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Dr. Sheila McGuirk Receives Veterinarian of the Year Award

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The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) awarded Sheila McGuirk, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM of Dodgeville, the WVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award at its 101st Annual Convention on Friday, Oct. 14.

Dr. Nigel Cook believes Dr. McGuirk is synonymous with calf health and disease and the queen of bovine internal medicine.

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"Bovine veterinarians know her best however from her prolific presentations at CE meetings around the world," says Dr. Cook. "She always presented the information they needed to know, created and delivered tools that they could use in everyday practice, and left everyone with the skills to enhance their practice of veterinary medicine when they returned home."

Dr. McGuirk obtained her DVM degree from the University of Georgia, completed a large animal medicine internship at Ontario Veterinary College, a residency in food animal medicine and surgery, MS and PhD at Ohio State University. She became ACVIM board certified in 1982 and joined the faculty at UW School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983.

In addition to presenting at continuing education events around the world, Dr. McGuirk also answered countless questions in the Hoard's Dairyman magazine from 1999 to 2015. She also oversaw the arrival and health of the cattle brought to World Dairy Expo, which delivered referrals to the UW School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital and provided veterinary medical students with the opportunity to be involved with the animal checks as the cows arrived.

Beyond her academic work, Dr. McGuirk has served the University of Wisconsin on all levels. According to Dr. Cook, she served the SVM as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs from 1991 to 1999 and was a member of the University of Wisconsin Athletic Board for 12 years. Dr. McGuirk was also instrumental in the development and implementation of the Ambulatory Clinical Rotation for 4th year students, which she supervised for over two decades while serving on almost every school committee.

"She has always been one of my hero's and a trusted colleague, but also my confidante and friend – always willing to give her advice and support," says Dr. Cook. "I can think of no finer person, nor a better colleague than Dr. Sheila McGuirk to be a recipient of this award."

Dr. McGuirk is the only two-time recipient of this award in WVMA history.

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