief Loans and the Stimulus Package - what does it mean to the practice owner?
    What if you need to decrease your workforce?
    COVID-19 employment items to note
    COVID-19 leaves and when to use them, Unemployment Insurance (UI), the UI Shared Work Program, etc.
    What is the short and long term effect on practice values and sales?

    Broadcast April 2nd 2020

    Everybody is going through a time of great stress. We want to make sure that our NYSVMS community is seeded with people who understand how to reach out when they see their colleagues struggling, and encourage them to accept the help available from our confidential member helpline.

    Lisa Hardy CEAP who is the Vice President of CorpCare, our 24/7 helpline provider, will cover a few pointers to help you thrive despite the circumstances, and then cover the basic principles of recognizing when it might be time to ask your colleagues if they are OK, and to lead them toward any help they might need.

    Cover slide for How to Best Balance People and PPP needs

    Webinar Broadcast: 5/19/2018
    75 minutes

    Deb Best, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    Deb Best Practices

    During the Covid crisis NYSVMS has hired human resources specialist, Deb Best of Deb Best Practices to provide one-on-one consultations with NYSVMS members needing help.

    We invited her to return to our virtual stage to present the answers to the questions she has most often heard while consulting with our members, and update you with information on the payroll protection program.

    Presenter Rating: 9/10
    Audience comments:
    " Answered the most common/difficult questions about the program instead of just stating the general requirements of the law. Also, using personal experience made it more understandable."

    "She answered questions of immediate relevance regarding how to bring staff back; the connection between that offer and the staff's unemployment benefits and he need to document this in writing."


    An Overview of Veterinary Cannabis: Phytopharmacology, Studies, Applications and Regulatory Constraints.
    Approved for 1 NYSED continuing education credit.


    Robert J. Silver DVM, MS
    Chief Medical Officer, RxVitamins, Chief Veterinary Officer, Folium Biosciences

    This 45 minute webinar will give the participants a working knowledge of the science that underlies the medical value of cannabinoid therapies, a brief review of the veterinary studies to date, an understanding of the clinical applications
    for this emerging therapy, including information about product selection and safe and effective dosing strategies, and an explanation of the current regulatory environment for veterinarians.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understanding of mechanisms of action of the constituents of cannabis

    2. Understanding of the nomenclature and definitions regarding cannabis and hemp

    3. Learn about the safety and efficacy studies that have been published from Cornell and Colorado State University

    4. Learn what are the best applications for this emerging therapy and how to dose

    5. Understand what is needed to know regarding effective product selection

    6. Learn what the current regulatory environment is for veterinarians in your state.

    About Dr. Silver
    Chief Medical Officer, RxVitamins, Chief Veterinary Officer, Folium Biosciences,
    DVM: Colorado State University 1982, MS: Colorado State University, Cardiopulmonary Physiology 1976, BS: Colorado State University, Animal Science 1974, Past president: Veterinary Botanical Medical Association, Contributing Member: Hemp Feed Coalition

    Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine: Cannabinoid Therapies for Animals; in Gupta RC et al. (eds.) Nutraceuticals in Veterinary Medicine, Springer Nature AG 2019;

    In press:
    Hemp Nutrition and Veterinary Cannabis Products and Dosing; in: Veterinary Cannabis; Springer Publications.
    The Endocannabinoid System of Animals.

    Webinar Recorded: August 2019


    A Hidden Genome - Mitochondria

    Presented by Richard E. Palmquist, DVM, GDVCHM

    The mitochondria is an important organelle, which does so much more that simply make energy. It is a vital regulatory player and has the power of life, disease and death over the cell. In this lecture we will explore these aspects and bridge our  academic studies with relevant clinical practice.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Define the mitochondria and its possible origins.
    2. Describe the nonenergy productive regulatory effects of mitochondria and how they relate to every day clinical conditions involving chronic inflammation, immune failure and cancer.
    3. Identify commonly used therapeutics and xenotoxins that harm and help mitochondria.
    4. Understand the importance and relationship of advanced glycation end products to aging, diet, and inflammation.
    5. Recognize how integrative therapies may be used to reduce mitochondrial harm.
    6. Begin to consider the mitochondria and microbiome in patient management.
    Presenter information

    Richard Palmquist was born in Greeley, Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University in 1983, where he received the Upjohn Award for proficiency in small animal medicine. He graduated from the Australian College of Integrative Veterinary Therapy with a graduate degree in veterinary Chinese herbal medicine in 2015.

    He is chief of integrative health services at Centinela Animal Hospital in Inglewood, California. He is a past president of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (Editorial committee and Council of Elders) and is a past president and national research chair of the AHVM Foundation, which promotes scientific research and education into integrative therapies. He is also a board member of the World Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. He provides fourth year veterinary students experience in integrative practice for UC Davis and Western University.

    Dr Palmquist is an international speaker in integrative veterinary medicine, especially homotoxicology, therapeutic nutrition, mitochondrial medicine, and modified hospice. He is an Alternative Medicine consultant for the Veterinary Information Network (VIN). In 2012 he was honored to receive the AHVMA Council of Elders Peacemaker Award for his work to bring harmony between CAVM and conventional veterinary medicine. He has published numerous papers and three books. The first is an evidence-based textbook for conventional veterinarians entitled Integrating Complimentary Medicine into Veterinary Practice. The second is a book for clients discussing how integrative thinking works. The third is a poetry book. He has consulted with ABC and CBS news and his practice was featured for its unique integrative approach to oncology patients.