IVMA members met with legislators on February 28 during the IVMA Legislative Day at the Iowa State Capitol. Members met with leaders of the House and Senate to discuss current legislation and budget requests, including funding of the new Iowa State CVM Diagnostic Lab.
Above photo: Legislative Day attendees met with Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg in his office.
Spring Practice Management Session Offered
Save the date for the IVMA Spring Practice Management Session in Ankeny on April 27. This session will help you lead confident conversations with your clients about patient care. Our speaker will be Wendy S. Myers of Communication Solutions for Veterinarians.
Remember - If you are an I-Vet PAC Sustaining Member, your registration to the Spring Practice Management is FREE!
Look for more details soon!
Vote for AVMA Board of Director for District 7 - Your Vote Matters!
If you are an AVMA member, you should have received an email or letter with instructions on how to vote for your AVMA District Director. Voting began on March 1 and will conclude March 31.
The IVMA has nominated Dr. Chuck Lemme for this position. You may read more about him on his website,
lemme4district7.com. For more information about the voting process visit the
If you haven't voted yet, please take time to vote today!
Become the Link between the IVMA and Recent Graduates
Applications are now being accepted to become an Emerging Leader Liaison to the Administrative Committee (ELL) for the IVMA. The purpose of this position is to provide a link and build relationships between recent veterinary school graduates and the IVMA. This position is open to any IVMA member who has graduated from veterinary school within the last 7 years.
The Emerging Leader Liaison will attend select meetings and events. As compensation, the ELL will receive a one year IVMA membership, all travel expenses to attend meetings, and paid registration to some veterinary conferences.
For a full list of job responsibilities, compensation offered and how to apply visit the IVMA website. Application deadline is April 10. Selection will take place by April 30.
Volunteers Needed for ISU Animal Learning Day
The IVMA will participate in the annual Animal Learning Day sponsored by the Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club. The event will take place on April 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Learning Center, which is located at 2516 Mortensen Road in Ames.
This free event will provide an opportunity for the public to learn about animals in agriculture. Iowa State students from the Block and Bridle Club will have calves, piglets, lambs, goats and baby chicks for attendees to interact with and learn about.
The purpose is to give attendees a better understanding of agricultural practices and build awareness about agricultural industries and commodities. Experts will be available to answer questions about agricultural practices.
The IVMA will have a booth to provide attendees with information about the veterinary profession. We need your help! Volunteers are needed to staff the IVMA table, assist with a photo both, hand out brochures and answer questions from the public. Shifts are 9am-11am and 11am-1pm. If you can help, please contact the IVMA office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-369-9564.
ISU CVM Clinical Trials Accepting Patients
The Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center has several ongoing clinical trials that are accepting patient enrollments. Please check the ISU CVM Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center Webpage to see if any of your patients might be eligible. Currently there are trials in cardiology (CHF, vitamin D, for example), dermatology (pyoderma), internal medicine (thrombocytopenia, IBD, CKD, for example), and oncology.
Remind Your Clients No Pets in Easter Baskets
Those baby chicks may be adorable, but parents may be giving more than a pet to their kids when they bring home a baby chick. Records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that baby chicks (and to a lesser extent, ducklings) are a major source of serious Salmonella infections every spring.
Although bunnies might not be the disease carriers that baby chicks are, they are not low-maintenance pets. After the newness of a bunny wears off, many are set free in the wild where domesticated bunnies have zero chance of survival.
Here are some articles and resources to share with your clients in your newsletters or on social media this spring. Encourage them to stick to Peeps and chocolate bunnies in their Easter baskets this year.