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From the President WVMA Membership Value From the Executive Director WVMA Guiding Principle on Abuse and Neglect

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Legal Briefs Access to Veterinary Records When An Animal Is Surrendered To A Local Animal Shelter

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In Memoriam

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Welcome New Members!

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Build the Importance of Preventive Healthcare With Partners for Healthy Pets Power Tools

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PDMP Data Collection and Reporting Requirements - Are You Compliant?

By Jordan Lamb, WVMA Legal Counsel, DeWitt, Ross & Stevens, s.c.

On January 1, 2013, Wisconsin’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) will go into effect. The Wisconsin Pharmacy Examining Board and the State Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) have created initial documents and fact sheets to help those required to comply with the new law meet the reporting requirements. Those documents are available online at: http://dsps.wi.gov. What drugs are covered by the PDMP? The PDMP covers “monitored prescription drugs.” Monitored prescription drugs are Tramadol and any substance that is identified as a controlled substance in Schedule II, III, IV or V by state or federal law that requires a prescription order to be dispensed. When do Wisconsin veterinarians have to begin collecting and reporting PDMP information? On January 1, 2013, “dispensers,” including PDMP impacts ALL Wisconsin Wisconsin veterinarians, must begin collecting licensed veterinarians! information regarding their dispensing of monitored prescription drugs. • Companion Animal • Laboratory • Food Animal • Out of state However, according to the DSPS website, • Equine veterinarians with dispensers will not be able to submit or report • Exotics Wisconsin licenses data to the PDMP on that date. The date • Academia • Anyone else with a on which dispensers will be able to report • Retired Wisconsin license, not their collected data into the system will be • Industry specifically mentioned provided when that information becomes • Government above available. • Research Regardless of when the PDMP system If you do not dispense monitored drugs: is able to accept collected information, Under the law, a veterinarian that does not dispense veterinarians have 90 days to report monitored prescription drugs to patients in Wisconsin the dispensing of a monitored drug. may complete an exemption from the data submission Accordingly, the earliest that the first report requirements. An exemption is valid until the dispenser’s from a veterinarian could be due is March license expires, up to two years, or until it dispenses a 31, 2013 (90 days from January 1, 2013). monitored prescription drug to a patient in Wisconsin. The What if a veterinarian does not exemption form is available online at http://dsps.com/home. dispense any monitored drugs within Questions? the reporting period? A veterinary We encourage members to send questions to dispenser is generally required to pdmp@wisconsin.gov.* submit dispensing data within 90 *Please note: The novelty of the program makes DSPS the days of dispensing a monitored best place to have questions answered. Please copy the ...continued on page 6 WVMA at wvma@wvma.org on emails sent!

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from the president

WVMA Membership Value K.C. Brooks, DVM, DABVP

A wise man once told me, “Price is only an issue in the absence of perceived value.” For the most part I have found that statement to be very true. Many veterinarians spend a huge portion of their professional careers worried about their prices and the fear that raising prices will adversely affect their bottom line instead of making that bottom line better. Conversely, another segment of veterinarians use lower prices with the intent of attracting more business. While our society seems obsessed with low prices and “sales,” it is perceived value that I believe is the foundation for economic viability and professional satisfaction. Our profession is a paradoxical mix between being trusted and being under appreciated. We have been blessed to be in a profession that has consistently been rated in the top five by consumers as the most trusted professions. On the other hand, many consumers are remarkably naïve as to the cost of veterinary medical training and what it costs to provide high quality care. Much of what the WVMA does for its membership may actually fit into the category of “lacking perceived value” unless we take the time to look closely at what things would look like if our organization were not highly effective. In the years I have served on the WVMA executive board, I have been amazed at the long list of issues which threaten our profession and our ability to make a comfortable living. Legislative issues such as challenges to the Practice Act, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and the Fairness to Pet Owners bill need to be dealt with effectively. Those fights are not easy ones and legislative counsel does not come cheaply. Unlicensed practice by those wishing to prey on unsuspecting animal owners is a troublesome and growing problem that threatens the safety of the animals we are trying to keep healthy, while at the same time threatening our economic viability. Efforts to control unlicensed practice have proven to be time consuming and frustrating, but getting results is critical to our profession. Having a unified voice informing the public on important issues such as animal welfare, food safety and public health is very important if our profession is going to maintain and expand its place as the most trusted source of information in animal health care. I feel veterinarians in our state are very well served by our association and there is no absence of value. In the upcoming months I will be reaching out to fill committee positions and seeking input on how we can best serve our membership. I thank you in advance for your help in keeping our organization one of high value.

