University of Wisconsin–Madison

Why I do This

Once upon a time, about 17 years ago, there was a young Wisconsin girl named Lizi who was in 4H, a U.S. organization that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. Lizi decided to do a project to learn more about Johne’s disease, something she had seen on her family’s farm. She searched the web and found Lizi used the information and images she found there to create a poster which she exhibited at the Lodi Agricultural Fair and Dane County Fair in Wisconsin, winning a blue ribbon for her efforts. Here is a picture of Lizi’s poster.

This story came to light when Lizi was in my Veterinary Bacteriology & Mycology class, Fall semester in 2017, learning (again) about Johne’s disease. Lizi shared this picture of her poster and granted me permission to tell her story.

The adjacent photo shows Lizi with a newborn calf on her family’s farm. She graduated with her DVM degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, May, 2020. She is pursuing a career in food animal medicine.

You never know what kind of impact knowledge sharing will have.

That is why I do this.

Michael T. Collins, DVM, PhD, DACVM

Comment: 4‑H is delivered by Cooperative Extension—a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. For more than 100 years, 4‑H has welcomed young people of all beliefs and backgrounds, giving kids a voice to express who they are and how they make their lives and communities better.

If you feel you have seen this news posting before, you are not losing your mind. I originally posted this after Lizi was in my class and made me aware of our connection. In these tough times I feel that some heart-warming news like this is worth re-posting.