"Serving veterinarians for the benefit of animal and human health"
October 30, 2018
In This Issue
Dates to Remember
January 24
IVMA Board Meeting

February 13-14
IVMA Winter Conference

February 27
Legislative Day

For more information on any of these events visit www.iowavma.org.

Remind Clients to Keep Pets Safe this Halloween
In preparation for Halloween, the  American Veterinary Medical Association  (AVMA) has put together seven tips for veterinarians to share with pet owners to ensure animals stay safe during upcoming festivities.
  1. Owners should not feed pets Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum)
  2. Pets should be properly identified (microchip, collar, and ID tag) in case they escape through the open door while owners are distracted with trick-or-treaters
  3. Lit candles and jack-o-lanterns must be kept out of reach of pets
  4. Make sure pet costumes fit properly, are comfortable, and do not have pieces that can easily be chewed off, or can interfere with a pet's sight, hearing, breathing, opening of mouth, or moving. Pets should have time to get accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and must never be left unsupervised while they are wearing a costume
  5. Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from pets. Although the liquid in these products isn't likely toxic, it tastes really bad and makes pets salivate excessively and act strangely
  6. Pets who are wary of strangers or have a tendency to bite, should be put in a separate room during trick-or-treating hours or be provided with a safe hiding place
  7. Keep pets inside
Watch a video of AVMA's Halloween tips  here.
Bovine Preconditioning Research Funds Available
The Iowa Veterinary Medical Association announces the availability of grant(s) supporting clinical research in beef cattle. 

Proposals should be aimed at providing practical solutions veterinarians can utilize in beef production environments. Funding for this support is provided by the IVMA Bovine Committee from proceeds of the Iowa Green/Gold Tag Preconditioning Program. The IVMA is encouraging proposals from private practitioners and collaborative research projects between University faculty and private practitioners.

The proposal should include the title, a project summary of the proposed study, a detailed experimental protocol (no more than three pages), references, biographical sketches, a budget (including justification for all expenses). Salary replacement for faculty members, practitioners, post-docs or graduate students, indirect costs, publication costs, or scientific equipment will not be supported. A report of the results of the project are expected to be reported at IVMA Annual Meeting and submitted to a peer-reviewed publication upon completion. Proposals will be ranked by the IVMA Bovine Committee for beef cattle practice relevance.

Proposals must be received by IVMA office by Close of Business December 3, 2018 and may be sent via email to ivma@iowavma.org or mailed to:
            1605 North Ankeny Blvd, Suite 110
            Ankeny, IA 50023
Questions may be addressed to Dr. Randy Wheeler at rwheeler@iowavma.org  or 800-369-9564.
Iowa One Health Day Conference
Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Iowa  One Health Day Conference  on Saturday, November 3rd at Iowa State University. 

The goal of the conference is to bring together a multidisciplinary cast of students and professionals in relevant fields to learn and discuss how the concept of One Health can drive positive change in the health of humans, animals, and the environment. 

Why should you attend the Iowa One Health Conference?
  • Learn the winner of the One Health Day Student Event Competition
  • Acquire information and skills to find jobs and build your career in new and exciting interdisciplinary fields
  • Hear great speakers on varied topics
  • Network with other bright and motivated individuals with similar big-picture goals, to ease the process of future interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Learn more about new approaches to solving health problems
  • Become part of a global movement
Cost - $15 (includes lunch)

For more information and updates on the keynote speaker, break out sessions and more visit the Iowa One Health Day website.
New Resource Helps Build Stronger Veterinary Teams
Cohesive, collaborative teams are one of the mainstays of a positive work environment - and the  veterinary profession is no exception. But strong teams don't necessarily happen on their own. A new resource, available exclusively to AVMA members, offers ideas to help you bring team-building activities into your workplace. Team-building Exercises: Three Paths to Stronger Teams provides step-by-step instructions for running a variety of team-based challenges and fun competitions at work. Read more.
Clients with Dogs or Cats with Heart Failure Needed for Survey
kitten_bulldog_secret.jpg Pet owners who have cared for a dog or cat with Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) within the past 10 years are encouraged to participate in a new study at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. 
The Survey of Owner Experiences Caring for Dogs and Cats with CHF will help veterinarians, veterinary students and staff better understand owners' experiences living with and caring for dogs & cats with heart failure. 
Pet owners who have cared for a dog or cat with heart failure during the past 10 years can take the survey at:  https://tinyurl.com/ISUCVMCHFsurvey
OR, they can request a paper copy by emailing  chfsurvey@iastate.edu using the subject line "CHF Survey - paper" and providing their mailing address, or they can call 515-294-7292.