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President-Elect

Chris Booth, DVM

Past President Robert Klostermann, DVM District 1 Peter Gaveras, DVM District 2 Zachary Janssen, DVM District 3 Dale J. Kressin, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC

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District 4 Jessica M. Daul, DVM District 5 Jane Clark, DVM District 6 John T. Been, DVM District 7 Kimberly Kratt, DVM District 8 Michael Wolf, DVM District 9 Robert Zukowski, DVM Student Rep. Marsha Bush

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WVMA Guiding Principle on Abuse and Neglect Kim Brown Pokorny

Over the past month, there has been increased media and public attention on animal abuse, due to a high profile case in Wausau. We received several calls at WVMA office, by both media and the public questioning why there isn’t a law requiring veterinarians to report abuse in Wisconsin.

(Sharpe 1999), it is estimated that the average practitioner, regardless of practice setting, will see at least 5-6 cases of animal abuse per 1,000 patients.

As a result, the time is right to highlight the WVMA Guiding Principle on abuse and neglect. We recognize abuse and neglect cases are not always black and white, but we do want to remind you to look for signs, ask questions and report suspected cases and/or intentional cases to local law enforcement and/or your local humane officer.

Abusive and neglectful behavior can range from failure to provide the necessities to overt signs of abuse. Examples may include, but are not limited to: • Neglect, which can range from inadequate veterinary care to isolation, starvation and improper housing. • Hoarding behavior, which has both deleterious effects on the involved animals and public health. • Willful trauma and pain to an animal.

You are the animal’s advocate.

In addition, animal cruelty and abuse are strongly linked to violent behavior against other human beings.

WVMA Guiding Principle: As part of the veterinary oath, it is our responsibility to report animal abuse and suspected animal abuse. Our mandate, from the AVMA, includes “the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, and the promotion of public health”. Background Based on an Ohio State University study

It is our responsibility as veterinarians to educate our clients regarding the humane care and treatment of animals. In situations where we suspect inhumane actions are occurring, we should try to educate the client on proper care. When the abuse in intentional, and/or client is not receptive to changing the condition, the veterinarian should contact appropriate authorities, such as local law enforcement and humane authorities. Approved by WVMA Executive Board, 8/2011

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LEGAL BRIEFS

Access to Veterinary Records When An Animal Is Surrendered To A Local Animal Shelter By Megan Senatori, DeWitt, Ross & Stevens, s.c.

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I am a veterinarian who recently received a request for veterinary records for a patient of mine (a cat) that was apparently surrendered to a local humane society. My client did not sign a release form allowing me to send the veterinary records to any third parties. I did not know that my client surrendered her cat. I am concerned about sending the records to the animal shelter without obtaining a signed release from my client. On the other hand, I am more concerned about not timely releasing the records because I am aware that the cat has serious medical issues. I am concerned that if I do not timely send the records to the animal shelter, it may jeopardize the cat’s health. Can you help?

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This is a very good question and one that comes up fairly regularly. Unfortunately, the issue is not clearly addressed in the statute. However, the concern about timely releasing the records is a valid one because we are aware of situations in which an animal has died because the records were not timely released. There is also, however, a countervailing concern that the veterinarian could potentially face liability if the records are released to a third party when the records should not have been released. As a starting point, veterinary records are confidential under Wis. Stat. § 453.075 (“Access To Health Care Records”). That statute states as follows: 453.075 Access to health care records. The owner of any animal patient of a veterinarian, or any other person who submits to the veterinarian a statement of written informed consent signed by the owner, may, upon request to the veterinarian: (1) Receive a copy of the animal patient’s health care records upon payment of reasonable costs. (2) Have the animal patient’s x-rays referred to another veterinarian upon payment of reasonable costs. The answer to your question turns on who is the “owner” of the animal patient. The statute provides that the “owner” of the animal patient can request a copy of the veterinary records for the animal patient. The veterinarian does not need to obtain a signed release from the owner to send a copy of the veterinary records to the owner. On the other hand,

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if a request for records is made by someone who is not the owner of the animal patient, the veterinarian may only send the records to the third party if the owner signs a “statement of written informed consent” authorizing the release of the records. So, what does the statute mean by “owner”? Is the “owner” referred to in the statute the current “owner” of the animal or the old “owner” of the animal? Unfortunately, the answer is not clearly spelled out in the statute. It is our view, however, that it would be an absurd construction of the statute for the person or entity having custody and control (i.e., the “current owner”) of the animal not to be entitled to receive a copy of the animal’s veterinary records because, without the veterinary records, the current “owner” would not be able to provide adequate veterinary care for the animal. Further, when the old “owner” surrenders the animal to an animal shelter, there may be a practical difficulty getting the old “owner” to sign a release for the records. The animal’s health should not be stuck in limbo in the interim. We, therefore, believe that a reasonable reading of the statute when an animal is surrendered is that the current “owner” of an animal should be entitled to receive a copy of the veterinary records without the veterinarian obtaining a signed release from the old “owner.” In the case of a surrender of the animal to a shelter, the animal shelter would typically become the new “owner” of the animal. In that event, it is our view that the animal shelter would have a right to receive a copy of the veterinary records and the veterinarian would not need to obtain a signed release from the old “owner” to do so. Due to the lack of clarity in the statute, releasing the records or not releasing them are both options with risk. However, the risk to the animal’s health seems greater than the risk that the veterinarian will face liability for releasing records without consent. As a best practice, we suggest that, when there is time, the veterinarian should try to verify with the original owner of the animal that the animal has, in fact, been surrendered to the animal shelter and it is okay to release the records. If the veterinarian cannot reach the original owner, we recommend that the veterinarian obtain from the animal shelter a copy of any paperwork signed by the original owner confirming that he or she surrendered the animal to the shelter. If


