Members of the Dean’s Circle — and special guests from the School of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association (SVMAA) — are invited to join Dean Mark D. Markel for an update on the latest advancements in teaching and learning, clinical care and research at the school.
During our lunch presentation, you’ll hear from four SVM faculty members about how their work is making a difference for companion animals, wildlife, dairy cattle — and even human medicine.
Following the presentation, we will take questions from the audience. For those unable to join us on campus, we will offer a live virtual event option and will also make the video available online following the event.
Thursday, September 15, 2022
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Memorial Union - Great Hall (4th Floor)
800 Langdon Street, Madison, WI
Viewing link will be emailed to registrants prior to the event
Innovations in clinical care, research, and teaching
Our featured presenters will highlight an area of their work at the SVM, including:
Studying dogs’ TV preferences to develop focused canine vision tests
Novel use of ultrasonography for monitoring lung health in dairy calves
Close collaboration between UW veterinary and physician anesthesiologists
The evolution of teaching Zoological Medicine to veterinary students
Meet our speakers:
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Freya Mowat, BVSc, PhD, DECVO, DAVCO
Department of Surgical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine & Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, School of Medicine and Public Health
Dr. Mowat’s laboratory is performing research to study how dogs watch and interact with screens (TVs, computer monitors) playing videos in the home and in our laboratory. This will help in the future development of meaningful tests of vision in pet dogs that could detect vision loss at an earlier stage in patients.
Dr. Mowat grew up in the northern UK and attended veterinary school in Bristol. After some time in mixed animal practice, she completed her rotating small animal internship at a private practice near London. She fell in love with ophthalmology and pursued her graduate training for her PhD in a translational retinal research laboratory at University College London Institute of Ophthalmology. She completed her residency in comparative ophthalmology at Michigan State University, and after four years in a junior faculty position at North Carolina State University, she joined the faculty at UW-Madison in 2020. Her research interests are comparative retinal anatomy and physiology, aging of the neurologic system and the role of heavy metal toxicants on neurologic function.
Theresa Ollivett, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Food Animal Production Medicine
School of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Ollivett has developed a novel use of on farm lung ultrasonography for detecting pneumonia and monitoring lung health in young dairy calves.
Dr. Ollivett is a veterinary epidemiologist and board-certified large animal internist. After graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in 2004, Dr. Ollivett practiced in a predominantly mixed large animal clinic in northern New York. She returned to Cornell University in 2007 and completed a residency in Large Animal Medicine between 2008-2011. In 2014, she completed her doctoral studies at the University of Guelph by validating portable lung ultrasound as a means of diagnosing respiratory disease in dairy calves. As an assistant professor in the Food Animal Production Medicine section at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UW-Madison, Dr. Ollivett works to advance the academic, veterinary and professional dairy industry’s awareness and understanding of lung ultrasound as a means to monitor preweaned calf lung health and promote a #WeanClean™ philosophy on dairy farms.
Carrie Schroeder, DVM, DACVAA
Clinical Assistant Professor
Anesthesia and Pain Management
Dr. Schroeder’s presentation will highlight the close collaboration between UW veterinary and physician anesthesiologists and how it has opened opportunities for teaching, learning, and research.
Carrie Schroeder is a veterinary anesthesiologist from the UW School of Veterinary Medicine. Her clinical and research special interests include regional anesthesia and anesthesia of non-domestic species. In addition, she served as co-editor of the newly released edition of Canine and Feline Anesthesia and Co-Existing Disease and is currently a co-editor on the new edition of Lumb and Jones’ Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. In her free time, she likes to travel and spend time with her husband and three daughters.
Kurt K. Sladky, MS, DVM, DACZM, DECZM
Dr. Sladky’s talk will focus on the current and future innovative and expansive methods associated with teaching zoo and wildlife medicine to DVM students at the School of Veterinary Medicine
Kurt K. Sladky received his master’s in Animal Behavior and DVM from the University of Wisconsin, and completed a residency in Zoological Medicine at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the North Carolina Zoo. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine and the European College of Zoological Medicine and is currently a Clinical Professor and Section Head of Zoological Medicine and the Special Species Health Service at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Sladky is also a member of the faculty in the Master of Public Health program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and is a faculty advisor to the University of Wisconsin Global Heath Institute. His current research interests include analgesia and anesthesia of captive and free-ranging non-domestic species, and noninfectious and infectious diseases of wildlife associated with anthropogenic change.
About the Dean's Circle
The school’s most generous and loyal supporters comprise the Dean’s Circle. In addition to the annual Dean's Luncheon, you will begin receiving email updates throughout the year and will be invited to a virtual town hall in the spring so you can hear directly from Dean Markel.