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Premium Benefits - Extreme Discounts – No Limitations GVMA Hospital Membership gives your entire staff GVMA benefits and discounts. Even better, it costs absolutely nothing to add your technicians, assistants and office staff to the membership, with no limitations. Hospital Membership includes: • The best prices available on GVMA Fall Convention & Traveling CE • $140 discount per veterinary assistant on the Certified Veterinary Assistant Program • Free attendance to Technician CE for your staff If you are looking to cut down on CE costs while providing benefits to your staff, then Hospital Membership is perfect for you!...

[caption id="attachment_3182" align="alignleft" width="278"] GVMA Past President, Dr, Keri Riddick, presenting Dr. Laura Smallwood with the award for the GVMA Veterinarian of the Year.[/caption] A strong association consists of many members willingly giving their time and energy to the many activities of the organization. At the 2018 Fall Convention we recognized some of those members who have gone way above and beyond the call of duty to the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. Click Here for a complete list of our 2018 Award Winners!...

The GVMA/UGA Student Surgery Day had it's first surgery day at Atlanta Humane Society on Saturday, September 15th. Six UGA juniors & seniors completed spays supervised by GVMA members Dr. Mary-Elizabeth Ellard and Dr. Martin Stotelmyer. The animals are now available for adoption! Here are a few images from the day, additional photos can be found on the GVMA Facebook Page. [gallery link="file" ids="3063,3055,3078,3059,3079,3057,3062"]...

By: Doyle Watson, DVM, President & Owner, Simmons & Associates Southeast, Inc. & Joe Stephenson, MA, VP of Simmons & Associates, Inc. Business Development Life’s tough, and especially so for a veterinarian buying a practice today.  New corporate consolidators are constantly entering the market snapping up the high quality, high grossing practices that all private buyers are seeking as well. So how can you, the young, ambitious associate, compete for 2+ doctor practices? You can’t, unless you get lucky enough to find a seller who is willing to forego the six to...

The GVMA continues to work with the Georgia Board of Pharmacy to address the compounding prescription issue in state of Georgia. We will continue to post updated compounding pharmacy lists as they become available to us. For more on the GVMA’s legislative efforts regarding compounding medications see the Fall 2017 issue of the Georgia Veterinarian or contact the GVMA at 678-309-9800 or gvma@gvma.net Updated Compounding Pharmacies GA [button size='large' text='Find Your Legislator' icon='' icon_size='' icon_color='' link='https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/' target='_blank' color='' background_color='' border_color='' font_style='' font_weight='' text_align='']...

by Dr. Wendy Cuevas, MS, BVSc, MPH, DACVPM, GVMA Director of Veterinary Services Do you offer advice, deliver diagnoses, consult, treat or transfer medical data to clients on the phone, fax or email?? Veterinarians, if you said yes to any of these methods of communication you are probably practicing telehealth/telemedicine without understanding what it means legally. There are clear definitions in the Georgia Telemedicine Act and I would advise all veterinarians to read the law and protect yourself. The practice of telemedicine involves an established veterinary client patient relationship (VCPR) within the past 12...

Each veterinarian licensed to practice in the State of Georgia must obtain 30 hours of State Board approved continuing education every two years for license renewal. However, the rules are different for recent graduates. 2017 Graduates The official State Board rule is “A veterinarian licensed during the first year of a biennium must obtain 15 hours of continuing education and is not required to meet the two hour requirement in Georgia laws, rules and professionalism.” This means that veterinarians who graduated in 2017 only have to complete 15 hours to renew...

Why did you become a practice owner? I became a practice owner because I had a vision for how I wanted to utilize my team. When I first started practicing most clinics were doctor centered which usually meant that most support staff were under-utilized. I think people enjoy their jobs more when they are stimulated and enjoy what they are doing. I believe education leads to empowerment. With proper knowledge team members are better able to help our clients and support the doctors. Culture seems to be a very important part of...

by Dr. Wendy Cuevas, BS, BVSc, MPH, DACVPM GVMA Director of Veterinary Services Veterinarians please review the following communication from the GA Department of Agriculture: The Department is proposing to amend Rule-40-16-1-.09 by removing the reference to “Strain 19” and by removing the provision allowing rabies vaccine to be used “under the direction of” any veterinarian licensed under the Georgia Veterinary Practice Act and “employees of the state and federal government approved by the State Veterinarian.” It is basically clarifying the language to ensure that only a licensed GA veterinarian can administer the rabies...

by Barbara Schick, RVT Hospital Administrator, Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners   What makes a candidate’s resume stand-out when applying for a position? Academics are a big thing. Where someone went to school matters and I look for someone who took their GPA seriously.  How involved were they while in school and do they have outside interests? Also, I like for the candidate to have a connection to the area, when I hire someone I want to know they are going to stay. What are some red flags? If someone has a low GPA or they have...

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