IVMA
Communiqué
"Serving veterinarians for the benefit of animal and human health."
July 20, 2021
What a Year! Your Team Deserves an Award
This past year has been especially challenging for so many of our veterinary teams.

Navigating through new COVID-19 protocols, a lack of PPE, switching to curbside service, trying to keep everyone safe and healthy, all while being extra busy with regular clients and new pandemic puppies.

Your team deserves an award! Although we usually honor one person for our Healthcare Team Member Service Award, we will also consider presenting the award to an entire veterinary team. Nominate your deserving team for the 2021 Healthcare Team (Member) Service Award! After this year of challenges, they deserve it!

The awards will be presented during lunch on Thursday, September 30 at the IVMA Annual Meeting.

Besides the Healthcare Team Member Service Award, we are also looking for nominations for the Veterinarian of the Year Award and the
Rising Star Award. Consider nominating those hard-working veterinary professionals in your life.

For more information on any of the IVMA Awards and nomination forms visit  www.iowavma.org or call the IVMA office at 800-369-9564.

The deadline for nominations is August 3rd.
Join the Hype of Cyclone Football- Group Tickets Available!
Join the fun and hype of one of the most anticipated seasons of Iowa State Cyclone Football!

The IVMA will be hosting a tailgate for the November 6 Iowa State vs. Texas game. Plan on joining other IVMA Cyclone fans for pregame food and beverages. All IVMA members, their guests and ISU veterinary students are invited! More information to come!

Need Tickets for the Game? Group Tickets available! Request by July 28!!

Because we purchased a tailgate tent, the IVMA has the opportunity to purchase group tickets to the Texas game. Ticket orders must be placed with the IVMA by 4:00 pm on Wednesday July 28. We must purchase 25 ticket to receive the group rate and the ticket price will go down if we purchase 100 tickets.

November 6, Iowa State vs.Texas
Jack Trice Stadium, Ames
Group 25+ is $55 per ticket
Group 100+ is $45 per ticket

ISU is not able to tell us the location of the seats at this time.

Order tickets by emailing the number of tickets requested to ivma@iowavma.org or call the IVMA office at 515-965-9239 by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, July 28. We will purchase the tickets and send you an invoice.

Go Cyclones!
Volunteers Needed to Coat Veterinary Students
Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine will host two White Coat Ceremonies in August to honor both the incoming class of 2025 and the class of 2024 who were unable to hold their ceremony last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The first ceremony will honor the Class of 2024 and will be held on Friday, August 6 at 6:00 pm at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium in Ames, IA. The ceremony for the Class of 2025 will be held on Friday, August 20 at 6:00 pm, also at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. The ceremony is traditionally held as the formal conclusion of Freshman Orientation and is symbolic of these students taking their first steps into the veterinary profession.

Students are coated by a veterinarian of their choice, a CVM faculty member or a veterinarian who volunteers to participate in the ceremony. If you have not already been contacted by a student and are interested in being a coater at one or both of these ceremonies, please contact Dr. Monica Howard (mohoward@iastate.edu) by July 23, 2021.
Updates to the Iowa Animal Exhibition Requirements
With county fairs and the Iowa State Fair upon us, the State District Veterinarians would like to remind veterinarians of several changes for Animal Exhibition Requirements in Iowa for 2021.  

1.      Swine at all exhibitions in Iowa are required to be inspected by an Iowa licensed, category II accredited veterinarian either before being unloaded or before leaving a designated isolation and inspection area (prior to mixing with any other pigs).

2.      For swine requiring Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (CVI’s), the swine are required to be inspected by an Iowa licensed, category II accredited veterinarian within 7 days prior to arriving at the exhibition site and the inspection date must be noted on the CVI. Sheep must be inspected within 14 days and most other species must be inspected within 30 days prior to arriving at the exhibition site. Be sure to review the individual show rules as well.

3.      All swine are required to be officially identified. In the past, 4H swine had been allowed to use a 4H tag and ear notches in place of official ID tags as long as both tag and ear notch numbers were written on the CVI.  Currently, 4H swine (as well as ANY other swine) are required to have an official ID tag in them with the complete official ID tag number recorded on the CVI. Official ID tags are tags that have the US shield on them. 

To view other issues that are consistently seen at exhibitions each year, read the entire article.

