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WVMA In This Issue


From the President Leadership Isn’t For Cowards


From the Executive Director Partnering to Improve Pet Health


Legal Briefs Two Important Employment Documents


In the News WVMA Members, Industry Honored at Annual Convention


2013 Pet Hall of Fame Nominations Due December 7

12-15 Classifieds


Dr. Glen Johnson Receives Veterinarian of the Year Award The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) awarded Dr. Glen Johnson of Reedsburg, the WVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award at its 97th Annual Convention on Friday, Oct. 12. Colleague and friend, Dr. Dave Rhoda, Evansville, presented the prestigious award. Dr. Rhoda describes Dr. Johnson as committed, practical, logical, and passionate. “I met Glen through his work with the WVMA and was impressed with his commitment to continuing education, to advancing the image and professionalism of the veterinary profession, and his quiet demeanor which was always focused on reaching solutions for difficult issues,” states Dr. Rhoda. Dr. Johnson graduated from Michigan State in 1976. He currently practices at Reedsburg Veterinary Clinic as a large animal practitioner. While being involved in the WVMA, Dr. Johnson has served on the Residue Task Force, Best Practices Committee, Dairy Welfare Subcommittee, and VE Rules Subcommittee. “Our recipient has served ably on all the most difficult, complex, and controversial issues that face food animal medicine,” says Dr. Rhoda. “These include animal welfare, judicious use of drugs in food animals, and how to supply compassionate care of animals that are contributing to society as a food supply.” “His service to the profession has been diverse and time consuming, which is everyone’s most treasured resource. Glen also has volunteered his time and expertise with UW students by serving the UW School of Veterinary Medicine through the years in sharing his work with the dairy production medicine dairy comp students and the dairy science department milk quality programs,” Dr. Rhoda adds. Most recently, Dr. Johnson served as the District 5 Director of the Association of American Bovine Practitioners, representing Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.


from the president

Leadership Isn’t for Cowards K.C. Brooks, DVM, DABVP

This past month I had the good fortune of attending the WVMA convention where I assumed the role of your President. The keynote speaker at the convention was Mike Staver who recently released a book entitled “Leadership isn’t for Cowards.” I found his message on leadership and dealing with stress compelling. It seems appropriate that my first column as the newly installed “leader” of the WVMA should address the topic of leadership and its role in our profession. There is little doubt in my mind that exceptional veterinary practices have outstanding leaders at their foundation. What is not intuitive to most, is that veterinary practices require outstanding leadership from a large number of team members in a variety of positions. It is simply not enough to have a strong practice manager, owner or lead veterinarian. Effective teams require leaders at all levels and those leaders may not share one style or one set of characteristics. I also firmly believe that leaders are not born, but are developed through their choices and their ability to learn from those choices. I have discovered that leadership is not always easy and that some are not cut out to be leaders. Being an effective leader often takes discipline and willingness to put respect in front of friendship. It means walking the walk and not just talking the talk. It means answering the bell at every moment of truth and doing so with skill, tact and honesty. It means not only knowing what is right but doing what is right—consistently. In his book entitled “Good to Great,” Jim Collins explores the factors that separate successful companies from those that were unable to sustain success. Not surprisingly, one of the most important factors is what he coined ‘Level 5 Leadership’. Level 5 leaders “build greatness through a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will”. Furthermore, Level 5 leaders “look outside the window to apportion credit to factors outside themselves when things go well (and if they cannot find a specific person or event to give credit to, they credit good luck). At the same time, they look in the mirror to apportion responsibility, never blaming bad luck when things go poorly. I embrace my leadership role in my practice and as the president of your organization. I encourage all of you to develop your leadership skills where needed and to focus on ways you can develop leaders in your practice. Leadership is not necessarily easy and it certainly requires courage.

