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June 8, 2021
IVMA Executive Board and VP Elections
Ballots were sent out last week for IVMA Elections. Most ballots will be sent via email, but for those members who do not have email, they will arrive by mail. 

Dr. Kristen Obbink is on the ballot as the nominee for IVMA Vice President.

For those members who live in odd numbered Districts, the ballot will also include candidates for IVMA Executive Board members.  

Three IVMA members are running unopposed for IVMA Executive Board positions for the first time. Dr. Chelsea Stewart, Sheldon is running to fill the open position in District 1, Dr. Christine Bean, Storm Lake is running for the open position in District 5 and Dr. Carl Schuler, Creston, candidate is running in District 17. The remaining Districts have incumbents on the ballot.  

Ballots for both the Executive Board and the IVMA Vice President position will be due back to the IVMA office by Monday, June 21
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Spring Practice Management Seminar
Making Good Teams Great
2021 IVMA Spring Practice Management Seminar


Thursday, June 10
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Courtyard by Marriott, Ankeny

Speaker: Michelle Harcha DVM, MA

The IVMA’s Spring Practice Management Seminar is back! After a break in 2020, this year’s Practice Management Seminar will focus on bringing out the best in your veterinary team. 

Even the best teams often struggle, and this past year has challenged veterinary teams more than ever. National speaker and veterinary consultant, Dr. Harcha will help you build a great team with her Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ presentation. Dr. Harcha’s workshop will lead your team through the actionable steps of The Five Behaviors™ to overcome common hurdles and build a cohesive, veterinary team.

This session is open to all veterinary team members: veterinarians, veterinary technicians, clinic managers, and other clinic staff.

I-Vet PAC Sustaining Members are eligible for FREE registration to this event!
Visit www.iowavma.org for more information about the topics and to register.
Public Comment Open on Proposed Veterinary Ethic Rules
The Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine (IBVM), over the course of last 12 months, has reviewed the existing rules on ethics and made the determination to remove the incorporation by reference of the AVMA Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics. The IBVM has concerns with being tied to the AVMA Principles as the IBVM does not control the document or changes thereto.
As a replacement for the AVMA Principles, the IBVM has drafted ARC 5669C creating “Iowa’s principles of veterinary medical ethics.” The IVMA has worked closely with the IBVM throughout the rule-making and drafting process of these new principles of veterinary medical ethics. ARC 5669C are the result of these efforts.
The IVMA, through the Executive Board and the Legislative Committee, is reviewing these new rules on ethics and plans to provide comments to the IBVM by June 30. The IVMA encourages you to review the rules as well and let the IVMA know your thoughts by June 13th. This will allow the IVMA time to review comments from members and consider their inclusion in the IVMA’s letter to the IBVM prior to their June 24th meeting.. Additionally, members can provide their personal comments directly to the IBVM if they so choose. The contact information on who to provide your public comments to is contained in the notice of intended action here.
On behalf of the IVMA, we appreciate your thoughtful review of these new ethics rules and look forward to hearing any thoughts or concerns you may have.
New COVID-19 CDC Guidance for Veterinary Facilities
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is working on updating the guidance for veterinary facilities concerning COVID-19 protocols. Although the guidance is not complete, they have released the following interim direction:

"Veterinary clinics should follow the masking guidance for the general public. While veterinarians are considered clinicians, the settings in which they work are not used to treat humans with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, and instances of animal-to-human transmission appear to be very rare. Veterinary clinics should consider local transmission and vaccination rates when creating clinic policies for PPE use and interactions with clients."
The following guidance is among that available from the CDC:

We will share any additional guidance form the CDC as we receive it.
Polk County Cases of EIA and Equine Piroplasmosis
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship State Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Kaisand confirmed one horse in Polk County, Iowa, tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). The case was discovered through routine testing. Two cases of Equine Piroplasmosis were also confirmed in the same boarding facility.

The owners of all the horses in the boarding facility have been notified of the potential exposures. All the horses have been tested and will be quarantined for at least 60 days after the last potential exposure.

Pentobarbital Shortages
AVMA has received multiple reports of shortages of pentobarbital. You can view an AVMA blog post on this issue here. The blog includes a short summary of alternatives that can be used for the euthanasia of dogs, cats, and other small companion animals as pulled from the 2020 edition of the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals.

The FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is aware of this issue and has contacted all sponsors of FDA-approved pentobarbital products. Drug sponsors are working with FDA CVM's Drug Shortage Coordinator to assist in managing the issue. Veterinarians can and should report any drug shortage directly to FDA-CVM

As a scheduled drug, pentobarbital is regulated by both FDA and DEA. FDA-CVM's Drug Shortage Coordinator is also in communication with DEA so there is awareness in both agencies of the problem.

Volunteers Needed for National Junior High Rodeo Finals
The National Junior High Rodeo Finals, one of the largest rodeos in the world, will be held in Des Moines on June 20-26, 2021.

Approximately 1,200 middle school students who are the “best of the best” from 43 states, 5 provinces in Canada, Australia, and Mexico qualify for the National Junior High Finals Rodeo to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes.

Contestants will compete in a variety of events including Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Breakaway Roping, Tie-Down Roping, Chute Dogging, Team Roping, Ribbon Roping and Junior Bull Riding. 

Volunteers are needed for veterinary checks starting on Thursday, June 17th through Sunday, June 20th

For more information about the Rodeo visit nhsra.com or click here to volunteer.
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Construction Begins at ISU
After ten years of dreaming and planning, the new Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) is underway at Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames.

Construction has begun on the $75 million phase 1 structure, with plans to open in 2023. The new building replaces the current, outdated facility that was built in 1976 for a staff of 30 processing 16,000 cases a year. The same overcrowded space now holds a staff of 160 who handle over 100,000 cases a year.

Take a look at this article from the Gentle Doctor which shows conceptual renderings, history and details of the new VDL project.

The project has been funded by a $63.5 million appropriation from the State of Iowa with additional funding from the VDL, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University and private donors.

The IVMA has been working hard to educate legislators and advocate for state funding for this project. Thank you to all our members who have worked towards the goal of a new VDL at Iowa State. We're excited to see its progress over the next two years.
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.
Iowa Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness & Repsonse Webinar

WEBINAR 7: FAD Control Areas, Secure Pork Supply and the Permitting Process in Iowa
  • June 23, Noon-1:00pm CDT
  • Presenters: Dr. Jeff Kaisand (Iowa State Veterinarian), Dr. Jim Roth (Director, CFSPH, ISU), and Ms. Amanda Chipman (IDALS Emergency Management Coordinator)

Registration is FREE and required. Register here.
NOTE: 1 hour of Continuing Education credit from the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine is available for veterinarians who request it upon registration AND attend the live, virtual webinar (CE for the recorded versions is not available).
These webinars are hosted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and the Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) at Iowa State University.
Upcoming topics will be announced and posted here.
Questions? Email: fad-webinars@iastate.edu
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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