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  The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Animal Industry Division has confirmed one positive case of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in a Quarter Horse at a Hall County facility. The affected horse was identified during routine EIA testing for interstate movement and was humanely euthanized, according to an Equine Disease Communication Center report released on July 23, 2019. The remaining horses at the facility are under quarantine pending follow-up testing, which will occur in 60 days. This is the third confirmed EIA case in Georgia this year. Equine infectious anemia is a viral disease...

From the AVMA's, "Frequently Asked Questions About Cannabis, Cannabis-Derived, and Cannabis-Related Products." Has FDA approved any veterinary (animal) drugs containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds such as CBD? No, there are currently no approved animal drugs that contain cannabis, are derived from cannabis, or are related to cannabis.FDA has, however, approved one cannabis-derived and three cannabis-related human drug products. Epidiolex contains a purified form of CBD. Marinol and Syndros include the active ingredient dronabinol (a synthetic THC), and Cesamet contains the active ingredient nabilone (a chemical that is similar to THC and is also synthetically derived). What about...

By: Lee Jones, MS, DVM From the Summer 2018 edition of the GVMA quarter magazine, "The GA Vet." [caption id="attachment_4041" align="alignleft" width="300"] Examining a bee brood. GDA bee inspectors regularly inspect hives for evidence of disease or parasitism.[/caption] Effective January 1, 2017, new, stricter rules went into effect regarding the use of antimicrobials (AM) in feed or water (FDA 21 CFR Part 558) for food producing animals. These included many products farmers had been use to purchasing over the counter without any veterinary oversight. Any animal that produced food was included in the new regulations and...

By: Dr. Laura Smallwood, DVM DACVIM (SAIM), GVMA Wellness Committee Chair   Over the past 14 months the GVMA Wellness Committee has been working to make meaningful health and wellbeing resources available to DVM members and the employees of GVMA Hospitals. Here is an update on some of those programs:  Employee Assistance Program (EAP)  The McLaughlin Young MyGroup EAP is now available to all our DVM members and all employees of member hospitals. This program offers a wide range of services including mental health counseling, financial counseling, legal advice and online resources to support optimal...

by Paula M. Krimer, Georgia Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories Dogwoods and azaleas were blooming under a warm sun in South Georgia for the 5th annual Georgia Food Animal Conference March 29-31st. Bringing together producers, food animal veterinarians, veterinary and agriculture students, this annual event was better than ever. First started in 2014 by the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA), the event is now a collaborative effort organized with the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA), the South Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (SGVMA), and the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. This year we...

From Commissioner Gary Black DATE: March 29, 2019 ACTION: Notice of Intent to Consider Amendments to Animal Protection Rules TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS AND PARTIES: Pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, O.C.G.A. §§ 4-11-14 and 50-13-4, notice is hereby given that the Georgia Department of Agriculture will be accepting written comments regarding proposed amendments to its Animal Protection Rules. The Department will be accepting written comments from March 29, 2019, to the close of business (4:30 p.m. EST) on April 29, 2019. SYNOPSIS, MAIN FEATURES AND DIFFERENCES: A proposed amendment to Rule 40-13-13-.03...

by Dr. Wendy Cuevas BS, BVSc, MPH, DACVPM Director of Veterinary Services On Saturday March 16, 2019, the GVMA in conjunction with the Wellness Committee hosted the first Mental Health First Aid Course for veterinarians and support staff. Holly Pounders, a certified MHFA instructor, taught the class. Holly earned her instructor certificate for Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in August 2010 and has been actively facilitating trainings since.  She is also certified to teach the Older Adult; Military, Veterans and their Families and Rural modules for the Adult curriculum.  Holly became certified...

ANNOUNCING: GVMA Employee Assistance Program—A New Member Benefit for 2019!   The GVMA is providing a valuable benefit to all members and their immediate family members known as the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  We have partnered with McLaughlin Young Group, an independent provider of EAP services.  There is no enrollment required and you are eligible to use the EAP through McLaughlin Young as of January 1, 2019. The EAP offers help for personal and/or professional concerns by providing free, confidential, short-term counseling and personal consultation.  Additionally, the EAP provides work-life resources for such...

Sign-up for a table at the GVMA Career Fair at the UGA Teaching Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 15th, from 5:00-7:00 pm to get exposure to hundreds of UGA CVM students!   $75 for GVMA Hospital Members $125 for GVMA Individual Members $285 Non-members (non-members will be put on a waiting list and will only be able to register if space is still available after Jan. 9th.) Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 9th SPACE IS LIMITED!! More Info: We will be assigning booths and providing tables but please bring posters, pamphlets, and/or brochures about your clinic. You may...

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