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Where did you attend veterinary school? I graduated from the University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. Where do you practice veterinary medicine? I practice at Lakeview Veterinary Clinic in Madison. I am also an adjunct professor at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, a position I’ve held for nearly 20 years. Please explain your involvement with the WVMA. Shortly after graduating veterinary medical school, I was active with my local VMA in Dane County (secretary, president, some legislative involvement) and more recently chaired the Continuing Education Committee (in the WVMA Convention days). What leadership and vision do you bring to the position? I...

Where did you attend veterinary school? I graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. Where do you practice veterinary medicine? After graduation, I practiced at Country Hills Animal Health in Eden, Wisconsin. In 2006, I joined All Pets Veterinary Clinic, an exclusive small animal practice, in Middleton, Wisconsin, and became a partner about five years ago. How long have you been a WVMA member? Please explain your involvement with the WVMA. I have been a WVMA member since 2000 when I first started veterinary school. As a student, I served on the Public Health and Safety Committee. Since graduation, I have...

By Amanda Koch, MPH, Waterborne Diseases Epidemiologist and Rachel Klos, DVM, MPH, State Public Health Veterinarian, Wisconsin Department of Health Services The season for algal blooms has begun, which means you and your clients might be seeing stagnant areas of lakes, rivers and ponds affected by high concentrations of cyanobacteria, popularly known as blue-green algae. Cyanobacteria are photosynthetic bacteria naturally found in surface water in Wisconsin and across the world. When cyanobacteria grow to very high concentrations, they can create a localized accumulation, called a bloom. Blooms can take on different appearances depending on which species of cyanobacteria are...

Mineral Point FFA member, Sara Heisner, is the 2019 winner of the Wisconsin FFA Veterinary Science Proficiency Award. Heisner has worked as a veterinary assistant at Military Ridge Veterinary Service since 2017. There, she helps around the office by answering phone calls, filing records, cleaning equipment, putting together kits and much more. When answering the phones she talks to many different clients to schedule appointments and answer questions. When scheduling calls, she asks questions to ensure that the veterinarian going on the call will be prepared and have the correct equipment and supplies to...

By Caroline Schneider, UW–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Home to robust populations of ticks and their hosts (namely, mice and deer), Wisconsin has become a hot spot for tick-borne diseases. Over the past 25 years, deer ticks have trekked from the northern parts of the state to the south and east. They are now found nearly everywhere, lurking in the backcountry, in the wooded areas of neighborhoods, and even in well-manicured lawns. Wisconsin residents are also encountering more of another well-known pest – mosquitoes. In summer 2017, UW–Madison Professor Susan Paskewitz and her colleagues in entomology trapped...

Congratulations to WVMA student members Danielle Schuld and Marie Bucko for being elected to serve as Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) officers during the 49th annual SAVMA Symposium held in Athens, Georgia, in March! Schuld was installed as acting secretary and Bucko was elected president-elect. Schuld, from Portage, Wisconsin, just completed her third year at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UWSVM) and a two-year term on the WVMA Executive Board. She is looking forward to the opportunities this leadership position will provide. “One of the many reasons I was attracted to veterinary medicine was the ability to serve and...

By William Gilles, WisCARES director; Elizabeth Alvarez, WisCARES educational director and clinical assistant professor, UW School of Veterinary Medicine; Kelly Schultz, WisCARES veterinarian; and Ruthanne Chun, associate dean for clinical affairs, UW School of Veterinary Medicine Homelessness, poverty and pet ownership have a complicated relationship that we are only now gaining perspective on as a profession. Nationally, through its Pets for Life program, the Humane Society of the United States reports that 23 million dogs and cats live with people surviving paycheck to paycheck or in poverty. Locally, the United Way estimates that 41 percent of Dane County...

University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UWSVM) student Jon Young was elected by his peers to serve a two-year term as the student representative on the WVMA Executive Board. Young, who grew up in a small southeastern Connecticut town, received his undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Economics from Gordon College in Massachusetts. Following graduation, he spent 10 years in a variety of roles that included teaching English in Palestine, serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Pittsburgh, working for a willow artist in the United Kingdom, running an afterschool program in Boston and working for the Natick Community Organic Farm (NCOF) in Natick, Massachusetts. It...

By Danielle Schuld, WVMA Student Representative When I was first accepted into veterinary school one of my mentors told me “Vet school will be the fastest, slowest 4 years of your life.” I wasn’t sure what she meant at the time, but now that I am preparing to enter my fourth-year rotations, I can say she was absolutely right. Time seemed to crawl by as I studied countless hours with my classmates for the relentless number of exams we endured, but yet, somehow, three years have passed, our Blue Coat Ceremony has marked the transition to clinics, and my time as a WVMA...

By Dr. Darlene Konkle, Acting State Veterinarian Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection The last thing most veterinary clients want to think about is the possibility of losing their animals during a disaster. The recent flooding in the Midwest reinforces how important it is to plan for pets and livestock during disasters. May 11 is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day and there are many things veterinarians and veterinary technicians can do to help their clients protect animal health when disaster strikes. Pre-Disaster Planning Veterinarians are an important resource in disaster planning. Prior to an emergency, veterinarians can provide...

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