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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,...

We have reported in the past about a court case here in Georgia that has national implications because it left open the potential for awarding damages above and beyond the market value of a pet, also known as non-economic damages. On January 19, 2016 the Georgia Supreme Court heard this case. The GVMA contributed to an amicus brief produced by the AVMA that argued emotion-based awards would be detrimental to veterinary medicine and the health and welfare of Georgia's pets. Below is more information assembled by the AVMA on non-economic damages. State &...

USDA Announces $4.4 Million in Available Funding for Veterinary Loan Repayment WASHINGTON, April 5, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced $4.4 million in available funding to help repay veterinary school loans in return for veterinarians serving in areas lacking sufficient veterinary resources. The funding is available through the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP), administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). “Veterinarians are critical to America’s food safety and security, as well as to the health and well-being of both animals and humans” said Dr....

Results highlight the increasing weight of increasing weight as well as a lack of standard definition in the veterinary industry. About 58 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs are overweight in the United States, according to a release from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). APOP conducts an annual survey of obesity prevalence, and the percentage of overweight cats in 2015 is the same as last year’s survey but slightly up for dogs—53 percent of dogs were reported to be overweight in the 2014 survey. Survey Details The 2015 survey...

VHMA’S 2015 Compensation and Benefits Survey Identifies Factors That Drive Managers' Salaries Published on March 11, 2016 Alachua, Florida --The year 2008 marked the beginning of the Great Recession. More than seven years later, the economy seems to be slowly getting back on track. When the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association administered its Compensation and Benefits Survey in 2013, managers’ salaries reflected the struggling economy, registering a decrease between 2013 and 2011. The newly-released 2015 VHMA Compensation and Benefits Survey indicates that in general, managers’ and administrators’ salaries have increased over the previous two years. Furthermore, factors such...

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