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EMSTAR Research is conducting a needs assessment about the prescription drug use/abuse in Georgia and the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).  Veterinary feedback is crucial in helping to understand how useful the PDMP is and how it can be improved. Even if the PDMP is not something you regularly use, it is important information that should be conveyed.   Please take 10 - 15 min to complete a confidential survey providing your feedback on the PDMP. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GA-PDMPProviderSurvey   The survey is closing on Friday, May 26. Please consider taking the time to help in this effort. Feedback from veterinarians is...

Judi Bailey, CVPM, President of GA Veterinary Managers Association, and Hospital Administrator of Loving Hands Animal Clinic, Alpharetta, GA was chosen as the winner of VHMA/DVM360 Practice Manager of the Year for 2016. It was announced at CVC - San Diego on December 9th, 2016 with several of her colleagues and friends present. [caption id="attachment_1025" align="alignright" width="219"] Judi Bailey, CVPM[/caption] Judi says, “I am humbled and honored to have won this award. I actually owe my start in veterinary management to a then solo practitioner in Jacksonville, FL. We built his practice...

May 11, 2017 EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Animal interstate movement health requirements for entry into Georgia are temporarily suspended for the evacuation of animals from areas affected by the Mims fire in Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida. This suspension does not apply to animals entering Georgia from other destinations. On April 6, 2017, a lightning-caused fire was reported approximately 2.5 miles northeast of the Eddy Fire Tower in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. In an effort to facilitate the evacuation efforts in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, the Georgia Department of Agriculture has temporarily suspended interstate...

Veterinarians in Georgia are licensed by the Professional Licensing Board at the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. The application process can be daunting for a new graduate, so the GVMA has created this easy step-by-step list for your convenience. Step 1: Go to the veterinary licensing board website - http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/53 Step 2: Click on "Application/Form Downloads" and then on "Application - Veterinary Medicine" Step 3: Print the license application and complete the form Step 4: Get the application notarized (all applications must be notarized) Step 5: Obtain the following items to mail with your notarized...

  (Washington, D.C.) April 24, 2017 -- The AVMA is pleased that a veterinarian, Secretary Sonny Perdue, DVM, was confirmed to the position of United States Secretary of Agriculture. With the country facing challenges and opportunities on issues requiring veterinary expertise, such as animal health, animal welfare and public health, having strong veterinary leadership at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is more important than ever. Veterinarians possess unique medical expertise that drives scientifically sound policy decisions. Veterinary leadership at all levels of the USDA is crucial to creating and executing effective...

The GVMA office has received a number of calls from veterinarians that have recently found out that their Georgia veterinary license is not current. Please go to the veterinary licensing board website (NOT gvma.net) and look for the button that says “Licensure Search”. There, you want to select "Veterinary Medicine" under "Profession" and search by your last name or license number. If the status of your license is “Active” breathe a sigh of relief - you're still a licensed veterinarian. For those that have a status of “Lapsed” or anything other than...

UPDATE - New World Screwworm – Florida Animal Movement Requirements EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Animal Screwworm special import requirements for Florida are no longer in effect. Due to the successful eradication of New World Screwworm from the Florida Keys, and ongoing surveillance by Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), effective immediately, the special animal health import requirements placed on all animals coming from that area of Florida is lifted. All animals must meet the regular Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) Animal Movement Health Requirements. In an effort to protect the health of the...

The USDA APHIS has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI) in Tennessee. The HPAI strain is of North American wild bird lineage and was discovered in a commercial chicken breeder flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee. This is the first confirmed case of HPAI in commercial poultry in the United States this year. The flock of 73,500 is located within the Mississippi flyway. Samples from the affected flock, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at Tennessee’s Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory and confirmed at the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in...

Dr. Lisa K. Nolan, a veteran educator, administrator and scholar of diseases that affect animal and human health, has been named dean of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. [caption id="attachment_887" align="alignright" width="201"] Lisa K. Nolan, DVM, MS, PhD[/caption] Nolan is currently professor and Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and her appointment at UGA is effective July 1. "Dr. Nolan is one of the nation's most respected veterinary educators and administrators, and I'm delighted that she has joined the University of Georgia's leadership...

Powdered gloves will no longer be permitted for use in veterinary (and human) medicine beginning January 18, under a rule issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As previously reported in JAVMA and on the AVMA’s social media channels, starting January 18, the FDA will institute a ban on all powdered patient examination gloves, powdered surgeon’s gloves and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon’s glove. The ban will impact both veterinary medicine and human medicine, according to FDA officials. All powdered surgeon’s gloves, powdered patient examination gloves and absorbable powder for...

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