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February 4, 2020
It's Almost Time!
IVMA Winter Conference is Next Week
Winter Conference 2020 - Focus on Success

February 11-13, 2020

The Meadows Events & Conference Center
Altoona, IA

It's not too late to register!
1.     Call the IVMA office at 800-369-9564; or
2.     Register online at www.iowa vma.org .

Remember to book your hotel rooms for Winter Conference!
Rooms at Prairie Meadows Hotel are almost completely booked, but you can check for openings by calling 515.957.3000 & reference group block:  Iowa Veterinary Medical Assn (IVMA)

Other hotels close to the conference site (no discount for IVMA members):
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Altoona - 515-967-1855
La Quinta by Wyndham Altoona - 515-630-0156
Hampton Inn & Suites Altoona - 515-967-5774
My Place Hotel - Altoona -515-348-7161
PC Supply Orders During Winter Conference
The IVMA office will be closed and no Preconditioning supply orders will be shipped Tuesday, February 11 - Thursday, February 13 during the IVMA Winter Conference.

If you need PC supplies during this period, leave a voice mail at the IVMA office at 515-965-9237 or send an email to ivma@iowavma.org.

All orders received will be shipped out on Friday, February 14.
IVMA Winter Conference Update:
Still Space Available in Preconference Dinner CE Session
Both sessions of the Preconference Dental Oral Surgery Wetlab on Tuesday, February 11 are full, but you can still maximize your CE by attending the Tuesday evening
Preconference Dinner CE Session on Fleas and Ticks.

Dinner CE Session: Flea and Ticks
5:30-8:30 pm
Presenter: Dr. Debra Olbrich 

Cost: $100/person, includes dinner
3 hours CE
Register online at www.iowavma.org for call 515-965-9237.
IVMA Member Survey on Prescription/Pharmacy Issues 
The Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine (IBVM) has asked the IVMA to survey our members about issues related to pharmacy policies and Iowa regulations on prescriptions.

There are growing concerns about human misuse/diversion of controlled substances acquired through veterinary prescriptions for animals. The PMP (Prescription Monitoring Program) has been put in place to monitor prescription drug use but participation is voluntary for veterinarians. Several pharmacies now have policies restricting certain types of veterinary prescriptions.

According to The Iowa Board of Pharmacy:
  • A pharmacy is not allowed to fill a prescription for a veterinary practice as prescriptions must be patient-specific and a veterinary practice is not a patient (Iowa Code 155A.27).
  • A pharmacy may sell prescription drug products to a veterinary practice (the pharmacy acts as a wholesaler for this transaction).
  • A pharmacy is allowed to fill prescriptions written by a veterinarian for that veterinarian’s pets but this may be seen as a questionable practice, especially if it is for a controlled drug.
  • Some pharmacies may have policies that restrict some types of prescriptions.
  • The Iowa Board of Medicine has a specific prohibition against a prescriber authorizing prescriptions for controlled substances to members of the prescriber's family.
  • The DEA may look at veterinarians prescribing controlled substances for a family pet as a "red flag."

To help the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine and the Iowa Board of Pharmacy determine how pharmacies are handling dispensing of prescriptions to veterinarians’ own animals, please complete a short, (5 question, 2-3 minute) anonymous survey. 

Thank you for your time.

Save The Date To Advocate 
Advocate for the veterinary profession at the 2020 IVMA Legislative Day on February 19 . Join with other IVMA members from around the state to represent the veterinary profession, deepen your understanding of the policy making process and help shape future legislation.
The day will begin with a breakfast and opening remarks at the Iowa Historical Building in Des Moines. After breakfast the contingent will head to the Iowa State Capitol to meet with legislative leaders from the Iowa House and Senate.
Make plans now to attend the 2020 IVMA Legislative Day! There is no cost to attend and breakfast and lunch are provided for IVMA members and ISU CVM students. Register online or call the IVMA office at 800-369-9564. 
Working with Students and Volunteers at your Clinic - Are You Covered?
Many Iowa veterinarians are generous with their time, allowing veterinary students and volunteers to shadow at their clinic to gain valuable professional experience.

The AVMA PLIT has put together a document to help clinic owners navigate the responsibilities and risks of having students and volunteers working in their clinics or traveling with them to visit clients.

