WVMA In This Issue 2 From the President Coaching for a Stronger Team
3 From the Executive Director Goldfish or Shark? Legal Briefs 6 When a Veterinarian Suspects Animal Abuse or Neglect, May The Veterinarian Seize The Animal Or Refuse To Return The Animal To The Owner? 8
WVMA Member Spotlight – Dr. Kristi Arnquist
In The News Summary of Administrative Rule Changes 2013-14
WVMA Student Members Advocate for Federal Legislation on Capitol Hill In an effort to educate the nation’s policymakers on issues of importance to the veterinary medical profession, 100 veterinary students and veterinarians gathered in our nation’s capital to take part in the 2014 AVMA Legislative Fly-in on February 9-11. The two-day event gave participants the chance to learn more about the federal legislative process and urge their members of Congress to support legislation that impacts veterinarians and the health and welfare of animals. The WVMA helped sponsor two WVMA student members, Brianne Heder and Mee-La Lee, who represented the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. “We are very fortunate at the AVMA to have a well-established Governmental Relations Division based in Washington, D.C., that tracks more than 50 legislative issues on behalf of the association, but their work can only go so far,” said Dr. Clark Fobian, AVMA president. “Our nation’s leaders want to hear how bills in Congress affect their constituents, and the AVMA Legislative Fly-in gives AVMA members and veterinary medical students a unique opportunity to come to the U.S. Capitol to share their personal experiences and advocate for bills that will enhance the veterinary profession and protect animal health and welfare. We are very excited to see so many veterinary medical students and veterinarians step forward to take part in the political process and help shape laws for the future of veterinary medicine.” The participants focused their meetings with elected officials and their staff on a few high-priority pieces of legislation for the AVMA, including: the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (H.R. 1125/S. 553); the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (H.R. 1528); the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (H.R. 1518/S. 1406); and the Horse Transportation Safety Act (S. 1459). The participants also heard from veterinarian and U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), who is one of co-founders of the House Veterinary Medicine Caucus, and U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.). Seventy-one of the participants were students, representing nearly every veterinary college in the United States. The remaining participants included members of the AVMA Executive Board and veterinarians from throughout the country. This year’s legislative fly-in was sponsored by the AVMA, the Student Veterinary Medical Association and Banfield Pet Hospital. It is the sixth time AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division has hosted this event. See AVMA’s website for more information about the legislative fly-in and the association’s legislative priorities. >>> Continued on page 4
FROM THE PRESIDENT
Coaching for a Stronger Team Chris Booth, DVM
As a parent of four active kids that love to participate in sports activities, I have spent a considerable amount of time volunteering as a coach for a variety of teams over the past few years. Coaching is an activity that I really enjoy for many reasons including the opportunity to spend time with my kids and the enjoyment of helping individuals and teams achieve goals and successes they have been striving for. Coaching was really simple when the kids were young and the teaching involved very basic skills, rules and game principles, but with a major emphasis on having fun. As the kids have become older, coaching becomes more complex as the level of skill increases, the intensity of competition elevates and social dynamics become a larger part of the team building process. I’ve grown to appreciate how the daily operation of our veterinary practices have a lot of similarities with coaching and managing youth sports teams. Success in our veterinary businesses all begins when we assemble our veterinary practice team. Legendary Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant recognized that the success of his teams relied heavily on people involved in various roles in the program and stated, “It’s been my practice to try to get people that football meant something to, that winning meant something to, not only players, but assistant coaches, secretaries, ticket takers……” Bryant truly appreciated the importance of every single person no matter how small of a role they played in the football program.
well together and accomplish great things. We are only as strong as our weakest link and it can certainly be challenging to fill the wide array of roles and responsibilities with people passionate about what we do. With a staff in place, the job as veterinary practice coach is just beginning. This is when we put our practice and game plan into action to provide our staff with the necessary training and tools to perform their job to the best of their abilities. Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Tom Landry said, “I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps onto the field and be prepared to play a good game.” If we want top notch performance, we need to foster continual professional and personal growth of our staff. We have a new game with every client interaction and hopefully we are providing great service and positive experiences. Sometimes the hardest part of coaching our veterinary teams is when members of the staff change. These changes are inevitable and occur for a whole variety of reasons ranging from family needs or opportunities to grow professionally. Coaches need to actively manage these situations to assist remaining staff in a smooth transition not only in the completion of job duties, but also in handling the changes in personal relationship dynamics. Socrates once stated, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
Do you have team members on all levels of employment that really These are just a few examples of the coaching we do every day in care about veterinary medicine, your business and the animals you our practice lives. Wishing you the best of luck “coaching up” your care for? A team with common goals and passion can function team and developing a staff full of MVPs! n
2014 WVMA EXECUTIVE BOARD President Chris Booth, DVM President-Elect Jane Clark, DVM Past President K.C. Brooks, DVM, DABVP District 1 Peter Gaveras, DVM District 2 Zachary Janssen, DVM District 3 Ann Sosalla, DVM District 4 James Ziegler, DVM
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Treasurer Thomas H. Howard, DVM AVMA Delegate Ann Sherwood Zieser, DVM Dean, UW-SVM Mark Markel, DVM, PhD State Veterinarian Paul McGraw, DVM WVDL Director Tom McKenna, DVM, PhD Student Rep. Will Mustas
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Goldfish or Shark?
