GVMA BLOG

If you feel that you are struggling and that the past 15 months have been particularly difficult, you are not alone.  A 2020 mental health survey sent to GVMA members revealed the following: 51% of respondents reported a decrease in their sense of wellness in 2020.50% of respondents reported struggling with one or more of the following:  depression, anxiety, fatigue, difficulty with work-life balance, trouble sleeping. In open ended responses, many respondents self-reported that: They feel busier than ever at work to the point of extreme overworkThey feel ill-equipped to balance their personal...

Mental health conditions are real, common, and treatable. Self-assessment tools can be a great way to increase mental health self-awareness as a first step toward optimizing mental health and well-being.  AVMA offers an excellent online Quality of Life (QOL) Self-Assessment tool. This validated self-assessment tool was developed for human health care providers and measures the negative and positive effects of helping others.  The tool is designed to provide introspection about one’s self and one’s environment as a starting point for change.  AVMA also provides a variety of self-help resources that can...

Laura Smallwood, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), RYT-200Chair, GVMA Wellness Committee Earlier this year I started seeing a therapist. It wasn’t my first time. While I have been fortunate not to struggle with particularly serious mental health challenges, there have been many times in my life that my mental and emotional wellbeing has been less than optimal and my coping strategies less than helpful. At one point in my life—newly married, newly transplanted to the south, unhappy in my job, and deflecting constant criticism from my mother for my choice of husband, residence, and...

By Dr. Laura Smallwood, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) Chair, GVMA Resilience & Well-Being Committee “We can complain because the rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because the thorns have roses.” — Alphonse Karr Perception Perception—how we see things, or don’t see them—is everything. As this quote suggests, two people can be confronted with the same set of circumstances, yet see the situation in quite different ways—mostly thorns, or mostly roses. Perceptions are fashioned at the interface of neuroanatomy and life, and what we pay attention to matters. When we pay attention to positive information and...

LENDING A HAND, WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST. May Supervisor Newsletter May Employee Newsletter Monthly Online Seminar:  May 18th  Addressing Anxiety in an Uncertain World Learn how to recognize and manage anxiety to actively combat the physical and mental effects in a practical way.  Click here for an editable version of the flyer.   Monthly seminars are updated the third Tuesday of each month. With this format, every employee has one-click access - anywhere, anytime. Registration is not required. Click here & access your Work-Life Services.  (Login is organization specific. Please check with your HR team if you...

What is the GVMA? The GVMA is a membership organization—governed by a Board of Directors with representatives from 12 districts throughout the state. We exist to serve you, our members! The GVMAs major purposes are to:• further veterinary medicine in the state of Georgia;• advocate for veterinarians on legal and regulatory issues that affect the way veterinary medicine is practiced and veterinary facilities are regulated (either by the Georgia state legislature or the Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine);• and to provide a trusted source for continuing education for veterinarians. What is the...

You probably asked yourself this question this year when you got your invoice for dues renewal (or have asked yourself this question in the past). Let us show you the value that you received as a GVMA member just during this past year! At the beginning of the pandemic, the GVMA was there for our members doing the following: Advocating for veterinarians to be classified as essential businesses so the doors to clinics could stay open and patients should continue to be seen.Going through state, local and county executive orders so when...

LENDING A HAND, WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST. GVMA Members  – To seek assistance through the EAP, please visit this page. March Supervisor Newsletter March Employee Newsletter March Online Seminar:  Planning For Success Available on demand starting- March 16th Explore the secrets behind being more organized and more efficient to help combat and reduce feelings of being overwhelmed.  Click here for an editable version of the flyer.   Monthly seminars are updated the third Tuesday of each month.  With this format, every employee has one-click access - anywhere, anytime.  Registration is not required.Click here & access your Work-Life Services.  ...

LENDING A HAND, WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST. GVMA Members  – To seek assistance through the EAP, please visit this page. February Employee Newsletter February Supervisor Newsletter February Online Seminar:  Setting Goals for Your Future Available on demand starting- February 16th https://www.mygroup.com/wp-content/uploads/February-Seminar-Flyer-EAP.pdf Learn how to strategically set short-term and long-term goals to help you succeed in all areas of your life. Monthly seminars are updated the third Tuesday of each month. Registration is not required. ...

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