What's New at UVS

Welcome to the Team, Dr. Kimberley Kirchner!

We’re thrilled to announce Dr. Kimberley Kirchner has joined UVS’ Emergency Team! Dr. Kirchner received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2018 and obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in May 2022. Dr. Kirchner especially enjoys surgery, client communication, organizational leadership, and community engagement. She aspires to advance her emergency and critical care skillset and inspire younger generations to become involved in veterinary medicine.

Specialty Spotlight: Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis Chelsea Zorn, DVM, DACVECC   Anaphylaxis With warmer and nicer weather also comes the increased exposure to allergens for our canine and feline friends, potentially leading to anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially fatal, systemic allergic reaction that occurs suddenly after contact with an allergy-causing substance. There are anaphylactic and anaphylactoid reactions, which are both systemic, immediate-type hypersensitivity reactions. Anaphylactic reactions are mediated by IgE (i.e., secondary to insect bites, venom, food, and medications), while anaphylactoid reactions are IgE-independent…

Thromboembolic Medication Review

Thromboembolic Medication Review Andrew Waxman, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) Anticoagulants are useful in a range of conditions, from pulmonary/aortic thromboembolism to disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). The appropriate selection of medication will depend on whether the goal is the dissolution of a thrombus or the prevention of potential thrombosis (thromboprophylaxis). Only thrombolytics can break down a thrombus, while anticoagulants can indirectly support thrombus breakdown. Antiplatelet Medications: Aspirin is an irreversible inhibitor of cyclooxygenase 1 and 2 (COX-1, COX-2). In platelets, this enzyme…

The New Mystery Canine Respiratory Illness

Veterinarians nationwide are seeing an increase in the new canine infectious respiratory disease. Predominately in Portland, Oregon, The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has received over 200 reports of atypical canine infectious respiratory disease from local veterinarians. Currently, there are no known cases in upstate New York. While the cause of this new respiratory disease is still unknown, veterinarians suspect this is a viral disease since the administration of antibiotics doesn’t seem to resolve the illness. As pet owners, here…

How to Prepare your Patient for Dermatology Referral

How to Prepare Your Patient for Dermatology Referral Amy Schnedeker, DVM, MS, DACVD Dermatologic diseases, especially allergies, are one of the most common conditions seen in general practice, with frequent recheck visits and relapses of clinical signs. This can make allergies a frustrating condition for both clients and us as veterinarians. Since there can be a 4-5 week wait time for Dermatology referrals, here are some steps to take to keep your patients comfortable while awaiting referral: Cytology Early and…

UVS Sponsors Albany's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

In October, UVS was the Bark Against Breast Cancer Sponsor for Albany’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. We had over 30 team members join our team, and collectively, our staff raised over $3,700 for cancer research and treatment. Our sponsorship tent included pink UVS swag and educational information on a pet’s support through a cancer diagnosis, as well as canine mammary cancer. Our tent was complete with a doggie kissing booth that raised an additional $500 onsite!

Specialty Spotlight: Diskospondylitis – Signs, Diagnosis, and Treatments

Diskospondylitis – Signs, Diagnosis, and Treatments Christina Scanlon Isack, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology) Discospondylitis is an infection involving the intervertebral discs and surrounding vertebral endplates. This infection is most commonly secondary to bacteria, but we occasionally see fungal discospondylitis as well. Infection is generally thought to occur secondary to: Hematogenous spread (most common) with involvement of the urinary tract in many cases Foreign body migration, such as plant awns Iatrogenic infection following spinal surgery or a paravertebral injection (least common)  …

Specialty Spotlight: Nasal Disease in Dogs and Cats

Nasal Disease in Dogs and Cats Sara Arnold, DVM, DACVIM As the warmer months roll around, there also seems to be a recrudescence of nasal disease. The chronically sneezing, snotty dog or cat tends to be something that plagues owners and veterinarians alike. Many owners who present to our specialty hospital are looking for a nasal foreign body to be the source of all their evils, but (unfortunately for them and us) nasal foreign bodies are few and far between….

SUNY Delhi Tour for Science Program Students

We had a great time hosting students from the SUNY Delhi Science Program last week! They heard from several team members about a day in the life at a specialty and 24/7 emergency hospital and received a tour! We love the opportunity to help young professionals decide on their careers!