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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...

Sign-up to attend "Anesthesia- Before, During, & After" on Tuesday, December 5th, from 6:30-8:30 pm at South Atlanta Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center in Fayetteville. The class will be taught by GVMA Past-President, Dr. Sarah Wheat, and will include instruction on patient set-up, monitoring, and recovery. The course is FREE for hospital members & staff, $15 for a technician with a GVMA member at their location (use discount code DVMT), and $25 for nonmembers.  The course will include instruction on: Set-up of patient Induction & maintenance Recovery—short & long term Monitoring systems- including EKG, SpO2, CO2, ...

Report abuse – it’s more than the right thing to do Have you ever suspected animal abuse? The first thing you should know is that in Georgia you are not mandated to report, but the AVMA and AAHA state that veterinarians have an ethical obligation to protect the health of the animal and the public, and this includes reporting suspected abuse. The next thing you should know is that you “shall…be immune from any civil or criminal liability” (OCGA 4-11-17b) when reporting animal cruelty (OCGA 16-12-4) or dog fighting (OCGA 16-12-37)....

Did you know that the GVMA has a Hospital Membership that includes additional benefits for your whole staff? Upgrade to a hospital membership before Dec. 1 and receive $100 off the base fee! Contact us today for more info at (678) 309-9800 or GVMA@gvma.net.   GVMA membership also includes FREE LEAP CE, a savings of $250 per employee! Here is a list of additional member benefits for Hospital Members:        $80 discount per employee on our Certified Veterinary Assistant Program      Free digital OSHA and Practice Management manuals (normally $89 and...

The GVMA held a Career Fair at the UGA Teaching Hospital on Tuesday,November 7th, for UGA CVM students looking for internships, externships, and associate positions. The event was a huge success as over 100 students came to learn more about veterinary opportunities in Georgia. We had 20 clinics represented, some who traveled from as far as Brunswick to attend. Several GVMA member clinics who could not attend utilized our job board option. We look forward to expanding the fair in 2018 and would like to thank VCA for sponsoring t-shirts, snacks,...

Banfield Pet Hospital  unveiled the Banfield Veterinary Student Debt Relief Pilot Program. Marking the latest development in the practice’s commitment to supporting its associates’ financial well-being, Banfield is set to launch a new debt-relief program for its veterinarians in December 2017. “High levels of veterinary student debt are plaguing the industry, and Banfield is committed to helping veterinarians address this significant burden,” said Dr. Daniel Aja, senior vice president & chief medical officer, Banfield Pet Hospital. “As we continue to dedicate ourselves to continuous improvement as a practice, we’re investing in the...

Many of us change haircuts and wardrobes at least once a decade, but yet somehow the Veterinary Practice Act endures through spandex and pleated slacks. Why? That was the question members of the State Board of Veterinary Medicine and the GVMA asked themselves, and in light of the fact that their two national parent associations (AAVSB and AVMA) had both recently created their own Model Veterinary Practice Acts, perhaps it was time to give the Georgia Veterinary Practice Act its first true upgrade since 2003. The Georgia State Board of Veterinary...

GVMA Veterinarian of the Year Presented to Martin Stotelmyer, DVM, in Recognition of his Exceptional Service to Georgia Veterinarians. Dr. Stotelmyer was born and raised in Winchester, Indiana, and stayed in-state to earn his veterinary degree from Purdue University. He began his career as an associate veterinarian at Parkdale Animal Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana, before moving south where he joined Buckhead Animal Clinic as associate veterinarian in 1974. In 1984, Dr. Stotelmyer became a co-owner of Buckhead Animal Clinic with David Forehand until Dr. Forehand’s death in 2004. Dr. Stotelmyer sold Buckhead Animal Clinic...

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