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Lending a Hand, When You Need it Most. GVMA Members  – To seek assistance through the EAP, please visit this page. September Employee Newsletter September  Supervisor Newsletter September Online Seminar:  Effective Time Management Available on demand starting September 17th This session will provide a basic explanation of the time management process and the characteristics of effective time managers. Monthly seminars are updated the third Tuesday of each month. Registration is not required Click here & access your Work-Life services. (Login is organization specific.  Please check with your HR team if you do not know your login or give us a...

On Sunday, August 5th the GVMA Board of Directors approved a policy on cannabis and hemp derived products as outlined below: The GVMA recognizes that Cannabis, Cannabis derived products and Hemp are on the forefront of legalization with human use.  At this time, Cannabis remains a Schedule I Controlled Substance that is illegal for the use in animals according to the DEA.  While hemp oil is legal for human use in all 50 states, it is still a product that is subject to and regulated by the FDA.  Currently, there are...

Information provided by the Department of Transportation: The purpose of this statement is to provide the public with greater transparency with respect to the Enforcement Office’s interpretation of existing requirements and its exercise of enforcement discretion surrounding service animals. Our enforcement efforts will be focused on clear violations of the current rule that have the potential to impact adversely the largest number of persons. These determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis. This guidance is not legally binding in its own right and will not be relied on by the Department...

Lending a Hand, When You Need it Most. GVMA Members  – To seek assistance through the EAP, please visit this page. August Employee Newsletter August Supervisor Newsletter August Online Seminar: Effective Budgeting This session will guide you through the process of tracking your spending so that you understand how you currently spend money. Click here for an editable version of the flyer, Monthly Online Seminar/DOC. You will also find the monthly poster for online materials in English and Spanish. Click here to see the complete online seminar calendar for 2019. Monthly seminars are updated the third Tuesday of each...

  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...

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