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June 22, 2021
IVMA Election Results
Congratulations to our new incoming IVMA Vice President, Dr. Kristen Obbink!

Dr. Obbink was elected earlier this month and will be sworn into service at the IVMA Annual Meeting in September.

Elections were also held in June for IVMA Executive Board members in the odd-numbered districts. Three IVMA members were elected for the first time to IVMA Executive Board. Dr. Chelsea Stewart, Sheldon will serve in District 1, Dr. Christine Bean, Storm Lake will serve in District 5 and Dr. Carl Schuler, Creston will serve in District 17.  

Because Dr. Obbink was a member of the IVMA Executive Board at the time of her election, a temporary replacement will be appointed by the current Executive Board to fill his position as District 10 Director. This person will serve until the June 2022 Executive Board elections when all even numbered Districts are up for election. 

Congratulations Dr. Obbink and new and returning Executive Board members!
Start Your Career Off on the Right Track
Join the IVMA's Power of Ten Leadership Class!

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 2021 until spring 2022. The IVMA will provide topic experts and meeting expenses at no charge for participants. Some CE credits may be available. 

To get more information and to hear what former participants have to say about the program, visit the  IVMA website.
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.

New Preconditioning Certificates Beginning July 1
Current Green and Gold Tag Preconditioning certificates will expire on June 30, 2021. The new certificates should be used beginning July 1, 2021 and continue through June 30, 2023. Unused, expired certificates should be destroyed.

The IVMA and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association have approved several changes to the updated IVMA’s Preconditioning (PC) Certificates. View the changes here.  

The new certificates are available now. Orders can be placed with the IVMA office for the new certificates by calling or emailing the IVMA office.
Volunteer at the Iowa State Fair
The Animal Learning Center at the Iowa State Fair is looking for volunteers!
·        The Iowa State Fair is August 12-22
·        Shifts available: 9:00 am-1:00 pm, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm or 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
·        Volunteers receive: admission to the fair, parking pass, 2 free meal tickets and a scrub top
COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.
If interested, contact Dr. Gene Hoy at doc_hoy@yahoo.com or 641-660-2185. 
The Iowa State Fair Vet Camp and Advanced Vet Camp are looking for veterinarians, veterinary technicians and veterinary students to help instruct vet camp during the 2021 Iowa State Fair. 
The free programs introduce veterinary medicine to 4th -12th graders during the fair.
All volunteers will receive a fair admission ticket, parking permit and a 2021 Vet Camp or Advanced Vet Camp t-shirt. If you volunteer more than one day, you will receive an admission ticket and parking for each day. Volunteer packets will be sent in mid-July.  
For more information, contact Emily Wynn at ewynn@iowastatefair.org or call 515.401.1544.
New Feline End of Life Educational Toolkit
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) has released an online End of Life Educational Toolkit to provide information to help facilitate a peaceful and painless transition for a cat at the end of their life. This digital Toolkit aids veterinary professionals in preparing a well-planned process to honor the life of the cat by offering guidance and valuable information.
The End of Life Toolkit addresses several key aspects of the euthanasia process, such as early Quality of Life discussion, decision making, the euthanasia experience for both veterinary professionals and caregivers, the euthanasia process, and how to support a client through final arrangements and beyond. 
Veterinary professionals can easily view, download, and print (PDF format) the End of Life Toolkit from the AAFP’s website
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 2nd.
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