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The GVMA Board of Directors voted at the beginning of the year to sponsor the Careers section of a mobile classroom for agriculture that is being developed by the Georgia Farm Bureau’s Foundation, the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture. Veterinary medicine will be prominently featured and promoted to STEM school children in grades 3-5. Georgia Farm Bureau districts will sign up for the trailer to visit the middle schools in their district beginning in January 2021. The mission of the mobile classroom is to inspire the next generation of leaders in agriculture...

228 Georgia veterinarians participated in a survey by the Stanton Foundation (and received Amazon gift cards) on the impact of finances on patient care. The goal of the survey is to identify conditions and treatment options which are most impacted by client finances to find solutions which will help Georgia pets in need. I. Overview of Preliminary Survey Results – Georgia The following tables show the top 5 conditions/diseases/medication classes by mean rating for each question, as of Nov. 30. Scoring Key Very Frequently4Frequently3Occasionally2Rarely1N/A0 Question 1: “Conditions Leading to Economic Euthanasia” Conditions/DiseasesMeanCancer3.118Chronic Kidney Disease2.623Major Trauma2.439Behavioral Issues2.434Heart...

The GVMA was one of 5 people/groups who sent a letter to the State Board of Veterinary Medicine about proposed rule changes that could negatively impact veterinarians.. On Wednesday, December 2nd, GVMA President Dr. Justin Toth spoke about these concerns at the virtual State Board meeting. All of the rules that the GVMA had issues with—Unprofessional Conduct, Surgical Standards, Examination Area, and Patient Care—were all tabled and sent back to the Rules Committee for further consideration (see attached).  All in all—a very good result for GVMA members!  Proposed Rules Rule 700-8-.01...

https://vimeo.com/474714151 Pandemic Workplace Safety Town Hall (edited for clarity and brevity) Laura Smallwood, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) (Wellness Committee Chair) Recommended Measures to Prevent Workplace Transmission of COVID-19: Masks- always/everyonePhysical Distancing- every opportunityHand Hygiene- know when and how; make it easySurface Sanitation- know when and how; make it easy Leadership Responsibilities: Provide Clear and Concise Written Safety DirectivesMake it Easy for People to ComplyModel Compliance YourselfBe a Cheerleader for these measuresListen to feedbackPay Attention—identify compliance issues and counter misinformation. COVID-19 & Workplace Safety - Christine Zurawski, MD, Medical Director for Infection Prevention & Antibiotic Stewardship for Piedmont Hospital The workplace safeguard...

The Georgia Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program (GVELRP or Program) is administered by the State Veterinary Education Board (Board) with assistance from the Georgia Student Finance Authority (GSFA).  The Board also receives administrative support from the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Members of the Board were appointed in 2016 as authorized by O.C.G.A 20-3-518.1 et seq.  The Board and GVELRP were established by the Georgia General Assembly for the purpose of providing financial relief, by way of student loan purchases, for veterinarians willing to provide food animal veterinary services in shortage areas...

Sign-up for a table at the GVMA Career Fair at the UGA Teaching Hospital on Tuesday, NOV. 9th, from 6:00-8:00 pm to get exposure to UGA CVM students! Proudly Sponsored by:   Exclusive to GVMA Members! SPACE IS LIMITED!! $75 for GVMA Premier Members $125 for GVMA Individual Members DATE/TIME: Tuesday, November 9th 6:00-8:00pmLOCATION: UGA Teaching Hospital, 2200 College Station Rd, Athens, GA 30602 More Info: We will be assigning booths and providing tables but please bring posters, pamphlets, and/or brochures about your clinic. You may also see increased booth traffic by providing some type of...

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As the discussion of the use of cannabis-derived and -related products in veterinary medicine continues to evolve, the AVMA is providing an update for practitioners regarding the legal and regulatory framework surrounding such use. The information included in the attached document is not specific to the legal or regulatory status of products of any particular company. Rather, it reflects our understanding of the current status of this class of products based on information provided by federal agencies. Please feel free to share this information and be in touch if you...

 SB346 allows the State Board of Veterinary Medicine to contract with a professional health program to provide rehabilitative services to impaired veterinarians.  Additionally, the measure creates a seat on the state board for a veterinary technician. SB346 comes at the request of the GVMA and Sen. Ellis Black, R-Valdosta. The GVMA Resilience & Well-Being Committee lobbied for veterinarians to be included in the Georgia Physician’s Health Program (GPHP) which provides support for physicians who are seeking intervention for substance abuse disorders.  GPHP currently works with physicians, physician assistants, and respiratory therapists...

The core values of the GVMA include integrity, progressive thinking, compassion & inclusivity. These have been and continue to be our beliefs. We support the following statement by the AVMA. Article from AVMA: https://www.avma.org/avma-stands-black-community READ JAVMA: Veterinarians talk racial discrimination ...

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