Check out the complete health requirements for animal exhibitions in Iowa athttps://iowaagriculture.gov/animal-industry-bureau/animal-admission-health-requirements.
How Are We Doing? Complete the IVMA Member Survey
In order get a better idea of how the IVMA is meeting its members' needs, we are conducting a Member Needs and Satisfaction Survey. We hope to use the results of the survey to improve the quality of service and benefits the IVMA is providing to our members and get new ideas for future offerings.
 
Last week, you should have received the survey via email if you have an email on file with the IVMA or in the mail if you don't have email. The survey should take you about 15 minutes to complete and you have until July 30 to complete the survey.
 
If you take the survey, you will be in a drawing for a $100 VISA gift card! Our online survey program will allow you to enter the drawing, while still keeping your answers anonymous (mailed survey will need to include a name to be entered in the drawing). 
 
Thank you for helping to make the IVMA a better association for YOU!
IDALS Confirms a Case of Equine Herpesvirus in Story County
DES MOINES, Iowa (July 19, 2021) – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has confirmed a positive case of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV) in a horse located in Story County, Iowa. The horse is showing neurological signs of EHV. Click here for more details. https://iowaagriculture.gov/news/confirmed-case-ehv-story-county-7192021
Support Iowa Students at the Iowa Sporting Clay Scholarship Classic
Targeting Excellence, an organization founded to support students in food animal agriculture is holding the 2021 Iowa Sporting Clay Scholarship Classic to raise funds for scholarships for deserving students.

Targeting Excellence awarded $16,750 to Iowa students in 2021 and a total of $126,000 since 2014 benefiting 63 students.

Join the fun and help support Targeting Excellence!

2021 Iowa Sporting Clay Scholarship Classic
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Targets on the Move, Ackley, IA

Squad rounds start at 9 am and 1 pm with lunch served at 11:30

Event Speaker: Dr. John F Patience, Professor Emeritus of Animal Science, Iowa State University

Don't want to shoot? Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities also!

For more information visit Iowa Targeting Excellence or contact Rachel Virden at 678-448-2368 or rvirden@targetingexcellence.org
What Questions Do You Have?
At the IVMA Annual Meeting, Sept 29-Oct 1, several sessions will include panel discussions by topic experts and IVMA members with experience in the area being discussed. To help facilitate discussion and make sure the topics are relevant to your situation, we are sourcing questions prior to the conference.

What questions do you have about the following topics?

  • CBD Legal and Pharmaceutical Issues
  • Beekeeping and veterinary care for Bees
  • Wellness for Veterinarians
  • Small Ruminant Medicine
  • IVMA/ISU CVM Directory
  • Changes to the Preconditioning Program

Please submit your questions to ivma@iowavma.org or call the IVMA office at 515-965-9237 anytime between now and September 24. We will compile the questions and present them to our panel during the IVMA Annual Meeting.
Looking for an Associate Veterinarian? Join the Networking/Job Fair
The IVMA and Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine are teaming up again in 2021 to offer a Networking/Job Fair as part of the IVMA Annual Meeting.

The IVMA/ISU CVM Networking/Job Fair will offer IVMA veterinarians the chance to meet current ISU CVM students in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. All classes of veterinary students are invited to attend, allowing students to network and build relationships with IVMA veterinarians and practice their interviewing skills.

The event will take place at ISU CVM on Thursday, September 30 during the IVMA reception, which will be held at the Commons at ISU CVM. The fair will be from 6:30-7:30 pm, leaving time for IVMA members to attend the reception if they wish.
Sign up today!

A limited number of tables will be available for IVMA members to reserve, so sign up today! There is no cost to participate for IVMA members. 

Veterinarians can meet with students to network and discuss:
·        Associate positions open now and in the future
·        Preceptorships
·        Summer jobs
·        Veterinary practices for sale in the future

Clinics are invited to bring flyers, photos or anything else they wish to display about their clinic and community. Clinic staff is also invited to help staff the tables.

Reserve a table by indicating when you register on-line for Annual Meeting, calling the IVMA office at 800-369-9564 or emailing to ivma@iowavma.org. An email with more details will be sent to participating clinics before the event.
Watch Construction of the New VDL - LIVE!
Construction has begun on the new Veterinary Diagnostic Lab at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

The $75 million project will replace the outdated and crowded current facility and is scheduled to open in 2023.

You can keep up on the progress of the VDL by watching a live stream of the construction by clicking on these WebCam links.


For more information about and conceptual renderings of the new Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, read Ten Years in the Making on the ISU CVM website.
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