"Serving veterinarians for the benefit of animal and human health."
July 7, 2020
IVMA Annual Meeting Cancelled
With so much uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the IVMA Administrative Committee, along with the IVMA staff, have made the difficult decision to forgo hosting the September 10-11, 2020 IVMA Annual Meeting. While we would like more than anything to see all of you in person in Ames, the health and safety of our attendees, vendors, speakers, and exhibitors are our first priority. We appreciate the feedback we received from the Annual Meeting Survey we sent out in June. The results of the survey and comments received helped our leadership team make their decision.

While we are disappointed that we have had to cancel our 2020 Annual Meeting, we are exploring several different options of delivering high-quality continuing education in a cost-effective and safe manner to our members. The Annual Meeting schedule included a strong line-up of speakers and topics for our attendees and we look forward to presenting this information to our members in the future. Stay tuned for more information!

We want to thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to coming together with you in person in 2021. 
POTL Deadline Extended to July 15
A new class of POTL is beginning this fall and we want YOU to be part of it! POTL is a leadership opportunity for veterinarians who have been out of school seven years or less.  

POTL participants will attend a series of leadership development sessions from the fall of 2020 until spring 2021. The IVMA will provide topic experts and meeting expenses at no charge for participants. Some CE credits may be available. 

Deadline extended to July 15!

To get more information and to hear what former participants have to say about the program, visit the  IVMA website.
Register for Sports and Field Day
Keeping in mind social distancing recommendations, the annual IVMA Foundation Sports and Field Day will be held at the Briarwood Golf Club in Ankeny. Help us fill the fairways to support the IVMA Foundation! Come out on August 26 for a fun day of golf with fellow IVMA members, industry professionals and new friends!
The IVMA is working with Briarwood Golf Club to ensure a safe and fun afternoon of golf for IVMA members and their friends. Briarwood Golf Club in Ankeny is considered one of the top golf courses in the Midwest, it is known for its challenging yet fun layout, appealing to golfers of all abilities. 

Proceeds of the golf outing go towards providing scholarships for deserving Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine students.  

For more information and to register for Sports and Field Day visit www.iowavma.org or call the IVMA office at 800-369-9564. You can put together your own foursome or sign up as an individual and we can assign you to a foursome. 
Sports & Field Day Clay Shoot is back
The IVMA sporting clay/skeet shoot is back in 2020.

August 26
8:00 am -12 pm
Olofson Shooting Range, Polk City
Cost $35, includes 25 clays and 25 skeet targets (1 round) and ammunition.
Registration for the Clay Shoot is open on www.iowavma.org or call the IVMA office at 800-369-9564.  

Novices welcome! Shooters will be done in time to golf in Ankeny at 12:30.
Suicide Prevention Program Available to Ag Community
Iowa’s rural communities and families are still coping with the uncertainty, stress and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial worries and unpredictable commodity prices also continue to contribute to farmers’ anxiety. In response to this ongoing impact, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be offering weekly, online Question. Persuade. Refer . ” programs beginning Tuesday, July 21, said David Brown, behavioral health specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. QPR is a suicide prevention program that teaches participants three steps to help save a life from suicide.

ISU Extension and Outreach will offer QPR every Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. starting July 21. Programs will continue until Tuesday, Oct. 27. Each program will last for one hour.

Agribusiness professionals, agriculture lenders and bankers, veterinarians, vet techs, commodity group members, producers, social service professionals and other concerned individuals can register at no cost for any of these programs.

To register, go to  https://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/QPR . Participants will receive a unique URL prior to the program to access the Zoom hosted program. For more information, feel free to contact David Brown at  dnbrown@iastate.edu .
Handout for Pet Owners on COVID-19 and Pets
The CDC has developed a new document, What You Need to Know About COVID-19 and Pets”. This document is intended to be shared with pet owners, and contains concise, plain language information on SARS-CoV-2 in pets. It provides information on clinical signs and testing in animals, what to do if an owner thinks their pet is sick, and guidance for owners who test positive for COVID-19.

This handout can be distributed to concerned pet owners in COVID-19 positive households, or to veterinary clinics fielding these questions.

This page, along with other CDC Print Resources, can be found on the CDC website .
COVID-19 Cancellations
The Eastern Iowa Veterinary Association Fall meeting scheduled for October 21-22 in Riverside has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The International Conference on Pig Survivability, originally set for Oct. 28-29, has been postponed a year. Improving Pig Survivability Project leaders said the decision was necessary due to ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. Conference planning chair Joel DeRouchey of Kansas State University said the new dates for the conference are Oct. 27-20, 2021 and the location will remain at the Hilton Omaha, in Omaha, NE.
Changes for Animal Exhibitions in Iowa
IDALS has released several changes this year for animal exhibitions in Iowa, including the Iowa State Fair 4H and FFA shows.

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

  • For swine requiring Certificates of Veterinary Inspections (CVI’s), the swine are required to be inspected by an Iowa licensed, accredited veterinarian within 7 days of arriving at the exhibition site and the inspection date must be noted on the CVI.

  • 4H swine: in the past, 4H swine could use a 4H tag and earnotches in place of official ID tags as long as both tag and earnotch numbers were written on the CVI. This year, 4H swine (as well as ANY other swine) are required to have an official ID tag in them and the complete official ID tag number must be recorded on the CVI. Official ID tags are tags that have the US shield on them.

To read more, including several issues that have occurred at previous exhibitions, review the complete health requirements for animal exhibitions in Iowa at:

Rabies Found in Cattle in 3 States
Minnesota and Texas have reported one case each of rabies in cattle this year, and Oklahoma has reported two. Veterinarians do not recommend vaccinating all cattle for rabies, but Oklahoma State University Extension veterinarian Barry Whitworth says dairy cows, show animals, horses and other animals with regular human contact should be vaccinated.

Pay it Forward by Helping Vet Students Earn Bovine Scholarships
Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health (BIAH) is helping to support future bovine practitioners in Iowa by offering the IVMA Future Service Scholarships to cattle veterinarians graduating from the Iowa State University (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine.

If you use IVMA's Green and Gold Tag Preconditioning program you can help fund the scholarship. The amount of the scholarships will be determined by veterinarian and producer customers submitting box tops from Pyramid, Pyramid + Presponse SQ or Express FP product boxes.

Box tops totaling 100 doses earn a $5 donation toward the IVMA Future Service Scholarships. BIAH will award up to $15,000 depending on the number of box tops. Scholarships will be awarded in 2020 for graduating seniors at Iowa State who intend to primarily practice bovine veterinary medicine in Iowa.

Help us to maximize BIAH's contribution!

Your BIAH sales representative will pick up the box tops from participating clinics.

 For questions contact BIAH at
800- 862-0389 or
The promotion will run through Dec. 31, 2020.
Nominate for IVMA Awards
It's that time of year to consider nominating a deserving colleague for one of three annual   IVMA awards . It is the IVMA's honor and pleasure to recognize members of our association who have made significant contributions to the veterinary profession, their clinic and their patients.

We encourage you to take a moment and ask, "Who has made a difference?" and let us know about that extraordinary person.

The following awards will be given out at the IVMA Annual Meeting in September:

Veterinarian of the Year Award
Rising Star Award
Healthcare Team Member Service Award

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.
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