Committees and Task Forces
The GVMA has several committees and task forces working on an ever-changing series of issues. Committees work on ongoing projects or programs while task forces are very dynamic committee organizations that change by the day. They are appointed by the president as a need arises for a well defined mission and time frame.
This is a wonderful way to get involved with the GVMA and to help advance the practice of veterinary medicine in Georgia and we always have volunteer opportunities available. The time commitment required varies but we probably have something that would fit into your schedule. If you are interested in joining one of these groups or if you have an issue you think should be addressed, contact the GVMA office at 800-853-1625.
Academy for Continuing Education
The academy develops and coordinates continuing education activities for Georgia veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and staff. Suggestions for speakers, topics, or locations are always welcome.
Chair: Dr. Corrie Barker (706) 310-1231
GVMA Animal Welfare Committee
Activities of the GVMA Animal Welfare Committee are guided by the AVMA Animal Welfare Principles and are directed toward meeting the Association’s strategic goals and objectives for animal welfare as established by GVMA leadership.
In meeting its charge, the Committee seeks to:
• Proactively Identify and prioritize animal welfare concerns and opportunities in Georgia
• Critically evaluate related information from individuals and groups internal and external to the GVMA
• Use that information to determine which issues fall within the role and influence of the GVMA and what actions or activities may be appropriate responses to those concerns and opportunities.
Chair: Dr. T. Lamar Walker (706) 736-1443
Budget & Finance Committee
The Budget & Finance Committee is charged with the financial health of the association. The committee is familiar with the resources and assets of the association and will make recommendations on expenditures and investments, including developing an annual budget for the Board of Directors to review.
Treasurer: Dr. Myron Downs (706) 354-4002
Leadership Development Committee
The Awards Committee, consisting of the three immediate past presidents, is responsible for nominations for President-Elect and the Veterinarian of the Year Award. Suggestions are always welcome from GVMA members.
Chair: Dr. Kevin Chapman (706) 654-1111
Chair: Dr. Denise Funk (770) 532-1217
Young Professionals Committee
This committee serves both veteinrary students at the University of Georgia through the GVMA Student Chapter as well as veterinarians who have graduated within the last 10 years.
Co-chairs: Dr. Rachel Eddleman (706)499-1646 and Dr. Jennifer Hiland (678) 445-1111
Veterinary Technician Liaison Committee
Chair: Dr. Myron Downs (706) 354-4002
The Wellness Committee’s charter is to identify, verify, assist and support veterinarians, family members or staff members who are impaired by reason of their addiction to or abuse of drugs, including alcohol. The committee also serves as an advocate for the impaired person with the family, state board, peers, employers and government enforcement agencies. Confidential assistance is available 24 hours a day by calling Dr. Bill Disque (912) 638-9325
Public Relations Committee
This energetic committee works on a variety of programs including the Web site, billboards, and Facebook. New projects are constantly evolving. Join in!
Chair: Dr. Duffy Jones (404) 812-9880
This group of dedicated individuals acts as a watchdog for legislation affecting all veterinarians in the state of Georgia. They direct GVMA lobbying efforts, which provides financial support for legislators championing our interest.
Point of contact: Dr. Vince Obsitnik (770) 487-1338