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Alexis Payette, a University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine student, was elected by her peers to serve a two-year term on the WVMA  Executive Board. A Green Bay, Wisconsin, native, Payette attended UW-Madison as an undergraduate studying biology and psychology. It wasn’t until she realized how integral animal health is to the foundation of societies that Payette decided she wanted to be a veterinarian. “To be honest, when I began college as a psychology major, I did not see how veterinarians could fit into this larger picture of finding solutions to climate change, supporting the growing human population, or something like a global...

By Zachary C. Tooley, WVMA Member and 2LT U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Over the past year, I have learned about the different facets of veterinary medicine and the incredible opportunities available to specialize in a variety of fields. I was also made aware of the opportunity for veterinary students to attend the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Legislative Fly-In. Student AVMA (SAVMA) President Marie Bucko, who is also a mentor and friend, informed me of the opportunity and stressed the importance of being involved in veterinary policy and the direct impact it has on our profession. My interest was piqued. I wanted to attend...

By Kelly Tyrrell, University Communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison In a study published May 13 in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists in the U.S. and Japan report that in the laboratory, cats can readily become infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and may be able to pass the virus to other cats. University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UW SVM) Professor of Pathobiological Sciences Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka led the study, in which researchers administered SARS-CoV-2 isolated from a human patient to three cats. The following day, the researchers swabbed the nasal passages of the cats...

Kim Brown Pokorny has resigned from her position as Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) executive director to take on the role of Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation's chief administrative officer. Brown Pokorny served as WVMA executive director for 12 years, working with veterinarians and veterinary medical industry stakeholders to lead the association. She has worked diligently with legal and legislative counsel to ensure the veterinary medical field is represented, and has continuously encouraged change within the WVMA to keep it relevant and moving forward. In addition, Brown Pokorny was instrumental in the...

By the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Division of Animal Health With the growing threat of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is recommending that shelters and rabbit owners review their biosecurity measures to help protect their animals. The disease has not been detected in Wisconsin, but since March it has been found in six states - Arizona, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and Nevada. The strain that has been detected in the United States, Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Serotype 2 (RHDV2),...

In October 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released VSG 15201.1, which provides direction to laboratories approved to test samples for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). Complete information related to the sampling veterinarian and the tested equine is required for each sample submitted. The most recent version of VS Form 10-11, dated February 2018, is the only VS Form 10-11 that captures all of that information – previous versions can no longer be used. Any other forms, including electronic forms, may be acceptable if they provide all of the required information. For more information on VSG...

Nominations are open for the awards that will be presented at the 2020 Wisconsin Excellence in Veterinary Medicine Awards Ceremony on November 1. The tentative location is the Madison Marriott West Hotel and Conference Center in Middleton. WVMA Awards: Take time to nominate someone you feel goes above and beyond to represent, support and/or advance the veterinary medical profession. Award categories include: Veterinarian of the Year, Friend of Veterinary Medicine, Corporate Partnership Award, Outstanding Service Award, Outstanding Service Team Award and Veterinary Health Care Team Member of the Year. To download the WVMA Awards Nomination...

By Michelle Hintz, WVMA Student Representative When reflecting back on the last three years of my veterinary education, the first thought that comes to mind is, “Where did the time go?” It’s hard to believe all that has happened in the last few years and the experiences yet to come as a fourth-year student in clinics and on externships. Although the last few months have been full of disappointment after disappointment because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am lucky to be part of a resilient class of veterinary students who have been encouraging each other...

By Eric Hamilton, University Communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison An international collaboration between virologists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the vaccine companies FluGen and Bharat Biotech has begun the development and testing of a unique vaccine against COVID-19 called CoroFlu. CoroFlu will build on the backbone of FluGen’s flu vaccine candidate known as M2SR. Based on an invention by UW School of Veterinary Medicine virologists and FluGen co-founders Yoshihiro Kawaoka and Gabriele Neumann, M2SR is a self-limiting version of the influenza virus that induces an immune response against the flu. Kawaoka’s lab will insert gene sequences from SARS-CoV-2, the novel...

By Molly Wight, Master of Public Health candidate, and Bieneke Bron DVM, PhD, postdoctoral researcher, Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases, University of Wisconsin-Madison Spring has sprung, and with it, tick season has arrived. UW-Madison researchers have two online research studies on tick prevention now open to participants, including a new study specifically for pet owners. The Tick App is an interactive mobile phone study where users can share their daily outdoor activities, explain tick prevention methods, and report tick encounters. Additionally, if users find a tick, they can submit a picture of the tick through the app...

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