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The GVMA was one of 5 people/groups who sent a letter to the State Board of Veterinary Medicine about proposed rule changes that could negatively impact veterinarians.. On Wednesday, December 2nd, GVMA President Dr. Justin Toth spoke about these concerns at the virtual State Board meeting. All of the rules that the GVMA had issues with—Unprofessional Conduct, Surgical Standards, Examination Area, and Patient Care—were all tabled and sent back to the Rules Committee for further consideration (see attached).  All in all—a very good result for GVMA members!  Proposed Rules Rule 700-8-.01...

https://vimeo.com/474714151 Pandemic Workplace Safety Town Hall (edited for clarity and brevity) Laura Smallwood, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) (Wellness Committee Chair) Recommended Measures to Prevent Workplace Transmission of COVID-19: Masks- always/everyonePhysical Distancing- every opportunityHand Hygiene- know when and how; make it easySurface Sanitation- know when and how; make it easy Leadership Responsibilities: Provide Clear and Concise Written Safety DirectivesMake it Easy for People to ComplyModel Compliance YourselfBe a Cheerleader for these measuresListen to feedbackPay Attention—identify compliance issues and counter misinformation. COVID-19 & Workplace Safety - Christine Zurawski, MD, Medical Director for Infection Prevention & Antibiotic Stewardship for Piedmont Hospital The workplace safeguard...

The Georgia Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program (GVELRP or Program) is administered by the State Veterinary Education Board (Board) with assistance from the Georgia Student Finance Authority (GSFA).  The Board also receives administrative support from the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Members of the Board were appointed in 2016 as authorized by O.C.G.A 20-3-518.1 et seq.  The Board and GVELRP were established by the Georgia General Assembly for the purpose of providing financial relief, by way of student loan purchases, for veterinarians willing to provide food animal veterinary services in shortage areas...

Sign-up for a table at the GVMA Career Fair at the UGA Teaching Hospital on Tuesday, NOV. 9th, from 6:00-8:00 pm to get exposure to UGA CVM students! Proudly Sponsored by:   Exclusive to GVMA Members! SPACE IS LIMITED!! $75 for GVMA Premier Members $125 for GVMA Individual Members DATE/TIME: Tuesday, November 9th 6:00-8:00pmLOCATION: UGA Teaching Hospital, 2200 College Station Rd, Athens, GA 30602 More Info: We will be assigning booths and providing tables but please bring posters, pamphlets, and/or brochures about your clinic. You may also see increased booth traffic by providing some type of...

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As the discussion of the use of cannabis-derived and -related products in veterinary medicine continues to evolve, the AVMA is providing an update for practitioners regarding the legal and regulatory framework surrounding such use. The information included in the attached document is not specific to the legal or regulatory status of products of any particular company. Rather, it reflects our understanding of the current status of this class of products based on information provided by federal agencies. Please feel free to share this information and be in touch if you...

 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...

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 ...

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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