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March 30, 2021
Cow-Calf Operations Needed for BQA Study
The National Beef Quality Assurance program is conducting a research project to investigate the thresholds set for cattle handling observations in the Cow-Calf Assessment.

In order to conduct this research, the program is looking for cow-calf operations to visit to observe brood cow handling through the chute.

The observations could begin at the operation's earliest convenience through the summer. The group is only interested in seeing cows being processed through the chute. They will not be recording data on calves. They are looking for herds with 10-500 brood cows.

If you would like more information or know of a producer who would be willing to participate please contact Dr. Grant Dewell, Beef Extension Veterinarian at gdewell@iastate.edu or 515-294-2822.
Online Continuing Education Hours OK'd by IBVM
The Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine (IBVM) has approved a temporary provision change to the Online Continuing Education policy due to the COVID pandemic for veterinarians and veterinary technicians for the current triennium.

The provision states:

Licensed veterinarians may obtain all their continuing education hours for the current triennium (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023) online. In-person coursework will not be required.

Certified veterinary technicians may obtain all their continuing education hours for the current triennium (January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2023) online. In-person coursework will not be required.

Please contact Ginny Eason at IDALS at 515-281-8617 or Ginny.Eason@Iowaagriculture.gov with questions.
Nominations for IVMA Executive Board Sought
Are you interested in getting more involved with the IVMA? Do you know someone who would like to give back to the veterinary profession? The IVMA is seeking nominations for two-year terms on the Executive Board. The Executive Board is made up of 22 dedicated veterinarians from 20 districts in Iowa. You may nominate yourself or someone from your own district.

This year elections will be held for odd numbered districts. Even numbered districts will be up for reelection in 2022.  Districts are determined by member’s home address, not clinic/work location.
Send in your nominations to the IVMA Office at ivma@iowavma.org or call in at 515-965-9237. Please include your name, name and city of the nominee, and district number.

The deadline to receive nominations is April 9, 2021.
Virtual Dental Series Offered
A series of courses on veterinary dentistry is being offered to IVMA members with up to 25 hours of continuing education (CE) available. 

Dr. Jen Mathis and Dr. Heidi Lobprise, DAVDC are teaming up to offer 13 courses through a virtual platform that can be viewed on-demand at any time. The courses have RACE approval after taking a short on-line quiz at the end of each session. 

The first session, Importance of Veterinary Dentistry (I hour CE) is available for FREE. Sign up here.

The 12 remaining on demand sessions are available for 22 credits for a special IVMA rate of $249 (regular price $499) with the code Tooth21IA. Register here.

Up to two additional credits are available by attending live Zoom Question & Answer sessions with Drs. Mathis and Lobprise in June. Attend one or both of the live 1-hour sessions and play Dentistry Bingo to review the material. A Zoom link will be emailed to participants after registration. 

Live Q&A Sessions:
Wednesday, June 23rd 12:30 pm
Thursday, June 24th, 8:00 pm
Get Ready for Fair Season - Review 2021 Health Requirements
Spring is here and county and state fair season will be upon us soon. Help your clients prepare their animals for competition by reviewing the 2021 Health Requirements for the Exhibition of Livestock, Poultry and Birds at State Fair, District Shows and Exhibitions.

These requirements change almost every year. Read the requirements carefully to make sure your clients are following the most current rules. 

If you have questions or want to see examples of acceptable CVI’s for the 2021 Iowa State Fair send an email to greg.schmitt@iowaagriculture.gov or contact the State District Veterinarian in your area.
ISU CVM SAVMA Scamper is Back
SAVMA Scamper is an annual run/walk 5K hosted by the SAVMA Chapter at ISU. This event is open to the general public in addition to those involved with the ISU veterinary community. We encourage runners to race with their dogs. Proceeds from registration will go to support local animal shelters and rescues as well as to raise community awareness about the OneHealth mission.

If you register with your dog, please bring a rabies certificate to the race and present it during registration check-in. In the case of inclement weather, a day-of decision will be made to cancel the race, in which case no refunds will be given.

Apr 24, 2021 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Register by Thursday, April 1 to guarantee a T-shirt.

Judges Needed for FFA State Leadership Conference
Each year, the Iowa FFA is grateful for the volunteers who give their time and expertise to fulfill the FFA mission. By judging Career Development Events, Leadership Development Events, and Stars Over Iowa applications at the Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference, volunteers make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success.
This year, the Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference will be held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines on Monday, April 19th, and Tuesday, April 20th. 

Judges are needed in Career and Leadership Development and for Stars over Iowa at the FFA State Leadership Conference.

To learn more about FFA judging opportunites and to sign up visit the FFA Website.
Register for Veterinary Changemakers - Free Virtual Event
Join us for Veterinary Changemakers, a FREE virtual event April 7 (11−2 pm) to hear stories of unsung heroes in all roles who found creative hacks, stepped outside job descriptions, and changed things for the better during the pandemic. We can’t wait to see you there!

11:00–11:50 pm    Hacks from the 2020 trenches
12:00–12:50 pm   Veterinary team reshuffle—How 2020 changed the way we work 
1:00–1:50 pm      Enough is enough—How to reimagine a sustainable career in
                             veterinary medicine

This FREE event is for all veterinary professionals.

This is the first event hosted by Veterinary Visionaries, a collaboration of veterinary associations bringing their collective memberships together to share ideas, co-create solutions, and unify our industry’s approach to solving shared challenges. Learn more at aaha.org/visionaries.
Mark Your Calendars for Animal Learning Day
The IVMA will participate in the annual Animal Learning Day sponsored by the Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Learning Center, which is located at 2516 Mortensen Road in Ames.

Can you help?

A few volunteers are needed to staff the IVMA table, assist with a photo booth, hand out give-a-ways and answer questions from the public. If you can help, please contact the IVMA office at ivma@iowavma.org or 800-369-9564.
This free event will provide an opportunity for the public to learn about animals in agriculture. Iowa State students from the Block and Bridle Club will have calves, piglets, lambs, goats and baby chicks for attendees to interact with and learn about.
The purpose is to give attendees a better understanding of agricultural practices and build awareness about agricultural industries and commodities. Experts will be available to answer questions about agricultural practices.

Even if you can’t help at Animal Learning Day, bring your kids or grandkids this fun event!
Help Clean up the Heck Infirmary at Living History Farms
Living History Farms, the interactive outdoor agriculture museum in Urbandale, will be opening on May 1. In preparation for the opening, IVMA members will be spending a few hours cleaning up the Heck Veterinary Infirmary at the 1875 Town of Walnut Hill.

Want to help? Volunteers will spend 2-3 hours sprucing up the interior and exterior of the historic veterinary clinic on Wednesday, April 28 beginning at 10:00 am.

Health screenings and temperature checks will be conducted upon arrival and masks are required inside buildings and when you cannot socially distance.

Lunch will be provided and each volunteer will receive a free admission pass to come back and tour the farm this summer. To register, call the IVMA office at 800-369-9564 or email at ivma@iowavma.org .
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 30.
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