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Lending a Hand, When You Need it Most. GVMA Members  – To seek assistance through the EAP, please visit this page. June Employee Newsletter June Online Seminar: Mindfulness Matters-This session explores the basic principles of mindfulness and discusses the positive impact it has in different aspects of one's life. Click here & access your Work-Life services. (Login is organization specific.) About the Employee Assistance Program The GVMA has partnered with McLaughlin Young Group, an independent provider of EAP services. There is no enrollment required and you are eligible to use the EAP as of January 1, 2019. There is...

From the AVMA's, "Frequently Asked Questions About Cannabis, Cannabis-Derived, and Cannabis-Related Products." Has FDA approved any veterinary (animal) drugs containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds such as CBD? No, there are currently no approved animal drugs that contain cannabis, are derived from cannabis, or are related to cannabis.FDA has, however, approved one cannabis-derived and three cannabis-related human drug products. Epidiolex contains a purified form of CBD. Marinol and Syndros include the active ingredient dronabinol (a synthetic THC), and Cesamet contains the active ingredient nabilone (a chemical that is similar to THC and is also synthetically derived). What about...

By: Lee Jones, MS, DVM From the Summer 2018 edition of the GVMA quarter magazine, "The GA Vet." [caption id="attachment_4041" align="alignleft" width="300"] Examining a bee brood. GDA bee inspectors regularly inspect hives for evidence of disease or parasitism.[/caption] Effective January 1, 2017, new, stricter rules went into effect regarding the use of antimicrobials (AM) in feed or water (FDA 21 CFR Part 558) for food producing animals. These included many products farmers had been use to purchasing over the counter without any veterinary oversight. Any animal that produced food was included in the new regulations and...

Lending a Hand, When You Need it Most. GVMA Members  – To seek assistance through the EAP, please visit this page. May Employee Newsletter May Online Seminar: Available on demand starting May 21st This session will help participants learn practices for restful sleep, balanced nutrition, healthy relationships, regular mindfulness practice, and more, as practical tools in their "healthy mind toolkit."Monthly seminars are updated the third Tuesday of each month. Registration is not required Click here & access your Work-Life services. (Login is organization specific.) About the Employee Assistance Program The GVMA has partnered with McLaughlin Young Group, an independent provider of...

By: Dr. Laura Smallwood, DVM DACVIM (SAIM), GVMA Wellness Committee Chair   Over the past 14 months the GVMA Wellness Committee has been working to make meaningful health and wellbeing resources available to DVM members and the employees of GVMA Hospitals. Here is an update on some of those programs:  Employee Assistance Program (EAP)  The McLaughlin Young MyGroup EAP is now available to all our DVM members and all employees of member hospitals. This program offers a wide range of services including mental health counseling, financial counseling, legal advice and online resources to support optimal...

by Paula M. Krimer, Georgia Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories Dogwoods and azaleas were blooming under a warm sun in South Georgia for the 5th annual Georgia Food Animal Conference March 29-31st. Bringing together producers, food animal veterinarians, veterinary and agriculture students, this annual event was better than ever. First started in 2014 by the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA), the event is now a collaborative effort organized with the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA), the South Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (SGVMA), and the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. This year we...

Bonnie Gatson, DVM, DACVAA Anesthesiology Will speak on: 1) Anesthesia: As Easy As 10…9…8… • Choosing the ideal anesthetic protocol to meet each individual patient’s needs • Airway access in small animal patients and common exotic species • Methods of maintaining general anesthesia • Utilizing appropriate anesthesia monitoring and equipment • Address post-operative concerns and common complications 2) Myths and Misconceptions in Small Animal Anesthesia: • Discuss concerns regarding drugs commonly utilized in small animal anesthesia • Discuss species and breed-specific concerns regarding general anesthesia 3) CPR Update 2019: What’s the Evidence?: • Preparedness and training for performing CPR • Basic Life Support techniques •...

From Commissioner Gary Black DATE: March 29, 2019 ACTION: Notice of Intent to Consider Amendments to Animal Protection Rules TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS AND PARTIES: Pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, O.C.G.A. §§ 4-11-14 and 50-13-4, notice is hereby given that the Georgia Department of Agriculture will be accepting written comments regarding proposed amendments to its Animal Protection Rules. The Department will be accepting written comments from March 29, 2019, to the close of business (4:30 p.m. EST) on April 29, 2019. SYNOPSIS, MAIN FEATURES AND DIFFERENCES: A proposed amendment to Rule 40-13-13-.03...

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 Day 40                                                                                                          April 3, 2019 Adjournment At the stroke of midnight on April 2, the General Assembly concluded the 2019 session.  The Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House gaveled the session to a close concurrently as legislators, their family and staff members tossed homemade confetti around the chambers. Governor Brian Kemp now has forty days to review and act on...

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