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Dr. Batker Named WVMA Veterinarian of the Year
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/06/2018

An animal doctor specializing in equine treatment and medicine has been named the 2018 Veterinarian of the Year by the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Judith Batker of Oregon was honored during the group's annual convention in October.

"Dr. Judy Batker is very deserving of Wisconsin Veterinarian of the Year," said WVMA President Dr. Robert Leder. "Besides being a well-respected mentor to many students here, Judy's impact extends beyond Wisconsin. Her volunteer services to Native Americans in South Dakota and her ongoing outreach to Haiti have improved the lives of both people and their work animals."

A 1995 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Batker co-founded Country View Veterinary Service in 1999 with Doctors Larry Mahr and Rene Reynolds. She left that practice last year and co-founded Country View Equine Clinic, also located in Oregon, with Doctors Laura Anderson and Stephanie Miesen.

Dr. Batker also serves as a clinical instructor for students who are part of the UW School of Veterinary Medicine Ambulatory Rotation, where she hosts students from around the U.S. and abroad for externships, organizing and presenting wet labs for regional equine veterinarians and farriers, and giving her time and skills to 4-H and FFA youth training. She is a past WVMA Executive Board and Executive Committee member and is currently serving on the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Foundation's inaugural board.

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