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LIVS Receives Citation

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Last month, County executive Ed Mangano presented our chief of staff Dr. Dominic Marino, on behalf of LIVS, with a citation from the county and the police department thanking and citing LIVS for being dedicated to serving the community and law enforcement.


North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum

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Dr. Dominic J. Marino, chief of staff at Long Island Veterinary Specialists will give a lecture titled, Chiari Malformation: The Scratching Dog only a Neurosurgeon Can Help, at the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in Galveston, TX on April 15, 2011.

Galveston Island Convention Center
5600 Seawall Boulevard
Galveston, TX

For more information visit: http://www.navdf.org/programInfo_Fri.aspx



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Dr. Dominic J. Marino, chief of staff at Long Island Veterinary Specialists will speak at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

In Denver, Colorado on June 17, 2011 - topics to include:
1. Electronic Brachy Therapy in Veterinary Medicine
2. Research Reports:
A) Medical Infrared Imaging (Thermography) as a screening Modality in Dogs with Chiari-like Malformation
B) Morphometric Features of the Craniocerival Junction Region in Dogs with Suspected Chiari-like Malformation

Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street
Denver, CO

For more information visit: http://www.acvim.org/


2011 ACVS Veterinary Symposium

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Dr. Dominic J. Marino, chief of staff at Long Island Veterinary Specialists
will speak at American College of Veterinary Surgeons in Chicago, IL on November 5, 2011.

Topic: Medical Infrared imaging (Thermography) in Veterinary Neurology

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL

For more information visit: http://www.acvs.org/symposium/CE/

A Human In A Dog's Body

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McDuff_light1A delightful Airedale puppy arrived at the Weber home about thirteen years ago and immediately became an engrossing family member. Named “MacDuff” by Arlene Weber, a retired teacher and a rather private person and her husband Marvin, a salesman, he quickly garnered all their attention.

The Webers had lost a son, an only child and MacDuff provided them with an object of attention and affection that filled their days. At about three years of age, MacDuff developed some nasal passageway obstruction requiring surgery, eventually leaving him with two openings on the superior part of the muzzle (nose). Over time, the openings became larger and the area developed into cancer. For much of his life, whenever he sneezed, mucus was expelled through those openings and it required diligent care to keep him and his surroundings clean. The Webers were up to the task and MacDuff rewarded them with unbridled love.

The fates would unfortunately afflict Marvin Weber with lung cancer not long after and as he was unable to care for MacDuff, the personnel at LIVS managed his care and in fact, one of the members of the LIVS staff, Rose Guiliano, undertook this task and she eventually adopted MacDuff at age five. Both LIVS and Rose continued to manage a still wonderful companion dog till his eventual demise at almost thirteen years of age. MacDuff was a pet that filled a void in the Webers’ home and was loved and cared for by them, Rose and the LIVS team. Rose described MacDuff as a “human in a dog’s body”.

In remembrance of MacDuff, Arlene Weber left a generous sum to the work of the foundation at LIVS, the New York Veterinary Foundation, whose mission is to advance the collective knowledge base, both human and veterinary, through research and clinical studies that benefit both worlds. This Airedale puppy affected the lives and homes of two families and a specialized veterinary facility; the influence of his life, through the generosityof the Webers, will be felt in the work of the NYVF, work that can improve the lives of both veterinary and human patients.

The Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation (CSF) to honor Dr. Dominic Marino for his groundbreaking research on a disease which affects both humans and animals

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PLAINVIEW, NEW YORK – The Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation is honoring Dr. Dominic J. Marino, Chief of Staff at Long Island Veterinary Specialists (LIVS) in Plainview, New York at its 4th annual Charity Ball to be held Saturday, March 5, 2011 6:00pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island, New York. 

