Welcome!

SpauldingOn behalf of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA), I would like to welcome you to our website. The WVMA is a vibrant, grassroots organization of veterinarians from all areas of our profession. It is the only organization in Wisconsin representing veterinarians on legislation and public policy. The WVMA and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) are the advocates and voice of the veterinary medical profession on the state and national level, tackling issues impacting you, your profession, and your patients now and in years to come.

To help conquer the next 100 years, the WVMA Executive Board has set goals to ensure our success. By taking time to reflect and strategize our plans we have identified the greatest issues needing attention in the veterinary medical profession and what we can do to help our members tackle those issues. No other association in the state provides this services the veterinary medical profession.

WVMA membership helps you stay current on what's happening Wisconsin veterinary medicine. The WVMA Annual Convention provides the highest quality speakers on timely topics. The WVMA Voice, the organization’s monthly newsletter, gives members the latest information on job openings, regulations and laws, and new member services.

With a range of committees from animal welfare to public health and food safety the WVMA is always working in the best interest of the veterinary medical community. These numerous committees also provide you with opportunities to volunteer and become involved.

I look forward to you joining our organization and working alongside you as we strive to promote veterinary medicine. Once again, welcome!

Sincerely,

Scott Spaulding, DVM
President
Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association

Presidents Message

The Need is Great!

In my first President's Message published in November 2016, I challenged the WVMA membership to "Seize the opportunity, get creative and devise business models maintaining these activities to benefit the profession."

Access to veterinary medical care is a growing focus nationwide; the Humane Society of the United States estimates 23,000,000 pets in the U.S. can't access veterinary medical healthcare. Barriers are not strictly financial and include transportation, culture and language. If the profession could lower the veterinary medical care barrier these pets experience, what could the financial impact be? Basic healthcare provided to these pets, using a $200.00 per pet annual estimate, could have a $4.6 billion impact on veterinarian provided medical care. Approximately $24.6 billion is spent on veterinary services nationwide annually. Do the math, 19.6 percent of our industry's revenue is untapped in pets without access to veterinary medical care.

Here's an opportunity; a business model was devised, WisCARES (Wisconsin Companion Animal Resources, Education and Social Services). WisCARES is a UW-Madison program through the School of Veterinary Medicine in a partnership with the School of Social Work. The program's focus is the intersection of housing/homelessness and pet ownership and keeping animals and their people together and feature's veterinary medical wellness, pet food and supplies and boarding and foster for animals. The program is supported by a paid veterinary staff, veterinary volunteers and veterinary medical students in a non-profit environment.

Credit the vision of Drs. Ruthanne Chun and William Gilles for the concept genesis in 2014. The success of this program, providing veterinary medical care to an unmet demand, brings WisCARES to the threshold of expansion. This novel model works. Let's look to expand this model, let's find opportunity to employ more veterinarians. What an opportunity to leverage the human-animal bond, increasing access to pets' and humans' healthcare. This certainly is not the traditional model of veterinary practice, but a highly effective model of veterinary practice.

Once again, I challenge the WVMA membership to - seize the opportunity, get creative and devise business models maintaining these activities to benefit the profession. Support Drs. Chun and Gilles; consider the model; how can the profession leverage 23,000,000 pets without access to healthcare? The need is great!

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