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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...

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 36-39                                                                                              March 29, 2019   Only Sine Die Remains The 2019 session of the General Assembly is nearly over: after legislators conclude their business this evening, only sine die remains next Tuesday, April 2.  Accordingly, activity at the Capitol is harried as lawmakers and lobbyists make a final push to the finish line. As is always the case this time of...

Lending a Hand, When You Need it Most. GVMA Members  – To seek assistance through the EAP, please visit this page. 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 no cost to you. The GVMA covers all expenses for this program. The EAP offers help for personal and/or professional concerns by providing free, confidential, short-term counseling and personal consultation. The EAP has a...

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 33-35                                                                                              March 22, 2019 Spring Fever Wednesday was the first official day of spring.  Lawmakers and lobbyists alike are doing their best to curb restlessness as the session approaches its highpoint.  While most people associate spring with longer days, for those who set their watch to Georgia’s legislative time, it doesn’t have anything to do with an extra hour...

The AVMA is conducting a survey to better understand veterinarians’ network of relationships with elected officials at both the federal and state level, how interested you are in public policy issues impacting veterinary medicine, and whether you want to take a more active role in advocating for our profession. The information will help our profession better leverage the collective power of veterinary voices to make a difference at the state and national levels. Take the survey here: avma.org/advocacysurvey [button size='large' text='Find Your Legislator' icon='' icon_size='' icon_color='' link='https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/' target='_blank' color='' background_color='' border_color='' font_style='' font_weight=''...

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