COVID-19 Resources

The GVMA is closely monitoring Public Health guidelines as the number of COVID-19 cases decreases in the State of Georgia.

Updated guidance provided to the AVMA from the CDC advises:

Veterinary clinics should follow masking guidance for the general public.

While veterinarians are considered clinicians, the settings in which they work are not used to treat humans with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, and instances of animal-to-human transmission appear to be very rare.

Veterinary clinics should consider local transmission and vaccination rates when creating clinic policies for PPE use and interactions with clients.

We recommend joining the GVMA Facebook page which has a lot of discussion on what other veterinary facilities are doing as we slowly transition back to “normal”.

JOIN HERE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gvmamembers

RECENT UPDATES
  • 7/1/2021: Please note that the Final Public Health State of Emergency Executive Order expired on Thursday, July 1 at 12:00 am.
    The following veterinary emergency rule states that veterinarians can still have a VCPR of 18 months for 120 days thereafter, which would be October 29, 2021.
    Any further questions should be addressed to the Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine.

    • Rule 700-8-0.2-.01. Emergency Rule on Unprofessional Conduct. During the State of Emergency regarding COVID-19 and up to 120 days thereafter, Rule 700-8-.01(d)(2)(i)’s requirement that a veterinarian has examined the animal within the last twelve (12) months in order to establish a VCPR shall be extended to a period of eighteen (18) months. The remainder of the rule shall remain in effect.
THINGS THAT HAVE CHANGED
GETTING BACK TO "NORMAL"

5/12: Governor Kemp has issued an executive order covering the reopening of businesses. The main item that relates to veterinarians is #17 on pg. 11 concerning the use of PIN pads, which now can be used if disinfected frequently. Click here to read the executive order. For the sake of health & safety concerns, there should be no rush to get back to “normal” and the GVMA recommends that you continue observing the safety protocols that you have instituted for your staff and your clients.

ON-DEMAND & LIVE WEBINARS
Updates by Agency
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION (CDC)
GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH (GDPH)
GEORGIA VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (GVMA)

The GVMA office is mostly operational—feel free to call us at 678-309-9800 or email us at any time just as you normally would.

Our team is currently working from home. Physical mailings may be delayed, including mailed invoice payments, CVA program materials, handbook orders, and so forth. We appreciate your understanding during this stressful time.

US FOOD & DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA)
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
Specified Guidance
MOBILE & HOUSE CALL VETS
CATTLE VETS & PRODUCERS
FOOD ANIMAL VETS

GVMA MEMBERS: JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT WELLNESS WEBINAR!

TUESDAY, 5/5, 8PM

GVMA Webinar: “Conscious Relaxation”

Becoming aware of tension in the body and cultivating the capacity to let the body relax can help to reduce the physical impact of acute and chronic stress, and anxiety. In this session, participants will learn a mindfulness practice for consciously releasing muscular tension in the body.
Please note: In order to create a sense of community, participants will be able to join this session with their webcam on. This is an interactive session and you are encouraged to participate. This webinar is available exclusively to GVMA Members at no cost. Space is limited.

Instructor: Dr. Laura Smallwood, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), RYT-200, Chair of GVMA Wellbeing & Resilience Committee

JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT TOWN HALL MEETING!

THURSDAY, 5/7, 7PM

GVMA/UGA CVM VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING FOR COVID-19

This session is devoted to answering questions producers and veterinarians have around their key role in maintaining a stable, secure, and cost effective food supply.

The GVMA is actively updating COVID-19 resources for our members. Our office is open and we can be contacted at GVMA@gvma.net or (678) 309-9800 should you need assistance.

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