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By Duffy Jones, DVM, Owner, Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital, Founder, DVMSuccess COVID has taught us many things over the last few years – some good and some bad. However, one important thing is how to be adaptable as things change every day. Our industry has always been creative and we have the unique ability to figure things out. Need to make an external fixture for a hamster with a broken leg? No problem. Need to figure out how to pull a chop stick from a lab’s trachea? No problem. Our industry...

Provides 6 Medical CE CreditsVeterinary Technician Interactive CPR TrainingSunday, March 20, 20229:30 am - 4:00 pm MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR Ryan Cheek, RVTg, VTS(ECC) Ryan was part of the first graduating class of the Veterinary Technology department at GTC. Upon graduation he spent time working at Zoo Atlanta and in an exotic animal practice. However, it was emergency/critical care where Ryan found his passion and has worked for 24 years while also being in the educational side of veterinary technology. Ryan became a registered veterinary technician in 1999 and earned his Veterinary Technician Specialty in...

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Where were you born and raised?Although born in upstate New York, I mostly grew up in an Atlanta suburb. My father worked with a large company that moved us around the country from the east coast to west coast and back. Having experienced life in other parts of the country, there is nowhere I would rather call home than Georgia. Why did you choose to become a veterinarian?As a 14-year-old living in Dunwoody, my neighbor, Garrett Thornton, D.V.M., would beep his horn in the mornings. I would run out, jump in...

Close to 841,000 lives have been lost to drug overdoses in the United States since 1999. A large majority of those deaths were caused by opioids despite the fact that medical advancements have made these deaths the most preventable. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that quickly eliminates the presence of opioids within the body. This medication is available as a nasal spray or it can be injected into the arm or the leg. Because Naloxone does not require a prescription and is available at most pharmacies, it is one of the...

By Justin Toth, DVM, GVMA Immediate Past President Dr. Justin Toth During the pandemic, caseloads have increased exponentially for veterinarians throughout the country. Many hospitals are so overwhelmed that they are not accepting new patients. To make things worse, the labor shortage is also affecting many hospitals. During this time of increased demand, emergency clinics are also feeling the strain. Many emergency hospitals are reporting a 5+ hour wait for emergencies that are deemed as not life-threatening. In the past few years, two of the emergency hospitals that service the northwest metropolitan area...

If you need help or know a veterinarian that is battling mental health or substance abuse issues read below about the Georgia PHP What does GA PHP stand for? Georgia Professional Health Program Who is eligible? It is available for all licensed Georgia veterinarians that are in need of rehabilitative service for mental health or substance abuse disorders What is it about? Georgia PHP does not provide treatment but oversees the treatment and recovery pathway for veterinarians that are in need of treatment for addiction/impairmentThe oversight includes referral services that include:Financial counselingFamily and marriage counseling servicesLong-term...

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...

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