IVMA
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"Serving veterinarians for the benefit of animal and human health."
March 17, 2020
Veterinary Resources for Coronavirus
During this unprecedented public health crisis, we are working hard to fulfill the IVMA's mission of protecting animal and human health. We will continue to put updated information and resources on the home page of our website .

The AVMA website page " COVID-19 What Veterinarians Need to Know" can help answer your questions about the virus and its impact on veterinary medicine.

This email that was sent from the AVMA to its members answers important questions such as whether veterinary medicine is considered an "essential business" . The email also asks that healthcare professionals are being asked to conserve person protective equipment .

I nformation can also be found in this document: Key Information and Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (current as of 3/12/20) by Kristen Obbink, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Associate Director, NIAMRRE.

This handout from the Florida VMA, Protecting Yourself, Your Pets and the Community form COVID-19 is available for you to print or email to your clients.

If you have other questions not answered in these documents, feel free to reach out to the IVMA office.
Cancelled Events
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the following events have been cancelled:

  • The Iowa Legislative session is suspended for the next 30 days.

  • The Kramer-Marks Lecture scheduled for March 23, at ISU College of Veterinary Medicine, is temporarily suspended/cancelled, out of an abundance of caution and to prioritize the health and safety of guests on campus for large events.

  • ISU CVM SAVMA Scamper 5K originally scheduled for April 25 has been postponed. A new date will be considered in the fall.

  • Central Plains Dairy Expo and the I-29 Moo University Dairy Beef Short Course, on March 24-26 has been canceled.

  • ISU CVM Farrier Clinic on March 26 has been cancelled.

  • Other ISU-CVM events currently suspended can be found here
Current Status of ISU CVM Operations
The College of Veterinary Medicine is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. Based on the current situations, the following changes in operations are being implemented immediately.

Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center (LVMC): Effective immediately through April 5, 2020, the small and large animal hospitals will only see patients when it is critical to the health of the animal or the economic viability of the client. The LVMC will reassess the situation the week of March 30 and the period of patient restrictions may be extended if conditions warrant. Additionally no clients will be allowed inside the hospital. Upon arrival, clients will contact the hospital and the LVMC will bring the patient inside the facility and then consult via phone with the client.

Veterinary Field Services:  Veterinary Field Services will continue to see patients when it is critical to the health of the animal or the economic viability of the client.

Veterinary Pathology:  Veterinary Pathology will continue to provide pathology services.

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory:  The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is still operating under a normal schedule.

For the most current information from ISU CVM visit https://vetmed.iastate.edu/covid-19-information.
Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine to Discuss CE Extension
The Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine will meet for its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, March 26. One item on its agenda in the open session is the discussion to extend the June 30, 2020 license renewal deadline. We will keep you posted as we hear more information.
COVID-19 Tips for Veterinary Hospitals
In his on-line blog post, Novel Coronavirus + Veterinary Hospital Survival Guide, Dr. Caleb Frankel offers the following list of what some veterinary hospitals are doing to to stop the spread of the virus:

  • Limiting personal travel (and requiring 14 day quarantine if you choose to travel)
  • Having non-clinical staff (admins) work from home
  • Having clinical staff using a low/no contact plan with clients
  • Cautioning at-risk staff and those over 60 years old to take time off
  • Hanging signs about personal hygiene, particularly hand washing and cough/sneeze etiquette
  • Creating a client handout/poster- Here's one you can use from the Florida VMA.
  • Taking staff temperatures during the start of shifts
  • Disinfecting surfaces/deep cleans
  • Curbside med/food refills
  • Covering COVID-19 test costs for staff
  • Covering copays for staff
  • Starting a listserv for staff in need of supplies
  • Reminding staff not to take from hospital supplies (just ask)
  • Helping low-income staff with food pickups/childcare
  • Limiting vendors/other hospital visitors
  • Encourage clients to obtain a larger volume of food and necessary medications for their animals (up to 3 months) if possible.

Continue to visit his Novel Coronavirus + Veterinary Hospital Survival Guide   post as it is being updated frequently.
Free Mental Health First Aid Training Available to
Veterinarians and Vet Techs
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be offering Mental Health First Aid training (MHFA) (adult version) at 6 sites across the state:

Chariton - March 26 th Rescheduled for October 15
Dubuque - April 16th (Tentative)
Spencer -May 14 th
Muscatine - May 28 th
Mason City - September 24 th .
Sioux City - October 8

This groundbreaking eight-hour training course gives people the tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary. Participants in the class will learn a 5-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support.

These courses have been approved by the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine for 8 Scientific CEU’s. For the most up to date information visit https://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/MHFA and to register go to http://bit.ly/mentalhealth14526

Veterinarians and vet techs can use the registration code ADVOCATE to register at NO cost. Each program begins at 8:00 am. and ends at 5:00 p.m. 

