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By Dr. Lindsey Long, Wildlife Veterinarian and Amanda Kamps, Wildlife Rehabilitation Program Manager, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Practicing veterinarians are frequently approached by citizens looking for assistance with sick, injured and/or orphaned wildlife. Some Wisconsin veterinarians are consulting veterinarians with licensed  wildlife rehabilitators in their communities, and they help provide diagnostic and therapeutic care for wild animals. Many more of the state’s veterinarians are occasionally contacted about wildlife in need and, therefore, could benefit from an update on the regulations pertaining to the treatment and rehabilitation of wildlife in Wisconsin. COVID-19 Considerations On March 24, Gov. Tony Evers directed the...

By Eric Hamilton, University Communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison Researchers have discovered a previously unknown virus infecting nearly a third of America’s bald eagle population. Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Wildlife Health Center and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources found the virus while searching for the cause of Wisconsin River Eagle Syndrome (WRES), an enigmatic disease endemic to bald eagles near the Lower Wisconsin River. The newly identified bald eagle hepacivirus, or BeHV, may contribute to the fatal disease, which causes eagles to stumble and have seizures. But BeHV was also found in eagles without symptoms of the syndrome,...

By Kelly April Tyrrell, University Communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison Editor’s note: This article was written for the April 2020 issue of the WVMA Voice newsletter. The information is current as of mid-March, when the newsletter went to press. The situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving rapidly so some details may have changed by the time of publication. Back in 2016, when Zika virus first began to cause infections in the Americas, University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers pulled together a coalition of scientists to study the virus and openly share their data for others. In late January, those researchers –...

By Jodi Legge, Executive Director, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Foundation The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Foundation (WVMF) awarded a $2,500 grant to Got Your Six K9s and a $700 grant to Heaven’s Helpers Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen, LLC, to support their mission of assisting others. The funds were made available through the WVMF’s Grant Program. Got Your Six K9s is a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that trains service dogs to help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other service-related injuries. Jeremy Van Beek, a disabled veteran with PTSD, founded the organization after he received a service dog and wanted to help others get the same opportunity. Van Beek serves as president of the organization and is also one of the...

The following release was provided by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Division of Animal Health. DATCP Reminds Poultry Producers to Review Biosecurity The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is encouraging poultry producers to review their biosecurity measures following the discovery of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in South Carolina. While there is no current threat to Wisconsin poultry, DATCP and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are reminding all bird owners to practice good biosecurity and report sick birds or unusual...

By Dr. Gretchen May, Veterinary Program Manager, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection In April 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a transition to 840 radio frequency identification (RFID) tags for official identification for cattle and bison. In October 2019, that transition was put on hold. Although the plan to transition is on hold, USDA and the Wisconsin Department of  Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) still encourage the use of RFID tags as official ID. RFID tags result in better protection of the longterm health, marketability and economic viability of livestock. They also allow...

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has information sheets available about COVID-19 for veterinarians and pet owners. These resources provide answers to some of the frequently asked questions about COVID-19. To access the FAQ sheet for veterinarians and veterinary clinics, click here. To access the FAQ sheet for pet owners, click here....

Experienced veterinarians interested in working at the state level are encouraged to apply for the Animal Disease Control Director position at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The selected candidate will also serve as the Assistant State Veterinarian. Responsibilities include managing the Bureau of Animal Disease Control and providing overall veterinarian management to the Division of Animal Health as needed. The deadline to apply is March 23, 2020. To learn more, click here....

By Gail C. Golab, PhD, DVM, MANZCVS, DACAW, Chief Veterinary Officer, American Veterinary Medical Association The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is cognizant of potential medical supply chain issues, including both pharmaceuticals (specifically active pharmaceutical ingredients [APIs]) and medical products, such as personal protective equipment. We have learned from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that there are 32 animal drug firms that make finished drugs or source active pharmaceutical ingredients in China for the United States market. The FDA has contacted all 32 firms and no shortages have been reported...

Eligible veterinarians are encouraged to apply for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP). In return for the repayment of a portion of their veterinary loans, recipients are required to provide veterinary service in a designated shortage area for three years. The application deadline is April 2. For more information and to apply, click here....

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