"Serving veterinarians for the benefit of animal and human health."
October 1, 2019
IVMA Response to Des Moines Register Editorial
A letter from IVMA Executive Director, Dr. Randy Wheeler:

IVMA Members,
As many of you have read, the Des Moines Register published an editorial on Thursday, September 26 th online & September 29 th in print concerning the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine (IBVM) and the veterinary profession. The IVMA has been working with our officers, the IVMA Public Relations Committee, the IBVM, our legal counsel and several IVMA members to develop thoughtful responses.

You will need to log-in as an IVMA member to read the letter. If you you don't know your log-in, feel free to call the IVMA office at 515-965-9237..

Iowa Mandate for Electronic Transmission of Prescriptions
Does not Apply to Veterinarians
The Board of Pharmacy recently adopted final rulemaking to implement 2018 Iowa Acts, House File 2377, which mandates the electronic transmission of all prescriptions not subject to an exception as of January 1, 2020. The Board’s  rules were published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin on July 31, 2019 and became effective September 4, 2019. 

The mandate includes an exception for prescriptions authorized by veterinarians. Therefore, veterinarians are not required to transmit prescriptions electronically to a pharmacy.

The Iowa Administrative Rules for this section reads:

657—21.8(124,155A) Electronic prescription mandate and exemptions. Beginning January 1, 2020, all prescriptions shall be transmitted electronically to a pharmacy except as provided in this rule.
21.8(1) Prescriptions exempt . Prescriptions which shall be exempt from electronic transmission include:
a. A prescription for a patient residing in a nursing home, long-term care facility, correctional facility, or jail.
b. A prescription authorized by a licensed veterinarian.

For more information, including frequently asked questions, concerning the mandate please visit the Iowa Board of Pharmacy’s website.
Homecoming Activities Set for October 26
C’mon out to the College of Veterinary Medicine for Homecoming, Saturday, Oct. 26!

The college will have an outdoor tent by the Fish Tank Lobby. A cash bar (beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks) and the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association luncheon will be served inside the tent which will have tables and chairs.

The IVMA is helping to sponsor the tailgate activities this year.
Tickets for the luncheon and football game will be available from the  Veterinary Medical Alumni Association website .

Luncheon tickets are $15 per person. Football tickets are $35 for VMAA members; $45 for non-members.
Kick-off time for the game will be announced 10-14 days prior to the game.
Tours of the college will also be available from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, although that time may change depending on kickoff.
Registration Open for ISU James D McKean Swine Disease Conference
The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Iowa Pork Industry Center, the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), District 6 are sponsoring the 2019 ISU James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference.

With the recent introduction of African Swine Fever into the Asian countries, this year's program will be heavily focused on ASF, biosecurity, and how to prepare if ASF arrives the U.S.

November 7-8, 2019
Pre-Conference workshops on November 6
Scheman Building, Ames

Register by October 20 to take advantage of Early Registration Fees.

For more information and to register, visit the 2019 ISU James D McKean Swine Disease Conference website.

Celebrate National Veterinary Technician Week - October 13-19
Veterinary technicians are critical to the day-to-day function of veterinary practices, and play vital roles in preserving animal health and welfare.

National Veterinary Technician Week provides an opportunity to recognize veterinary technicians’ contributions.

We value veterinary technicians every day of the year and thank them for all they do. During National Veterinary Technician Week, we honor their commitment to compassionate, high-quality veterinary care for all animals. Please join us in celebrating these important team members.

To help celebrate this special week, the AVMA has free social media images for you to download to celebrate National Veterinary Technician Week on your social feeds.

First celebrated in 1993, National Veterinary Technician Week takes place in the third week of October each year.
Volunteer Veterinarians Needed for Vaccination Clinic
On Saturday, October 19th the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) will be hosting a free vaccination clinic made possible by the SL Gimbel Foundation to serve pet owners in 50315 and 50317 of Des Moines, Iowa. The goal of this clinic is to address the critical need for accessible and affordable veterinary care in our under-served communities by keeping pets healthy, happy, and in their loving homes.

Location: 2715 Dean Ave. (Des Moines Fire Maintenance and Training Building) Des Moines
Date: October 19 th , 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

Notes: The ARL will provide ALL the supplies (e.g., vax, medications) and manage ALL the paperwork. They will provide a skilled vet tech 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. Thank you!
Free Workshops Available on EPA's Hazardous Waste Pharmaceutical Rule
On August 21, 2019, the EPA’s Hazardous Waste Pharmaceutical Rule (Pharmaceutical Rule) became effective in Iowa.  This rule updates the way hazardous waste pharmaceuticals are managed, including:
  • Bans all sewering of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals,
  • Modifies the listing for nicotine waste (P075), and
  • Provides expanded options for managing waste pharmaceuticals.

The published version of the rule is lengthy because it includes a lot of background or preamble language.  The actual regulations can be found quickly by using this  Federal Register link.

To help prepare users for the new rule, EPA will be hosting free workshops throughout Iowa. These workshops are free and available for any business that generates waste pharmaceuticals (retail, clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, doctors, veterinarians, long-term care facilities, etc.). Click here for a schedule and a link to register for these FREE workshops.

If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact Marcus Rivas at  R7EPAworkshop@epa.gov  or 913-551-7669.
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