"Serving veterinarians for the benefit of animal and human health."
April 16, 2019
Are Your Receiving IVMA Emails?
The IVMA has noticed that some of our members, especially Gmail users have not been getting our emails. This does not include IVMA Update and Communique emails, which come from an email service, but emails directly from the IVMA office. Please take a moment to check your Junk Mail file to see if IVMA emails have gone to this file.

If you use Gmail, please add the IVMA to your "Whitelist". This step tells Gmail the IVMA is a safe sender and will allow IVMA email to go through.

Take these steps to "Whitelist" the IVMA:
If you have an email from the IVMA (it might be in your Spam folder):
  1. Open an email from the IVMA.
  2. Click on the little down-pointing-triangle-arrow next to “reply.”
  3. Click Add [ivma@iowavma] to contacts list to finish.
  4. At the top of the message, click on "not Spam"

If you don't have an email from the IVMA:
  1. Select Actions from the toolbar at the top of the screen.
  2. Select Junk E-mail.
  3. Select Junk E-mail Options.
  4. Click the Safe Sender tab.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Type in the email address you wish to add to your safe sender list.
  7. Click OK.
Can you Help with SAVMA Scamper?
The IVMA has agreed to staff one of the aid stations along the route of the 2019 SAVMA Scamper.  Come volunteer and join the fun! Volunteers will hand out water to runners and fill dog water bowls, help with traffic control, keep the race area clean and cheer enthusiastically. Volunteers will be provided with a brief training and bagels before the race at 8:45 am. The race begins at 9:45 am.
Click here for more information and to register for the race .
To join the fun and help out at the IVMA aid station, contact the IVMA office at 800-369-9564 or ivma@iowvma.org .
Volunteers Wanted for Iowa State Fair Vet Camps
The Iowa State Fair is looking for veterinarian and veterinary technicians to volunteer for Vet Camp and Advanced Vet Camp. 

Vet Camp for kids grades 4 th – 7 th and Advanced Vet Camp for 8 th -12 th graders provide hands-on learning for kids interested in veterinary careers.

Vet Camp and Advanced Vet Camp are FREE with paid Fair admission for attendees.   

All volunteers will receive a Fair admission ticket, vehicle permit and a 2019 Vet Camp or Advanced Vet Camp t-shirt.

For more information and volunteer sign-up forms, visit www.iowavma.org.

Photo Credit: Iowa State Fair
Iowa State Fair Paul R Knapp Animal Learning Center Assistant Veterinarian Needed
A veterinarian is needed to assist Dr. Gene Hoy during the Iowa State Fair in the Animal Learning Center.

Duties include assisting with animal births and general animal health, be an advocate to the public and answer fair-goer questions, and assisting Iowa Animal Learning Center volunteers.

Includes paid compensation, fair admission and parking, Animal Learning Center Vet Scrub top.

For additional information or to apply, contact Emily Wynn at 515-401-1544 or ewynn@iowastatefair.org

Photo Credit: Iowa State Fair
Polk County Horses Tested Positive for EHV
Two horses in Iowa have contracted equine herpesvirus (EHV). The first horse tested positive for EHV in March and needed to be euthanized. A second horse tested positive last week and the Dr. Jeff Kaisand, the state veterinarian has extended a quarantine for another two weeks.

Also, four cases of Equine Infectious Anemia were found at horses in a Stables in Des Monies with several others showing signs of the illness.

For more information, visit iowaagriculture.gov
North Central VMA Annual Meeting
The North Central Veterinary Medical Association Annual Meeting

Tuesday, May 7
Willow Ridge Golf Course and Restaurant 1788 Madison Ave, Fort Dodge

8:00-8:30 Registration

8:30 – 10:00 am - Otitis Externa, Current Topics in Management, Dermatology Q&A session, Darren Berger DVM DACVD ISU VTH

10:15-11:45 am - Soft Tissue Oncology: Surgical and Adjunctive Radiation Options,
Megan Mickelson DVM, DACVS ISU VTH

Noon Lunch, Business Meeting and IVMA Update, Dr. Randy Wheeler

Register by April 30
Veterinarians -$40, Veterinary Technicians - $15
Send to Dr. Kimberly Shimkat, 2807 N 15 th street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Registration at the Door – $45

Spouse of Registrant invited to lunch (payment for lunch required)

Dr. Kim Shimkat, kshimkat@yahoo.com , 515-955-3631
Zoetis Iowa Summit
Zoetis and the IVMA are sponsoring a free of charge educational opportunity as part of Zoetis’ larger commitment to advancing veterinary education within the communities we serve. The content of this event will be beneficial to veterinarians, technicians and practice managers.

May 14

8:30 am -4:30 pm

Blank Park Zoo
Palm Room
7401 SW 9th St
Des Moines, IA 50315


8:00 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast    

8:30-10:30 am
Dr. Lindsay Starkey DVM, DACVM,  
Ticks, Fleas, and Disease: What's New and What Can We Do?

