August Letter From the Editor

By: Leonard J. Marino, MD, FAAP

At the end of July, the Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program based in Riverhead transported “Wally” a 6 month old gray seal pup with a mandibular abnormality to LIVS. On CT scan, part of the mandible and some missing teeth were discovered.

The seal was eventually deemed capable of being freed and so was released on August 17 at the waters beneath the Ponquoge Bridge in Hampton Bays. At the same time, the rescue group also brought an endangered species specimen, a juvenile Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle with abnormal shell growth to our facility. It was diagnosed as scoliotoc and kyphotic probably due to an old propeller injury and following a CT scan was appropriately released to an aquarium.  


Our running team members are performing their workouts faithfully and LIVS will be ably represented at our next event the “Ocean to Bay Relay” on Sunday September 25th, to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Dr. Catherine Loughin of our surgical department just returned both exhilarated and pleased after competing in the Chicago half marathon.  


Drs. Dominic Marino and Catherine Loughin recently returned from Maine where they invited speakers at the first meeting of the newly formed Veterinary Neurosurgical Society. Dr. Loughin spoke on Thermography as a Screening Modality in Neurosurgery; Dr. Marino, on Craniocervical Junction Abnormalities in Dogs with Suspected Chiari-like Malformations, lectures which were examples of research accomplishments at LIVS and enthusiastically acclaimed by the attendees.  


Congratulations to Lauren Gerrish, LVT on successfully passing the Vet Tech national examination! We are proud that the LIVS family nurtured her studies.  


We are pleased to announce an exceptionally worthy paralysis fundraiser, “Pets over Paralysis” organized by Dr. Dee Henson at the Paumanok Veterinary Hospital, 639 Rt.112, Patchogue, NY 11772. Scheduled for Sunday, September 25 which just happens to be Christopher Reeve's birthday, it raises funds for the work of the Christopher and Dana Reeve foundation and the Center for Paralysis Research at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.  Call for additional information at 631 475-1312. For a donation to the fundraiser, generous photo packages with your pets will be offered.  


We are pleased to have recently been able to extend hours for consultation in all our departments to serve our clients more efficiently. Appointments can be made through our telephone receptionists at 516 501-1700.  


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