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Dr. Jane Clark Assumes Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association Presidency

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Jane Clark, DVM assumed the Presidency of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) at the WVMA 99th Annual Convention on Friday, Oct. 10. She will serve as president for one year.

Dr. Jane Clark"My vision is to increase participation within our membership," says Dr. Clark. "The future belongs to all of us, I want to encourage our younger members to have a voice in what that future is going to look like."

Dr. Clark graduated with from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. She is a faculty instructor and attending veterinarian for the veterinary technician program at Madison Area Technical College. For past nine years she has served as the Program Director.

Dr. Clark has been a WVMA member since 1984. Within the WVMA, she serves as a consultant to WVMA committee members regarding veterinary technician education and essential skill training as required by the AVMA. She served on the WVMA Executive Board for two years until being selected as president-elect.

Outside of the WVMA, Dr. Clark is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Association of Veterinary Technician Educators, and the Dane County Veterinary Medical Association. She has served as the secretary, treasurer, vice president and president of the Wisconsin Equine Practitioner's Association and has lectured for the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians at their national convention.

With 16 years of clinical experience and 14 years of academic experience, she brings a broad base of experience to the WVMA. Dr. Clark and husband Trace run a small equine breeding facility in Waunakee. She has two sons, one who has graduated from and one currently attending the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. She enjoys riding her Oldenburg horses, traveling out west, creating and promoting the arts and watching sports, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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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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