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October 13, 2020
Celebrate National Veterinary Technician Week
October 11-17, 2020

Bovine Research Funds Available
The Iowa Veterinary Medical Association 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.

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 October 30, 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. 
Hybrid Model for 2020 ISU McKean Swine Disease Conference
Registration is now open for the 2020 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, sponsor the ISU James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference.

This year’s program is going to be unique, as it will be a hybrid meeting, with options for attendees to attend a live meeting, in accordance with ISU COVID-19 guidelines, or join the meeting virtually. There is limited seating, and in-person registration may fill up quickly. The program will take place at the Scheman Building, in Ames, Iowa, as well as on a virtual platform, and is consolidated into a one-day event on November 5, 2020.

This year’s meeting will continue to focus on issues that are important to swine veterinarians and producers in these challenging times. We will continue our focus on the continuing threat of African Swine Fever by featuring Dr. Douglas Gladue from USDA-APHIS to discuss their groundbreaking work on African Swine Fever vaccine candidates and improved diagnostics as well as USDA funded Swine Health Improvement Plan, in response to a potential foreign animal disease event. The program will also feature lessons learned on depopulation method, carcass disposal methodologies and nutritional adjustments that were made in response to the COVID19 supply chain interruptions earlier this year and what the market outlook will be going forward. Attendees will learn more about our improvements in PRRS and syndromic disease surveillance using data collected from our world class Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. The conference will cover the most recent updates in terms of antimicrobial resistance and what that might mean for swine veterinarians and producers going forward, as well as research updates and case studies on emerging pathogens.

For more information regarding the 2020 ISU James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference, and to register for this year’s conference, please visit: https://www.regcytes.extension.iastate.edu/swinedisease/. 

Nominations for Iowa Animal Hall of Fame Sought
The deadline for the 2021 Iowa Animal Hall of Fame Awards is January 15, 2021. 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 member veterinarians may nominate.
The deadline for nominations is January 15.
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.
AVMA Volunteer Opportunities
The AVMA has several Committee and Council positions open now and coming open in 2021. As a volunteer, the AVMA will cover your travel, lodging and meals to attend meetings. Please visit the Volunteer Opportunities section of the AVMA website to learn more.

If you are interested in a position, please contact the IVMA office at 515-935-9237 or ivma@iowavma.org. We can complete a nomination form on your behalf.
Survey on Pesticide Exposure and Toxicity in Dogs
Arcadia University (PA), The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education (PA), University of Florida at Gainesville (FL), and Working Dogs for Conservation (MT) are collaborating to provide research on pesticide exposure and toxicity in dogs.

One of the group's goals is to develop preventive, educational resources on canine pesticide exposure and toxicity for veterinarians and owners. They are asking veterinarians to take part in a survey is to gather information about their pesticide exposure experience, and to determine what sort of resources they would find most useful. A tandem goal is to publish a thorough review of canine pesticide toxicity parameters drawn from analytical and clinical settings to help canine care providers accurately identify pesticide toxicosis to enable rapid response, and to offer easily accessible information for veterinary professionals.

The survey consists of two parts. The first should take 5 minutes or less. The second part is optional, but will take an additional 10-12 minutes. If you would like to provide additional information or have any questions about the survey or the work, please contact them at: canine.pesticide.study.2020@gmail.com.

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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