GVMA Blog

  (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Animal Movement Requirements EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Animal Screwworm special import requirements for Florida are no longer in effect.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...

The Veterinary Services Grant Program is authorized by Section 7104 of the 2014 Farm Bill. Initial funding for the program, $2.5 million, was appropriated in the FY 2016 budget. NIFA anticipates similar funding for FY2017. The legislation emphasizes two areas: Education and Rural Practice Enhancement. In FY 2017, applications will be accepted for both areas. Check out their tentative schedule below. April 3, 2017  - FY2017 Request for Applications (RFA) published April 10, 2017  -  Applicant Webinar May 19, 2017  -  Application period closes September 2017  -  Offers made to selected applicants Webinars will be recorded and posted HERE after the...

GVMA Veterinarian of the Year Presented to Michael Younker, DVM, in Recognition of his Exceptional Service to Georgia Veterinarians. Dr. Younker entered the veterinary profession through hanging out as a boy with his uncle, Dr. Larry Corry.  Through Dr. Corry's influence and his love for animals and the biology of how the different animal bodies work, this choice of a profession was natural. A 1982 graduate of The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Younker first went to work with Dr. Corry in the South Atlanta Area. In 1988, he created...

Given the constant new research, trends, and practices in veterinary medicine related to oncology, it’s difficult for general practitioners to keep up. Now, there’s a resource to help. Today, AAHA released its 2016 Oncology Guidelines for Dogs and Cats (“Guidelines”), a “go to” resource general practitioners can use with oncology patients. “Our goal was to provide a ‘snapshot,’ based on general consensus, about how the general practitioner can and should approach and handle cancer,” said Guidelines Task Force chair John Berg, DVM, DACVS, and Professor of Surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Tufts Cummings School...

Most practices hire relief veterinarians somewhere between “occasionally” and “very regularly.” But, how each practice hires them varies widely. Many practice owners and managers are only vaguely aware of the Internal Revenue Service rules concerning employee versus independent contractor status. The distinction is important because employers are liable for payroll taxes and benefits for employees, while independent contractors, or contract labor, are responsible for their own taxes and benefits. For the sake of simplicity, many practices have treated relief doctors as contract labor, without delving too far into the rules. However,...

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