GVMA Blog

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...

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...

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