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UW-Madison Student Earns National DHIA Vet Scholarship
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/12/2020

Three college students have been named recipients of the fifth annual veterinary medicine college scholarship by the National Dairy Herd Information Association, including one from Wisconsin.

Emil Walleser, who is attending the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, will be awarded $1,500 to be used for his college education. As an undergraduate student, Walleser majored in dairy science, focused on dairy management and delved into the data side of milk production. He worked in the dairy cattle reproductive physiology lab and worked with multiple dairies that used DHI testing and the KetoMonitor program to develop and implement ketosis testing protocols and treatment programs.

Following graduation from veterinary school, Emil will embark on a doctorate degree in data analysis, machine learning and production medicine. His research project will focus on using individual milk testing near-infrared data to generate useful cow health models. Walleser has worked in multiple labs, researching calf health and developing a model for computer learning related to cow lameness, identification and hoof lesion scoring.

The other scholarship recipients were both from Minnesota.

Applicants were judged on their overall interest as a veterinarian planning to work in dairy, involvement in dairy medicine and extra-curricular activities, and interest in using dairy software and dairy records to aid in dairy management and in improving animal health.

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