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WVMA Member Spotlight – Dr. Michael Petersen

2 From the President Parting Paradoxes

A 1980 graduate of Iowa State University, Dr. Michael Petersen practiced in Sun Prairie for two years before starting a mixedanimal practice in Stoughton in in 1983.

3 From the Executive Director Many Ways to Make an Impact 5 6 7

In the News NPI Clarification Partners for Healthy Pets Update Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Museum Maintenance Fund Established

8 Legal Briefs The Link Between Domestic Abuse and Animal Cruelty: The Veterinarian’s Role in Stopping The Cycle of Abuse 10

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Standards of Care in Wisconsin Veterinary Medicine Part 2

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In addition to practicing at Stoughton Veterinary Service, Dr. Petersen has provided the veterinary care at the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison since 1989. The Henry Vilas Zoo is one of only a few Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Accredited Zoos in the country that is free to the public. “I feel one of the major accomplishments of my career has been my participation in the design and construction of the new Animal Health Center at the Henry Vilas Zoo.” Says Dr. Peterson. The Animal Health Center took two years of planning, two months to build and was completed in May. The complete center includes specialized areas for surgery, radiology, intensive care, pharmacy, laboratory, quarantine area along with inside and outside holding areas. There is also a classroom area where visitors can learn how animals are cared for throughout their lifetime. “I am proud to be part of an organization that supports conservation and provides education about the animals of the world and their habitat,” state Dr. Petersen. “The new Animal Health Center will enable the zoo to provide quality care for the animals at the Henry Vilas Zoo for years to come.” Dr. Petersen has been a member of the WVMA since beginning his career in Wisconsin. “The WVMA has always kept its members informed regarding issues that affect the practice of veterinary medicine and has been a great advocate when veterinary issues come before the state legislature,” says Dr. Petersen. His advice to current veterinary students is to keep an open mind, don’t be afraid to try new things and to appreciate what an honor it is to be a member of a profession that helps both animals and people. Dr. Petersen has been a member of several civic groups and town commissions including ten years on the Stoughton Jr. Fair Board, providing volunteer veterinary service for the Stoughton Police Department Canine Unit and for the Madison Capital Canines. He enjoys hunting, fishing, beekeeping, reading and running. He has completed ten marathons including two Boston Marathons and recently completed his eleventh year as a volunteer ski patroller at Cascade Mountain Dr. Petersen is married to Theresa, who is a registered nurse in cardiovascular care at St Mary’s Hospital. They have three daughters. Are you or a fellow colleague doing great things for the veterinary medical community? Let us know! Contact Bailey at bailey@wvma.org. 1


FROM THE PRESIDENT

Parting Paradoxes K.C. Brooks, DVM, DABVP

As I sit staring at the keyboard trying to find something profound to leave you with in my last column as your WVMA president, I am left with a bittersweet feeling. On the one hand, I will not miss trying to make the deadlines for a monthly column. On the other hand, I will lose this opportunity to share my thoughts on veterinary medicine and the importance of the WVMA. What follows is my list of other bittersweet thoughts on the WVMA and 25 years of practice.

I am concerned about the number of legislative issues that may negatively impact the future of Veterinary Medicine. I am confident that the WVMA is a strong voice for the future of our profession. I appreciate the commitment of time and talent on the part of the WVMA executive board. I wish they received more recognition for their service.

I feel lucky to have had the support and guidance of our Executive I relish treating Golden Retrievers that cuddle and owners that care. Director (Kim) and her phenomenal team (Sarah, Torrie and Bailey). I I am frustrated by biting dogs, fractious cats and owners that don’t will miss the e-mails, phone calls and chance to share cheesecake. value the human-animal bond. I am excited to see the number of talented students wanting to join I treasure dedicated teammates functioning as a well-oiled team. our profession. I am very ambivalent about student educational debt I am amazed at how challenging it is to keep a team operating at and lack of opportunity due to the projected surplus of veterinarians. peak performance. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be the WVMA president. I find challenging medical and surgical cases invigorating and I am looking forward to more time at home with my family. rewarding. I find leaving the hospital on time challenging. I hope this last column finds you all healthy, in good spirits and I am proud of the WVMA for repealing the Prescription Drug enjoying what I consider the greatest profession in the world. Monitoring Program thereby saving practicing veterinarians roughly Once again, thank you for the opportunity to serve as your WVMA $7 million a year. I am disappointed that some veterinarians president. complain about their dues or do not join the WVMA. I am amazed at how far the standard of care has improved in veterinary medicine in 25 years. I am worried that owners do not always understand how much good medicine actually costs.

–K.C.

2013 WVMA BOARD President K.C. Brooks, DVM, DABVP President-Elect Chris Booth, DVM Past President Robert Klostermann, DVM District 1 Peter Gaveras, DVM District 2 Zachary Janssen, DVM District 3 Ann Sosalla, DVM District 4 James Ziegler, DVM District 5 Jane Clark, DVM

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Many Ways to Make an Impact Kim Brown Pokorny

There are several ways to be involved and support organized veterinary medicine in Wisconsin. With support we can do great things together and make a difference for you, the animals you care for, your clients and your staff team. Consider the following: 1) Membership – shortly you will be receiving your dues renewal notice. Please renew your dues. The return on your investment is significant and every member gives us a powerful voice on issues impacting veterinary medicine and your practice. 2) Political Action Committee (PAC) – a small contribution gives us an opportunity to open doors and engage in conversations with policy makers on issues important to you. A prime example of how a PAC can help is the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) exemption. A $25 personal contribution can make a big difference. Make a donation at wwww.wvma.org! 3) Recruit New Members – do you have a colleague or friend that is not a WVMA member? Ask them to join. Each new member, allows us to expand our work and make a greater impact on issues important to you. 4) Grassroots Committees – WVMA is always looking for members to be members of WVMA committees. One of our greatest strengths is our grassroot member involvement. If you are interested in serving on a committee, contact the WVMA office at (608) 257-3665 or wvma@wvma.org. 5) Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Foundation (WVMF) – Helping Animals Through People. Just established in 2013, The WVMF has begun initial fundraising efforts to implement programs that support you, our members and the people you serve. Donations are charitable and may be able to be used as a tax deduction. Consider making a contribution and helping get the foundation off to a great start! The opportunities are endless! Please consider becoming involved in some or all the opportunities above. The areas above helped secure the PDMP exemption earlier this year. Saving clinics in Wisconsin over $7 million dollars a year. Pay it forward and reinvest some of those savings into the WVMA, WVMA PAC, WVMF or all of them.

