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Dr. Lisa Peters Receives Veterinarian of the Year Award

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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.

"One thing I can say about her is that she is the first to say yes," says Schuh. "Yes, we can fix it, yes, there is a chance, yes, you can to do it and yes, I will be there."

Dr. Peters graduated from University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. She joined the Fox Valley Animal Referral Center in 1997 as one of the founding doctors and co-director of the Department of Emergency and Critical Care. Dr. Peter's is also a partner in the Green Bay Animal and Emergency Center, Central Wisconsin Animal Emergency Center, Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center and Horizon Services, Inc.

Through the years, Dr. Peters has done countless in house training for the medical team, lunch and learns for her referral community, has spoken at the national level. Within her local community, she has done CPR demonstrations for police and fire departments, first aid and in the field triage for hunting and conservation groups, school career days and events for the local humane society.

"Her wish is that her legacy will be that she made a difference as a doctor, as a mentor, as a mother and as a friend," says Schuh.

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Presidents Message

Planting Seeds - Growing Tomorrow's Veterinarians

Growing up on a farm in north central Wisconsin, I had a natural affinity to animals. My first passion was horses; my Dad used draft horses in the woods for making maple syrup. Later I became enamored with cows, and enrolled in 4-H and showed them at the county fair for many years. This innate preference for animals was no doubt a significant factor that contributed to my career choice of a veterinarian.

As a 12-year-old boy, I was amazed at the abilities and insights of our veterinarian as he attended to our animals. I was amazed at his ability to determine the pregnancy status of our cows by rectal examination. Given the challenges of artificial insemination, the rectal examination results were sort of a “report card” so to speak of our efforts. I always eagerly awaited the diagnosis, and when the cow was not pregnant appreciated advice and/or treatment to help achieve that goal. Additionally, I valued his ability to solve problems. From sorting out why a cow was sick and how to make her better, to delivering a “stuck” calf, the veterinarian left the farm in better shape than when he came. While this type of practice is considered “fire engine” practice, it was the norm back then. The preventive health programs that are common today were just being developed at that time. The notion of helping people with their animals appealed to me.

My curiosity in veterinary medicine lead me to seek job shadowing opportunities while I was in high school and college. Our veterinarian graciously allowed me to ride along several times. I learned quickly what a large animal veterinarian’s day was like and decided to pursue that career.

Aside from my affinity to animals, my job shadowing experience ranks as the next most important factor that focused my efforts to become a veterinarian. Recognizing the importance of job shadowing, I have returned the favor to many youths considering veterinary medicine as a career. The majority of those that rode with me while I practiced were high school or undergraduate college students. I always discussed the wide spectrum of opportunities that exists in veterinary medicine with them and enjoyed their conversation.

School organized Career Days are another venue to tell young people about the opportunities in veterinary medicine. My practice associates and I have participated in many of these programs at our local high schools over the years.

At the other end of the spectrum, I’ve had great fun going into kindergarten classes to share some of the things I did as a cow doctor. I always got loud gasps when I showed them a cow aspirin and a hoof nipper, the bovine version of a fingernail clipper. Young children are fascinated with animals, and frequently rank veterinary doctor as what they want to be when they grow up.

I encourage you to embrace the opportunities to nurture young people’s interest in veterinary medicine. We have to plant the seeds that will grow into the next generation of veterinarians.

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