there is no such paperwork, the veterinarian should obtain a written statement from the animal shelter that the animal was surrendered and that the shelter is the current owner of the animal. We also suggest that the animal shelter modify its animal surrender forms to identify the name of the animal’s veterinarian and to include an express statement that the owner surrendering the animal consents to the shelter receiving copies of all veterinary records relating to the animal. That is the easiest way of handling the predicament created by the unclear statute. In an emergency situation, however, we recognize that there may not be time to obtain verification without jeopardizing the health of the animal. In that event, we recommend that the veterinarian carefully

document in the patient’s records the steps that the veterinarian took before releasing the records to the animal shelter and why the veterinarian concluded that releasing the records was in the best interest of the animal. Finally, the statute should be clarified to expressly address how veterinarians should handle access to veterinary records when the ownership of the animal changes and the veterinarian receives a request for the records. It would also be a good idea for the statute to also include a civil immunity provision that would protect any veterinarian who in good faith releases the records in the best interest of the animal’s health.

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PDMP Data Collection and Reporting Requirements Are You Compliant? - Continued from page 1 prescription drug.  If a veterinary dispenser does not dispense a monitored prescription drug for 90 days, the veterinary dispenser must submit a “zero report” (i.e., a report indicating that zero monitored prescription drugs were dispensed within the past 90 days.)

What if a veterinarian is unable to submit his or her reporting data electronically? If a veterinary dispenser is not able to submit dispensing data within 90 days of dispensing a monitored prescription drug, then the Pharmacy Examining Board may grant an emergency waiver to a veterinary dispenser if he or she meets all of the following conditions: (a) The veterinary dispenser is not able to submit dispensing data because of circumstances beyond its control; and (b) The veterinary dispenser files with the board a written application for an emergency waiver on a form provided by the board prior to the required submission of dispensing data. The form to request this waiver is available on the DSPS website at: http://dsps.wi.gov. What data are Wisconsin veterinarians required to collect? “Dispensers” are required to collect “dispensing data” for all monitored prescription drugs. The rule requires the collection of the following information for each monitored drug that is dispensed:

(a) The dispenser’s full name. (b) The dispenser identifier. (c) The date dispensed. (d) The prescription number, if applicable. (e) The NDC number or the name and strength of the monitored prescription drug. (f) The quantity dispensed. (g) The estimated number of days of drug therapy. (h) The practitioner’s full name. (i) The practitioner identifier. (Note: “Practitioner identifier” means the DEA registration number, NPI number or unique state-issued credential, permit or license number issued to a practitioner.) (j) The date prescribed. (k) The quantity prescribed. (L) The patient’s full name. (m) The patient’s address, or if the patient is an animal, the owner of the patient’s address, including street address, city, state and ZIP code. (n) The patient’s date of birth, or if the patient is an animal, the owner of the patient’s date of birth. (o) The patient’s gender.

The WVMA is seeking a full exemption for veterinarians from this law/rule. A bill has been drafted and will be introduced in January. Watch your newsletter and email for additional details.

In Memoriam John Robert “Doc” Curtis, DVM John Robert “Doc” Curtis, DVM, 97, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012. “Doc” was born July 8, 1915, in Portage, to Dr. Charles R. and Anna Curtis. He graduated from Portage High School and then attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Ohio State University in 1938. He joined his father in practice in Portage. Their practice area covered much of Columbia, Marquette, Adams and Sauk counties, and they opened a pet clinic in 1950. He was a member of the Madison Area Technical College board, serving three years as president and later served on the MATC Foundation Board. “Doc” left a legacy of community service through involvement with the local School Board, Portage Historical Society and the Madison Area Technical College, to name a few.

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Arlan R. Smith, DVM Arlan R. Smith, usually known as Doc or Smitty, of Bullhead City, Ariz., died on Aug. 13, 2012, after a long and eventful life. Arlan was born in Elmore, Minnesota, on Nov. 9, 1920, to Maynard and Rose. He spent many happy summers driving teams of horses to work the fields on his family’s farm. He graduated from Elmore High School and went to college at Michigan State in East Lansing, where he studied veterinary medicine and was an active member of Theta Chi Fraternity. While he was in college, World War II broke out and he joined the army, but was told to complete his degree because veterinarians were needed for the war effort. In 1960, he took a job with the State of Wisconsin, where he was a field veterinarian, and later headed the mastitis program. He then became the supervisor of all the field veterinarians and livestock inspectors.


