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By Jordan Lamb, JD, DeWitt Ross & Stevens, S.C. The WVMA advocacy team has been involved in the development of several administrative rule changes over the past legislative session. Below is a summary of two recent rule changes. Referrals of Patients to Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioners, Wis. Admin. Code § VE1 & VE 2 (pending) The Wisconsin Veterinary Examining Board (VEB) has developed proposed revisions to ch. VEB 7, Wis. Adm. Code, to clarify the circumstances under which a veterinarian may make a referral of a veterinary client to another licensed professional,...

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 Megan A. Senatori and Meg Sohns1 Q: Today I examined a dog with injuries that were not at all consistent with the description of events provided by the client. The client was visibly upset, crying, and extremely worried about her animal. I have known her for some time, and I am confident that she did not cause the injuries to the dog. But someone did. After asking more about it, she started visibly shaking and reluctantly told me that her husband had been calling her names, screaming at her, and...

By Stephen A. DiTullio, DeWitt Ross & Stevens, S.C. While many are proclaiming a huge victory for employers with the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis approving employers’ use of class action waivers in arbitration agreements, veterinary practices and other employers would be wise to proceed cautiously before implementing arbitration agreements in the workplace. To be clear, arbitration means that a privately-hired “arbitrator” (typically a former judge or experienced lawyer) resolves a claim rather than a state or federal judge. Under the decision, a veterinary...

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...

Anyone who shares their house with a cat, knows the lonely meows that are made when their food dish is not empty, but just empty enough. Many times, it is when you are rushing out the door or are trying to get your full eight hours of sleep. So what do you do? Throw some more food in their dish and go about your business. However, a constantly full food dish may be putting your cat’s health in danger. According to Dr. Katarina Luther of the Cat Care Clinic in Madison,...

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