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The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) recognized award winners at its 101st Annual Convention on October 14 in Madison, Wis. 

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On June 14, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) President, Dr. John T. Been, presented Morgan Fitzsimmons, of Mineral Point, with the State FFA Veterinary Science Proficiency Award at the 87th Annual State FFA Convention in Madison. This award recognizes the student who best demonstrates an understanding of veterinary medical practices and animal health care in Wisconsin.

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Mark your calendar for the 2016 WVMA Annual Convention – Rock n Roll – being held October 13-16 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.

WVMA 2016 Logo FinalThe convention will be held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association and Wisconsin Veterinary Practice Managers Association conventions, and features an immense lineup of nationally acclaimed speakers and trade show vendors.

Large animal tracks will include veterinary feed directive changes, reproduction, drug residue, new technology for clinics and equine dentistry. Gastrointestinal disease, clinical pathology, ophthalmology, dermatology, imaging and pain management will be featured in small animal tracks along with a wetlab on oncology.

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On March 21, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) and Invisible Fence® Brand presented Juneau EMS, Horicon EMS, Clyman Fire and Rescue Department and Horicon Police Department with emergency oxygen masks for pets. These donations were made possible because of Project BreatheTM, a partnership between the WVMA and Invisible Fence® Brand.

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The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) awarded Douglas Kratt, DVM, of Onalaska, the WVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award at its 100th Annual Convention on Friday, Oct. 9.

Dr. Robert Forbes believes Dr. Kratt epitomizes of the work ethic and selfless caring that keeps the veterinary medical profession rated as one of the most respected in the country.

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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.

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The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Assocation (WVMA)  recognized four members at the 2015 WVMA Annual Convention on October 9 for their 50 years of membership. To receive this  award, a veterinarian must maintiain their membership for 50 continuous years. The following members met  this milestone in 2015.

Wayne Benstead, DVM
Dr. Wayne Benstead graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1962. He is a small animal veterinarian who spent most of his career practicing veterinary medicine in Delavan, WI. Dr. Benstead started his career in 1963 with Dr. Paul O'Conner. In 1964, he joined a mixed animal practice in Delavan, WI. Dr. Benstead bought that clinic from Dr. Kelsey in 1971 and turned it into a small animal practice. In 1976, he built his own practice called the Delavan Small Animal Clinic. In 1993, Dr. Benstead sold his clinic, but he continues to work part-time.

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The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) honored a retiring Executive Board member at its 100th Annual Convention on Friday, Oct. 9. Kimberly Kratt, DVM, Michael Wolf, DVM and Ann Sherwood Zieser, DVM completed their four-years terms on the WVMA Executive Board.

Dr. Kimberly Kratt represented District 7, which includes Buffalo, Trempealeau, Jackson, LaCrosse, Monroe, Juneau and Vernon

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Food and Drug Administration 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has amended the new animal drug regulations to implement the veterinary feed directive (VFD) drugs section of the Animal Drug Availability Act of 1996 (ADAA). On June 3, the FDA published in the Federal Register the final rule revising the VFD regulations in 21 CFR Part 558. The final rule becomes effective in 120 days. At the same time, FDA revised Guidance for Industry #120, Veterinary Feed Directive Regulation.

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The state veterinarian has broadened the restriction against poultry gatherings in a modified order that now prohibits all poultry at any swap meet in the state through the end of 2015. A previous order issued June 10 prohibited swap meets held in conjunction with a county, regional or state fair.

"As long as avian influenza is still potentially in the environment, we need to better manage the gathering of birds to ensure that we are not spreading the virus to new areas of the state," said Dr. Paul McGraw, Wisconsin State Veterinarian.

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