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The GVMA Foundation was again awarded a grant from the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program through the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA). Veterinarians cannot individually access the program so the GVMA Foundation applied for the grant and will distribute those funds to all participating GVMA members. Clinics requested to participate in the program, and will offer subsidized sterilization procedures for clients. Be on the lookout to sign-up to participate in 2021! For 2020:• GVMA award was $230,000• To date, participating GVMA member veterinarians have spayed and neutered 1343 animals• This year...

HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE CHAIR SELECTED Congratulations to Representative Robert Dickey on being announced as the new Chairman of the House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee. Representative Dickey has been a tireless advocate for agriculture issues at the state capitol and has served on the House Agriculture Committee for numerous years. Chairman Dickey has a passion for agriculture that goes beyond the gold dome, as he and his family own and operate Dickey Farms in Musella, Georgia. Chairman Dickey was named the 2019 Georgia Farmer of the Year. We look forward to working...

USDA - NIFA Funding Opportunity The Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) is designed to support education and extension activities and practice enhancement initiatives that will enable veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary technician students to gain specialized skills and provide practices with additional resources (e.g., equipment, personnel) needed to more effectively mitigate veterinary service shortages in the U.S. Ultimately, this program will bolster the capacity of private practitioners to provide food animal veterinary services in designated rural veterinarian shortage situations. The purpose of VSGP is to develop, implement, and sustain...

Georgia Agribusiness Council staff The Georgia General Assembly is back in action to begin the first year of the biennial legislative session. Business is being conducted under new restrictions to address the safety concerns caused by COVID-19. Georgia Agribusiness Council (GAC) staff (GVMA’s new lobbying group) is on hand for each day of the legislative session working on issues important to agribusinesses and we look forward to bringing reports at the end of each week.  Having completed four official session days, the State Capitol is quiet today as lawmakers headed home shortly...

The GVMA Board of Directors voted at the beginning of the year to sponsor the Careers section of a mobile classroom for agriculture that is being developed by the Georgia Farm Bureau’s Foundation, the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture. Veterinary medicine will be prominently featured and promoted to STEM school children in grades 3-5. Georgia Farm Bureau districts will sign up for the trailer to visit the middle schools in their district beginning in January 2021. The mission of the mobile classroom is to inspire the next generation of leaders in agriculture...

228 Georgia veterinarians participated in a survey by the Stanton Foundation (and received Amazon gift cards) on the impact of finances on patient care. The goal of the survey is to identify conditions and treatment options which are most impacted by client finances to find solutions which will help Georgia pets in need. I. Overview of Preliminary Survey Results – Georgia The following tables show the top 5 conditions/diseases/medication classes by mean rating for each question, as of Nov. 30. Scoring Key Very Frequently4Frequently3Occasionally2Rarely1N/A0 Question 1: “Conditions Leading to Economic Euthanasia” Conditions/DiseasesMeanCancer3.118Chronic Kidney Disease2.623Major Trauma2.439Behavioral Issues2.434Heart...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, is investigating certain Sportmix pet food products manufactured by Midwestern Pet Food, Inc. that may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin.  Click the link for full information. https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/outbreaks-and-advisories/fda-alert-certain-lots-sportmix-pet-food-recalled-potentially-fatal-levels-aflatoxin Fast Facts FDA is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about certain Sportmix pet food products (see list below) manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. that may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin. FDA is aware of at least 28 deaths and 8 illnesses in dogs that ate the recalled product. This is an ongoing...

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...

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