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Reflecting Thoughts and Hopes for the Future

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By Morgan Randall, WVMA student representative

As I sit to think back on the past two years, what strikes me first is how quickly time flies! I’m sure many of you feel the same way when you think back on veterinary school and how quickly it went even though some days were long. My time as student representative for the WVMA has flown by just as quickly. When I started in the position during my first year, I had no idea where the role would take me. Sitting here now at the end of my term and third year of veterinary school, I’m thankful for the opportunity I have had to get to know so many wonderful people from around the state and to serve my fellow students. 

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 Dr. Robert Leder, WVMA president, and Mordan Randall.

I’m proud to be a part of an organization that strives to add so much value to students’memberships. The list of events that the WVMA sponsored to enrich the education of our student members is long. Some of the highlights that stick out include our WVMA student wetlabs held at convention. During the 2017 convention, student wetlab topics ranged from exotic animal handling, to large animal hoof care, to acupuncture techniques in canines. Students always comment on how they enjoy the hands-on learning experiences they receive during these labs, which are at no cost to them. Students see the value in these unique learning experiences outside of the lecture hall, and are very grateful for the WVMA staff and members who teach the labs.

Many students participated in our trips to clinics this year as well. We visited Lodi Veterinary Care during January for our Networking Dinner and nearly a record number of students attended! Networking dinners aim to provide a way for students to meet doctors they may have never spoken with before and give them an opportunity to ask any questions they might have ranging from advice for externships during their 4th year to interviewing tips. Sometimes the connections made during a Networking Dinner turn into a job offer after graduation!

In addition, a group of students used their holiday off of classes to attend an emergency situation and client relations training day generously hosted by Fox Valley Animal Referral Center. The staff at Fox Valley put together a fantastic lineup of workshops on subjects such as patient triage and client interactions for the students to participate in. This was the first year for this event and we hope to provide the students with an experience like this in the future. The fact that students use their precious days off to attend WVMA events attests to how valuable they view these opportunities. The WVMA’s investment in the next generation of veterinarians is noticed and appreciated by the student members.

One of my biggest hopes for the future of organized veterinary medicine is to succeed in legally defining assisted reproductive techniques and surgery, so that those procedures can be the in the hands of licensed veterinarians. The WVMA is at the forefront of these issues and others, and works hard every day at the Capitol to protect the livelihood of veterinarians. In addition, I hope that the next generation of young veterinarians can see the value in a WVMA membership and continue to be involved in the organization. Right now three out of four classes at the UW-SVM have 100 percent enrollment as student members with the WVMA thanks to generous sponsorship from Dean Markel. A task force from the WVMA Executive Board is working to ensure that membership remains valuable for young veterinarians, and that they stay involved.

It is an exciting time to be a veterinarian in Wisconsin! I am not only thankful for the opportunities I have had as a WVMA student member and representative, but look forward to my future both in the profession and as a WVMA member

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