WVTA Newsletter

February 2016

President's Message

Well it looks like winter has finally decided to show up and in full force. I hope everyone had a wonderful time over the holidays with friends and family and is looking forward to an amazing 2016. The WVTA board is working hard to organize some continuing education opportunities throughout the year. As always, if you have any suggestions on topics please let us know!

Shannon Bernaden, CVT

WVTA President

Meet our team members!


February 20, 2016

Hosted by Four Lakes Wildlife Center

5132 Voges Rd

Madison WI 53718

Visit the conference Information Page for abstracts and track information

Register now.

Ceva Event! Understand Why Pets Do What They Do!

Saturday, April 23rd, 12pm

Pewaukee, WI, United States

Pewaukee, WI

Below are the event details and the Event RSVP Link. The link provides registrants a place to review event details and the ability to register for the event.

  • Series: Behavior Advocate Program
  • Topic: Understand Why Pets Do What They Do
  • Location: Pewaukee, WI 53072
  • Venue: Thunder Bay Grille
  • Date: Saturday, Saturday, April 23th, 2016
  • Event RSVP Link: http://www.cevaconnect.com/events/c127/

Program Topics

  • The human/animal bond and the cost of bad behavior
  • How pets perceive the world and how you can recognize what the pet is trying to tell you
  • How pets learn and basic training methodology
  • Ensuring better veterinary visits
  • Pheromones and how they can help reduce or eliminate unwanted behaviors

• C.E. Credit: 6 hours • Registration Deadline: April 21st

Start off the New Year stress free!

Tis' the season for stress to set in! Here are some helpful hints to lower stress.

5 steps to lower stress: How to rise up when your energy is sinking

Learn what Dr. Marty Becker does to recharge during busy days in veterinary practice.

Mar 01, 2015

By Marty Becker, DVM


By nature, I’m a high-energy, positive person. But like everyone else, I have times when I feel like a human piñata, beaten but not quite broken.

Extensive travel, too many days/hours of work in a row, too few hours of sleep, or several back-to-back practice gut punches (a missed diagnosis, a patient’s death, an angry client, employee complaints) can leave me stuck in a lower physical gear. Energy is low and stress is high.

But as one of the leaders of the practice—owner, associate or manager—you’re typically responsible not just for setting the example for a strong work ethic, dedication, attention to detail and excellent customer service. Team members and pet owners alike look to feed off and match your energy.

Palpable energy is important, so what can you do to refill the tank when the caution light is flashing in your body and others can sense it?

5 things I do to recharge during busy workdays

1. Pray hard. When I’m feeling down, I get down on my knees and pray— prayers of thanks for my many blessings, prayers to be able to handle difficulties, prayers for compassion and prayers for energy and strength.

2. Take 5 or 15. I’ll go into my office, take my shoes off, light a scented candle, enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or other beverage and just veg out.

3. Laugh. I love to tease, pull practical jokes and laugh. I can get a quick fix by visiting a humor website, calling one of my friends who are always good for laughs (Dr. Chuck Wayner and Fritz Wood) or reading Mad Magazine. I can’t be down reading Mad Magazine.

4. Give of my time and money. Doing something for somebody else or going the extra mile always gives me a major lift. I might donate to a favorite charity, call somebody who needs their spirits picked up or just do some other random act of kindness.

5. Phone home. I love my wife of 36 years, Teresa, and nothing makes me happier than talking to her. For the first decade of practice, I made it a point to not mix veterinary work with my home life.

Well, during the last 25 years I’ve called home whenever I had something to celebrate or when I needed to be re-energized. My wife will pray with me, get me laughing, remind me we have time off coming up or bathe me with compliments about how hard I work.

The next time you’re dragging, skip the triple-shot espresso. Engage the proven things that make your happy.

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Veterinary Technician Career Fair

Looking for an employee or summer internship student?

This Career Fair provides you with an excellent opportunity to meet Madison College Veterinary Technician students graduating in May 2016.Students will also be seeking internships for summer

March 2, 2016

10:00—1:30 p.m.

Madison Area Technical College

1701 Wright Street

Madison WI 53704

Call or email to reserve your booth:




If you have any questions or would like to join the WVTA please contact us & we will be more than happy to help!