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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=''...

by Dr. Wendy Cuevas BS, BVSc, MPH, DACVPM Director of Veterinary Services On Saturday March 16, 2019, the GVMA in conjunction with the Wellness Committee hosted the first Mental Health First Aid Course for veterinarians and support staff. Holly Pounders, a certified MHFA instructor, taught the class. Holly earned her instructor certificate for Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in August 2010 and has been actively facilitating trainings since.  She is also certified to teach the Older Adult; Military, Veterans and their Families and Rural modules for the Adult curriculum.  Holly became certified...

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 30-32                                                                                              March 15, 2019 The Steady March towards Sine Die Two years ago, at the start of the 2017 session, the House and Senate agreed to move Crossover from legislative day 30 to legislative day 28.  The change not only allows two additional days for considering viable legislation, but it has slowed the overall pace between Crossover and Sine...

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 26-29                                                                                                March 8, 2019 Crossover Day Passes The critical Crossover Day milestone was Thursday.  While the Senate adjourned shortly before 7pm, the House worked until after 11pm.  Their debate included hate crimes legislation and an abortion measure that was so contentious it threatened to derail the chamber’s remaining business. Legislators were back to work on Friday, but met only briefly...

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.  Critical Crossover Day Approaches Thursday, March 7th, is Crossover Day, a critical procedural milestone in Georgia’s forty-day legislative session.  March 7 is the last day for Senate Bills to pass the Senate and House Bills to pass the House if they are to have a chance at making it to the Governor’s desk this year. As a result, this has been...

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.  No Rest for the Weary Despite a brief respite on Monday for President’s Day, it was the most active week of session so far and the pace will only continue to quicken as we race towards Crossover Day on March 7.  Crossover Day is the deadline for a bill to be adopted by its authoring chamber: House Bills must pass...

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...

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