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April 1, 2015 marked a new chapter for the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) with a move to a new office. From humble beginnings in the basement of a funeral home, the new office is a great example of how much the WVMA has grown since its founding in 1915.

"The new office space showcases how the WVMA has grown over the last 100 years," says Kim Brown Pokorny, WVMA executive director. "We now have the room to grow to best meet the changing needs of our members."

In 1967, the WVMA established its first office in the basement of a funeral home in Madison, Wis. With the retirement of long time Executive Secretary, Dr. Bill O'Rourke, in 1987, the WVMA looked to a new office with full-time staff.

"A new chapter for the association began with the Broom Street office," says Brown Pokorny. "For the first time, the association was hiring someone who wasn't a veterinarian to make decisions and direct the membership."

After over 20 years in downtown Madison, the Executive Board decided it was time to look for a new location. To help make commuting easier for meetings held at and away from the office, the Executive Board made the decision to move to the east side of Madison in 2010.

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Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Recently reported in the Chicago area, canine influenza virus (CIV) has affected at least 1,000 dogs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. Owners are advised to seek veterinary care for dogs exhibiting clinical signs including cough, nasal discharge, and fever. A small percentage of dogs will develop more severe clinical signs and somedogs may not have any clinical symptoms at all.

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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.

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Four WVMA members were recognized for their 50 years of continued membership at the 99th Annual WVMA Annual Convention on October 10.

Robert W. Elkins, DVM
Dr. Robert Elkins graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1956. He came to New Glarus to start a one man practice which was common in the 1950's and 60's. After several years, Dr. Elkins turned his one man practice into a 

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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-for-webHoward-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.

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4610 S. Biltmore Lane, Suite 107
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 257-3665
Fax: (608) 257-8989
Email: wvma@wvma.org

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