Kim Brown Pokorny
A few years ago, I purchased the book “The Shark and the Goldfish” by Jon Gordon. At the time, the book was getting significant hype in the media and was recommended by great leaders whom I respect. I made it about half way through, put it down and didn’t finish. It was not impacting me the same way it had all the individuals recommending it. Recently, I picked it back up and read it cover-to-cover, takes less than an hour. This time it hit home. The fable is about a goldfish who had always been fed in its comfortable fish bowl, an event that releases the goldfish into the ocean, a shark who teaches him to find food and the changes that bring them together. Gordon’s book provides some foundational considerations when guiding yourself or your business through change. Change can be paralyzing, creating fear, emotion and uncertainty. In a fun, quirky way the book assigns you ownership of how you are going to handle the adversity. While we can’t always control the events in our life, we have ultimate control over how we respond to them. In the book, the shark teaches the goldfish how to survive and thrive during challenging times. Summarized best by the blog, “The Daily Leap” on 2/4/2011, “Faith and fear are similar because both are beliefs of a future that hasn’t happened yet. Fear is the belief in a negative future, while faith is a belief in a positive one. Fear is most common, because of the multiple forms it comes in. There is fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of starving, fear of change, and even fear of fear. Because fear can be so paralyzing, it’s no wonder that so many people will settle for their small goldfish-bowl world. We are content, so long as we’re being fed.” Are you swimming around hoping for someone else to help you and show you the way? Or are you in control of what your future looks like? Are you a shark or goldfish? The choice is yours. In the end, the difference between a full belly and an empty stomach depends solely on one’s faith, beliefs and actions. n
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WVMA Student Members Advocate for Federal Legislation on Capitol Hill >>> Continued from Page 1 WVMA Student Participants Brianne Heder
1) What was your biggest take-away from the event? I was able to spend two intensive days learning about what the AVMA Governmental Relations Division and Political Action Committee does for veterinary professionals every day of the year. I’m humbled by the amount of work they put into protecting and advancing our profession by lobbying and informing senators, representatives and their staff about veterinary medical legislative issues. From meeting staffers at three different offices, it was clear that veterinarian constituents don’t regularly take time to approach their legislators. 2) How did this trip impact your view on the veterinarian’s role in the legislative process? Much of the way has been paved for us. Lobbying was a much easier endeavor than I anticipated. After all, my Brianne Heder senator or representative could easily be my (future) client. Veterinarians spend all day justifying our professional decisions in the exam room, why shouldn’t it be any different discussing legislation that impacts the veterinary profession in Washington D.C.? We are the experts, and I’d rather have my legislators learn from the best! 3) After attending, what would be your advice be to students and veterinarians questioning the impact an individual can make? What was striking to me during this experience was that power of the individual is still strong. senators and representatives put a lot of stock into visits made to their federal or local offices by constituents. Making an impact is a lot easier than we might think. I saw close to 100 students and veterinarians on The Hill in early February that made a huge difference representing the veterinary medical profession. 4) How important is the power of organized veterinary medicine, on the state and national level, when dealing with policy and legislation impacting veterinarians and small business? We’re a passionate profession, and I’d gander to say that very few of us are interested in watching the death of our veterinary medical career at the expense of having to muck around in politics every day. Organized veterinary medicine provides an incredible backing for individuals wishing to approach legislators as well as a cohesive voice from the profession that centers on animal health and welfare at a local, state, and federal level. The AVMA Legislative Fly-In revealed the incredible wealth of information assembled by organized veterinary medicine for us, and for the public, at our fingertips. Both the AVMA and WVMA are excellent watchdogs for the veterinary medical community; I’d be nervous if I had a lesser group of people doing the same job.
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1) What was your biggest take away from the event? Prior to this experience, I didn’t quite understand the role of organized veterinary medicine and what the AVMA and WVMA does for our profession. This experience has shown me how important it is to have veterinarians on The Hill making sure that the veterinary voice is heard and has made me appreciate those that take on the tasks of leadership in organized veterinary medicine. 2) How did this trip impact your view on the veterinarian’s role in the legislative process? Mee-La Lee
I found our senators and representatives really do want to know what their constituents are thinking. There is no way they can understand all of the new bills being proposed and how they will affect people (and animals) unless we tell them. It is easy to get sucked into an egocentric lifestyle, but if we are not watching out for new legislation, the way we practice can be changed. We must be informed.
3) After attending, what would be your advice be to students and veterinarians questioning the impact an individual can make?
