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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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April is National Heartworm Awareness Month and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association asks all dog and cat owners to visit their WVMA member veterinarian to have their pets tested and make sure they are protected.

"Heartworms can be life threatening for your pet," says WVMA Member, Dr. K.C. Brooks. "By meeting with your veterinarian and discussing the best preventative options, you can help to ensure they live a long and healthy life."Fotolia 61804072 Subscription Monthly M

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With the season of giving upon us, many people are reaching out to help those less fortunate. Members of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) do this throughout the year by volunteering their time knowledge in developing countries and impoverished parts of the United States.

These trips, with the mission of helping those in less fortunate situations, go hand in hand with the One Health concept of human and animal health being interconnected. WVMA Member, Dr. Judy Batker has volunteered on many mission trips to other countries and within the U.S.

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Raising "backyard" chickens is becoming increasingly popular for people living in urban settings. Not only do you get fresh eggs, but it allows you to have some family fun while doing so! Below are tips on starting your own chicken flock and providing veterinary care for the flock.

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Sit, stay, and lay down. These common commands may seem pretty simple to teach your new puppy, but with the help of a professional dog trainer, you can take your pet's skills to the next level.

Dog training"Owners will learn the critical part about living with a dog: how to read a dog's body language," says Dr. Karen Selbert member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA).

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