WVTA Newsletter December 2014


President's Message

This year, I got to view the importance of our profession from the other side. My Old English Sheepdog, Olive, was diagnosed with severe heart disease in July. It wasn’t something I saw coming. Years as an anesthetist had prepared me for cancer, GI emergencies, bleeding spleens but for some reason, heart disease wasn’t on my radar. Unfortunately, she declined quickly and we said goodbye to her in early November. Making that decision was both the easiest and hardest thing I have ever done. I relied heavily on my veterinary friends and colleagues for support, patience and assurance. There were so many people who helped me more than they could ever imagine. I thank them, and you, for doing what you do. Thank you for being calm in stressful situations, thank you for being a shoulder to cry on and thank you for giving a piece of your heart to your patients.


WVTA President

Say hello to Laura Aylesworth, BA, AAS, CVT! Our new communications committee member.

Laura Aylesworth started working in the veterinary industry in 2010 and became a certified veterinary technician in early 2014. She is a big advocate for fostering and adopting homeless pets. She has two ridiculously, friendly, felines at home. Jack is an orange striped tabby and Monty is a brown striped tabby.

After fostering 12 different dogs over the past year and a half, mostly for the Fluffy Dog Rescue out of Hartland, Wi, the right one chose her and her fiancé Josh. Kearney, a 2 year old Border Terrier Mix, found her way into their hearts on May 16th, 2014. It only took Kearney 7 months to realize she wanted to stay. When Laura isn't taking Kearney (and Josh) on hikes at the dog park, she enjoys sewing, baking and planning their September 2015 wedding in the Northwoods.

ANIMART Practical Cow Management Continuing Education


Thursday, December 18, 2014
Farm Tour: 9:00 a.m.
Lecture: 10:30 a.m.

Rosendale Dairy
N8997 Cty TK M
Pickett, WI 54964



VTNE review session in the Milwaukee area

The Advanced Animal Hospital Group is holding VTNE review sessions for our assistants and would like to invite interested soon-to-be technicians in the Milwaukee area. Our next three review sessions are
December 3rd at 7:30 pm for Exotics
Dec 18th @ 7:30pm Lg Animal & Radiology Study Session
Jan 8th 7:30 pm Large Animal common diseases and emergency
All sessions will be held at our Hales Corners Veterinary Clinic location.
For information feel free to email contact_kelly@advancedanimalhospital.com.

Compassion fatigue for veterinary technicians

I hope everyone is having a happy holidays so far! This time of year is a very exciting time for many, but there are also many that are affected by the shorter days or suffer from seasonal affective disorder. The depression or stress from this disorder can also heighten compassion fatigue in many veterinary technicians. Katherine Dobbs is a recent speaker at our 2014 annual convention. She has written a great article on compassion fatigue.


Webinar opprotunity for care of neonatal kittens

Neonatal Kitten Care Webinars - Alley Cat Allies


Volunteer opportunity

Spay Day: 12/6 @ Globe University - Madison West, Volunteer shifts: 9am-12pm, 12pm-4pm. Contact Bethany Darling @ darlingpetrescue@gmail.com about signing up!

Contact information for the WVTA

Website: www.WVTA.com

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

Phone: 414-379-6793

Fax: 414-529-6895

Email: jendodge@wvta.com *New email address*

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