Dr. Marino is the founding board member of New York Veterinary Foundation (NYVF) and a pioneer in the field of Chiari-like malformation and syringomyelia (CLM/SM) in dogs.  He has recently launched the Canine Chiari Institute (CCI), a research arm of Long Island Veterinary Specialists which focuses on providing the latest research data to veterinarians as well as an educational tool for owners and breeders. CCI provides information and in depth descriptions of the conditions that affect the mainly small breed dogs that exhibit characteristic symptoms and signs of cerebellar compression and impaired CSF flow. NYVF has been funding this critical research over the past decade, which has lead to numerous innovations and countless successful outcomes for dogs and their families. Dr. Marino has presented his findings at human medical conferences around the world.


Chiari & Syringomyelia Spring Gala 2011

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STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK –  On a pleasant weekend in early March of this year, recognition of an extraordinary accomplishment was celebrated by over 300 attendees at the Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation’s annual spring gala held at the Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn in New York.

It was the first time the veterinary community was recognized by a foundation dedicated to alleviating the burden of humans afflicted with the Chiari malformation and syringomyelia by honoring Dr. Dominic J. Marino, chief of staff at Long Island Veterinary Specialists, for the work done in both research, education, service and application of newer surgical techniques in pets afflicted with Chiari-like malformation and syringomyelia. This work is fostered by The New York Veterinary Foundation of which Dr. Marino is both founder and board member.



Dr. Dominic Marino Awarded 2010 Healthcare Hero by Long Island Business News

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Dr. Dominic J. Marino named 2010 LIBN Health Care HeroDr. Dominic Marino, Chief of Staff of Long Island Veterinary Specialists and founding Board Member of New York Veterinary Foundation has been honored by Long Island Business News as the 2010 Veterinary Health Care Hero.

Long Island Business News honors individuals and organizations in the health care industry in Nassau and Suffolk Counties who epitomize the spirit embodied in the word HERO. The goal of the program is to recognize excellence, promote innovation, contribute to the enhancement of the value and quality of health care and, ultimately, recognize the men, women and organizations whose tireless work, contributions and dedication to healing and caring ensure the well-being of everyone on Long Island.   View the article>


Long Island Veterinary Specialists and the New York Veterinary Foundation to Donate Surgery & Rehabilitation For a Dog belonging to a Long Island Boy with Tourette’s Syndrome.

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Rocco before surgeryPLAINVIEW, NEW YORK – Long Island Veterinary Specialists (LIVS) and The New York Veterinary Foundation (NYVF) will donate more than $5,000 to perform urgently needed cruciate surgery, hospitalization and physical rehabilitation for Rocco, a 3 year old Doberman. Rocco is the faithful companion of Robbie Lettieri, a 16 year old Long Island boy who has been suffering for six years with a severe and very rare case of Tourette’s Syndrome.

“When Robbie’s mom called to tell us their story and how much Robbie’s dog means to him we just felt we had to donate our services,” said Dr. Dominic Marino - Chief of Staff at LIVS “The family has been through so much and we wanted to do what we could to ease their burden.”
Rocco, a 3 year old Doberman had been on medication since 1 year of age because he had exhibited difficulty getting up. Two weeks before being brought to LIVS, he became lame in the right rear limb. After a careful assessment, it was found that Rocco had torn a ligament in his knee joint and it would require a special surgical procedure to repair.

Dr. Dominic Marino speaks at 2010 American College of Veterinary Surgeons Symposium

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Dr. Dominic J. Marino Speaks at ACVS Veterinary SymposiumDr. Dominic Marino just returned from the 2010 American College of Veterinary Surgeons Symposium held in Seattle Washington. Over one thousand veterinary surgeons from all over the world attend this conference each year to hear the latest developments in veterinary orthopedic, soft tissue and neurosurgery. Dr. Marino presented the results of research projects that have been conducted at The Canine Chiari Institute over the last several years. Topics included the MRI characteristics of dogs with Chiari like malformation and diseases that can be confused with Chairi like malformation. Additionally, Dr. Marino was invited to participate in an expert panel discussion about the standard of care in patients having spine surgery. The lectures were well received and preparation is underway for similar talks to be presented at the North American Veterinary Conference, one of the nations largest, in January.
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