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by Dr. Wendy Cuevas, BS, BVSc, MPH, DACVPM, GVMA Director of Veterinary Services Georgia veterinarians please be aware of which states will accept APHIS Form 7001 for transporting small animals across state lines. The following information comes from the Georgia Department of Agriculture, State Veterinarian’s office: The following states are no longer accepting the APHIS 7001 pdf form for animal imports. This list is subject to change, so please contact destination states ahead of time to ask what they accept: AK, CO, GA, IL, KS, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NV, OK, OR, UT, WA,...

Bill: HB40 – Confidentiality of Vet Records Author: Rep. Scot Turner, R-Holly Springs Status: PENDING – Senate Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Committee House Bill 40 requires a veterinarian to disclose the rabies vaccination history of any animal in the veterinarian’s care to the physician caring for a person bitten by that animal.  The veterinarian has 24 hours from receipt of the written request from the physician to supply the vaccination history.  This version is identical to the compromise the Association reached with the author in 2016, which limited the scope of the request to rabies.  The author...

In order to effectively report an alleged animal cruelty incident, you should be able to provide the following information to the local Animal Control or Sheriffs Department. Witness: The name, address and telephone number of the person who witnessed the alleged incident. Such information may be kept confidential, depending on the particular agency; however, it is helpful for investigators to have a point of contact in the event of misdirection or miscommunication. Remember, the burden of proof falls upon the accuser. Who: An accurate identity of the alleged perpetrator, if known, including...

Did you know that your support staff helping with x-rays must have taken a 6-hour safety certification course? If you would like to read about it, check out the Radiation Control Act, O.C.G.A. - Chapter 31-13 and the Rules and Regulations for X-Ray, Chapter 290-5-22. The law says your support staff must have this certification. If your hospital is inspected by the State Department of Human Resources, documentation must be presented indicating that your staff has received training. If you cannot provide this documentation your hospital  could be fined. The certification is...

Why did you choose to get involved with the GVMA? The GVMA serves our veterinary community and being involved in the GVMA is a way for me to give back to this incredible profession in hopes of making a difference for our Georgia veterinarians.   Are there any issues that you would like to see addressed during your tenure as the GVMA president? Telehealth and telemedicine are at the apex of changing veterinary medicine and I would like to see the GVMA be at the table for these discussions. We can assist in developing...

By Laura Smallwood, DVM DACVIM (SAIM) Article is taken from the fall edition of the "GA Vet", the quarterly magazine of the GVMA which is a member benefit. Dr. Smallwood is chair of the GVMA Wellness Committee. Caring for others requires that we first and foremost care for ourselves. However, people in caregiving professions are often so immersed in their work that they neglect their own care. In the early stages of one’s career, this may seem sustainable.  However, as the stressors of work (and life) begin to accumulate, the impact of...

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The Certified Veterinary Assistant Program is member benefit of the GVMA. Renew your membership for 2018 today! In many veterinary practices there are more Veterinary Assistants than any other employee type, but because of lack of formal education and training, Veterinary Assistants are often the least experienced. Stop and think about that for a second – the largest portion of your staff may be under-skilled, less proficient and in need of training. That’s not a recipe for success. Now that you’ve identified the area of greatest need, now consider who is going...

Report abuse – it’s more than the right thing to do Have you ever suspected animal abuse? The first thing you should know is that in Georgia you are not mandated to report, but the AVMA and AAHA state that veterinarians have an ethical obligation to protect the health of the animal and the public, and this includes reporting suspected abuse. The next thing you should know is that you “shall…be immune from any civil or criminal liability” (OCGA 4-11-17b) when reporting animal cruelty (OCGA 16-12-4) or dog fighting (OCGA 16-12-37)....

Did you know that the GVMA has a Hospital Membership that includes additional benefits for your whole staff? Upgrade to a hospital membership before Dec. 1 and receive $100 off the base fee! Contact us today for more info at (678) 309-9800 or GVMA@gvma.net.   GVMA membership also includes FREE LEAP CE, a savings of $250 per employee! Here is a list of additional member benefits for Hospital Members:        $80 discount per employee on our Certified Veterinary Assistant Program      Free digital OSHA and Practice Management manuals (normally $89 and...

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