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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...

By Dr. Bieneke Bron and Dr. Lyric Bartholomay As a veterinarian, you have seen and shown pet owners plenty of fleas, and possibly even ticks. You may have removed ticks and feel comfortable distinguishing a deer tick from a wood tick. The deer tick (Ixodes scapularis), also known as the blacklegged tick or bear tick, transmits several tick-borne pathogens, including those that cause Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. Most often, it is the nymphal stage of the tick that transmits the pathogens, because they are small and difficult to detect. These ticks are in the woods and our backyards; the latter is a location...

The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) hosted its annual Blue Coat Ceremony on Sunday, April 14, at Union South Varsity Hall in Madison, Wis. During the ceremony, third-year veterinary students from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine were presented their “blue coats,” signifying the end of classes and the beginning of clinics. Family and friends watched as the class of 2020 was recognized during the ceremony. Speakers at the event included WVMA President Alan Holter, DVM; University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine Dean Mark Markel, DVM, PhD, DACVS; Professors Michael Collins, DVM, PhD,DACVM, and Karen Young, VMD, PhD;...

Dr. René Carlson of Chetek, Wis., passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Dr. Carlson is a former president of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the World Veterinary Association. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at Chetek Lutheran Church on Saturday, April 6, at 11:00 a.m., with visitation two hours prior to the service, and a luncheon to follow. To view the full obituary, click here....

Samples from three lots of Darwin's Natural Pet Products raw dog food tested positive for Salmonella, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that pet owners stop feeding them to their pets and throw them away. The products affected include: Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Chicken Recipe with Organic Vegetables for Dogs: 5309(11)181019, manufactured on October 19, 2018; Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Chicken Recipe with Organic Vegetables for Dogs: 5375(11)181106, manufactured on November 6, 2018; and Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Turkey Recipe with Organic...

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...

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