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Laws that can negatively impact veterinarians, animals, or animal health should never be passed. Your GVMA membership gives our profession a voice. Together, we’re able to keep veterinary medicine in our state uncompromised.   Legislative Days 30-32                                                                                              March 15, 2019 The Steady March towards Sine Die Two years ago, at the start of the 2017 session, the House and Senate agreed to move Crossover from legislative day 30 to legislative day 28.  The change not only allows two additional days for considering viable legislation, but it has slowed the overall pace between Crossover and Sine...

Laws that can negatively impact veterinarians, animals, or animal health should never be passed. Your GVMA membership gives our profession a voice. Together, we’re able to keep veterinary medicine in our state uncompromised.   Legislative Days 26-29                                                                                                March 8, 2019 Crossover Day Passes The critical Crossover Day milestone was Thursday.  While the Senate adjourned shortly before 7pm, the House worked until after 11pm.  Their debate included hate crimes legislation and an abortion measure that was so contentious it threatened to derail the chamber’s remaining business. Legislators were back to work on Friday, but met only briefly...

Laws that can negatively impact veterinarians, animals, or animal health should never be passed. Your GVMA membership gives our profession a voice. Together, we’re able to keep veterinary medicine in our state uncompromised.  Critical Crossover Day Approaches Thursday, March 7th, is Crossover Day, a critical procedural milestone in Georgia’s forty-day legislative session.  March 7 is the last day for Senate Bills to pass the Senate and House Bills to pass the House if they are to have a chance at making it to the Governor’s desk this year. As a result, this has been...

  Senate Bill 76 passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee before recess on a 16-1 vote. This is a BIG VICTORY for Georgia veterinary technicians and the veterinary nurse initiative! This could not have been accomplished without a strong grassroots effort by the GVTA and GVMA. We are not across the finish line in the Senate yet. Human nurses have been busy reaching out to Senate members asking that SB 76 not be passed. We need to ask our Senators to support SB 76. Your Action is Needed!  Email your senator asking for...

Laws that can negatively impact veterinarians, animals, or animal health should never be passed. Your GVMA membership gives our profession a voice. Together, we’re able to keep veterinary medicine in our state uncompromised.  No Rest for the Weary Despite a brief respite on Monday for President’s Day, it was the most active week of session so far and the pace will only continue to quicken as we race towards Crossover Day on March 7.  Crossover Day is the deadline for a bill to be adopted by its authoring chamber: House Bills must pass...

Offered Exclusively to GVMA Members & Practice Management Staff! Mental Health First Aid Certification Course Provides 3-Year Mental Health First Aid Certification + 2 LEAP CE Credits + 6 General CE Credits Saturday, March 16, 2019 8 am - 5 pm 2200 Century Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30345 Lobby Level Conference Room in Highwoods Building   Practice Managers - Please contact our office to receive the $75 rate. [button size='large' text='Register Now!' icon='' icon_size='' icon_color='' link='https://gvma.memberclicks.net/mhfa-certification-and-ce-03-16-19' target='_blank' color='' background_color='' border_color='' font_style='' font_weight='' text_align='']   LEARNING OBJECTIVES The evidence behind Mental Health First Aid demonstrates that it makes people feel more comfortable managing a...

Pace Quickens It’s been a busy week under the Gold Dome as legislators were in session all five days.  Enough legislation has come out of committees that both the House and Senate are able to pass a small number of measures each day.  Despite the start-and-stop beginning, the 2019 session is moving along at its usual pace now and there’s no sign of a slowdown.   Next week, lawmakers will spend President’s Day in their districts before returning to Atlanta for a four-day work week.  The Monday off is their only break in...

Laws that can negatively impact veterinarians, animals, or animal health should never be passed. Your GVMA membership gives our profession a voice. Together, we’re able to keep veterinary medicine in our state uncompromised.  Things Finally Get Moving After a start-and-stop beginning to the 2019 session, business under the Gold Dome is now humming along at its typical pace.  This week, legislators convened four days and introduced over 225 pieces of new legislation.  Nearly every committee and subcommittee met at least once.   GVMA Priority Issue: Professional Health Program For Ga. Veterinarians SB 75: Professional Health Program                                                  ...

Coming Soon! Our Leadership Academy will be open to anyone (any stage or age!) interested in leadership in the GVMA. The GVMA Leadership Academy is an initiative designed to help develop foundational skills in leadership, communication, and business. Participants should anticipate a combination of in-person, teleconference, and webinar format. Participants will decide on meeting dates and times at the initial meeting to reduce or eliminate time off for program participation. Key Benefits: - Develop fundamental understanding of  leadership skills and emotional intelligence - Deepen comprehension of communication styles and skills - Acquire critical skills to intensify...

Are you a veterinarian who regularly sees puppies?! Investigators at Washington State University are conducting research about the relationship between veterinarians and puppy training and socialization. They are seeking interested parties to participate. Eligible participants include practicing veterinarians in the United States who regularly see puppy patients, speak English, and are over the age of 18. This research consists of your completion of an online questionnaire that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. All participation is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. There is no compensation for participation in...

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