In addition, regional groups can make individual arrangements for MHFA trainings at regional meetings or events, again at NO cost. CEU’s will also be provided. For more information, contact Dr. David Brown at dnbrown@iastate.edu or 515-294-0860.
Pork Quality Assurance Plus 4.0 Advisor Certification NOW ONLINE
Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University is offering Pork Quality Assurance Plus 4.0 advisor certification training on Friday, March 20.

This training is still being held, but will be held as online training via Zoom, a video conference service.

If you are interested in participating in the on-line training, email Dr. Chris Rademacher at cjrdvm@iastate.edu .

For more information about the training, visit ISU's Iowa Pork Industry Center website.
VMLRP and VSGP Deadlines Approaching
The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) has posted available Shortage Situation Areas across the country and opened the application period until A pril 2, 2020 .

The  shortage situation area map  displays available areas where veterinarians can apply. Visit the  VMLRP Applicants page  for details on how to apply.

The VMLRP pays up to $25,000 each year towards qualified educational loans of eligible veterinarians who agree to serve in a designated veterinarian shortage situation for a period of three years.

If you have questions, or would like help with the application, please contact the IVMA office at ivma@iowavma.org or 515-965-9237. 


VSGP Grants

Grants are offered through the Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) to support education and extension activities, and veterinary practice enhancements, that expand veterinary capacity in a shortage area. For example, past grants have helped fund a mobile equipment for a food animal practice, and programs to help recruit food animal veterinarians to rural areas.
Iowa Rural Veterinarian Loan Repayment Program Featured
Although the current session of the Iowa State Legislature is suspended for 30 days, the IVMA is still working on support for the Iowa Rural Veterinary Loan Repayment Program . The bill would provide up to $15,000 a year, for up to four years, in a loan repayment for at least 5 veterinarians who commit to serving in rural shortage areas of Iowa.

This article, State that Depends on Animal Agriculture Doesn't Have Enough Rural Veterinarians, from the Friday, March 13 issue of the Cedar Rapids Gazette featured IVMA member Dr. Alana McNutt of Tipton and Dr. Rachel DeSotel of Kalona. The online article also includes a short video showing Dr. McNutt on the job (link above).
IVMA Spring Practice Management Seminar - May 7
This CE is still scheduled at this time. Watch the IVMA website for updates.

Challenge your veterinary team to be the best they can be!

Join us for the IVMA’s annual Spring Practice Management Seminar with national speaker and veterinary consultant, Dr. Michelle Harcha to get your team members working together to their highest potential! 

Making Good Teams Great
Thursday, May 7
9:00 am -4:00 pm
Courtyard by Marriott, Ankeny
6 hours of CE (pending approval)

For more information and to register, visit www.iowavma.org .

Sponsored by: Idexx Laboratories, Hills Pet Nutrition
New Legislation to help those pursuing advanced veterinary education
AVMA is advocating for a bill which would pause student loan repayment and interest accumulation for veterinary borrowers who are pursuing additional training in veterinary residencies, internships or DVM/Ph.D. programs.

Currently, veterinarians who enter residencies, internships or Ph.D. programs are required to make payments on their educational loans, and the loans continue to accrue significant interest, during their time spent in training. This can present significant challenges to recruit veterinarians for specialized training. 

The VET MED Act (Veterinary Education and Training Minimizes Educational Debt, H.R. 6134) needs your support! Visit AVMA’s Congressional Advocacy Network to ask your member of Congress to support this important legislation.  
IDALS Assistant State Veterinarian Position Open
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is recruiting for an Assistant State Veterinarian. This position will report to the State Veterinarian in the Animal Industries Bureau. The role of this Assistant State Veterinarian is to plan, direct, and manage large programs in the Animal Industry Bureau and assist the State Veterinarian.

To see a detailed description and apply:
The State of Iowa uses NEOGOV to accept and process applications. The best way to apply is online. Go to State of Iowa webpage and click on Jobs Open to all Applicants .
How To Help Clients Prepare for Safe Air Cargo Transport of Pets
Join this FREE webinar on 3/25/20 to learn about:
  • Exactly what a companion animal experiences when transported by air cargo;
  • How veterinarians can help identify and mitigate conditions that predispose the animals to illness, injury, or escape during transport;
  • How to collaborate with animal owners to ensure they do their part in preparing their animals for safe air transport.

This program has been RACE proved for one (1) hour of continuing education credit.

Become the Link Between the IVMA and Recent Graduates

Applications are now being accepted to become an Emerging Leader Liaison (ELL) to the Administrative Committee for the IVMA. The purpose of this position is to provide a link and build relationships between recent veterinary school graduates and the IVMA. This position is open to any IVMA member who has graduated from veterinary school within the last 7 years.
The Emerging Leader Liaison will attend select meetings and events. As compensation, the ELL will receive a one-year IVMA membership, all travel expenses to attend meetings, and paid registration to some veterinary conferences.

For a full list of job responsibilities, compensation offered and how to apply visit the  IVMA website under “Membership/Recent Graduates”. Application deadline is April 10. Selection will take place by April 30.
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