Western Veterinary Conference
February 17-21, 2013
Las Vegas, Nevada Sponsored by: BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM VETMEDICA
Program Type: Symposium
CE Hours: 1
RACE Approved: PENDING Description
Infectious Disease Symposium: This lecture will trace the beginnings of the concept that "Vaccine Associated Sarcomas," a misnomer, are caused exclusively by vaccines and that adjuvanted vaccines are the real culprit. It will show, through the literature, that they are really a happening in rare, genetically-prone cats that are likely to have an aberrant reaction to many injectable products. Dr. Norsworthy will conclude by revealing 10 year statistics from his feline-only practice. Part 3 of 4. Speaker(s)
Gary Norsworthy, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Feline)
Alamo Feline Health Center, San Antonio Texas
In the journal below is an article written by Gary Norsworthy, DVM, The Sarcoma That Wasn't, pgs. 16-18. I have written the following email to the publisher and conference facilitators and am waiting for their reply.
It has been brought to my attention that Gary Norsworthy, DVM, will be conducting various seminars at each of your conferences. I am particularly concerned about the information he will be presenting on Vaccine Associated Sarcomas and the authenticity of his data. For example,I received the current issue of VetCom (attached) and was wondering what kind of research is conducted to check for authenticity of data before publishing articles? The Sarcoma That Wasn't, by Gary Norsworthy, is most certainly biased data. Stripes the cat was first seen and overvaccinated by Norsworthy on 7.12.11 and a year later he is declared "lucky" because he didn't get an ISS. Vaccine Associated Sarcomas (ISS) can manifest three years or longer after a vaccine injection. Norsworthy's article doesn't indicate that he followed the same cats for any length of time which makes the fact that he has given 61,000 injections irrelevant to VAS. Although, it would be relevant to determine how much money he makes from Boehringer Ingelheim which also sponsors his seminars at some conferences. I also find it ironic that Boehringer Ingelheim supports him in this propaganda considering they pay thousands to cat owners for the care and treatment of their cats who are diagnosed with VAS after receiving one of their vaccines. I would also like to note that BI is NOT the only vaccine manufacturer to pay for the care and treatment of pets that develop VAS from vaccines. BI also donated $10,000 to the Kobi Fund For Vaccine Associated Sarcoma in honor of Stimpy (Kevin Sexton's cat) who lost her battle to VAS last year after receiving a BI vaccine. I also recommend you complete your own research before publishing articles/allowing presentations. After researching Vaccine Associated Sarcoma I cannot find any data that corroborates Norsworthy's claims. By allowing Norsworthy to present information without factual data compiled and tested by unbiased teams you are exposing thousands of pet family members to serious injury or death. Norsworthy is also very outspoken that he vaccinates and "boosters annually until he sees "hard evidence" not to". http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/dvm/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=35185 This is in direct conflict with pet vaccine recommendations that have been in place for more than ten years. As I am sure you are aware, veterinarians are not required to report adverse vaccine events and the majority do not. For research purposes this makes it very difficult to determine a factual number of VAS diagnoses. I hope you will seriously reconsider his Vaccine Associated Sarcoma (ISS) presentations. I am also requesting that you send me a copy of his presentation and data for review or at least the references he cites. Please feel free to leave your opinion on this matter.