GVMA News

Dr. Justin Toth, GVMA President by Dr. Justin Toth, GVMA President Telehealth During COVID-19 Given a significant boost by the pandemic, telehealth is now an integral part of veterinary medicine. The concept of telehealth may seem new, but veterinarians have been using this method for decades. With the invention of the telephone in 1876, veterinary telehealth likely started soon thereafter. Georgia Rules for Telehealth Telehealth is defined as the overarching term that encompasses all uses of technology geared to remotely deliver health information or education. Telemedicine and teletriage are two components of telehealth: Telemedicine refers to...

By Duffy Jones, DVM, Founder "DVM Success" James Wite aka "James Herriott" When you think of James Herriot, you think of all the wonderful things about being a veterinarian.   I do not remember a chapter where he got yelled at by a client over a bill.  I do not remember him sitting down after a long day of working hard to find a notification that he just got a 1-star Google review from a client he spent all day with.  Did his office alarm go off in the middle of the night,...

Jackie Luckstone, DVM (Director, District 1)Island Animal Hospital,Saint Simons Island, GA Why did you become a vet? I fell in love with horses when I was about 6 years old and knew then I wanted to have a career working with animals. I am a small animal vet now, but still love horses! What is the favorite part of your job? I really enjoy educating people on caring for their pets and building relationships with their families.  What inspires you now? I’m inspired by nature and all the ways we, all animals and our planet are...

LENDING A HAND, WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST. July Employee Newsletter July Supervisor Newsletter Access the Member Assistance Program Monthly Online Seminar:  July 20th Maximizing Your Summer Break Learn straightforward and effective ways to make the most of your holiday and maximize the moments and memories.  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...

Additional Georgia Neurologic Equine Herpesvirus A horse linked to an earlier case of neurologic equine herpesvirus in Cobb County, Georgia, has been euthanized. By Kimberly S. Brown, EquiManagement.com June 15, 2021 The Georgia Department of Agriculture Animal Industry Division confirmed a case of neurologic equine herpesvirus (equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy or EHM) in Cobb County. The horse was euthanized. The facility is under quarantine and being monitored by GDA and the attending private practitioner. This case was linked to equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) in a Cobb County equine on June 11, 2021. Full text: https://equimanagement.com/news/additional-georgia-neurologic-equine-herpesvirus ...

LENDING A HAND, WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST. June Supervisor Newsletter June Employee Newsletter Monthly Online Seminar:  June 15th  Building Healthy and Happy Relationships Identify the ways to build and maintain healthy relationships with those around you, with a focus on boundary setting.  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 do not know...

The GVMA is pleased to announce that the Professionals Health Program (PHP) is one step closer to implementation.  Passed by the General Assembly with unanimous support and signed into law on 1/1/21, PHP will allow for veterinarians seeking treatment for addiction/impairment to enter into a medical program of treatment.  As long as the individual is complying with the treatment requirements, their current licensure will be protected.  The Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine (SBVM) is supportive of this measure and recently met to outline a decision tree designed to most effectively...

Getting help for any mental health issue can feel hard.  Sometimes we question if what we are going through, or what we are observing in a colleague, coworker, or family member is serious enough to warrant reaching out.   The fact is that you don’t need to be in a crisis to contact someone through a crisis hotline.  You can also reach out if you are sad, anxious, or just don’t know where to turn.  Many of the website resources listed below offer non-crisis support and online options for communication (chat...

Health Insurance Insurance coverage for therapy will depend on your particular plan’s behavioral health benefits.  Some plans require a co-pay per session, others cover the total cost of the session, and some ask you to pay out-of-pocket until a deductible is reached.  You should call the member services or behavioral health line listed on the back of your insurance card to find out more information about your benefits.  Ask if pre-authorization is required.  It is also helpful to ask what your out-of-network benefits are in case you would like to see...

There are so many options when it comes to finding a therapist.  You can see a professional in-person of online for virtual sessions, and there are even different ways to pay for services.  If you have insurance, call the members services or behavioral health line listed on the back of your insurance card to find out more about your benefits. Online Counseling Platforms Online counseling that is confidential and convenient is available at  betterhelp.com  .   You will fill out a brief assessment in order to be matched with a licensed counselor who...

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