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by Dr. Wendy Cuevas, MS, BVSc, MPH, DACVPM Member vets, Rule-40-16-1-09 was a little confusing to licensed Georgia veterinarians. The wording can be interpreted by some to imply that all veterinarians must be licensed and accredited  by the USDA in order to administer the rabies vaccine to animals. The proposed rule change specifically states that in order for a veterinarian to administer the rabies vaccine, they must be licensed within the state of Georgia. This is in line with the law O.C.G.A. § 31-19-5. Please submit your written comments to the State Veterinarian,...

In order to effectively report an alleged animal cruelty incident, you should be able to provide the following information to the local Animal Control or Sheriffs Department. Witness: The name, address and telephone number of the person who witnessed the alleged incident. Such information may be kept confidential, depending on the particular agency; however, it is helpful for investigators to have a point of contact in the event of misdirection or miscommunication. Remember, the burden of proof falls upon the accuser. Who: An accurate identity of the alleged perpetrator, if known, including...

Legislators were in session Monday through Thursday this week, completing the first work week of 2018 absent inclement weather. For an overview of the issues we are following please download this week's review here. We hope to see everyone at the 12th Annual GVMA Veterinarians' Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, January 30.  Thus far we have close to 100 people registered for the annual event that showcases GVMA's advocacy efforts. We hope to see you there....

Gwinnett Tech now has postings up for full time and part time veterinarians. The link will take you to both openings: https://www.gwinnetttech.edu/gwinnett-tech-careers/positions/ Minimum Requirements: Two years of relevant work experience and a DVM License. Proficiency in curriculum development, instruction, evaluation, and counseling of students. Demonstrated technical proficiency in veterinary technology.  Good oral and written communications skills and computer proficiency required.  Job Description Summary: Under general supervision, serve as an instructor and perform duties which include curriculum design and development; instruction, recruitment, and advisement of students; and budgeting. Responsible for the ongoing development, implementation and instruction of...

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, SAVMA will hold its largest fundraiser, the annual SAVMA Auction, at the University of Georgia’s Tate Grand Hall. The event begins at 6 p.m. It includes silent and live auctions, dinner, drinks and entertainment. This years theme in "Monte Carlo." Can't make the event? You can also bid on items through the auction website. Purchase Tickets The Student American Veterinary Association (SAVMA) association is a student-run organization that acts as the umbrella organization for all of our student professional organizations. SAVMA funds student organizations within the college, sponsors...

Did you know that your support staff helping with x-rays must have taken a 6-hour safety certification course? If you would like to read about it, check out the Radiation Control Act, O.C.G.A. - Chapter 31-13 and the Rules and Regulations for X-Ray, Chapter 290-5-22. The law says your support staff must have this certification. If your hospital is inspected by the State Department of Human Resources, documentation must be presented indicating that your staff has received training. If you cannot provide this documentation your hospital  could be fined. The certification is...

The Power of 10 held their first meeting on January 10th. They received Insight's Training to learn more about their own personality and how they work with others. Members of the past Power of Ten class were also in attendance. A big thank you to Dr. Heidi L Hulon, DVM of Elanco Animal Health for leading and sponsoring the event! The Power of 10 is the GVMA recent graduate leadership program. It is a member benefit of the GVMA. If you are interested in participating in the program in 2019 please...

Antimicrobial Stewardship for Veterinarians Defined Antimicrobial stewardship refers to the actions veterinarians take individually and as a profession to preserve the effectiveness and availability of antimicrobial drugs through conscientious oversight and responsible medical decision-making while safeguarding animal, public, and environmental health. Core Principles of Antimicrobial Stewardship in Veterinary Medicine Antimicrobial stewardship involves maintaining animal health and welfare by implementing a variety of preventive and management strategies to prevent common diseases; using an evidence-based approach in making decisions to use antimicrobial drugs; and then using antimicrobials judiciously, sparingly, and with continual evaluation of the...

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...

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