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Award Winners Recognized at the 2016 WVMA Annual Convention

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The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) recognized award winners at its 101st Annual Convention on October 14 in Madison, Wis. 

Friend of Veterinary Medicine

The Friend of Veterinary Medicine Award is given to an individual or organization in recognition of their service, commitment, and contributions specifically to organized veterinary medicine in Wisconsin.

Dean Mark Markel accepted the award on behalf of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. Friend of Vet Med

"The support the WVMA has received from the veterinary medical school under Dean Markel's leadership is unmatched," says Kim Brown Pokorny, WVMA executive director.

The School of Veterinary Medicine has helped the WVMA organize wetlabs, hosted executive board meetings, encouraged students and faculty to be members and allowed the WVMA to interact with students throughout the school year.

Through Dean Markel's unwavering support of organized veterinary medicine and his continued dedication through ongoing communications and engagement with both faculty and students, the largest number of faculty and students ever are now members of the WVMA.

"I would be remiss if I didn't recognize everyone at the Veterinary School and Teaching Hospital that supports Dean Markel and his leadership vision," says Brown Pokorny. "Regardless of their position or title, the entire faculty and staff team is always more than helpful, accommodating and supportive of the WVMA."

Meritorious Service 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.

Since graduating from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987, Dr. James Ziegler, of Weyauwega, has been an active member of the WVMA. He has served on numerous committees and task forces and will complete a four year term on the WVMA Executive Board in December 2016.Meritorious

"Dr. Ziegler is always the first one to step up and volunteer when help is needed – regardless of subject or issue," says Kim Brown Pokorny, executive director of the WVMA.

Dr. Ziegler founded Wolf River Veterinary Clinic in 1996, a companion animal practice in New London, Wis. with a part time satellite location in Manawa. The clinic also houses S.A.F.E. (Stray Animal Fund Endeavor), a 501(c)(3) program which takes in strays from the area, houses them, cares for their medical needs, and adopts out unclaimed adoptable pets.

"He is a true champion when we need someone to testify at the Capitol on a veterinary bill or rule change," says Brown Pokorny. "He always rearranges his schedule on short notice and willingly makes the trip to Madison."

Presidential Award

This award is given by the outgoing president to a person or a company who, in the opinion of the president, has provided extraordinary or assistance to the WVMA.

Dr. David Jeans, of Evansville, currently serves as treasurer of the WVMA. Presidential Jeans

"One of the most important responsibilities within our organization relates to the management and oversight of our financial health," says Dr. John T. Been. "Keeping a steady hand and mind on the fiduciary aspects of the WVMA as our treasurer requires a real commitment of time, effort, and talent."

Dr. Jeans earned his bachelor's degree in Agriculture Education from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1985. From 1985-1987, he volunteered with the Peace Corps in Sierra Leon, West Africa. In 1993, Dr. Jeans graduated of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.

"He serves us well and I appreciate his service," says Dr. Been.

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