Written by Jill Medenwaldt, CVT, VTS (Dentistry), WVTA President


Hope everyone has had a relaxing but fun holiday season. It is time to spend time with family and reflect on the past year. I wanted to do just that this year. I took time to do several things that typically I am “too busy to do.” My favorite thing I got to do was go for a late night walk with my dog while it was snowing. We looked at the beautiful lights in the neighborhood. I hope you were able to take a step back and enjoy the season. As always, the New Year is here with an endless list of things for us to accomplish.

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Dental Instrument Sharpening Lecture/Lab

Friday, Feb. 14th, 3-5pm

Globe University - Eau Claire Campus, Bullis Farm Road, Eau Claire, WI, United States

Jill Medenwaldt, CVT, VTS (Dentistry) will be presenting a Dental Sharpening CE lecture/wetlab sponsored by Globe University, Henry Schein & the WVTA.

Join us for a two hour lecture/lab on the importance of sharpening instruments, equipment information, and how to sharpen instruments. You will have a chance to practice and receive help (bring your own dental subgingival curettes, dental hand scalers, dental periosteal elevators and winged elevators) during the wetlab portion. 1.5 CE credits.

Class size is limited. Email jennifer@wvta.com to sign up.

WVTA members Free. Non-members $25 (per clinic)


Written by Brynn Hogan Schmidt, BA, CVT, LAT, WVTA President-elect

Hi everyone! I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season and are ready for a great 2014! I spent most of my 2013 working on the application for my veterinary technician specialty (VTS) in anesthesia. It was a daunting process (and it’s far from over) but I have learned so much and it’s been very rewarding. I encourage anyone who is even remotely interested in doing their VTS to looks into the process. There are so many options with 11 academies offering specialties including nutrition, clinical practice and behavior. There are even sub-specialties within the specialties, so there really is something for everyone! NAVTA oversees all the specialties, so if you’re in the mood to explore what’s out there, check out their website for more information.

Green Bay Dental CE Recap

The WVTA provided a dental instrument sharpening lecture and wet lab in the Green Bay area. Globe University generously hosted the event and Henry Schein donated the materials for the event. Jill Medenwaldt, CVT, VTS Dentistry discussed several dental instruments, their importance during the dental cleaning, and how to maintain and sharpen them. The series was well attended with CVTs and veterinarians bringing their own instruments to sharpen.


Trisha Roehling, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia)

I graduated from Madison Area Technical College in 2003 with an associates degree in Veterinary Technology. While in school, I worked as the kennel manager/veterinary assistant at Columbus Countryside Veterinary Clinic (CCVC). After graduation, I worked for a short time at Truesdell Animal Care Hospital but eventually returned to CCVC as a full-time CVT. In 2007, I found my way to the University of WI-School of Veterinary Medicine. I started as a CVT in the critical care unit and eventually switched into the anesthesia and pain management department. Today I continue to work part-time at CCVC as well.

I’ve always had an interest in anesthesia from the start of my career as a CVT. I find the cases at the UW Veterinary Care to be both challenging and rewarding. I’ve learned so much through the years and even more information with retaining my VTS in anesthesia in 2012. It took me a while to feel educated enough to properly train 4th year veterinary students. However with the help of my co-workers in anesthesia and completing my VTS, I feel that I can do it well and enjoy helping the students expand their knowledge of anesthesia and pain management.

When I’m not work at UW Veterinary Care, I enjoy spending time with my 4 year old daughter and our “miniature zoo.” We have a terrier mix, Finnegan, two cats, Violet and Penelope, two rats, Blue and Elmo, and both freshwater and saltwater fish tanks. I also like to read, listen to music, spend time with family and friends, and horseback ride when I get the chance.

I hope to bring new and exciting ideas to the communications chair in the coming year with the WVTA. If you have any suggestions on what you would like to see in the monthly newsletter don’t hesitate to let me know. (tjroehling@gmail.com) I want to make the newsletter something that all of our member look forward to reading every month.

Contact information for the WVTA

Website: www.WVTA.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wisvettech

Phone: 414-379-6793

Fax: 414-529-6895

Email: jennifer@wvta.com

Mailing Address: WVTA - 12321 W. Godsell Avenue - Hales Corners, WI 53130