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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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On June 16, Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) President, Dr. Jane Clark, presented Hannah Glennon of Amherst, with the State FFA Veterinary Science Proficiency Award at the 86th Annual State FFA Convention in Madison. This award recognizes the student who best demonstrates an understanding of veterinary practices and animal health care in Wisconsin.

Vet Science Winner

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The WVMA has you covered for any occasion. We just launched WVMA apparel available to members on wvma.org. Check out the  WVMA online store and get great apparel to show off your WVMA support. To find our online store, log in, go to Member Resources and click on Member Apparel. If you don't remember your credentials for wvma.org, contact us at (608) 257-3665 or  wvma@wvma.org. We are excited to bring this opportunity to our members. Thank you for your support in veterinary medicine by being a WVMA Member!

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The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) has announced Dr. Glen Johnson, Reedsburg, as the first veterinarian to achieve Food Armor™ Accredited Veterinarian status.

To achieve this status, Dr. Johnson went through over 15 hours of continuing education on food safety and proper medication use through the Food Armor™ program. Once complete, he needed to pass a quiz evaluation with a 90 percent or greater pass rate.
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"To maintain his accreditation status, Dr. Johnson will need to renew his Food Armor™ Accreditation every two years which includes a continuing education requirement focused on program updates and updates on food safety and proper medication use," says Dr. Katie Mrdutt, Food Armor™ outreach specialist.

Dr. Johnson worked with Cattail Dairy, Wonewoc, to help achieve his accreditation. Cattail Dairy is the first farm to become Food Armor™ Certified.

"For a farm to earn Food Armor™ certification, they need to work with a Food Armor™ Accredited Veterinarian to implement and maintain a Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan for proper medication use on their farm which meets all of the requirements of the Food Armor™ program," says Dr. Mrdutt.

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April 1, 2015 marked a new chapter for the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) with a move to a new office. From humble beginnings in the basement of a funeral home, the new office is a great example of how much the WVMA has grown since its founding in 1915.

"The new office space showcases how the WVMA has grown over the last 100 years," says Kim Brown Pokorny, WVMA executive director. "We now have the room to grow to best meet the changing needs of our members."

In 1967, the WVMA established its first office in the basement of a funeral home in Madison, Wis. With the retirement of long time Executive Secretary, Dr. Bill O'Rourke, in 1987, the WVMA looked to a new office with full-time staff.

"A new chapter for the association began with the Broom Street office," says Brown Pokorny. "For the first time, the association was hiring someone who wasn't a veterinarian to make decisions and direct the membership."

After over 20 years in downtown Madison, the Executive Board decided it was time to look for a new location. To help make commuting easier for meetings held at and away from the office, the Executive Board made the decision to move to the east side of Madison in 2010.

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Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Recently reported in the Chicago area, canine influenza virus (CIV) has affected at least 1,000 dogs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. Owners are advised to seek veterinary care for dogs exhibiting clinical signs including cough, nasal discharge, and fever. A small percentage of dogs will develop more severe clinical signs and somedogs may not have any clinical symptoms at all.

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The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) awarded Lisa Peters, DVM, DACVECC, of Freedom, the WVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award at its 99th Annual Convention on Friday, Oct. 10.

Dr-Peters-for-webLyn Schuh, public relations director for Fox Valley Animal Referral Center, has work and served with Dr. Peters for 17 years.

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