2012 wvma board President

K.C. Brooks, DVM, DABVP


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



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

Ex-officio members


Treasurer Thomas H. Howard, DVM AVMA Delegate Ann Sherwood Zieser, DVM Dean, UW-SVM Mark Markel, DVM, PhD State Veterinarian Robert G. Ehlenfeldt, DVM WVDL Director Tom McKenna, DVM, PhD Student Rep. Matt Slentz

Executive Director Kim Brown Pokorny Executive Assistant 

Torrie Kennedy

Marketing and Communications Specialist Sarah Young

from the executive director

WVMA Voice The WVMA Voice is published on the 15th day of each month by the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, 2801 Crossroads Dr., Ste. 1200, Madison, WI 53718; (608) 257-3665; toll-free (888) 254-5202; fax (608) 257-8989; e-mail:; website: It is sent free of charge to all WVMA members. Office hours: 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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Partnering to Improve Pet Health Kim Brown Pokorny

At the October 10 WVMA Executive Board meeting, the board signed a memo of understanding with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), in regards to Partners for Preventive Pet Healthcare initiative, Partners for Healthy Pets. The WVMA will be supporting the initiative by sharing information and tools with you. Partners for Healthy Pets is the face of Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare™, a committee of the non-profit, American Veterinary Medical Foundation, created to ensure pets receive the preventive healthcare they deserve through regular visits to a veterinarian. This alliance of more than 20 leading veterinary associations and animal health companies is committed to a vision of improved overall health for pets. Partners for Healthy Pets offers tools and resources for veterinarians and veterinary clinics to enhance the overall vitality of pets and veterinary practices, the delivery of preventive healthcare services, and communication with pet owners about the value of routine care. A foundation piece of this effort is a set of healthcare guidelines jointly produced

by the AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). The AAHA-AVMA Canine and Feline Preventive Healthcare Guidelines identify all of the components of a comprehensive program of preventive care, serving as a valuable tool for both the veterinary practice team and the pet owner. In 2013, Partners for Healthy Pets will launch a campaign geared directly toward pet owners that will help build awareness about preventive care and how important it is to overall pet health. The ultimate goal of Partners for Healthy Pets is to improve the overall health of our pets by building knowledge and strengthening the relationship between veterinarians and pet owners. The WVMA’s 2013 Winter Retreat, March 1-3, will be utilizing and training our members and their clinic staff on these news tools. The trainer will be Jessica Goodman Lee, one of the individuals hired by the partnership to help develop the tools and resources. For more information or to sign up for updates, go to:


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Two Important Employment Documents – Job Descriptions and Personnel Evaluations By Stephen A. DiTullio, DeWitt, Ross and Stevens, S.C. As most veterinary practices are well aware, clear and effective personnel documentation is extremely important both to communicate effectively with employees and to defend against potential employment claims. Two of the most important types of personnel documents are job descriptions and performance evaluations. This article will briefly review both of these types of documentation. All veterinary practices should create, review and regularly revise a job description for every position in the organization – from your Receptionist to the Veterinarians. It is imperative that job descriptions, at minimum, identify the position’s specific essential functions of the job. Job descriptions containing the essential functions can be beneficial to every stage of the employment relationship from hiring to firing. For example, a well written job description can help facilitate an employer’s inquiry about an applicant’s ability to perform both marginal and essential duties. They can likewise be used to explain to an employee the basis for a termination when job duties are not being met. Indeed, well written and updated job descriptions can be important evidence in successfully defending against discrimination claims, exempt status challenge claims under federal and state law, and workers’ compensation claims. The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) prohibits direct inquiries about an applicant’s medical background until an employer extends the applicant a bona fide conditional offer of employment. However, the ADA expressly provides that in determining the essential functions of a job, some deference will be given to job descriptions if they are prepared by the employer prior to applicant interviews. As such, job descriptions must be prepared prior to filling a position, not after.

Finally, secure from the employee a signature and date of signature on the job description at the time of hire, each time the job description changes and/or when the employee is assigned to a new position. In regard to performance evaluations, simply put, a veterinary practice will suffer if honest and accurate performance evaluations are not performed on at least an annual basis. Performance evaluations are not just optional, they are essential. In order to make appropriate decisions about pay increases, promotions, demotions and even terminations, performance evaluations must be conducted on a regular (at least annual) basis and most importantly must be an accurate summary of performance. Businesses can be harmed by “sugar-coated” performance evaluations. Oftentimes, an evaluation is prepared in a manner that avoids confrontation with the problematic employee. Such misleading evaluations not only will hurt the business by allowing “under performers” to continue in their positions, but such documentation can also be very difficult to explain if an employment law claim arises. For example, if a clinic’s defense rests on poor performance by the employee, but the evaluation was “sugar-coated” in regard to the claimant’s performance, it will be exceedingly difficult to explain this discrepancy to a judge, jury, investigator or arbitrator. Three key points of emphasis regarding performance evaluations are:

The job description should be carefully reviewed by management, prior to establishing it is a final document. Ideally, someone with human resources experience should review job descriptions in concert with management and supervisors.