Often, it is easy to feel like your opinion does not matter, but it does. I am just a student that spent a few days in Washington D.C. learning about how our profession influences legislation. In those couple of days I was able to talk with a staffer from Congressman Pocan’s office and by doing so he decided to co-sponsor H.R. 1125 the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Act. If I can make an impact, anyone can.
4) How important is the power of organized veterinary medicine, on the state and national level, when dealing with policy and legislation impacting veterinarians and small business?
Honestly, if we did not have the AVMA and the WVMA paying close attention to different legislation and policy that impacts veterinarians, we would be at a great disadvantage. Organized veterinary medicine plays a huge role in giving state and national leaders a unified perspective about how our profession will react to certain changes that are proposed. With a unified voice we are more successful with voicing our opinion and we are more successful in protecting the veterinary medical profession. n
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When a Veterinarian Suspects Animal Abuse or Neglect, May The Veterinarian Seize The Animal Or Refuse To Return The Animal To The Owner? Megan Senatori, DeWitt, Ross & Stevens, S.C.
Earlier this month, I was a presenter at a conference entitled “Animal Cruelty and Neglect: Navigating the Maze” coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection. The focus of the conference was to assist professionals, especially veterinarians, by providing important information regarding legal obligations and best practices when there is suspected animal abuse or neglect. I had lunch that day with several veterinarians who posed the following excellent question to me: “If I ever suspect that an animal has been abused or neglected, should I seize that animal and refuse to return the animal to the owner?” If you have ever suspected animal abuse or neglect after examining a patient, you may well have had the same question. A veterinarian’s desire to protect a vulnerable animal is undoubtedly strong, and it makes sense that a veterinarian would feel uncomfortable returning that animal to the owner. The law, however, exacts standards designed to protect the property interests of the alleged abuser because animals are property under the law. This article addresses whether a veterinarian may seize an animal or refuse to return an animal to the owner when there is suspected animal abuse or neglect. The short answer is no. Under Wisconsin law, an animal that is suspected of being abused or neglected may be lawfully seized, but the Wisconsin Legislature gave that legal authority to humane officers and law enforcement officers – not veterinarians. The applicable statute is Wis. Stat. § 173.13, “Taking Custody of Animals.” It gives authority to humane officers and law enforcement officers to seize an animal when there are reasonable grounds to believe the animal has been mistreated in violation of Chapter 951: A humane officer, on behalf of a political subdivision in which the humane officer has jurisdiction under s. 173.03(3), or a law enforcement officer, on behalf of a political subdivision, may take custody of an animal if the humane officer or law enforcement officer has reasonable grounds to believe that the animal is one of the following… [a]n animal mistreated in violation of ch. 951. In most cases, a humane officer or law enforcement officer will obtain a search warrant before seizing an animal (because it is always preferable to obtain a search warrant when doing so is feasible, though it is not always feasible). The statute does not, however, provide legal authority to a veterinarian to seize an animal or refuse to return an animal.
A veterinarian may lawfully deliver an animal to a humane officer or law enforcement officer, but only when the animal has been abandoned. Wis. Stat. § 173.13(2) states: (2) DELIVERY OF ANIMAL BY VETERINARIAN. (a) A humane officer or law enforcement officer or a person contracting under s. 173.15 (1) may accept an animal delivered by a veterinarian, or his or her employee, if the animal has not been picked up by its owner and all of the following apply: 1. The veterinarian notified the owner of the animal by certified mail, return receipt requested, that the animal was ready to be picked up and that the animal would be delivered to a humane officer if not picked up within 7
days. The only exception to that rule is if the animal has been abandoned. 2. The veterinarian retained the animal for 7 days after the day on which the return receipt was signed or until the letter was returned to the veterinarian as undeliverable. 3. The veterinarian certifies in writing to the humane officer or law enforcement officer that subds. 1. and 2. apply. (b) If an animal is accepted under par. (a), the veterinarian shall provide the person accepting the animal with any requested records concerning the animal’s ownership, health or licensure.
