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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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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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