• It is extremely important to develop a formal, structured evaluation process that all employees understand. • It is recommended that the performance evaluation include both an objective (numerical scale) as well as a subjective section for evaluating the employee’s strengths and/or weaknesses. • The focus of a performance evaluation is always to improve the employee’s work performance, not just pointing out weaknesses in the employee’s performance.

Also, it is extremely important that job descriptions be reviewed for possible updating at least once each year and/or when the employer knows that a particular position has been modified in some manner. Outdated job descriptions can create practical and legal difficulties for an employer. The key point is that when job duties change so must job descriptions.

Finally, again secure the employee’s signature and date of signature on each performance evaluation. If the employee refuses to sign, write on the document “Presented to Joe Smith on December 20, 2012, but refused to sign.” The individual presenting the performance evaluation should also sign and date it.


WVMA Members, Industry Honored at Annual Convention Presidential Award

Out-going WVMA President, Dr. Bob Klostermann, presented Dean Daryl Buss with the Presidential Award. In is introductory speech, Dr. Klostermann said “Since his initial day at the Veterinary School he has been a very positive contributor to organized veterinary medicine. As an ex –officio member of the WVMA Executive Board, he has provided grounded, thoughtful advice that has served the members of the WVMA well. He has skillfully bridged the gap between the WVMA membership and the School of Veterinary Medicine’s charge to teach students and develop research. He respected WVMA practitioner’s point of view and helped us shape public policy and initiatives that were good for the entire profession in the state of Wisconsin. This spilled over regionally with Heartland group, nationally and internationally with the association’s on which he served. His interactions on all of these areas of organized veterinary medicine gave the WVMA, the school and ultimately the state of Wisconsin a stellar reputation. “All of his service has helped us develop and maintain an excellent state association which has furthered the veterinary profession in the State of Wisconsin. Having personally been at Daryl’s original Search Committee Interview and 18 years later at his last WVMA meeting he has always impressed me with his professionalism and high regard for organized veterinary medicine. For all his lifetime achievements and their effect on our organization, I am very proud to give this WVMA Presidential Award to Dean Daryl Buss.”

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WVMA Members, Industry Honored at Annual Convention Meritorious

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 joining in the WVMA, Dr. Chris Snyder has been an active member of the WVMA Professional Education Committee, currently serving as chairperson. As chair and member of the committee, he has been an instrumental leader for our small animal wetlabs. Over the past two years, out-ofstate interest in the labs increased significantly. Dr. Snyder is a clinical assistant professor of surgical sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and is a vital liaison between the WVMA and the school. He is also a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College.

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Dr. Mark Thompson has been an active member of the WVMA since joining in 1996, serving on the WVMA Executive Board and numerous committees including the Convention Committee, Public Education and Marketing Committee, and Awards and Recognition Committee.

Dr. Chris Snyder receives the Meritorious Servi ce Award from WVMA President, Dr. K.C. Brooks.

He is currently serving as chair of the Veterinary Technician Advisory Committee. He has a special passion for certified veterinary technician utilization encouraging their full-potential use by fellow veterinarians. Recently, he created a veterinary technician utilization video which is featured on the WVMA website. Dr. Mark Thompson owns Country Hills Pet Hospital with two locations in Fond du Lac and Eden. 50 Year Awards

Fred Born, DVM - Dr. Born graduated from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1962. Prior to his retirement in 1998 from veterinary practice, Dr. Born practiced mixed animal medicine for his first nine years and then specialized in small animal medicine for the duration of his career. He says much has evolved in the practice of veterinary medicine, including when most veterinary practices were run by a single veterinarian. He remembers a special cooperation and sense of community among different practices. Dr. Born recalls raising his large animal call charge from $4 up to $5, and a fellow veterinarian telling him, “You are going to put these farmers out of business!” Dr. Born’s fondest memories throughout his years of practice include the people and clients who helped his practice grow and become successful. He still enjoys seeing the community members he has served around Fond du Lac.

