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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....

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...

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