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By Chris Barncard, University Communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison Volunteers at four sites in Madison are being tested for the virus that causes COVID-19 by spitting in a vial, which may prove faster, cheaper and less complicated than other common tests, according to University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers. Scientists from UW-Madison’s AIDS Vaccine Research Laboratory (AVRL), a team that in recent years has also turned its attention to COVID-19 and Zika virus outbreaks as need arose, have tuned a relatively simple genetic testing process to find evidence of the novel coronavirus in saliva. With support from a National Institutes of Health grant...

Source: Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Veterinary Examining Board Reprinted With Permission As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are all anxious to return to a normal routine. While we are not there yet, we can continue to work cooperatively to support progress and preserve stability for our employees and our patients. We are seeing an increased number of staff at veterinarian clinics testing positive for COVID-19 or being exposed to a person with the virus. This can have a disastrous impact on a clinic and a community if one ill staff member results in asking...

By Allison Hahn, Communications & Administrative Manager, Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium The Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium (WLIC) is debuting a video highlighting the importance of animal disease traceability and the use of premises registration and individual animal identification – including the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags – to protect the food supply. The video explains how farm-to-fork traceability starts by tagging animals at the farm of origin through the end of life, and how using this technology provides fast and easy traceback in case of an animal disease outbreak. Viewers will gain perspective...

Mary Geurts of the Randolph Cambria-Friesland FFA Chapter was named the winner of the Wisconsin FFA Veterinary Science Proficiency Award during the State FFA Convention in July. The WVMA sponsored the award. When she first started working at the Randolph Veterinary Clinic, Geurts did a lot of cleaning and organizing in the office. As she got older, her responsibilities grew. She is now able to assemble surgery packs, sterilize equipment and handle animals with ease. She often helps restrain animals for surgery and assists in handling the surgical instruments. It is up to her to keep...

By Tracie Luedtke, Marketing and Communications Specialist, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association Dr. Howard Ketover, of Sauk City, Wisconsin, has been nominated for WVMA president-elect. A 2002 graduate of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Ketover practices at Irongate Equine Clinic in Madison where he has been a partner/owner since 2008. In addition, he is the director and lead for Wisconsin Large Animal Emergency Response, a 501(c)(3) organization that trains veterinarians and first responders to manage large animals safely in emergency and disaster scenarios. “The time I have spent in training, planning and responding to emergency situations involving animals has...

By Dr. Keith Poulsen, Director, Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory As clinicians, we all understand that the two major components to controlling an epidemic outbreak of an infectious disease are quality diagnostic tests and tools to help control the outbreak. Tools can be a quarantine, a vaccine, an antibiotic, or cleaning and sanitation. How do we know the tools we deploy work? We repeat diagnostics and look for improvements in morbidity and mortality rates. As veterinarians, we are no strangers to the fact that we do not always have diagnostics and our toolbox can be limited due to finances,...

By Jodi Legge, Executive Director, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Foundation Did you know the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed back in March, allows for an additional, “abovethe-line” deduction for charitable gifts made in cash of up to $300? If you are not itemizing on your 2020 taxes, you can claim this new deduction for donations to the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Foundation (WVMF) and other 501(c)(3) organizations. The WVMF welcomes donations in any amount. The funds are used to support organizations and initiatives that enhance the lives of animals, their owners and...

Dr. Douglas Kratt, of Onalaska, Wisconsin, assumed the role of American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) president during the AVMA House of Delegates meeting on July 31. The meeting was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Kratt ran on the platform of building and connecting with members and potential members. Using Legos as a metaphor for the veterinary medical profession, he pointed out that they are versatile and integrate well with Legos of different shapes, colors, and sizes and together, they can build great things. “My mission is to listen, serve...

By Attorney Jordan Lamb, DeWitt LLP The 2020 elections are just months away and we are starting to see many political commercials and election press coverage. At the same time, the WVMA Advocacy Team is gearing up to represent our members before the Wisconsin State Legislature when they go back into session in January 2021. 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 science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy;...

By Kim Brown Pokorny, Executive Director, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association WVMA Membership: On August 5, after 12 years as your executive director, I will walk out of the WVMA office for the last time. I have decided to go back to my agriculture roots, and on August 17, will start as the chief administrative officer for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. As I reflect on my time with the WVMA, I want to say thank you for the opportunity to serve you, and I would like to call everyone into action. It is with great pride that the...

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