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Dr. Born has served in numerous roles in the WVMA. He served as chairman of the WVMA Historical Committee for 25 years. Dr. Born established the WVMA Veterinary Museum at the Galloway House & Village in Fond du Lac in 1977 and remains the museum director today. He was a member of several WVMA committees, was the recipient of the WVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award in 1977 and WVMA Meritorious Service Awards in 1971 and 1988. He is previous president of the Wisconsin Equine Practitioners Association and the Northeastern Veterinary Medical Association. Most recently, Dr. Born created a PowerPoint presentation for the Vet2011 Organization in Lyon, France which was seen worldwide. Dr. Born and his wife, Joyce, live in Fond du Lac.

Bernard Easterday, DVM, PhD, DACVM - Dr. Easterday was instrumental in the development and establishment of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and served as the school’s first dean from 1979-1994. He was named WVMA Veterinarian of the Year in 1979 and received the President’s Award in 1994. He has published more than 100 scholarly articles, as well as numerous chapters in different textbooks. Dr. Easterday says much has evolved in the practice of veterinary medicine over the years. He remembers when solo practice was more popular. Today, group practice is popular, and Dr. Easterday also points out more specialties exist today than in the past. Teaching generations of veterinary medical students is among his favorite accomplishments.



WVMA Members, Industry Honored at Annual Convention Dr. Easterday graduated from Michigan State University in 1952 and received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He resides in Brooklyn, Wis. with his wife, Charlene. Whayne Hill, DVM - Dr. Hill graduated from the Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1962. Prior to his retirement in 1992 from veterinary practice, and 2011 from Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Dr. Hill practiced mixed animal medicine for 12 years and companion animal medicine for 29 years. In addition to his professional veterinary career, Dr. Hill served 40 years in the U.S. Military. Much has evolved in the practice of veterinary medicine throughout his career. He remembers when there was no formal radiological training. In addition, he says great advances have been made in biological understanding. Dr. Hill’s fondest memories of practice include the day when the Animal Hospital of DePere, Inc. received its American Animal Hospital Association Member Hospital plaque. He also recalls when hundreds of his clients organized a surprise retirement celebration and presented him with a plaque reading, “With heartfelt appreciation for your patience, understanding, and compassionate care of our pets.” Dr. Hill has served as president of the Northeastern Veterinary Medical Association as well as numerous committees. Within the WVMA, he served eight years as his district’s representative to the WVMA Executive Board, including six years as chairman. Dr. Hill was a member of several WVMA committees, including one providing encouragement to the Wisconsin Governor and Wisconsin Legislature to establish the University of Port Washington 262.268.7800 Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. Currently, Dr. Hill and his wife, Mary Johnson, live in Utah where they are serving on a family history mission. M. E. Rydberg - Dr. Rydberg graduated from Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1962. He resides in Lake Geneva, WI.



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The Friend of Veterinary Medicine Award is given to an individual or organization in recognition of their service, commitment, and contributions specifically to veterinary medicine in Wisconsin. Over the past year, the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) have been a crucial ally in educational and communications efforts in the dairy industry with the WVMA. Specifically, PDPW and WVMA are partnering in a multi-faceted program to address proper drug use on farms, called What Matters – veterinarians and producers working together to ensure save meat and milk. This is a six phase plan. However, one of the most important aspects of this partnership is the full-day trainings for the veterinarian-producer team on the WVMA HACCP For Proper Drug Use which emphasizes and strengthens the importance of a valid, working veterinary-client-patient relationship. Corporate Partnership

The Corporate Partnership Award is given to a business in recognition of their service, commitment, and contributions specifically to organized veterinary medicine.

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Over the past year, Pfizer Animal Health Dairy Division has provided exceptional technical guidance and leadership on the WVMA Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) For Proper Drug Use. Specifically, Dr. Dick Wallace of Pfizer is a member of the WVMA Residue Task Force. Pfizer has presented and utilized the WVMA HACCP For Proper Drug Use program in presentations numerous times. They are a crucial ally in educational and communications efforts in the dairy industry with the WVMA. Sponsorship Awards

Gold Sponsors - A WVMA Gold Sponsor is a company that has given a minimum donation of $5,000. Their support of the WVMA allows us to provide our members with high quality conventions and far-reaching statewide public education programs. 2012 Gold Sponsors are: • DeWitt, Ross & Stevens, s.c. • Marshfield Labs • Merial Ltd. • Midwest Cremation Service of Wisconsin

