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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...

Source: Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Division of Animal Health The Wisconsin Johne’s Disease Control Program has received a request from the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) for feces and blood from Johne’s infected animals and a second request from USDA Agriculture Research Service National Centers (ARSNC) for Animal Health for 5-6 cows showing clinical signs of Johne’s disease. Please see specific requests and contacts for each request below. 1. Request for Johne’s-positive feces USDA NVSL needs fecal material from up to 10 Johne’s infected cows to restock the...

Source: American Veterinary Medical Association The DEA recently announced the launch of the Suspicious Orders Report System (SORS) Online, a new centralized database, https://deadiversion.usdoj.gov/sors/index.html, where DEA registrants, including veterinarians, must report suspicious orders of controlled substances. The DEA has sent communication about the program to all practitioner registrants. The good news is that the impact upon veterinary practices should be negligible and compliance should be relatively straightforward. As this is a new program is it very likely that DEA guidance will change over time and we will keep you informed as...

By Tracie Luedtke, WVMA Marketing & Communications Specialist Wisconsin veterinary medicine will be well represented in 2020 as three Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) members take on the presidential roles of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). Dr. Douglas Kratt of Onalaska, Wisconsin, is currently serving as president-elect of the AVMA. A University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Veterinary Medicine graduate, Dr. Kratt owns and practices at Central Animal Hospital in La Crosse, where his interests include surgery, oncology and nutrition. A past WVMA president and AVMA House of...

Ann Sherwood Zieser, DVM, assumed the role of WVMA president during the WVMA’s annual meeting October 24. A 1990 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Sherwood Zieser is an associate veterinarian at Middleton Veterinary Hospital, a position she’s held for the past 29 years. She has been involved in organized veterinary medicine on the local, state and national levels. Her WVMA involvement includes serving on the Awards and Recognition Committee and Convention Committee. She has also held the positions of AVMA HOD alternate delegate and HOD delegate. “I am really looking forward to meeting and working with veterinarians around...

By Dr. Julie Ann McGwin, Equine Program Veterinarian, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection In August 2019, Wisconsin confirmed a case of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) in a Taylor County mare. The mare was asymptomatic and identified on routine testing for interstate movement. She had tested negative twice in 2018. Although EIA cases occur periodically in the U.S., this was the first confirmed Wisconsin case in almost 15 years. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s (DATCP) Division of Animal Health staff conducted an epidemiologic investigation and tested additional equines in the area....

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