How common is substance use in the workplace? According to a 2017 study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 75% of adults with substance use disorder are in the US workforce. With the additional stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, recent reports showed a 13% increase in substance use in order to cope (Lyra). As we take these figures a step further, we also see this presence of addiction in the veterinary profession. The AVMA’s Wellness Committee estimated that up to 13% of veterinarians have a substance use disorder. How can...

In the struggle of substance addiction, acknowledging the problem is a difficult but necessary step. If you have experienced negative outcomes as consequences of your relationship with substance use, it may be time to perform further self-assessment and seek help. If you, a family member or someone you know is experiencing a substance use disorder resources are available: Georgia Collaborative Administrative Services Organization (ASO) This organization works with Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities’ (DBHDD) network of more than 600 providers, the Georgia Collaborative ASO facilitates the delivery of whole-health,...

If you are struggling with substance abuse, please be encouraged…there is hope and you are not alone.  Over 20 million Americans struggle with a substance use disorder (shatterproof.org).  Substance use disorder is a chronic illness with viable and successful treatments available. Treatment modalities vary from outpatient care to residential and hospital inpatient care.  Not every person requires the same treatment plan and a multimodal approach may be recommended, including withdrawal management, counseling and behavioral therapy, mental health monitoring, and mental health treatment.  Unfortunately, very few people who struggle with a substance...

Are you unsure if you or a loved one are in need help with a substance use disorder? The following links provide assessment tools to help you self-identify.  These assessments only take 5 to 10 minutes to complete, are anonymous, and can be used for personal assessment or for the assessment of a loved one.  While neither of these tools are able to provide a diagnosis, they are available to help you determine if there is a need to seek medical treatment.  These resources additionally can help locate treatment providers...

What is “Substance Use Disorder”? Substance use disorder is defined as the continued use of a substance despite harmful consequence and is the recognized diagnostic term applied to substance use addiction disorders according to the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) published in 2013. This terminology represents a shift from the use of terms such as “abuse” and “dependence” and recognizes addiction as a complex chronic condition that may manifest as mild, moderate, or severe.   What causes substance use disorder? Long thought to be the consequence...

(AVAILABLE ONLY FOR GVMA MEMBERS) Dear GVMA member, 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...

Provides 5 Medical CE Credits & 2 LEAP CE CreditsEmergency & Critical Care CESaturday, February 19, 20227:30 am - 2:10 pm + LEAP CE covering Domestic Animal Laws with Don Riddick, Esq. MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR Christine Rutter, DVM, DACVECC Dr. Christine Rutter is originally from Biloxi, Mississippi and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Mississippi State University. She was a general practitioner before pursuing an ECC internship in Louisville, Kentucky. She completed an ECC residency at Tufts University and worked in private specialty practice for six years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is currently...

Are you searching for better qualified candidates? Have you been on the hunt for a rewarding job? Stop your search and join the FREE Veterinary Virtual Career Fair instead! Thursday, January 20, 2022, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. EDT Join the Veterinary Virtual Career Fair, Thursday, January 20, 2022, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. EDT! This innovative career fair allows you to purchase a virtual booth and showcase your company to qualified veterinary candidates. Our virtual booth packages boast amenities like: Unlimited job postings in your event booth.Unlimited connecting and chatting with candidates live.An employer profile page showcasing your organization's unique...

THIS ARTICLE IS FOR THE 2023-2024 LICENSING PERIOD. Updated February 1st, 2024. Veterinarians licensed to practice in the State of Georgia must obtain 30 hours of State Board approved continuing education every two years for license renewal. All veterinarians must renew their license through the Professional Licensing Board at the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office  by December 31, 2024.  What you will need to complete your renewal:  Your Secretary of State Website Login Information LOGIN PAGE FOR PROFESSIONAL LICENSING Renewal Fee You may pay online with a credit card or send a check or money...

Georgia Veterinary Practice Act Provides 2 LEAP CE Credit Hours via Zoom Webinar (Approved by the GA State Board of Vet Med)Saturday, February 19, 202212:30 - 2:10 pm Register Now This session will go over the basic elements of the GA Veterinary Practice Act, including: Establishing the veterinarian - client- patient relationship record and advertising requirements the standard of professional care facility and posting requirements new changes and cases related to veterinary care The session is interactive, with audience engagement and real life examples of how to comply and some cases where veterinarians did not. At the end of...

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