"Serving veterinarians for the benefit of animal and human health."
February 5, 2018
It's Almost Here!
One Week Until Winter Conference!

February 13-14
Prairie Meadows Conference Center, Altoona

There is still time to register!

Register now and save $25 over the on-site registration rate!

Call the IVMA office at 800-369-9564 or Click Here to register online.
Help Us Make a Strong Showing at Legislative Day 2019
Advocate for the veterinary profession at the 2019 IVMA Legislative Day on February 27 . 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 begins with breakfast and opening remarks at Embassy Suites Hotel 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 2019 IVMA Legislative Day! There is no cost to attend and breakfast and lunch are provided for IVMA members and ISU CVM students. Register online at or call the IVMA office at 800-369-9564. 
Support the IVMA Foundation with $19 in '19
The IVMA Foundation is launching a campaign this month to increase the Foundation's endowment to support scholarships for Iowa State University CVM students.  

Through the generous support of IVMA Foundation Fellows and IVMA members, the organization has been able to increase their level of scholarships from just $2,000 in 1999 to an all-time high of $66,000 in 2017.

With the increasing cost of veterinary school and the high amount of debt today's students are acquiring , the IVMA Foundation is asking for your generous assistance to meet goals. The $19 in ’19 campaign is being launched to help build up the scholarship fund and help as many deserving students as possible. 

The Foundation is asking EVERY IVMA Member to contribute $19 in 2019 to the IVMA Foundation. 

You can contribute your $19   in Person at Winter Conference; by Mail: Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, 1605 N Ankeny Blvd Suite 110, Ankeny, IA 50023; or Call the IVMA office at 515-965-9237 and pay over the phone with a credit card.

Thank you for making a difference by supporting the IVMA Foundation!
IVMA Members Invited to SAVMA Meeting to Hear Equine Speaker
Foreign Animal Disease Workshops
The Iowa State University SAVMA chapter invites IVMA members to attend their February meeting and hear Equine Internist and Lyme Disease Specialist, Dr. Eric "Lockwood" Swinebroad.

Dr. Swinebroad will talk about highlights of his career in equine medicine and lameness working for the International Federation for Equestrian Sports and teaching at Texas A&M.

Thursday, February 7
Sun Room, Memorial Union
2229 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA
6-7 pm Social Hour
7:-8:30 pm General Meeting

RSVP to Austin Ashbacher at aash@iastate.edu .
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University presents:

Free interactive Workshops about Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness: What to Expect and How to Prepare

Who: Livestock Producers and Veterinarians

Five Regional meetings:

February 7 -Washington
February 12 - Ames
February 26 - Nashua
March 5 - Sioux Center
March 12 - Carroll

Free lunch included.

  • What to expect if Foot and Mouth Disease or African Swine Fever is found in the U.S.,
  • How long movement could stop and the requirements to move animals once movement restarts,
  • How to protect their animals from diseases, and
  • Daily health monitoring strategies in an outbreak

For more information: fad@IowaAgriculture.gov or call 515-281-5321.
Well-being Gatekeeper Training Available for Veterinarians
Bring Clients Back to Your Clinic
The AVMA is offering a free pilot program that provides gatekeeper training to a limited number of veterinarians and veterinary students to help them learn to identify and refer at-risk colleagues. The training conducted entirely online, takes about 60 minutes and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Gatekeeper training teaches people without professional mental health backgrounds to recognize the signs that someone may be considering suicide, establish a dialogue, and guide the person to seek professional help. It is not a substitute for professional assistance, but it can be a critical tool to save lives – and it's something that any veterinary professional can learn to do.

For more information or to sign up for QPR training, visit the AVMA website .
We all know how difficult it can be to keep clients coming to the clinic for regular veterinary care. The good news is that a free program offered by Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP) has proven to be effective in getting inactive clients back to the veterinarian's office, where pets can be provided the health care they need and deserve.

The program enrolled 1,612 veterinary clinics in the PHP program which targeted pet owners whose pets had not been seen by a veterinary practice for 14 months or greater. Within 180 days of sending reminder messages, practices that used the PHP Program brought in an average of 128 lapsed clients per practice

Your veterinary clinic can begin using the tools available through the inactive client reminder program free of charge through the PHP website. Visit the Partners for Health Pets website to learn more about how effective the program has been at clinics across the country, and how you can successfully implement this program at your clinic.
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