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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.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 March 2012 17:11 )


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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

700 14th Street
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO

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North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum

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The just concluded American College of Veterinary Dermatology 2011 Annual Symposium held in Galveston, Texas hosted two of CCI members - Dr. Dominic J. Marino and Dr. Catherine Loughin.

The conference attracted over 400 participants; Dr Catherine Loughin discussed the results of the largest study of Primary Secretory Otitis Media (PSOM) in the world as of this date, with follow up studies to be completed over the next year.

Dr. Dominic Marino presented an intriguing talk entitled “Chiari Malformation, The Scratching Dog Only a Neurosurgeon Can Help.” He described the latest updates in Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia to the enthusiastic members, making many in the packed audience aware of the indications for neurosurgical referral in those cases.

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Dr. Marino Honored by Human Chiari Foundation

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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.  For more information on this story visit 


Dominic Marino Speaks at 2011 North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando Florida

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Dominic J. Marino, DVMFounding board member Dominic Marino recently participated in the five day 2011 North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando Florida. This yearly event attracts over 16,000 people in the veterinary field from around the world for a series of events that includes lectures, master classes, hands on labs,”meet the professor” luncheons and workshops that have been exceedingly well attended; over eight hundred continuing education sessions were offered.

The veterinary curriculum included topics in critical care, hypertension, kidney disease, portosystemic shunts in dogs and cats, veterinary laser therapy, care of the bleeding animal, corneal ophthalmic surgery, management of ear disease, commonly made mistakes in dermatology; no topic of interest was missing and veterinary technician classes were held as well. Many veterinary schools hosted alumni receptions at the conference encouraging renewal of old friendships.

Dr. Dominic Marino presented lectures on “The practical use of Medical Infrared Imaging (Thermography)” and the results of several clinical studies demonstrating thermography’s success in identifying dogs with cranial cruciate rupture, Chiari-like malformation, elbow dysplasia and intervertebral disk disease, as well as the preliminary results of future studies including thyroid cancer and bone cancer screening. Dr. Marino was quoted as saying “I believe this technology is almost at the level where it can be introduced as a valuable clinical resource for general practice veterinarians. It is non invasive, requires no sedation or clipping and is cost effective.”

A subsequent presentation was on “Decision Making in Hip Dysplasia” and it was well received. It included the latest developments in total hip replacements (Micro and Nano sizing) providing a clear algorithm for the practicing veterinarian counseling owners with dogs and cats afflicted with this condition. Lastly, a comprehensive review of Chiari like malformation/syringomyelia in dogs was offered in a lecture entitled ” Chiari like Malformation, The Scratching Dog only a Neurosurgeon Can Help”, a presentation which helped general practitioners recognize and “see these dogs” that are already “seeing them”.


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

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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.

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CCI Founder Dr. Dominic Marino named 2010 Health Care 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>

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 November 2010 14:01 )

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

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Dr. 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.
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