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William Charles Bogenschultz, DVM William Charles Bogenschultz, DVM, 81, of Sheboygan, passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2012, with his loving wife, Shirley, at his side, at St. Nicholas Hospital. He was born on March 19, 1931 to William M. and Phebe (Noel) Bogenschuetz in Kewaunee County, WI. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951, and served in the Korean War, becoming an Airman Third Class and Sergeant. In 1954, he attended the Air Force Intelligence School at Lowry Air Force Base, and provided photographic aerial reconnaissance in Korea. He attended Kansas State University to complete his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1960, graduating with honors, and returned to Sheboygan to co-found the Animal Clinic, on Calumet Dr., with Dr. Vernon Thieleke, DVM. Their practice treated large and small animals, growing to six veterinarians during his thirty-three years in practice. He was president of the Northeastern Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association in 1984, and received the WVMA Meritorious Award in 1987. He served on the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association’s committees, and Insurance Board, and was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, and KSU alumni association. In 2010, he was honored as a WVMA 50-Year Award recipient. He leaves a long legacy of community service in the Sheboygan community and Sheboygan County including Rotary.

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Build the Importance of Preventive Healthcare With Partners for Healthy Pets Power Tools

People have a special relationship with their pets, and most recognize that visiting a veterinarian enhances that relationship. But you see it every day in practice – pet owners who have been bombarded with incorrect and incomplete information and are confused about what’s best for their pets. So much so that they may not follow your clinical advice, and may not bring their pets to critical preventive care appointments at all. As a profession, we have a great opportunity help pets and pet owners enjoy a longer and healthier life together Veterinary professionals work hard to provide the best possible care to pets so that they and their owners can enjoy long and healthy lives together. Partners for Healthy Pets was founded to help you make the preventive healthcare you provide even more powerful. We’ve developed tools and resources – available at no charge - that can help you build better relationships with owners and help them understand the value of preventive healthcare so that more patients can benefit from what you do best. Individual practice involvement is key The Partners for Healthy Pets Practice Resources Toolbox was conceived to provide the profession with a sound mix of information and materials that collectively elevate the level of preventive care offered across the country. Each of the tools and resources provide dynamic ways to reinforce a practice-wide focus on preventive pet healthcare. Used collectively, they can help healthcare teams enhance communications with pet owners about the value of and need for routine care and take preventive pet healthcare to an optimum level within your own individual practice. Make the decision to be a voice for vitality...of the veterinary profession, of your practice, and of our nation’s pets! It’s easier than you might think • Adopt and widely communicate Preventive Healthcare Guidelines to pet owners through your newsletters, website, and within each preventive care visit. • Focus on communicating the value and benefit of preventive pet healthcare to pet owners at all points of contact, from receptionist to technician to veterinarian. • Use the tools and resources available from Partners for Healthy Pets to help find communication gaps, train staff, and gather new ideas that will compliment current programs and plans. Partners for Healthy Pets is dedicated to ensuring that pets received the preventive healthcare they deserve through regular visits to a veterinarian and is committed to working with you to enhance the health of your patients and your practice. Learn more about Partners for Healthy Pets and explore the Resources Toolbox at www.partnersforhealthypets.org.

Two Veterinarians on Capitol Hill

Two veterinarians won seats in Congress during the general election on Nov. 6, 2012. Rep. Kurt Schrader, DVM (D-Ore.) won his third term and Dr. Ted Yoho, a Florida Republican, won his first. “It’s exciting to see that we will have two veterinarians serving this country and our profession as members of Congress,” says Dr. Douglas Aspros, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). “The AVMA is proud of these two members who have attained such esteem within their communities to win election to a national office.” Rep. Schrader of Canby, Ore., was elected to his third term serving the state’s 5th Congressional District, narrowly defeating three opponents. During his two terms in the House of Representatives, Rep. Schrader has worked with the AVMA on a number of issues important to the profession, including soring and drug regulations. He serves on the Agriculture Committee and the Small Business Committee. Dr. Schrader received his DVM from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and practiced in Oregon City prior to being elected to Congress. Dr. Yoho of Trenton, Fla., a Republican from the state’s 3rd Congressional District, narrowly defeated Rep. Cliff Stearns in the Republican primary before defeating Democrat J.R. Gaillot and Independent Philip Dodds in Tuesday’s general election. He is a small business owner and a large-animal veterinarian serving north central Florida who received his DVM from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. For more information about AVMA, visit www.avma.org.

