November 2013 WVTA Newsletter

Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association

Annual Convention is just around the corner!

Our statewide convention held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association and the Wisconsin Veterinary Practice Managers Association is coming soon! Don't miss this great opportunity to hear top professionals teach, motivate and cultivate your career. Registration closes September 23rd (an extra onsite registration fee of $25 is charged to register at convention and no lunches will be available.) If you have not received your membership packet yet it will be available during convention.

WVTA's 42nd Annual Convention

Thursday, Oct. 10th 2013 at 8am to Sunday, Oct. 13th 2013 at 12pm

1919 Alliant Energy Center Way

Madison, WI

Go to for registration, schedules and more!

Thursday Full Day Behavior Track

We have a fantastic day on Thursday, October 10th featuring Patricia McConnell and Ken Ramirez on a variety of behavior related issues.

Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.

Dr. McConnell, a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, (CAAB) has made a lifelong commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals. She is known worldwide as an expert on canine and feline behavior and dog training, and for her engaging and knowledgeable dog training books, DVDs and seminars. Patricia has seen clients for serious behavioral problems since 1988, and is an Adjunct Professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching "The Biology and Philosophy of Human/Animal Relationships." For fourteen years she dispensed advice about behavior problems, and information about animal behavior research, on Wisconsin Public Radio's Calling All Pets, which was heard in over 90 cities around the country.

A highly-sought after speaker on dog behavior and training, McConnell has presented seminars all over the United States, and in Canada, Germany, Australia, Sweden, Belgium, Scotland and New Zealand. In 2013 she'll be speaking in Germany, England, Chicago and more.

Ken Ramirez

Ken Ramirez, the executive vice-president of animal care and animal training, develops and supervises animal care programs, staff training and development as well as public presentation programs for the entire animal collection at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. He joined Shedd Aquarium in 1989.

A 35+ year veteran of animal care and training, Ramirez is a biologist and animal behaviorist who served nine years at Marineworld of Texas.

Urinalysis Urinalysis Urinalysis!

The surveys from convention last year all pointed to our members wanting more CE in this area. You got it!

Casts, Crystals, Cells and More: Practical Urinalysis: Wet lab on Sunday

*Located at the School of Veterinary Medicine (2015 Linden Drive)

Julie L. Webb, DVM, DACVP (4.4 CE)

This laboratory session, held at the School of Veterinary Medicine, will focus on the

microscopic examination of urine sediment. Practical tips for performing a urinalysis

and sediment exam will be provided in a short lecture. For the remainder of the lab,

participants will examine preserved urine sediments using double-headed microscopes. (You do not need to attend any other lectures or days at convention in order to sign up for the wetlab.)

OR... in the mood for a lecture?

Urinalysis for Technicians – Emphasis on Urinary Sediment – Saturday 2 hour session

Dr. Dennis J. Chew, DVM, Dipl ACVIM (Internal Medicine.) Dr. Chew is now Professor Emeritus after 36 years at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has special interest in disorders of calcium metabolism, treatment of renal secondary hyperparathyroidism, and idiopathic/interstitial cystitis of cats.

The merits and disadvantages of urine collection by voiding, catheter, and cystocentesis will be discussed. The “complete” urinalysis will be emphasized as that consisting of analysis of physical, chemical, and urinary sediment findings.

WVTA's Annual Business Meeting: Friday October 11th at 11:40am Alliant Energy Center

We would love to have you join us for our Annual Business Meeting this year. Check out what the association has been up to, vote on new policies such as adding a president elect board position, aligning the membership expiration date with convention and a small increase in membership rates. We also have the following terms coming up for grabs this year: President, Communications Chair, Treasurer, Legislative Chair, Member at Large and State Program Committee Chair.
and click on "2013 Open Board Positions" for more information.

Join us also for a special presentation on new health insurance requirements presented by Tom Blaskey of AVMA's GHLIT.

A note from the WVTA Vice President

This WVTA year is coming to a close. We are starting off our next year with a fantastic 2013 Annual Convention. What have we accomplished in the past year? One of our biggest accomplishments happened at last year’s convention. We were able to fill all of our board and committee seats. Without this group of individuals we would not have been able to accomplish what we have so far. Thank you to theses members, new and seasoned, for another great year. In December we had our transition meeting to introduce incoming board and committee members to our current board and staff. We didn’t waste any time planning ways to get out into the community. The WVTA was at the Milwaukee Pet Expo talking with and sharing information about our organization. We raised money during the pet expo for the Vest-A-Dog program. In February we held our Annual Spring Lecture Series in Wausau where we focused on bringing dentistry into your veterinary clinic. In March and April our focus was finding sponsorship and speakers for the 2013 Annual Convention. Many thanks go out to the individuals contributing their time and energy. May and June the board members and executive director (Thank you Jenny) worked to build our convention schedule and secure the speakers for this year’s convention. Coming up in August the WVTA will be represented at the Washington County Humane Society Walk. As we move toward fall convention we will need volunteers to help in many ways to put convention together. If you would like to join this group of individuals please let me know by emailing Last year we had a record number of volunteers willing to spend an hour or two to help out. Let us know how you want to help and how much time you can give. We would love your help so we can get our next year off to the same great start.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jill Medenwaldt

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Contact Information for the WVTA



Phone: 414-379-6793

Fax: 414-529-6895


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

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