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NPI Clarification Submitted by AVMA Dear all, We have recently learned from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that veterinarians are definitively not eligible to procure National Provider Identifier (NPI) numbers. This guidance is timely, because pharmacy stakeholders have previously underscored the value of veterinarians using NPI numbers as identifiers when calling a prescription in to a pharmacy. Likewise, at least one veterinarian has recently contacted the AVMA and shared that a pharmacy had barred her from calling in a prescription for client, simply because she does not have an NPI number. DHHS advises prescribers to deactivate their NPI number if they erroneously obtained one previously. Currently we anticipate receiving additional guidance and clarification from DHHS staff on whether other federal prescriber identifier numbers are applicable for veterinarians to procure and use when calling a prescription in to a pharmacy. There are a number of possible ways to move forward on this topic, including conversations with pharmacy stakeholders to underscore veterinarians’ ineligibility for NPI numbers per DHHS, as well as to continue sharing AVMA’s policy “Inappropriate Requests for DEA Registration Numbers” to help ensure that pharmacies do not instead start asking for DEA numbers when they need some sort of prescriber identification. If your state has any specific requirements or guidance on use of identifier numbers by prescribers, or if you have any suggested ways forward, please just let me know. I really would value your perspectives and insights into what is allowed for and/or required within individual states on veterinary identifier numbers, and I would like to share those insights with AVMA’s Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents and Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee as they consider ways forward. Sincerely, Lynne A. White-Shim, MS, DVM Assistant Director, Scientific Activities American Veterinary Medical Association 1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100 | Schaumburg, IL 60173

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Partners for Healthy Pets Update Consumer Campaign Launches to Profession!

Attendees at the AVMA Convention in July were treated to early exposure to the Partners for Healthy Pets’ greatly anticipated consumer campaign, which will launch in September. The tightly focused campaign will promote a straight forward call to action: call your veterinarian and make an appointment for a yearly checkup today! Research by the Partners for Healthy Pets and others indicates that women ages 32-49, generally urban or suburban, with an annual household income over $75,000 are the pet owners most likely to respond to the message. These women view the pet not just as an extension of her family, but part of the family core, and she feels responsibility for the health and happiness of the entire family. The target further focuses on the 60% of pet owners that already have a relationship with a veterinarian, but who have not visited within the past 18 months. The Campaign’s Primary Message

The profession, consultants, industry marketing experts, and the veterinary media have all responded very positively to the creative advertisements revealed at the Convention. The ads feature a very lovable pet (there are both dog and cat versions) wearing a tag reading “Special Care Instructions: Feed daily, Yearly checkups, Love forever.” Below the photo of the pet is the simple line: “A yearly visit to your family vet is as essential as food and love. Make an appointment for an annual checkup today.” The campaign’s visual elements were thoroughly tested in both focus groups and in online surveys of the target audience, and the ads scored very high in areas such as the ability to attract immediate attention as well as the call to action message. Ads began appearing online in September and in print in October; a public relations campaign also began in September. Television PSAs are expected to be added to the integrated campaign in 2014. Online media placements have been selected based on research showing where the target audience is most likely to go. Digital media selected include CNN, Yahoo, Everyday Health, PetMd, and SheKnows. Print ad placements were selected based

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on both their reach to the target audience as well as the opportunities to be in issues that contain pet related content. For example, a full page ad will appear in an early December issue of People, which will be the very highly read “Sexiest Men Alive” issue and will also feature a photo spread on “Sexiest Men and their Cats.” Other ads will appear in O Magazine, Everyday with Rachel Ray, Prevention, and Family Fun. Practice Enrollment Program

Concurrent with the launch of the consumer campaign to the profession the Partners for Healthy Pets introduced its Practice Enrollment Program. Participating practices are provided with materials encouraging them to “start the conversation” about the importance of preventive healthcare for all pets. The goal for each practice is to have the entire team aligned around the effort to ensure that every pet that visits receives the preventive healthcare recommended by the profession. Enrolled practices will also receive consumer campaign materials and editorial content that can be used in their practices, on their websites, and in their newsletters to help support the effort to achieve a checkup for every pet every year. Sales representatives of member companies are distributing enrollment materials. Practices can also self-enroll at www.partnersforhealthypets.org. In the first month of the program, over 1,000 practices have already enrolled. Success Stories

Veterinarians have long indicated that they often learn best through the experiences of their colleagues. To that end, the Partners for Healthy Pets has launched a series of articles called “Success Stories.” These articles feature practices that have used one or more of the tools available on the Partners website and have seen substantial practice benefits as a result. Articles about use of the Opportunity tool, the Implementing the Guidelines tool, and the Preventive Healthcare Program (monthly payment plans) tool have been widely distributed and can also be found at www. partnersforhealthypets.org. Learn more about implementing these tools as part of WVMA’s strategic plan through Zoetis’ Life Long Care Initiative at the WVMA Annual Convention Saturday Oct. 12 from 8-10 a.m.


History Essay Contests in 2010 Dr. Russ Currier, chair of our J.F. Smithcors Student Veterinary History Contest, has readied material to mail to the veterinary colleges. The deadline date for essays will be April 1, 2010. To understand our contest and to refer interested students to it, use the AVMHS web site www.cvm.missouri.edu/avmhs. If you have questions or suggestions, contact Dr. Currier at 515- 710-2331, or at ruscurrier@yahoo.com . Submitted by Dr. Fred J. Born

on committees and councils of the AVMA and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. And of course, Dr. Vroegindewey was AVMHS President four years ago, at which time he proposed a 4heritage veterinary practice project -- deep local roots to balance an international job.

Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Museum Maintenance New J.Members Fred Born Veterinary Office Museum in honor of a We are pleasedveterinarian. to welcome new members: Fund Established local (retired) In the recognition of aCounty century of U.S.Society womenWisconsin in veterinary As director of Fond du Lac Historical Veterinary medicine, the Association for Women Veterinarians Medical Museum at the Galloway House & Village, Fond du Lac, Dr. Fred J. Born alsolate conducting a one-time established aFoundation maintenanceisfund last year, with a donationessay from contest the NEWVMA academic year. he Itsgave subject is of $250. Thisduring amount the came2009-2010 from a speaker’s fee of a program last October. limited to women veterinarians, and its deadline is The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Museum was founded in 1977, 36 years ago, with January 31, 2010. For details about the AWVF essay a $1500 donation by the Board of Directors. or contact Dr. Stacy contest, seeWVMA www.vet.ksu.edu/awv/, Over the years,Pritt Dr. Born and a number of volunteers have at stacy.pritt@bbraun.com, or performed minor repairs and some painting949-943-9235. of the building. It is now in need of a major external painting project. The cost estimate for this project by a commercial painting contractor is $1,000. Dr. Currier has consulted with the AWVF and is Donations can be sent directly to: Fond du Lac County Historical Society & Galloway announcing its contest to the colleges along with our House and Village P.O. Box 1284 Fond Du Lac, WI 54935. usual Smithcors contest, which continues to be funded This is a non-profit organization and your donation willmaking be tax deductible, by Merck & Company. He is it clearpayable that to: Fond du Lac County Historical Society (designated for thecontests, veterinarybut museum) students are welcome to enter both should not submit the same essay to both AWVF and AVMH In 2012, a total of 3,339 tourists visited the Galloway House & Village, one of in 2010. the largest non-state-government-supported historical villages in Wisconsin. The

Village is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, seven days a week for 13 WAHVM in TURKEY in 2010 weeks, and open for school tours during the four weekends of September. Lesley Ann Gentry, our Society’s delegate to the World The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Museum is oneofof Veterinary six veterinary Medicine, museums in the Association for the History nation and 28 in the world. Others located in Congress Westminster,will Md.;meet Des Moines, reports that the nextare WAHVM in Iowa; Fort Dodge, Iowa;Turkey Jefferson Mo. and 20-23, Grand Island, meet the Antalya, onCity, September 2010. Neb. One To theme will be “Bridginginages in veterinary veterinary museum classification the United States, the education” museum must(with be housed focus “Thea building historical of in a buildingspecial of that time periodonor have built developments of the same architecture scientific disciplines in veterinary education”). A used at that time. second theme will be “East Meets West: the history of Wisconsin should be very proud of preserving our veterinary medical history. intercontinental veterinary medicine and animal MECA - WVMA Ad.pdf 8/8/12 3:36:46 PM disease”. And finally, there is the usual opportunity for

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*Gift memberships donated by Dr. Howard Erickson. Dr. Fred J. Born Veterinary Office Dedication, July 11, 2009 On a beautiful Saturday July 11 at The Galloway House and Village in Fond du Lac, WI, a group of over eighty people gathered for the dedication ceremony of the Dr. Dr. Born speaking at the dedication

Dr. Born, a long-time member and former president of the Fond du Lac County Historical Society, former president of the NEWVMA, as well as a current board member of the American Veterinary Medical History Society, was recognized for his efforts at preserving a vital part of veterinary medical history by the naming of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association’s “Turn of the Century” Veterinary Museum as “Dr. Fred J. Born Veterinary Office.”

The idea for the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinary Museum began in 1970 with a small group of veterinarians in Milwaukee, including: Drs. Fred Born, Burke Robinette (of Coleman), Quint Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals Metzig (of Oshkosh) (current lifetime NEWVMA State-of-the-Art Animal ER members) and Burr Nussdorfer (of Sparta). In 1976, Dr. Born was appointed Chairman of the WVMA Historical Committee which spearheaded efforts to – SURGERY – open the museum. Dr. Born held this position for 25 (Mon.-Fri. on-call for emergencies) years, the longest committee chairmanship in the – CRITICAL CARE – (7 days a week) history of the WVMA.

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LEGAL BRIEFS

The Link Between Domestic Abuse and Animal Cruelty: The Veterinarian’s Role In Stopping The Cycle of Abuse Megan Sentori, DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C.

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In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October – this month’s Legal Briefs is devoted to the link between domestic abuse and animal cruelty and the veterinarian’s role in addressing it. I went to veterinary school because I have always loved animals. I certainly do not specialize in people problems, but, I have a client that I am growing concerned about. She is a young woman with a very sweet dog. Her dog has been my patient for about three years. My client loves her dog dearly and is always concerned and attentive to him. When the young woman came to see me last week, I noticed that she had bruising around her neck. I did not think it was my business to inquire about it, but, this is not the first time I’ve noticed something like this. I have also noticed that her dog has become very shy and skittish around the men in my office. I do not know how the dog behaves around my client’s boyfriend because I’ve never met him, but, I understand from my client that they’ve been together for years. Long story short, I am concerned that perhaps my client is a victim of domestic abuse, but I also think it is probably none of my business. Domestic abuse is a people problem that does not affect animals, right?

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Like so many things in the veterinary profession, it is hard to draw clear lines about what constitutes a “people problem” versus an “animal problem.” However, research confirms that when a family is suffering from domestic abuse, the animals in the household are usually victims too.

client may be staying with her batterer because she has no safe shelter for her animals if she leaves. So, what is the role of the veterinarian, if any, where the veterinarian believes that a client or patient may be a victim of domestic abuse?

Is there a relationship between domestic abuse and animal cruelty? Yes. Multiple studies have found that as many as 71% of battered women report that their animals had been threatened, harmed or killed by their partners (Ascione, Weber & Wood, 1997; Flynn, 2000; Loring & BoldenHines, 2004). Experts say that it is no coincidence that batterers target the animals in the household. Sadly, batterers know that abusing a beloved animal is a very effective way for them to exercise power and control over their victims, to silence their victims, and to prevent their victims from leaving.

