It’s Airborne so Let’s Do Something About the Air… By Dr. Laura Smallwood, DVM DACVIM (SAIM) RYT-200 Preventing transmission of disease between patients in a hospital setting is a basic standard of care. Preventing transmission of zoonotic disease from animal patient to human caretaker in a hospital setting is veterinary workplace safety 101. However, we have long thought nothing about human-to-human transmission of infectious diseases in the workplace. That was until COVID. We’ve learned a few things from the pandemic. The first is that the droplet model of respiratory pathogen transmission has a...

Explaining Automation, Machine Learning, Deep Neural Networking, and Large Language Models in Veterinary Practice Thank you to Dr. Duff Jones for this article and your continued dedication to our AI Task Force. In today's rapidly evolving world, technology plays an increasingly significant role in various professions, including veterinary medicine. For veterinarians with limited technology knowledge, understanding key concepts like automation, machine learning, deep neural networking, and large language models can be daunting. Let's break down these terms and explore how they are applied in your veterinary practice. Automation Automation is like having an assistant...

Independent Thoughts in a Loud World "The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud."—Coco Chanel What are independent thoughts? Independent thoughts are self-governed thoughts, thoughts that are not subjected to the influence of others. Independent thinkers do not adopt other's thinking "as is" but question and filter their thoughts to come to their own refreshing point of view. How to Be an Independent Thinker Independent thinking is rare, but it is a skill that can be developed through the following pursuits. Increased Reading Read a vast selection of different things. Do not just read the...

Planning for disasters​  Assemble an evacuation kit (see below). Develop an evacuation plan for all of your animals and practice the plan. Keep written directions to your home near your telephone. This will help you and others explain to emergency responders exactly how to get to your home. Identify alternate sources of food and water. Because floodwaters are often contaminated with sewer waste and may also pose a risk of chemical contamination, animals should be prevented as much as possible from accessing and drinking them. Have well maintained backup generators and a source of fuel...

Pet Grief & Loss Led by Dr. Cindi Branch, PhDProvides 2 CE Credit Hours (LEAP CE-approved by the GA State Board of Vet Med)Wednesday, April 24, 2024 @ 7 - 8:40 pm EST Most State Board cases of unprofessional conduct involve communications issues. Because pet death is highly emotional, the words, actions or inactions of veterinary professionals take on heightened sensitivity. This session will help these professionals: understand grief; display empathy; and communicate support. An awareness of the stages of grief will ensure these veterinary professionals are better prepared for the complexities...

Thank you to Dr. Jill Lancaster for helping us put this together and her continued commitment to advocating for the Georgia veterinary community. "Advocacy": noun. the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal. Why is advocacy a pillar of the GVMA? It's a part of how we carry out the GVMA’s mission statement - The GVMA is committed to advancing the veterinary medical profession in Georgia and supporting the veterinarian’s role in improving animal and public health.It's how we protect the profession – address systemic issues and drive change; Work toward...

Encourage preventative dental care through client education. Going over pricey treatment plans can become overwhelming to clients, especially when there are significant cost concerns. During Dentistry Month especially, there is no shortage of these. Empowering your team to help clients understand what financial options are available to them can improve access to care for many pets. You may not have all the answers of what company or policy is "best", but providing some key points to research can help owners get the coverage that best fits their pet and its needs. Help...

Staying ahead of legislative developments is crucial. At GVMA, our commitment to our members extends beyond professional growth – it encompasses a vigilant advocacy role that has a tangible impact on the industry. Recently, our legislative watchdog capabilities played a pivotal role in the development of Georgia Senate Bill 410. What does SB 410 say? Georgia Senate Bill 410 addresses the shortage of veterinarians available to perform spays and neuters. The bill allows veterinarians licensed in other states the opportunity to apply for a temporary license in Georgia to perform spays and...

February 7th, 2024 12-1 PM EST (1 CE Hour) Proudly sponsored by the Stanton Foundation Hypoadrenocorticism can be challenging to recognize, and the disease is often misdiagnosed early in the course.  Furthermore, treatment can be frustrating for clients due to drug costs and the need for frequent monitoring.  The primary objectives of this lecture are to:  Recognize the clinical and laboratory features of Addison’s disease, including the “non-classic” signs of glucocorticoid deficiency. Learn strategies to mitigate treatments costs and the need for frequent monitoring About the Instructor Dr. Daniel Langlois is an associate professor at the Michigan...

January 31st, 2024 6 PM-8 PM EST (2 CE Hours) Proudly sponsored by the Stanton Foundation Critical tools for better success including one test that will dramatically change patient outcome, their quality of life and yours! Skin and ear disease represent a huge portion of presenting complaints for patients presented to a small animal practice. As illustrated by pet insurance companies each year, often 3 of the top 5 claims submitted fall under a dermatology category. It is critical that veterinarians have a comfortable grasp on how to approach skin and ear disease in...

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