Recent News

VES broke ground on the Dr. Michael J. Wolf Research Campus for Animal-Centered Environments (ACEs) in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, on January 14. Veterinarians and engineers will develop new, innovative environments at the facility to optimize the health, comfort, welfare and productivity of dairy cows across diverse climates around the world. The Dr. Wolf Research Campus will be the first phase of a construction project that will include a new company headquarters, an animal welfare demonstration center and a global conference center. Since its founding in 2008, VES has been the global leader in innovating ACEs...

By Mike Dupor, WVMA Member, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine Fourth-Year Student If you’re like most Americans, you probably think of Washington, D.C., with some mixture of frustration, exasperation and worry. For this bright-eyed veterinary student/policy nerd, however, Washington, D.C., represented a one-of-a-kind externship opportunity with the AVMA Government Relations Division. I am a fourth-year veterinary student here in Wisconsin. I plan to enter food animal practice after graduation. My interest in this externship was piqued by a lifelong passion for public affairs and policy, and specifically a desire to learn more about agricultural policy. I first learned about this opportunity participating in...

By Lorelei Clarke, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Assistant Clinical Professor of Anatomic Pathology and Ryan Breuer, DVM, Clinical Assistant Professor, Diagnostic Case & Outreach Coordinator, Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory During times when horse owners and livestock producers have to turn to stored feed due to lack of available pasture grazing, cold weather or feed shortages, it is a good reminder to discuss the importance of monitoring animals and feedstuffs closely when dietary changes are occurring. In the case of feed shortage scenarios, owners are faced with purchasing feed. Among the many different challenges that feed changes can present, the presence of blister beetles in alfalfa...

District 7 - David Brown, DVM Dr. David Brown, of Viroqua, graduated from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981 and spent the first six years of his career practicing at a newly established mixed animal practice in Viroqua. He then moved to Blacksburg, Virginia, where he spent two years at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine as a member of the large animal ambulatory service. Although he enjoyed teaching, he wanted to get back to practicing veterinary medicine in Wisconsin. Dr. Brown and his family moved back to Viroqua and...

By Lynn Maki, Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine As we reach the halfway point of the academic year, our School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) faculty admissions committee spends significant time reading and considering applications from students who apply to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to become veterinarians. Approximately 1,100 - 1,300 prospective students apply annually to UW’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program using the national Veterinary Medical Common Application Service (VMCAS). Faculty committee members evaluate applicants based on their academic and nonacademic experiences, background, and preparation to engage in the rigorous...

Source: Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Division of Animal Health Effective November 1, 2019, changes were made to the Dog Sellers Program (Wis. Admin. Code § ATCP 16). A summary of the changes are listed below. It is not intended to be a complete explanation of the rule. Summary of Changes This rule specifies requirements for persons to become licensed under the Wisconsin dog sellers and dog facility operators program. Among other things, this rule does all of the following: Definitions • Adds a definition of “dog” to clarify that the rule applies to domestic dogs and not...

The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) named Dr. Nigel Cook the 2019 Veterinarian of the Year during the Wisconsin Excellence in Veterinary Medicine Awards Ceremony in Madison on November 3. Cook, BSc, BVSc, Cert. CHP, DBR, MRCVS, is head of the Department of Medical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UW SVM). He teaches in the Core Skills and Advanced Skills in Production Medicine final year elective rotations and lectures on bovine mastitis, lameness and animal welfare. In addition, he manages the Dairyland Initiative, an online resource that offers virtual tours, building guidelines, benchmarks, workshops and real-time multilingual support to address concerns with...

The Wisconsin Excellence in Veterinary Medicine Awards Ceremony and Pet Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony were held in Madison on November 3. Congratulations to these award winners! Meritorious Service Award Dr. Eric Rooker of Dairy Doctors Veterinary Services in Plymouth is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award. This award is given to a veterinarian in recognition of his or her service, commitment and contributions specifically to the WVMA and organized veterinary medicine. Dr. Rooker is working with the WVMA to form a leadership and business program. With his vision and passion, the WVMA looks forward to leading the veterinary medical profession into the future. Previously, Dr. Rooker served...

Do you still need CE credits for your license renewal? Food Armor, an organization dedicated to improving antimicrobial stewardship practices in food animal agriculture, now has an online educational platform providing high quality stewardship education to veterinarians and farmers. There are currently 12 modules available for you to work through at your own pace. All courses are RACE approved. Antimicrobial Stewardship Fundamentals Module 1: An Introduction to Antimicrobial Stewardship Module 2: Veterinarian-Client-Patient-Relationships (VCPR) Module 3: Relationships and Team Building Module 4: Taking a Risk Management Approach Treatment Decisions and Antimicrobial Stewardship Module 5: Responsible Use Module 6: Regulations Module 7: Drug Lists Module...

By Meghan Lepisto, Publications and Media Relations Manager, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine Scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have created a diagnostic imaging tool that fills a longstanding, unmet need in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of conditions facing horses and other large animals. Named Equina, it is the first helical computed tomography (CT) scanner on the market to vertically scan the lower legs of a standing, sedated large animal. The system is also the first dual-purpose standing CT machine; this means it can scan up and down a patient’s legs and move...

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