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June 23, 2020
IVMA Election Results
Congratulations to our new incoming IVMA Vice President, Dr. Shawn Nicholson! 

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

Elections were also held for IVMA Executive Board members in the even-numbered districts. The election resulted in the re-election of ten incumbent Executive Board members and two new Executive Board Members, Dr. Patrick Simonsen of Le Mars representing District 4 and Dr. Lindsay Speer of Prole representing District 18.

Because Dr. Nicholson was a member of the IVMA Executive Board at the time of his election, a temporary replacement will be appointed by the current Executive Board to fill his position as District 9 Director. This person will serve until the June 2021 Executive Board elections when all odd numbered Districts are up for election. 

Two Executive Board members have chosen not to run for reelection. A special thank you to Dr. Bruce Tabke of Marcus who represented District 4 since 2013 and to Dr. Christopher Groos of Norwalk who represented District 18 since 2014. 
Thank you for your service, Dr. Tabke and Dr. Groos!

Congratulations Dr. Nicholson and new and returning Executive Board members!
Governor Reynolds Signs
Iowa Veterinary Loan Repayment Bill
A bill introduced by the IVMA to help tackle the dual problem of rural veterinary shortages and student debt was signed into law by Governor Kim Reynolds on June 17. The bill was passed unanimously by the Iowa Legislature during their June session which was reconvened after a suspension due to the Coronavirus.

The law earmarks $300,000 to fund five awards to veterinarians who commit to serving in vet shortage areas or rural parts of the state for at least four years, relieving up to $15,000 a year in debt totaling upwards of $60,000 collectively.

The final hurdle is the Governor's signature on the appropriations bill to ensure funding to the program. The Governor has 30 days from the conclusion of the session to approve bills and the authority to line-item veto. 

Dr. Austin Ashbacher, a 2020 ISU CVM graduate and Dean Dan Grooms were interviewed in this story from KCRG in Cedar Rapids. Look for more information on the new law in the July IVMA Update .
Share Your Opinion on the 2020 IVMA Annual Meeting
The IVMA Annual Meeting is one of the highlights of our year and we would like more than anything to see all of you in person in Ames in September. Because of the ongoing pandemic we are considering several options to ensure the health and safety of our conference attendees this year.

We would like to hear your thoughts on several different methods we are exploring to deliver high-quality continuing education in a cost-effective and safe manner in 2020.

Please complete the survey by June 26, 2020 .

We plan to make a decision concerning the format of this year's Annual Meeting by mid-July. Look for updates in the IVMA Communiqué and on the IVMA website
Review Your Profile for the New Membership Directory
It's almost time for the IVMA to print the bi-annual Membership Directory. Help us ensure your information is correct by reviewing your profile on the IVMA website (log-in required). If you need help getting logged in or would like to have the IVMA update your information for you, please call 515-965-9237. 
Help Save Resources - Go Paperless!

Did you know? The IVMA Membership Directory is also available on the   IVMA website  (log-in required). If you prefer to use the on-line version of the Membership Directory and not receive a printed copy, please indicate below.
If you would like to receive a hard-copy of the directory, do nothing. A copy of the directory will be sent to you at the address in your profile.
Please update your contact information and/or make your selection to not receive a hard copy of the directory by July 1, 2020 .
Mentors Wanted for Future Veterinarians
A new program in searching for veterinarians to mentor young Iowans who are interested in a career veterinary medicine.

Future Ready Iowa Virtual Mentoring was developed to support the success of the Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship program, moving Iowa toward its goal of ensuring that 70 percent of the workforce has education or training beyond high school by 2025. Mentors are matched with students based on their career goals, among other factors. Mentoring is facilitated via a web-based platform that is supported through Android and iOS apps, which overcomes any geographic barriers or scheduling conflicts. Through engaging in Future Ready Iowa Virtual Mentoring, career mentors have the opportunity to positively impact someone else's life. Mentoring typically takes only 1-2 hours per month but benefits both student and mentor for a lifetime.

The program currently has a few students interested in the veterinary profession. The students are interested in large, small, and exotic/zoo animal care. For more information or to sign up to be a mentor, please visit   https://futurereadyiowamentoring.chronus.com/p/p1/about
Free Canine Osteoarthritis Webinar
Elanco Animal Health is excited to share with you a new online CE webinar:

When and How? Treating Canine Osteoarthritis Effectively – by Dr. Duncan X. Lascelles will be presented several times from Today, June 23 - Thursday June 25 at various times.

According to Dr. Lascelles, osteoarthritis is much more common than we have previously realized – perhaps up to 35% of all dogs. As a profession, we do not diagnose OA in patients until the clinical signs lead to disabilities that the pet owner can recognize – disabilities that result in an inability to perform the activities of daily living. At that point, these patients are difficult to treat.

In this webinar, Dr. Lascelles will be discussing how to identify these dogs earlier and treat them proactively to delay disability and prolong mobility and quality of life.

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.
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 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.
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