IVMA Foundation

Iowa Veterinary Medical Association Foundation
The purpose for which the Foundation is organized is to receive gifts and property to be used for the advancement of veterinary medicine and the promotion of veterinary medical research and education.  The Foundation shall hold, administer and dispose of gifts and property thereof, and any and all things necessary or incident to the accomplishment of the foregoing purposes, provided, however, that none of the funds, property or income of the corporation shall be used in attempting to influence legislation by the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise or for the benefit of any private member of the corporation or individual.
To accomplish the foregoing object or purpose, this Foundation shall have the right to act as Trustee of any funds or property that it may receive under specific or limited grants or agreements or that it may receive by testamentary disposition and shall have the right to hold and manage the same under the terms and conditions imposed by any such bequest not inconsistent with the objects herein above expressed.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, however, the Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (or corresponding section of any future federal tax code).
Current Goals:
  • To support innovative research and education projects with direct application to recruitment and retention of quality students into veterinary medicine.
  • To advance veterinary medicine by supporting projects that raise veterinarian's awareness of current issues in the practice of veterinary medicine
  • To educate the public about veterinary medicine and teach animal owner responsibility
  • To ensure the success of developing leaders for our profession by providing student scholarships.
  • To offer emergency scholarships to veterinary medical students in special circumstances
Possible Future Projects:
  • Increase number and amount of scholarships
  • Establish a strategic fund to help veterinarians who experience catastrophic loss due to disasters and emergencies
  • Establish an IVMA Foundation lecture series
  • Establish an IVMA Foundation professorship at Iowa State University

Riding RAGBRAI for Josh and the IVMA Foundation

Dr. Bill Williams and his “Team Animals” will ride RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) again this summer, July 22-28 to raise money and awareness for The Josh and Friends Project and the IVMA Foundation.

Josh and Friends is a non-profit organization that uses the healing power of the human-animal bond to help sick children deal with their anxiety and fear of being in a hospital. Money raised is used to purchase “Josh kits” which include a stuffed plush Golden Retriever named Josh and a book titled, “I’ll be OK”, which are given to kids while they are hospitalized.

This year the Josh Challenge team has set a goal to raise $5,000 to help spread the joy of Josh kits to kids in hospitals around Iowa.  As an added bonus, every dollar donated to the Josh Challenge earns a dollar for the IVMA Foundation’s general fund.  A team of private and corporate partners, including Merial have volunteered to match funds raised so the Foundation can continue its work of providing student scholarships and other worthwhile projects.  The ultimate goal is to raise $5000 for both Josh and Friends and the IVMA Foundation.

Helping in the fundraising is the Josh and Friends Project Group which is part of the Iowa State University CVM SAVMA chapter. ISU CVM students can participate in the Josh and Friends Project Group by attending meetings, participating in fundraisers to purchase Josh Kits, and helping with the distributions of the Josh Kits to children in local hospitals and to children in the community whose parents or family members are deployed in the military.
Your help is needed! Donate today!
If you would like to help the Josh Project and the IVMA Foundation with a tax-deductible donation, please click on the link located in the upper right hand corner of this page or call the IVMA office at 515-965-9237 to find out how you can be a part of putting more Josh kits to work helping to provide comfort to kids in Iowa. Donations will be accepted through August 15. For more information about the Josh and Friends visit www.joshandfriends.com .

For Corporation Minutes click here.        
For Board of Directors Minutes click here.

To contribute to the IVMA Foundation, please contact the IVMA office at 800/369-9564 or click on the link located on the upper right side of this page.

Josh Challenge Donations

IVMA Foundation Donations

IVMA Foundation Officers and Board of Directors

Dr. Nathan Peterson
(September 2019)
Oskaloosa, IA 
Vice President:
Dr. Rachel Friedrich
(September 2020)          
Ames, IA
Board Members:
Dr. Jennifer Hosch
 Farley, IA

Dr. Jessie Juarez
Ames, IA

Dr. Paul Murrell
Neveda, IA

Ex Officio Member 
Dr. Jared Danielson
Ames, IA