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A WVMA Platinum Sponsor is a company that has given a minimum donation of $10,000. Their support allows the WVMA to provide our members with high quality conventions and far-reaching statewide public education programs. 2012 Platinum Sponsor is: • Pfizer Animal Health WVMA Executive Board Members Complete Terms

Dale Kressin, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC, Jessica Daul, DVM, and John Been, DVM each completed a four-year term serving on the WVMA Executive Board. Dr. Dale Kressin represented District 3, which is comprised of Washington, Winnebago, Green Lake, Fond du Lac, Dodge and Sheboygan counties. Dr. Kressin practices small animal medicine at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists in Glendale, Wis. He received his DVM from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Dr. Jessica Daul represented District 4, which includes Oconto, Brown, Door, Kewanee, Manitowoc, Calumet, Outagamie, Waupaca, Shawano, Florence, Menomonie and Marinette counties. Dr. Daul practices small animal medicine in Green Bay, Wis. at Riverside Animal Hospital. She graduated with her DVM from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. John Been represented District 6 which includes the following counties: Crawford, Daul, left. hn Richland, Sauk, Grant and Iowa Counties. Dr. Jessica Dr. Jo Dr. Dale Kressin , right. Recently retired from the River Valley Veterinary Clinic in Plain, Wis., Dr. Been is a large animal veterinarian currently practicing relief work at the Lodi Veterinary Clinic in Lodi, Wis. He received his DVM from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.



The WVMA thanks the former Executive Board members for their dedication to organized veterinary medicine in Wisconsin.

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Nominate your best patients for the Wisconsin Pet Hall of Fame! Why Nominate?

Because we witness every day how much animals enhance human lives, and this provides a way to honor the outstanding contributions these companions make. This is a great opportunity to promote public awareness of the human-animal bond and show off your wonderful patient and client! Take this chance to give a special pet this honor.

Categories: HERO - Pets who have saved or preserved human life COMPANION - Pets who have provided a benefit to their human companions or their community PROFESSIONAL - Specially trained assistance animals

Inductees will be awarded with medals and special recognition on March 2, 2013, at a luncheon in their honor during the WVMA Winter Retreat, Glacier Canyon Lodge, part of the Wilderness Territory in the Wisconsin Dells. Requirements

5. Include a letter by the nominating veterinarian and others, if desired, describing why the animal should be considered for the Wisconsin Pet Hall of Fame.

It’s so easy to give this wonderful gift! Just follow these steps. 1. Only WVMA members may submit nominations. 2. Each nominee must be a living domestic pet who exemplifies the affection, loyalty, security and value of the human-animal bond. 3. Check to make sure your nominee (pet and owner) would be able to attend the awards ceremony on March 2, 2013, if inducted (at no expense to WVMA). Veterinarians (and/or clinic staff) of winning nominees are strongly encouraged to attend the WVMA Winter Retreat and speak on the nominee's behalf.

You may want to explain why this pet has made a difference - unselfish or courageous accomplishments, examples of the pet’s loyalty and companionship, or ways the pet provides healthful benefits. TIP: The letters are a very important part of the nomination, and the more complete and descriptive, the better! Selection panel

4. Fill out the nomination form on the back of this page. Make sure the owner/caretaker signs it. Nominations must be postmarked no later than December 7, 2012.

Three members of the WVMA Public Education and Marketing Committee One member of the WVMA Executive Board One representative from the media (The media representative will be a non-veterinarian selected by the WVMA Public Education and Marketing Committee.)

Category: ____ Hero ____ Companion ____ Professional Please check only one category.

Nominating Veterinarian (WVMA member) Name ___________________________________ Practice name _______________________________________ Address _________________________________________________________________________________________ Telephone (____)___________________________

Years you have known nominee _____________________________

Email _________________________________________________________________________________________ Pet Nominee Name ______________________________ Date of birth _______________ Species __________________ Color ____________________

Gender ___________________

Breed ____________________________________

Owner/Caretaker Name ________________________ Address __________________________________________________________ Telephone (____)___________________________

Years you have known nominee _____________________________

Email _________________________________________________________________________________________ My signature below is evidence of my awareness and permission for this nomination:

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Deadline: Postmarked no later than December 7, 2012 Mail this form, along with the supporting documentation described in the “Requirements” section to: WVMA, 2801 Crossroads Dr., Suite 1200, | NOVEMBER 2010 12 Madison, WI 53718. For more information, call or email the WVMA at (888) 254-5202 or 257-3665 in Madison or 11 |



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 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: 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) 276-2969, Dr. Mohr at (507) 380-9454 or, or rhpch@ 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) 5474998.



