Indiana Association of Equine Practitioners

Board Meeting Minutes – Fall 2022

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Board Meeting-November 1, 2022

The semi-annual board meeting was held via Zoom call on November 1, 2022.  The meeting was called to order at 7:32 pm by President Angela Blackwell. 

Minutes from the Spring Board meeting were discussed.  A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes, Motion passed.

Financial report-Discussion was held about the need to increase the registration fees.   A motion was made and seconded to approve the report.  Motion passed.

PVAA-Dr. Erin Wilson unable to attend the meeting but she sent her report to Dr. Blackwell.  The new Equine Hospital is open and running.  ADDL has several new PCR services available.  Two standing CT units are now available-at the main campus and also at the Shelbyville hospital.  Dr. Joseph Hayna is offering advanced reproductive services.  Vet school applications are still strong with 1500-1700 applicants.  Eighty nine students in the Class of 2026.  Consideration is being made to increase class sizes in the future.  Salaries for 2022 graduates average $115,000 with $155,000 in school debt incurred.  Veterinary nurses with a BS average $20.68/hr and Associate degree graduates average $18.00/hr.  You should be receiving your Alumni association dues renewal shortly.    

Purdue -Dr. Tim Lescun unable to attend the meeting. Dr. Sarah Waxman gave a brief report.  Dr. Couetil is looking for as nominee for the Equine Research Advisory Board.  The hospital is currently hiring nurses, assistants, and animal handlers.  There are several vacancies in Doctor specialties.  Standing CT is now being offered.  Procedure is relatively affordable beginning around $750.00.  No general anesthesia is required.

IVMA-No report.

BOAH-Dr. Jennifer Strasser.  Herpes case reported in mid-March.  Twenty five percent morbidity rate in the barn.  April saw a case of Equine influenza-owner self-quarantined and no other cases were reported. In May a QH tested positive for piroplasmosis.  Case appears to have been a vertical transmission from the dam.  In June, a horse is Texas tested positive for EIA.  Further investigation discovered it had shipped illegally from Indiana.  No other horses at the Indiana facility tested positive.  Strangles was an issue at both race tracks this year.  There have been two positive West Nile and 3 EEE cases.

New Business-

  1. Two directors and President elect will need to be elected at the general membership meeting tomorrow
  2. Ideas are needed for future speakers.
  3. Increasing registration fees-students will remain free, possible increase for veterinarians to $95 and technicians/assistants $65. Drs Waxman & Blackwell will look into this and report back to the board.
  4. Since board meetings are held virtually, discussion held about possibly meeting the weekend before the general meeting. 

                With no further business needing to come before the board, meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Sigman, RVT

Executive Administrator                                                                                                 

General Membership – Spring 2021

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General Membership Meeting, March 3, 2021

Meeting was called to order at 12:04 pm by President Jake Jensen via Zoom call.

New Business: Dr. Terry Brandenburg, Past President of the IAEP, passed away earlier this year.  The organization wanted to take a moment to recognize his contributions as an active member of the IAEP and Indiana horse community.  Dr. Habig expressed that we owe a portion of gratitude to those of Terry’s generation for their work in starting the IAEP.

Questions regarding the CE certificates: the IAEP had planned to hold the certificates from Fall 2020 to hopefully hand out in the Spring of 2021, however, this meeting is also virtual.  We anticipate a live meeting again in the Fall of 2021 and plan to get caught back up at that time.  Please notify Barb Sigman or email the organization if you need your certificate sooner.  

Secretary/Treasurer Barb Sigman was unable to attend due to a funeral.  Brief financial report from Dr. Jensen:  attendance for today’s meeting generated $2,855, relatively low expenses, due to lack of speaker travel expenses, facility rental and food.  However, there also was no Vendor contribution.  Financially, the organization is sound and if there are more detailed questions, please contact Barb.

A motion to approve the minutes from the November 2020 meeting was made and seconded.  Motion passed.

BOAH report-Dr. Sandra Norman.

BOAH has been very busy during the Pandemic and appreciates Veterinarians continuing to work. 

BOAH approved the use of the Extended Equine CVI (only available to GlobalVetLink customers) USDA program has memorandum agreement with GVL which allows a horse to get a Certificate that lasts 6 months as long as they put their destinations in.  Indiana is the 31st state to adopt, not good in border states OH, IL, MI, WI, but are approved in KY and most states to the south. Any questions can be directed to GVL.

Outbreak of EHV-1 in Spain at a large FEI show (84 clinical horses and 2 German horses that died).  Does not directly affect IN, however, in general, for outbreak questions go to Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC –

Purdue Update – Dr. Sarah Waxman.

New Hospital is being built, expect to be in use a year from now.  Still working out staffing.  Food animal and Equine will be separate facilities. 

Dr. Steve Adams is retiring this summer.  There is a search committee scouting to fill another surgeon position.

PUVTH is still using curbside service due to COVID-19.  There are signs instructing clients what to do when they pull up.  Call during the day, after hours, use the Buzzer.  In-person communication in the parking lot before the horse is taken in the facility & to discuss findings and treatment.  Exceptions are made for end of life situations.

