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By Jodi Legge, WVMA Business Development Director Losing a beloved pet is extremely difficult for families. The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Foundation’s (WVMF) Kindred Companions Memorial Fund allows veterinary clinics and hospitals to fund a worthy cause while commemorating the lives of pets that have passed on. With a donation of $10 or more in memory of the family’s pet, hospitals and clinics can provide some small comfort to those who have lost their cherished animal, while supporting the fundraising initiatives of the Foundation. Upon receiving the donation, WVMF will send a heartfelt, personalized card conveying sympathy for the family’s loss, letting...

By Terry Devitt, University of Wisconsin-Madison Less than two years after the first report of wild chimpanzees in Uganda dying as a result of a human “common cold” virus, a new study has identified two other respiratory viruses of human origin in chimpanzee groups in the same forest. Writing in the journal Emerging Microbes and Infections, a team led by Tony Goldberg, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine and an expert on emerging pathogens in animals, describes two simultaneous outbreaks of respiratory illness in chimpanzees in the wild, one of which was lethal. The outbreaks affected...

By Dr. Julie Ann McGwin, Equine Program Veterinarian Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection With the Midwest Horse Fair coming up April 12-14, veterinarians will be busy working with horse owners to ensure animals meet health requirements for participating in the event. This is also the time of year to discuss vaccinating horses to protect them from mosquitos carrying the deadly West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). While Wisconsin had one of the wettest years on record last year, the number of confirmed WNV and EEE cases was significantly lower than...

By Meghan Lepisto, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine  Could the body’s own immune system be primed to prevent cancer through a quick vaccine? A clinical trial launched last fall aims to bring new clarity to this complex question. “We’re testing a totally novel way of creating an anticancer immune response,” says David Vail, the Barbara A. Suran Chair in Comparative Oncology at the University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Veterinary Medicine. The Vaccination Against Canine Cancer Study will evaluate a vaccine strategy for the prevention, rather than treatment, of cancer in dogs. With more than 800 patients enrolled as participants, it is...

Dr. Joshua Stewart of Dousman, Wis., and Dr. Stacey Adams of Lake Geneva, Wis., were elected to the WVMA Executive Board. Dr. Stewart represents District 1, which includes Ozaukee, Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties, and Dr. Adams represents District 2, which covers Green, Jefferson, Kenosha, Racine, Rock and Walworth Counties. Dr. Stewart grew up in the New England states of Connecticut and Massachusetts. He earned his B.S. degree in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and went on to earn his veterinary medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Stewart started his veterinary career in a mixed animal practice. After...

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...

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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