"Serving veterinarians for the benefit of animal and human health"
November 28, 2017
In This Issue
Dates to Remember
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.


The IVMA and researchers at Iowa State University want to hear your experiences and opinions regarding Johne's Disease in beef cattle. As part of this project, beef cattle producers in the state will also be surveyed for their experiences and opinions on the disease.  
While much is known about Johne's disease in relation to the dairy cattle industry, little is known about the current impact of the disease on the beef industry today. The results of these surveys will be shared at the IVMA Winter Meeting in 2018 to help practitioners in the state as well as IVMA, state regulatory officials and researchers understand the current impact of the disease to the Iowa beef industry and help identify areas of potential need for additional education or research.
The survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete. 
Please use the following link to participate in this survey:
As part of the Kramer-Marks Fund at Iowa State University CVM, Dr. Earl Gaughan DVM, Dipl. ACVS will be presenting a free workshop titled, "Career Development from a Veterinary Surgeon who Couldn't Keep a Job".  
Friday, December 1
Classroom 2226 Vet Med
12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Lunch provided at 11:30
Open to all equine practitioners. 
No RSVP required 
Dr. Gaughan graduated from the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a residency in large animal surgery at Cornell University. Prior to joining Merck Animal Health as an equine technical services veterinarian, Dr. Gaughan was an equine practitioner in Maryland and Colorado. He also was a professor of equine surgery at Kansas State University, Auburn University, and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He has been active in the leadership of the North American Veterinary Conference and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
The Kramer-Marks Fund brings accomplished leaders in the field of equine veterinary surgery  to ISU's CVM to share their work and experiences with students, faculty and staff.  
Questions? Contact Dr. Stephanie Caston at 515-294-1500 or scaston@iastate.edu  
New Website Makes it Even Easier to Contact Congress on Veterinary Issues
The AVMA has launched a new and improved way to help veterinarians get their voices heard on Capitol Hill. The new AVMA Congressional Advocacy Network (AVMA CAN) website has improved navigation and usability to make it even easier for you to identify the key legislative issues affecting veterinary medicine; quickly personalize and send letters to your members of Congress to let them know your stance; and look up your legislators to find their contact information. The site features several new tools and is more mobile-friendly. Visit the AVMA Can website .  
2018 Iowa Beef Expo Health Rules Now Available
The Iowa Beef Expo will be held February 11-18 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The 2018 Health Rules for the Expo are now available at http://iowabeefexpo.com/health-rules/.

If you have questions regarding the Iowa Beef Expo Health Rules, please contact:

Dr. Shawn Nicholson
Stuart Vet Clinic,  515-523-1755
Anita Vet Clinic, 712-762-4193
Dr. Keith Cogley
Colfax Vet Clinic, 515-674-3575
Dog Flu Resources Available
Dog Flu is a highly contagious disease that began as an isolated episode of respiratory disease in one state, and has now become a nationwide health concern for all dogs. Dog Flu is a relatively new disease, so virtually all dogs are susceptible when exposed. Due to the particular way this virus spreads, pet professionals must be cautiously aware and follow prevention and containment protocols. Henry Schein Animal Health has a resource page with more information about Dog Flu.   

Healthy Pets, Healthy People
The One Health Commission (OHC) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are working together on the National Pet Health Survey, a research project using voluntary input to identify pet health trends and disease hotspots across the United States.
The survey will provide scientists, concerned pet owners, and the general public with one of the largest health and disease databases for pet dogs and cats across the U.S. The data will be summarized and integrated into EPA's    EnviroAtlas website (www.epa.gov/enviroatlas) . Through EnviroAtlas, the public will be able to display pet health information by specified areas, such as zip codes or states, in order to learn about emerging pet health issues.
Take the Survey and share the link with your clients.                             
Questions or Comments? Contact
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 that 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 IVMA Communiqué is published bi-monthly by the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association.
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