Laura Smallwood, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), RYT-200Chair, GVMA Wellness Committee Earlier this year I started seeing a therapist. It wasn’t my first time. While I have been fortunate not to struggle with particularly serious mental health challenges, there have been many times in my life that my mental and emotional wellbeing has been less than optimal and my coping strategies less than helpful. At one point in my life—newly married, newly transplanted to the south, unhappy in my job, and deflecting constant criticism from my mother for my choice of husband, residence, and...

By Dr. Laura Smallwood, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) Chair, GVMA Resilience & Well-Being Committee “We can complain because the rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because the thorns have roses.” — Alphonse Karr Perception Perception—how we see things, or don’t see them—is everything. As this quote suggests, two people can be confronted with the same set of circumstances, yet see the situation in quite different ways—mostly thorns, or mostly roses. Perceptions are fashioned at the interface of neuroanatomy and life, and what we pay attention to matters. When we pay attention to positive information and...

LENDING A HAND, WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST. May Supervisor Newsletter May Employee Newsletter Monthly Online Seminar:  May 18th  Addressing Anxiety in an Uncertain World Learn how to recognize and manage anxiety to actively combat the physical and mental effects in a practical way.  Click here for an editable version of the flyer.   Monthly seminars are updated the third Tuesday of each month. With this format, every employee has one-click access - anywhere, anytime. Registration is not required. Click here & access your Work-Life Services.  (Login is organization specific. Please check with your HR team if you...

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! The GVMAs 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...

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...

LENDING A HAND, WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST. GVMA Members  – To seek assistance through the EAP, please visit this page. March Supervisor Newsletter March Employee Newsletter March Online Seminar:  Planning For Success Available on demand starting- March 16th Explore the secrets behind being more organized and more efficient to help combat and reduce feelings of being overwhelmed.  Click here for an editable version of the flyer.   Monthly seminars are updated the third Tuesday of each month.  With this format, every employee has one-click access - anywhere, anytime.  Registration is not required.Click here & access your Work-Life Services.  ...

LENDING A HAND, WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST. GVMA Members  – To seek assistance through the EAP, please visit this page. February Employee Newsletter February Supervisor Newsletter February Online Seminar:  Setting Goals for Your Future Available on demand starting- February 16th https://www.mygroup.com/wp-content/uploads/February-Seminar-Flyer-EAP.pdf Learn how to strategically set short-term and long-term goals to help you succeed in all areas of your life. Monthly seminars are updated the third Tuesday of each month. Registration is not required. ...

The Certified Veterinary Assistant Program encourages continuing education for veterinary medical personnel, enabling them to become more informed, skilled, and trusted members of the veterinary medical team. This program is offered as a discount to GVMA Members and their staff. CVA Program Features: Education Manual – A comprehensive training manual is available for individuals or an entire practice. The manual, consisting of educational text, exercises, and other learning experiences arranged in workbook style, includes 10 courses dealing with a wide variety of skills and competencies required for certification.Skills Development – A CVA...

Interested in learning how you can respond to the mental health needs of your work or home community in the event of a disaster? The Johns Hopkins’ Psychological First Aid training is now available online and is being offered free of charge.   This course is aimed at training non-mental health professionals in a methodology for offering an immediate response to the acute mental health support needs of communities impacted by natural and man-made disasters. This course will help you learn how to effectively and confidently administer care by using the RAPID...

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