Purdue Veterinary Alumni – Dr. Erin Wilson was unable to attend but relayed to Dr. Jensen to encourage members to join the Alumni Association.  They were able to provide some student PPE and help out a food pantry this year.

IVMA update – Dr. Julie Davis.

IVMA offered the Crossroads Veterinary Conference virtually providing over 20 hours of live CE.  Practice Act this year looks like there will not be much change this year due to COVID being a priority, so we are not likely to have to fight the dentistry battle again this year.  However, there was a lot of activity online over the winter. 

Regarding CE, even though this current instruction was previously recorded, it is still considered live CE because the speaker is online and available to answer questions.

The floor was opened for other topics of discussion, none were presented.

A motion was made to conclude the business meeting and seconded.  The motion passed and the meeting adjourned at 12:15pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Dana Thompson, Sec/Treas Delegate  (Substitute for Barb Sigman, RVT – Sec/Treas)

Board Meeting Minutes – Spring 2021

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Board Meeting-March 2, 2021

The semi-annual board meeting was held via Zoom call on March 2, 2021.

The meeting was called to order  by President Dr. Jake Jensen. 

Minutes from the Fall Board meeting were discussed.  A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes, Motion passed.

Financial report-Financial report should say current assets as of March 1, 2021.A motion was made and seconded to approve the report with the agreed changes made.  Motion passed.   

Purdue -Dr. Tim Lescun.  Building construction is continuing on schedule.  Move in will be approximately 12 months (Spring 2022). Naming of the new hospital due to donation from Dr. David Brunner.  Dr. Adams is retiring mid-year. A search is on for his replacement.  The Covid pandemic has changed some aspects of the classes but plans are continuing for regular in person classes this Fall semester.  Curbside service is still ongoing at the hospitals.

Alumni-Dr. Erin Wilson-PVAA helped fund PPE for students.  A food pantry has been started at the school.  Donations can be made through Amazon or the PVAA.  Fall conference and the Horsemen’s Forum were both virtual.  Dr. Wilson reminds everyone to renew their membership.

BOAH-Dr. Sandra Norman-Covid response by the BOAH kept all processing plants open during the pandemic.  Extended CVI has been approved only through Global Vet Link.  Thirty one states are participating allowing  six month duration.  EEE testing has been done in 12 upper north counties.  This testing will continue this fall.

New Business-

                Amanda Taylor has contacted Barbara Sigman about the IAEP scholarships for graduating Equine students.  IAEP in the past has donated $3000 to the top three equine students ($1500, $1000 & $500).  Discussion was held concerning continuing these scholarships.  IAEP will again award the scholarships.

                Dr. Adams has tentatively agreed to be the speaker for our fall meeting.  Discussion held about appreciation gift for Dr. Adams.

IVMA-Dr. Sandra Norman-Telehealth Bill-need PCR to approve.  Currently the Controlled substance reporting bill requires prescribers to report daily even if 0 amount is prescribed.  It has been asked to remove that report.  Dr. Scott Thompson has produced a video showing what equipment & expertise is needed to properly perform equine dentistry.  IVMA has that video available if the dentistry bill is brought back to the legislature.   

With no further business needing to come before the board, meeting adjourned at 8:27 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Sigman, RVT

Executive Administrator

General Membership – Fall 2020

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General Membership Meeting, November 4, 2020

Meeting was called to order at 12:02 pm via Zoom call by Jake Jensen, DVM – President.

A motion to approve the minutes for the Spring General Membership Meeting was made and seconded.  Motion passed.

An overview of the financial statement was presented by Dr. Jake Jensen.  A formal report will be emailed later this week.

The Association recognizes the contribution of Dr. Terry Brandenburg, who passed away in January, 2021

BOAH report-Dr. Sandra Norman.  VS less in Missouri and Kansas.  Closer than usual.  EEE testing program for neurologic cases. Northeast Indiana and Michigan testing all neurologic cases.  Spraying for mosquitos in Northern Indiana.  Reimbursement available for veterinarians testing neurologic cases for EEE.  International shipping-quarantine at Churchhill Downs.  Can fly into Indianapolis.  African horse sickness reported in Thailand and Malaysia.

Purdue Alumni-Dr. Erin Wilson.  Curbside service currently being used in hospitals.  New hospital construction is on schedule with Spring 2022 opening expected.  Horseman’s Forum will be virtual in February, 2021.  Dr. Wilson encourages membership in the Veterinary Alumni Association.

New Business:

                                Elections:  President elect-nominee Dr. Angie Blackwell.  No further nominations from the floor.  Motion made and passed to close nominations.  Dr. Blackwell is President elect for 2022.

                                Board of Directors:  Dr. Heather Solomon and Dr. Sarah Waxman.  No further nominations from the floor.  Motion made and seconded to close nominations.  Motion passed.  Dr. Solomon & Dr. Waxman elected to the board of directors.

Old Business:

                Dentistry Bill-Senator Leising-Lay people movement.  IVMA has a Practice Act task force. Task Force also looking at telemedicine, virtual PCR.    

With no further business needing to be brought before the membership, a motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  Motion passed.  Meeting adjourned at 12:27 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Sigman, RVT