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August 2, 2022
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IVMA Sports and Field Day - August 31
Join the IVMA for a fun-filled day of golf and/or sporting clays and 3D archery tournaments to support the IVMA Foundation! The 2022 Sports and Field Day will be held Wednesday, August 31 at Briarwood Golf Club in Ankeny. 

The “Best Shot” golf tournament is open to IVMA members, their staff, families and friends. Bring your own foursome or come and be paired up with other golfers. Either way, you’ll have a great time playing golf and supporting the IVMA Foundation. 

Registration includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, two drink tickets and dinner. Prizes will be awarded for top golfers as well as hole prizes.

2022 Sports and Field Day Registration Fees: IVMA Members & Public Golfers: $150 (before 8/15), $175 (after 8/15) 

For more information and registration visit www.iowavma.org or call the IVMA office at 800-369-9564.  
Come early for Sporting Clays and 3D Archery Shoot!

The annual Sporting Clay/Trap Shoot will be held at 9:00 am at Olofson’s Shooting Range in Polk City. 
Shooters of all skill levels are welcome – even beginners! A 3D Archery Tournament will again be offered this year!

Registration fees:
Archery -Twenty-five shots at twelve targets - $35 (bring your own bow/crossbow).
Sporting Clay/Trap Shoot of 25 sporting clays and 25 trap - $40

Bring your own shotgun shells!

Register for the shooting clay/trap shoot and archery at www.iowavma.org .
2022 IVMA Annual Meeting Registration OPEN
Quick survey: What are the biggest needs in the veterinary workforce?
We all know that the veterinary workforce is strained right now in a variety of ways. The ISU College of Veterinary Medicine is assisting researchers at Louisiana State University to study the current and future needs of the veterinary practice workforce nationwide, including factors related to retention.

We would appreciate your participation in this anonymous survey to gather data about veterinary practitioner's perceptions regarding the needs of our workforce.

The survey questions are directed towards veterinarians in clinical practice, though all veterinarians are welcome to participate.

Please access the survey using this link. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Thank you so much for your participation! 

If you have questions about this project, or to request a copy of the IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval for this project, please email Dr. Jessica Ward (jward@iastate.edu)
5th Annual Honey Bee Veterinary Conference
The 5th Annual Honey Bee Veterinary Conference will be held at Michigan State University on Aug. 26-28, 2022. 
Registrants will be able to attend in-person, watch the conference live via zoom, or access the content virtually on-demand for a period of two months.
With 17 hours of lecture to choose from covering everything from the basics to more advanced topics, there is certain to be something for everyone!
New this year is one hour of research talks highlighting current work being done in the field of honey bee veterinary medicine. There are also four hands-on labs covering hive inspections for both beginner and advanced, honey bee anatomy, and how to diagnose the honey bee bacterial diseases.

For more information and to register visit the Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium conference website.
IVMA Tailgate set for ISU vs. K-State - October 8
The IVMA will be hosting a tailgate for the October 8 Iowa State vs. K-State game. Plan on joining other IVMA Cyclone fans for pregame food and beverages. All IVMA members, their guests and ISU veterinary students are invited! More information to come!

A limited number of group tickets are available for the game for $55 each. Reserve your tickets here or call the IVMA office for more information.

Go Cyclones!
Avian Influenza Quarantine Restrictions Lifted on Commercial Farms
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) announced on July 21 that the last commercial Iowa poultry farm has been released from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) quarantine restrictions. The restrictions prohibited the movement of poultry and poultry products on or off the affected premises and were lifted after the farm cleared all HPAI testing protocols and quarantine requirements.

The latest site released from quarantine is a commercial turkey farm in Bremer County. The requirements for release include, but are not limited to, cleaning, disinfection, and environmental sampling of the infected premises.

Quarantines remain in effect on four backyard flock sites and will be lifted as requirements for release are met.

Veterinarians Needed to Assist with Cruelty/Neglect Cases
The IVMA is updating our list of veterinarians who may be willing to assist law enforcement during suspected animal cruelty/neglect cases. Iowa law requires a law enforcement officer to consult with a licensed veterinarian to determine if an animal is being neglected or abused before any action can be taken.
If you are willing to help, please take a few minutes to complete this interest form, even if you have recently completed the formWe have added additional questions to help us identify which veterinarians are willing to help in each county.
In the event of a case in your area, you may be contacted by local law enforcement or a representative of the IVMA for consideration to assist in the investigation. Your work on cases is strictly voluntary and you will never be asked to serve on cases in which there is a real or perceived conflict of interest (e.g., current or previous client).
Thank you so much for your willingness to assist in this important service to your community.
Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine Clarifies VCPR Definitions
The Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine (IBVM) worked with the IVMA and other industry partners to update Iowa’s Rule related to veterinarian/client/patient relationships (VCPR) with ARC 6397C. The rule clarifies two previous rules:
  • ARC 6212C (effective March 30, 2022) which requires a valid VCPR before a veterinarian may provide medical care or prescribe medications to a patient, and
  • ARC 6171C (effective June 10, 2022) which requires a physical examination of the patient or visits to the premises within the past 12 months to establish a VCPR.
To address public comments made in reference to these rules, the IBVM adopted ARC 6397C to clarify definitions and address the responsibilities of veterinarians who provide services in an emergency setting. This rule defines “emergency,” “physical examination,” and “premises.” It also clarifies and revises two of the criteria to allow a VCPR for groups of animals and allows a licensed veterinarian with a valid VCPR to designate another licensed veterinarian to consult or provide back-up care.
ARC 6397C was adopted by the IBVM and became effective on June 14, 2022. Read ARC 6397C here.
Still Time for Public Comment
In order to expedite the adoption of this rule, an emergency adoption was approved by the Administrative Rules Review Committee. To allow all interested parties the chance to comment, the formal rule making process will be used allowing for additional public comment on this rule. The IBVM is requesting public comment on ARC 6403C. The deadline for public comment is 4:30 pm on August 2, 2022. Read ARC 6403C and instructions for making comments here.
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