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March 5, 2018
Successful 2019 IVMA Legislative Day

2019 IVMA Legislative Day is in the books!

A big " Thank You" to all who attended Legislative Day last week in Des Moines. Your participation makes a huge impact.

The IVMA was able to meet with key Legislators including Governor Reynolds and Lt.Governor Gregg and ask for their support on several upcoming bills, including one on the mistreatment of animals, as well as continued support of the Iowa Livestock Health Advisory Council (ILHAC) and the new Veterinary Diagnostic Lab at Iowa State CVM.
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.
Help With or Attend Animal Learning Day at ISU
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 April 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m . at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Learning Center in Ames.
This free event will provide an opportunity for the public to learn about animals in agriculture.
The IVMA will have a booth to provide attendees with information about the veterinary profession.

We need your help! A few volunteers are needed to staff the IVMA table, assist with a photo both, hand out sticker books and answer questions from the public. Shifts are 9am-11am and 11am-1pm. If you can help, please contact the IVMA office at ivma@iowavma.org  or 800-369-9564. If you can’t help, bring your kids or grandkids to this fun event!

One Health Lecture at Iowa State CVM
Unleashing the Full Power of One Health to Attain and Sustain Micro to Planetary Health

 Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou (DVM, MPVM, PhD) from the Center for One Health Research, College of Public Health at the University of Washington in Seattle will be presenting the One Health Lecture in honor of Dr. Roger Mahr on Tuesday, April 2 . The tentative lecture time will be 5:10 pm with reception 4:30-5:00. Room 2226 in College of Veterinary Medicine.

For more information about the lecture and Dr. Pappaioanou  click here.

All Veterinarians Invited.
Please park in Lot 93 and enter through the doors by the Fish Tank Lobby.
Free Webinar Offered: Small Animal Movement &Travel
Global Vet Link is sponsoring a free webinar on the requirements for travel with small animals. Dr. Valerie Ragan will explain the current regulations around animal movement, what changes may be on the horizon, and what animal health professionals can do to prepare.

Attendees may earn one hour of RACE continuing education (CE) credit for this webinar. 
The webinar will also be recorded so you can watch it online and earn CE.

Webinar: Small Animal Requirements for Movement and Travel
Wednesday, March 13, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm

For more information and to register for the webinar, visit GVL's website.
Calving Management Manual Available
White Paper on Veterinary Pricing Available
In the beef industry, calving management is critical to production and profitability of the cow herd. Knowing how to prepare, what to do and not do, and when to take action all are critical aspects of correctly managing calving in your herd.

That’s why the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach developed the Calving Management Manual, now available on the IBC website.

Among the manual topics are pre-calving nutrition, calving supplies and facilities, stages of delivery, dystocia prevention and intervention, and care for the calf. Each section has a separate page, and each page has links to all other sections. This makes it easy to switch between topics as the need arises.
The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) has released a white paper VALUE-BASED Strategic Pricing for Veterinary Practices.

The paper introduces the core concepts and tools for pricing veterinary services strategically, including:
  • Why strategic pricing is important for the veterinary services industry
  • The state of pricing in the veterinary services industry
  • Understanding the role of costs in a veterinary practice’s pricing strategy
  • Understanding customer value for veterinary services
  • Customer focus and value propositions
  • Developing a pricing structure
  • Ideas to improve pricing in veterinary practices
  • Conducting a pricing audit for your veterinary practice

The white paper can be downloaded for free HERE .
Additional Information from Dentistry CE at Winter Conference
Dr. Jen Mathis who spoke during the Companion Animal Session on Thursday, Feb. 14 of the IVMA Winter Conference would like to invite members to view her sessions on dentistry for free now through April 30.

The sessions can be viewed on www.toothvet.net/ivma . The link also contains the supplemental reference material. Hours 1 and 3 are appropriate for veterinary technicians as well as veterinarians.

If you have trouble accessing the presentations, please contact the IVMA office.
Free One Health Webinar
Join the AVMA Veterinary Career Center on Wednesday, March 13 , for a free, one-hour webinar to learn about core educational competencies, training, and career opportunities in the One Health arena.

Dr. Eri Togami, One Health fellow at the One Health Institute at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, will share findings from the One Health Action Collaborative's research and from a global survey of more than 800 students, graduates, workers, and employers in the field of One Health.

You will learn about:
  • Training, competencies, and skills needed when considering a career in One Health
  • What One Health workers do and the organizations they work for
  • Current jobs in One Health and how to find them
  • Ongoing workforce development in the One Health field

Earn 1 hour of CE credit for attending this live webinar. The webinar will be recorded for on-demand viewing , but CE credit is available only for live attendees. Space is limited; reserve your seat today .

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