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GVMA Director of Veterinary ServicesDirector of Veterinary Services GVMA Staff What was the make-up of your graduating class in veterinary medicine and how many minorities are still practicing?I graduated from the University of Liverpool, School of Veterinary Science, United Kingdom and was the only Hispanic student in my class. Myself and two classmates from Botswana were the extent of the minority group. I am happy to say that they are still practicing veterinary medicine in their home country. What are some of the ways in which you feel that it’s more difficult...

Owner, Briarlake Animal HospitalGVMA Board of Directors, District 4 When you were growing up did you encounter any Asian veterinarians? Did you have any Asian veterinarians to look up too?Growing up in Atlanta in the 80s I did not know of any Asian veterinarians. As one of only a few Asians in elementary and high school I was always told I should do something in math or engineering. My teachers and counselors never really gave me any other options and consequently I ended up at Georgia Tech for my first year...

Dr. Jayme Holmes is 2020 graduate of UGA CVM. She is a former GVMA student representative, currently serves on the GVMA Membership committee and works as an associate veterinarian with Dearborn Animal Hospital. “Every day I get to wake up and go to the greatest job in the world. I loved growing up in a house full of animals and found I connected with them deeper than most people did. I also have a passion for taking care of those around me: family, friends, classmates, and of course, animals. These two...

When you were growing up did you encounter any African-American veterinarians? Did you have any veterinarians of color to look up to?The first time I encountered an African American veterinarian was the summer before my freshmen year in Undergraduate school. As a child, my family and I moved around a lot and when we finally settled down, we were in Stockbridge, Georgia; a city that was rural/suburban at the time. Dr. Debra Smith, who at the time worked at Banfield Pet Hospital of McDonough, was the first veterinarian of color...

Veterinary Radiologist and CEO of Axam Imaging, Inc.GVMA Board of Directors, District 4 When you were growing up did you encounter any Black veterinarians? Did you have any veterinarians of color to look up too?Not just Black veterinarians, Black professionals in almost every walk of life. Atlanta is the mecca of Black professionals. I grew up in the heart of the Black Atlanta community, so I was blessed to be surrounded by black professionals. I interacted with black lawyers, doctors, teachers, veterinarians, police officers, postal workers, etc. I grew up in...

Employee Newsletter Supervisor Newsletter Access the GVMA Member Assistance Program Monthly Online Seminar: Caring for our Elders Available on demand starting November 16th Find out more about the aging process and how to both practically and emotionally care for elderly relatives.  Click here for an editable version of the flyer.  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 call at:  800-633-3353.) ...

By Dr. Duffy Jones, Owner, Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital, Founder, DVMSuccess Do you remember those posters that you stared at for a long time and all of a sudden an image would pop out that was hidden from your initial view? I was never good at these, and would stare and stare and get mad that I did not see anything. Others would walk up, spend about 10 seconds looking, and see the image right away.   Sometimes in veterinary practice when looking for employees, I feel like I am staring and staring...

From the American Association of Veterinary State Boards: As of October 30, 2021, The Drug Enforcement Administration is implementing the mandatory use of a single sheet DEA 222 Order Form and the triplicate DEA Order Forms will no longer be available or utilized as stated in the Code of Federal Regulations 1305.20(a). If you are needing to place an order for the newly implemented DEA Order Forms, please use the following link to complete your request http://apps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/webforms2/spring/orderFormsLogin. If you are needing to relinquish unused triplicate DEA Order Forms, please send them...

October Employee Newsletter October Supervisor Update Access the GVMA Member Assistance Program Monthly Online Seminar: Embracing Diversity & Differences (Available on demand starting October 19th) Learn about how to live and work in a way that is respectful, kind, and embraces diversity in all walks of life. Click here for an editable version of the flyer.   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 call...

The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) has confirmed the presence of H. longicornis (the Asian Longhorned tick/ALT) affecting a cow on a premises in Pickens County, GA. The tick was identified thanks to an existing tick surveillance program GDA has in place. The investigation is ongoing. GDA will be providing additional information through a webinar in the coming weeks. GDA website: http://agr.georgia.gov/2021-animal-health-news.aspxUSDA website: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/maps/animal-health/asian-longhorned-tick. ...

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