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AVMA and AVMF Strive to Help Pets After Sandy Crews deployed to help save oiled wildlife, donations/grants in demand In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is offering both aid and leadership, including trained volunteers who are helping rescue wildlife. Approximately four AVMA Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT) members have been sent to help clean oil off sea birds and other wildlife caught in an unfortunate oil spill in New Jersey caused by Hurricane Sandy. The animals are being sent to Tri-State Bird Rescue in Delaware, where the VMAT members will work with other volunteers under the direction of TriState to help clean and rescue the wildlife. In addition, the AVMA is leading the effort to help the U.S. government understand the scope of damages to veterinary facilities on the East Coast and has donated the help of a VMAT member in Washington D.C. to help in the planning and response. VMAT 2 Commander Dr. Patty Klein provided assistance at the National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C. The Association is also coordinating distribution of donated veterinary medical supplies to clinics that have been impacted by the storm, and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is now collecting grant applications from veterinarians in the storm zone to support emergency veterinary medical care for animals in the region. “The storm has really been far more devastating than anyone could have anticipated, particularly along the shore. The flooding was extensive, transportation issues unbearable and the loss of power has really been overwhelming,” says Dr. Douglas Aspros, a veterinarian in Pound Ridge, NY, and president of the AVMA. “Organizations like the AVMA and AVMF are uniquely qualified to understand the needs of veterinarians in an emergency. We can’t always provide everything that they might need, but we can provide help in a strategic and effective way. “We’re all family in veterinary medicine,” Dr. Aspros continues. “Individual veterinarians have offered assistance to their colleagues in the affected areas. This is not only helpful in delivering necessary aid, but it’s also heartwarming.” Michael Cathey, executive director of the AVMF, says that the AVMF has started receiving applications for grants to assist veterinary clinics and facilities in the affected areas. The AVMF expects to be collecting these

applications to the AVMF Disaster Grant Program and distributing funds over the coming months. “The AVMF sends along our concern and our continued support for those people and animals that were affected by and continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy. In partnership with our donors, we are very pleased to be able provide direct support to veterinarians on the front lines, who are providing medical care and other support to the animals affected by this disaster,” says Cathey. “As each request comes in for help, we also look for more donations to our programs to help keep funds available for veterinary clinics that will need our help to continue animal care.” Over the past seven years, the AVMA has been involved in efforts to develop ever-improving programs to evacuate and shelter families with pets and livestock, and these new programs have been effective in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Seven years ago, during Hurricane Katrina, hundreds of thousands of pets and livestock were displaced. Many of those animals were housed in what is considered to be the largest ever emergency animal shelter. Over 10,000 lost or displaced animals were sheltered during its operation. During the ongoing cleanup after Sandy, animal shelter populations have been much smaller, which is a clear indication that more people were able to keep their pets and livestock safe during this storm. “Since Katrina, we’ve developed educational materials, such as video, to inform the general public and developed new partnerships involving other emergency-response organizations. As we’ve seen in this storm, our efforts have proven effective,” explains Dr. Heather Case, director of the AVMA Scientific Activities Division and an expert in veterinary-emergencyresponse programs. “This isn’t just about helping pets survive in an emergency, which is important, but it’s also about protecting public health and safety in the wake of a natural disaster like Sandy. “In this response, not only did we learn that pet and livestock owners have really taken to heart the suggestions that they needed to include their animals in any evacuation plan, but the animal emergency response efforts have been far more organized and effective than they were during Katrina,” Dr. Case continues. For more information about AVMA, visit www.avma.org.

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Classified Ad Changes The WVMA has made changes to the classified ad fee structure beginning with new ads submitted for the May 2011 issue. All classified ads including veterinary relief ads will be published at the following rate: Members: First 30 words, $10. Every additional word after 30 is $1.50 per word. Non-members: First 30 words, $50. Every additional word is $1.50 per word. Ads will run 2 consecutive months, and then be removed, unless the WVMA is notified you would like to continue your ad for another 2 month run. You will be invoiced at the end of the first month during a 2 month period. Ads are placed online at the beginning of the month they are featured in the newsletter. Immediate placement of ads is an additional $25 fee. Additional $10 fee for blind box ads.

Small Animal Newly remodeled SA clinic looking for PT/FT veterinarian to add to growing practice in northwestern Wisconsin. Strong surgical skills a plus. E-mail resume to info@ smalltownvet.com. Rehabilitation Veterinarian needed for our fully equipped, 10,000 sq. ft. emergency/critical care and specialty hospital in Milwaukee. We have Critical Care specialists, a board certified surgeon, board certified internal medicine specialist and a board certified dentist. We also provide an excellent technical and support staff that provides the highest quality care to our patients, pet owners and referring veterinarians. The ideal candidate will be a DVM with post-graduate training in rehabilitation therapy (CCRP) or (CVMRT). Applicant must have a strong interest in how massage and

