"Serving veterinarians for the benefit of animal and human health"
September 5, 2017
In This Issue
Dates to Remember
September 13
IVMA Sports & Field Day

September 20
IVMA Executive Board Meeting

September 21-22
IVMA Annual Meeting
September 28
IVMA Tailgate at ISU
For more information on any of these events visit www.iowavma.org.

Help the Victims of Hurricane Harvey
The IVMA would like to share important information with you about Hurricane Harvey disaster response.  The key organizations and agencies responsible for that response in Texas have expressed gratitude for the outpouring of offers to help, and would like the veterinary community to know the following:
1. Don't self-deploy!
While the good intentions are appreciated, self-deploying volunteers can actually complicate and add to the work of local emergency management officials.  Please do not enter a disaster-stricken area unless you are part of an organized response team with authorized access.
2. Future volunteer work is possible
The agencies tasked with response and recovery will identify needs for volunteers, and those volunteers will be coordinated through the incident management system.  If you are interested in volunteering time to aid recovery efforts you should register now with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster ( www.nvoad.org ) and then await word on how and where your efforts can help.  The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners has  applications available for Temporary Emergency Licenses for out-of-state veterinarians who expect to deploy in Texas.  To facilitate supporting future incidents, veterinarians may want to consider joining and training with a veterinary medical emergency response team, such as a state veterinary medical reserve corps or local Medical Reserve Corps programs ( https://mrc.hhs.gov ).


3. Donate if you can

Emergency officials say the best way to help at present is to donate to reputable organizations that will funnel the right aid to the people who need it.  You might consider these:
4. Stay informed
The American Veterinary Medical Association has created a special website page ( www.avma.org ) covering Hurricane Harvey information for veterinarians, including how AVMA member veterinarians participating in rescue and emergency care related to Hurricane Harvey may apply for reimbursement grants through the AVMF. 
Annual Meeting Early Registration Deadline September 8 
Save $50 off the regular registration fee by registering for Annual Meeting by Friday, September 8! That is the last day to pay the reduced early registration rate for this year's IVMA Annual Meeting.  
You won't want to miss the speakers, meeting up with old and new friends, vendor booths and fun of this year's meeting!
There are three easy ways to register:
  1. Online visit www.iowavma.org and click on the IVMA Annual Meeting banner at the top of the homepage.
  2. Mail or Fax in the paper registration form found in the back of the Annual Meeting Registration book you received in the mail.
  3. Call the IVMA office at 800-369-9564 to pay by credit card and register.
We hope to see everyone in Ames!
Sports and Field Day Next Week!
Come to Ames for a Tailgate!

PQA Advisor Certification Session September 11  
Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University continues to work with industry professionals in offering Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 advisor certification opportunities, including a newly scheduled session for Monday, Sept. 11.  
Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher reminded potential applicants that attendance at this all-day session and passage of an exam at the end of the session is required for certification.  
There are still spots available for this training. For more information and links to registration, visit the I owa Pork Industry Center's website.  
Bid on a Piece of Veterinary History!
A collection of historic veterinary items will be available to purchase through a silent auction at this year's IVMA Annual Meeting. The auction will benefit the IVMA Foundation. The veterinary memorabilia has been donated by Dr. George Beran, a professor at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

The items will be available for viewing and bidding on the 1st floor of the Scheman Building near the registration desk during the IVMA Annual Meeting on September 21-22. Bidding will close at 11:30 am on Friday, September 22.
Proceeds from the auction will be used to fund a scholarship for a deserving ISU CVM student.

Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime event! Come to Annual Meeting to place your bids! You don't need to be a registered conference attendee to come and bid.

To view photos of all the auction items, visit www.iowavma.org.
Paws to Cure Cancer 5K 
The 3rd annual Paws to Cure Cancer is being held to help raise money for the Boo Radley Foundation, a non-profit that raises money for transnational medical research.   Dogs are welcome to join their two-legged friends on this 5k! (Proof of rabies required.)
Date: September 16, 2017, registration starts at 9:00 am 
Where: ISU College of Veterinary Medicine (entrance B side)
Cost: $20 for ISU students and faculty/staff; $25 for non-ISU individuals
Today is the last day to register and guarantee a t-shirt!  
Webinar on Debt Management Offered 
A webinar: Climbing Mt. Debt: Understanding Your Student Loans and Navigating Your Payment Options is being presented on September 13th by Tony Bartels, DVM, MBA, from the Veterinary Information Network (VIN).   Participants will learn how to:
* Identify various student loan types used to finance a veterinary education
* Match loan types to repayment options
* Match repayment options to family, employment and financial situation
* Understand the pitfalls and challenges associated with student loan repayment
* Integrate a student loan repayment plan into a financial wellness plan
For more information visit the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association's website.  
The webinar is free to HSVMA members and $49 for nonmembers.
Survey on Veterinarians Making Career Changes 
The Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine (CPCVM) in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine provides career transition workshops and support to veterinarians seeking career changes.  In order to gain a broader understanding of why veterinarians might be seeking to change careers and how we as a profession can better serve you by providing valuable resources throughout the career transition process, the CPCVM has developed a brief survey to better identify motivations and resource needs. 
If you are contemplating a career change, please help us by completing this brief survey, which should only take about 8-10 minutes of your time. Please click here for a link to the survey.
If you have any questions about this survey, please contact the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine at CPCVM@vt.edu

Painting Project at Heck Infirmary at Living History Farms 
The IVMA Foundation has donated funds to paint the Heck Veterinary Infirmary at the 1875 Town of Walnut Hill at Living History Farms in Urbandale. We are happy to report the painting is almost complete!

One last project is to scrape and paint the fence around the infirmary. Living History Farms has lined up a group of volunteers from Monsanto to work on the project during the farm's Fall Clean Up Day on September 26.  If anyone one would like to join in the fun, call the IVMA office at 800-369-9564 or email at ivma@iowavma.org .

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