Welcome!

Leder PhotoOn behalf of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA), I would like to welcome you to our website. The WVMA is a vibrant, grassroots organization of veterinarians from all areas of our profession. It is the only organization in Wisconsin representing veterinarians on legislation and public policy. The WVMA and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) are the advocates and voice of the veterinary medical profession on the state and national level, tackling issues impacting you, your profession, and your patients now and in years to come.

To help conquer the next 100 years, the WVMA Executive Board has set goals to ensure our success. By taking time to reflect and strategize our plans we have identified the greatest issues needing attention in the veterinary medical profession and what we can do to help our members tackle those issues. No other association in the state provides this services the veterinary medical profession.

WVMA membership helps you stay current on what's happening in Wisconsin veterinary medicine. The WVMA Annual Convention provides the highest quality speakers on timely topics. The WVMA Voice, the organization’s monthly newsletter, gives members the latest information on job openings, regulations and laws, and new member services.

With a range of committees from animal welfare to public health and food safety the WVMA is always working in the best interest of the veterinary medical community. These numerous committees also provide you with opportunities to volunteer and become involved.

I look forward to you joining our organization and working alongside you as we strive to promote veterinary medicine. Once again, welcome!

Sincerely,

Robert Leder, DVM
President
Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association

Presidents Message

Hard Choices for the 2018 AVMA President-Elect Election

The AVMA elects its officers at the Annual Convention each summer, with the 2018 election being held this coming July in Denver. Last year, the election for president-elect was just a formality, as Dr. John de Jong ran unopposed. That is not the case this year as there are two well qualified candidates. Dr. John Howe from Minnesota, and Dr. Angela Demaree from Indiana are the two competent candidates.

First, I want to share a bit about the process of AVMA elections. The elections are held by the AVMA’s House of Delegates. Each delegate’s vote is ‘weighted’ with value depending on the number of AVMA members in their state. Large heavily populated states like New York, Texas, and California yield the most clout. When a candidate from one of those states or general areas runs, they have a distinct advantage. This year that is not the case, as both candidates are from our own backyard.

Each candidate is well-qualified and brings distinctly unique experiences and perspectives to the table.

Dr. John Howe, a mixed animal practitioner, is a 1977 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He is serving his last year of a six-year term as the representative of AVMA District VII, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, North and South Dakota. He has also served on several AVMA committees and is the current chair of the State Advocacy Committee. Dr. Howe has been active in organized veterinary medicine in Minnesota as well, having served as president of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and on the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

Dr. Angela Demaree is a 2002 graduate of Purdue University and has had a very diverse career path. She practiced equine and companion animal medicine for five years before joining the AVMA staff, working as assistant Director of Government Relations Division for three years. She was then the equine medical director for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and joined the Army Reserve, being commissioned in 2009 and deployed to Kuwait in 2012. She ran for Indiana’s 5th Congress District in 2016. Dr. Demaree serves on committees for the AVMA, American Association of Equine practitioners, and is on the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Alumni Board. Dr. Demaree is currently working on her Master of Public Health in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

The winner of this election will be the face and leader of the AVMA in 2019-2020. Both of these candidates are our neighbors and would serve us well. You can read more about Drs. Howe and Demaree here.

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