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 SB346 allows the State Board of Veterinary Medicine to contract with a professional health program to provide rehabilitative services to impaired veterinarians.  Additionally, the measure creates a seat on the state board for a veterinary technician. SB346 comes at the request of the GVMA and Sen. Ellis Black, R-Valdosta. The GVMA Resilience & Well-Being Committee lobbied for veterinarians to be included in the Georgia Physician’s Health Program (GPHP) which provides support for physicians who are seeking intervention for substance abuse disorders.  GPHP currently works with physicians, physician assistants, and respiratory therapists...

Last week, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed Senate Bill 359, the COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act. SB 359 says that no healthcare facility, healthcare provider, entity [business], or individual, shall be held liable for damages in an action involving a COVID-19 liability claim unless the claimant proves that the actions of the healthcare facility, healthcare provider, entity, or individual, showed: gross negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, reckless infliction of harm, or intentional infliction of harm. Additionally, the bill creates a presumption of the assumption of risk if a business displays a...

DOMESTIC ANIMAL LAWS IN GEORGIA Provides 2 LEAP CE Credit Hours via Zoom Webinar (Approved by the GA State Board of Vet Med)Sunday, August 9, 20201 - 2:40 pm Register Now This session will cover Domestic Animal Laws in Georgia including: Ownership of Domestic Animals (dogs) Care and control of Dogs Lost and Found Dogs Duty to treat (client, non-client and hybrid) Dog Bites Disposal, Burial and Trusts Animal Cruelty Assistance Dogs Liability for harm caused to and by Dogs. If you can't attend this webianr, stay tuned for further announcements on upcoming dates. You can also view our Calendar here. GVMA LEAP...

Topic: Pet Grief Provides 2 LEAP CE Credit Hours via Zoom Webinar (Approved by the GA State Board of Vet Med)Wednesday, September 9, 20206:30 - 8:10 pm Register Now Did you know that nearly all State Board cases of unprofessional conduct involve communications issues? Because euthanasia is a highly emotional procedure, the words and actions (or inactions) of veterinarians and their staff take on heightened sensitivity. This session will help veterinarians and technicians understand grief, display empathy, and communicate support. By understanding the levels of grief, the veterinary staff is better prepared for...

The core values of the GVMA include integrity, progressive thinking, compassion & inclusivity. These have been and continue to be our beliefs. We support the following statement by the AVMA. Article from AVMA: https://www.avma.org/avma-stands-black-community READ JAVMA: Veterinarians talk racial discrimination ...

Practicing Preventive Legal Medicine & Informed Consent Doctrine Provides 2 LEAP CE Credit Hours via Zoom Webinar (Approved by the GA State Board of Vet Med) Sunday, June 21, 2020 1 - 2:40 pm REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 12:30PM on 6/21 Register Now Great news! We are now able to offer LEAP CE online! This is the first of many planned LEAP CE Webinars to be hosted by the GVMA. If you can't make it to this one, stay tuned for further announcements on upcoming dates. You can also view our Calendar here. GVMA LEAP CE will continue...

Devoted exclusively to questions and concerns regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and well-being of veterinary workers. The way we interact and produce food is already changing due to 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. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on all segments of beef cattle production, producers are faced with exploring options that likely require retaining ownership of their cattle for longer periods of time. Therefore,...

The GVMA and GVMA Foundation would like to thank the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) for working with the GVMA Foundation again to allow private practitioners to utilize funds from the spay / neuter grant program. Because veterinarians cannot apply individually, the GVMA Foundation will apply for a large grant and will distribute those funds to all participating members. As in the past, GVMA members may apply for those funds to pay for or subsidize sterilization procedures for clients. The GVMA Foundation requires on your hospital’s letterhead: Due Wednesday, May...

Difficult Emotions & Uncertain Times: A Mindful Veterinary Survival Guide Difficult Emotions and Uncertain Times References Mindful Veterinary Tips for Working with Fear and Stress During COVID SPEAKER: LAURA SMALLWOOD, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), RYT-200 Dr. Laura Smallwood’s professional experience includes over 35 years in the practice of veterinary medicine, the majority of that as a small animal internal medicine specialist and practice owner. Dr. Smallwood began her study of Mindfulness early in 2016 as part of a collaboration to develop a 6-week Mindfulness-based stress resilience program for Saint Francis Veterinary Specialists. Since that...

Devoted exclusively to questions and concerns regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and well-being of veterinary workers. COVID-19 has changed how we work and how we live in ways so profound as to be unimaginable only 6 weeks ago. Yet here we are, living through uncertainty, difficult emotions, and social isolation. At work, there are safety concerns, operational changes, concerns for job security, and growing financial constraints. For those who are not currently employed, there is personal financial distress. Whether you need help personally or want to...

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