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2017 One Health Forum: Leptospirosis - The World's Most Prevalent Zoonosis
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1 hour of RACE-approved CE sponsored by BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM; For veterinarians, physicians and health professionals only (no LVTs); Complimentary dinner; No registration fee

When: Thursday, October 12
5 to 9 p.m.
Where: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
246 W. Willow Street
Syracuse, New York  13202
United States
Contact: Frank Capella, DVM
(315) 687-7922

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Sponsored by:

Central New York Veterinary Medical Association and Merial, Inc.


Thursday, October 12                                       Complimentary

           5-9 pm                                                    buffet dinner!!

Dinosaur BBQ, Syracuse NY



Call Village Veterinary Hospital at(315)  363-8700

There is no fee for this event, but you must make a reservation, as space will be limited!

                 ******* One hour of RACE approved CE for DVMs ******


Our Panelists:  (bios on following pages)


                                  Richard Goldstein, D.V.M.                                Prevalence, diagnosis, treatment,            

                                                                                                              and prevention in canines


                                  Thomas Divers, D.V.M.                                      Prevalence, diagnosis,treatment,

                                                                                                               and prevention in large animals


                                  Kara Mitchell, Ph.D.                                           Diagnostics in humans and the

                                                                                                               role of the Wadsworth Public

                                                                                                               Health Lab in testing/patient care




Registration:                                                                      5:00-5:30 pm

Dinner:                                                                               5:30-6:15 pm

Formal Presentations:                                                      6:15-7:45 pm

Dessert:                                                                              7:45-8:00 pm

                                       Q&A/Discussion:                                                               8:00-9:00pm                                                                                                                                                       



Richard Goldstein, D.V.M.



  • Graduated from the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel in 1993.

  • Completed an internship at the same institution.

  • Completed a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis, in 1998.

  • Was a faculty member at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine from 2001-2011. Served as associate professor 2006-2011.

  • In November 2011 joined the Animal Medical Center in New York City as the Chief of the Division of Medicine and in August 2012 was named the Chief Medical Officer of the Animal Medical Center.

  • Board certification

  • Board certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine as well as the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Companion Animals.


  • Norden Distinguished Teaching Award 2004


    Clinical and research interests:

  • Infectious Disease and Small animal nephrology

    • Lyme disease

      • Pathophysiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of canine lyme disease

      • Early diagnosis and treatment of lyme nephritis

    • Leptospirosis

      • Pathophysiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of canine Leptospirosis

  • Endocrine disease

    • Hypercalcemia

      • Renal effects

      • Diagnosis and treatment

      • Primary hyperthyroidism: Diagnosis and non-surgical therapy.

    • Hyperthyroidism

      • Renal effects

  • Canine genomics

    • The genetic basis for primary hyperparathyroidism in Keeshonden as well as other inherited diseases of the kidneys in dogs and cats

Thomas Divers, D.V.M.


    Dr. Thomas J. Divers earned his DVM from the University of Georgia and completed an internship in large animal medicine at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Divers returned to the University of Georgia for a residency in large animal internal medicine and ambulatory practice and later worked for 2 years as an assistant professor in the large animal medicine and ambulatory practice division at the College. Dr. Divers moved in 1981 to the University of Pennsylvania for 10 years where he was an associate professor of large animal medicine and served as chief of the section of medicine at the New Bolton Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Currently Dr. Divers is at Cornell University where he is the endowed Steffen Professor of Veterinary Medicine in the Section of Large Animal Medicine. During his 42 year career he has been the recipient of teaching awards at three universities, has received the Educator of the Year Award from both the AAEP and ACVECC and recently received the Cornell University Hospital for Animals Distinguished Service Award for service to referring veterinarians. He is a diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.  Dr. Divers is currently consulting editor of Veterinary Clinics of North America- Equine Practice. Dr. Divers is Co-editor of four editions of Equine Emergencies textbook and is currently completing a 3rd edition of Rebhun’s Diseases of Dairy Cattle (Oct. 2017). Throughout the academic year, Dr. Divers teaches courses on both diseases of the dairy cow and equine internal medicine. Dr. Divers’ current research focuses on newly - discovered hepatitis viruses, leptospirosis and Lyme disease in horses and infectious and metabolic diseases of dairy cattle.


Kara Mitchell,  Ph.D.


     Dr. Kara Mitchell is a Research Scientist in the Division of Infectious Disease at the Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health.  She currently supervises molecular testing in the Bacteriology Laboratory for numerous tests including a real-time PCR assay for the detection of Leptospira spp.  She graduated from Albany Medical College with her PhD in Cell Biology and Cancer Research in 2010 and then did her postdoctoral work as a New York State Emerging Infectious Disease Fellow at the Wadsworth Center.  Dr. Mitchell is an author on 10 publications and she has helped develop and validate 11 laboratory tests that are currently approved for testing on NYS patients.  


    The Wadsworth Center Bacteriology Laboratory serves as the New York State public health reference laboratory for bacterial identification and research. The laboratory is responsible for the identification of bacterial pathogens of public health significance.  The mission of the laboratory includes continued efforts in applied research to investigate the latest technological advances as well as to maintain testing capabilities necessary for identifying and characterizing emerging infectious diseases and responding to outbreaks.  The unique public health services offered include many molecular methods that are often developed in-house and are important for rapid bacterial identification and characterization.




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