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neurology are used as part of the rehabilitation process. Must possess strong communication skills and enjoy working in a stimulating and challenging environment. We offer an excellent salary and benefits package. Please e-mail your resume to Dr. Marla Lichtenberger, marlavet@aol.com or call (414) 543-7387 for more information. PT Vet needed for SA practice in Sherwood, WI just south of the Fox Cities. Solo DVM in need of help 1-2 days per week, with opportunity for more hours as we continue to grow. Experience preferred and excellent client communication a must. Send resume to Laura at sherwoodah@tds.net or call (920) 989-3200. Whitewater Veterinary Hospital seeks FT SA veterinarian to join our team of 2 SA and 4 LA veterinarians in wellequipped, friendly practice in university town one hour from both Madison and Milwaukee. Send resume to Dr. Janet Gildner, 527 S. Janesville St., Whitewater WI 53190, or wwvet@idcnet.com. Phone: (262) 473-2930. River Hills Pet Care Hospital is looking for an experienced SA veterinarian at their multi-doctor clinic in Mankato MN. Visit us at our web site: www.rhpch. com. The DVM must live in the Mankato community/ school district, be willing to share night/weekend/ holiday emergency on call responsibilities, and have a minimum 2-3 years of practice experience. Candidates with strong leadership skills with interest in ownership are preferred. Contact: Dr. Windschill at (507) 2762969, Dr. Mohr at (507) 380-9454 or dr.mohr@prairie. lakes.com, or rhpch@hickorytech.net.* SA veterinarian needed for a FT position in south central WI. We strive to practice quality medicine and surgery in a relaxed work environment. Excellent technical and support staff. We are equipped with isoflurane, digital x-ray, Idexx chemistry, laser surgery and more. We offer competitive salary and benefits. Send resume or contact to: Dr. Roger Sarazin, 4135 State Highway 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, (608) 253-7361 or Evenings (608) 547-4998.*

St. Francis Animal Hospital is looking for a FT SA Associate. Located in southern Milwaukee county we are looking for an associate with excellent client, medical and surgical skills. No emergency or evening hours. Salary commensurate with experience. Please contact us at mcpritzldvm@msn.com.* Middleton Veterinary Hospital seeks an enthusiastic veterinarian with at least 5 years of experience to be Chief of Staff. We are a highly-regarded and progressive general practice with a well-trained team that includes 8 CVTs. We are open 7 days a week and see a varied and interesting caseload. Practicing high-quality medicine is easy in our well-equipped hospital. We utilize the most up-to-date techniques and procedures and strive to provide excellent service by treating each pet as if they were our own. Extensive equipment includes digital radiography, full inhouse lab including chemistry, ultrasound, and state of the art dental suite with digital dental radiography. We are looking for a dedicated veterinarian with strong clinical, surgical and diagnostic skills in addition to outstanding communication, leadership, and team building skills. The Chief of Staff is responsible for ensuring that the highest level of care is provided to our patients and customer service to our clients. We reward our veterinarians with superior salary, bonus, and benefits including health, 401(k), CE, vacation, dues, liability coverage, and more. Please contact Stephanie Ragsdale, Regional Manager, at sragsdale@vetcor.com.* FT/PT veterinarian needed for our SA clinic, located in the Fox River Valley area. Competitive salary and benefits offered. Experience preferred. Send resume to Country View Animal Hospital, 425 N. Tullar Road Neenah, Wisconsin 54956.* Come grow with us! We are currently seeking a PT/FT Licensed Veterinarian for our single doctor SA practice located on the west side of Milwaukee. Prefer experience, but recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Must be professional, energetic, compassionate, and have great communication skills. If this sounds like you, please e-mail or fax your resume today. Fax: (414) 535-7775.


E-mail: animalcareh@yahoo.com.* The Animal Hospital of Howard prides itself on commitment to cutting edge medicine with excellent customer service. If you are looking for a FT position with flexible hours, a four-day work week, no emergency duty, and benefits to include 401k, insurance and CE allowance, please contact Animal Hospital of Howard, Attn. Dr. Mark Thornborrow, 635 Cardinal Lane, Green Bay, WI 54313.* Associated Veterinary Clinic, a MA practice in Ripon,WI, seeks a FT SA associate veterinarian. The qualified candidate will join an experienced SA doctor in a busy full-service practice. An excellent staff will support you, and you will practice in a fully equipped clinic, including a new IDEXX in-house laboratory station, and new digital radiography unit. Competitive salary and benefit package. Will consider new graduates as well as experienced doctors. Ripon is a wonderful college town located within 60-90 minutes of Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, and the Fox Cities, and within 15 minutes of the Green Lake recreation area. Please contact Dr. Michael Herrick by email, associatedvet@charter.net, by phone (920) 748-5144, or by regular mail, Associated Veterinary Clinic, P.O. Box 352, Ripon, WI 54971.*

Relief Quality relief care since 1992. Special interests include surgery and dermatology. Personable, reliable service. Please call Robert Patyk, DVM, at (262) 567-2832. Or email: robert.patyk@att.net.* Providing you with reliable veterinary relief service has been my business for the past 13 years. I’m proficient with medicine cases, soft tissue surgeries and have great client communication skills. Leave message Dr. Barb Korte, (608) 269-3357, email: beachcomber57@ centurytel.net.* Experienced SA veterinarian licensed and accredited in WI offering competent, caring, reliable relief work in SE WI. Dr. Shahid Chughtai at (414) 861-1114 or email at gooddoc796@aol.com.* Quality SA relief services available covering SE WI. Over 20 years experience in this SA and emergency medical care. Dr. Pete Gaveras, (414) 476-9390. Experienced SA relief veterinarian available for work in

