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Provides 7 Medical CE CreditsSoft Tissue Surgery CESunday, May 23, 20218:30 am - 3:10 pm MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR Myron O. Downs, DVM, PhD, DACVS (Athens Surgery Center) Athens Veterinary Surgery Center was created by Dr. Anita Stampley and Dr. Myron Downs in 1996 as a mobile surgery service in the Athens-Atlanta area. The practice began with a handful of dedicated clinics and has now grown to a full service surgery referral center specializing in general, orthopedic, and spinal surgery for the small animal patient. Dr. Downs has been ACVS certified since 1999. He...

What is the GVMA? The GVMA is a membership organization—governed by a Board of Directors with representatives from 12 districts throughout the state. We exist to serve you, our members! Our major purposes are to:• further veterinary medicine in the state of Georgia;• advocate for veterinarians on legal and regulatory issues that affect the way veterinary medicine is practiced and veterinary facilities are regulated (either by the Georgia state legislature or the Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine);• and to provide a trusted source for continuing education for veterinarians. What is the Georgia...

SINE DIE! The 40 Day Legislative Session came to a wild and crazy close in the early hours of Thursday morning. GAC staff were involved on several issues on the final day as we fought to protect and advance the policy initiatives of agriculture until the last gavels were slammed. Dozens of bills impacting our industry were passed and several that would have caused harm were defeated throughout the session. FULL REPORT ...

Week eleven of the Legislative Session saw plenty of action as the heat was turned up on many of the biggest issues of the year. Democrats and Republicans battled over voting legislation, taxes, and other topics that absorbed much of the oxygen in the building. Even amongst the chaos, several agribusiness related bills moved forward, and others are still fighting for survival. Sine Die is quickly approaching as next Wednesday will conclude the 2021 legislative session. BUDGET PASSES SENATE AND HEADS TO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE Senate Appropriations Chairman Blake Tillery presented the Senate version...

Week ten of the Legislative Session checked off four more days on the calendar as we ended the week on Thursday. Lawmakers headed back to their districts after a full week of action with several GAC priority issues working through committees and some making it to final passage on the floor. Next week will see three more official session days and two other committee work days. AGRICULTURE AD VALOREM ISSUE PASSED THROUGH SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE Chairman Sam Watson’s House Bill 498 was heard in the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday. Watson explained...

GVMA Resilience & Well-being Committee Sponsored Event Based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Resilience (MBSR) curriculum, this six- week course teaches mindfulness as a methodology for managing stress both in the workplace and at home. This course is specifically designed for individuals working in veterinary medicine and is taught in the context of workplace challenges common in the veterinary profession. Practical strategies for working with difficult emotions, stressful situations, and challenging interpersonal relationships will be explored. Miss the Intro to Mindfulness & Stress Resilience on April 6th? Check out the recording HERE! Course...

You probably asked yourself this question this year when you got your invoice for dues renewal (or have asked yourself this question in the past). Let us show you the value that you received as a GVMA member just during this past year! At the beginning of the pandemic, the GVMA was there for our members doing the following: Advocating for veterinarians to be classified as essential businesses so the doors to clinics could stay open and patients should continue to be seen.Going through state, local and county executive orders so when...

Week nine of the Legislative Session started with the all-important Crossover Day on Monday that ran late into the night as lawmakers pushed to keep their legislation in play for the remainder of the year. Though 27 legislative days have already come and gone, the final 12 days usually include most of the real action that will occur Under the Gold Dome in a year. Many pieces of legislation that did not get a vote by the deadline will be looking for "vehicles" to hitch a ride with or similar bills...

CROSSOVER DAY IS MONDAY, MARCH 8th Lawmakers have just wrapped up debating bills on the floor of the Senate and House Chambers as we send this week's Inside Agriculture newsletter. Week eight has been extremely busy as we push towards Crossover Day on Monday of next week. Dozens of important bills have made it through the committee process and are waiting to make it on the calendar for a full vote. Georgia Agribusiness Council (who represents the GVMA) staff are still here at the Capitol working on these issues. With the fast...

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