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Dr. Douglas Kratt Receives Veterinarian of the Year Award

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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.

Veterinarian of the yearDrs. John T. Been (left) with Douglas Kratt
and Jane Clark

"Dr. Kratt's contributions to veterinary medicine in Wisconsin reads like a Linkedln profile on steroids," says Dr. Forbes.

Dr. Kratt is a 1998 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, and purchased Central Animal Hospital five months after graduation. His entry into organized veterinary medicine began with involvement in the Coulee Region Veterinary Medical Association where he has served as president multiple times.

Within the WVMA, Dr. Kratt served as president in 2008 and transitioned a new executive director into the association while developing a strategic plan to ensure the health and support of our profession within Wisconsin. Through the years, he has served on numerous committees and task forces. Most recently, Dr. Kratt was elected to serve a four year term as the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) House of Delegates Delegate for Wisconsin.

Within his local community, Dr. Kratt has established medical and preventative care protocols for police canines and donates all of his veterinary care to the Wisconsin State Patrol K9s, the Onalaska Police Department, Campbell Police Department, Holmen Police Department and Tomah's Police Department K9s. Outside of veterinary medicine, he is the President of the Board of Directors of the LaCrosse Festivals, which includes Oktoberfest and has help raise money for the America Red Cross through the LaCrosse Dancing with the Stars.

"I can't think of anyone who deserves this award more than Dr. Douglas Kratt," says Dr. Forbes. "I am proud to call him my colleague and friend and we should be very proud to have him in Wisconsin and as an active member of the WVMA and AVMA leadership."

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