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Award Winners Recognized at the 2015 WVMA Annual Convention

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The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association recognized the following award winners during the WVMA Annual meeting on October 9 in Madisin, Wisconsin. 

Corporate Partnership Award
The Corporate Partnership Award is given to a business in recognition of their service, commitment, and contributions specifically to organized veterinary medicine.

Coorporate Equity"Equity Cooperative has been a steadfast champion supporting the WVMA Food Armor® HACCP for Proper Drug use program," says Kim Brown Pokorny, WVMA executive director. "Equity Cooperative understands the importance of providing dairy farmers with the knowledge and resources they need to produce quality, safe milk and dairy beef for the consumer."

Examples of their commitment include organizing and sponsoring educational meetings for producers which educate on food safety and responsible drug use through the WVMA Food Armor® program, providing Food Armor® check stuffers to increase awareness about producing high quality dairy beef, and continued sponsorship support for the Food Armor™ HACCP for Proper Drug Use Program.

The WVMA greatly appreciates Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association's continued support and dedication to the WVMA, veterinarians and clinic teams across Wisconsin.

Distinguished Achievement Award
The Distinguished Achievement Award recognizes WVMA members who have distinguished themselves in some way in the profession, in the community, or have achieved national prominence as a leader of a veterinary medical organization.

Colleague and friend, Dr. Chris Booth, presented Dr. Easley with this prestigious award.

Distinguished Easley

"Dr. Easley's professional career represents the vast array of opportunities that 

are available in veterinary medicine," states Dr. Booth.

Dr. Easley is a 1981 graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He currently practices at Dairy Doctors Veterinary Service in Plymouth, Wis.

Early in his career, Dr. Easley was a dairy veterinarian and the lead veterinarian for an AI bull stud. He was never afraid to explore new opportunities as they arose, which transitioned him into being a leading mink expert.

Dr. Easley is the leading veterinary expert on mink production in North America. He has been instrumental in assisting and growing the mink industry over the past 20 years in the areas of nutrition, genetics, reproduction, disease prevention and animal welfare. Currently, he advises clients all over
North America and has served as an educational speaker at meetings in the United States, Canada and Europe.

"Over the past 20 years, Dr. Easley has also been an important mentor and role model for each of us at Dairy Doctors as we have begun our careers immediately following graduation from veterinary school," says Dr. Booth. "His calm demeanor and willingness to listen has enabled him to teach and advise us through countless situations and learning opportunities that have helped to shape our careers. He has always been a steady force with a positive attitude that showed us how to work hard and always do our best to earn the respect and trust of our clients."

Friend of Veterinary Medicine Award
The Friend of Veterinary Medicine Award is given to an individual or organization in recognition of their service, commitment, and 

contributions specifically to veterinary medicine in Wisconsin.
Most is a veterinary technician at the Kaukauna Veterinary Clinic, where Dr. Ron Biese describes her as the Radar O'Riley of the television show MASH.

Reina Most"Reina anticipates the veterinarian's needs extremely well and has technical skills second to none," he says.

Most has taught at Globe University, the Horizon School of Assisting and at the Kaukauna 

Veterinary Clinic she teaches and trains new employees and students.

"Reina's passion to help our fury friends and her skill level is a combination that deserves to be recognized," says Dr. Biese.

Meritorious Service Award
The Meritorious Service Award is given to veterinarians in recognition of their service, commitment, and contributions specifically to the WVMA and organized veterinary medicine.

Meritorious ZieserSince graduating from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 1990, Dr. Sherwood Zieser has been an active member of the WVMA. She has served on the Awards Committee, the Nominating and Procedural Committee and four years on the WVMA Executive Board. In addition, she was elected by the WVMA membership to serve four years as the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) House of Delegate (HOD) Alternate and then another four years as the AVMA HOD Delegate. This position required significant hours of studying issues, communicating with veterinarians across the country and time away from her family and patients. All time and efforts devoted to represent Wisconsin veterinarians at the AVMA level.

"Dr. Sherwood Zieser is always the first one to step up and volunteer when help is needed," says Kim Brown Pokorny, executive director of the WVMA.

Dr. Sherwood Zieser practices small animal medicine at the Middleton Veterinary Clinic and resides in Lodi with her husband, Kevin, two children, Ben and Emily and several furry, four-legged friends.

Presidential Award
This award is given by the outgoing president to a person or a company who, in the opinion of the president, has provided extraordinary or assistance to the WVMA.

Presidential LambLamb is an administrative and regulatory attorney and the Chair of DeWitt Ross & Stevens' Government Relations Practice Group. Her ability to connect with others through writing and public speaking provides the platform for her regulatory practice, which is focused on government relations and environmental law.

Lamb is highly skilled at legislative planning, analysis and drafting for businesses, trade associations and industry groups. Her work on administrative and regulatory matters includes responding to agency investigations and enforcement actions, as well as the in depth review of and challenge to agency actions.

Lamb assists clients with making critical connections between business and Wisconsin state government. Her clients are from diverse industries including agriculture, bioscience, insurance and business.

"The WVMA began working with Lamb four years ago and it was one of the better decisions the association ever made" says Dr. Clark. "Jordan's strategic ability to navigate unchartered waters and build relationships is tremendous."

Lamb has a long list of accomplishments for the WVMA, including successfully earning veterinarians an exemption from the prescription drug monitoring program, saving veterinary medicine over $7 million a year in Wisconsin. She most recently was key in the historic move of the Veterinary Examining Board from the Department of Safety and Professional Services to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

"In a short period of time, Jordan has established the WVMA as a respected, go-to voice for veterinary medicine at the Capitol and within our state agencies," says Dr. Clark.

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