The document, called Best Practices While Working with Students and Volunteers, can be found on the IVMA website under Resources, Practice Management, Human Resources.

The IVMA is planning to expand on this topic and offer a session at the IVMA Annual Meeting in September to help clinic owners provide a safe, productive experience and mitigate their own risk. Look for more information this summer.
Benefit for Malmanger Famly
A benefit has been planned for IVMA Member, Dr. Ellen Malmanger and her husband, Tom. Dr. Malmanger is a 2018 graduate of ISU CVM and is a veterinarian at Creature Comforts Veterinary Hospital in Ankeny.

Tom has been diagnosed with thymoma, which is a rare cancer of the thymus gland. Since receiving this diagnosis, Tom has endured multiple rounds of radiation and chemotherapy. Tom and Ellen have been going back and forth to the Mayo Clinic fighting this battle for months and will be heading back north in a couple weeks. Tom is scheduled to have a long and invasive surgery to remove the tumor in his chest mid-February.
The benefit is planned to to help offset medical expenses not covered by insurance as well as travel expenses to and from the Mayo Clinic. The benefit is Thursday, February 6 from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm at El Bait Shop in downtown Des Moines.
If you are unable to attend the benefit, there is also a Go Fund Me page set up at where you can make online donations to the family.
Congratulations to Northeast Iowa Community College on Full Accreditation
At its November meeting, the AVMA's Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) elevated Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar's veterinary technology program to full accreditation following a review of reports and an accreditation site visit.

The following veterinary technology programs were evaluated and received a continued Full Accreditation recommendation (not all programs were reviewed at this time):

  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Iowa Lakes Community College
  • Iowa Western Community College
  • Kirkwood Community College
  • Muscatine Community College

Congratulations to Northeast Iowa Community College on their full accreditation and all the other schools for their continued accreditation!
Become the Link Between the IVMA and Recent Graduates

Applications are now being accepted to become an Emerging Leader Liaison (ELL) to the Administrative Committee for the IVMA. The purpose of this position is to provide a link and build relationships between recent veterinary school graduates and the IVMA. This position is open to any IVMA member who has graduated from veterinary school within the last 7 years.
The Emerging Leader Liaison will attend select meetings and events. As compensation, the ELL will receive a one-year IVMA membership, all travel expenses to attend meetings, and paid registration to some veterinary conferences.

For a full list of job responsibilities, compensation offered and how to apply visit the  IVMA website under “Membership/Recent Graduates”. Application deadline is April 10. Selection will take place by April 30.
Veterinarian Well-Being Strategies Survey
As graduates of the Venture School program at the University of Iowa, Sarah & Zak Montgomery have developed brief well-being strategies for veterinarians. Sarah Montgomery is an Education Professor who has been teaching and researching stress-reduction and well-being in professional contexts for the past five years. Zak is a Professor at Wartburg College. Please take a few minutes to provide feedback on the well-being strategies in the following survey.  Take Survey.
Wellness Corner: How Do You Stay Well?
How do you stay well in Veterinary Medicine? We want to know! Submit a way that you stay well in veterinary Medicine and we may feature you in the IVMA Communique. Email ivma@iowavma.org with your submission.

Today's wellness submission is from IVMA ELL Dr. Tara Miller. Check out how Dr. Miller relaxes and promotes wellness in her life.
"I find various forms of exercise very soothing. Recently I have discovered the circus arts and life in the upside down. The more I focus on how my body is moving the more I find my mind and body relaxing.  " Dr. Tara Miller 

Remember to take advantage of the free Wellness resources with the AVMA, including a wellness self-assessment, workplace wellbeing, training and CE opportunities.

Please take advantage of the QPR (Question. Persuade. Refer) suicide prevention training to ask a question and save a life. 

Crisis Resources
Knowing when to reach out for help - and doing it - might be the most important part of your wellbeing plan. No one can do everything alone, and this is especially true where mental health is involved. If you believe you need help, please use these crisis resources:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 or 800-838-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: 741741
  • Vets4Warriors: 855-838-8255
  • The Warm Line (peer-run, non-crisis, confidential listening for people going through substance or mental health issues): 844-775-9276 (5pm-10pm daily)
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-273-8255
  • National Institute for Mental Health: 800-950-6264 or nami.org
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