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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...

With the invention of kitty litter in 1947, cats began to make the transition from outdoor pest control to indoor family members, chasing fake mice instead of real ones. As cats started to have a bigger role in the lives of their humans, members of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) began learning and developing more methods to provide the best care possible for your feline friend. "Prior to cats becoming indoor pets, they were receiving little to no veterinary care, and sick cats were often treated with home remedies or...

Veterinary Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary MedicineMueller for web Graduation Year: 2006 What is your background? I am a Milwaukee native and have been practicing veterinary medicine in the Milwaukee area for the last 11 years. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for my undergraduate studies (zoology/conservation studies), and continued on in Madison to receive my veterinary degree. While in school, I worked on campus in the dairy research barn and in the field with black bears in northern Wisconsin. After receiving my doctorate, I moved to the east coast...

By Joseph T. Leone, DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. A good trademark, as any marketer will tell you, creates an instant, indelible feeling in a potential buyer of your goods or services. Compare, for example, Rolex® with Timex®. Does a Rolex®-brand watch keep better time than a Timex®-brand watch? Unlikely. Why then can Rolex charge several thousand dollars for a stainless steel watch, while Timex can charge no more than perhaps fifty dollars for a steel watch of comparable accuracy? It’s all in the trademark and the advertising behind the trademark. The...

On June 12, WVMA President, Dr. Robert Leder, presented Edwin Schott, of the Sauk Prairie FFA, with the State FFA Veterinary Science Proficiency Award at the Wisconsin FFA Convention in Madison. This award recognizes the student who best demonstrates an understanding of veterinary medical practices and animal health care in Wisconsin. Schott started his Supervised Agriculture Experience by riding with his Mom, Dr. Lynae Schott, on emergency calls after school. After helping his Mom, Schott began helping other veterinarians at Sauk Prairie Veterinary Clinic. When a veterinarian at the clinic suffered...

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