Let’s start with legal duties. As discussed in my Legal Briefs in April, under current Wisconsin law, a veterinarian’s reporting obligation extends only to reporting suspected animal fighting in violation of Chapter 951. There is, therefore, currently no legal duty under Wisconsin law for a veterinarian to report suspected animal abuse or neglect, or to report suspected domestic abuse. Whether a

Research also confirms that victims commonly stay with batterers to protect their animals. Up to 48% of domestic abuse victims report that they delayed leaving a dangerous situation because they feared for the safety of their animals and knew of no place to take them (Carlisle – Frank, Frank & Nielson 2004). Because domestic abuse shelters typically cannot take animals into the shelter (due to, among other things, space constraints, allergies, and liability concerns), victims with pets know that leaving can jeopardize the safety of their animals. Due to this risk, a total of 25 states (Wisconsin is unfortunately not one of them), as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, now have laws that allow domestic violence restraining orders to also protect animals in the victim’s household. Such laws vary, but the objective is the same: to remove a barrier to a victim seeking safety for herself by providing options to keep her animals safe as well. Studies like those above confirm two things: (1) that when a veterinarian’s client is a domestic abuse victim, the safety and wellbeing of the animals in the household is likely also at risk; and (2) the

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veterinarian chooses to report in the absence of a legal duty to do so is an issue that the veterinarian typically decides on a case-by-case basis taking into account all of the facts and circumstances. That said, veterinarians can play an extremely important role in stopping the cycle of abuse within homes by taking actions other than reporting. For example, a veterinarian can be an important resource for the victim/ client, by simply expressing concern, or, for example, by giving the client a phone number for the local domestic abuse agency. Domestic abuse victims are commonly isolated and marginalized by their batterer, making it less likely that they will volunteer that they are unsafe and need help. The simple gesture of asking the client whether she and her animals are safe in the home could make all of the difference in allowing a victim to know she is not alone. Other options might be to display literature about domestic abuse at the clinic, if you wish to make information available but do not feel comfortable directly discussing the issue.

Additionally, veterinarians can be a great resource for sharing with a victim/ client any options in the community for safe shelter for her animals while she seeks safety for herself. For example, some communities, like Madison, have shelter programs that provide temporary shelter for pets whose owners are seeking shelter from domestic abuse. Sharing that type of information with a client may make all the difference between the client staying with an abuser or seeking safety for herself and her animals. Domestic violence is a community-wide problem that affects both people and animals and veterinarians can play a critical role in stopping the cycle of abuse. To learn more about domestic violence, visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, at ncadv.org. To learn more about the link between domestic violence and animal abuse, visit Sheltering Animals of Abuse Victims (“SAAV�), at saavprogram.org.

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AVMA Update Part 2

Submitted by Dr. Ann Sherwood Zieser, WVMA House of Delegates Representative The most recent AVMA Annual Convention was even more special than most since it marks the 150th anniversary of the AVMA. This Association has seen much change and accomplished much change in favor of the veterinary profession over the years and is striving to adjust and gear up for the next 150 years. The House of Delegates and Alternate Delegates (HOD) considered, discussed and voted on several by-law amendments and many resolutions while conducting new business. There were even two resolutions that were crafted and presented to us during the meeting which is not a common occurrence. A brief summary of the final outcome will be presented here but more detail is available if you would like it. All three by-law amendments were recommended for approval by the Executive Board (EB) and the House Advisory Committee and all passed by a large margin. The resolutions that were considered are as follows: *Resolution 8: Policy on Veterinarian Notification of Violative Residues in Foods of Animal Origin – The original resolution was passed by a 100 percent vote in the House. *Resolution 9: Policy on Safe Handling of Commercially Prepared Pet Food and Pet Treats – This passed without any discussion. *Resolution 10: Policy on Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Veterinary Medicine – An amendment was made to change the first bullet point to “the foremost objectives in Veterinary Medicine are the health and welfare of the patient.” This amendment passed and the amended resolution also passed. *Resolution 11: Policy on Remote Consulting -the original resolution passed by a large margin. *Resolution 12: American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association – this resolution passed by a 96 percent margin to admit the AHVMA into the House of Delegates. *Resolution 13: Policy on Relocation of Pets for Adoption – This policy was created in order to address the issue of transportation of animals from one geographic location to another with higher population centers to increase adoption rates. The idea is to to ensure animals receive a veterinary inspection for health to avoid transmitting diseased animals and to assure humane transportation to new destinations such as rescue shelters. An amendment was made to change the word “examined” to “inspected” and the amended resolution passed.

*Resolution 14: American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture – this resolution was recommended for approval by the Executive Board and House Advisory Committee but the reference Committee recommended referral back to the EB to research the requirement that the AAVA “represent a broad field of veterinary activity”. (Article VII, Section 4.a.2) The HOD voted to refer the resolution back to the EB. *Resolutions 15 and 16 were presented during the summer session and the HOD had to vote to waive prior notification which was achieved so that they could even be considered. *Resolution 15: Membership Survey Used by the Governance Task Force – since the full Membership Survey results were not published due to proprietary protection, this resolution approved that by signing a confidentiality agreement all Delegates and Alternate Delegates would be able to review the questions and answers that were used by the Task Force on Governance and Member Participation in preparing its report to the Executive Board. This resolution passed by a 97 percent margin. *Resolution 16: Recommendation on AVMA Governance – this resolution as passed by the HOD states “Resolve, that the House of Delegates recommends to the Executive Board that any final proposal for the governance change for AVMA includes a House of Delegates.” The House Advisory Committee recommends disapproval of this new resolution because they feel that we are still gathering information and we need to continue this process before restricting the governance structure. Wisconsin is in agreement with their thought process as we need to move forward.

The last update topic concerns the governance structure of the AVMA which is a very hot topic within the organization right now. It may not sound very exciting but there was certainly some interesting and passionate dialogue heard on the house floor because a restructure of the governance system has been proposed including eliminating the House of Delegates. It all started with the Governance Performance Review Committee which was formed in 2009 due to a growing concern regarding AVMA governance. Ultimately a resolution in 2011 led to the formation of a task force to evaluate the governance structure. There was a concern that the current structure is cumbersome and slow and it is not easy for members to get involved. So the task force was recommended and approved by the HOD via Resolution, assembled and put to work. They created eight models that members were allowed to evaluate and comment on in late 2012. At our January meeting, a single model was proposed that was a blend of three very different models. Since that time the model has been adjusted based on member feedback.