The above-referenced statute exists so that in the event a veterinarian accepts custody of an animal, and then the owner refuses to pick up the animal or the animal is abandoned by the owner, the veterinarian may give custody of the animal to a humane officer or law enforcement officer. The statute does not, however, provide a veterinarian with authority to seize an animal or to refuse to return an animal to the owner. The statute only provides authority for a veterinarian who already has custody of an animal to give that animal to a humane officer or law enforcement officer, after first taking certain steps to ensure that the animal’s owner (if known) was aware that he or she could pick up the animal. So, what should a veterinarian do if he/she suspects animal abuse or neglect and is concerned for the welfare of the animal? The answer to this question will be personal to each veterinarian. As covered in prior Legal Briefs, currently the legal duty to report suspected animal abuse or neglect in Wisconsin exists only when the veterinarian has reasonable grounds to believe the animal has been involved in animal fighting. See Wis. Stat. § 173.12(1). There is no other mandatory legal reporting requirement at this time. Therefore, outside of the specific situation of animal fighting, whether a veterinarian chooses to report suspected abuse or neglect to law enforcement is within the veterinarian’s discretion. If, however, the veterinarian makes a report of suspected animal abuse or neglect to law enforcement, then law enforcement or a humane officer may legally seize the animal, if the statutory conditions are met. Situations in which a veterinarian suspects animal abuse or neglect can be extremely difficult for veterinarians, both emotionally and legally. However, the concern for the welfare of an animal can be made worse if a veterinarian takes the law into his or her own hands. Therefore, if you suspect animal abuse or neglect, it is important to always consider and evaluate your legal options before taking action. Ultimately, doing so protects you and the animal you are trying to help as well. n
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what you have in mind,” she says. “Ask the tough questions and be prepared for the answers.” For current veterinary medical students, Dr. Arnquist believes exploring different things will help you to focus on what you love most. She warns about the high cost of attending veterinary medical school. “Be mindful what loan repayment costs will be post-grad,” she says. “Try to set a budget. Veterinary medical students walk away with tremendous debt load, try to live lean at the start of the career and pay off the loans as soon as possible.” One of Dr. Arnquist’s favorite memories from her veterinary medical career include spending the summer of 1996 in Kenya doing a mission project with Christian Veterinary Medical Mission. She worked with tribe’s people and their goats, cattle and camels. Rabies vaccination clinics were also held for dogs and cats while she was there. Afterwards, she completed a chimpanzee research project at a game preserve. “That summer was absolutely life changing,” says Dr. Arnquist. In the U.S., she has served as the commanding officer at military veterinary clinics while the Army veterinarians were deployed. “I wanted to give back in some way to honor the soldiers who were willing to give their lives for me,” she says. Dr. Arnquist started her WVMA membership as a student and considers the organization an invaluable resource. “The WVMA keeps members apprised of current legal issues and policy changes, provides exceptional training opportunities for CE credit, supplies resources for clients as well as opportunities for networking with colleagues and friends,” she says.
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Summary of Administrative Rule Changes 2013-14 Jordan Lamb, DeWitt Ross & Stevens, S.C.
During the 2013-14 Wisconsin legislative session, the WVMA has been monitoring and, in some cases, participating in the development of a number of administrative rule changes that may be of interest to Wisconsin veterinarians. Below is a summary of the changes and their effective dates. Revised Definition of Patient. The Veterinary Examining Board has promulgated a slight change to Wis. Admin. Code § VE 1.02. The Board amended the definition of “patient” in the rule to match the definition in the statute. The definition of “patient” means “an animal that is examined or treated by a veterinarian.” The Board also repealed VE 1.02 (8) due to “prescription legend animal drugs” no longer being referenced in the VE Code. These changes went into effect on October 1, 2013. Repeal of Continuing Education Requirement for Pesticide Use. 2009 Wisconsin Act 139 amended Wisconsin statutes to prohibit the Veterinary Examining Board from requiring a veterinarian or certified veterinarian technician to provide certification of training or continuing education concerning the use, handling, distribution, and disposal of pesticides other than for disciplinary purposes. Accordingly, the VEB has repealed Wis. Admin. Code § VE 10.04, which had required a certification on the renewal application that veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians have taken one credit of continuing education in the use, handling, distribution and disposal of pesticides during the two years prior to the renewal. This repeal went into effect on October 1, 2013.
