"Serving veterinarians for the benefit of animal and human health"
May 16, 2017
In This Issue
Dates to Remember
September 13
IVMA Sports & Field Day

September 21-22
IVMA Annual Meeting

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

Join the Power of Ten Leadership Class of 2017-2018! 
If you are out of veterinary school less than seven years and want an opportunity to get involved in organized veterinary medicine, network with your peers and learn new skills, the Power of Ten Leadership Initiative (POTL) is for you!
POTL participants join a network of their peers in a series of learning experiences over 9 months, that help to enrich and benefit them, their practice, community, profession, and association.  Although the curriculum changes slightly from year to year, past POTL Leadership classes have addressed topics such as team building, staff leadership, effective communications, public speaking, best practices in practice management and personal wellness.   
For more information about POTL, including what past participants have to say about POTL, please visit www.iowavma.org . The deadline for applications is July 1, 2017.
Nominate that Special Animal!
2016 Iowa Animal Hall of Fame Winner, Gracie 

Nominations are open for the 2017 Iowa Animal 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, 2017.
Updated Iowa Veterinary Accreditation Handbook Available 
  An updated version of the Iowa Veterinary Accreditation Handbook is now available from the Iowa Department of Agriculture. This document contains valuable information for Iowa veterinarians, including important contacts, compliance and regulatory documents, specific disease information, Iowa veterinary programs, CVI requirements, links to useful websites and much more. Check it out here.
Join an AVMA Committee
Are you or a colleague interested in volunteering for an AVMA committee?  If so, there are a number of opportunities still available for appointment this summer! The full list of committee positions available for appointment in June 2017 is available on the AVMA website and includes positions on the following:  
  • Animal Welfare Committee
  • Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee
  • Committee on Disaster and Emergency Issues
  • Council on Education Selection Committee
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates
  • Food Safety Advisory Committee
  • Governance Performance Review Committee 
  • Professional Liability Insurance Trust
  • State Advocacy Committee
  • Steering Committee on Human-Animal Interactions
The deadline for receipt of nominations for these committee positions is May 30, 2017.    
Updated Green/Gold Pre-Conditioning Certificates Now Available
The IVMA, along with the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, has approved changes to the IVMA's Pre-Conditioning Certificates.
Current Green and Gold Pre-Conditioning certificates will expire on June 30, 2017. The new certificates should be used beginning July 1, 2017 and continue through June 30, 2019.

The following wording has changed on the Preconditioning Green Tag Certificates - Changes in red
(effective July 1, 2017 ):
Vaccine administration must follow BQA guidelines. Vaccines must be given subcutaneously if permitted on product label. Revaccination recommended per vaccine label instructions. First vaccination and mandatory procedures required at least 3 weeks prior to shipment and issuing certificate. Calves must be four months of age before first vaccination and treatment of internal parasites, grubs and lice.
All other requirements remain unchanged.
There are no wording changes to the Gold Certificates other than the updated dates. Veterinarians need to use the new updated certificates with the valid dates.
If you have any questions about the program or to order new Green or Gold tags or certificates, please call the IVMA Office at 1-800-369-9564.

Volunteers needed for FFA Vet Science Career Event
The Iowa FFA Association is looking for volunteers to serve as judges for the State FFA Vet Science Career Development Event (CDE).

They are in need of judges for review of a short video and/or written practicum submitted from FFA Chapters participating in the event. The videos are about 5 minutes and the practicums are 1-2 pages. All processes are done online and no travel is required. Judging would take place at your leisure between Friday, May 26th and Sunday, June 4th.

If you are interested, please contact Sarah Wille, Iowa FFA Association Intern at sarah.wille@iowaffa.com.
PQA Plus 3.0 Advisor Certification Sessions
To help meet ongoing industry needs, Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) has scheduled a Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 advisor certification session during the 2017 World Pork Expo in Des Moines. Iowa State University Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher is coordinating the session that's set for Thursday, June 8, at the Iowa State Fair Grounds.

"This session is for those who need certification for the first time and also for those whose certifications expired when the PQA 3.0 program went into effect last year," Rademacher said. "All potential attendees need to complete the two-page application form and be approved in order to attend."

There's a 15-person minimum to hold the session, and the application deadline is May 26 or when the 30-person limit has been reached. No walk-ins are allowed and individual spots are not guaranteed until specific payment is accepted by IPIC. The cost is $75 per person and includes refreshments and the noon meal.
Spring 2017 Beef Management Workshops
Southern Iowa beef producers who want to learn more about grazing management and managing tall fescue are invited to attend any of four beef management workshops this spring. Speakers in include Diane Spurlock from AgBotanica in Columbia, MO, Craig Roberts from the Plan Sciences Department at the University of Missouri and Joe Sellers, Beef Specialist from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Spurlock will describe use of the T-Snip test to identify fescue tolerant breeding stock, and Roberts will explain renovating fescue pastures with spray/smother/spray. Sellers also will talk about supplementation strategies.
Workshop dates, times and locations are as follows:
  • May 30, 6:30 p.m., Davis County Extension office, 402 E. North Street, Bloomfield
  • May 31, 6:30 p.m., Decatur County Fairgrounds, 1700 NW Church Street, Leon
  • June 1, 8 a.m., Carpenter's Hall Rotary room, 1215 Court Avenue, Chariton
  • June 1, 1 p.m., Wayne County Extension office, 220 East Jefferson Street, Corydon
The series is sponsored by the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State Extension and Outreach. A flyer with information for all sessions is available on the Iowa Beef Center website.

The registration fee is $10 per person to cover speaker expenses and is payable at the door. Snacks and soft drinks will be served at each location. For more information, contact Sellers by phone at 641-203-1270 or email
Beef Cattle Update for Veterinarians 
The ISU Extension and Outreach, ISU Experiment Station and the Iowa Beef Center are sponsoring an Update for Veterinarians on Beef Cattle on May 31 at the McNay Memorial Research Farm in Chariton.

Brochure and Registration form.

Early registration is $65 and due by May 29. After May 29 and Walk-ups will be $85. For more information or to register by phone contact or Joe Sellers at 641-203-1270 or the Lucas County Extension Office at 641-774-2016.
FDA's Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN)
Veterinarians are being asked to help provide information to the FDAs Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN).

The Vet-LIRN network
includes 38 veterinary diagnostic laboratories across the United States and Canada. Vet-LIRN's mission is to promote human and animal health by collaborating with veterinary diagnostic laboratories to investigate potential problems with CVM regulated products, animal foods and animal drugs.

Vet-LIRN relies upon veterinarians in the field to discuss potential food or drug reactions with owners.  It is essential for them to submit reports to FDA when an animal presents with illness attributable to bacterial or chemical contamination.  These reports and testing by our network diagnostic laboratory partners have resulted in the removal of potentially harmful products from the market and thereby reducing the chance of additional illnesses. 

To report a pet food complaint visit: www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints

For additional questions, contact:
Sarah Nemser  M.S.  
U.S. Food & Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine
Office of Research
Vet-LIRN Network Coordinator
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