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The driving forces behind the proposed changes include the creation of an association that will be more nimble, knowledge based and transparent. This will engender more trust and openness between AVMA members, AVMA staff and AVMA volunteer leaders. There is also a need be more responsive to member needs and to engage younger members who may currently think that they do not have a voice or much opportunity for leadership within the AVMA. All of these changes will help to create a better AVMA to lead us into the future for the health of our members and the health of our profession. The full report of the Task Force on Governance and Member Participation was submitted in June and can be viewed on the AVMA website. We request that you visit the AVMA website and take the survey on governance which will open until September 2nd. Just briefly, the new governance proposal is based on four key pillars – 1) The Board of Directors which includes the President, PresidentElect, Past President and Treasurer as well as 11 Geographic District Board members and two at-large directors (one will be the Student Focus Director which is like our current VP) as voting members and the Executive Vice President and the Assistant Executive Vice President as non-voting members. This will be the sole body with fiduciary responsibility and policy authority.

2) The Volunteer Resources Committee which functions like a human Resources Committee to solicit and credential qualified individuals for the Councils and Committees and Task Forces. 3) The six Advisory Councils which focus on the AVMA’s critical areas of interest - Animal Welfare and Ethics, Economics and Practice, Education, Governmental and External Relations, Scientific Activities and Membership and Governance. 4) The Veterinary Issues Forum which allows members and representatives from each of the states and Allied Organizations to get together to identify and discuss issues affecting the veterinary profession. This will be an informal gathering with no organized voting or power to pass resolutions. This will conceivably allow members access to AVMA staff and volunteer leaders. These are just a sampling of the topics addressed at the recent HOD meeting but you can see that there is certainly a wealth of information and activity going on at the AVMA. Let me re-iterate that as an AVMA member you do have a voice and you can reach out to your Delegate or Alternate Delegate at any time.

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Standards of Care in Wisconsin Veterinary Medicine Part 2 Dr. Pete Gaveras, WVMA Executive Board and Grievance Committee Member The WVMA Grievance committee reviews matters based on complaints from pet owners against veterinarians or veterinary practices. The only way to evaluate a case is by reviewing the medical record and speaking with all parties concerned. We review cases and look to see whether a “Standard of Care” (SOC) has been met. The AVMA has stated, “Veterinarians should follow acceptable professional procedures using current professional and scientific knowledge.” The standard—care and diligence ordinarily exercised by skilled veterinarians—can and will change during your lifetime Our committee suggests veterinary practices consider developing a practice-wide set of standards to help ensure consistent delivery of quality patient care Medical professionals often talk about the “Standard of Care,” a set of guidelines that define the appropriate treatment for a particular health problem. The standard of care is what helps ensure patients receive a similar basic level of care no matter where they’re treated. Standards of care are nice because they help set our expectations and can help us compare healthcare providers on even terms. On the other hand, the standard is often difficult to define because it’s usually based on what a “reasonable and prudent” veterinarian working under similar conditions would do. Hence, the standard of care for a certain medical condition in metro Madison may be different from the standard in the Australian outback.

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Some have stated that “the standard of care is a moving target,” and nowhere is that more true than in veterinary medicine. Over the last ten years, the level of care available to pets has improved tremendously. Oral health management is stronger, pain management is more consistent, radiographs are often electronic for better review, and updated clinics are clean and well-lit. We work with large animals, exotic pets, small animals, and many other species, all requiring different skill sets. Specialists in surgery, cardiology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, dermatology, oncology, radiology and other fields reached outside of university setting and begun serving most large communities. There’s never been a time when we could provide such advanced medical care for our animal patients, and there’s also never been a time when the veterinary standard of care was up for so much debate, either. While the health insurance industry and legal system have a strong hand in determining the SOC for your family members, it’s still really up to each veterinarian or veterinary practice to determine what their SOC will be for their patients. Many things factor into development of SOCs for each of us, including where we went to school and how long ago, how much time and money we invest in new developments in the field and learning new skills, and our professional interests. We also have to discuss with our clients the level of care they wish to provide for their pets, the financial impact it may have and of course, the standard of care for the profession as a whole. >>> Continued on page 15.

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Standards of Care in Wisconsin Veterinary Medicine Part 2 – >>> Continued from page 12.

Currently, standard of care is determined by the Veterinary Practice Act in Wisconsin (Wisconsin Statute Chapter 453). The Statutes provide the minimum requirements we, as practitioners, are required to meet. Most veterinarians like to do better, and practice somewhere above the standard. There’s still a lot of variation from one veterinarian to another. The challenge in determining an SOP in Veterinary Medicine is that there not only is much variation in practice styles between veterinarians, but that this variation often exists between veterinarians within the same practice! It’s not unusual to find veterinarians who have exceptionally high standards in one area of practice and at the same time seem to have standards leftover from the 1970s in others. Should standards of care differ by locality, economic means, or population density? The WVMA believes the key to success in practice lies in the establishment of SOPs for oneself and one’s practice. We encourage our members to visit their practice philosophies, have productive exchanges about these philosophies among colleagues and staff, and build lists of core values and SOPs The WVMA would like our members to ponder the following when developing your own standards of care: • Have you reviewed the Wisconsin Statutes and the Veterinary Practice Act? • Does a current and appropriate VCPR (Veterinary-Client-PatientRelationship) exist when the practice performs services and dispensed advice or medications? • Are you following or exceeding the minimal requirements as set in the statutes regarding complete medical record keeping; Are they legible? • Do they document all communications with the client? Including

options offered or discussed for diagnostics and therapy? • Do you document the care plan and memorialize any discussions that pertain to informed client consent? • Do your records include financial matters, concerns and discussions as they pertain to the case? • Are you following the requirements for prescription records and drug labeling? • Do you know what other similar practices in your area are doing?

