"Serving veterinarians for the benefit of animal and human health."
November 26, 2019
The IVMA office will have the following hours this week:
Wed, November 27                                Office closes at 3:00 pm
Thurs & Fri, November 28-29                  Office closed for Thanksgiving

All preconditiong orders received after 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 27 will be shipped out on Monday, December 2.

Safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving to all our IVMA members!
Bovine Preconditioning Research Funds Available
The IVMA announces the availability of grant(s) supporting clinical research in beef cattle. Proposals should be aimed at providing practical solutions veterinarians can utilize in beef production environments. Funding for this support is provided by the IVMA Bovine Committee from 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.

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 December 2, 2019 .
Questions may be addressed to Dr. Randy Wheeler at ivma@iowavma.org or 800-369-9564. 
Two Cases of Chronic Wasting Disease Found at Deer Farms
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has confirmed that Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been found in captive white-tail deer on two separate farms in Van Buren County, Iowa. Both sites are quarantined while the Department works to trace potential exposures and contain the disease.
There is no evidence that CWD can spread to humans, pets or domestic livestock. 

Workshops Available to Prepare for Foreign Animal Disease
Are your producer clients ready for a foreign animal disease? An outbreak of African Swine Fever or another foreign animal disease would be a huge challenge for pork producers, so planning ahead for an outbreak may reduce some of the stress for you and your employees. Workshops to help pork producers prepare are set for six Iowa locations in December.

Workshops are scheduled for the following dates and locations. Each will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. with an optional help session from 4 to 5 p.m. All sessions are available at no charge thanks to IPPA support.
Dec. 2, Public Library, Dike
Dec. 3, Sioux County Extension Office, Orange City
Dec. 4, Mahaska County Extension Office, Oskaloosa
Dec. 9, Hansen Ag Student Learning Center, Ames
Dec. 10, Audubon Recreation Center, Audubon
Dec. 11, Cedar County Extension Office, Tipton
Please register for your desired workshop location using this online form .
For more information about the workshops and to sign up for updates on future workshops, SPS and African Swine Fever, see the IPIC website .
Nominations for Iowa Animal Hall of Fame Sought
The deadline for the 2020 Iowa Animal Hall of Fame Awards is January 15, 2020. The winning nominating veterinarians will be honored at the IVMA Winter Conference in February.
The Iowa Animal Hall of Fame is sponsored by the IVMA and Merck Animal Health.
Now is the time to start thinking about nominations!
If you have a special client with an outstanding pet, we would love to hear about them! 

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.
The deadline for nominations is January 15.
Veterinary Research Survey on Human and Pet Physical Activity
Your responses are requested in a survey being conducted by faculty members at Colorado State University. The goal of the survey is better understanding veterinarians' attitudes and behaviors related to physical activity for both animal and owner health.

The collective evidence of a positive relationship between physical activity and health in both people and animals suggests that implementation of outdoor, dog-associated activities to increase activity may synergistically enhance both human and dog health. Pilot studies at specialty veterinary clinics have shown that veterinarian prescribed physical activity programs are feasible and successful, but little is known about activity promotion in primary care veterinary clinics.

The anonymous online survey is anticipated to take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. Participation in this research is voluntary and there are no direct benefits or known risks associated with participation in this survey. As a thank-you for participation, the first 100 respondents will be entered to win one of 10 $50 Amazon gift certificates. 

Help Stop Prescription Mandates
Congress is considering unnecessary legislation that would require veterinarians to provide clients copies of all companion-animal prescriptions. This legislation is unnecessary because clients are already able to receive prescriptions upon request.

Join the thousands of veterinary professionals who have spoken up against this bill. Write to Congress using the AVMA's simple contact form
Federal Animal Cruelty Bill Signed into Law
President Donald Trump signed  a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony  on Monday, saying the measure would help us be "more responsible and humane stewards of our planet."

The PACT Act -- which stands for Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture -- was signed by the President at the White House, where he said he was "pleased" to approve the legislation. The bipartisan act,   which passed the Senate earlier this month,  expands a previous law passed in 2010.

Right now, all 50 states have laws on their books against animal cruelty at the state level.
With Trump's approval, federal authorities can go after the wrongdoers because they will have federal jurisdiction and will not be bound by state laws. They can also prosecute criminals if the cruelty occurs on federal property.

Source: CNN.com

U.S. Households with Dogs Continue to Increase
An article in Today's Veterinary Business reported a study that showed that the U.S. dog population grew by 14% from 2008 to 2018.

The market research firm found that 54% of U.S. households, or 67 million, own a pet of some kind, either a dog, cat, fish, bird or other animal. The number of pet-owning households grew by 2.6% from 2013 to 2018.

The number of feline households fell by 4.7% over the 10-year period.

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