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Dominican Republic - Youth Project

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One of the mottos that the New York Veterinary Foundation (NYVF) believes in is "Bridging the Divide".  It is with this mindset that NYVF will be helping to sponsor six young ladies in their quest to return to the Dominican Republic and work with the nonprofit group “7 Elements.”  One focus of the group is to provide medical care to the local villages, where this is lacking. This global sustainability project is in collaboration between “7 Elements” and “Timmy Global Health Partnership”.


These volunteers are planning a 21 day trip in conjunction with 7Elements and need your help to provide medical supplies and support. Together they must raise $10,000 in addition to corporate sponsorship to make this trip possible.  If you are interested in sponsoring the volunteers, please make a tax deductible donation to: The New York Veterinary Foundation, Attn: Dominican Republic.


Donations can be sent by check to:

The New York Veterinary Foundation

163 South Service Road

Plainview NY 11803

Attn: Dominican Republic




Thank you for your support!


Electronic Brachytherapy

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electronic_brachytherapyIn contrast to External Beam Radiotherapy (EBRT) in which high-energy x-rays are directed at the tumor from outside the body, Electronic Brachytherapy (braykee-thera-pea) involves the precise placement of radiation directly at the site of the tumor.   

Electronic brachytherapy treatment offers doctors the ability to protect normal tissue while delivering a targeted dose of radiation precisely to the affected area.  This type of precision, previously not possible, minimizes damage to surrounding tissue. Scientists at prestigious medical schools recognize the clinical value of collaborative investigations that arise from the “one medicine” model supported by the New York Veterinary Foundation, and the potential benefit to their patients.  

Working in collaboration with researchers at human medical centers who are already treating breast cancer with this newly developed “precision guided low dose” radiation therapy. NYVF needs your help to fund research on models for treating brain, nasal, skin and spinal tumors in pets using electronic brachytherapy.


Surgically Implantable Deep Brain Stimulator

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Epilepsy is the most common medical neurologic disease that affects dogs, and also commonly affects people.  Epilepsy is a neurological disorder involving repeated, spontaneous seizures also called fits or convulsions. These seisures are generally caused by unusually excited or interrupted electrical signals in the brain. Symptoms can vary from periods of staring or inattention, loss of consciousness or violent convulsions. The type of seizure a person has depends on a variety of things, such as the part of the brain affected and the underlying cause of the seizure.The standard epileptic drugs phenobarbital and bromide fail to adequately control close to one-third of all epileptic dogs. These dogs are referred to as refractory epileptics. Despite the introduction of several new and effective anticonvulsant drugs for dogs within the last 10-15 years, there are still limited options for treating refractory epilepsy in dogs, and many epileptic dogs are euthanized because of uncontrolled seizures combined with adverse drug side effects. A surgically implantable device that applies high frequency electrical stimulation to deep brain structures (deep brain stimulation, or DBS) has demonstrated efficacy in human epilepsy, but has not been investigated in dogs. The PI and colleagues have developed a DBS unit specifically for use in dogs with uncontrolled epilepsy. 

Your donation will help us fund this research to help both people and dogs who are afflicted with Epilepsy.


Chiari-Like Malformation in Dogs Non-invasive Screening

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canine_chiariChiari malformation is a condition wherein the skull is misshaped or simply too small causing part of the brain, the cerebellum, to descend out of the skull through the opening at its base, crowding the spinal cord.

Sadly, this malformation affects over three hundred thousand children and thousands of puppies every year.

Patients experience a variety of symptoms including extreme pain, neurologic weakness, difficulty learning, and seizures struggle every day. Because this disease also afflicts puppies, their treatment is a natural model for the human pediatric condition.

At the New York Veterinary Foundation, we are not only making a difference in the lives of animals... we’re also making a difference in the lives of people, funding critical research into the causes and treatment of this painful disease that affects both children and dogs.



Police K9 Unit Trauma Training

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dr_marino_with_police_classPolice K9 units face substantial risk of injury on a daily basis.  These dogs have been punched, stabbed, poisoned and shot by fleeing suspects. While emergency care is readily available to the police officer, the same cannot be said of his canine partner.