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 Long established 24/7 Emergency and Critical Care facility in Madison, WI seeks clinicians for FT/ PT positions. Affiliated with specialists in surgery, internal medicine and ophthalmology, with community access to advanced imaging, University of Wisconsin and complementary health care. All the needed tools and a competitive remuneration package. Schedules negotiable but typically 12-14 shifts per month. Experienced technical staff complement the experience. Contact Susan Abel at Exceptional Care for Animals, (608) 274-7772 or, with resume and cover letter. Experience preferred, but energetic motivated persons of all experience levels may be considered. 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 in-house 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@ 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: 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,, by phone (920) 7485144, or by regular mail, Associated Veterinary Clinic, P.O. Box 352, Ripon, WI 54971. Chicago Road Veterinary Clinic seeks to add 4th veterinarian for a PT position. Clinic located in the growing city of Oak Creek, WI. Send resume to* Emergency Veterinarian needed for our fully equipped, 10,000 sq. ft. emergency/critical care and specialty hospital in Milwaukee. We have Critical Care specialists, a boarded surgeon, board certified internal medicine specialist, board certified dentist, behaviorist, rehabilitation therapy and an excellent technical and support staff that provides the highest quality care to our patients, pet owners, and referring vets. The ideal candidate will be emergency trained, 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 Marla Lichtenberger, or call (414) 543-7387 for more information.*

Highly functioning, hard working, fun loving team seeking like minded experienced team player. Must be proficient in surgery, interested in ultrasound and exceptional care of clients and pets. Send resume to 890 Main St. Mukwonago, WI 53149.* PT SA Veterinary position available. Located centrally between Wausau, Appleton and Green Bay. Fun staff, great clientele. Contact Dr. Alan Wegenke (715) 8234747 or email* PT Veterinarian desiring long-term employment needed for SA practice in SE WI. Practice quality medicine in a relaxed and friendly environment. We are well-equipped with an excellent support staff. We offer a competitive compensation package and no after hour emergency on call. Send resume to Dr. Andy Runte at Bark River Animal Hospital, 281 N Main St, Dousman, WI 53118.* BluePearl Veterinary Partners Illinois is seeking two Emergency Clinicians to join a rapidly expanding group of hospitals. We have locations in Northbrook and Skokie, both located in Chicago’s northern suburbs, and have recently opened our 3rd 24/7 hospital in the northwest suburbs near Schaumburg, Illinois. Individuals having completed an internship or equivalent experience will be considered for emergency clinician positions. The proximity to Chicago offers both the benefits of familyfriendly suburbs and the diversity of Chicago’s endless activities and entertainments. BluePearl Veterinary Partners is a leading provider of specialty and emergency services that are owned and operated by veterinarians and veterinary professionals. We are exclusively dedicated to specialty and emergency medicine. We confidently offer exciting, collegial and fulfilling work environments, flexible schedules which allow a focus on professional development and quality of life, competitive compensation and benefits, and buy-in potential. If you are interested in discussing the positions further, please email your CV and contact information to: Allen Kaat, Hospital Administrator at allen.kaat@bluepearlvet. com. Your confidentiality will be respected. For more information about our hospitals and other BluePearl locations that may have current open positions please visit our website at:* Advanced Animal Hospital located in Greenfield, WI is seeking a motivated veterinarian with a desire to practice high quality SA medicine. We offer excellent salary and benefits. Please send resume to Dr. Dhillon at*

Large Animal FT LA practitioner wanted to join our 4 person practice in the driftless region of west central Wisconsin. The practice emphasizes on dairy, with some beef and equine work mixed in. Interest in ultrasound and production medicine is desirable. On-call time is split equally between all veterinarians. Enjoy small town living, with the conveniences of LaCrosse only 30 miles away. Send resume to the Cashton Veterinary Clinic, 406 South St., Cashton WI 54619, or to johnlweber@*

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: or contact Dr. Chris Booth at

(920) 980-9659; Dairy Doctors Veterinary Services, 1020 S. Pleasant View Rd., Plymouth, WI 53073.