Repeal of Prescription Drug Monitoring Administrative Rule Requirements for Veterinarians. Wis. Admin. Code § Phar 18, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), created a prescription drug monitoring program to collect and maintain information relating to the prescribing and dispensing of prescription drugs, particularly controlled substances. Chapter Phar 18 was published in the Wisconsin Administrative Register December 2012 and became effective January 1, 2013. As promulgated, this rule contradicts the statutory directive to in 2013 Act 3 enacted in March 2013, which directed the Pharmacy Examining Board to exclude veterinarians from the PDMP. This rule change completes the exclusion of veterinarians from the PDMP. This rule went into effect on March 1, 2014. Revisions to Standards of Practice and Unprofessional Conduct. The VEB has revised to create and clarify several definitions including “client,” “advertising,” “complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies,” and “surgery.” The changes also repeal and recreates list of patient records that must be kept. All of these rule changes will go into effect on May 1, 2014. • Revisions to Definitions. Under the revised rule, ““Advertising” means to give notice by any means, including but not limited to any circular, card, notice, telephone book listing, magazine, newspaper or other material or any communication by radio or television electronic medium.” The rule revises the definition of “client” to mean “the person who owns owner or who has primary responsibility other person responsible for caretaking the care of the animal which the veterinarian is treating a patient.” The rule creates a definition for: ““Complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies” includes a heterogeneous group of preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic philosophies and practices.” In addition, the rule states that, “These therapies include: veterinary acupuncture, acutherapy, and acupressure, veterinary homeopathy, veterinary manual or manipulative therapy ie, therapies based on techniques practiced in osteopathy, chiropractic medicine, or physical medicine and therapy; veterinary nutraceutical therapy, and
veterinary phytotherapy.” “Surgery” was amended to mean, “an procedure in which the skin or tissue of the patient is penetrated, pierced or severed for therapeutic purposes, except for activities identified in s. 453.05(2).” “Surgery does not include giving injections or simple dental extraction that require minor manipulation and minimal elevation.” • Delegation of Veterinary Medical Services. With regard to the delegation of veterinary medical services to certified veterinary technicians, the rule was amended to clarify that “Nonsurgical veterinary treatment of animal diseases and conditions, including administration of vaccines, including rabies vaccines.” may be delegated. The authority to delegate “obstetrical treatment” was removed from the rule. The language allowing the delegation of dental extractions was amended to allow delegation of, “Dental prophylaxis and simple extractions that require minor manipulation and minimal elevation.” In delegating the provision of veterinary >>> Continued on page 13
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Summary of Administrative Rule Changes 2013-14 >>> Continued from page 11
acts to students and technicians, the rule now allows for video conference and electronic communication: “Where the veterinarian is not required to be personally present on the premises where the delegated services are provided, be available at all times for consultation either in person or within 15 minutes of contact by telephone, by video conference or by two−way radio or television communication electronic communication device.” • Small Animal Patient Records: The updated rule now requires veterinarians to keep the following records for small animal patients: date; client name; patient identification; history; physical examination findings; treatment – medical, surgical; drugs prescribed, dispensed or administered, including strength or concentration, route of administration, dosing schedule, number dispensed and number of refills allowed; provisional diagnosis; final diagnosis; consultation, if any; clinical laboratory reports; radiographic reports; necropsy findings; identification of the veterinarian providing the care; complaint; present illness; and vaccinations administered. • Farm Animal Patient Records: For farm animals, veterinarians must keep records pertaining to: date; client name; type of call; treatment and drugs used including amounts of drugs administered and method of administration; drugs dispensed including dosing schedule and number dispensed; meat or milk withholding; individual diagnosis; clinical laboratory reports; and identification of the veterinarian providing the care. • Equine Patient Records: For equine patients, the rule
specifies records for the following: date; client name; patient identification; history; physical examination findings; treatment – medical, surgical; treatment and drugs used including amount of drugs administered and method of administration; drugs dispensed including dosing schedule and number dispensed; diagnosis; clinical laboratory reports; radiographic reports; necropsy findings; and identification of the veterinarian providing the care. • Unprofessional Conduct. The VEB added several new items to rule defining unprofessional conduct. Under the amended rule, unprofessional conduct also includes: o Failure to release a patient’s medical records as required by s. 453.075, Stats. o Advertising a specialty or claiming to be a specialist when not a diplomate of a veterinary specialty organization recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association American Board of Veterinary Specialties (AVMA ABVS) or by a foreign veterinary specialty organization which, in the opinion of the board, is equivalent to an AVMA ABVS recognized veterinary specialty organization. o Failure to provide copies of or information from veterinary records, with or without the client’s consent, to the board or to public health, animal health, animal welfare, wildlife or agriculture authorities, employed by federal, state or local governmental agencies who have a legal or regulatory interest in the contents of said records for the protection of animal or public health.
Updates to Licensure, Temporary Permits and Examination Provisions. The VEB has adopted several changes to clarify problems with licensure, temporary permits and examinations. These rule changes go into effect on May 1, 2014. • The VEB eliminated the provision that allows applicants who • The rule also updates language concerning temporary permits, failed their examination to review the exam because test is increases the amount of time an applicant has following administered electronically. Now that the test is administered graduation from school to take the North American Veterinary electronically, an applicant may retake the test at any time. Licensing Examination from 8 months to 10 months, and Since the exam may be taken more frequently, it is not feasible creates additional means of communication between temporary for the Department to provide the materials for the review license permit holders and supervising veterinarian. process. • Finally, the VEB has added a provision requiring applicants for • The VEB has provided an additional avenue for licensure by endorsement allowing greater access to veterinarians who wish to practice in Wisconsin.
post graduate training permits to submit evidence that he or she has received a degree from a school of veterinary medicine or its equivalent.
