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The Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA) predicts, monitors and confronts issues that affect the professional practice and licenses of Illinois veterinarians. Approximately 3000 ISVMA member veterinarians, veterinary students and Certified Veterinary Technicians depend upon the representation and services provided by the ISVMA. Their participation ensures the continued strength of the veterinary profession in Illinois.

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News & Action Items

Equine Herpes Virus in Illinois:

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has confirmed that two horses stabled in northeast Illinois have tested positive for EHV-1. Horse owners are encouraged to visit with their veterinarian to address specific questions regarding their horse, facility and equine travel plans.


More information can be found at:

Illinois Department of Agriculture




Illinois Canine Influenza Outbreak Caused by New Strain of Virus

Chicago CIV Outbreak-Caution When Travelling with Dogs

Over roughly a two week period, March 16-26, almost 80% of the samples tested for positive for Canine Influenza in the Chicago and Chicago suburbs area were positive. This resulted in 34 positive cases, according to a recent Merck press release to the veterinary community. This a highly contagious virus, with symptoms which can mimic other, more benign respiratory infections.

With families traveling for the weekend, there is a concern the CIV will spread. Please advise dog owners who are traveling to keep their dogs separated from all dogs.  Dog owners visiting Chicago should not take their dogs with them.

Also, please notify dog owners who are traveling from Chicago to keep their dogs separate from all other dogs, including those of other family members.  If exposure occurs, the current recommendation is for a 3 week home quarantine period. Dog owners from other regions are encouraged not to bring their dog with them if they are traveling to Chicago.  If they must, they should avoid all areas where dogs may gather such as dog parks, dog beaches, groomers, dog daycare and kennels.

If any dogs become ill with signs of Canine Influenza, dog owners are strongly encouraged to advise the local veterinarians that their dog may have been exposed to the virus. 

Veterinarians are encouraged to be cautious over the next several weeks when dogs are presenting with "kennel cough" symptoms.  They are encouraged to inquire about pet travel as well. A non-core vaccine is also available for this disease.

As a refresher, signs of CIV include:

  • A dry hacking cough

  • Coughing up a white, foamy phlegm

  • Lethargy

  • Vomiting

  • Lack of appetite

  • Runny nose

  • Rapid breathing

  • Fever

Veterinary clinics are encouraged to share information with their clients who maybe traveling with their dog on precautions and symptoms of CIV.

Credits: David Gonsky, DVM; Natalie Marks, DVM, & ISVMA Director of Education Michelle Gundlach, DVM



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Mark Your Calendars!

2015 ISVMA Annual Convention
Oct. 23-25
Crowne Plaza, Springfield, IL


Quote of the Century

In 1930, Dr. C. Hastings of Williamsville, IL said in his ISVMA Presidential Address, “You can say what you want about keeping associations out of politics, but the man out of politics is not living in the present age. This is the age of group effort.”


Dr. Hastings words ring just as true today. Membership support of state associations and the AVMA has never been more important than it is today.


Division of Professional Regulation Complaints
Complaints against any individual or entity regulated by the Division of Professional Regulation may be filed by contacting the Complaint Intake Unit. There are two methods of filing:

1) Division of Professional Regulation Online Complaint Form

2) Division of Professional Regulation Print and Fill In Complaint Form

Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Division of Professional Regulation
Complaint Intake Unit
100 West Randolph Street, Suite 9-300
Chicago, IL 60601


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Reportable Diseases: A veterinarian’s legal responsibilities

Reportable diseases are regulated in Illinois by state and federal law. The statutes and their regulations are specific, with two separate agencies in Illinois held responsible for the adherence of these laws. The Department of Public Health is responsible for cases involving human exposure while reportable animal diseases are handled through the Department of Agriculture. It is important not only to know how to recognize the symptoms and diagnose the diseases, but it is essential to know where and how to report them.

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(current list of reportable diseases)


ISVMA Sponsored Practice Benefit Programs

The ISVMA offers sponsored benefit programs designed to help veterinary practices operate more efficiently and increase profits! Programs include discount merchant services (credit card processing) and debt collection. The ISVMA Membership Services Committee is exploring other reputable companies that can provide additional benefits to our members.


ISVMA Makes Resources Available to Help Implement the New Sales Tax Regulation

If you wish to have copies of the handouts provided at the ISVMA Tax Seminars and/or you wish to review sample letters for changing your registration status or notifying your suppliers that you will only be purchasing from registered suppliers the information is available on the ISVMA website.


Legislative Relations Survey ISVMA is still trying to identify veterinarians who have a relationship with one or more of the 177 members of the Illinois General Assembly. click here...

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Phone: (217) 546-8381

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