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2014 Award Winners

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Dr. Thomas Howard and Dr. Robert Leder Receive WVMA Meritorious 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. Two veterinarians were selected as recipients due their years of commitment and service to the WVMA and organized veterinary medicine.

Howard-Meritorious-for-webHoward-Meritorious-webRemaining exceptionally active within the WVMA, Dr. Thomas Howard, Poynette, has served as the WVMA treasurer for the past 14 years. He had also served on the Residue Task Force, Auditing and Budgeting Committee and has served as chairman of the executive search committee, seeing through the selection of WVMA's new executive director.

Since joining in the WVMA, Dr. Howard has been an active member of the WVMA Drug Residue Task Force, Budgeting and Auditing Committee and serves as treasurer on the WVMA Executive Board.

Dr. Howard received the award in recognition for his years of commitment to the WVMA and organized veterinary medicine. He has a diverse background within the veterinary profession including serving as state veterinarian, private practice, industry and acting as his own herdsman.

"With Dr. Howard's diverse background, he can always be counted on to contribute to any task. He has proven to be an invaluable asset to our entire organization and pr

Dr. Howard is retired from practicing veterinary medicine, but enjoys spending time with his wife, two children and his herd of Angus cattle.ofession," says Dr. Ray Pawlish, past WVMA president.

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Dr. Robert Leder served on the executive board for four years. In addition, he has served on the Public Health and Food Safety, Personnel, Animal Welfare and Executive Committees. Dr. Leder led a Large Animal Welfare Subcommittee that defined five guiding principles to practice by. He is the chair of the Dairy welfare committee and has created a detailed

 presentation on how to properly and humanely take care of a down cow.

He was recognized for his thoughtful insights, his unwavering commitment to veterinary medicine, and for his steady leadership.Committees. Dr. Leder led a Larg

e Animal Welfare Subcommittee that defined five guiding principles to practice by. He is the chair of the Dairy welfare committee and has created a detailed presentation on how to properly and humanely take care of a down cow.

Dr. Robert Leder is a partner in a nine doctor practice with offices in Bear Creek, and Clintonville, Wis.


Wisconsin Veterinary Practice Managers Association Receives WVMA 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.

Friend-WVPMA-for-web"The WVPMA continues to set the bar high for practice managers," says Kim Brown Pokorny, WVMA executive director. "Their diligence and hard work to develop dynamic forward thinking CE courses and events has not only helped practice managers, but veterinarians as well by building and maintaining profitable practices."

The WVPMA also continues to support the WVMA through foundation and charitable giving. In 2013, the WVPMA donated $1,000 to the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Foundation (WVMF). Before the inception of a foundation the WVPMA partnered with the WVMA and raised fund for designated WVMA charities. Again this year, they lent their support through Bob Feller to help raise donations for the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Foundation by participating in the Wild West Rib Eating Showdown fundraiser.

Success permeates through the whole organization and their success directly relates to the veterinary practice success seen across Wisconsin.


Midwest Cremation Services of Wisconsin Receives WVMA Corporate Partnership Award

Midwest Cremation Services of Wisconsin was awarded the WVMA Corporate Sponsorship Award in thanks for their continued support of the WVMA and organized veterinary medicine. 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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"Midwest Cremations Services of Wisconsin has been a great supporter of the WVMA for many years," says Kim Brown Pokorny, WVMA executive director. "The Blosser family has been an excellent source for the WVMA whenever there are questions about cremation services from our membership and the public."

The WVMA greatly appreciates Midwest Cremation Services of Wisconsin's continued support and dedication to the WVMA, veterinarians and clinic teams across Wisconsin.

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Presidents Message

Make an Impact!

i recently attended the Heartland Veterinary Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Clarke Price, former President of the Ohio Society of CPA's thoughtfully presented perspectives of volunteer leadership in organizations such as the Wisconsin VMA. His most impactful thought? "Cultivate leaders to follow you", what a concept!


We have a wealth of knowledge, experience, expertise and professional connections and networks within the WVMA membership. How can this incredible resource be leveraged to benefit the WVMA, to benefit Wisconsin's veterinarians? Mr. Price contends, the current WVMA leadership should cultivate our successors with inquiry and encouragement.

As summer passes by, the time of year for the WVMA to fill officer and board vacancies rolls around, sounds like the time to cultivate! Yes, serving in a leadership role is a significant time commitment, however I encourage you to have fun in a leadership role. Yes, there are challenges, but there is also prestige and personal growth.

My top ten list to be an effective volunteer leader -

1. Commit yourself to make a difference.
2. Don't avoid controversy and risk.
3. Don't drive your agenda, use your platform to drive your vision.
4. Don't underestimate resistance to change.
5. Don't waste time.
6. Be consistent.
7. Ask questions.
8. Come to meetings prepared.
9. Have a plan of priorities and actions.
10. Engage and maintain open communication with leaders up and down the line.

When leadership opportunities come calling, I encourage you to answer with enthusiasm, answer with passion, and answer to make the commitment! Volunteer leadership is a vehicle to have fun, to connect with the profession, to make an impact. I encourage you to have the attitude; we're going to try new things, we're going to innovate, realizing not everything is going to work. Remember, even Monopoly has a get out of jail free card!

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