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Pace Quickens It’s been a busy week under the Gold Dome as legislators were in session all five days.  Enough legislation has come out of committees that both the House and Senate are able to pass a small number of measures each day.  Despite the start-and-stop beginning, the 2019 session is moving along at its usual pace now and there’s no sign of a slowdown.   Next week, lawmakers will spend President’s Day in their districts before returning to Atlanta for a four-day work week.  The Monday off is their only break in...

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.  Things Finally Get Moving After a start-and-stop beginning to the 2019 session, business under the Gold Dome is now humming along at its typical pace.  This week, legislators convened four days and introduced over 225 pieces of new legislation.  Nearly every committee and subcommittee met at least once.   GVMA Priority Issue: Professional Health Program For Ga. Veterinarians SB 75: Professional Health Program                                                  ...

Wednesday, January 30 was Veterinary Medicine Day.  About a dozen legislators joined the group for breakfast before hearing from Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Cobb.  Veterinarians were also recognized in the Senate by Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee Chairman John Wilkinson (R-Toccoa) and presented with a copy of SR 22, declaring it to be Veterinary Medicine Day at the state capitol.  Thanks to everyone who braved the chilly weather to join colleagues for a fun and informative day on the hill! Week 2 Full Legislative Update Laws that...

From Hill's Pet Nutrition Hill’s Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure, and dogs may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs including...

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.  Settling In          January 18, 2019                                           The legislature convened for the first day of the 2019 session on Monday.  The largely organizational day culminated with the swearing-in of Governor Brian Kemp, other constitutional officers, and newly...

Legislative Day Is Almost Here! Wednesday, January 30, 2019 8AM – 3PM Check-in & registration begin at 7:30AM Location: Georgia Freight Depot - Blue Room 65 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. SW Atlanta, GA 30303 Legislative day will take place across from the State Capitol at the Georgia Freight Depot. Parking is available there or at a public lot further down on the right. Why you should attend: 5 hours of FREE CE for GVMA Members, including 2 hours of LEAP! Free breakfast and lunch Learn the important role veterinarians can play in shaping public policy Interact with state...

by Dr. Wendy Cuevas, BS, BVSc, MPH, DACVPM , GVMA Director of Veterinary Services Happy New Year Veterinarians and welcome to 2019! The GVMA and University of Georgia-College of Veterinary Medicine invite you to the first annual One Health Symposium; January 31 – February 1, 2019. We just finished a renewal year and many of you don’t want to think about CE right now. But, this One Health meeting will be talking about issues you deal with every day as a veterinarian and health professional. We will explore the roles of health care and veterinary...

ANNOUNCING: GVMA Employee Assistance Program—A New Member Benefit for 2019!   The GVMA is providing a valuable benefit to all members and their immediate family members known as the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  We have partnered with McLaughlin Young Group, an independent provider of EAP services.  There is no enrollment required and you are eligible to use the EAP through McLaughlin Young as of January 1, 2019. The EAP offers help for personal and/or professional concerns by providing free, confidential, short-term counseling and personal consultation.  Additionally, the EAP provides work-life resources for such...

NEWS FROM THE STATE BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICINE 12/12 MEETING—INTENT TO DISPENSE FORM GVMA President Dr. Mike Zager and several members of the GVMA Board of Directors and concerned veterinarians attended the Wednesday meeting of the State Board of Veterinary Medicine.   The State Board conveyed that they were asked by the Pharmacy Board to gather information for them via the Intent to Dispense form and will be turning that information over to them. They clarified that a DEA license is NOT a condition for licensure. However, you must fill out the...

Sign-up for a table at the GVMA Career Fair at the UGA Teaching Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 15th, from 5:00-7:00 pm to get exposure to hundreds of UGA CVM students!   $75 for GVMA Hospital Members $125 for GVMA Individual Members $285 Non-members (non-members will be put on a waiting list and will only be able to register if space is still available after Jan. 9th.) Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 9th SPACE IS LIMITED!! More Info: We will be assigning booths and providing tables but please bring posters, pamphlets, and/or brochures about your clinic. You may...

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