Survey participants can enter a drawing for a chance to win one of several $99 gift cards.
If you would be willing to post information about this survey in your clinic for clients to see, please email  chfsurvey@iastate.edu using the subject line "CHF Survey - Poster & cards", and provide your mailing address, or call 515-294-7292.
Survey results will be available to participants at the conclusion if requested.
Thanks for your help in spreading the word about this survey project!
This survey is being conducted by:
Dr. Wendy A. Ware, Cardiologist and Professor, Departments of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Biomedical Sciences, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and
Dr. Courtney Vengrin, Coordinator of Assessment, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Study approved by the Iowa State University Institutional Review Board (IRB ID 18-157).
ISU offering James D McKean Swine Disease Conference
The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Iowa Pork Industry Center, The Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), District 6, sponsor the ISU James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference.  The conference will be held at the Scheman Building, in Ames, Iowa, on November 1-2, 2018.

There will also be 3 pre-conference workshops offered on October 31, the afternoon prior to the main conference.   These workshops will cover African Swine Fever, Disease Surveillance, and Influenza Sequencing and Interpretation.

The program is designed to answer daily concerns of swine practitioners.

For more information about the conference and to register visit  https://register.extension.iastate.edu/swinedisease .
Save BI Box Tops to Fund Scholarships for ISU CVM Students
For the 5th year, Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) is offering Future Service Scholarships to support future cattle veterinarians graduating from the Iowa State University (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine.

BI formed an alliance with the IVMA Foundation to offer this unique scholarship to graduating seniors at ISU. The final amount of the scholarship is determined by BI veterinarian and producer customers submitting box tops from Pyramid® 5 and Pyramid® 5 + Presponse® SQ product boxes.

BI will donate the following to fund the Future Service Scholarships. The donation is doubled for producers and veterinarians who participate in the Iowa Green and Gold Tag Preconditioning Program (see information below).

* $2.50 per 100 doses of PYRAMID 5 + PRESPONSE SQ
* $1.25 per 100 doses of PYRAMID 5

From now through Dec. 31, 2018, producers and veterinarians throughout Iowa are encouraged to help fund the scholarship by clipping their box tops. Producers should forward their box tops to their veterinary clinics. Clinics then work with their BI sales representatives to submit to:
Boehringer Ingelheim
c/o Shanya Hunter
3902 Gene Field Road
St. Joseph, MO 64506

Thank you for supporting the IVMA Foundation and future Iowa veterinarians!
Bovine Embryo Transfer Training Available
 The Iowa State University Embryo Transfer Program is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity  for bovine practitioners to learn or to improve their embryo transfer skills during the 2018 ISU-BETTR Short Course.
Dates: December 17-20th, 2018    (4 days, 32 hours)
Location: Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Description: During this course, veterinarians will be taught all the steps of bovine embryo transfer following the International Embryo Transfer Society (IETS) standards, by boarded and AETA certified Theriogenologists and highly qualified faculty members.   Superovulated cows will be provided for each participant to collect, search, evaluate and freeze embryos. This course will also cover topics such as factors affecting success of bovine embryo recovery, estrus synchronization, donor scheduling, embryo handling and evaluation, followed by further discussions on embryo transfers, recipient management and approaches for increasing pregnancy rates. All equipment will be provided, however you are welcome to bring your own. In addition to lectures and laboratory sessions, the registration fee includes lunches, embryo transfer manual, and an ISU embryo evaluation poster.
Registration Fee:$3000.00 ($750.00 nonrefundable deposit will be required to reserve spot; outstanding balance will be due on the first day of course). It will be first come, first serve for the (8) limited openings.
For more information or to register, visit   https://cvmweb.cvm.iastate.edu/vdpam/about/food-supply/embryo-transfer or contact Marianna Jahnke at 515-294-9110 or by email:marianna@iastate.edu.
*Participant limit is 8 people for an adequate training opportunity. If numbers are insufficient to support the program, ISU reserves the right to cancel the course offering.*
  The IVMA Communiqué is published bi-monthly by the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association.
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