Benefits

Membership has its rewards

Take advantage of all that IVMA membership has to offer. We are here to serve and protect our members and our profession.

Here are a few of our indispensable membership benefits:

Continuing education opportunities


Regional and national experts speak at our Annual Meeting, Winter Conference and other special CE programs.  Members can satisfy all of their  licensing continuing education through IVMA opportunities.

IVMA Update

Our monthly newsletter is packed with leading-edge state and national news, important information on CE programs, clinical practice, practice management, public safety and licensing issues, member events, surveys, and free classified ads for members.

Communiqué

The Communiqué is a bi-weekly email newsletter sent to members. This brief news bulletin gives members breaking news, heads-up about opportunities and issues.

Legislative representation

IVMA veterinarians' practice and licensure interests are represented by the legislative counsel firm of Carney & Appleby in addition to the IVMA executive staff, officers and Legislative Committee. The IVMA also has an active Political Action Committee (I-Vet PAC) that supports legislators who are supportive of Iowa's veterinarians and our profession. I-Vet PAC contributions are used to allow members of the IVMA to get aquatinted with and help legislators understand veterinary medicine and its needs in Iowa.

Legal Counsel

Our legal counsel firm supplies opinions relative to veterinary medicine and practice requested by our Administration Committee, Executive Board, other related committees and IVMA members.

IVMA Preconditioning Program

This calf management program is nationally recognized for its value added to the marketing of feeder cattle and is endorsed by the Iowa Cattleman’s Association and coordinated & authorized by the IVMA for our members only.

IVMA Website
The IVMA website provides members and the public with the Find A Veterinarian feature, CE Calendar, classified ads, the Iowa Animal Hall of Fame and a Members Only section with IVMA practice and legislative information, committees, newsletter and other related member information.

Leadership opportunities for recent graduates

Power of Ten Leadership (POTL), Emerging Leader Liaisons (ELL), and Veterinary Leadership Conference are opportunities for recent graduates to attend seminars and conferences to network with other peer groups.

Representation and coordination of activities with other organizations

The IVMA has relationships with many other associations including the American Veterinary Medical Association, other state veterinary medical associations, the USDA-VS, APHIS, FDA, USAHA, ILHAC and other state and national producer organizations.

Liaison

The IVMA has a close working relationship with the American Association of Veterinary Medical Association, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine, the Student Chapter-American Veterinary Medical Association, the Iowa Department of Public Health and similar organizations and industry partners, such as the Iowa Cattleman’s Association, Iowa Pork Producers, and Iowa Farm Bureau.

Social events

The Sports & Field Day golf outing, the receptions at Annual Meeting and Winter Conference, and other events throughout the year provide recreation, social and networking opportunities with colleagues and healthcare team members.

Cooperation and representation

The IVMA works with the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine to maintain and improve standards of practice in Iowa.

IVMA Foundation

Foundation dollars support scholarships for students at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, other special student needs and special events and innovative ideas.

Collaboration and interaction with the College of Veterinary Medicine and CVM students

In addition, we contribute $7,500 to the White Coat ceremony and to freshman orientation. We sponsor students to attend SCAVMA symposium, AVMA student legislative day and support the ISU Pre-Vet club events and other events as opportunities become available. Our staff and officers frequently present to SCAVMA and student clubs.

Veterinary Career Network

The online Veterinary Career Network (VCN) is designed to help IVMA members find potential employees or job opportunities. The VCN is the most comprehensive career and recruiting site for the animal health industry.

Other IVMA Benefits

  • Credit Bureau Services of Iowa.  You only pay for successful recovery including fees that have not been paid at all or have been paid in part.
  • Participation in a merchant credit card program is available. IVMA has endorsed MSG Payment Systems, an Iowa-based organization, for Merchant Credit Card usage effective March 1, 2000.
  • IVMA members are eligible for a special discounted rate at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center located at 2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames. A room with a Superior King Bed or Two Double Beds is $99.00 plus tax.  (Rate not available for ISU graduation, home football games or other special events. Based on availability.)  Call (515) 292-8600 to make a reservation.  Mention you are an IVMA member.

The IVMA Mission
Providing a vision and voice through continuing education, publications, legislative and social activities to enhance the veterinary profession, improve animal well-being and defend public health.”


Invitation from the Executive Director

Dear Colleague:

The challenges facing the veterinary profession in Iowa seem to grow every year. It is therefore more important than ever that Iowa veterinarians stand together in their approach and advocacy. The IVMA provides the vehicle to do that. Our members are the lifeblood of the Association. Support from the veterinary community allows us to be heard as one unified and clear voice when advocating for the veterinary profession.

As a former practicing veterinarian, I know how busy a veterinarian’s life is and the demands you have on your time.  I understand the importance of organized veterinary medicine and the collaboration between its members, industry partners, governmental agencies and the Legislature. The IVMA is your voice and a valuable source of information to make your job easier, more profitable and more successful.

The benefits of IVMA membership are considerable. I encourage all members to renew their membership and consider participating in IVMA activities. For those currently not members, I urge you to review the benefits and services and consider becoming an IVMA member.

Sincerely,

Dr. Randy Wheeler
IVMA Executive Director