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January 5, 2021
Welcome 2021! We are all glad to see the calendar change with a new beginning and hopefully a brighter year. If one of your new year's resolutions is to stay current on your CE and advance the veterinary profession, we're here to help! Here are three ways to make the best of 2021:

  1. Renew your 2021 IVMA Membership if you haven't already. There is no better way to keep current on and support the veterinary profession in Iowa.
  2. Register for the 2021 IVMA Winter Conference. It's virtual this year so no worries about travel. We have a great line-up of speakers and experiences for you to discover - earn up to 20 hours of CE!
  3. Support the IVMA I-Vet PAC and the IVMA Foundation - two great organizations that work for you and future veterinarians.

Log in to www.iowavma.org to or call the IVMA office at 515-965-9237 to accomplish any of these and start the year off right!
Registration is OPEN for the 2021 IVMA Winter Conference!

The IVMA is so excited to be able to offer our members an innovative way to earn veterinary continuing education hours. The 2021 Winter Conference will be presented in a virtual format – just like your morning coffee, get your CE “To Go”!

Don’t worry about winter driving, being away from the clinic or hotel costs. The 2021 IVMA Virtual Winter Conference will provide you with a new way to learn the latest in veterinary education while keeping you safe at your home or office. 

Sessions include:
  • Wednesday General Session: Pharmacology Issues in Veterinary Medicine
  • Thursday General Session: Updates on COVID-19 and the Veterinary Practice
  • Small Ruminant Session
  • Two Companion Animal Sessions
  • Bovine Session
  • Swine Session
  • Veterinary Technician Session

Check out the topic and speaker line up at www.iowavma.org.
Bring Your Pet To Happy Hour!
Join us on Wednesday, February 10 for the IVMA Winter Conference Pints with Pets Virtual Happy Hour!

Grab your pup or kitty and join other attendees and their pets on a Virtual Happy Hour! Breakout rooms will be offered by Vet School Graduation decades so you can catch up with former classmates.

Pour yourself a cold one (or a warm cup of tea!) and join up with other veterinarians and show off your pet!

A special gift will be in the mail for the first 250 Winter Conference registrants!

Register today at www.iowavma.org!
Deadline Approaching for Iowa Animal Hall of Fame

There is still time to nominate for the 2021 Iowa Animal Hall of Fame Awards!

If you have a special client with an outstanding pet, we would love to hear about them! 

The deadline for nominating is January 15, 2021.
The Iowa Animal Hall of Fame is sponsored by the IVMA and Merck Animal Health.
Iowa Animal Hall of Fame nomination forms can be found on the IVMA website at www.iowavma.org , click on “About Us” then “Awards” or you can call the IVMA office at 800-369-9564 to have one sent to you. Only IVMA members may nominate.
Some Sportmix Pet Food Recalled for Potentially Fatal Levels of Aflatoxin
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, is investigating certain 
Sportmix pet food products manufactured by Midwestern Pet Food, Inc. that may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin. 

The FDA is aware of at least 28 deaths and 8 illnesses in dogs that ate the recalled product.

Pets experiencing aflatoxin poisoning may have symptoms such as sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes or gums due to liver damage), and/or diarrhea. In severe cases, this toxicity can be fatal. In some cases, pets may suffer liver damage but not show any symptoms.

IVMA Cardiology Webinar Series Available On Demand
Dr. Jessica Ward's two-part Companion Animal Cardiology Webinar that took place in December is available on demand for 3 hours of Continuing Education.
The webinar can be purchased for $150 at www.iowavma.org and includes both Part 1 & Part 2 of the webinar.
Part 1: When should I prescribe pimobendan (Vetmedin)?
Pimobendan (Vetmedin) is a commonly prescribed and widely advertised drug in veterinary cardiology. This session will discuss when pimobendan should be prescribed (which heart diseases and which stage of disease) in small animals, based on clinical trials and consensus recommendations.
Part 2: Cardiomyopathy associated with boutique, exotic-ingredient, or grain-free diets
In 2018, the FDA announced concerns for a relationship between cardiomyopathy and grain-free diets in dogs, which has led to widespread concern and confusion among the veterinary community and dog owners. This session traces the roots of this issue and provides an evidence-based update of our current understanding and best practices.
Veterinary Clinic COVID-19 Guidance Document Available
The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association has produced a document to provide guidance for veterinary clinics on mitigating the risk of COVID-19.

The document includes how to handle clients in clinics, infection prevention and control, staff management, on-site visits and many other topics.

Downloadable COVID-19 Clinic Signage for AVMA
Did you know? The AVMA has free downloadable clinic signage available to educate and instruct clients about clinic procedures during COVID-19. Download the PDF, add your clinic's phone number or logo an print for display on entry doors or in waiting rooms.

Webinar Series on Pricing Strategies Available
The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) and Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE) are pleased to announce the launch of a free three-part webinar series, New and Improved Pricing Strategies.

Of all the business decisions that a veterinary practice must make, those involving setting prices for products and services are among the most important and impactful ones. No other decision affects the practice’s revenues or profits as directly or significantly as a pricing decision does. Price changes have a direct, immediate, and measurable effect on a veterinary practice’s revenues and profits.

The VHMA will issue a one (1) hour continuing education certificate to attendee for each session attended. The webinars are free but registration is required for each separate webinar.

January 26, Noon-1:00 pm: What does the research tell us about pricing in veterinary medicine? Should you rethink your pricing strategy? How can you tell?

March 23, Noon -1:00 pm: What are the components of an effective pricing decision framework? How does the cost of providing care fit into price-setting? How does the concept of value fit into price setting?

May 25, Noon- 1:00 pm: What are some new pricing strategies that make it easier for pet owners to say yes to more and better care? How do you implement them?

For more information and to register visit https://vmae.org/pricing-strategies/
January is One Health Awareness Month
Help raise awareness about One Health - the concept that the health of people, animals and the environment ins intertwined.

January is One Health Awareness Month. The One Health Commission has developed resources including the 31-Day One Health Social Media Challenge Calendar with suggested topics that you can use each day in your local community and in your social media and professional networks.
Three-State Beef Conference Goes Virtual in 2021
The 2021 Three-State Beef Conference will be presented virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, titled “Making Dollars out of Decisions” is set for January 12-14, with an hour-long webinar beginning at 7 p.m. each day.

The conference provides beef cattle producers in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska an annual update on current and critical cow-calf and stocker topics.

Here are the conference dates and session titles, speakers and their affiliations.
  • Tuesday, January 12 “What’s on the horizon for the cattle industry: pricing changes, profit drivers and other possibilities in 2021” -- Dr. Scott Brown, University of Missouri
  • Wednesday, January 13 “Making Selection Successful: Aligning trait emphasis with market endpoints” -- Dr. Bob Weaber, Kansas State University
  • Thursday, January 14 “Value of Connected Data” -- Justin Sexten, Performance Livestock Analytics

All sessions are free, however, registration is required. People will register once for all three days, and following that step will receive an email with the webinar link and sign-in details.

For more information on the conference or registration, contact Chris Clark at caclark@iastate.edu or Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Erika Lundy at ellundy@iastate.edu.
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