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October 15, 2019
Comment Period Open for Proposed
Companion Animal Rule Changes
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is proposing administrative rule changes that would elevate the standard of care for companion animals in all licensed commercial facilities in Iowa. The public can visit rules.iowa.gov to read the proposed changes to Iowa Administrative Rules Chapter 67. Public comments will be accepted online until 4:30 p.m./CT on Oct. 30, 2019.

These changes would affect all licensed commercial breeders, animal shelters, animal dealers including rescues, commercial and boarding kennels including doggy daycares, groomers and trainers, and in-house facilities in the state.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture’s proposed changes include:
  • More stringent temperature and humidity requirements
  • Solid resting surfaces for animals kept on wire flooring
  • Larger primary enclosure requirements
  • More stringent cleaning and sanitation requirements
  • Increased access to water
  • Isolation area requirements to improve biosecurity and reduce the risk of disease spread

If approved, the proposed administrative rule changes will go into effect on Jan. 8, 2020. Commercial establishments may be granted a temporary grace period to implement the required changes to their facilities before the penalty period begins. Visit rules.iowa.gov to review the proposed changes. 
Veterinary Technicians Increase Efficiency and Wellbeing
This week, October 13-19, we celebrate National Veterinary Technician Week!

A recent post on AVMA @ Work discusses how veterinary technicians can boost a clinic's efficiency and team wellbeing by using the full skill sets of veterinary technicians.

The AVMA Task Force on Technician Utilization has been initiated to look at issues like financial and career sustainability, task delegation, and the wellbeing of both technicians and practices.

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.
IVMA Offers Membership to Licensed Veterinary Technicians
As we celebrate National Veterinary Technician Week , we are excited to announce the IVMA now welcomes Licensed veterinary technicians as IVMA members!

This change was voted in by IVMA members at the September IVMA Annual Meeting when they approved changes to the By-Laws that govern the Association.

Licensed veterinary technicians who become members of the IVMA will be able to:
  • Have access to “Members Only” resources on the IVMA website
  • Register for IVMA conferences at a discounted rate
  • Attend Legislative Day at the state capitol.
  • Serve on an IVMA Committee.
  • Receive the electronic version of the monthly Update newsletter and the bi-weekly Communique.
To become a member, technicians must be registered with the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine, complete the application on our website and remit the $50 membership fee. Memberships run on a calendar year – anyone who signs up through the end of 2019 will be a member through December 31, 2020.

Welcome Veterinary Technicians to the IVMA!

IVMA Supports One Health Legislation
The IVMA has joined forces with the AVMA to support H.R. 3771/S. 1903 the Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act of 2019. This legislation would require USDA and HHS, in coordination with other specified agencies and departments, to develop, publish, and submit to Congress a national One Health Framework for coordinated Federal activities under a One Health Program.

One Health is the idea that humans, animals, and the environment are inextricably linked. This Act would improve federal efforts to prevent, prepare for and respond to zoonotic disease outbreaks under a One Health Framework by coordinating activities across Federal agencies.

For more information, read the AVMA's Issue brief on the bill.
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.

Kickoff is set for 2:30 pm. The tent will be open 9:30 am-2:00 pm. Doors to ISU CVM will open at 9:00 am.
Tours of the college will also be available from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

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 member veterinarians may nominate.
The deadline for nominations is January 15.
Pork Quality Assurance 4.0 Advisor Session Offered
Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University is offering Pork Quality Assurance Plus 4.0 advisor certification opportunities, including a newly scheduled session for Friday, Nov. 22.

This session will be held at the Hansen Ag Student Learning Center on the Iowa State campus in Ames.

For more information about eligibility and to submit an applicator, visit the Iowa Pork Industry Center website .
Volunteer Veterinarians Needed for Rabies Clinic
The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Public Health Club is holding a Rabies Clinic at Meskwaki Nation in Tama on November 2 . The group will leave the ISU CVM at 8:00 am and carpool to Tama, returning around 6:00 pm. The ISU CVM Public Health Club will provide breakfast and lunch.

Veterinarians will supervise vet students as they perform physical exams, draw blood, administer vaccines and run snap tests. Veterinarians will sign off on the rabies vaccinations.

If you are interested in helping, contact Annika Johnson at annikaj@iastate.edu .
ISU CVM Student Runs Against Hunger
Neil Vezeau, a third-year ISU CVM student, has created " The Pork Run Against Hunger " to raise money for Food Bank of Iowa . In conjunction with National Pork Month, Vezeau has committed to running 1 mile in a pig onesie for every $20 donated toward his campaign.

Vezeau is inviting others to join the campaign and can contact him at  npvezeau@iastate.edu  to join his efforts. Any level of pork attire including, onesies, pigtails, pig ears, or pink clothing may be adorned in their running efforts.

The Pork Run Against Hunger campaign will continue to accept donations through the end of October. It hopes to provide nutritious high-quality food for thousands of Iowans. To donate to the Pork Run Against Hunger Campaign, please visit his Go Fund Me page .
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