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Nominations are open for the awards that will be presented at the 2020 Wisconsin Excellence in Veterinary Medicine Awards Ceremony on November 1. The tentative location is the Madison Marriott West Hotel and Conference Center in Middleton. WVMA Awards: Take time to nominate someone you feel goes above and beyond to represent, support and/or advance the veterinary medical profession. Award categories include: Veterinarian of the Year, Friend of Veterinary Medicine, Corporate Partnership Award, Outstanding Service Award, Outstanding Service Team Award and Veterinary Health Care Team Member of the Year. To download the WVMA Awards Nomination...

By Michelle Hintz, WVMA Student Representative When reflecting back on the last three years of my veterinary education, the first thought that comes to mind is, “Where did the time go?” It’s hard to believe all that has happened in the last few years and the experiences yet to come as a fourth-year student in clinics and on externships. Although the last few months have been full of disappointment after disappointment because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am lucky to be part of a resilient class of veterinary students who have been encouraging each other...

By Eric Hamilton, University Communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison An international collaboration between virologists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the vaccine companies FluGen and Bharat Biotech has begun the development and testing of a unique vaccine against COVID-19 called CoroFlu. CoroFlu will build on the backbone of FluGen’s flu vaccine candidate known as M2SR. Based on an invention by UW School of Veterinary Medicine virologists and FluGen co-founders Yoshihiro Kawaoka and Gabriele Neumann, M2SR is a self-limiting version of the influenza virus that induces an immune response against the flu. Kawaoka’s lab will insert gene sequences from SARS-CoV-2, the novel...

By Molly Wight, Master of Public Health candidate, and Bieneke Bron DVM, PhD, postdoctoral researcher, Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases, University of Wisconsin-Madison Spring has sprung, and with it, tick season has arrived. UW-Madison researchers have two online research studies on tick prevention now open to participants, including a new study specifically for pet owners. The Tick App is an interactive mobile phone study where users can share their daily outdoor activities, explain tick prevention methods, and report tick encounters. Additionally, if users find a tick, they can submit a picture of the tick through the app...

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...

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