"Serving veterinarians for the benefit of animal and human health"
June 12, 2018
In This Issue
Dates to Remember
September 12
IVMA Sports & Field Day

September 19
IVMA Executive Board Meeting

September 20-21
IVMA Annual Meeting

For more information on any of these events visit www.iowavma.org.

Remember to VOTE!
Last week you should have received a ballot to vote for
IVMA Vice President. Also, If you are in an EVEN numbered IVMA District, your ballot includes
candidate(s) for your representative on the IVMA Executive Board.

Most ballots were sent via email, but for those members who do not have email, the ballot was sent by mail.

If you do not receive correspondence from the IVMA, please contact the IVMA office at 800-369-9564 or via email at ivma@iowavma.org

Ballots are due back to the IVMA office by June 20.
Still Time to Join POTL
Join the IVMA's Power of Ten Leadership Class!

A new class of POTL is beginning this fall and we want YOU to be part of it! POTL is a leadership opportunity for veterinarians who have been out of school seven years or less.  

POTL participants attend a series of leadership development sessions from the fall of 2018 until spring 2019.  The IVMA will provide topic experts and meeting expenses at no charge for participants. Some CE credits may be available

To get more information and to hear what former participants have to say about the program, visit the IVMA website.

The deadline for applications is July 2, 2018.
IVMA Sports and Field Day

Nominate for Iowa's Animal Hall of Fame

We want to hear about your special patient! 

Nominations are open for the 2018 Hall of Fame Awards.

Now is your chance to give a special client and their pet this honor. 
Nomination forms can be found on the IVMA website or you can call the IVMA office at 800-369-9564 to have one mailed to you. Only IVMA member veterinarians may nominate. 

The deadline for nominations is August 1, 2018

Photo: Sprite, the winner in the 2017 Iowa Animal Hall of Fame, Professional category is pictured with Sprite's owner Tracy Helton (left) and Dr. Abby Bowers, nominating veterinarian. 
Salmonella Pullorum Plate Anigen Shortage
The Iowa Poultry Association and IDALS have been notified by the supplier of Pullorum testing antigen that the product is currently out of stock.  Individuals who waited to order PT antigen will not find it available to order from the company and may have to network with PT Testers ( http://www.iowapoultry.com/pt-tester-by-county ) who have antigen to do testing for exhibitions.  Iowa veterinarians may be contacted about PT testing.  

A letter from Charles River Laboratories, the supplier of the product, with more information can be found on the IVMA website.
AVMA Releases Guildlines for Telemedicine 
sleepy_beagle_glasses.jpg Establishing a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) is the key to ensuring telemedicine is legal and providing appropriate care to patients. 

Some veterinarians are beginning to use telemedicine as a convenience to clients, but care should be taken to make sure the proper VCPR has been established and this modern method is being used responsibly according to the AVMA's new guidance on telemedicine.

To read more information about the legal considerations and liability risk in telemedicine, read t his article on AVMA@work posted on May 16.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture has received more reports of black fly bites than usual this year, says Assistant State Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Kaisand, and the flies' bites may have killed chickens in Boone and Dallas counties and in Ames, says poultry veterinarian Dr. Mohamed El-Gazzar of Iowa State University's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Repeated exposure to the flies' saliva can cause allergic shock in chickens, says ISU Extension entomologist Laura Iles.

On May 14, the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames confirmed the finding of the Haemaphysalis longicornis tick (otherwise known as the East Asian or Longhorned tick) in Virginia. 

In late 2017 H. longicornis was found initially in New Jersey. No known direct link exists from the Virginia farm to the area in New Jersey where the first ticks appeared on a sheep farm.

The adult Longhorned tick is dark brown in color and grows to the size of a pea when engorged. The other life stages are very small and difficult to see with the naked eye. This tick may be found in large numbers on a single animal. 

The agriculture departments in these states are doing ongoing surveillance work in the areas where these exotic ticks have been found.

For more information about Longhorned ticks, the IVMA website has a  Power Point and an article about tick-borne diseases . 
Southwest Iowa beef producers who want to become certified through the Beef Quality Assurance program have three opportunities this month at sessions being hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Chris Clark. The program at each session will cover numerous best management practices and will qualify producers for BQA certification.

Get your corn dog fix and lend a helping hand at Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center at the Iowa State Fair. This agricultural education exhibit features live births of various species including cows, sows, goats and ewes. Fairgoers can also catch a glimpse of hatching chicks, ducks, ostriches and turkeys. Over 80,000 people visit this exhibit each year during the State Fair with up to 600 people an hour.  Your help is needed to mingle with the crowd and answer questions about animals, the live births, and veterinary medicine in general.

Free fair admission, a parking pass, scrub top and 2 free meals are provided to volunteers.

Who: Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Students

When: The Iowa State Fair is August 9-19. Volunteers have the choice of these 4-hour shifts:
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
How to Volunteer: Contact Dr. Gene Hoy at doc_hoy@yahoo.com or (641) 660-2185.
  The IVMA Communiqué is published bi-monthly by the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association.
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