11:00-12:00 pm
Dr. Jessica Duncan, DVM                                                             
 How to Leverage Diagnostics to Grow Your Practice 
12:00 pm LUNCH                                                                                                                                  
1:00-3:00 pm
Dr. Laird Goodman, DVM, CVA                                                               
Implementing & Impacting the Human-Animal Bond in Practice

3:15-4:30 pm
Dr. Nikko Grossapoulos DVM, PSV-Zoetis                                                              
Heartworm and Battling online pharmacies
Help Clean up the Heck Infirmary at Living History Farms
Spend a few hours on the farm on Wednesday, April 24 joining IVMA officers and members to help clean up the Heck Veterinary Infirmary at the 1875 Town of Walnut Hill at Living History Farms in Urbandale. Volunteers will spend 2-3 hours sprucing up the interior and exterior of the historic veterinary clinic. Lunch will be provided.

To register, call the IVMA office at 800-369-9564 or email at ivma@iowavma.org .
Celebrate World Veterinary Day - April 27
The World Veterinary Association created World Veterinary Day in 2000 as an annual celebration of the veterinary profession - to be observed the last Saturday of April. This year's celebration is April 27.

The World Veterinary Association has declared this year's theme as the "Value of Vaccination".

Observe World Veterinary Day in your clinic:
  1. Spread the word on Facebook by posting photos of your veterinarians and staff
  2. Send a press release to your local paper about the day
  3. Hold a vaccine clinic to highlight this year's theme "Value of Vaccination"
ARL Vaccination Clinic Needs Volunteers
The Animal Rescue League (ARL) has a Vaccination Clinic coming up on May 25 th to serve pet owners in the 50315 Des Moines area. The goal of this clinic is to address the critical need for accessible and affordable veterinary care in our underserved communities by keeping pets healthy, happy, and in their loving homes. Please see the clinic details below;

Location: 111 Porter Ave. (Mitchell Early Learning Center) Des Moines, IA 50315

Date: May 25, 2019
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm (approx. 4-5 hours)

Clients: Between 125-200 pets

Services Offered: Basic exam, vaccinations, nail trims, flea treatments/preventatives, medication for easily treatable conditions (Clavamox, Cephalexin, Pyrantel, Mometamax, etc).

Notes: The ARL will provide ALL the supplies (e.g., vax, medications) and manage ALL the paperwork. We will have a skilled vet tech there to assist you, along with volunteers to manage the event.

If you are interested in volunteering your time and services, please contact Mandee Bose at mbose@arl-iowa.org or (515) 473-9111. Thank you!
Volunteer to Help ISU CVM Students
The Veterinary Public Health Club at Iowa State University CVM is in the process of planning its 2nd Vaccination Clinic with Joppa Outreach and Street Dog Coalition in Des Moines on Sunday, April 28th.

During this event, students and veterinarians travel to the homeless camps with a Joppa volunteer and provide vaccines, physical exams, IDEXX snap tests, and preventative care. Street Dog Coalition also has a small availability to other prescriptions if animals are in need. Veterinary students will also have the opportunity to learn about public health, client communication, human animal bond, and preforming physical exams. 

The club is asking Iowa veterinarians to assist that day from 8:00am-5:00pm (time is dependent on the number of animals on each route). The veterinarians will oversee the work of the veterinary student volunteers and sign off on the Rabies Certificates. Volunteers do not have to commit to working the entire day.

If you are available to help, please send an email to  swinter@iastate.edu.  
Sign up Today to Strut Your Pup
The IVMA is partnering with Live Healthy Iowa to help Iowans and their dogs get more exercise this spring through their Strut Your Pup Challenge .

The program challenges you to get out and get active with your pet during Iowa's cool, spring weather. Studies have shown that people who regularly walk dogs may benefit from lower blood pressure, have a trimmer waistline and suffer from fewer chronic diseases. Dogs are a great accountability partner; keeping you active and on schedule.

Challenge your staff to get involved and promote the program to your clients.

Cost: $8 per participant
How does it work?
Team-up with a canine companion, get moving and track your activity minutes through the Live Healthy Iowa website. Compete with others in your community or across the state as you improve your health and that of a furry friend.
Challenge participants receive:
  • A fun, dog-friendly gift
  • Weekly email tips with ideas to stay active and healthy
  • Access to a personal tracking page on the LHI website
  • Unlimited access to online tools and resources
  • Opportunity to win incentives and prizes

IVMA veterinarians will help answer participants' questions each week in the "Ask the Vet" section of the participants' weekly emails.

World Pork Expo Canceled as Precaution
The National Pork Producers Council announced its decision to cancel World Pork Expo 2019 out of an abundance of caution as African swine fever (ASF) continues to spread in China and other parts of Asia.

World Pork Expo, held each June at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, hosts approximately 20,000 visitors over three days, including individuals and exhibitors from ASF-positive regions. African swine fever affects only pigs and presents no human health or food safety risks. 

Controlled Substances Waiver Updated
With the epidemic of opioid abuse, veterinarians need to be aware and take precautions to protect themselves and their clinics from potential drug diversion and misuse. One step clinics can take to help protect against the possibility of a “vet shopper” is to have clients sign a waiver of liability and responsibility. This document informs the client of their responsibilities when a controlled substance is prescribed.

With help from the IVMA legal counsel, a Controlled Substance Waiver was developed for use by IVMA members. The form should be completed by the clinic and the client when a controlled substance is prescribed to a patient. A copy of the file should be given to the client and retained in the client’s file.

The form has recently been updated. Please use the new updated version.
To access the Controlled Substance Waiver form, visit www.iowavma.org .
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