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On January 1, 2017 the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) went into effect, resulting in stricter regulations for medicated feeds. Leading up to the change there was a lot of confusion from feed mills, farmers and veterinarians on what these changes would mean and how they would be implemented. Many veterinarians and farms used this time to look at their Veterinarian Client Patient Relationship (VCPR) to see how it would have to adjust with the new requirements.

"As January became near, we started to have discussions with clients about information we would need to be compliant," says Dr. Chris Booth, WVMA member. "We also had many conversations with the various suppliers in our area to help clear up questions and become knowledgeable about what products they would be stocking."

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Rubber boots, green overalls and the ability to treat anything from a hamster to a cow may not be the images that come to mind when you think about the people who help produce beef, but veterinarians have long been working with farmers to put this protein on your plate.

"Veterinarians and beef farmers work together to keep the herd efficient and as profitable as possible," says Dr. Amy Robinson, member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) and mixed animal veterinarian at Military Ridge Veterinary Service.

Through the changes the world has seen and undergone since the founding of the WVMA in 1915, this relationship has stayed the same while adjusting to modern times.

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Many children look up to their parents and dream to be just like their Mom or Dad. New dreams and life changes lead people in different directions and down other career paths. But sometimes the passion for a career can start at a young age and never burn out.

Dean-and-Ray-Pawlisch-for-webDrs. Dean and Ray Pawlisch are one father-son pair with the same passion for the veterinary medical profession. Both faced hurdles and difficulties while pursuing their doctorate in veterinary medicine. They found an area they loved to practice in, witnessed change in agriculture and veterinary medicine and both gave back to their profession by serving as president of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA).

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LA Winterizing and Bedding Photo 2Wisconsin winters bring cold, blustery weather and large animal owners need to pay extra attention to providing care to their livestock during this time of year.

"Winter brings cold conditions that generally require increased shelter for large animals," explains Dr. Bob Leder, of United Veterinary Service in Bear Creek, Wis. "Dietary requirements for animals in the cold are also increased."

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