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February 16, 2021
IVMA Virtual Winter Conference - That's a Wrap!
Wow! You exceeded our expectations! Last week's IVMA Virtual Winter Conference was a huge success thanks to YOU!

Over 430 of you joined in by participating in the CE sessions, visiting the exhibitor booths or raising a toast during the Pints and Pets Virtual Happy Hour. Thank You!

Did you miss the Conference? No problem! The recorded version of the conference is available for viewing until Mid-May. You can earn up to 20 hours of CE! Check out the topic and speaker line-up and register at www.iowavma.org.
Congratulations to the following winners in the IVMA Winter Conference Exhibitor Passport Contest!

$100 Visa Gift Card: Dr. Lizzy Breuer, West Branch

$50 Visa Gift Card: Dr. Kathy Ross, Marion

$50 Visa Gift Card: Dr. Bailey Gray-White, Marcus
Applications now open for
Rural Iowa Veterinary Loan Repayment program
In 2020, the Iowa Legislature passed legislation to create the Rural Iowa Veterinary Loan Repayment Program to address veterinary shortages in rural Iowa communities. 

The program provides loan repayment incentives to individuals who practice in specified locations for up to four years. The maximum award for this program is $60,000 which is paid in four increments toward outstanding Federal Subsidized Stafford, Unsubsidized Stafford, and Graduate PLUS balances at the end of each 12-month employment period.  

Visit https://iowacollegeaid.gov/VeterinarianLoanRepaymentProgram for information on eligibility, eligible areas and how to apply.

Applications are being accepted until February 28. Selections will be made in March/April 2021.
VMLRP Accepting Applications
The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) is also accepting applications through April 16.

The federal program helps qualified veterinarians offset a significant portion of the debt incurred in pursuit of their veterinary medicine degrees in return for their service in certain high-priority veterinary shortage situations. 

The 2021 counties for Iowa selected as shortage areas include Cherokee, Hardin, Henry, Linn, Mahaska, Marshall and Shelby and their adjacent counties. Also included is a Public Health Veterinarian in Denison, IA.
To apply, visit the USDA’s Applicants Page and the Application Guide is a good resource. All applications must be received by the USDA by April 16, 2021.
Nominations are Now Open for the 2021 CVM Awards
The ISU College of Veterinary Medicine encourages you to take this opportunity to recognize deserving colleagues. Nominations are being invited in the following award categories:

Stange Award,
William P. Switzer Award
Lorraine J. Hoffman Graduate Alumni Award
Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Please click here for award description, criteria and nomination form. The deadline for nominations is: March 15, 2021.

Questions? Please contact: Tracy Raef at traef@iastate.edu
Veterinary Honey Bee Survey
Courtney Wallner, a fourth-year pre-veterinary and entomology student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is looking for participants for a survey about honey bees and veterinarians.

As part of a university funded research project, Courtney is conducting a survey about veterinarians and their views on learning apiology and accepting honeybees as patients in their practices. She wants to find out what veterinarians already know about the bees, what apprehensions they may have about including them in their practices, and what kind of future they see with honey bees in the veterinary field. 

The survey should take 15-20 minutes and you can participate by clicking the link below.

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