IVMA
Communiqué 
"Serving veterinarians for the benefit of animal and human health"
November 14, 2017
In This Issue
Dates to Remember
November 23-24
IVMA Office closed for Thanksgiving

December 25
IVMA Office closed for Christmas

January 1
IVMA Office closed for New Year's Day

January 25
IVMA Executive Board Meeting

February 14-15
IVMA Winter Conference

February 28
Legislative Day
 
For more information on any of these events visit www.iowavma.org.

   

Iowa Leads in VMLRP Awards -
Help to Make Awards Tax Exempt  
Great news! The state of Iowa is number one in the country for awards in the USDA's Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) for 2017!  
 
State Veterinarian Dr. Dave Schmitt identified and nominated seven Iowa shortage situations for federal designation. Of these seven, four offers have been extended to Iowa livestock veterinarians in 2017. If they accept the awards, they will receive up to $25,000 to help repay a portion of their veterinary school loans and in return they will practice for a minimum three years covering specific species.  
 
The AVMA is pushing for the passage of the VMLRP Enhancement Act (H.R. 1268 / S. 487) which would exempt VMLRP awards from the current 39% withholding taxes.   
 
In an effort to win the support of Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, as well as Reps. Rod Blum and Steve King, the AVMA released a brief radio spot in Iowa featuring AVMA president Dr. Mike Topper in support of the VMLRP Enhancement Act.    
 
Please contact Iowa Senators Grassley and Ernst and Reps Blum and King and encourage them to support the VMLRP Enhancement Act (H.R. 1268 / S. 487) . The AVMA has an   online form that you can complete and it will be sent to your legislators .
Swine Euthanasia Workshops Available 
Pork producers are committed to making sure their pigs receive proper humane animal care. But despite their best efforts, not every pig will make it to market. IPIC swine specialist J. Erik Potter says a new euthanasia workshop created by Dr. Anna Johnson, associate professor of animal science; Dr. Suzanne Millman, professor, veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine and biomedical science; and the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University will address this important issue.
 
For questions or to schedule a workshop, contact J. Erik Potter at jepotter@iastate.edu or your local Iowa State Extension and Outreach swine specialist. 
 
Veterinary Heroes Wanted! 
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is looking for veterinary volunteers to help with a Pet Wellness Clinic at the Meadows Mobile Home park in South Des Moines. The ARL has seen an influx of pets entering its shelter for easily preventable/treatable conditions, simply because the residents struggle to access and afford basic veterinary care.   
 
The ARL is looking for veterinarians to give vaccinations and microchips at the clinic. Due to the high volume of pets need to be seen, these will be very quick appointments -about 5 minutes each.

 

DATE: Saturday, December 9th

 

TIME: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

 

LOCATION: 2525 Countyline Road, Des Moines, IA 50321 (inside the recreation center, which is heated)

 
Small stipends are available for the veterinarians who participate. The ARL will provide all the vaccinations, supplies, volunteers/techs and paperwork. 
 
If you're able to help, please contact Kim wolf at kwolf@arl-iowa.org or (515) 473-9111.  
Thank you in advance for your consideration! This clinic will make a huge difference in the lives of people and pets in need!
The World Health Organization is asking farmers worldwide to minimize the use of antimicrobials in healthy flocks and livestock amid fears of growing antibiotic resistance and issued guidelines for using antibiotics on farms. Compliance is voluntary, but a task force of the intergovernmental CODEX Alimentarius will consider codifying the guidelines into international standards that could apply to global trade. Read more at Scientific American.    
 
For more information about antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance, visit the AVMA website.  
The Iowa State University Center for Food Security and Public Health received a $1 million grant for a cooperative agreement with the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to help prepare for future outbreaks of avian influenza. The grant will allow researchers to analyze the 2015 outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza that affected approximately 31.5 million Iowa birds.  Researchers will use the lessons learned to formulate new response plan procedures for future outbreaks, emphasizing biosecurity.  
Read more. 
Attending the AAEP Convention in San Antonio?
Iowa State University CVM alumni will be hosting an alumni reception at the American Association of Equine Practitioners convention in San Antonio this weekend.  The reception will be held Sunday, November 19 from 6-8 pm at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. Refreshments and light hors d'oeuvers will be served.  
 
Look for the room number for the reception to be posted at the hotel.  
Learn Dentistry in your Pajamas!
Don't have the time to step away from your practice and family to earn CE?
Want to prepare for Dental Health Month or better yet, make it a Dental Health Year?
Want to accomplish practice goals of increased profitability in your practice?
 
Join Dr. Jen Mathis as she shares her passion for veterinary dentistry and knowledge/tips gained from over 1500 hours of veterinary dental specialist practice education. She is offering 5 live webinars on dentistry over the next couple of months.  
 
Each of the webinars will offer 1.5 scientific CE hours (pending approval) and will include interactive lectures, case discussions, and poll responses. Participants are encouraged to submit intraoral radiographs to consult@tooth.vet to be used during the training (radiographs will be kept confidential).
 
Email and internet or smart phone access is required for participation in the webinars. The first session is being offered for free on November 29 at 8:00 pm. Topics include:
 
The Importance of Veterinary Dentistry,
Every Day Ways to Find and do More Dentistry
Case Discussions, Create an Implementation Plan
 
Additional sessions on other dental topics will be offered Dec 11, 20, and Jan 3, 15 at $20/each. Fees used to offset technology expenses. For more information and to see the remaining schedule, email Dr. Mathis at drjen@tooth.vet.
Help Support Young Veterinary Careers  
For the fourth consecutive year, Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) is offering Future Service Scholarships to support future cattle veterinarians graduating from the Iowa State University (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine.
 
BI formed an alliance with the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association Foundation to offer this unique scholarship to graduating seniors at ISU. The final amount of the scholarship is determined by BI veterinarian and producer customers submitting box tops from Pyramid® 5 and Pyramid® 5 + Presponse® SQ product boxes.
 
BI will donate the following to fund the Future Service Scholarships. The donation is doubled for producers and veterinarians who participate in the Iowa Green and Gold Tag Preconditioning Program (see information below).
* $2.50 per 100 doses of PYRAMID 5 + PRESPONSE SQ
* $1.25 per 100 doses of PYRAMID 5
 
From now through Dec. 31, 2017, producers and veterinarians throughout Iowa are encouraged to help fund the scholarship by clipping their box tops. Producers should forward their box tops to their veterinary clinics. Clinics then work with their BI sales representatives to submit to:
Boehringer Ingelheim 
c/o Shanya Hunter 
3902 Gene Field Road 
St. Joseph, MO 64506
   
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