Message from Dean Markel
to UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine Alumni
Welcome to the UW School of Veterinary Medicine’s alumni e-newsletter! Periodically, we’ll keep in touch to let you know what’s happening at your alma mater. In this issue:
WHAT’S NEW AT THE SCHOOL?
Share the Wonderful
UW-Madison and the School of Veterinary Medicine are wonderful places, and alumni like you can help to ensure that we never stop advancing animal and human health.
During UW-Madison’s Share the Wonderful
campaign, which runs until October 31, you are invited to support your alma mater with a gift that will help to recruit faculty, support research and educate students. If you would like your gift to specifically support the SVM, please choose the School of Veterinary Medicine Annual Fund when you make your donation.
As a proud SVM alumnus or alumna and a member of the veterinary profession, we sincerely hope that you will make an investment in teaching and training outstanding veterinarians in advancing research into animal illness and disease and providing state-of-the-art care. Truly, no gift is too small; in fact, collectively, the impact is huge. Please donate and help to share the wonderful!
AVMA Convention Honors Two SVM Alumnae
The awards ceremony at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) annual convention, held this year in San Diego, California, honored some of the nation’s top veterinarians. Among these were two SVM alumnae: Heather Wamsley ’95, DVM’00 and Vicki Wilke DVM’98. The SVM would like to congratulate Wamsley and Wilke on their dedication to going above and beyond.
Wamsley received the Student AVMA Teaching Excellence Award for her ability to educate, inspire, and make an impact on students. She is currently an assistant professor and the clinical pathology residency coordinator at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Wilke earned the Student AVMA Community Outreach Excellence Award, celebrating her outstanding work in the community. She is now an assistant professor of small animal surgery at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Read the full story on our website
Dr. Holly Pohl (1960–2012)
The School of Veterinary Medicine mourns the loss of Dr. Holly A. Pohl ’83, DVM’94, who passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 21, at her home in Chicago.
You can read Dr. Pohl’s obituary
online at the Stevens Point Journal
Taking the Lead
Congratulations to Chris Booth ’96, DVM’00, who has accepted the opportunity to become the WVMA President-Elect in October. Dr. Booth is a dairy veterinarian in Plymouth, WI.
Veterinary Emergency Service and Veterinary Specialty Care in Middleton, WI, founded by David Wirth DVM’93, recently earned a Dane County Small Business Award. Dr. Wirth was commended for his integrity and charitable efforts. Learn more about his practice here
WDIN Tracks Wildlife Diseases
The Wildlife Data Integration Network (WDIN), a project focused on developing web-based methods for monitoring wildlife diseases, recently found a new home at the SVM with principal investigator Kurt Sladky, a clinical associate professor of zoological medicine. The WDIN hopes to provide tools for disease specialists, veterinarians, physicians, public health workers, and the general public to limit the spread of disease and prevent future outbreaks.
A recent talk at Wednesday Nite @ the Lab
, a free lecture series for alumni and friends, introduced attendees to the Wildlife Health Event Reporter
, one of the WDIN’s publicly available tools. For more about the WDIN and its mission, check out its website
UW Veterinary Care is currently enrolling patients in clinical trials in oncology, emergency services and critical care, ophthalmology, small animal internal medicine and orthopedic surgery. For more information, visit the UWVC website
Continuing Education Updates
The UW School of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Continuing Education is offering some upcoming courses. For more information, check its website
or contact Karl Olson at (608) 263-5206 or firstname.lastname@example.org
.Veterinary Anesthesia Principles for the General Practitioner
Friday, November 9, 2012, at the Sheraton Madison Hotel
This short course will cover common anesthetic and analgesic questions that we often hear from our referring veterinarians.Positive Pressure Ventilation
Wednesday, October 31, and Thursday and Friday, November 1–2, 2012, at the F.K. Bemis Conference Center in De Pere, WI
These workshops with Dr. Ken Nordlund and Dr. Nigel Cook will cover the basics of designing a positive pressure ventilation system for your calf and heifer barn and how to remodel your dairy barn to save your cows and your wallet.
If you have specific requests for information, we’d love to hear them. Just hit “Reply” and let us know what’s on your mind.
Mark D. Markel, Dean
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Madisonalumni@vetmed.wisc.edu