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May 14, 2019
Canine Brucellosis Cases Confirmed in Iowa
State Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Kaisand has confirmed multiple cases of Canine Brucellosis originating from a small dog commercial breeding facility in Marion Co., Iowa. IDALS is in the process of notifying the individuals who have custody of the exposed dogs. Both the animals and the facilities are quarantined while the dogs undergo clinical testing.

Brucellosis a zoonotic bacterial disease, meaning an infected animal can transmit it to humans and other animals through contaminated reproductive fluids. The threat to most pet owners is considered very low. Dog breeders, veterinary staff and anyone who comes in contact with blood, tissues and fluids during the birthing process may be at higher risk and should consult their primary care physician.

If pet owners have recently acquired a new, small breed dog from Marion Co., they should contact their veterinarian.

Human health concerns should be directed to the Iowa Department of Public Health or your primary care physician.

More information about Canine Brucellosis can be found   here   and   here .
Are You Getting IVMA Emails? Check your Junk!
The IVMA has noticed that some of our members, especially Gmail users have not been getting our emails. This does not include IVMA Update and Communique emails, which come from an email service, but emails directly from the IVMA office. Please take a moment to check your Junk Mail file to see if IVMA emails have gone to this file.

If you use Gmail, here are a couple of steps to take to make the IVMA a "safe sender" and allow IVMA email to go through.

Create a filter for IVMA emails :
  1. Go to your Spam folder
  2. Open an IVMA email in Spam folder
  3. Click on the 3 dots in the upper left corner
  4. Select “Filter messages like these”
  5. Select Create filter
  6. Click “Never send to spam”
  7. Finally click the blue button labeled “Create filter” on the bottom right of the box

Take these steps to "Whitelist" the IVMA:
If you have an email from the IVMA (it might be in your Spam folder):
  1. Open an email from the IVMA.
  2. Click on the little down-pointing-triangle-arrow next to “reply.”
  3. Click Add [ivma@iowavma.org] to contacts list to finish.
  4. At the top of the message, click on "not Spam"
Get Ready for Fair Season
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 2019 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. The document is available online on the IDALS website .

If you have questions or want to see examples of acceptable CVI’s for the 2019 Iowa State Fair, send an email to greg.schmitt@iowaagriculture .gov or contact the State District Veterinarian in your area.
Photo: Iowa State Fair
Veterinary Immunology and Vaccinology Online Courses Available
The Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine has launched updated versions of two of its online veterinary immunology and principles of vaccinology courses. 

The online courses have short (5-20 min) video lectures and downloadable lecture slides and outlines. 

All courses provide RACE Approved Veterinary continuing education credit. To learn more and register for the courses, visit the CFSPH website .
Workshop on Preparing for Foreign Animal Diseases
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa State University are inviting livestock producers and veterinarians to a a FREE interactive workshop.

Attendees will learn:
  • what to expect if Foot and Mouth Disease or African Swine Fever is found in the U.S.
  • how long movement could stop and the requirements to move animals once movement restarts.
  • how to protect their animals from diseases.
  • daily health monitoring strategies in an outbreak.

June 25, 2019
9 am -3 pm (check-in at 8:45 am)
Free lunch provided

Hotel Ottumwa, 107 2nd Street East, Ottumwa, IA
(park on corner of 2nd St West and S Washington Street, passes available at check-in)

Register at: fad@iowaagriculture.gov or call 515-281-5305
Beef Cattle Update for Veterinarians
The annual Update for Veterinarians program, organized and provided by Iowa Beef Center, features a full day of education and information focused on beef cattle production. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Chris Clark coordinates the program and invites practitioners who work with cattle to attend.

8:30 am -4:15 pm

Registration: $65 by June 6 or
$85 after June 6
Lunch included.

Approved for 6 hours of CE credit

Volunteers Needed for Vaccination Clinic in Des Moines
The ARL needs volunteers to help at a Vaccination Clinic on May 25 th to serve pet owners in the Des Moines area. The goal of this clinic is to address the critical need for accessible and affordable veterinary care in our underserved communities by keeping pets healthy, happy, and in their loving homes.

Location: 111 Porter Ave. (Mitchell Early Learning Center) Des Moines, IA 50315
Date: May 25, 2019
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm (approx. 4-5 hours)
Clients: Between 125-200 pets

Services Offered: Basic exam, vaccinations, nail trims, flea treatments/preventatives, medication for easily treatable conditions (Clavamox, Cephalexin, Pyrantel, Mometamax, etc).

The ARL will provide ALL the supplies (e.g., vax, medications) and manage ALL the paperwork. We will have a skilled vet tech there to assist you, along with volunteers to manage the event.

If you are interested in volunteering your time and services, please contact Mandee Bose at mbose@arl-iowa.org or (515) 473-9111.
Did you Know? AVMA Axon Offers Online CE
Continuing education is critical for veterinary professionals looking to stay at the forefront of our field. With new techniques, research, and trends emerging constantly, we look for CE that is relevant, convenient, and practical. We don't just want to learn – We want ways to incorporate this learning into our daily lives. That's how we meet our personal and professional goals.

AVMA Axon , the AVMA's digital education center, provides a full library of convenient, easy-to-use CE courses with a promise that you'll find ways to apply your learning immediately. The online courses are available to veterinarians, technicians, practice managers or other team members.

With 24/7 access to on-demand courses and recorded podcasts, and a calendar of live webinars to choose from, you're guaranteed high-quality content whenever and wherever you decide.

Stay Up-to-Date on Pet Food Recalls
When pet foods or animal related products are recalled you need to know ASAP. Follow @AVMARecallWatch on Twitter or follow their Facebook page to to stay up to date on pet food recalls and alerts. L earn more on AVMA's website.
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