"Serving veterinarians for the benefit of animal and human health"
October 3, 2017
In This Issue
Dates to Remember
February 14-15
IVMA Winter Conference

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

Celebrate Your Techs! October 15-21 
New Heifer Program, Iowa Cowmaker Elite (ICE) 
  Iowa's new heifer development program, Iowa Cowmaker Elite (ICE), is officially underway! ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist Patrick Wall is the ICE program coordinator. He said the intent of the long-term project is designed to help Iowa's beef producers select, manage and develop high quality heifers year after year.
The ICE program is a cooperative effort of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University, with the end goal of aiding Iowa's cattle producers in building a more profitable and sustainable cow herd regardless of operation size or system.

Details of the program including program standards, health protocols, list of centralized development locations and contact information is on the ICE web page. An informational video on the program itself and the enrollment process also is available on that page.
2017 ISU James D McKean Swine Disease Conference - November 2-3
  The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Iowa Pork Industry Center, the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), District 6, will sponsor the ISU James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference (formerly known as the Annual Swine Disease Conference for Swine Practitioners) on November 2-3 at the Scheman Building in Ames.
This year's conference will cover issues relating to improvements in the ISU VDL's case submission and reporting technology upgrades, updates on VFD implementation, non-antibiotic alternatives and a panel of veterinarians discussing experiences with antibiotic free production (ABF). There will also be practitioner experiences with Influenza, positive pressure filtration of breeding herds, Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae planned exposure and persistent shedding as well as PRRS research updates. The conference will also cover risk assessments for antibiotic resistance and the state of the herd health in Asia.
There will be 3 pre-conference workshops on the Wednesday afternoon prior to the beginning of the main conference. These workshops will cover bioinformatics tools for influenza analysis, serological and surveillance monitoring and an interactive diagnostic workshop to be held with the pathologists at the VDL.  
More information can be found on the conference website.
Bovine Preconditioning Research Funds Available
The Iowa Veterinary Medical Association announces the availability of grant(s) supporting clinical research in beef cattle. Proposals should be aimed at providing practical solutions veterinarians can utilize in beef production environments. Funding for this support is provided by the IVMA Bovine Committee from proceeds of the Iowa Green/Gold Tag Preconditioning Program. The IVMA is encouraging proposals from private practitioners and collaborative research projects between University faculty and private practitioners. The deadline for proposals is November 1, 2017.

More information can be found on the IVMA website.

AVMA Seeking Members for American Board of Veterinary Specialties 
The AVMA is seeking volunteers to serve as members representing non-board certified veterinarians on the American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS). The ABVS, a committee of the AVMA, is charged with recognition of both current and new organizations conducting board-certification of veterinarians in specialized fields of veterinary medicine. The committee membership of the ABVS, beginning in 2018, will include other groups with a stake in specialized veterinary medicine, including veterinarians in private practice, academic institutions, licensing boards, and the animal-owning public.
Three positions are open, representing small animal practice (1 year initial term); large animal practice (2 year initial term); and non-clinical practice (3 year initial term).

For more information and the nomination form, please view the AVMA website.  
Taylor Veterinary Hospital Oldest Veterinary Clinic in Iowa 
Dr. Chad Smith outside the Taylor Veterinary Hospital. Photo_ The Courier
Taylor Veterinary Clinic in Cedar Falls is celebrating a big milestone.  Not only is it the oldest continuously operation small animal hospital in Iowa, they have achieved the 100-year mark.  IVMA members, Dr. Jim Taylor who is now retired, bought the practice in 1981. The current veterinarians are IVMA members, Dr. Chad Smith and Dr. Wendi Goetsch. They will be celebrating their 100th birthday with an open house on October 10 from 5 to 7 pm at the clinic.  
Congratulations to all the Taylor Veterinary Clinic team! 
Handbook on Infectious Diseases Available  
Infectious diseases are something that every veterinary professional deals with - almost on a regular basis.  Merck Animal Health has pulled together top experts in infectious disease to create a simple and easy to use guide on infectious disease- the Infectious Disease Management Handbook.  This complimentary book is approved by VETgirl and has up-to-date information on diseases like dog flu and leptospirosis and features vaccination guidelines from the 2017 AAHA vaccine guidelines that were recently released.   

Join Veterinary Alumni For Homecoming at ISU  
The Veterinary Medical Alumni Association (VMAA) at Iowa State is hosting a welcome reception and luncheon buffet catered by Hickory Park at the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine on Saturday, October 28th, followed by the ISU vs. TCU Homecoming football game. Tours of the Veterinary Medical Center Small Animal Clinic will begin at 9:30 a.m.  
The VMAA is also selling ornaments featuring the "Gentle Doctor." Profits go to alumni supported activities at the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine. Ornaments can be picked up at Homecoming or will be shipped after November 1.  

Homecoming and ornament order forms are available at https://vetmed.iastate.edu/alumni-giving/alumni/association . For more information, call the VMAA at 515-233-5183 or send an email to vmaaisu@iastate.edu.
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