Relief 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@ 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 Experienced SA relief veterinarian available for work in eastern/central Wisconsin. Please contact Karla Dietrich, DVM at, (920) 210-5991. Experienced SA veterinarian available for relief work, 15 years relief experience, WI licensed and accredited. Please call/email Mark Clemons, DVM (262) 862-1121, 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: or (920) 896-0034.

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Dependable, 20+ years experience. Med/Surg serving Northern/Central Wisconsin. Contact Rich Piwoni, at (715) 627-0957, 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 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: 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 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. 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, client-building skills. Victori Ribeiro, MS, DVM, (651) 503-0482; 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 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:* SA relief Veternarian for central Wisconsin. Experienced. Versatile. Call Dr. Gary, (715) 652-2065 home, (715) 305-7014 cell. 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: Experienced SA veterinarian licensed and accredited in WI offering competent, caring, reliable relief work in SE WI. Alice VanMaastricht, DVM, (414) 617-7325 or*

Tech/Staff 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 Animal Hospital of Union Grove, WI seeking CVT. Email:, or call (262) 878-3333.

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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 record-keeping, and committed to providing the best patient and client care our area has to offer. Our hospital is well-equipped 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: 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: 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. Ideal candidate: skilled, energetic technicians with emergency experience - CVT preferred. Technical development/ full use of technical skills expected. Assists with all aspects of patient care. Please submit resume at* We are willing to pay top dollar for experienced veterinary receptionist, hours flexible! NWWVET Amery, WI. Contact Jill at (715) 268-6226 or* A Technician Supervisor is needed for our growing 2 doctor practice. The right candidate must be a motivated self-starter, as well as a CVT with management experience. Evenings and weekend hours may be required. We offer a competitive salary and benefit package. Please send resume to Jennifer at For Pets' Sake Veterinary Clinic, 9000 Charles Street, Sturtevant, WI 53177; or email to* A SA, three doctor practice in Southeastern Wisconsin is looking for a reliable FT/PT Veterinary Technician/CVT. New graduates welcome. The ideal candidate will be a team player, multi-tasker, great communicator, good with computers and enjoy being around animals of all types. Duties include blood draws, catheterization, dentals, radiology, product sales, invoicing, client education, etc. Hours may include evenings and Saturdays. Benefits include medical (FT only), uniform allowance, employee discount, 401k. If interested please contact Jennifer at or mail resume to 9000 Charles Street, Sturtevant, WI 53177.*

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in SE WI. Please call Anne Mattson, DVM, DACVIM, (262) 241-3987.

For Sale 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, portablesurgical 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: SNAPshot DX Analyzer bought new in 2009 and never used. Has been sitting in storage since. Contact clinic for more information. (920) 982-2733. Recently reconditioned Dentalaire dental unit for sale. New in 2005. Contact Phone: (715) 273-4632.

$1000 as is or do the rebuild with new cable for $1600. Contact: Dalton Schreiber at (608) 839-5323 or email:*

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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.* NEW! SA practice for sale in central WI on northern border. Gross $1.3M and very well equipped. Contact Total Practice Solutions Group, Dr. Kurt Liljeberg, (800) 380-6872, or*

Companion animal practice in Central WI, DVM willing to stay on for 3 months, real estate property included, contact Roxanne at 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; 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 When buying or selling a veterinary practice, count on the experience of Total Practice Solutions Group. See our display ad this issue. Contact Dr. Kurt Liljeberg of Total Practice Solutions Group for a free consultation, (800) 380-6872, or*

New Listing! Northwest Wisconsin about an hour from St. Paul. Mixed practice grossing over $700K. Real estate value is $300K. Purchase all for $425K. This is a super deal. Contact Total Practice Solutions Group, Dr. Kurt Liljeberg, (800) 380-6872, or* Holistic SA practice Milwaukee-Chicago corridor. Well equipped with revenue $525K. Offered at $425K. Contact Total Practice Solutions Group, Dr. Kurt Liljeberg, (800) 380-6872, or* SA practice for sale in Wausau area. Revenue $900,000/ year. Hospital is beautiful and nicely equipped. Excellent cash flow! Buy practice and RE for $805,000. Contact Total Practice Solutions Group, Dr. Kurt Liljeberg, (800) 380-6872, or*

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@

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