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By William Gilles, WisCARES director; Elizabeth Alvarez, WisCARES educational director and clinical assistant professor, UW School of Veterinary Medicine; Kelly Schultz, WisCARES veterinarian; and Ruthanne Chun, associate dean for clinical affairs, UW School of Veterinary Medicine Homelessness, poverty and pet ownership have a complicated relationship that we are only now gaining perspective on as a profession. Nationally, through its Pets for Life program, the Humane Society of the United States reports that 23 million dogs and cats live with people surviving paycheck to paycheck or in poverty. Locally, the United Way estimates that 41 percent of Dane County...

University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (UWSVM) student Jon Young was elected by his peers to serve a two-year term as the student representative on the WVMA Executive Board. Young, who grew up in a small southeastern Connecticut town, received his undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Economics from Gordon College in Massachusetts. Following graduation, he spent 10 years in a variety of roles that included teaching English in Palestine, serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Pittsburgh, working for a willow artist in the United Kingdom, running an afterschool program in Boston and working for the Natick Community Organic Farm (NCOF) in Natick, Massachusetts. It...

By Danielle Schuld, WVMA Student Representative When I was first accepted into veterinary school one of my mentors told me “Vet school will be the fastest, slowest 4 years of your life.” I wasn’t sure what she meant at the time, but now that I am preparing to enter my fourth-year rotations, I can say she was absolutely right. Time seemed to crawl by as I studied countless hours with my classmates for the relentless number of exams we endured, but yet, somehow, three years have passed, our Blue Coat Ceremony has marked the transition to clinics, and my time as a WVMA...

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...

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