Preventing Fleas Is Easier Than Getting Rid of Them

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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.

Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Serves on Front Lines of COVID Testing and Response

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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.”

Veterinarians Face Increased Caseload, Struggling Workforce

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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.

Cottage Grove’s Terrence Clark receives Distinguished Service Award

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A Cottage Grove resident has been recognized by the University of Wisconsin-Madison for exceptional contributions in science and medicine. Terrence Clark was selected by the university’s School of Veterinary Medicine as the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, an accolade that recognizes “graduates who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the legacy of excellence at the school,” according to the university’s website.

Wisconsin’s Mink Farming Industry Now Seen at Risk of COVID-19

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“It’s a top priority in human and veterinary diagnostic labs,” said Keith Poulsen, director of the Wisconsin veterinary diagnostic lab, which has been running COVID tests on farmed mink and people, operating from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. to keep up. Outbreaks on European mink ranches demonstrated the risks. If the virus managed to establish a reservoir of disease in farmed mink or their wild cousins, it could hamper the fight against the pandemic — particularly if it mutated along the way into something deadlier, more transmissible or harder for modern medicine to attack.

Know Your Madisonian: Terrence Clark on Veterinary Research and His Homing Pigeon Hobby

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Terrence Clark’s respite is filled with prairie grass and young oak trees and bordered by 57-year-old pines that now tower along his property line in the town of Cottage Grove. The view to the east gives his homing pigeons plenty of open space to flock and provides Clark breaks from his Madison company that since 2008 has been researching and developing medications for dogs, cats and other animals.