Experienced SA veterinarian available for relief work, 15 years relief experience, WI licensed and accredited. Please call/email Mark Clemons, DVM (262) 862-1121, macdjc4209@aol.com. Experienced SA clinician/diagnostician available for relief work in the Fox Valley/East Central area. Excel at adaptability and client communication/education. Melissa L. Knoll, DVM, email: mknolldr@gmail.com or (920) 896-0034.* Dependable, 20+ years experience. Med/Surg serving Northern/Central Wisconsin. Contact Rich Piwoni, at (715) 627-0957, rapiwoni@hotmail.com. SA relief vet since 1995. Thorough, reliable, easy going. Will travel to Green Bay, Kenosha, Janesville, Wisconsin Dells and areas in between. Julie Lakin DVM, (920) 269-7264. Experienced SA relief veterinarian available. Versatile. Great with staff, clients and pets. Willing to travel. Dr. Lori Zimmerman, (608) 592-7779 or doclori@hotmail.com.

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Dairy Six doctor, premier dairy practice in northeast Wisconsin seeks to replace a FT dairy veterinarian to work with progressive dairy producers managing herds ranging from 50-3,000 cows. We are looking for an excellence driven associate who shares our commitment of building strong working relationships with clients through the use of cutting-edge veterinary information, technologies and value added consulting services. Passionate about the future for our dairy industry, we value the balance of our personal, professional and community growth. Benefits include: health insurance, simple IRA, profit sharing, CE, professional dues, vacation, sick days. Send resume to: cbooth@excel.net or contact Dr. Chris Booth at (920) 980-9659; Dairy Doctors Veterinary Services, 1020 S. Pleasant View Rd., Plymouth, WI 53073.*

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Experienced SA clinician available for work in central and western Wisconsin. Excellent communication skills; enjoy working with clients and staff. Nancy Leverance, D.V.M. Email: nleverance@network2010.net or call (608) 6179408 or (608) 429-9408.* Accommodating SA relief veterinarian in Madison, WI. Reliable and communicative, broad range of experience. Willing to travel. Call Katie Frank, (608) 335-9521 or email katiefrankdvm@yahoo.com. Caring and compassionate relief veterinarian available. 25+ years of AAHA experience. Competent medical and soft tissue surgery skills. Emphasis on quality and integrity. Paul Danhaus, DVM. (715) 571-8091 or paul. danhaus@gmail.com. Communicative, productive SA veterinarian available for relief work in western WI, surrounding areas. Licensed in MN/WI. Experienced in surgery, medicine, dentistry, staff management. Outstanding customer service, clientbuilding skills. Victori Ribeiro, MS, DVM, (651) 503-0482; neyx0003@umn.edu.* SA and equine relief work. 21 years experience. Proficient

in SA soft tissue surgery and equine ultrasound and power floating. Will travel. Call Sabine Hartmann, DVM (715) 267-7443 or twinoaks@tds.net. AAHA veterinarian with 20+ years experience available for relief work in NW WI. Excellent diagnostic, surgical, and communication skills, Contact: David Wiltrout, DVM, (715) 462-9475, or email: dvmweepaws@aol.com.* SA relief Veternarian for central Wisconsin. Experienced. Versatile. Call Dr. Gary, (715) 652-2065 home, (715) 305-7014 cell.

Tech/Staff PT/FT Experienced technician. Must be reliable, selfmotivated, team worker and get along well with others. Available immediately. Located in the Hartland area. Email resume to mertonvet@wi.rr.com, or preferred; stop in at N68 W29626 Sussex Rd., Hartland, WI. Phone: (262) 538-1280. CVT needed for fast paced MA practice. Must be selfmotivated and able to multitask. Send resume and cover to Dr. Schafer, 1241 Franklin St. Galena, IL 61036. www.vetassociatesgalena.com. PT/FT CVT position available at Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care, Menomonee Falls, WI. Fast paced work environment. Strong laboratory/anesthesia skills required. Email/fax resume to Fax: (262) 7815278; Email: jen1val3@yahoo.com.

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Financial/Business Administrator for our growing veterinary practice in Menomonee Falls, WI. PT/FT position. Seeking person with strong accounting and bookkeeping experience, as well as budget formulation and business forecasting. Ideal candidate needs strong communication and IT skills. Some HR, inventory and building maintenance responsibilities as well. Please send resume/CV to dvm@brook-falls.com. FT experienced CVT wanted at the Green Bay Animal Hospital. Must be reliable, self-motivated, team worker, with an outgoing personality. Please send your resume to: rkrull@new.rr.com.

