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By Bryan C. Esch, JD, DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. You just graduated from veterinary school and are ready to join the workforce as a practicing veterinarian. The past years have been filled with class, late night studying and clinics, honing your talents for veterinary medicine and hopefully doing what you love. As you get started, you will encounter various legal issues in your career and personal life. The decisions you make or fail to make can have a major impact on your personal and professional success. You should be aware...

By Jordan Lamb, JD, DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. Record numbers of Wisconsin voters turned out for the 2018 midterm elections, which were held November 6, and the results were classically Wisconsin. Our state voted “blue” at the top of the ticket, electing a new Democratic Governor, Tony Evers, and a new Democratic Attorney General, John Kaul, but the electorate voted “red” in the local legislative races resulting in a Republican majority in both the State Assembly and State Senate for the 2019 legislative session. Congress. In Wisconsin congressional races, U.S. Senator...

By Dr. Darlene Konkle, Acting State Veterinarian, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection A farmer goes out to feed his cattle and notices half are not coming to eat. As he looks closer, the animals are reluctant to move and many are drooling. An evaluation and testing confirm the animals have foot and mouth disease, and within the last month the farm purchased and sold animals from and to multiple destinations in multiple states. Should this situation really occur, a rapid response is critical to minimize the risk of further...

Veterinary Medical School: Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Graduation Year: 2011 Background: I did my undergraduate and master’s degree studies in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa, then went on to complete my DVM at Iowa State University. Following veterinary school I knew I wanted to work with dairy cattle – so I moved to Wisconsin! I’ve been practicing primarily dairy production medicine and also working with cow-calf producers at a large animal exclusive practice in Mondovi, Wis., since graduation. Value of WVMA Membership: Organized veterinary medicine groups such as...

By Brian L. Anderson, DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. If you believe that besides providing quality animal health-care services, your veterinary practice has a responsibility to the broader community (i.e., a responsibility to improve society and the environment), then you may want to publicly show that responsibility by having your veterinary practice become a “Certified B Corp.” Doing so could help you obtain clients and increase your employee satisfaction. According to Wikipedia, as of August 2018, over 2,600 Certified B Corporations exist across 150 industries in 60 countries. Some well-known Certified B...

By Jordan Lamb, JD, DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. The midterm elections have come and gone and many of you are breathing a sigh of relief for the much-wanted break from political commercials and election press coverage. But, the WVMA Advocacy Team is just gearing up to represent our members before the Wisconsin State Legislature. So, what is the difference between our “advocacy program” and “politics?” Let’s start with a review of the Merriam-Webster dictionary definitions. According to Merriam-Webster, “politics” means: “(a) the art or science of government; (b) the art or...

By Gregory E. Scallon, DeWitt Ross & Stevens, S.C. Past Legal Briefs have discussed best practices to avoid the situation of a non-paying client, and, if that failed, actions you could take to address collecting the outstanding balance from the non-paying client. However, no matter how well you manage your practice, sometimes you are faced with the client who is not only “slow or no pay,” but who files a petition in the US Bankruptcy Court to address, and perhaps seek to discharge, the debt owed to you. This process will most...

The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) named Dr. Judith Batker the 2018 WVMA Veterinarian of the Year during it’s 103rd annual convention in October. A 1995 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Batker co-founded Country View Veterinary Service, located in Oregon, Wis., with Drs. Larry Mahr and Rene Reynolds in 1999. In 2017, she left that practice and co-founded Country View Equine Clinic, also located in Oregon, Wis., with Drs. Laura Anderson and Stephanie Miesen. “Judy’s skills in managing the personnel and day-to-day operations of our practice...

Alan Holter, DVM, assumed the role of WVMA president at the WVMA’s 103rd annual convention in October. “Veterinary Medicine and the WVMA have been an important part of my life and career for the past 28 years,” Holter said. “I have grown to appreciate what an honor it is to be a veterinarian and I look forward to continuing the excellent service and resource the WVMA offers to all the veterinarians in Wisconsin.”A graduate of Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Holter has been practicing at Dodgeville Veterinary Service,...

The WVMA held its annual awards program at the 103rd WVMA Convention on October 11. Congratulations to these award winners! Presidential Award Dr. Katrina Geitner is the recipient of the 2018 WVMA Presidential Award. Outgoing WVMA President Dr. Robert Leder presented Dr. Geitner with the award, which is given to an individual or company who the president feels has gone above and beyond to help him and the WVMA. “This past year the WVMA implemented the committee structural changes of 2107, which included the condensing of several administrative committees into an expanded executive...

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