You may have additional thoughts or questions involving this topic. The WVMA hopes to spur thought and conversation among peers. Feel free to provide feedback to the WVMA at wvma@wvma.org. Information provided by the WVMA is intended to be general in nature. The WVMA cannot provide legal advice or formal recommendations. You should always consider consulting with your attorney or other professional advisors regarding the specifics of your situation.

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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 Energetic, outgoing SA associate is needed for a progressive 4 doctor SA practice. Our hospital is growing rapidly and consists of primarily dogs, cats, pocket pets and some avian patients. We provide exceptional care in a friendly team based environment. Diagnostic equipment includes in-house CBC & blood chemistry, EKG, endoscope, ultrasound and digital radiography. Preventative care, client education, dental care and surgery are a strong focus. An interest in laser surgery and/or laser therapy a plus. Experienced or new grads welcome. Compensation and benefits are negotiable and commensurate with experience. Please send resume to: Mukwonago Animal Hospital, 1065 N Rochester St., Mukwonago, WI 53149 or email to: mukanhosp1@gmail.com. Tuckaway Animal Hospital is seeking an experienced FT associate veterinarian for our progressive, full service, SA hospital located in Greenfield, WI. Candidates should be compassionate, team-oriented, progressive, have exceptional communication skills, and a positive attitude. Surgical experience a must. We are a well-established

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practice with a strong clientele base, and a friendly and knowledgeable staff. No after-hours emergency. Competitive salary plus full benefit package. Email resume to Laura at avvctah@gmail.com. Spay Me! Clinic is a successful, non-profit veterinary clinic looking for a PT to FT spay/neuter veterinarian that is able to perform 30-40 spays and neuters a day. Salary based on experience. Request a complete job description or e-mail cover letter and resume to clinicmanager@spayme.com. Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists is a rapidly growing, independently owned, specialty practice with three locations north, south, and central to downtown Milwaukee along the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. We are seeking a FT, experienced Emergency Veterinarian to join our team. In addition to delivering superior quality medicine, our focus is on always taking time to care. It’s a mantra we live by. Ideal candidates are highly motivated individuals with exceptional skills in communication, collaboration, and leadership. 2-3 years of veterinary experience required. Experience in emergency medicine strongly preferred. Our practice includes board-certified specialists in surgery, internal medicine, emergency and critical care, oncology, and dentistry. Our team also includes a certified rehabilitation veterinarian, emergency clinicians with years of dedicated emergency experience, a team of emergency and critical care interns and residents, and a highly skilled technical staff that includes certified VTS (ECC) and VTS (Anesthesia). The hospital is fully equipped with Eklin digital radiography, ultrasound, CT, MR, endoscopy (flexible and rigid), integrated PACS system, complete in-house integrated laboratory as well as comprehensive patient monitoring systems. We are supported by a wonderful group of referring veterinarians who are committed to a team approach to veterinary medicine. Southeastern Wisconsin and Milwaukee is a thriving region. All of our locations are just minutes away from nightlife, theater, museums, and sporting venues. You can discover the area’s historic small towns and enjoy fall foliage and hiking in the nearby Kettle Moraine outdoor recreation area. Whether it’s relaxing rural charm, urban excitement, or suburban convenience that you’re looking for, you will find it here. We offer competitive compensation with benefits that include: health and dental insurance, PTO, CE,

uniform allowance, licensure, dues, and employer matching retirement plan. There is also opportunity for practice ownership with demonstrated dedication and compatibility. To apply for this great opportunity, please send your resume to: Patricia Nelson, Director of Human Resources/Employee Development, email: pnelson@lakeshorevetspecialists.com. Or apply on line at www.lakeshorevetspecialists.com. PawsPlus currently operates vaccine clinics in over 14 states, seeing more than 25,000 pets per month. We are currently recruiting DVM’s interested in working PT/ Relief on our weekend vaccine clinics throughout WI. We offer vaccines, parasitic testing, and prevention. Flexible scheduling & excellent compensation! Clinic work available in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Janesville, Appleton, Kenosha, with more to come! Learn more & apply online at www. pawsplus.com or email resume to barry@pawsplus.com. FT SA position, Heritage Animal in Delafield, and Summit Animal in Oconomowoc. Salary on experience, benefits, buy-in potential, no emergencies. Respond to David Sigmond, 1740 Summit Ave, Oconomowoc, WI 53066 or dosigmond@gmail.com. We are a small town, low volume clinic and our customers are important to us. We practice high quality medicine, surgery, and dentistry. Experienced SA veterinarian sought 1-2 days per week and rotating Saturdays, for owner’s days off. Come join our friendly team! Please contact Dr. Ellen Richardson at Mazomanie Animal Hospital. (608) 795-4242, or mazodvm@charter.net. Mt. Zion Animal Clinic has immediate opening for a FT veterinarian. Experience preferred but recent graduates considered. Candidate should have excellent communication skills, and be able to provide exceptional medical and surgical care in a fast paced environment. Four day work week, rotating Saturdays, and no emergency calls. Excellent salary & benefit package. Send resume to Dr. Mark Nelson, 1400 Kings Lynn Road, Stoughton, WI 53589 or email to nelsonvets4@aol.com. We are seeking a motivated and energetic PT veterinarian to join our reputable team in the beautiful Chippewa Valley. Westgate Animal Hospital has been a part of the Eau Claire, WI, community since 1968 and continues to grow and thrive because of the kind and compassionate care we have offered since our founding. We are very well equipped with digital radiography, digital dental radiography, ultrasound, in-house diagnostics, and advanced surgical


