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By Jo-ell Carson, Executive Director, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association After working in several different industries, I feel fortunate to have used many programs similar to the Veterinary Professional Assistance Program (VPAP). While these programs have been around for a while, they are often underutilized. Why? People don’t understand the wide range of services provided. They are concerned it will be a hassle or cost them money. They are intimidated or think it’s only for mental health assistance. Nothing could be further from the truth. From my experience, these programs are unbelievably valuable and easy to use. Whether you are looking...

By Jodi Legge, Executive Director, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Foundation The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Foundation (WVMF) awarded grants to five Wisconsin-based organizations in December. The WVMF funds organizations and initiatives that enhance the lives of animals, their owners and the community-at-large. Grant recipients include: Custom Canines: Custom Canines supports lasting partnerships between highly skilled service dogs and those with diverse disabilities and impairments, thus greatly enhancing their quality of life. Patriot K9s of Wisconsin: Patriot K9s provides training for U.S. military veterans and shelter dogs – working together to combat the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and military sexual...

By Gretchen May, DVM, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Division of Animal Health A certificate of veterinary inspection, also known as a CVI or health certificate, is required for the interstate movement of most animals. A CVI serves as official documentation of animal movement to provide traceability in the event of a disease outbreak. When writing CVIs for your clients, be sure you are asking for and using the physical addresses from which the animals are coming and to which they are going. Do not use mailing addresses, including P.O. boxes, or the main address...

District 3 - Kolby McIntyre, DVM Dr. Kolby McIntyre is a 2015 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. He practices at Waupun Veterinary Service, a large animal practice. His focus is largely on milk quality and udder health. “I am a young vet who is excited about the direction that veterinary medicine is heading,” says Dr. McIntyre. “I believe the future of dairy medicine will be largely consulting and I have some experience navigating the transition between general practice and consultation. I am a member of a large practice that holds regular introspective business planning sessions. These experiences have taught...

By Special Agent Scott Mahloch, FBI Milwaukee Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator, and Dr. Stephen W. Goldsmith, FBIHQ Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, Chemical-Biological Countermeasures Unit “Our Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate continues to do work and worry about things that you and the American people don’t need to worry about because they do. Theirs is fascinating, high stress and thankless work. They often labor in the shadows because their job is to think about, and prepare for the worst, so nobody experiences it.” These are the words of former FBI Director James Comey, which stresses the unpredictable...

New this year, WVMA continuing education (CE) webinars are available for on-demand viewing. This means you pick the time that is most convenient for you. Each month, you will have a new course consisting of four pre-recorded webinars that can be purchased and viewed on your timeline. Each webinar concludes with an assessment to receive the CE certificate. Midmonth, participants will also have an opportunity to join a live, two-hour webinar on the course topic with the speaker. Watch your email and wvma.org for additional information on upcoming CE, including these course topics: February - Practical Strategies for Bovine...

By Jo-ell Carson, Executive Director, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association Vaccines don’t save lives, vaccinations do. We have all heard it. And, we have heard that the speed at which the COVID-19 vaccines have been developed has raised concerns. Regardless of our personal opinions, the goal is for everyone to make a well-informed decision as the vaccine becomes widely available. That is where you, as a trusted medical professional, comes in – helping to educate on how vaccines become approved. COVID-19 Vaccine Outside the Medical Profession For many people, the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine is largely an unknown. It can be intimidating...

By Chris Barncard, University Communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison A family tree of more than 200 variations in the virus that causes COVID-19 helps explain why two Wisconsin counties – just 75 miles apart, but far from the origins of the virus – had such different early experiences with the pandemic, and shows how well public health orders initially slowed the rate of infection. By the end of April 2020, Dane County had counted 405 coronavirus infections and 19 deaths. Milwaukee County, with fewer than twice as many residents, had more than six times the infections (2,629) and 126 deaths. There was little meaningful viral transmission...

The WVMA is pleased to recognize eight members who attained  50 years of continuous membership with the WVMA in 2020. They include: Richard Burchinal, DVM – Dr. Burchinal is a 1964 graduate of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, he served two years of active duty with the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps as the Fort Carson station veterinarian in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Upon honorable discharge from the Army, he practiced as a small animal veterinarian with the Animal Clinic in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a position he held until his retirement in 2008. Dr. Burchinal and his...

The Wisconsin Veterinary Examining Board (VEB) today announced the launch of a Veterinary Professional Assistance Program (VPAP). A partnership between the VEB and Humana, the Program offers personal, confidential guidance, coaching and counseling for all veterinary professionals and their household members. Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The WVMA has long advocated for the creation of a VPAP for Wisconsin veterinary professionals. Last session, the WVMA worked with the legislature to pass a statute directing the VEB to create a VPAP. To learn more about the Program, click...

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