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November 10, 2020
It's Membership Renewal Time
It's fall and that means Membership Renewal time for the IVMA! Thank you to all our members who have already renewed - we appreciate your timely response! Second notices will be sent this week.

Your membership makes a difference! Not only does your renewal ensure that you continue to receive all the benefits of membership, you will also support efforts to keep the practice of veterinary medicine strong in Iowa.

There are three easy ways to renew!

1.   Send in the renewal notice you received in the mail with a check to pay your dues.

2.   Log-in to www.iowavma.org and follow the on-line instructions. You may choose to pay with a credit card or have us bill you for your dues.

3.   Call the IVMA office at 800-369-9564. We can take your credit card information over the phone.

A note to IVMA Life Members: Your membership dues are optional. Many IVMA Life Members continue to pay dues to help support the IVMA.

Thank you for your continued support of the IVMA! 
IVMA Offers Companion Animal Cardiology Webinar 
The IVMA is offering a two-part Companion Animal Cardiology Webinar presented by Dr. Jessica Ward, Associate Professor in Cardiology at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Registration is open now at www.iowavma.org and includes both Part 1 & Part 2 of the webinar.

Part 1: December 3, Noon-1:30 pm
When should I prescribe pimobendan (Vetmedin)?
Pimobendan (Vetmedin) is a commonly prescribed and widely advertised drug in veterinary cardiology. This session will discuss when pimobendan should be prescribed (which heart diseases and which stage of disease) in small animals, based on clinical trials and consensus recommendations.

Part 2: December 10, Noon -1:30 pm
Cardiomyopathy associated with boutique, exotic-ingredient, or grain-free diets
In 2018, the FDA announced concerns for a relationship between cardiomyopathy and grain-free diets in dogs, which has led to widespread concern and confusion among the veterinary community and dog owners. This session traces the roots of this issue and provides an evidence-based update of our current understanding and best practices.

Registration: $150.00

The IVMA has applied for 3 hours of CE for this webinar. 
Nominations for Iowa Animal Hall of Fame Sought
Now is the time to start thinking about nominations for the 2021 Iowa Animal Hall of Fame Awards!

If you have a special client with an outstanding pet, we would love to hear about them! 

The deadline for nominating is January 15, 2021.
The Iowa Animal Hall of Fame is sponsored by the IVMA and Merck Animal Health.
Iowa Animal Hall of Fame nomination forms can be found on the IVMA website at www.iowavma.org , click on “About Us” then “Awards” or you can call the IVMA office at 800-369-9564 to have one sent to you. Only IVMA members may nominate.
Bovine Research Fund Deadline Extended
The deadline for the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association's grant(s) to support clinical research in beef cattle has been extended to Tuesday, November 17.

Proposals should be aimed at providing practical solutions veterinarians can utilize in beef production environments.
Funding for this grant is provided by the proceeds of the Iowa Green/Gold Tag Preconditioning Program. The IVMA is encouraging proposals from private practitioners and collaborative research projects between University faculty and private practitioners.
More details and the application guidelines for the Bovine Preconditioning Research Fund Grant can be found at www.iowavma.org.
Proposals must be received by IVMA office by close of business November 17, 2020 and may be sent via email to ivma@iowavma.org or mailed to the IVMA office.
Questions may be addressed to Dr. Randy Wheeler at ivma@iowavma.org or 800-369-9564. 
Join New IVMA Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Are you interested in increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the veterinary profession? The IVMA is working to find ways to diversify the veterinary profession in Iowa and mirror the growing diversity of the communities where veterinarians serve.

A task force on DEI in the Veterinary Profession is being assembled and the IVMA is looking for members. If you are interested in joining this task force, please contact the IVMA office at ivma@iowavma.org or 515-965-9237. Plans are to meet two times per year starting in January 2021 (virtual option available).
Thanksgiving Week IVMA Office Hours
Wednesday, November 25 Offices closes at noon

Thursday & Friday November 26-17 Office Closed

The last day to order preconditioning supplies will be Tuesday, November 24 at Noon. Any orders received after that will be sent out on Monday, November 30.

Save the Date! 2021 Winter Conference - Get your CE "To Go"
Questions about Heartworm Protocols?
The American Heartworm Society have been providing guidance to veterinarians on heartworm protocols during the COVID pandemic.

They recently updated their recommendations to prevent, diagnose and treat heartworm disease to reflect the "new normal" in practices today. Read the new recommendations.

Visit heartwormsociety.org for ongoing updates.
Survey on Veterinary Disaster Preparedness
Dr. Lawrence Garcia, Medical Director of the University of Florida's Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service (VETS) Team is conducting a survey to gain a better understanding of veterinary practice and practitioner preparedness for pandemic, natural and man-made disasters.

The information will help identify areas where veterinary curricula and continuing education opportunities can be developed to produce disaster-prepared veterinary practitioners. This study also has the potential to provide insight into a framework for developing a globally recognized disaster preparedness credentialing system for veterinarians.

The survey is anonymous and should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

IVMA Apparel Store Open for Business
Did you know you can sport IVMA apparel at your clinic or the next CE event? Our online store is offered through Universal Printing in Des Moines. Items are offered on the IVMA Apparel website and shipping is direct to you from Universal. There is also an option to purchase items with your clinic’s logo.

Items available include polo shirts, jackets, long sleeve button-up shirts, cardigans, scrubs and more! Start your Christmas shopping today!

The online store will be open until early December.

Visit www.iavmastore.com or click on the banner on the IVMA website to start your order. You must be logged in as an IVMA member to view the page. Call the IVMA office at 515-965-9237 if you need help logging in.
Pay it Forward by Helping Vet Students Earn Bovine Scholarships
Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health (BIAH) is helping to support future bovine practitioners in Iowa by offering the IVMA Future Service Scholarships to cattle veterinarians graduating from the Iowa State University (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine.

If you use IVMA's Green and Gold Tag Preconditioning program you can help fund the scholarship. The amount of the scholarships will be determined by veterinarian and producer customers submitting box tops from Pyramid, Pyramid + Presponse SQ or Express FP product boxes.

Box tops totaling 100 doses earn a $5 donation toward the IVMA Future Service Scholarships. BIAH will award up to $15,000 depending on the number of box tops. Scholarships will be awarded in 2020 for graduating seniors at Iowa State who intend to primarily practice bovine veterinary medicine in Iowa.

Help us to maximize BIAH's contribution!

Your BIAH sales representative will pick up the box tops from participating clinics.

For questions contact BIAH at
800- 862-0389 or
The promotion will run through Dec. 31, 2020.
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