services. Our five doctors, CVT’s and dedicated support staff would embrace the opportunity to mentor a new or recent graduate. The schedule would consist of a minimum of 2-3 days per week plus fill-in time while others are on vacation. Please send resume and inquiries to: drhansen@mywestgateanimalhospital.com. Associate wanted for a well-established, growing AAHA accredited SA practice in beautiful central Wisconsin. Experience preferred, but new graduates encouraged to apply. Smaller city atmosphere with university town less than 30 minutes away. Year-round recreation and affordable housing costs enable us to offer you a great place to work, play and raise a family. Competitive salary, great benefits. Contact Dr. Krause: amsc3@wctc.net.* Banfield Pet Hospital is seeking veterinarians to join our full-service, preventative care, companion animal hospital in Madison, WI. At Banfield, we celebrate and enrich the family‐pet relationship through our knowledge, expertise and products to make a better world for pets and people. We offer continuing education, opportunities for mentorship and coaching, unbeatable benefits, and the opportunity to continue to grow in your career. Visit http://www.banfield.com/veterinary-professionals/ careers to apply.* FT associate needed for growing SA practice in Marshfield (central WI). Excellent facilities and great staff. New graduate welcome. Buy-In potential. Would be joining two other veterinarians. Contact Dr. Virginia Thorne (715) 498-2323 or (715) 389-1011; Castlerock Veterinary Hospital, 1214 S. Oak Ave., Marshfield, WI 54449; or email at wthorne@tds.net.* WVRC is a growing multi-location emergency and referral practice in the greater Milwaukee area. We have an opening for a FT veterinarian in the emergency department at either our Grafton or Racine location. A PT weekend position is also available for the right candidate. 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. Contact Dr. Kari Severson at kseverson@wvrc.com.* Beaver Dam Veterinary Clinic is seeking for a PT veterinarian for 1 ½ day/week. Saturdays a must. Beaver Dam is located 35 miles northeast of Madison. This is a 3 veterinarian, busy, hands-on practice with all the modern facilities. Call Dr. Kaleka, (920) 3444975 or contact, jkaleka@sbcglobal.net.* FT and PT veterinarians needed for Companion Animal Hospital located in New Berlin, WI. We practice high quality medicine and have trained staff. We offer excellent salary and benefits. Send resume to dhillondvm@gmail.com.* Experience, compassionate, progressive, and friendly doctor wanted. SA clinic in Waukesha County. Team worker, positive and compassionate with clients and pets. We need you! Please reply to: smallanimaljobs@ wi.rr.com with resume, background, and history.

LARGE ANIMAL FT Food Animal Associate needed for predominately dairy position. Experienced veterinarians or new graduates are encouraged to apply. Fabulous clients and support staff. Paid health, disability, and life insurance. Vacation, CE, ultrasound, DC305, and haul in facilities. Beautiful area just 40 minutes west of Madison. Send resume/inquiries to Dr. Jill Janssen via email: jillclintkane@gmail.com.* Looking for a FT associate LA veterinarian, predominately bovine, with some small ruminants, to join a 3.5 LA veterinarian practice. Must be ultrasound capable. Truck and equipment provided. On-call and holidays equally rotated. Competitive salary and benefits. Located near beautiful Green Lake in Berlin, Wisconsin. Contact Dr. Gary Batenhorst at Veterinary Clinics Berlin/Ripon at (920) 361-2101, or by e-mail at veterinary@centurytel.net.*

MIXED ANIMAL Associate needed for MA practice in central WI. We are located 30 miles East of Wausau, and 70 miles West of Green Bay. We are primarily a Dairy

practice, about 95%. Excellent client base with herds ranging from 50-1500 head. Practice provides herd health programs, records analysis, DC305, portable ultrasound, float tank, quality milk programs, in house chemistry/CBC analyzer for our clients. We are certified with USDA to perform Johnes testing, and do BVD testing as well. Truck and equipment provided. Salary is negotiable. Benefits include professional liability, 401K, license, health insurance, continuing education, and professional dues. Please contact Dr. Mike Storlie at Northwoods Veterinary Service S.C. (715) 449-2843, or email: northwoods.vets@gmail.com. Are you the type of person that sees the glass half full? Do believe that MA medicine can still be the highest quality medicine? Do you enjoy making goals and achieving them? Are you trustworthy and reliable? Do you enjoy relationships with producers and pet owners? Do you feel comfortable being a patient advocate while working for the client? Do you enjoy working with team members to achieve common goals? Did you ever wonder how good MA practice could be? Would you like to practice MA medicine by identifying risks and partnering with clients to create prevention plans? We are a rapidly growing multiple doctor practice with a varied group of highly progressive clients in dairy, beef and companion animal. We have a steadily growing base of clients that are eager for more than “just the shots”. Services our clients are looking for include ultra-sounding pregnancies, fetal aging, fetal sexing, breeding soundness exams, diagnostic work ups, and record analysis just to name a few. We also have a growing base of clients excited about properly done wellness exams, dental care, dermatology and of course basic to advanced surgical procedures. Personal development in areas of interest for high end client services such as calf care, milking system analysis, Spanish, orthopedic surgeries, small animal ultrasound or behavioral consulting are just a few examples of services requested by our clients. We have the modern equipment and resources to support you passion. This area of South Dakota is a growing rural community with a perfect blend of country living while being minutes from the largest city in South Dakota. We have a small town feel where you know all the neighbors while offering excellent educational opportunity through our public and private schools located in town. The growing area offers great housing options, modern medical facilities and plenty of parks, bike trails, sports clubs and other year round recreational

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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: beachcomber1957@gmail.com.

Experience in GP and Emergency, confident in medicine and surgery. Would love to provide quality medicine to your clients in your absence. Willing to travel and can provide references. (541) 602-3966, ehrose33@aol.com.

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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) 7957100, lavajava@aol.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: nleverance@network2010.net or call (608) 6179408 or (608) 429-9408. Caring and compassionate relief veterinarian available. 25+ years of AAHA experience. Competent medical and soft tissue surgery skills. Emphasis on quality and integrity. Paul Danhaus, DVM. (715) 571-8091 or paul. danhaus@gmail.com. Quality relief care since 1992. Special interests include surgery and dermatology. Personable, reliable service. Please call Robert Patyk, DVM, at (262) 567-2832. Or email: robert.patyk@att.net. Do you need a Saturday off? Past SA hospital owner and current veterinary license holder, would like to work a few days a month! SW Milwaukee area. E-mail: ulbrichtkathy@yahoo.com.