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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 Exceptional People. Extraordinary Care. 24/7. WVRC, a multi-location emergency and referral practice in southeastern Wisconsin, is continuing to grow! We have an opening for a FT veterinarian in the emergency department at our Racine or Grafton locations. A PT or split-location position with our Waukesha hospital is also possible. Our hospitals are well equipped and staffed with exceptional coworkers, including a broad range of specialists, experienced technicians, and client-focused support staff. We believe in a team approach to patient care, an enjoyable work environment and a schedule conducive to life outside of work. Qualified applicants will have a background in emergency medicine, internship training or equivalent practice experience, strong organizational skills, good leadership qualities, and an ability to work well within a team. Visit us
at www.wvrc.com or contact Dr. Kari Severson at firstname.lastname@example.org. PT SA veterinarian for growing, progressive practice in Madison. If other commitments make a normal work week difficult, this position would be for you. We are looking for someone interested in Friday-Monday, as we are looking to be open seven days a week. Please send resume to Blind Box 14SA01, c/o WVMA, 2801 Crossroads Dr., Ste. 1200, Madison, WI 53718. Associate Veterinarian wanted for a wellestablished, three-doctor, progressive, AAHA accredited SA practice. Our clinic offers technologically advanced equipment. Salary/ benefits package competitive. Submit resume to: email@example.com. Or, Cedarburg Veterinary Clinic, S.C., N143W6475 Pioneer Rd. Cedarburg, WI 53012. Sheboygan County Humane Society is seeking to hire an experienced shelter veterinarian 64 hours per pay period, Monday-Friday with an occasional Saturday. See full job listing at www.myschs.com or email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mayfair Animal Hospital and Emergency Services seeks two candidates. We have an immediate opening for an upbeat DVM for the ER services to work nights. We are also looking for a wellness oriented individual to join our day staff. Great benefits. Competitive wages. Please email resume to email@example.com. Growing multi-specialty and emergency SA hospital in Madison, WI is seeking an experienced emergency veterinarian to join our team. We are a busy practice with board-certified specialists in Internal Medicine, Surgery and Ophthalmology. Qualified applicants must demonstrate excellent communication skills. Prior internship training is preferred. Please send your resume and cover letter to Dr. Amy Pauli at firstname.lastname@example.org. FT SA position in the beautiful Northwoods. A great opportunity to work in “God’s Country”. We are a full service, high quality SA practice with two locations. One in Rhinelander and the other in Eagle River. We
have digital xray, ultrasound, endoscopy, in house labs at both sites. We pride ourselves in practicing high quality medicine and both soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries. Excellent support staff. We are a very fun loving crew dedicated to providing the best possible. Rotating on call schedule. New Grads are encouraged to apply. Competitive compensation. Please email Dr. Alison French at email@example.com or call (715) 365-7387. Compassionate. Dedicated. Excellent. Progressive. Come work with us in our Eau Claire WI AAHAaccredited SA hospital. We are seeking a FT/PT veterinarian to join our team that offers quality medicine and surgery in a daytime environment as well as being available for weekend and evening emergency hours. www.oakwoodhillsanimalhospital.com. Send resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. FT SA veterinarian needed in a 4 doctor MA practice in central WI. Experience preferred but new graduates are encouraged to apply. Above average compensation and benefit package that includes, premium health care coverage and profit sharing. Send resume to drmike@ tds.net or call Grassland Veterinary Service at (715) 238-7686. MA practice with a strong client base is looking for a FT SA veterinarian. Candidate must have excellent communication skills and a positive friendly attitude. Experienced and new graduates are welcome. Our clinic is well equipped with Idexx labs, ultrasound, laser therapy, and laser surgery. Compensation is based on experience. Emergency time is shared equally. Please send resume to email@example.com or mail to Kiel Veterinary Clinic, 575 Belitz Dr., Kiel WI 53042. 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. Email your resume to Marla Lichtenberger, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (414) 543-7387 for more information.* Bark River Animal Hospital is seeking a PT veterinarian. Dusman is in western Waukesha County 5 miles south of I-94 in beautiful lake country area. Our clinic is equipped with the full Idexx vet lab, a surgical laser and quality equipment to allow you to practice progressive medicine and surgery at a well-staffed clinic with a friendly team atmosphere. Schedule consists of 3 weekdays 8-5 and 2 Saturdays a month from 8-12. A competitive salary and benefits package is included, the right candidate is looking to be a longterm associate. Please e-mail resume to ajrunte@ gmail.com or call (262) 965-4888 for more info.* Associate veterinarian wanted for a well-established, 3-4 doctor, progressive, AAHA accredited SA practice in central Wisconsin. Our clinic offers in-house labs, digital dental x-rays, surgical and therapy lasers. Experience preferred but new graduates are encouraged to apply. Offering competitive salary/ benefits package. No after-hours emergency. Contact Dr. Krause. Phone (715) 869-3785, fax (715) 4212006, or email email@example.com.* SA multi-doctor practice in southeastern WI is looking for a PT/FT associate veterinarian. Competitive salary and benefits. No after hour emergency care. Experience is preferred, but not required. Visit our website at harrispethospitalsc.com. To apply, email resume to Dr. Keen at firstname.lastname@example.org.*