Long Island Veterinary Specialists has been offering training programs for police handlers and annual training courses provided by veterinary experts from Long Island Veterinary Specialists to approved police K9 units.  The combination of lectures, hands on training using volunteer dogs, and canine medical mannequins provides the officer adequate skills to act in a canine emergency. 

Your donation will help LIVS continue to provide training for police handlers in emergency trauma care.


Police K9 Bullet Proof Vests

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polic_dog_bullet_proof_vestPolice K9 units face substantial risk of injury on a daily basis.  These dogs have been punched, stabbed, poisoned and shot by fleeing suspects. Canine partners serve without much needed protection in many communities because of financial limitations.

Long Island Veterinary Specialists serves most of the law enforcement agencies in the New York metropolitan community and has long recognized the need to protect these animals.

Your donation will help us to provide bullet proof vests to local law enforcement agencies.


Police K9 Emergency Vehicle

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On September 11th,  Long Island Veterinary Specialists (LIVS) doctors and staff were brought on scene to care for the Police K9 teams which were assisting with the search and recovery efforts.  They quickly became aware that there was really no plan for field veterinary care during disasters such as this.  The LIVS team set up a field veterinary care area on scene similar to a MASH unit to care for these courageous dogs.  Many experienced lacerations, burns, inhalation and optical trauma.

The New York Veterinary Foundation is working with LIVS and The Department of Homeland Security to develop a plan for equipping and staffing a canine medical command vehicle for emergency trauma care during disaster situations.  These "ambulances" will provide comfort and could save the life of a these brave animals, as well as provide a viable staging area for canine teams during catastrophic events.

Your donation will help us to develop a prototype vehicle.


Screening program for Police Canines

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police_dog_screening1Police canines are highly trained partners in law enforcement teams that possess a variety of skills. The training involved to develop an effective police canine is arduous, beginning early in life and spanning many phases before the certification is given. The development of orthopedic disease late in training or early in a police canine’s life is common and can result in premature retirement, leaving the officer without this essential assistance until a new police canine can be trained. The financial burden of training and time lost have a substantial impact on police canine training facilities. Most of the juvenile orthopedic conditions affecting police canines can be detected early in life and in many cases successfully treated.

Our goal is to develop non invasive methods to screen prospective police dogs for juvenile orthopedic diseases.



Police K9 Emergency Trauma Kit

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Trauma_Kit_4Police canine teams face substantial risks on a daily basis. These dogs have been punched, stabbed, poisoned and shot by fleeing suspects. Those who work in Search & Rescue, Apprehension and explosive detection teams have an increased risk of injury due to extreme conditions, poisoning, or explosion.

While emergency care is readily available to the police officer, the same cannot be said of the his canine partner.  Training officers to administer first aid to their injured canine partner is only part of the solution, equipping them with a canine first aid kit for use in the field can make a huge difference.

We need to raise $20,625 to distribute 75 kits each year.



Service Dog Screening Program

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seeing_eyeService dogs play a crucial part in the day to day lives of individuals with disabilities, and for those that they serve even one day "off" is a hardship.  When a service dog needs invasive diagnostic tests due to an injury or illness, the individual that dog serves suffers as well.  Our goal is to minimize the invasive nature of these tests.

Service dogs have already indirectly benefited from the clinical studies supported by the foundation.  Foundation supported research in the use of medical infrared imaging as a non invasive diagnostic tool has already been published, but more research is needed.  

We need to raise $80,000 to allow us to research other non invasive diagnostic options which are crucial to keeping these animals "on the job", healthy and comfortable.


Police Canine Memorials

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memorial_smallThe period following the loss of a K9 partner is a very difficult time for a police officer. 

The bond between police officers and their canine partners is unlike any other.  They spend years working and living together 24 hours a day.  At the end of their shifts they take their partners home with them making them part of their family.  While at work these canine partners willingly risk their lives for their handlers. When dealing with the loss of a K9 partner whether from trauma or old age the officer’s loss is equal to losing a family member.   By providing a memorial to a canine’s service, we can help the officer through the grieving process.

For decades Dr. Marino has personally provided this service for several Police departments, however, with the increased number of canine teams being deployed, this program requires more formal planning and funding. 

With the help of the law enforcement community, an advisory board is being established to provide dignified cremations and police memorial urns to honor these loyal servants at the time of their passing. 

Your support allows us to continue to provide this service for these couragous Police Dogs.


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