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By Caroline Schneider, UW–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Home to robust populations of ticks and their hosts (namely, mice and deer), Wisconsin has become a hot spot for tick-borne diseases. Over the past 25 years, deer ticks have trekked from the northern parts of the state to the south and east. They are now found nearly everywhere, lurking in the backcountry, in the wooded areas of neighborhoods, and even in well-manicured lawns. Wisconsin residents are also encountering more of another well-known pest – mosquitoes. In summer 2017, UW–Madison Professor Susan Paskewitz and her colleagues in entomology trapped...

Congratulations to WVMA student members Danielle Schuld and Marie Bucko for being elected to serve as Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) officers during the 49th annual SAVMA Symposium held in Athens, Georgia, in March! Schuld was installed as acting secretary and Bucko was elected president-elect. Schuld, from Portage, Wisconsin, just completed her third year at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UWSVM) and a two-year term on the WVMA Executive Board. She is looking forward to the opportunities this leadership position will provide. “One of the many reasons I was attracted to veterinary medicine was the ability to serve and...

By William Gilles, WisCARES director; Elizabeth Alvarez, WisCARES educational director and clinical assistant professor, UW School of Veterinary Medicine; Kelly Schultz, WisCARES veterinarian; and Ruthanne Chun, associate dean for clinical affairs, UW School of Veterinary Medicine Homelessness, poverty and pet ownership have a complicated relationship that we are only now gaining perspective on as a profession. Nationally, through its Pets for Life program, the Humane Society of the United States reports that 23 million dogs and cats live with people surviving paycheck to paycheck or in poverty. Locally, the United Way estimates that 41 percent of Dane County...

University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UWSVM) student Jon Young was elected by his peers to serve a two-year term as the student representative on the WVMA Executive Board. Young, who grew up in a small southeastern Connecticut town, received his undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Economics from Gordon College in Massachusetts. Following graduation, he spent 10 years in a variety of roles that included teaching English in Palestine, serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Pittsburgh, working for a willow artist in the United Kingdom, running an afterschool program in Boston and working for the Natick Community Organic Farm (NCOF) in Natick, Massachusetts. It...

By Danielle Schuld, WVMA Student Representative When I was first accepted into veterinary school one of my mentors told me “Vet school will be the fastest, slowest 4 years of your life.” I wasn’t sure what she meant at the time, but now that I am preparing to enter my fourth-year rotations, I can say she was absolutely right. Time seemed to crawl by as I studied countless hours with my classmates for the relentless number of exams we endured, but yet, somehow, three years have passed, our Blue Coat Ceremony has marked the transition to clinics, and my time as a WVMA...

By Dr. Darlene Konkle, Acting State Veterinarian Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection The last thing most veterinary clients want to think about is the possibility of losing their animals during a disaster. The recent flooding in the Midwest reinforces how important it is to plan for pets and livestock during disasters. May 11 is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day and there are many things veterinarians and veterinary technicians can do to help their clients protect animal health when disaster strikes. Pre-Disaster Planning Veterinarians are an important resource in disaster planning. Prior to an emergency, veterinarians can provide...

By Dr. Bieneke Bron and Dr. Lyric Bartholomay As a veterinarian, you have seen and shown pet owners plenty of fleas, and possibly even ticks. You may have removed ticks and feel comfortable distinguishing a deer tick from a wood tick. The deer tick (Ixodes scapularis), also known as the blacklegged tick or bear tick, transmits several tick-borne pathogens, including those that cause Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. Most often, it is the nymphal stage of the tick that transmits the pathogens, because they are small and difficult to detect. These ticks are in the woods and our backyards; the latter is a location...

The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) hosted its annual Blue Coat Ceremony on Sunday, April 14, at Union South Varsity Hall in Madison, Wis. During the ceremony, third-year veterinary students from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine were presented their “blue coats,” signifying the end of classes and the beginning of clinics. Family and friends watched as the class of 2020 was recognized during the ceremony. Speakers at the event included WVMA President Alan Holter, DVM; University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine Dean Mark Markel, DVM, PhD, DACVS; Professors Michael Collins, DVM, PhD,DACVM, and Karen Young, VMD, PhD;...

Dr. René Carlson of Chetek, Wis., passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Dr. Carlson is a former president of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the World Veterinary Association. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at Chetek Lutheran Church on Saturday, April 6, at 11:00 a.m., with visitation two hours prior to the service, and a luncheon to follow. To view the full obituary, click here....

Samples from three lots of Darwin's Natural Pet Products raw dog food tested positive for Salmonella, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that pet owners stop feeding them to their pets and throw them away. The products affected include: Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Chicken Recipe with Organic Vegetables for Dogs: 5309(11)181019, manufactured on October 19, 2018; Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Chicken Recipe with Organic Vegetables for Dogs: 5375(11)181106, manufactured on November 6, 2018; and Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Turkey Recipe with Organic...

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