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-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.
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.
"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.
"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.
Over the past several years, the WVMA has become acutely aware of the increasing mental health and substance abuse stresses that our professionals are experiencing. Survey studies by mental health experts have quantified the challenges facing some of our colleagues. Articles in our press have made us aware of this issue. The stresses of veterinary school and practice can combine to create depression, anxiety, and even suicide for some of our colleagues.
In a cooperative effort to provide additional resources for our profession, the WVMA worked with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and Governor Walker’s office to get authorization for the creation of a Professional Assistance Program for Veterinarians and CVTs included in the 2017-19 state biennial budget bill. The program is funded with existing license fees and will be a much-needed resource for Wisconsin veterinary professionals who are struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. This is a major victory for veterinarians in Wisconsin. The WVMA will be working with DATCP as this program is developed. We extend our thanks to DATCP and the Governor’s Office for their recognition of this need for our profession and the commitment to creating this professional assistance program.