University of Wisconsin–Madison

Why I do this.

Once upon a time, about 15 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 here. The adjacent photo shows Lizi with a newborn calf on her family’s farm. She will graduate with her DVM degree May, 2020.

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

This is why I do this.

Michael.T. Collins, DVM, PhD, DACVM.