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AAHA veterinarian with 20+ years experience available for relief work in NW WI. Excellent diagnostic, surgical, and communication skills, Contact: David Wiltrout, DVM, (715) 462-9475, or email: dvmweepaws@aol.com. SA relief Veternarian for central Wisconsin. Experienced. Versatile. Call Dr. Gary, (715) 652-2065 home, (715) 305-7014 cell. garysthevet@aol.com email. Experienced SA relief veterinarian available for work in eastern/central Wisconsin. Please contact Karla Dietrich, DVM at kjddvm83@gmail.com, (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, macdjc4209@aol.com. SA and equine relief work. 21 years experience. Proficient in SA soft tissue surgery and equine ultrasound and power floating. Will travel. Call Sabine Hartmann, DVM (715) 267-7443 or twinoaks@tds.net. Experienced SA relief veterinarian available. Versatile. Great with staff, clients and pets. Willing to travel. Dr. Lori Zimmerman, (608) 592-7779 or doclori@hotmail.com. Dependable, 20+ years experience. Med/Surg serving Northern/Central Wisconsin. Contact Rich Piwoni, at (715) 627-0957, rapiwoni@hotmail.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, doctor.gibbs@gmail.com. Communicative, productive SA veterinarian available for relief work in western WI, surrounding areas. Licensed in MN/WI. Experienced in surgery, medicine, dentistry, staff management. Outstanding customer service, client-building skills. Victori Ribeiro, MS, DVM, (651) 503-0482; neyx0003@umn.edu.

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.

TECH/STAFF Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic, a busy, progressive MA practice, is looking for a CVT with management experience for a FT position. Our clinic is located in a rural setting between Madison and Milwaukee. We pride ourselves on a strong behavioral approach to our interactions with patients. Depending on the strengths of the applicant, responsibilities could include inventory management, scheduling, staff supervision, and marketing. We are looking for someone who enjoys working with people as much as animals, and who excels in a fast-paced environment. We offer competitive wages and benefits, and value staff input in our operations. Interested candidates should email a resume with cover letter to lmvc2421@yahoo.com. FT CVT wanted to join our AAHA accredited hospital. We are a fast paced, well equipped facility offering you a chance to utilize all of your skills. We offer paid time off, health and dental insurance, holiday pay, a retirement plan and more. Please send resumes to Country Hills Pet Hospital N4415 Hwy 45 Eden, WI 53019 or chpheden@ yahoo.com. Are you looking for a great work environment, in a field that you love? Prairie Side Veterinary Hospital is a fullservice veterinary hospital that will challenge all aspects of your training. We are looking for a CVT that can manage surgery, dentistry, and hospitalization of cats and dogs. Additional responsibilities may include management of in-house laboratory, pharmacy, inventory, and staff. For full description of position, view at http://prairiesidevet. com/site/view/236342_Employment.pml. To apply: Please send cover letter and resume, Attn: Dr. Susmilch at info@ prairiesidevet.com or fax to (262) 694-9555.


Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic, a busy, progressive MA practice, is looking for a PT CVT The ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience working in a clinic setting, including surgical assistance, plus excellent communication skills, good attention to detail, and the ability to multi-task. We are looking for someone who enjoys working with people as much as animals and we pride ourselves on a strong behavioral approach to our interactions with patients. Interested candidates should email a resume with cover letter to lmvc2421@yahoo.com.

FOR SALE

Fast growing 2 doctor veterinary clinic looking for a friendly, veterinary technician, who has a strong work ethic and is a team player. This position will be PT to start, with the opportunity to become FT. Our clinic is located in central Wisconsin. Send replies to: Blind Box 13TECH02, c/o WVMA, 28010 Crossroads Dr. Ste. 1200, Madison, WI 53718.

35 miles from Madison: established solo mixed practice, 85% dairy with more SA potential. 1200 square foot building for sale or lease. Mail inquiries to: Blind Box 13PFS08, c/o WVMA, 2801 Crossroads Dr. Ste. 1200, Madison, WI 53718.

FT opening for a CVT, will also consider 2 PT CVT’s to split shift. Three doctor SA practice. Salary and benefits commensurate with experience. Please contact North Lake Veterinary Clinc, W300N7638 Christine Ln. Hartand, WI, via email: loldenhoff@northlakevet.com or stop in and fill out application.

Butler-C.B.i. ultrasonic scaler/polisher combo w/water pump, works: $800. Butler-Engler ultrasonic Son-Mate scaler/polisher combo, works: $700. Alphatek-AX300SE radiograph developer includes chemicals, cassettes, dark room red light & imprinter, works: $700. Contact: Maple Knoll Veterinary Clinic - Waupun, (920) 324-9623.

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 13PFS03, c/o WVMA, 2801 Crossroads Dr., Ste. 1200, Madison, WI 53718. SA practice for sale in central WI on northern border. Gross $1M and very well equipped. Contact Total Practice

Solutions Group, Dr. Kurt Liljeberg, (800) 380-6872, or kurt@tpsgsales.com.* SA practice for sale in Wausau area. Revenue $950,000/ year. Hospital is beautiful and nicely equipped. Excellent cash flow! Buy practice and RE for $855,000. Contact Total Practice Solutions Group, Dr. Kurt Liljeberg, (800) 380-6872, or kurt@tpsgsales.com.* NEW- 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 $850K. Contact Dr. Kurt Liljeberg of Total Practice Solutions Group, (800) 380-6872, or kurt@tpsgsales.com.* 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 kurt@tpsgsales.com.* 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 kurt@tpsgsales.com.*

Western WI, AAHA accredited, SA practice seeks PT CVT. Approximately 20-25 hours per week. Email cover letter and resume to info@bobtownpetclinic.com or call (715) 749-4006.* Seeking a dynamic CVT for the care of surgical patients, administration of anesthetic/analgesic agents, medications and assisting veterinarians in HVHQ spay/ neuter setting. Details at: http://www.giveshelter.org/ employment-opportunities.html.* State of the art clinic in SE WI is seeking a fun energetic CVT for a FT position. We are a progressive 5-doctor AAHA hospital specializing in SA and exotics. If you are a self-motivated, team oriented technician that wants to utilize your skills to the fullest, look no further. We offer competitive pay based on experience. Benefits include uniforms, continuing education, 401K, health insurance and paid vacations and holidays. New graduates are encouraged to apply! Resumes can be sent to 8989 74th Street, Kenosha WI 53142.*

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