Lakeshore Humane Society (Manitowoc) seeks FT medical care specialist to oversee all things medical, including blood testing and euthanasia. CVT preferred, but experienced assistants may apply. Send resume and/or questions to director@lakeshorehumane.com.* Animal Hospital of Union Grove, WI seeking CVT. Email: drtedahug@wi.rr.com, or call (262) 878-3333.* What is most important to you in your career? Satisfaction in a job well done! We’ll provide the environment for that to happen, and you bring the motivation and drive to succeed. We are a growing SA hospital in North Central Wisconsin, newly transformed to paper-light recordkeeping, and committed to providing the best patient and client care our area has to offer. Our hospital is wellequipped with new Idexx in-house lab equipment, Heska IV fluid pumps, digital dental x-ray, ultrasound, Surgi-Vet anesthesia monitor, and Doppler blood pressure. If you enjoy challenge and being a part of a team that is moving forward in innovating patient/client care and client education, you may be the perfect match for us. Please send your resume to: northernwidvm@gmail.com.* Friendly, Enthusiastic Veterinary Technician to join our four Doctor practice. PT/FT position available. Strong customer service skills a must. We utilize our technician’s skills to the fullest capacity. Fox Valley Veterinary Service Clinic, Burlington, WI. Email: buchal@tds.net or call (262) 534-6000.* PT/CVT position available in SA clinic located near Gillett, WI. Individual must be experienced in client communication, anesthesia, surgery and dentistry. Email letter and resume to northwoods@ northwoodsvetcenter.com.*

Position Wanted: Board-certified internist offers mobile SA medicine consultations, ultrasound, and endoscopy in your practice in SE WI. Please call Anne Mattson, DVM, DACVIM, (262) 241-3987.*


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Practice For Sale

Bowie Air Rear Bumper for sale, $50. Contact Dean Peterson, DVM at drpeterson@centurytel.net.

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Palmer tranquilizer rifle with darts and charges needed for use. (920) 793-1187.* Used SA surgical instruments. Matrix isoflurane vaporizer with scavenger, endotracheal tubes. V-trough hydraulic table, Delmarva scaler/polisher, portable surgical light. Contact: R. Baylor (920) 866-2899.* Idexx LaserCyte Hematology Analyzer bought in 2009. Complete blood counts including a true 5-part white blood cell differential, absolute reticulocyte count and body fluid capabilities. Contact clinic for more information (920) 982-2733.* “General” and “Spay” Surgery packs, mid-level quality w/ upgraded needle holders. 2 Doyen clamps. Jor-vet Starter Cruciate set w/ suture. Welch Allen opthalmascope/ otoscope w/ cones. Email: doctor.gibbs@gmail.com.*

East-Central Wisconsin. Solo, 95% SA practice. Clinic, attached house on 1.9 acres along state highway. Loyal client base. Owner to retire. Serious inquiries to Blind Box 12PFS01, c/o WVMA, 2801 Crossroads Dr., Ste. 1200, Madison, WI 53718. MA practice, (predominantly SA) in Ashland, close to Lake Superior. Nice clinic, well equipped, including 4 bedroom, 2 bath, live-in apartment above. Grossing almost $900,000. Earn over $150,000 after debt service. Buy it all, including real estate with 36 acres of land for only $825,000. Call Dr. Zydeck, (248) 891-3934, e-mail fzydeck@aol.com, or visit VPSG.com.

For Sale: SA practice located in western suburb of Madison. Reply to Blind Box 12PFS02, c/o WVMA, 2801 Crossroads Dr., Ste. 1200, Madison, WI 53718. Northern IL! One veterinarian SA practice, attractive real estate. Excellent cash to new buyer – priced to sell! Contact: Dr. Ken Ehlen, Simmons & Assoc. Midwest, (877) 322-6465; simmons@simmonsmidwest.com.* Companion animal practice in Central WI, DVM willing to stay on for 3 months, real estate property included, contact Roxanne at rygiewicz33@gmail.com.* Just Listed! SA practice for sale western Milwaukee suburb. Gross revenue $650,000 with beautiful free standing building. Real estate appraised at $600k. Purchased practice and real estate for $900,000. Contact Total Practice Solutions Group, Dr. Liljeberg, (800) 3806872, or kurt@tpsgsales.com.*

SNAPshot DX Analyzer bought new in 2009 and never used. Has been sitting in storage since. Contact clinic for more information. (920) 982-2733.*

Strength

Recently reconditioned Dentalaire dental unit for sale. New in 2005. Contact piercevetclinic@yahoo.com. Phone: (715) 273-4632.*

since 1962

Wireless technology anesthetic monitoring system, small, easily transportable. Communicates with practice management software for recording anesthetic events in electronic medical records systems. PC-VetGuard and PC-Vet. ECG, PulseOx, Resp., Temp. Email: doctor.gibbs@ gmail.com.*

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