clientele. Computerized and ample equipment, e.g. in house lab, pulse oximetry, EKG, doppler blood pressure, piped gas etc. No on-call. Work 3 or 4 days mid-week from 8â€“5 or 9â€“6 and every third Saturday until 1pm. Appointment lengths determined by each individual veterinarian. Must be surgically competent. Specialization encouraged. Experienced and capable vets are available for mentoring. Salary is production based. Expect to earn approximately 70-110k, depending on work load, if FT. $900-1,200 annual CE/dues allowance, at least 3 weeks annual vacation/sick leave, pension, medical insurance reimbursement, group dental insurance, PLIT, DEA license and license to practice provided. Complete clinical freedom. Not a high volume/high pressure/high stress clinic, we just charge properly for what we do, and believe that associates that practice high quality medicine should be well compensated, deserve a good quality of life and should be supported in their clinical advancement. Please contact Dr. Warren Allfrey, email@example.com for more information. www.racinevethospital.com.*
LARGE ANIMAL Kiel Veterinary Clinic SC is looking for a LA associate with great communication and technical skills to fill a position at our busy MA practice. The position consists mainly of dairy cattle work, with a small amount of equine. Any level of experience will be considered. Salary negotiable based on experience. Shared on-call duty (LA on-call is shared equally among 5 doctors), paid vacation, CE allowance, 401 K, professional dues, WI licensing fees, liability insurance, and uniform allowance. Equipment, truck, and phone provided. We are a progressive practice that is fortunate to have a strong, progressive dairy client base. We excel in herd health and reproductive programs; especially ultrasounding for pregnancy and fetal sexing. It is important that our clients are successful in their businesses. We help them achieve their goals through consulting in areas of milk quality, heifer programs, facility designs, reproduction, and DC305 reports. We are actively involved in protocol writing and employee training on our dairies as well. Please send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Kiel Veterinary Clinic, 575 Belitz Dr., Kiel, WI 53042.
Orthopedic, Soft Tissue, Oncologic & Neurologic Surgery
PT position available in our long established, 4 doctor practice. We are located in the small friendly, south central Wisconsin town of Delavan. Flexible work schedules, a generous benefit package. No after hours or on call. Year around recreational opportunities and close to Milwaukee and Chicago. Call Sonya at Delavan Animal Clinic, (262) 728-3303.* 4 DVM 100% SA clinic, committed to the highest level of medicine and client satisfaction, seeks a FT veterinarian for long term starting by May, if possible. Located in pleasant suburbs at the Racine/Kenosha border. Very pleasant working atmosphere. Good
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A unique opportunity to supplement your current career and interests, while greatly expanding your opportunities to either grow your personal practice or grow with the AgriBlenders team. AgriBlenders, a leading animal health and performance company, is seeking a FT/PT LA/Dairy emphasis veterinarian to join our team. This position will provide high level animal health and performance consultation to our customers. Experience in food animal veterinary medicine, a commitment to customer service and a passion for agriculture are all prerequisites for this position. The successful veterinarian will have flexibility in their location within Wisconsin. At AgriBlenders our success depends on finding the best alignment between your dreams and goals and AgriBlenders objectives. For strictly confidential consideration, please send cover letter and resume to: email@example.com or call (920) 896-1340. Key responsibilities include: collection and transfer of bovine in vivo embryos, perform ultrasound guided transvaginal ovum pickup procedures for IVF embryo production, review and design superovulation and synchronization protocols for donors and recipients, evaluate pregnancy status and fetal gender using ultrasonography, and assist embryologists in lab activities. The ideal candidate will have a DVM, full current accreditation with the USDA-APHIS, licensure in necessary states or the ability to acquire a license, AETA certification, a passion for bovine reproduction, and a strong sense for connecting with clients. The position does require the ability to travel and may include some overnight stays with seasonal spikes. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.* MA clinic seeking experienced FT/PT LA, dairy emphasis, veterinarian to join our team. Needs strong palpation skills and great attitude. Fully equipped truck provided. Please send resume to WisconsinDVM@gmail.com.* 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 email@example.com, or call (608) 654-5284.*
MIXED ANIMAL Associate position in a 5 doctor mixed animal practice in scenic Chippewa Falls. LA is primarily dairy production. Companion animal includes inhouse blood machines, digital x-ray, gas anesthesia, dental x-ray and excellent experienced support staff. Competitive salary, health insurance, mobile unit, profit sharing, 401K, dues and licenses. Email resume: firstname.lastname@example.org.*
