Read the great news:
The Milwaukee County Zoo had named the Wild Animal Health Fund as one of the recipients from this year’s Round Up for Conservation campaign. This program allows customers from the Milwaukee County Zoo gift shop to “round up” the amount of their purchase to the next dollar. That extra change goes toward several important conservation initiatives. The Wild Animal Health Fund has just received a $3000 contribution from that campaign. This would not have happened had it not been for Vickie’s introducing them to our WAHF and stewarding them to make it happen.
It gives us great pleasure to share with you a little background about Vickie. Dr. Clyde has been the staff veterinarian at the Milwaukee County Zoo for 21 years and is an adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She is the Veterinary Advisor for the Bonobo SSP, Co-Director of the Bonobo Cardiovascular Database, and is an Executive Committee member of the Great Ape Heart Project. She was recently appointed as an Advisory Board Member to the AZA Reproductive Management Center.
Besides Vickie’s present professional positions, she served as the AAZV Treasurer from 2006-2011 and was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine from 1997-2003. With all of these activities plus more, Vickie was honored in 2017 with the Wisconsin CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) Volunteer of the Year Award.
In Vickie’s career, she also mentored 17 residents and graduate students in zoological medicine. Vickie states that helping these individuals gain experience and acquire the special skills needed in zoo and wildlife veterinary medicine is crucial as we maintain a high standard of practice in the zoo and wildlife world. She also feels it is important for us to give back to the profession that has been so important in our lives.
But in addition to her focus on education and serving organized veterinary medicine, Vickie has recognized the importance of contributing to the fundraising efforts of our WAHF. During her term as AAZV Treasurer, she participated in the AAZV Strategic Plan meeting in which dreams of funding targeted research to advance zoo and wildlife medicine were turned into an action plan. Since that time, she is always looking for ways to help the cause. She has served on the Development Committee for the last 5 years and has been successful in identifying donors for the WAHF.
When the Milwaukee County Zoo started the Round Up for Conservation Program, they approached the curatorial and veterinary staff to help identify appropriate recipients of the funds. Vickie immediately realized that this could be a way for the Milwaukee County Zoo to promote conservation by supporting the excellent scientific investigations funded by the WAHF. It also helps the zoo meet an AZA goal of committing a percentage of income towards conservation, as the WAHF is now recognized by the AZA as a valid recipient of zoo conservation dollars. Vickie pursued the donation, which was approved by Director Chuck Wikenhauser, and the result is a nice donation. Thank you, Vickie and the Milwaukee County Zoo!
Check out some of these awesome pictures below that highlight Vickie’s work for the AAZV, for bonobos, and at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
If you are interested in having your workplace contribute their Round Up for Conservation campaign to the Wild Animal Health Fund, please contact Adine Nicholson, Director of Development, at 904-225-3275 or at anicholson@AAZV.org, or ask Vickie for some tips!