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Why did you choose to get involved with the GVMA? The GVMA serves our veterinary community and being involved in the GVMA is a way for me to give back to this incredible profession in hopes of making a difference for our Georgia veterinarians.   Are there any issues that you would like to see addressed during your tenure as the GVMA president? Telehealth and telemedicine are at the apex of changing veterinary medicine and I would like to see the GVMA be at the table for these discussions. We can assist in developing...

Do you feel that you are in the profession of your dreams but that the job is just not measuring up? You’re losing your mojo and you’re not sure what you want to do? Doing what you love is so important because then you are much more likely to be passionate about it and if you are passionate about it then you will love it. It’s a virtuous circle. Purpose comes from having a clarity of what you want to do with your life and you set yourself goals to get to...

If you’re a human, you probably like getting things for free. You probably like things that are easy, and if they’re interesting that’s another plus. But what if while you were easily getting something interesting for free, you actually did something positive for your profession? Yes, Veterinarians’ Day at the Capitol, January 30 in Atlanta is actually all these things: 5 free CE hours All your LEAP requirements 2 free meals Interesting topics you won’t hear every day Central location with plenty of parking and easy access to the interstate If it...

The GVMA Hospital Membership is specifically tailored towards providing CE and professional development for your entire staff. Hospital Membership includes: $140 discount per veterinary assistant on the Certified Veterinary Assistance Program  $75 discount per Traveling CE registration Free attendance to Technician CE If you are looking to cut down on costs while providing additional benefits for your staff, then the Hospital Membership is right for you! For example: 4 doctors, 2 technicians, 2 veterinary assistants = $1,200 for hospital membership $460 in savings for free 2 hour practice management $280 savings on...

By Laura Smallwood, DVM DACVIM (SAIM) Article is taken from the fall edition of the "GA Vet", the quarterly magazine of the GVMA which is a member benefit. Dr. Smallwood is chair of the GVMA Wellness Committee. Caring for others requires that we first and foremost care for ourselves. However, people in caregiving professions are often so immersed in their work that they neglect their own care. In the early stages of one’s career, this may seem sustainable.  However, as the stressors of work (and life) begin to accumulate, the impact of...

From the AVMA's Dr. Ashley Morgan: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reporting a shortage of three pain relief drugs: fentanyl, morphine and hydromorphone. The shortage is due to upgrades being made at a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Kansas, and is unrelated to any federal policies on opioids or manufacturing quotas, according to FDA officials. You can find full details about the shortage on the FDA’s official drug shortage webpage. The AVMA has received several inquiries about the shortage and has expressed concern to the FDA about the impact...

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK) is offering a free 2-hour online CE course on Friday, January 19th. The course, entitled "Finding Your Purpose and Passion," is part of the Mind Matters Initiative symposium which was created to improve the mental health of veterinarians. Click here to sign up for the event, or to learn more about the Mind Matters Initiative....

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The Certified Veterinary Assistant Program is member benefit of the GVMA. Renew your membership for 2018 today! In many veterinary practices there are more Veterinary Assistants than any other employee type, but because of lack of formal education and training, Veterinary Assistants are often the least experienced. Stop and think about that for a second – the largest portion of your staff may be under-skilled, less proficient and in need of training. That’s not a recipe for success. Now that you’ve identified the area of greatest need, now consider who is going...

Many dog owners know not to toss a turkey or chicken bone to their dog; those bones are just too brittle. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the risk goes beyond that, especially when it comes to the “bone treats” you may see at the store. What’s a Bone Treat? FDA has received about 68 reports of pet illnesses related to "bone treats,” which differ from uncooked butcher-type bones because they are processed and packaged for sale as dog treats. The reports were received between November 1, 2010 and September...

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