"Serving veterinarians for the benefit of animal and human health"
May 15, 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.

 IVMA Foundation Awards $61,000 in Scholarships
Recipients of the 2018 IVMA Scholarships at the ISU CVM Senior banquet. 

Thank you to the IVMA Foundation for making a difference!  This year the Foundation gave $61,000 in scholarships to deserving Iowa State University veterinary students. Scholarships were awarded during the 2018 ISU CVM Scholarship Recognition Program on April 5 and the ISU CVM Senior Banquet on May 4. Look for more information in the June issue of the IVMA Update. 

It's easier than ever to make a difference in the life of a future veterinarian. The IVMA Foundation is now able to take recurring credit card charges for your contribution to the Foundation for scholarships for deserving Iowa State University CVM students. 

Members are able to give on a monthly, quarterly ,semi-annual or annual basis.  They can also choose what day of the month their card is charged. 

Become a Foundation Fellow for a $1000 contribution over 5 years or $16.67/month!

Call the IVMA office today to see how you can help!
Opioid Resources For Veterinarians
Although animals are not the ones struggling with opioid addictions, veterinarians need to be mindful of how prescribing the drugs can affect the humans who have access to these powerful drugs. 

Meticulous record-keeping and control of opioids are vital to helping to fight opioid abuse. The AVMA has developed resources to help veterinarians with complying with reporting requirements, understanding continuing education needs and preventing drug diversion. 

Start Your Career off on the Right Track 
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.
Participate in Veterinary Wellness Survey
IVMA members are being invited to participate in a research study about mental health experiences and attitudes toward seeking mental health services among veterinary professionals. 

This study is being conducted by Kerry Karaffa, PhD and Tamara Hancock, DVM, MS, DACVP, PhD. Dr. Karaffa is a licensed psychologist and Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator for the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Hancock is a veterinarian and Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Missouri. This study will provide information that may ultimately be used to better understand mental health concerns and barriers to seeking mental health services among veterinary professionals.

For more information and/or to participate in the study, click here. 
2018 ISU Animal Industry Report Now Available
The 2018 Iowa State University Animal Industry Report (AIR) is now available online. The annual report, now in its 15th year, features a variety of animal industry-related research done at Iowa State that is supported by the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. The report is coordinated through the Animal Science Department.

This year's edition has nearly 80 articles organized under eight categories ranging from animal products and environment to poultry and small ruminants. The report includes a table of contents and is available on the I owa State Digital Repository This site has links to all years of the AIR beginning with the first issue in 2004.
Veterinary Heroes Wanted!
kitten_bulldog_secret.jpg The Animal Rescue League of Iowa  (ARL) is looking for veterinarians to help at a pet vaccination clinic at Hiatt Middle School in Des Moines on Saturday, June 2, 8 am - 12 pm. The ARL expects 100-200 cats/kittens/dogs/puppies will be brought in from low income neighborhoods.

If you can help  please contact  kwolf@arl-iowa.org or (515) 473-9111.
Did you catch the May 13 episode of 60 Minutes about how zoo animals are matched for breeding?  Zoo workers, called Population Biologists, are using a mixture of science, computer software and genetics to find each animal's best match for mating with the goal of genetic diversity. The episode also discusses the moral dilemmas that arise with the process.  View the CBS episode here. (There are a few commercials at the beginning.)

A free webinar is being offered, TODAY, May 15 at 1:00 CST by Dr. Andy Roark to help veterinary professionals learn how to talk to cash strapped clients. He will provide you with tools to bolster your confidence in having the difficult conversation with clients about how to financially support their pet's healthcare needs.

The webinar will be recorded and the webinar proceedings will be available 24-48 hours following the webinar. 

An educated client can be your best client. But with "Dr. Google" and the ever-growing assortment of information -- and misinformation -- available to clients, it can be difficult to break through the noise and find credible sources of animal health information. In response, the AVMA has gathered resources such as brochures, posters and handouts that veterinarians can share with their clients to emphasize the value and importance of proper veterinary care.   View AVMA's client materials.

  The IVMA Communiqué is published bi-monthly by the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association.
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