RELIEF PT LA Relief Available. Dairy/Equine/MA, 25 years experience. Green Bay area. Contact: Pete Drehmann, DVM at email@example.com or (616) 403-1577. SA and equine relief work. 21 yearâ€™s experience. Proficient in SA soft tissue surgery and equine ultrasound and power floating. Will travel. Call Sabine Hartmann, DVM (715) 267-7443 or firstname.lastname@example.org. SA relief vet available. Personable with 20+ years experience. Call Dr. Katrina Geitner (262) 349-3466 or email@example.com. 1989 UW-VMTH grad available for SA relief work 1-2 days a week and some Saturdays. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.* Compassionate and reliable SA veterinarian available for relief services in Kenosha and surrounding counties starting March 2014. Please contact Rosemarie Niznik, DVM at (630) 915-0156 or email@example.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, client-building skills. Victori Ribeiro, MS, DVM, (651) 503-0482; firstname.lastname@example.org. Experienced SA veterinarian available for relief work, 15 years relief experience, WI licensed and
accredited. Please call/email Mark Clemons, DVM (262) 862-1121, email@example.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) 5718091 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Providing you with reliable veterinary relief service has been my business for the past 13 years. Iâ€™m proficient with medicine cases, soft tissue surgeries and have great client communication skills. Leave message Dr. Barb Matula, (608) 269-3357, email: email@example.com. Quality Customer friendly SA relief services available covering SE WI. Over 20 years experience in both SA and emergency medical care. Dr. Pete Gaveras, (414) 795-7100, firstname.lastname@example.org. Dependable, 20+ years experience. Med/Surg serving Northern/Central Wisconsin. Contact Rich Piwoni, at (715) 627-0957, email@example.com. SA relief Veterinarian for central Wisconsin. Experienced. Versatile. Call Dr. Gary, (715) 652-2065 home, (715) 3057014 cell. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. 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: email@example.com. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (608) 369-4115 or (608) 429-9408. Experienced SA relief veterinarian available. Versatile. Great with staff, clients and pets. Willing to travel. Dr. Lori Zimmerman, (608) 592-7779 or email@example.com. 20+ years experience, skilled in surgery, diagnostics and client communication. South-central and
Southeast WI. Let me care for your clients and your hospital. Erika Gibbs, DVM, firstname.lastname@example.org. Quality relief care since 1992. Special interests include surgery and dermatology. Personable, reliable service. Please call Robert Patyk, DVM, at (262) 5672832. Or email: email@example.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.*
and respiration (not ETCo2). Good condition, used very little. $300.00. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (715) 498-4802.
PRACTICE FOR SALE Western WI. Solo, (presently all SA) practice in rural area. Looking for veterinarian(s) to take over practice. Quickly or gradual transition. Small investment. Great potential. Blind Box 14PFS01, c/o WVMA, 2801 Crossroads Dr. Ste. 1200, Madison, WI 53718. NEW- Fox River Valley Area. SA practice with great equipment and real estate. Gross $900,000. Contact Dr. Kurt Liljeberg of Total Practice Solutions Group, (800) 380-6872, or email@example.com.
Madison Veterinary Specialists, a multi-specialty and emergency SA hospital in Madison, is looking for an experienced and reliable veterinarian to fill in for emergency shifts (primarily overnights). Compensation will be competitive. Please send resume and references to Amy Pauli via email at apauli@ mvsvets.com.
Established, solo, MA practice (80%SA). Fully equipped clinic, 4.38 acres, lovely 3BR/2.5BA custom home & 2-car garage. Gross $340,000. Owner retiring. Seasoned staff; loyal clients. Beautiful area known for outdoor recreation. Bike-Ski-Kayak. Work where you play! $550,000. Respond to Blind Box 14PFS02, c/o WVMA, 2801 Crossroads Dr., Ste. 1200, Madison, WI 53718.
Long established SA practice for sale, Madison, WI. Practice and Real Estate. Please respond to Blind Box:
SA clinic in Oconto Falls, WI is seeking a FT CVT. The ideal candidate is a professional individual skilled in the following areas: client relations, patient care, surgery, dentistry, laboratory testing, radiology and laser therapy. Submit a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
14PFS04, c/o WVMA, 2801 Crossroads Dr., St. 1200, Madison, WI 53718.* 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 email@example.com.* Price Reduction- MA practice grossing $840K in far northern WI. Digital radiology, digital dental, surgical and therapy lasers. Large state of the art building. Practice and RE only $800K. Would sell only the SA practice if desired. Contact Dr. Kurt Liljeberg of Total Practice Solutions Group, (800) 380-6872, or kurt@ tpsgsales.com.* For Sale - boarding kennel, large morten building, TKennel runs, daycare, boarding, grooming salon. Like new west of Madison. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.* NEW- Wausau area gross over $850K. Hospital is very well equipped with an excellent staff. Practice and real estate only $835,000. Includes $30,000 of inventory and supplies. Contact Dr. Kurt Liljeberg of Total Practice Solutions Group, (800) 380-6872, or email@example.com.*
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MA practice seeking an experienced VT to fill a FT/PT primarily SA position. Certification preferred but all candidates will be considered. Please e-mail resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.*
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SA single vet practice in Sherwood, WI seeking PT or FT experienced support staff. Must be able to take thorough histories, prep rooms, discuss common diseases/procedures, perform safe restraint and monitor surgical patients. Ability to perform dental cleanings a plus. Position also includes receptionist duties. Send resume to email@example.com.*
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