Flea infestations are easier and cheaper to prevent than to eradicate, but with persistence and guidance from a veterinarian, a home can be rid of fleas, says AVMA President Dr. Douglas Kratt. Start by using a flea comb and shampooing with a specially formulated flea-control shampoo, then wash bedding, vacuum well, repeat the process until fleas are under control, and use a veterinarian-recommended antiparasitic treatment to prevent future infestations.
Since August 24, 2020, the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has performed nearly 200,000 COVID-19 tests on the UW–Madison campus. All the while, the lab has played a key role handling a COVID-19 outbreak among Wisconsin’s mink industry. WVDL also hasn’t stopped its usual work conducting infectious disease testing for the food animal industry and for veterinarians, responding to viruses such as avian influenza and African swine fever, and helping detect and track chronic wasting disease.
“We’re a public health tool,” says Keith Poulsen, who has served as WVDL director since 2019 and is also a faculty member at the UW–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. “Every day, we work with the state hygiene lab, the state Department of Health Services, and Public Health Madison and Dane County.”
The goal at WisCARES, an extension clinic of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, offers subsidized care for the pets of people experiencing homelessness or financial constraints. “We do feel we can keep families together, including animals,” said Dr. Kelly Schultz, the medical director at WisCARES.
Scott Leibsle, who has worked as the Idaho deputy state veterinarian since 2011, has been named to the lead spot following the retirement of Bill Barton. Leibsle received his veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2003.