dogService canines have been helping our community for years, through guidance, physical assistance, detection, protection, and companionship. 

Many of these canines have already benefited from clinical trials supported by the foundation, yet more help is still needed. During the course of providing normal health care, doctors are learning more about common health conditions that occur for these working dogs. They are able to study, for example, diagnostic alternatives such as medical infrared imaging which helps to detect certain diseases in a non invasive way - which keeps the dog "on the job" and allows detection much earlier.

NYVF has also sponsored a multitude of courses from hands-on CPR to practical laboratory classes to help handlers take care of their animals more efficiently. Planned training courses include a program with the Department of Homeland Security to treat radiation, chemical, and biomedical hazards. 

As we continue to care for these couragous service dogs, we look to your support to allow us to learn from our experiences and share them with the service animal community.  A healthy and happy service dog helps our community in so many ways.

Service Dogs

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ServiceDogService dogs play an invaluable role in the lives of  individuals who depend on them to perform everyday tasks.  They require many hours of training, and once trained, premature retirement due to illness or injury has wide reaching consequences.  The loss of this highly trained animal substantially impacts guide dog training foundations both financially and logistically.

Additionally, the individual in need must be paired with a new service canine which can have a severe impact to their day to day lives.

By working with The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind in the course of providing normal health care, information about the health of these service dogs is used to learn more about many common conditions and fitness.


Law Enforcement Animals

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baby_service_2Dr. Marino has worked with the law enforcement community for more than twenty years. Dr. Marino recognized a significant deficit in the long term care of police canines and for decades has personally provided this care for several departments. However, with the increased number of canine teams being deployed, this program necessitates formal planning, organization, and your support.

Extensive continuing education programs have been developed for canine handlers on topics ranging from general to emergency care of police canines.  The foundation has sponsored hands on CPR classes and practical laboratories using canine mannequins for training.

Disaster related courses such as radiation, chemical and biomedical hazard courses are being integrated into future training sessions.

With the help of the law enforcement community, an advisory board is being established to oversee the medical care of active and retired police canines and to provide a dignified cremation and police memorial urn to honor these loyal servants at the time of their passing.



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 who 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.


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